Page Updated:- Tuesday, 25 April, 2023.


Earliest 1839-

Plough and Harrow

Closed Dec 2022

86 High Street


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Plough and Harrow c1900

Above magic lantern slide kindly sent by David Wood and taken by his great great grandfather around about 1900.

Plough and Harrow 1910

Above photo, 1910. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Plough and Harrow 1910

Above photo, 1910. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Plough and Harrow 1910

Above photo, 1910. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Plough and Harrow 1923

Above photo, 1923, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Plough and Harrow 1936

Above photo, circa 1936, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. showing John Friend's cortege (former licensee of the "Red Lion" and fireman) turning from Brewery Lane on the High Street en route to St. Peter's parish church.

Probably safe to believe that the chap in the apron is the licensee. It might be George Ford, or it could be Philip Mullinger.

Plough and Harrow 1938

Above photo, 1938, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Plough and Harrow inside 1946

Above photo, 1946, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

The licensees from c.1936 to c.1948 were the Mullingers. I (Rory Kehoe) was at school with their grandsons and this story comes from them. Apparently, Mrs. Mullinger (I can't recall her first name) was a very savvy lady and didn't suffer fools gladly. During the war, on being offered "real" diamond rings in settlement of moneys owed, she'd test the stones on the pub windows. If they were real diamonds, they'd cut the glass. The scratches can still be seen to this day! I have no idea where Mrs. Mullinger had been to, in order to get a welcome home party in 1946 and I'm not in touch with the family anymore, so I can't ask. Judging by the flags, she may have been called up at some point.

Plough and Harrow card 1955

Above card, circa 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Plough and Harrow 1965

Above photo, 1965, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bridge map 1896

Above map 1896.

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All above photos by Paul Skelton, 22 Aug 2008..

Plough and Harrow sign 1991Plough and Harrow sign 1993

Plough and Harrow sign left October 1991, right September 1993-98.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Photo taken 27 April 2013 from by Jelltex.

Plough and Harrow indise 2013

Photo taken 27 April 2013 from by Jelltex.


This premises was home to the brewer William Williams from 1839, although he appears to have been bankrupt in the 1841 census, however his son John probably carried on the business till 1857 when the brewery was offered  to let late in that year. This was probably taken over by Richard Mutton, also brewer and he is listed in 1859 but he too became bankrupt in 1866. By 1870 related but not brothers, Edward and Edmund Gibbs appear to have taken over the brewery, and Williams died in early 1871 and the pub and brewery was put up for auction, stating that the two Gibbs had the premises on lease for an annual  rent of 58 for a term expiring 22nd July, 1878, and although the premises was bought by a Mr. Henry Stockwell of Dover for 900, the Gibbs' remained there till the end of their lease. However the partnership of Edward and Edmund only lasted till 1873 when Edmund appears to have run the brewery solely himself.


Gibbs Brewery sign 1871

Above sign, 1871, from the John and Mary Ault collection.

Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 2 April 1850.

Tilmanstone. William Sheaff, wagoner to Mr. Sharp, of Tilmanstone, having been on Saturday se'nnight to Mr. Williams's, at Bridge, for a load of beer, on returning home in a state of intoxication, when near Barfrestone church he by some means threw the wagon over, which, falling on one of his legs, fractured and wounded it in a very dangerous manner. As soon as he was found, he was conveyed to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. It was a first doubtful whether amputation of the limb would not be necessary, but after consultation of the medical offices, the limb was set, and he is at present going on favourably.


Kentish Gazette, 28 September 1852.

ST. AUGUSTINE'S PETTY SESSIONS. Saturday September 25th.

Before Edward Foss Esq; (chairman,) and a full bench of magistrates.

This being the adjourned day for granting public houses licences, many of the publicans of the Home Division were in attendance.

There were 6 applications for licences to additional houses, vis. William Williams, parish of Bridge; George Foreman ("Victoria") and John Giles, ("Rose") Whitstable; Thomas Holtum, Sturry; William and Frederick Wood Herne Bay. The bench refused to grant the licences, as they considered that at present the number of public houses in the different parishes was quite equal to the requirements of the inhabitants.


From the Kentish Chronicle, Saturday, 10 September, 1859. Price 1d.



