Sort file:- Tenterden, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 26 March, 2022.


Earliest 1762


Latest 1917+

1 East Hill / Golden Square


Plough licensee Sarah Murrell 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, showing licensee Sarah Murrell seated. Kindly sent by Mark Farrow.

Plough 1915

Above photo from between 1911 and 1917, kindly sent by Mark Farrow.

Plough 1914

Above postcard, 1914, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Plough 1915

Above photo, circa 1915.

Former Plough 2009

Above Google image, March 2009.


Situated at the end of Golden Square, it was originally a 16th century barn, converted into an ale house in 1762. It is now a private residence aptly named Plough Cottage.

During the second half of the 19th century it was run by mother and daughter, Elizabeth and Sarah Murrell, who were referred to simply as retailers of beer.


From the Courier, 13 July 1917.


The West Kent Compensation Authority met at the Sessions House, Maidstone, on Thursday. Mr. Coles Child presiding.

Mr. Bracher also applied for the renewal of the license for the “Plough” Beer-house, Golden Square, Tenterden, owned by Messrs, Edwards and Sons, and licensed to Arthur Thomas Checksfleld.

Mr. Ellis opposed the renewal.

Sergt. Buss gave particulars of other houses in the neighbourhood, stating that there were four fully licensed houses and one beer-house with better accommodation within a 600 yards radius. A rather better trade was done then at the “Gardeners' Arms,” but the house was not required.

In answer to Mr. Bracher, the witness admitted that the “Plough” served a roadside purpose.

The licensee stated that he had held the house nearly eleven years, and his trade was about five barrels per week.

The license was refused.


Kent Messenger and Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 28th July, 1917.

The licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910.

Notice as to Sending in Claims to be treated as Persons Interested in Licensed Premises.

County of Kent, Western Division.

Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area having decided at their Principal Meeting held on 12th day of July, 1917, to refuse the Renewal of Licences of the premises specified below, all persons claiming to be interested in the said premises for the purpose of the payment of Compensation under the said act other than the Licencees and the Registered owner of the said premises are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their claims before the 20th day of August, 1917, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain in manner provided by the Licensing Rules, 1910, the persons entitled to Compensation on under the said Act in respect of the said premises.

Notice of claims, giving particulars of the interests claimed, should be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority at this Office at the Sessions House, Maidstone.

"Plough," Golden Square, Tenterden. Beerhouse. Arthur Thomas Checksfield. Obediah Edwards and Sons, Tenterden.

W.B. Prosser, Clerk of the Compensation Authority, Sessions House, Maidstone. Dated this 26th day of July, 1917.


Maidstone Telegraph Saturday 17th November 1917.

West Kent Licensing Committee. Compensation appointments.

Mr. Coles Child presided, on Thursday, at a meeting of this committee, at the Sessions House, Maidstone, the other members present being: Colonel J. M. Rogers, Colonel Grubb, Messrs C. Tuff, Joseph Barker, R Batchelor, P. Butt-Gow, S. Lee Smith, H. Hannem, W. A. Smith-Masters, J. H. Hay Rudton, H. J. Wood and G. Naylor with the Clerk (Mr. W. B. Prosser), and the Valuer (Mr. H. M. Cobb, of Higham).

It was the "supplemental" meeting for the awarding of compensation in respect of licences "referred" earlier in the year.

Referred to the Inland Revenue.

No agreements having been come to, the following licenses were referred to the Inland Revenue authorities:-

"Plough" beer house, Golden Square, Tenterden, owners Messrs Obadiah Edwards and Sons, tenant Mr. Arthur T. Checksfield.




MURRELL Elizabeth 1851-81+ (age 79 in 1871Census)

MURRELL Sarah 1891-1901+ (daughter) (age 64 in 1891Census)

CHECKSFIELD Arthur Thomas 1911-17+ (age 42 in 1911Census)




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