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Earliest 1811


Open 2024+

Church Lane (Church Road 1861 Census)


01304 360209

Plough 1998

Photo taken in July, 1998 from by John Law.

The Plough at Ripple Plough Inn at Ripple

Above photo shows the Plough at Ripple. 2007

Above photo by Adam Swain from

Plough at Ripple 1960

Above photo taken in 1960 and kindly sent by Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate Historical Society.


Above photo, date unknown.

Plough sign 2022

Above sign 2022 by Paul Skelton.


The Plough Inn was built during the reign of George the 1st (1714-1727) in the year 1725. When first built, the property was a farm dwelling, the earliest recorded occupant was Cedric Beerling, who is mentioned in the sale document of 1745.

In 1811 the property was purchased and turned into a beer retailer and grocer of the staple parish, that year a licence was granted to sell ales and cider only by the justices at Dover. In 1814 the property was registered as an ale house and pastering house, since then the Plough Inn Public House has sold ales. In 1824 the property was registered as the Plough Inn. And still is to this present day.

Contact from Jackie Myall, tells me she is the grand-daughter of licensee Ernest Jamson, and says it was during his time at the pub that he applied and was awarded permission to sell wines and spirits.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 10 September 1861.

From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 14 September, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.


(Before T. S. Clark. Esq., in the chair, J. P. Plumtree, N. H. D’Aeth, M. Bell, E. Rice, G. Sayer, and F. Finnis, Esqrs.)

This was the annual licensing day for the public Houses in the division. All the old licenses were renewed, and the publicans were complimented by the bench on the orderly manner in which they had conducted their houses during the past year. Applications for new licenses were made by Richard Jones, of the “Plough” beer-house, Ripple, and by William Cox, of the “King William IV,” Littlebourne. Mr. Delasaux supported Jones’s application, and stated that his clients house was the only one of the kind in the parish. He handed in a petition numerously signed by the parishioners. William Cox also handed in a petition, and after consideration the bench agreed to grant both applications.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 30 September 1882.


It being the annual licensing day - all the licenses were granted without opposition.

In the case of the "Plough," at Ripple, Mr. Fawcett, the landlord, was cautioned against obtaining consents for extension of time irregularly.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 19, January, 1900.


Henry R. J. Jenkins was summoned for having at Ripple, on the 28th, October, sold half a pint of gin not of the substance demanded, namely, gin adulterated with water, being 3.96 below the legal limit.

Defendant pleaded guilty, and was fined 20s. and 10s. 8d. costs, which was paid.


Dover Express 07 November 1913.


At the Dover County Police Court on Monday, before Messrs. T. A. Terson (in the chair) and F. W. Prescott.

Edward Isaiah Relf, a stoker, was summoned on the information of Lilian Revell, of the "Plough Inn," Ripple, for arrears of maintenance.

Mr. R. Mowll, who appeared for the complainant, explained that the defendant had been ordered to pay 2/6 a week & £1 0s. 6d. costs on August 21st. last. He was 54 weeks in arrears, amounting to £6 15s. 0d., the cost of the order, £1 0s. 6d., and with cost of the warrant the amount owing totalled £8 0s.1d., to which was added police costs, £2 19s.3d. for bringing the prisoner from Portland to Dover. The summons was adjourned upon the prisoner paying £2 10s. on account with a promise of £1 per month until the arrears were paid off.


Dover Express 07 January 1916.


On January 2nd, at the "Plough Inn," Ripple, Edwin Ladd, late of 13, Union Road, Dover, aged 64 years.


Dover Express 21 January 1916.


Temporary transfer. The "Plough" Ripple, from the executors of the late Mr. Edwin Ladd to Miss Kate Ladd, daughter of the late Mr. Ladd.


Dover Express 03 March 1916.


Fully licensed House, with well stocked general shop attached; rent, £16; valuation, £150; average, £22 weekly. - H. K. Wilshire, 49, Crabble Hill, Dover.


Dover Express 03 March 1916.


"Plough Inn," Ripple (E. Ladd, deceased).

Fully licensed House, with well stocked general shop attached; rent £16; valuation, £150; average, £22 weekly. - H. K. Wilsher, 49, Crabble Hill, Dover.


From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Mercury, 24th April, 1920

At the Dover sitting of the Wingham Petty Sessions on the 15th inst., [...] The license of the Plough, Ripple, was transferred from Harry K. Wilsher to Henry Simmons.


From the Dover Express, 20 October, 1933.


The "Plough Inn," Ripple, was transferred from William Henry Kemp to Ernest Jameson.


Dover Express 03 July 1936.


The licensee of the "Plough Inn", Ripple, was granted an occasional licence to sell, in a tent, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., on July 16th, for the Ripple Flower Show.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 7 July 1939.


An occasional license was granted to the licensee of the "Plough" Inn, Ripple, for the Ripple Flower Show, at Ripple Court, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on 13th July.


Dover Express 15 September 1950.

Alterations were approved to the "Plough Inn," Ripple.


From the Dover Express, Thursday, 13 October, 2007.

