Page Updated:- Monday, 18 September, 2023.


Earliest ????

Kempton Manor Hotel

Latest 1967

(Name to)

Maidstone Road



I believe the building started life as a country manor house but was later operating as the "Kempton Manor Hotel."

After the bankruptcy of George McDouall in 1967, I believe the premises has also been a nightclub and discothèque around 1986 but by 2014 was a public house called the "Hop Pickers."


From The London Gazette, 25 July, 1967.

McDouall, George Albert, of "Kempton Manor Hotel and Country Club," Hothfield, near Ashford in the county of Kent. Court - Canterbury. Date of Filing Petition - 30th May, 1967. No. of matter - 35 of 1967. Date of receiving Order - 21st July, 1967. No. of receiving order 35. Whether Debtors or Creditors Petition - Creditors. Act of Bankruptcy proved in Creditor's Petition - Section 1-1 (G), Bankruptcy Act, 1914.


From an email received 18 August 2023.

My Father was George Albert McDouall. A wonderful man with many faults.

I lived for approximately 1-2 years at Kempton Manor at the age of approx 4-5yrs.

The true Lady of the Manor sold it to my parents, and lived in a small cottage, where we visited her. She made her cottage a very welcoming home to us at Christmas, with a beautiful Christmas tree that lit her arbour window as you approached it from the driveway. She had a nephew/grandchild?, called Peter, who would play with us (myself, my 2 sisters and brother) at the Manor.

I believe the Manor property, like many historical estates, was all that was left from a sizeable Country Estate that had been 'cut up' when inheritance issues were claimed.

There was a clubhouse (where the Holiday Inn is now situated). I remember the swinging sixties with the beat of live bands and dancing and coat tickets littering the floors.

The neighbouring farm was just as welcoming, and we were allowed to help with milking and herding and (when the adults were 'quiet') teasing the bull and 'woolly' pigs who were left to grout the apple orchard, picking and eating the centres of chamomile flowers from the green centre lines of tractor trails.

We grew up with the ghosts of old, and a sense of comfort from that history to take with us whilst we made our own.

I still, and always will, cherish these memories.

My England. My Home. Thank you.

Collett McDoull.



McDOUALL George Albert to July 1967


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