This was the annual general licensing day. All the old licenses were renewed, and the chairman said he was pleased to be able to state that out of the fifty-four licensed houses in the Home division there had been only one complaint made during the year, which was exceedingly creditable to the landlords. There were four applications for new licenses, viz:-

Richard Mutton, for the “Plough and Harrow,” Bridge.

The decision of the Bench upon these applications will not be announced until the adjourned licensing day, the 21st of September.


From the Kentish Chronicle, Saturday, 1 October, 1859. Price 1d.



This was the adjourned licensing day.

In the case of the "Plough," Bridge, the application was refused.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 7 March, 1863.


Richard Mutton, landlord of the “Plough and Harrow” public-house, Bridge, was charged with having his house open for the sale of liquor, at half-past 12 o’clock on the morning of Sunday the 10th February.

The information was laid by Supt. Walker, and P.C. Lott proved that the defendant had company drinking in his house between 12 and one o’clock on the morning of Sunday, the 15th.

The Bench fined the defendant 5s. and 10s. costs.


South Eastern Gazette Tuesday 10 January 1865.


A most agreeable evening was spent at the "Plough and Harrow Inn," on the occasion of the anniversary of the Odd Fellows society. The members sat down to a bounteous spread, prepared in capital style by Mr. Burch, and a most enjoyable evening was spent, the pleasure being increased by the excellent singing of Messrs. Farrow and Davis, from Canterbury. Most of the leading tradesman of the place were present.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 30 September 1871.


The "Plough and Harrow" public-house, with small brewery attached, situate in Bridge, late the property of Mr. Williams, deceased, was sold on Tuesday last by Mr. Henry Stockwell, of Dover, at the Auction Mart, Canterbury, and realised -- after a spirited competition, 900.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 07 March 1874.


At the St. Augustine's Petty Sessions, on Saturday, George Jordan, was charged with refusing to quit licensed premises, he being drunk at the time, on the 21st inst. P.C. Benjamin Cordery stated that he was called to the "Plough and Harrow Inn," at Bridge, on the night in question, and prisoner was there very drunk and making a disturbance. The landlord (Gibbs) asked him to leave in the constable's presence, but he refused, and used violent and foul language. The prisoner was described as a good workman, but given to drink. He was sentenced to pay a fine of 10s and 8s costs, or in default seven days' imprisonment.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 23 September 1882.

Bridge. Disorderly Behaviour.

Henry Stokes was summoned for having been guilty while drunk of disorderly behaviour at Bridge on the previous Tuesday night.

Sergeant Chaney deposed that there was a row in Bridge Street on Tuesday night, and on going up to the spot he found the defendant, who was drunk and creating a great disturbance. There had been quarrelling and fighting in the street on four nights in succession.

Superintendent Walker informed the Bench that the defendant had been convicted at least four times. There were a certain number of young men in Bridge and Bekesbourne who were a perfect nuisance and the defendant was among them. He was last convicted in July, when he was fined 3 and costs. On the previous occasion he was fined 1. The Bench now imposed the penalty of 30s., including costs, with a choice as an alternative of undergoing 14 days' in prison.

John Brooks was similarly charged, and pleaded guilty. Sergeant Chaney said that at 9 o'clock on Tuesday evening he saw defendant turned out of the "Plough and Harrow" public house, where he had been creating a disturbance. At 10 o'clock he was outside the "Lion" public house, still drunk and noisy. The Bridge butcher came out of his shop and the defendant, thinking it was Stokes, the man previously convicted with whom he had been fighting, rushed at him and knocked him down. The defendant and Stokes afterwards fought in the street.

Defendant denied that he was drunk.

The Clerk:- But you have pleaded guilty.

Defendant:- Yes, but I wasn't drunk, because when Sergeant Cheney told me to go home - when.

Sergeant Cheney:- You did not; you stayed in the street an hour and a half.

The Sergeant added that the defendant lived at Bishopsbourne and frequently came up to Bridge and created a disturbance with his cousins, the Brookses.

Find 5s. and 8s. costs.

Henry Cox, whose mother appeared for him was also charged with being drunk and disorderly at Bridge on the same night.

P.C. Davis stated the facts, which were similar to those in the other cases. He added that sometime after he had got the defendant's out of the street he came across him lying in a gutter, singing. He then picked him up and led him a part of the way home.

The Chairman told the defendant's mother that her son ought to have attended in answer to the summons, and has he had not done so he would have to pay a larger fine, which would be 10s. and 10s. costs.


