Page Updated:- Tuesday, 07 November, 2023.


Earliest 1805-


Latest 2007

Canterbury Road

(Selsted) (Swingfield)


Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Ray Hopkins.

Chequers, Selstead

Chequers Inn at Selsted near Swingfield circa 1980.


Above photo, date unknown by Darkstar.

Chequers Inn sign 1990

Above sign 1990.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Chequers at Selsted

The above photo is by Nick Smith, date unknown and reproduced under the "Creative Commons License".


I believe this pub has recently closed. (2007). Details hopefully to follow.


The passage below was found on the internet and was written by J.C. Mitchell, an American Gentleman who visited this country around March 1999. He visited the Chequers at Selsted and this is what he had to say about the pub:-

If you drive north of Folkestone a few miles up to the village of Selsted, you'll come across the Chequers Inn. This is a small, simple pub which caters mostly to passing traffic and closes for the late afternoon hours. As we walked in around lunchtime we were greeted by a friendly German Shepherd behind the bar just as somebody was shouting "One Spotted Dick, please!" in the back. (For those Americans unfamiliar with this term, this was an order for dessert and not what you might suspect.) The landlord -- the human one, that is -- was a friendly gentleman who chatted with us about sport, travel, and his younger days in London. We were soon joined by one of the regulars, a local eccentric who reportedly shares living quarters with forty-four dogs. All this time we were drinking pints of 12-Bore Bitter (3.7% ABV), a fine lunchtime brew from King & Barnes in West Sussex. This beer is the perfect accompaniment for listening to leisurely stories about dogs, airplanes, Nevada, soccer, and old men showing up at their local pub wearing nothing but pants (Americans: read underpants).


Kent Gazette Reports 24 September 1805.


Thursday, at Swingfield, Mr. Thomas Buley, master of the "Chequers" public house.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 7 September 1819.


Free Public Houses and other estates,

To be Sold By Auction, By Messrs. White, (Without Reserve).

Pursuant to certain orders of the Vice Chancellor of Great Britain, and before the Major part of the Commissioners named and authorised in and by a Commission of bankrupt awarded and issued against Matthew William Sankey, of the City of Canterbury, brewer, dealer and chapman, at the Guildhall, of the said city of Canterbury, on Wednesday next, the 22nd day of September next, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, (subject to such conditions of sale as shall be then and there produced.)
The following very Valuable Freehold Estates, in Lots.

Valuable Brewery free public houses and other Estates to be sold by auction by Mrs white without reserve.

Lot 12. A Messuage called the "Chequers," with the barn, stable, yard, garden and land, containing by estimate nine acres, more or less, and appurtenances, situate at Swingfield, in the said County, and now in the occupation of Thomas Buley.


From the Kentish Gazette, 6 September 1836.


AT the "Chequers'" Public House, SWINGFIELD MINNIS, on THURSDAY, the 8th day of September, 1836, at Twelve o’clock at noon, in pursuance of an order of the Poor Low Commissioners for England and Wales, and under the direction of the Guardians of the Parish of SWINGFIELD, and subject to such conditions as will be then and there produced; all that FREEHOLD MESSUAGE, in Three Dwellings, situate in the Parish of SWINGFIELD, in the county of Kent, and lately used as a Poor-house.

Also a Freehold Piece or Parcel of PASTURE GROUND, containing twenty-four Perches or thereabouts, and situate in the said Parish.

Immediate possession of the Estate may be had.
For further particulars, application must be made either to the Auctioneer, Burgate-street, Canterbury; or to Mr. Knocker, Solicitor; Dover, if by letter to be postage paid.


From the Kentish Gazette, 31 March 1846.

Mr. THOMAS BULEY, Deceased.

All persons to whom Mr. THOMAS BULEY, late of the "Chequers," in the Parish of SWINGFIELD, stood indebted at the time of his decease, are requested to send the particulars of their claim to the Executors, in order that the same may be examined and discharged; and all Persons who stood indebted to Mr. Buley at the time of his decease, are required to pay the amount of their respective debts to the Executors, within one month from this date.


Swingfield. 27th March, 1846.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 15th December 1846.

Denton Park.

12 acres of Underwood, and Three Stacks of Fodder, the property of H. Cook, Esq.

Mr. Harrison will sell by auction, on Tuesday, 15th December, 1846, in lots, at the sign of the "Chequers," Swingfield Minnis, 12A. 2R. 15P. of excellent Underwood, lying in Denton Park; also one Stack of Cinquefoil, about 18 tons; one Stack of Hay, about 18 tons; and one Stack of ditto, the growth of 1845, about 20 tons, all got up in capital order.

Mr. Hills, at the "Chequers," will show the Underwood; and George Ward, of Denton, the fodder.

For further particulars, enquire of Mr. Harrisson, Estate Agents, Buckland.

Sale to commence at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 20November, 1885. Price 1d.


The Superintendent of Fire Brigade, Mr. T. O. sanders, brought up a report of a fire at the “Chequers Inn,” Swingfield Minnis, which had occurred about three o'clock in the afternoon of Sunday, while the landlord was at church at Denton. The Folkestone fire engine was sent for but they refused to go. He (the Superintendent) received the report of the fire about eight o'clock in the evening by telegram, and by 8.25 the fire engine was proceeding to Swingfield Minnis, arriving at the scene of the fire at 9.20. The fire was extinguished about 11 p.m., when it was found that the premises were completely gutted. The house and furniture were insured.

Councillor Bottle questioned whether it was desirable that the engine and fire brigade should be sent out of the town. They were taking away a certain number of the police, who would be doing other duties. He did not know if they obtained any support from these country places.

The Town Clerk said that it was usual for the parties to pay for the use of the engine.

In reply to Alderman Marshall, the Superintendent said that the bill was usually sent to the agents.

