Page Updated:- Wednesday, 04 May, 2022.


Earliest 1841-

Carpenter's Arms

Closed 1939+

St Mary's Road

West Hythe

Carpenter's Arms 1912

Above photo, circa 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. No idea who the bloke is, could be licensee Peter John Uden, not confirmed.

Carpenter's Arms 1930

Above photo, date circa 1930.

Carpenter's Arms sign 1950s

Above sign left circa 1950s, kindly sent by Robert Greenham who says:- This Sign was hanging high up at Whitbread's Beltring Hop Farm (and which, I was told, was subsequently bought by an American).

Carpenter's Arms cardCarpenter's Arms card

The above sign, wasn't actually designed and released by Whitbread, but has been designed by Robert Greenham in the same style as the card sets they distributed as a representation of what the sign looked like. Robert says:- This was based on the image which appeared on Whitbread's metal map for East Kent which was painted by D. W. Burley in 1950, on commission from Whitbread.

Robert does say he's not totally sure the sign on the left was actually used at all on the building.

Whitbread metal map 1950

The above metal map, kindly sent by Robert Greenham was released, in 1950 and painted by D. W. Burley, and was titled Inn-Signia of Whitbread Houses in East Kent, Whitbread & Co Ltd. The Inn Signs designed by:- M. C. Balston, Vena Chalker, Kathleen M Claxton, K. M. Doyle, Ralph Ellis, Marjorie Hutton, Harvey James, Prudence Rae-Martin, Violet Rutter, L. Toynbee and Kit Watson.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 25 January 1902.


An enjoyable evening was spent at the "Carpenter's Arms Inn," West Hythe, on Wednesday, through the kindness of the host Mr. Morgan and Mr. J. Uden. There were about fifty present, and dancing was kept up from seven until eleven.

Songs were given during the evening by Mr. Henry Piddock, Mr. F. Piddock, of Seabrook ; the Misses Phyllis and Rosie Sellen, Mr. F. Stanley and Mr. J. Giles, of Hythe. Music was supplied by Mr. W. Watts of Burmarsh, and Mr. F. Piddock, of Seabrook.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 10 April 1909.

Arthur Gorley, 22, Dover Road, Folkestone. Bottom of Grace Hill.


Alighting at the Carpenter's Arms," West Hythe, Where Luncheons, Dinners, Teas, and Mackeson and Co.'s Ales and Stouts, and all leading brands of Spirits and Minerals are provided for small or large parties.

The Proprietor, Mr. P. J. Uden, Supplies Milk, Cream, and Eggs from his own Farm.

The Carpenter's Aarms" is situated on the banks of the Canal, amongst charming scenery, and five minutes from Lympne Castle.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 20 June 1914.

Saturday's storm. Houses struck by lightning. Animals killed.

Early on Saturday morning a remarkable thunderstorm passed over Hythe. At the Dentals, the residence of Mrs. J. F. Shelford, in North Road, the lightning struck a chimney stack at the west side of the house, making a big hole in the stack itself and tearing up a large number of tiles on the roof surrounding it. An immense crack was created extending down the stack the stack into the servants' room below, where, luckily, no further damage was done, except that the paper was scorched. The occupants of the room were naturally match alarmed for the time being.

Mr. J. T. Clarke, of Botolph's Bridge Farm, lost two horses; one was killed by lightning, while the other evidently ran into a pond in its fright and was drowned. Mr. P. J. Uden, of the "Carpenter's Arms," lost a sheep and three lambs, and one or two other farmers around West Hythe also suffered in this way.

At Pedlinge a large tree was stripped of its bark by lightning.

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 19 May 1917.


The licence of the "Carpenters' Arms," West Hythe, was at the Hythe Petty Sessions on Tuesday, transferred from Mr. J. Uden to Mr. Charles Newman, of 21, Fort-road.

Supt. Castle stated that the incoming tenant's references were perfectly in order, and there was no objection to the transfer.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 28 April 1934.


At Hythe Petty Sessions on Tuesday, Mr. Robert Freer, until recently steward of the Hythe Golf Club since 1927, was granted a protection order pending the transfer of the licence of the "Carpenters' Arms Inn", West Hythe, to him from the present tenant, Mr. Charles Newman, who, it was stated, will become a licensee in the Canterbury district.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 21 July 1934.


Hythe 6486 - R. Freer, "Carpenters' Arms," West Hythe.


From an email received 10 June 2012


My Great Great Grandfather was Charles Stickels/Stickells, he was living at the "Carpenter's Arm" in the 1851 Census. Charles was a Shepherd and Innkeeper living with him was his wife Elizabeth, daughter Harriet and son Charles (my great grand-father). By 1861 I believe they were living elsewhere in West Hythe.

Caroline Bailey.


From dated 30 May 2014.

Licensee Peter John Uden was born in 1866 and died in 1934, his wife, Sarah Campbell died on 6 December 1915 at the "Carpenter's Arms," aged 43 from Cirrhosis of the liver.


I have only just started to research into this area of Kent and I am hoping to be able to update this page with further information later.

The list of licensees below is all that I have found to date.



WRATTEN John 1841-43+ (age 45 in 1841Census)

STICKLES Charles 1851-58 Census (Shepherd and Inn-keeper)

RICKETTS James 1858+ Melville's 1858

UDEN William 1861+ (age 27 in 1861Census)

PIDDOCK George 1871-74+ (also carpenter age 47 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874

CHITTENDEN Thomas 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

MORGAN Henry 1901-03+ (age 64 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

UDEN Peter John 1911-May/17+ (age 44 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

NEWMAN Charles May/1917-Apr/34 Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

FREER Robert 1934-38+ Post Office Directory 1938

EVANS Albert Victor 1939+


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938



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