Sort file:- Hawkhurst, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 March, 2022.


Earliest 1813

(Name from)

Wellington Arms

Latest 2013

(Name to)

Gills Green


Wellington Arms

Above photo, 1961.


Originally known as the "Staymakers" after a former inn keeper.

The building was listing on 22 June 1989 and again delisted on 15 January 1990.

The premises is now operating as the "Great House" and gained that name in 2013.


Sussex Agricultural Express, Friday 15th December, 1893.

Alleged Assaults. An Adjourned Case.

George Burnham, a study labouring man, belong to Hartley, appeared on an adjourned summons for assaulting John Shoesmith, landlord of the "Wellington Arms," Gills Green, Hawkhurst, who had registered a vow that the defendant, with whom he had had some old quarrel, should have no beer neither in his house nor yet near it, and the defendant was further charged with upsetting the plaintiffs mother at the same time and place.

The threat that the working man should have no beer so incensed defendant that he obtained and paid for it by proxy, and was in the act of drinking it on the public highway, when the plaintiff and his mother, his brothers, his sister's, his cousins, and his aunt came in a body and tore away the tempting flagon from the defendant's keeping.

The Magistrates held there was six of one and half a dozen of the other, and dismissed both cases.


Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 16th September, 1904.

Cranbrook. Theft.

On Saturday, at the Vestry Hall, before Major-General W. D. Cerase Dickens, C..B. and Mr. Alfred Hardcastle, Thomas Power and Charles Allen, hop pickers, were charged with stealing an earthenware quart pot, valued at 1s. 1d. from the "Wellington Arms" public house, Hawkhurst.

It appeared that prisoners were in the house on Friday, and had some drink, later they were refused drink, and Power was seen to pick up the pot and walk off with it, after being asked by Allan to leave it alone. Both prisoners were followed and the pot found in Allen's hands.

Power pleaded guilty and received 7 days' imprisonment in default of paying a 5s.

Allen was discharged.


Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 7th April, 1916.

Keeping Licensed Premises Open After Hours.

James Playfoot, landlord of the "Wellington Arms," Hawkhurst, was charged with allowing the consumption of intoxicating liquors after prohibited hours on February 26th.

Walter Gibson, Oliver Honeysett, William Saxby, and Isaac Wickenden were charged with being on licensed premises after hours.

Mr. Vaughan Gower appeared for all 6 defendants, and pleaded guilty.

Superintendent Cheeseman proved the case, saying Playfoot admitted the offence, and said he forgot the time. The bench said taking all the facts into consideration the defendants would be let off with paying the costs, 4s. each.

Mr. Vaughan Gower expressed the thanks of the defendants to the Bench.


The Chronicle and Courier, 16 September, 1921.

Lamberhurst Brewery Estate.

Important sale at Tunbridge Wells.

One of the biggest sales of licensed houses held in the provinces in recent years was conducted by Messrs. Wickenden and Sons at the Pump Room, Tunbridge Wells, on Friday, when the Lamberhurst Brewery Estate, comprising 68 lots, came Under the Hammer. The lots sold were:-


"Wellington Arms," Hawkhurst, 2,000



Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 16th July, 1937.

Preserving The Amenities.

The Council approved the action of the Surveyor in removing a fallen tree from the plot of land in front of "Wellington Arms," Hawkhurst, and clearing up the ground.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 24th October, 1941.


Fudge. Mrs Annie Eliza Fudge, wife of Mr. Herbert Fudge, of the "Wellington Arms," Hawkhurst, passed peacefully away Tuesday October 21.




COOPER Charles 1858-61+ (age 60 in 1861Census)

SHOESMITH John 1881-93+ (also farm labourer age 36 in 1881Census)

BARRETT Thomas 1901-03+ Next pub licensee had (age 29 in 1901Census)

PLAYFOOT James 1911-30+ (age 50 in 1911Census)

FUDGE Herbert 1934-46 dec'd

FUDGE Herbert Charles (son) 1946-51




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