Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.


Earliest 1881-


Latest 1980+

High Street


Plough 1908

Above postcard, 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Shown centre of picture with white horizontal stripe.


Photo above showing the "Plough" the building on the left. Circa 1920 showing a Sunday school outing. Kindly sent by Carole Philpott.

Plough at Eastry
Plough at Eastry

Above photographs by Paul Skelton 6 Oct 2007

From the Illustrated London News, 16 April, 1887.

Plough cartoon 1887


Above cartoon had the captions:-

1) Cyclist Scouts.

2) Cyclist Scouts Surprised at Eastry.

3) Rescued by the London Scottish.

4) A Race for Life.

Plough cartoon

Above showing the Defence of Temple Farm, at Whitfield, near Dover, on Saturday.


The Plough closed around 1978 and local gossip tells me the licensee Mr Griggs (known as Jimmy) crossed the road and replaced the retired Fred Fleming at the "Bull." Mr Griggs left in the early 1980s due to a small issue with his wife. It is stated that one day he went off with the "Bull" regulars on a coach trip to the Derby and on his return, found that his wife and most of the contents of his pub had vanished.


Now a private residence as of Oct 2007, but I do not know the last time it traded as a public house.


Has been advertised as the following by Trovit Homes 2007:- "An unfurnished newly converted period property forming part of the former Plough public house in the centre of the village. The property features a fitted kitchen, lounge, double bedroom, shower room. The property has the benefit of full gas central heating, off road parking for one car. Available immediately, most suitable for single professional or couple, regret no smokers.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 2 February, 1923. Price 1d.


Plans for alterations to the "Plough Inn," Eastry were approved.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 26 April, 1935. Price 1d.


Plans for alterations to the "Plough," Eastry, were approved.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 1 February 1952.

Former Licensee's Sudden Death

Licensee of the Plough Inn, Eastry, until two years ago, Mr. Guy Merryfield, died suddenly on Sunday at 3, Dover Road, Walmer, aged 65.

Mr. Merryfield came to Eythorne as a lad and lived there until taking over the "Plough" at Eastry just before the last war.

An engineer by trade, Mr. Merryfield followed various occupations. He was a member of the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish men. The funeral was at Waldershare yesterday (Thursday).




HORN Benjamin 1881-1901+ (age 40 in 1881Census)

VENABLES Thomas William 1911-Sept/14 Dover Express

TUMBER Eil Sept/1914-Aug/15 Dover Express (Of Tankerton)

DILNOT Richard Aug/1915-Nov/22 Dover Express

HAWLEY Mr Newman Nov/1922-Jan/27 Dover Express

SELL Richard Jan/1927-July/32 Dover Express

SAUNDERS George July/1932+ Dover Express

SAUNDERS Mr C to Jan/1937 dec'd Dover Express

SAUNDERS Mrs G A (widow) Jan/1937-Mar/1937 Dover Express

MERRYFIELD Guy Mar/1937-50 (age 53 in 1939) Dover Express

GRIGGS Horace N 1974-78+ Next pub licensee had Library archives 1974 Fremlins


William Venables was born in Hertfordshire in 1870. (Email from 2nd cousin Alan Venables 17 Mar 2009)

According to the Dover Express, Mr. Venables said he was taking a house in Canterbury.


Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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