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Earliest 1772-

Stanhope Arms

Latest pre 1887




I believe this to be a different pub to the "Stanhope Arms" in nearby Brasted. It is said that one time Lord Mayor of London, Sir Thomas Kelly was born in this pub. This one, it appears was demolished some time before 1887.


Kentish Gazette, 26 August 1851.

Awful Occurrence.

On Saturday, the 16th. inst, a drayman who had been many years in the service of Mr. Day, of Westerham, brewer, met with his death in the following manner:—

He had been to the "Stanhope Arms" public house, at Chevening, with some beer, and shortly after he was found in the act of being dragged by the wheels of the dry, bruised in an awful manner, and when disengaged he rolled over into a ditch and immediately expired. It is supposed he was riding on the shafts and fell asleep. We regret to say he has left a wife and five children to lament his loss.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 01 May 1860.

Renewal of Licence.

Mr. John Buxton, of the "Stanhope Arms Inn," Chevening, has lately died, and an application was made by two of his sons, John and Robert, as his executors, for a licence to continue the business. The application was complied with.


Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 6th October 1860.

The "Stanhope Arms," Chevening, was also transferred from the executive of the late Mr. Buxton, to William Tedman.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 30 December 1887.


On Tuesday Mr. O. Reid, the president of the Sevenoaks Working Men's Club and Institute entertained the members of the Club to tea at the Lime Tree Coffee House. There is no gentleman who is respected more among the working classes in Sevenoaks than Mr. Reid, who takes a real interest in the welfare of the Club which we are glad to say is now in a flourishing condition. About 50 accepted the invitation to be present at the tea, which was a most substantial one, and reflected great credit on Mrs Potter, the proprietress of the Coffee House. The room was tastefully decorated by Mrs Potter and her assistants. After tea several games were indulged in. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. D. Reid, Miss Reid, Mr. and Mrs. W. Knocker, and Mrs. Warren Jones, who manifested great interest in the proceedings. Several songs were sung, and Mr. W. Bird gave a very interesting address on the life of Sir Thomas Kelly, who was at one time Lord Mayor of London, and who he said was born at the "Stanhope Arms," Chevening, which house is now done away with. The evening was one of the most enjoyable held in connection with the Club. Oranges, nuts, &c. were served without limit during the evening. Mr. W. W. Knocker in some well chosen remarks thanked Mr. and Mrs. Reid for their great kindness, and Mr. Reid said be hoped at the commencement of the new year classes of instruction would be formed in connection with the Institute.


From the

Kelly, Thomas (1772-1855) publisher and Lord Mayor was born in Chevening, Kent on 7 January 1772, the son of an innkeeper. Coming to London in 1786, he worked as an assistant to Alexander Hogg of 16 Paternoster Row until 1809. In this year he established his own concern as a publisher at 52 Paternoster Row. He was elected to the Common Council in 1823 and, as a Whig he was elected as an Alderman in the ward of Farringdon Within in 1830, serving until his death. In between, he was located at Streatham Hill and served as Sheriff and Lord Mayor in 1825-6 and 1836-7 respectably. He was also a member of the Plaisterers' Company. He is probably best remembered for his Kelly's Practical Builder's Price Book (1850). He died 7 September 1855 at 4 Buenos Ayres, Margate and is buried in a family plot in the parish churchyard at Chelsham, Surrey.



KELLY Mr 1772+

Last pub licensee had BUXTON John 1851-May/60 dec'd (age 72 in 1851Census)

BUXTON John & Robert (sons) May-Oct/1860

TEDMAN William Oct/1860-71+ (also bricklayers master age 35 in 1861Census)




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