Above photo 1952.
Creative Commons Licence.
Above photo 1955.
Creative Commons Licence.
Thompson & Sons ledger.
Creative Commons Licence.
Above photo kindly sent and taken by John Fagg in the 1980s.
Above sign 1987.
Above is shown the Crooked Billet in Ash in 1998.
Above pictures taken from Google Maps 2010.
From the Kentish Chronicle, Saturday, 10 September, 1859. Price 1½d.
ASH. SHOCKING DEATH.
On Sunday, Mrs. Price, wife of the landlord of the
“Crooked Billet,” was sitting in her room, when a vein in her leg, near
the ankle, burst. Medical aid was speedily sent for, but in seven
minutes she was dead. Mr. Delasaux held an enquiry into the case on
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7
WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS
Plans for alterations to the "Crooked Billet," Ash were sanctioned.
From the Dover Express 15 January,
LICENSEE WAS ACE NIGHT FIGHTER PILOT
The "Crooked Billet" public house at Ash is the drinking place of
many Czech airman.
Mr. Slavonil Janacek and his wife have taken over as licensees.
It is almost within sight of his last R.A.F. posting, Manston - where
he served from No. 23 Squadron years ago.
Slavonil was one of many Czechs who escaped to England at the outbreak
of war in 1930 and soon became a member of the then Wing Commander Max
Aikens night fighter squadron.
This was a posting that earned him a Distinguished Flying Cross to
add to his D.E.M. on the occasion when he shot down four German aircraft
in one night during a raid on Liverpool.
It was during his wartime service he met his wife Mavys, formerly an
art student and then a fighter plotter in the W.A.A.F.
It was with high hopes for the future that he took her back to his
country in 1945 when he joined the Czech Air Force.
But like many others he found the Communist Country unacceptable.
Three years later with Mavys as his navigator he "borrowed" a plane from
the station at Chradime near Prague, and took off to England.
However good a wife Mavys may be her navigation was obviously
slightly adrift. Running low on fuel and seeing a cricket match in
progress they proclaimed that they had arrived. But on making a forced
landing they found they were at St. Valerie near Somme in Northern France.
It was after this that Slavonil joined the R.A.F. for the second time.
We'll fight to keep village ale and hearty.
From the Dover Express 12 November 1998 by Sergio Nardone.
BATTLE GOES ON TO STOP HOMES REPLACING PUB
A DECISION on whether to allow the conversion of a former village pub
into a house has been deferred by councillors.
The Crooked Billet, in New Street, Ash, closed in September after the
owners reported a downturn in trade.
They say they tried to sell the pub but failed to find any interested
buyers when they put it on the market.
Dover District Council's planning committee is dealing with an
application to convert the pub and build two other homes
Planning officers cannot prevent the owners putting forward the
proposals as there are three
other pubs in Ash, The Red Lion, The Chequer Inn and The Volunteer.
But 75 members of the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale signed a
petition calling for it to be kept as a going concern.
They said there were few meeting places in Ash and the pub helped
prevent people having to go outside the village for entertainment.
Neighbours said the development would be over-intensive, adversely
affecting the area's special character.
Council officers are negotiating with the owners to change plans to
include two bungalows rather than houses which would overlook nearby
Ward councillor Mary Smith (Cons, Ash), welcomed the deferral as a
chance to obtain more information.
She said: "I've no objections to the site being developed but I think
the present plan is over-intensive and out of keeping with the
Councillors approved deferral and a tree preservation order.
Above photo shows the "Crooked Billet" and sign in 1999, obviously closed.
Photo copyright P E Blanche (permission to use on this site enquired, no
reply to email.)
From the East Kent Mercury 14 January 1999.
OLD PUB BECOMES A HOUSE
The former "Crooked Billet" pub in Ash is being converted into a
District councillors granted planning permission for the changes at a
meeting last week when they also agreed to two more properties at the
back of the inn in New Street.
The eucalyptus tree in the garden is protected by a preservation
The pub shut in September after the landlord reported a serious
downturn in trade. The property has been on the market since then with
no interest from any prospective buyers.
The Dover Express of 1904, I believe called this pub the "Cricket Inn" by
mistake, when the license was changed from Richard Ladd to his wife Harriett
after his death. She being the executor.
The pub used to show (pre-1987) a splendid three-dimensional sign showing
the crooked log.
In 1998 planning application /98/00735/ TR 296:581 proposed that the
"Crooked Billet" at 96 New Street, Ash, Sandwich, Kent:- "Change of use from
public house to 2 dwelling and erection of 2 dwellings."
15 comments were added to the Council Application web site, 13 objecting
to the change of use and 2 being neutral. Unfortunately the comments are no
PRICE Mr 1859+
LADD Richard 1899-Apr/1904
LADD Harriett Apr/1904+
WELLARD Thomas to Nov/1910
BELSON William Nov/1910-11 (age 40 in 1911)
ATTWOOD George John to Feb/1923
REYNOLDS Richard James Feb/1922-Oct/23
RICHARDS Mr P 8/Apr/1945-52
NASH John R 1952-Feb/1954
SKILTON Herbert C 1954-56
SOUTHAM A G 1956-Oct/58
FRANKLIN J R Oct/1958-Feb/60
TAYLOR W J Feb/1960-63+
JANACEK Slavonil 1971+
Charrington & Co
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express