Sort file:- Ashford, January, 2023.

Page Updated Ashford:- Tuesday, 24 January, 2023.


Earliest ????

Beaver Inn

Open 2020+

322 Beaver Road / Sturges Place 1891Census


Beaver Arms

Above postcard, postmarked 1913, kindly submitted by Rory Kehoe.

Beaver 1960s

Above photo 1960s, from Tel Terry.

Beaver 1969

Above photo, circa 1969, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Beaver 1969

Above photo, circa 1969, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Beaver Inn

Photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, date unknown.

Beaver Inn

Later photo taken by Chris Excell, date unknown.

Beaver sign 1991Beaver sign 1992

Sign left September 1991, sign right June 1992.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Beaver Inn 2010Beaver sign 2020

Above sign left 2010. Sign right, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.


As time allows and I find or are sent further information or pictures regarding this pub I will be adding further information to this page.

Your help is appreciated.


beaver Inn cricket team 1920

Above photo dated 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe who says:- Written on back of card was X = Miss Maxted who I presume was known as a lady cricketer.


Kentish Gazette - Tuesday 04 January 1859.


Dec 25th. 1858 Mr. Edward Spicer, of the Beaver Inn, Ashford, aged 44 years.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 14 April 1866.

Public House Offences.

William Clandon Palmer, landlord of the "Beaver Inn," Ashford, was summoned from knowingly suffering gambling in his house on the night of March 22nd. Police Constable Barham and Sergeant Harold Hilda proved that they saw, through a window, about a dozen persons in the bar parlour of the defendant's house playing at cards, and that they saw money passed. It was past 12 o'clock at night.

The defendant alleged that the party was only a private one, and that the money the Constable saw pass was only to pay for liquor.

Fined 40s, including costs.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 30 May 1903.

Ashford Petty session, Tuesday.

William Beale, landlord of the "Beaver Inn," Ashford, was summoned by the Inland Revenue Authorities for not cancelling certain spirit certificates, and also for not delivering certificates to the excise officer, and for not entering particulars of spirits in the stock book as required for the purposes of the excise. Mr. Poncias defended, and practically pleaded guilty to the technical offences alleged. The case was proved by George Arthur Barratt, excise officer, and the French, not withstanding Mr. Poncias' plea for leniency, impose fines in the three cases amounting in all to 10 and 1 10s. costs.


From the By James Tozer, 28 September 2009.

Two killed and girl, 12, fighting for life after car mounts pavement.

Denise Head, 49, was killed when a car mounted the pavement as she walked home with friends in Kent.

Two people were killed and a 12-year-old girl was left critically injured when a car mounted the pavement and ploughed into a group of friends in the early hours of this morning.

The five-strong party are thought to have been walking home after an evening out in Ashford, Kent when tragedy struck shortly after midnight.

A Nissan Primera careered off the road, killing 49-year-old Denise Head and critically injuring 67-year-old man Brian Moon, who died later in hospital.

The 12-year-old girl, named only as Rosie, was also taken to hospital where she was last night in a critical but stable condition in intensive care.

Two other women - believed to include the little girl's aunt - remained in hospital with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police were questioning a 24-year-old man arrested nearby on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The car is not thought to have been stolen.

As friends and relatives told of their devastation, locals spoke of the carnage as the car left the 30mph stretch of road at about 12.15am and smashed into the pedestrians, destroying a low brick wall.

Karen Clarkson, 43, said: 'There was an almighty crunch. We knew there was something bad when we heard people shouting.

'It was absolute chaos. It looked like something out of the most horrible film you could imagine.'

Fellow resident Danny Oliphant added: 'It was absolute carnage - bodies were strewn everywhere.'

The crash happened on a sharp bend in Beaver Road close to the Beaver Inn pub. The group had been on their way home from Ashford Sports and Social Club just 200 yards away.

One club member said: 'It was just a normal night. People were having a drink and a laugh. It was a really happy night.

'When we heard that they'd all been struck down, people came together. There's been a lot of tears and a lot of anger about what happened.

'Denise was a loving girl and little Rosie is a fantastic bundle of joy and everybody will miss Brian. He was the life and soul of every party.'

His devastated grandson, Matt Moon, 20, went to the scene today to lay flowers.

Fighting back tears, he said: 'This is the saddest thing that as ever happened in my life.

'My grandad loved life, loved fun and loved his friends. He was on his way home and for this to happen, destroys me. I really can't believe it.'

With his flowers he left a note saying: 'Thinking of you all the time. You will be missed. He was a great granddad.'

Miss Head is thought to have been a divorced mother-of-two.

Her sister-in-law, Rose Head, said: 'It's not fair - an innocent life has been taken. Denise was a bubbly girl - everyone loved her.'

One tribute read: 'To the best Aunt, Denise. Always in our hearts. You'll never be forgotten. I'll have a win at the bingo for you all.'

Rosie is thought to attend Towers School in nearby Kennington. A family friend said: 'She's a lovely sweet girl and such a polite little thing.'

The area remained sealed off today as police forensics officers carried out a detailed examination of the road to try and find out what caused the car to come off the road.

Appealing for witnesses, Superintendent Mark Nottage, of Kent Police, said: 'The group were returning home from a night out.

'It's a tragic incident and the reason I'm so keen for people to come forward is because of the serious nature of the accident.'



Last pub licensee had SPICER Edward 1855-Dec/58 dec'd

WONBORNE William 1861+ (age 29 in 1861Census)

PALMER William Clandon 1861-72+ (widower age 58 in 1881Census)

HILL William 1891+ (age 48 in 1891Census)

BEALE William 1901-03+ (age 47 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

BARTLETT Stephen 1911 (also police pensioner age 47 in 1911Census)

SQUIRES E 1913-22+

HACKETT Thomas B 1930-39+ (widower age 66 in 1939)

JONES Sarah & Dave to 2017 Next pub licensee had


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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