Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 December, 2021.


Earliest 1819

(Name from)

Palm Tree

Closed 2009

Canterbury Road


Palm Tree

Above photo, date unknown.

Palm Tree at Elham Palm Tree at Elham Palm Tree at Elham

All photos by Paul Skelton, 22 Aug 2008.

Palm Tree pirates at Elham

Above photo show the pirates in the garden.

Palm Tree sign at Elham Palm Tree sign at ElhamPalm Tree sign 1966

Sign left 2008. Sign right May 1966.

Palm Tree sign 1991

Palm Tree sign October 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Below the inside of the bar.

Palm Tree bar in Elham
Former Palm Tree 2016

Above Google image 2016.

Palm Tree card 1953Palm Tree card 1953

Above card issued March 1953. Sign series 4 number 30.

Advert below appeared in the Dover Express, 27 October 2005.

Palm Tree advert 2005


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 11 May 1878.

A boy drowned in a well.

On Monday the County Coroner, T. T. Delasaux, Esq., held an inquest at the "Palm Tree" on on body of William Thomas Keeler, age 7 years, who was drowned by falling down a well.

It appears that the mother of the deceased went out for a few minutes and left the deceased in charge of two other children, one 3 years old and the other 23 days. On her return the deceased was missing, and on going to the well she saw him at the bottom. She immediately called assistance, and Charles Fagg and Charles Stokes came, and the latter went down, but the rope being rotten broke, and he was nearly drowned. Another rope was obtained, and Stokes succeeded in bringing the deceased up, but he was then quite dead. There were from 40 to 50 feet of water in the well, and when the deceased was first seen by Fagg he was alive, and answered him.

The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.


Tyrone Constitution, Friday 17 May 1901.

I remember reading, some time ago, that 15 badgers had been killed in South East Kent last year, and that last Easter (in accordance with what would appear to be an ancient custom) a notice was published that "the usual badger digging will take place on Good Friday near the "Palm Tree," Wingmore." With what results I have not learned; but Good Friday in Kent would appear to be a particularly bad Friday - however "good" it may be from one Christian standpoint - to the local badger community.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 22 June 1907.

Elham. Alleged theft of a bicycle.

Stephen George Gower and Walter Gower, on bail, were indicted for stealing a gentleman's safety bicycle, 35, the goods of Frank Champs, on the 26th of May, 1907, at Alkham.

Prisoners pleaded not guilty.

Mr. R. F. Gibson prosecuted, and Mr. H. C. Dickens (instructed by Mr. Horace Broughton, Canterbury) defended both prisoners.

Frank Champs of Bladden, stated that on May 26th he rode from Sturry to Elham on his bicycle, and stopped at the "Palm Tree Inn." He put his cycle over the fence outside the inn, and went out several times during the evening to see that it was safe. At 10 o'clock he missed it and found the cushion bicycle produced put in its place.

Edwin Martin, landlord of the Palm Tree Inn," Wingmore, Elham, stated that on the day in question the two prisoners called at the house about 4:45, Stephen Gower riding the cushion cycle produced. At about 9:45 the same evening they called again.

Edward Ellis, police constable stationed at Elham, stated that on May 28th he went to the Tanyard at Canterbury and saw Steven Gower. He explained that he had met a man wheeling the cycle who offer to exchange it for the cushion cycle at 7s. He paid 5s., and exchanged. Walter Gower gave the same story, and witness found the cycle in a lock up shed in the garden of the latter's house.

In answer to Mr. Dickens, witness said that he was sure Stephen Gower said to him when first seen, "I know what you come for." He appeared to be very nervous.

For the defence Stephen Gower stated that he was employed in the Canterbury Tannery, having previously been a scaffolder on the cathedral Tower. He had been in the Militia and served in the war, for which have received two medals. He rose to the rank of Sergeant for good service in the field in dispatch carrying. On the day in question he and his brother with a friend cycled to Shorncliffe, and on their return, just before they reached the "Palm Tree," they met a man with the pneumatic tyred machine, who offered to "chop for 7s." After some demur he paid 5s. spares he paid 5s, and then found that the tyres were down, and the handle and the lamp broken. They went and had a drink at the "Palm Tree" and then came onto Canterbury. He denied he said to the constable "I know what you've come for."

Water Gower gave corroborative evidence, and stated that he had been employed at the Canterbury Tannery for 7 years.

Mr. Dickons made a lengthy speech for the defence, and prisoners were found not guilty and were discharged.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 22 October 1921.

Transfers and extensions.

The licence of the "Palm Tree," Elham was temporarily transferred to Mr. S. Phillips.


Originally called the "White Horse" and first licensed in 1737.

Known to be a tied house to Mackeson in 1962. Unfortunately closed in about 2008.

The "Palm Tree" had smuggling associations and, as of 1987, a collection of spanners in the bar.

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Last pub licensee had CRESSY Josiah 1812+

STONE Robert 1841+ (age 25 in 1841Census)

FITTLE Harrison 1847-62 (also farmer age 44 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858

FITTLE Harrison 1871+ (age 24 in 1871Census)

CLIFFORD Henry 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

FAGG Charles 1881-82+ (age 31 in 1881Census)

BRENCHLEY/BRINCHLEY Henry George M 1891+ Census

WEST Edward J 1899+ Kelly's 1899

FAGG John 1901+ (age 36 in 1901Census)

WEST Edward J 1903+ Kelly's 1903

MARTIN Edwin 1907+

GOLDUP John 1911-13+ (age 71 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

LEE Thomas F 1918+

PHILLIPS S Mr Oct/1921+

WATTS William 1930-34+ Kelly's 1934

WATTS Mrs 1938+

WANSTAN Ewart and Neal & PARRISH Keiron 2008


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934



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