Sort file:- Faversham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1861-

Cherry Tree

Latest 1911+



Former Cherry Tree 2019

Above Google image, June 2019. Showing what is known as Cherry Tree cottages. I believe the left is an extension added in the early 20th century and to the left of the building, was a former Oast house.


I have only found the one reference to this pub so far and that was from the Dover Express or 1869 as shown below.

Further research shows up a George Elliott age 56 as beer house keeper with his wife Jane age 46 living there in 1861.

The building gained a Grade 2 listing on 27 September 1989. The British Listed Byuilding web site states that the pub was in operation from between 1816 and finally closed in 1979.


From the Dover Express, 22 October, 1869.

Theft of a Guernsey at Preston.

William Thurston, 45, Henry Swan, 28, James Swan, 24, Joseph Clark, labourers, were indicted for stealing a guernsey, value 7s. the property of Henry Summers, at Preston-next-Faversham, on Oct. 1st.

Prosecutor deposed that he was a fisherman, and lodged at the "Brents Tavern." He had a guernsey in the kitchen, which is underground, and on the following day the guernsey was gone. He identified the guernsey produced an his property.

Amelia Dane, nine years of age, daughter of the landlord of the "Brents Tavern," said that on Oct. 1st, Clark, James Swan, and Thurston, were at the house. Thurston asked her to take a pint of beer into the tap-room, and as she left the tap room she saw Clark coming up the cellar stairs. She had been in the cellar shortly before, and saw a guernsey hanging by the fire. Half an hour afterwards the guernsey was gone.

George Stevens said he had been lodging at the "Cherry Tree" public-house, at Preston. On October last Thurston and the two Swans came there. Thurston was wearing a guernsey, and he offered it for sale.

Thomas Cole, Preston, said on Oct. 1st he was at the "Windmill," and Thurston came in and offered a guernsey to him for 6s. Subsequently the two Swans came in. A man bought the gurrnsey for 5s. and a pint of beer.

Edward Packman said he bought the guernsey as stated. He asked Thurston if he had come by the guernsey honestly, and he said he had, and that he had worked hard for the money he had bought it with.

P.C. Bennett, on the 2nd Oct., took Thurston into custody. After he had cautioned him he said, "We were at the "Brent's Tavern." Clark said he had got a guernsey and gave it to James Swan, and he gave it to his brother. At the "Cherry Tree" Henry Swan asked me what the guernsey was worth. I thought it was worth 4s. Swan handed the guernsey to me, and I sold it to a man named Boughton. Witness afterwards took James Swan who said he was at the "Brents Tavern" on the 1st of October, but saw nothing of any guernsey.

The jury found Thurston and Clark guilty, and acquitted the Swans. A previous conviction was proved against Clarke.

Supt. White, of the Faversham borough police, said that Clark had several times been in trouble.

Clark was sentenced to twelve months’ hard labour and seven years' supervision of the police. Thurston to two months' hard labour.



ELLIOTT George 1861+ Next pub licensee had (age 46 in 1861Census)

CRUTTENDEN George 1881+ (age 42 in 1881Census)

SKELTON Henry 1891+ (age 42 in 1891Census)

JEFFERY William 1911+ (age 32 in 1911Census)




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