Page Updated:- Saturday, 04 November, 2023.


Earliest 1832-


Open 2020+

Sutton Road / Five Vents


01622 842555

Plough 2018

Above photo 2018.


I have also seen this addressed as being in Sutton Valence in the 1851 census and Kelly's of 1903.


Kentish Gazette, 9 October 1849.

SUTTON VALENCE. Fatal Accident.

An inquest was held at the "Plough Inn," on Monday last, before W. T. Neave, Esq., deputy-coroner, on the body of George Burr, a labourer, aged 52, who had fallen off the rods of a timber carriage at the foot of Sutton Hill, both wheels having passed over him.

Verdict— "Accidental death."


South Eastern Gazette 14 September 1852.


Sun. 6.— (Before J. Jacobson, Esq., Chairman, Capt. Marsham, the Rev. R. Martin, E. Burton, D. Stratton, W. W. T. Baldwin, Esqrs., and Sir John Croft, Bart.)

The whole of the licenses were renewed without comment, with the two following exceptions. A complaint was made by Superintendent Turrall against the landlord of the "Plough" at Sutton, for keeping him at the door five minutes before admitting him. The Bench strongly condemned the landlord's conduct and cautioned him as to the future.


Kentish Gazette, 15 March 1853.

The licenses of the following houses were transferred:-

The "Plough," Sutton Valence, from Henry Farrance to James Morgan.


South Eastern Gazette, 15 November 1853.

BEARSTED. Petty Sessions, Monday.— (Before J. Jacobson, Esq., chairman, Capt. Marsham, E. Burton, D. Scratton, and C. G. Whittaker, Esqrs.)

James Morgan, of the "Plough Inn," Sutton Valence, was charged by Superintendent Turrall with allowing drinking in his house during divine service on Sunday afternoon, the 30th October.

Fined 1 and 15s. costs.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 03 December 1861.


A respectable Young Person., E, M. Mr. Edmed's PLOUGH INN, Langley, nr. Maidstone, Kent.


From the By Rebecca Tuffin, 8 July 2020.

Plough pub in Langley near Maidstone reopens after lockdown with new landlady.

Imagine reopening a pub after three months of lockdown - with all new regulations in place - and it's also your first ever day as a landlady.

This was the case for Becky Leach, who welcomed punters back to the Plough in Langley alongside her mum, Debbie Leach, on Saturday.

Becky & Debbie Leach 2020

Becky and Debbie Leach are now running the Plough in Langley.

Previously working at the Sutton Road tavern for four years as general manager, Miss Leach, 26, was made redundant when the business was liquidated by the previous owners earlier this year.

However, Wellington Pub Group, which now owns the building, persuaded Miss Leach and Debbie, 52, to take over.

But just as the pair signed the lease, the government announced all pubs, restaurants and clubs would have to shut for an unknown length of time.

"Me and all the other staff were gutted to be made redundant and didn't really expect it, it seemed to come out of nowhere," said Miss Leach, who lives above the pub.

"When I finally decided to take over, we were umming and ahhing about when to do our opening and decided on the Friday, and then we heard the announcement. It was terrifying. Trying to figure out how we were going to get the doors back open was hard."

Plough outside 2020

Punters were welcomed back to the tavern on Super Saturday.

Luckily, the owners drew up a new contract so rent payments wouldn't begin until the Plough was back up and running.

And the mother and daughter have been using the temporary closure to revamp the building and prepare for social distancing measures.

"We have been quite busy and used the time wisely, trying to get everything done," said Miss Leach.

However, the 26-year-old was understandably apprehensive on Friday, the night before reopening.

She said: "I was so nervous as it's all under my name now and all the staff were back. But we were also very excited to get back to work."

Plough inside 2020

Several tables have been removed from the pub to enable social distancing.

She added: "I know the pub well having been general manager for four years when the previous people owned it and before that I worked in the "Chequers" in Loose, which has helped."

As the Plough's 10 staff were also made redundant alongside Miss Leach, they were not able to enrol on the furlough scheme, but have nevertheless returned to work at the tavern.

The reopening weekend was "challenging", especially with so many new regulations in place, but it was also "lovely to see the locals" and the "fantastic team" once again.

"It was really good to be back open and it was a nice, steady kind of busy," said Miss Leach.

The pub now has a designated entrance and exit route, with hand sanitiser and floor markings throughout.

Barriers have been put up to organise queues waiting for entry and a large portion of tables have been removed.

A marquee is also available in the garden to allow for more outdoor space and staff can wear masks and gloves if they wish, provided by the pub.

The pub is open Tuesday to Sunday with a new menu available and tables can be booked here.



ROUSE John Beaumont 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FARRANCE John (age 55 in 1851Census)

FARRANCE Henry to Mar/1853

MORGAN James Mar/1853+

EDMED William 1861-71 (age 52 in 1871Census)

COLLISON William 1881-22+ (age 58 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922



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