Brave Carla is back on track

Report by Yamurai Zendera

Carla Goodborn, Plough at Ripple

THE grieving girlfriend of A258 crash victim David Wilson is getting her life back on track by taking on a new job as a pub manager.

Carla Goodburn, 23, who survived a crash in November that killed her 24-year-old boyfriend, has been handed the task of breathing new life into the Plough Inn in Ripple.

The pub, which also has a restaurant and bed and breakfast, has experienced a loss of trade since the previous managers left two months ago.

Carla Goodburn, Plough at Ripple

This has prompted the owner to appoint Carla, a former model and promotions girl as its new manager.

Carla, who has a three-year-old son called Keian, has only been working at the pub for a couple of months but says she is ready for the added pressure.

'She said: "It feels fantastic."

"I just want to bring it back to the way it used to be. It had a great reputation as a nice family pub which made good home made food, and that's what I want it to be again."

Carla, who lives in Whitfield, is currently working on budgets and the number of staff she will need, but hopes to officially start her new role in the next few weeks.

She-said it would be a giant leap into the unknown given that David had been the couple's main breadwinner.

She said: "He would go to work as a carpenter and I would stay at home to raise Keian.

"Not a day goes by when I don't think about him, but I hope he is proud of what I am doing."

Resourceful Carla is still busy dedicating her time and energy towards a campaign to make the Dover to Deal road less dangerous.

She has joined forces with Lesley and Trevor Home who also lost their 11-year-old daughter Samantha in a car accident on the same road in May. The group's petition has already collected more than 7,000 signatures.


From the Dover Mercury, 22 October, 2009. ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Plough Inn serves up local produce cooked to perfection

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BEAT the blues of darker nights and colder days with a visit to The Plough Inn at Ripple for a mid-week treat and an evening meal to remember.

Will Bowen is the chef and he has a passion for cooking local food and changing the menu to suit the growing seasons.

So there is always a main meal to choose that looks different and tempting, with many featuring produce from the Kent area.

He said: "I have two special dishes that I recommend at the moment, both priced below £11 each."

Will suggests a belly of local organic pork with local orchard apples in cider or a slow roast shoulder of Romney Marsh lamb, crushed new potatoes and fresh rosemary.

The Plough Inn is a 17th century traditional pub in Church Lane and the AA has recognised its high standards with a four star rating. Food is served between 6pm and 9pm Tuesday to Saturday and the Sunday lunch, with local vegetables and local meat, has proved so popular that booking is recommended.

There is also a special Thursday lunch for pensioners, with two courses for just £4.49. Apart from the top class menu five days a week, there is also a selection of bar snacks in the evenings.

Owner of The Plough is Peter Norris, who also owns the nearby Sutton Vale Country Club.

He said: "We are proud our menu reflects local produce and we even have Kentish wines and Kentish cider.

The Plough is also a CAMRA pub and has a good selection of beers."

Wednesday evening is quiz night, from 8pm onwards, win food and prizes, and the pub has two car parks.

Mr Norris added: "We have three en-suite bedrooms including a family room which, with four-star AA status, is quite a feat for a small inn."

For more details ring 01304 360209 or see and click onto Local Pub.



March 2010 saw some new licensees take over, Jeff and Gina Howard, who it is reported have been running pubs in the Leicestershire area, but this is their first time in Kent although they have run a village pub before.

During 2014 it was reported that the pub have Classic and Vintage car displays every last Sunday in the month, where a B-B-Q is served in the car park, weather permitting.


From the East Kent Mercury, 16 July 2015.

Pub barbecue backing for breastfeeding.

Mums from Deal Breastfeeding Support Group will host a summer barbecue to help mark World Breastfeeding Week.

It will be at the "Plough Inn" in Ripple from 3pm until 7pm on Sunday, August 2.

There will be a raffle and music from rock band Screaming Cherry.

Organiser Candice Roberts said: "Plans are fully underway now for our summer barbecue. It is a fundraising and awareness event being held in World Breast­feeding Week which is the from August 1 to August 7.

"If anyone has any items they wish to donate to the raffle, please do get in touch."

The group, who meet every Monday at St George's Church, Deal, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm, are keen fundraisers.

In June, a team of mums took part in the Colour Run at Baypoint in Sandwich raising £350 as well as the abseil down the Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone, amassing £740.50 in sponsorship. The money collected will help the group as well as this year's KM Group charities.

• Get in touch at:


From the East Kent Mercury, 16 July 2015, by Beth Robson


 Classic cars are among those invited to join a rally around the east Kent countryside in aid of a prostate cancer charity.

The jolly fundraiser will start and finish at the "Plough" at Ripple on Sunday, July 26, coinciding with the popular monthly meet of classic cars.

Jonathan Bowles

It is the brainchild of Jonathan Bowles, who has been organising timed events for the past 20 years and scores of rallies in France.

He said: "This isn't a timed event. It's a touring assembly, so not a race strictly speaking.

"There will be four 15-mile sections and each will have a different element.

"They will have to spot code boards which they will have to note down on their control sheet.

"They will need a compass to work out which way to turn in one of the sections, in the third section they'll need to follow landmarks and the fourth section is a marked map."

