Above photo kindly sent and taken by John Fagg in the 1980s.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 19 March, 1937.
On Thursday night last week the pond at Coldred Green was so full
that the water was across the road by the public house. By Friday
morning the road was comparatively clear.
Above photo of Carpenter's Arms at Coldred taken February 1994.
All photos taken by Paul Skelton 27 October 2007.
According to the mason's mark above the fireplace in the public bar, the
building dates back to 1719.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 13 October, 1922. Price 1˝d.
SUDDEN DEATH AT COLDRED
An inquest was held at the “Carpenter’s” Arms,” Coldred, on Saturday
afternoon by the East Kent Coroner (Mr. Rutley Mowll), respecting the
death of James Matcham, who was found dead in bed.
Marian Jane Matcham, of Lower Herronden, Eastry, a widow, said that the
deceased was her brother-in-law, and lived at Parsonage Cottages,
Coldred. He was a farm labourer, and his age was 67 years. He was a
widower without children.
Miss Clara Smith said that she had acted as the deceased’s housekeeper
for two years. The deceased went to work regularly up till Wednesday,
October 4th, with Mr. Dudley Richards. On that day he came home and had
his tea, and afterwards smoked his pipe as usual, and she read the paper
to him. He had some supper and went to bed at about 8.30. Witness on
going down to light the fire next morning, called him, but got no reply.
She then made some tea, and as the deceased did not come downstairs, she
went up and knocked at his door, but as she got no reply she went in and
found the deceased lying in bed on his side. He was dead, and she ran
downstairs and called in the neighbour. The deceased had not shown the
slightest symptom of ill-health.
Dr. G. E. Bellamy said that he made a post mortem examination of the
deceased, and found that the heart was athermanous. Death was due to
The Jury, of whom Mr. W. Gosby was foreman, returned a verdict of death
from natural causes.
The funeral took place at Coldred on Monday, the Rev. H. Sausmarez-Smith,
Rector of Coldred and Waldershare officiating. The mourners present were
Mrs. Matcham (sister-in-law) Miss Smith (housekeeper) and Mr. Matcham
(nephew). A wreath was sent from Mr. and Mrs. D. Richards, the
deceased’s employer. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. W.
Gosby, of Coldred.
From the Dover Express, 17 September, 1926
The "Carpenter's Arms," Coldred was granted permission to open from
10 to 11 p.m. on September 25th for a harvest supper.
The Magistrates announced that applications in connection with farm
sales till 6 p.m. would not be granted in future - only till 5 p.m.
From the Dover Express, 17 September, 1971.
There is a proposal to install a skittle alley at the "Carpenter's
Arms" at Coldred. Dover Rural Council is to be asked to grant planning
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 6
October, 2011. 60p
VILLAGE SCOOPS PRIZE FOR BRILLIANT BLOOMS
Volunteers who created a quiet haven of horticultural
interests have been praised for their efforts and awarded an honour by
the Royal Horticultural Society.
CoIdred picked up the silver award in the small village category at
the RHS Britain in Bloom Awards. hosted by TV gardener and presenter
RacheI De Thame.
The ceremony at the Fairmont Hotel St Andrews, Scotland, was attended
by a record-breaking 470 community and gardening champions.
CoIdred in Bloom co-ordinator Jo Tinkler said: "To begin with CoIdred
was a bit daunted about RHS Britain in Bloom, but we always
underestimate the results of so many villagers frequently giving a bit
of effort, from buying a raffle ticket, to mowing the avenue to Coldred.
It adds to a brilliant environment and community.
As with South and South East in Bloom, the judging process is really
encouraging and useful as it brings new ideas and gives us a perspective
of CoIdred from a wider world."
Ms Tinkler said the community spirit for gardening began when the
Best Kept Village competition was held in the 1990s.
Now, with a population of about 120, regular fundraising events are
held, work parties organised and a team of volunteers are keen to
improve their outside spaces.
She added; "Coldred is a special place, full of very special people
who enjoy rolling up their sleeves and getting on with doing things.
"There's no whingeing and waiting for things to happen! We wash our
road signs and bollards, have an autumn blitz of hedges, and spring
clean the church. Every little helps."
RHS Britain in Bloom UK judging panel chairman Roger Burnett led a
team of 12 RHS judges who toured the UK in August, visiting the 76
finalists, nominated from more than 1,000 communities. The judges
assessed horticultural achievement, community participation and
From the Dover Mercury, 18 April,
2013. 80p. By Amy Nickalls
PUB GETS NEW LOOK TO MARK CENTENARY AND BLOOM EFFORT
VILLAGERS in Coldred have helped to brighten up the Carpenters Arms,
ready for a two-day centenary event starting tomorrow (Friday) and the
Britain in Bloom competition in the summer.
Some of the members of the working party who helped smarten up the
"Carpenters Arms" pub, including landlord Colin Fagg, second left.
Pictures: Chris Davey FM2532980
It is 100 years since the Fagg family took over the pub, and the
anniversary will be marked with the centenary beer festival, between noon
and 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
Coldred in Bloom co-ordinator Jo Tinkler said: “The trouble with a
community pub that opens without fail for the community and keeps prices
as low as possible is that it doesn’t leave Colin Fagg a great deal of
time or money to do everything.
Ken Mooreland lends a hand.
“So I asked the community to give a little back and show Coldred at its
best for the celebration. As well as the 100th anniversary, it is also 20
years since the community won the Best Kept Village in Kent award, so the
theme for the Britain in Bloom entry will be Many Happy Returns.”
Ray Newsam wields his wire brush at the "Carpenters Arms."
The flowers the community are planting will be baby blues and pinks in
honour of the royal
baby’s birth in June. Villagers met at the "Carpenters Arms" to help Mr Fagg,
the owner of the pub, to paint the front of the building and give it a
clean-up ready for the events.
The pub is believed to date back to 1716 and the Fagg family has owned the
pub since 1913. Daphne Fagg, who recently died at the age of 92, owned the
pub for 40 years.
"Carpenters Arms" is part of the Deal, Dover, Sandwich and district branch
of the Camra group - Campaign for Real Ale - which aims to protect the
traditions of pubs and ale.
Photo left: Carole Pickaver busy with her scraper
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 25 April, 2013. 70p.
Report by Jamie Rose
PINT GLASS HALF FULL FOR PUBS IN DISTRICT
Area is bucking the trend when it comes to boozers
COLIN Fagg staged centenary celebrations at the weekend for a pub
which has always been run by a member of his family.
The "Carpenters Arms" in Coldred is a traditional pub in all senses,
sitting at the heart of a rural community and offering only crisps and
peanuts for food.
He says the key to success is a friendly welcome, but also his
decision to offer only real ale in draught form, similar to the many
micropubs popping up across the UK. He added: “It is also important not
to be tied to a brewery. I source my drinks locally and through an
agency and at a considerably cheaper cost than the bigger breweries make
TRITTON John 1847+
FOX John 1874-Nov/1907
PARK/PARKER Alfred Nov/1907-Jan/12
HORTON Ernest J Jan/1912+
Marine of Walmer)
RIBBENS John to Jan/1911?
BAILEY Robert Jan/1911+?
MARSH Henry 1913-34+
FAGG Daphne J 1974-2010+
FAGG Colin 2012+
Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
the Kelly's Directory 1934
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express