Page Updated:- Friday, 16 December, 2022.


Earliest 1774-

Five Bells

Latest 1774+


Ham Street

Former Five Bells 2021

Above Google image July 2021.

Former Five Bells 2021

Above Google image, July 2021.


Just the one instance of this found and apparently it was being sold in 1774 so may not have lasted beyond this year serving their ales.


Kentish Gazette, 11 May, 1774.

To be sold by Auction, on Saturday the 21st day of May, 1774, at the Sign of the "Saracens Head," at Ashford at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.

A Messuage or Tenement, formerly the "Five Bells" Alehouse, with the Garden, Orchard being half an Acre by Estimation, and one Messuage or Tenement and Piece of Pasture-land adjoining, containing by Estimation three Acres, situate in Hamstreet, and in the Parishes of Orlestone and Warehorne in the county of Kent, and now or late and the occupation of Thomas Winder and Richard Chapman.

Enquire of Richard Elgar at Folkestone.



Jane Sales informs me that she is the owner of the building known as "House attached to The Post Office/Six Bells Inn/The Old Bakery as shown above and addressed as Ashford Road, Orlastone.

I don’t actually know of a Six Bells in Hamstreet, these pubs are usually named after the number of bells in the local church.

The nearest church I can find is in Ruckinge about 1.6 miles away from this house. It is called St. Mary Magdalene Church, and that has got 5 bells, so sounds feasible for a pub in that area. with the name "Five Bells."

But as for the information stating "Six Bells," I am wondering whether that is incorrect or that perhaps there was another pub in that area with that name.



WINDER Thomas & CHAPMAN Thomas 1774


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