The run should take two hours and entry is £10.

Mr Bowles is supporting the Mercury's Charity of the Year, Prostate Cancer Support Associtation, Kent. All proceeds go to the charity, which was formed in Deal but has helped men throughout Kent.

He said: "Classic cars meet on the last Sunday of every month. A couple of months ago I said, 'would you like me to organise a tour?'."
Jaguars, MGs and Triumphs are among those already registered and Mr Bowles is taking part in an Avenger Tiger, the works car for the 1973 Monte Carlo rally, of which only 550 were made.

"It was made for the rally but never used. There are less than 40 now."

After the rally, people can stop off, enjoy a drink or Sunday lunch in the pub, or admire people's cars in the car park opposite the pub.

• The 60-mile rally starts and finishes at the "Plough" at Ripple from 10am on Sunday, July 26. It is expected to last two hours. To enter, email Jonathan Bowles at: - payment on the day.


From the Dover Mercury, 2 August 2017.

Two days of music for charity.

A weekend of music events for all the family is taking place in aid of Martha Trust, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Plough fundraisers

Staff at The Plough in Ripple, which is hosting music events for the charity on Saturday.

Ripple Catering and The Plough at Ripple will be hosting their second annual Music-4Martha on Saturday from 1pm until 9pm.

The free event will include live music from Hiway, The Arkwrights, Phantom Power Band, Hugh Irvine, Graham Bell and Jonny Kempshall.

There will also be a hog roast, cakes, twinkle hair accessories and face painting, plus slushes, popcorn and candy floss by Seaside Event Hire.

The evening will include an auction with lots such as an overnight stay for two with a bespoke dinner and champagne breakfast at the Plough for a minimum bid of £150. Also listed is a Salutations Gardens dusk tour with champagne for eight people.

Hugh Irvine, owner of Ripple Catering, said: “We’ve very happy to supporting Martha for the second year running.

“We have some great musicians that have donated their time and talent. Please come down and support this worthy cause.”

A second Music4Martha will be held the next day on The Square, in Deal, hosted by the "Kings Head," "Dunkerley’s" and the "Port Arms."

The line up includes Sarah Banks, Alan Faulkner and Inferno Disco, Lofty Harris, Our-Way Rat Pack tribute and Tundra.

Solley’s Ice Cream will be serving their best selling treats. There will also be a chance to try out some henna.

The three pubs have clubbed together to donate £1,000 towards the charity. The event is also sponsored by Jenkinson Estates and Walmer Installations.

Ian Dunkerley of Dunkerley’s said: “We look forward to another great Martha day in full support of Kerry and her team.

“In line with Martha, Dunkerleys have also celebrated 30 years this year. Bring on the sunshine.”

Martha Trust, based in Hacklinge near Deal, is a registered charity providing inclusive, lifelong care for people with profound physical and learning disabilities.

Fundraising and events officer Kerry Rubins said: “Residents from all three of our homes attended both of these events last year along with their support workers and thoroughly enjoyed it.

“They will be back again this year because music unites us as a community and it’s a great way to bring our community together as one. Please come along and support us.”

Martha Trust fundraisers

Martha Trust fundraising and events officer Kerry Rubins with representatives from the King's Head, Dunkerley's and the Port Arms, left; and

■ To donate an auction or raffle prize call 01304 610448 or email kerryrublns®



BEERLING Cedric 1745

JONES Richard 1861+ Census (also grocer)

DURRANT John T 1871+ (also grocer age 28 in 1871Census)

STREET Henry 1874-Sept/78+ Post Office Directory 1874Dover Express

FAWCETT Joe Next pub licensee had 1881-82+ (listed as grocer age 28 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

JENKINS Henry Joseph Rowland 1887-1903+ (also grocer age 45 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

REVELL George 1911-Feb/13 (age 46 in 1911Census) Dover Express

BRISLEY Thomas Edward Feb/1913+ Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1913 (Employed at Walmer Brewery)

LADD Edwin to Jan/1916 dec'd Dover Express

LADD Kate (daughter) Jan/1916-Sept/16 Dover Express

WILSHER Harry K Next pub licensee had Sept/1916-15/Apr/1920 Deal Mercury

SIMMONS Henry 15/Apr/1920-May/22 Deal MercuryDover Express

ARNOLD Herbert May/1922-Feb/32 Dover Express

KEMP Herbert William Henry Feb/1932-Oct/33 Dover Express

JAMSON Ernest Next pub licensee had Oct/1933-Apr/43 (age 45 in 1919) Dover Express

CARROTT Robert Apr/1943+ Dover Express

GILES A E 1952-53 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

CARTER Frederick A S 1974+ Library archives 1974

Last pub licensee had SILBERY Arthur after 1974+

NORRIS Peter 29/Sept/1994-2014+ (Owner)

GOODBURN Carla 2007+

HOWARD Gina & Jeff March/2010+

BUSHELL Martin 2014-Dec/15

Last pub licensee had CROCKER Richard & Opal Jan/2015+

O'NEILL Roy 2024+


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

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

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury



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