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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1861-

Bower Inn

Latest 1905+

Ashford Road

Bearsted

 

The 1871 census referred to this as the "Bower Tea Garden" and the licensee a beer retailer.

Reference has been found to this pub in the census of 1901 where the premises was referred to as a beer house. However, I do also know of a "Bower Inn" in Maidstone, some 6 miles away, and as yet do not know whether this one is the same. But the census also listed the "Yeoman" on the same page, and that I believe refers to the "Kentish Yeoman" of Bearsted.

 

From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 7 September 1861.

Bearsted Petty Sessions.

James Richardson, "Bower" public house, was fined 2 for an offence against his licence.

 

Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 28 July 1891.

PROPERTY SALE.

At the "Star Hotel," includes:-

"a piece of fruit plantation situate on the Ashford-road, in front of the "Bower Inn," Bearsted, let at 4 per year, 100."

 

The Courier, 10 March, 1905.

The Bower Garden, Bearsted.

Mr. Brennan, solicitor, applied for the renewal of this license.

P. S. Blackwell stated that the house, which was an "on" beer house, was situated on the Ashford Main Road. The population of the district was 726, and the area 574 acres. There were six other licensed houses in the neighbourhood, and the population per head worked out at 121.

Mr. William White, the tenant for the last 3 1/2 years, said his trade averaged 3 1/2 barrels per week. He also did a considerable trade in providing teas during the summer months to travellers.

The decisions.

After a retirement of nearly three quarters of an hour, the Chairman announced the Magistrates decisions as follows:- The "Bower Gardens," Bearsted, referred to quarter sessions.

 

LICENSEE LIST

RICHARDSON James 1861+

STANFORD Charles 1871+ (age 46 in 1871Census)

BROWN Edward 1901+ (age 28 in 1901Census)

WHITE William 1905+

 

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