The Mayor said that he should like to know if the Watch Committee had made any order whether the brigade were to go out or not, as the Superintendent called on him on Sunday night to know if the engine might go, and as it had been allowed to go before he gave permission.

The Town Clerk said that there had been no order from the Watch Committee as to whether the engine should go out of the borough, but it was left to the discretion of the Mayor for the time being.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 4 December, 1885. Price 1d.


This fire occurred on Sunday, Nov. 15th, was reported to the Dover agent of Kent Fire Office, Mr. John Finnis, Biggin Street, on Tuesday, the 17th, and a cheque for the full amount insured on the building was sent to the owner, Mr. Buley, on the 27th.


From the Dover Express, Friday 16 October, 1903.

(Before J. H. Monins, H. Hart, J. L. Bradley, W. H. Burch Rosher, W. J. Adcock, and E. Dawes, Esqrs., at Dover, yesterday.)


The following licenses were transferred: The "Chequers," Swingfield, from Mrs. Emma Banks to Mrs. Eliza Beeching.


From the Whitstable Times, 24 January, 1914.


The East Kent Coroner (Mr. Rutley Mowll) held an inquest at the "Chequers Inn," Selsted, Swingfield, on Thursday, on the body of Alfred Bailey, of Holly Cottage, Temple Ewell, near Dover, who was found dead lying in a stable at the "Chequers Inn," Selsted, in which he and his horse slept when working in the neighbourhood.

Albert Robert Bailey, 3, Church Lane, Temple Ewell, Dover, a labourer, stated:- The deceased was my father, Alfred Bailey. He was 59 years of age, and lived at Holly Cottage, Temple Ewell, Dover. He was a carrier and contractor. I saw him on Sunday, when he went to feed his horse, and he then appeared to be all right. He left home to come to Selsted on Sunday night, in order to start work on Monday. He was employed by the County Council.

Richard Hobbs, the licensee of the "Chequers Inn," Selsted, Swingfield, stated: The deceased had been working in the district for the County Council, and hired the stables attached to these premises for his horse. He also slept in another stall in the same stable. This morning, as he did not come in for his tea, I went out and called him by name, but, receiving no answer. I entered the stable. I again called him - he was lying in the straw covered up with a coat and some clean bags—but, receiving no answer, I lifted the coat up, and found that he was dead. I sent for the police and a doctor. Yesterday, he seemed to be in good spirits, but on Friday could not go to work on account of a bad cold. He was employed to help repair the roads. When he first came here I asked if he would rather have a bed, but, he said that he would rather sleep beside his horse. Yesterday he was unable to work owing to the slippery condition of the roads.

The Coroner:- Was he warm in the stable?

He said that he was as warm as "a bug in a rug."

Mr. F. W. Henderson, of Elham, said that he examined the deceased, and found no marks of violence. The body was warm, but the feet and hands were cold. He attributed death to syncope, the cold weather probably accelerating this.

The jury returned a verdict of Death from Natural Causes.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 February, 1918.


The Chequers, Swingfield was fined at Dover in September for selling gin below proof.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22 September, 1922.


The landlord of the "Chequers," Swingfield, applied for permission to keep open from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day, for the convenience of the market gardeners.

Supt. Russell said that the Chief Constable had directed him to oppose the application, as he did not think it necessary and would cause other publicans to make similar applications.

The Clerk read the Section of the Act which left it open to the discretion of the Magistrates to grant such an application.

Supt. Russell said that the same thing applied to the whole of the wayside public-houses in his district.

The applicant said that his was the regular stopping place.

The Bench refused to allow the application.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 17 November, 1922.


Mr. Archibald Edward Finch, of the "Chequers Inn," Swingfield, was granted an extension from 2.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on November 28th, on the occasion of the annual wood sale by Messrs. Worsfold and Hayward, of Dover.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 November, 1923. Price 1d.


Extensions were granted to the "Chequers'" Swingfield, for the afternoon of 23rd November, on the occasion of a wood sale.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 13 January 1939.

A whist drive was held at the "Chequers," Annexe, on Friday last, in aid of the Queens District Nurses. There were nine tables occupied, and the highest score  was won by  Mr. W. Edney. Ladies: 1. Mrs. J Keeler; 2. Mr. F May, 3. Mrs. G Brisley. Gentleman: 1. Mr. J White, 2. Mr. G Brisley, 3. Mr. B Greenstreet; consolation, Mrs. T Keeler and Mr. F. G. Dixon. All prizes were given. The proceeds amounted to 2 12s. 9d.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 26 February, 1971.


Hunt at Chequers 1971

Master of Hunt, Mr. David Bartlett and followers ready to set out for the day after the East Kent Hunt met at the "Chequers Inn," Selsted, on Wednesday.




BULEY Thomas to Sept/1805 dec'd

BULEY Thomas (son) 1819-Mar/46 dec'd (age 55 in 1841Census)

HILLS John 1846-47+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

MAXTED Eward 1851-58 (age 33 in 1851Census) Melville's 1858

ASHBY Richard William 1861+ (age 35 in 1861Census)

FINNIS James 1871-74+ (age 68 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874

Last pub licensee had SEATH William Marsh 1881+ (also farmer age 39 in 1881Census)

BANKS William 1899-Oct/1903+ (also farmer age 31 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1899Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

BEECHING Eliza Oct/1903+

HOBBS Richard Apr/1904-13+ (age 41 in 1911Census) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1913

BODINGTON Gerald 1918-Nov/21 Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922

BODINGTON Alice Nov/1921 Dover Express

FIDGE Archibald Edward Nov/1921-Aug/24 Dover Express

BROWN Frederick William Aug/1924+ Dover Express

SOUTH Clifton 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938

Last pub licensee had O'GRADY Harry to 2007


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

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

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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