From the Whitstable Times, 11 January, 1902.


The East Kent Coroner (Mr. R. M. Mercer) held an inquest at the “Plough and Harrow,” Bridge, on Friday afternoon, touching the death of Albert Edward Ovenden, labourer, of Brewery Lane, Bridge.

Thomas William Ovenden, labourer, Bridge, stated deceased was his son, aged 32. He was a single man.

William Swan, labourer of Bridge, stated that at 8.55 a.m. on the 3rd January he was working with deceased in the Stone Hole in the field attached to Forge House, Mr. Gilbert’s, at Bridge. They were both at the bottom of a hole about ten feet deep when suddenly the earth slipped in, burying the deceased. He obtained assistance and deceased was got out about 9 a.m., but was then apparently dead. Deceased was caught by his feet and then the fall of granite bent him forward and covered him. Four other men were there—they got quickly to the deceased but they could not, owing to weight of earth on his body, move him to clear his mouth—they were ten minutes before they could do that—they all worked for all they knew how. The fall of earth was very sudden. He was working about a yard away and only just had time to jump aside. They had three boards supplied—they moved them to put them up farther along the trench.

The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 06 October 1934.


The death occurred on Sunday of Mrs. Hannah Lydia Brice. wife of the late Mr. William Brice, at the age of 73. A native of Elham, Mrs. Brice came to live at the "Harrow Inn," Bridge, cabala 34 years ago, Her husband died in 1914 and she had been hostess of the Inn until four years ago, when she retired. She came of a family nearly all of whom have been in the licensing trade. Her parents were tenants of the "Sportsman Inn," Barham, 70 years ago and previous to that, 100 years ago, the Inn was managed by a member of the same family. All children have been in the licensing trade, her son, Mr. Harry Brice, being the popular host of the "Prince Albert Inn," Canterbury, and her daughter, Mrs. R. Routley is at the "Cottage Inn," Keenthorne, Somerset. Her youngest daughter, Mrs. J. Friend, was the hostess of the "Red Lion," Bridge, for several years. The funeral took place at St. Peter's Church, Bridge, on Thursday afternoon.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 28 November 1936.


Mr. G. F. Ford, formerly Police Superintendent in charge of the St. Augustine's Division, met with a serious accident while out with a shooting party at Bifrons, Patrixbourne, on Monday afternoon. He was accidentally shot in the left eye, and after receiving medical attention he was taken to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, where an operation was performed. It is feared that he will lose the sight of the eye.

Mr. Ford was Superintendent of the St. Augustine's Division for a considerable period, coming to Canterbury from Broadstairs. Upon his retirement he became licensee of the "Plough and Harrow," Bridge, and later took a house at Broadstairs. He returned to Bridge some months ago.


Chris McClean 2017

Above photo 2017, showing licensee Chris McClean, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Always a deeply spiritual man, Chris felt a calling to the ministry and in the summer of 2017, he left the licensed trade to become a Clerk in Holy Orders. After his curacy in Walmer, the now Reverend Chris Maclean took over a cluster of parishes on the Romney Marsh, where (as of Feb 2021) he remains.

Chris McClean 2020



WILLIAMS William 1839-58+ (also brewer age 40 in 1841Census) Melville's 1858

MUTTON Richard 1863+ Next pub licensee had

BURCH Mr 1865+

GIBBS Edmund 1871-78 Post Office Directory 1874 (also porter brewer age 35 in 1871Census)

WHIDDETT George 1881-82+ (age 29 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

MILES Frederick 1891+ (also farmer age 39 in 1891Census)

SISLEY Robert 1899+ Kelly's 1899

BRICE William 1901-31/July/14 dec'd Post Office Directory 1913 (age 58 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

WILSON John C ???? (ex-chemist)

BRICE Hannah Lydia (widow) 1918-30 Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922

FORD George F 1930-34+ Post Office Directory 1930Kelly's 1934

MULLINGER Philip Ralph 1936-48 Post Office Directory 1938

WELLER Arthur S & Freda 1955+

BACHELOR Bernard "Mick" 1974-86 Next pub licensee had

McCLEAN Chris 2001-06 Next pub licensee had

WILSON Gill 2007-10+

NEAME Ranulph 2010-12


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

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

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



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