|| Jen Lewis email with data on the Square Deal Cafe received in 2014
I am contacting you concerning the
Square Deal Cafe. I came across your website this afternoon and thought
you might be interested that my partner Tim Greenwood’s parents were
that last owners of the Square Deal Cafe. They bought it in 1954 and
sold it for redevelopment in 1977. Their names were George Alert
Greenwood and Marjory Violet Greenwood. They bought the cafe from a
family called Beasalls. Marjory’s parents, Alfred William Turk and Rose
Mary Turk came to work for George in the Cafe. They lived in Lower Green
Road. Before working at the Cafe Alfred worked for Avards coaches based
in Lamberhurst and is remembered by my neighbour and others in the
village for driving Pembury football team to their matches on Sundays.
Unfortunately we have no photos. Upon selling the cafe the whole family
moved into Meadowside on Hastings Road, including Alfred and Rose Turk.
|| Jill Hickmott remembering families in Henwoods Mount – received in 2015
I have been trying to remember the people who lived in The Mount (Henwoods Mount) in the 1940’s. So here goes.
The first two plots were vacant (now flats)
No. 3 Daisy Smith — The District Nurse The only person to have a telephone at that time.
No 4 Unknown
No 5 The Francis
No 6 The Greens
No 7 The Woods (Sons Colin and Ivine) They kept pigs down on the allotments
No 8 Mr and Mrs Penn. Their daughter Peg married Ernie Lush
No 9 Mr and Mrs Vosden with daughter Pauline and son Leslie
No 10 Mrs Martin. her son was a Policeman in New Zealand
No 11 Mr and Mrs Gadsden (my
grandparents) My Grandfather was a Postman in the village and then the
steward at the British Legion Club. Grandmother a member of the Red
Cross, ARP. and a Sunday School Teacher. (An Anderson shelter in the
No 12 Mr and Mrs Ireland and son Tony (Newsagents) This was the last house on the right
from this point I’m not sure how the numbering went
No 13 Mr and Mrs Woodhams daughter Shirley and a son
No 14 Unknown
No 15 Unknown
No 16 The Goodchild family
The council yard
||Rosemary Hannah on Alfred Woods – Baker at 18 High St
The cousin I mentioned is Alfred
Henry Woods, born 1854, died 1926. He married Rhoda King in 1872. She
died in 1929 and the probate record shows she was living on High Street
at the time of her death. They had eight children. The 1881 census shows
that initially the family lived at Batchellor Cottage, Bopeep Hastings
Road and had moved to the High Street by 1891 when Alfred was a Master
Baker. I have got a lot more information and am currently writing it up
for my book. Let me know if there’s any other information you need now.
When I have finished the section of Alfred and his descendants I could
let you have a copy…
|| Laura Brookes (the contents of 3 emails)
Hello, I came across your website
while trying to find out the address of Vermont house in Hastings Road,
Pembury. My father-in-law was Harold Brookes who ran Brookes Dairy at
115 Hastings Road, and his father before him. They had previously lived
at Vermont house. I noticed you were looking for details of the Bennett
family’s dairy. This had previously been at 115 Hastings Road from 1922
until 1936 when the Brookes family moved in.
The Dairy was started in 1922 at
115 Hastings Road by the Bennett family. The Brookes family were living
at Vermont, Hastings Road at that time and the eldest of Samuel Brookes’
sons, Edward (known as Ted) used to work there. Samuel took over the
business and in November 1936 the Brookes family moved into the house.
The 2 elder sons were in the RAF during WW2, while Harold stayed to help
run the dairy, and took over when Samuel suffered ill health and
subsequently died in 1955. Harold continued at the dairy until November
1988, when he retired, but lived in the house until his death in 2012.
On the subject of Vermont house, I
have found that a schoolmaster lived there after the Brookes family , so
it sounds right it could have been a private school. I think it was
where the chiropodist is or thereabouts, but I’m not sure.
Hope this is of interest.
Samuel Brookes’ father-in-law was
James Perkins and he lived here with his wife and I think one of his
other children, as well as Samuel, Henrietta, Edward, Godfrey and Harold
Brookes. The earliest recording I have of them there was 1918.
I have a letter heading from Vermont
but it sadly does not include a phone number. I will look into what you
suggest – the dairy did have a phone number of 106, which became 2106
and then 822106, and was still this at the time of Harold’s death in
|| Sylvia Schmocker
Although I live lived in Tonbridge
for some years I receive the Pembury Village News and love reading it. I
grew up in Pembury from 1939, I well remember being seen across the
road to go and buy a loaf from Adams the bakers in the Hastings Road and
also later on being sent to Waghorne’s the fishmongers (he operated
from a garage behind his house having fetched the fresh fish from
Hastings).. Further up from the garage was a cycle repair man, a Mr.
Rendle (who wore a ginger wig!)to whom my brother and I would take our
cycles. As far as Baggesens Nurseries are concerned I remember them well
and could tell you exactly where they were. Stories of the ghost of
Dick Turpin at the Woodsgate Hotel, the tunnels that were said to
connect the hotel to what we knew as “the Haunted House” down the bottom
of Chalket Lane opposite the farm workers’ cottage. The man who owned
Woodsgate Swimming Pool was Frank Hemsley who was an old school friend
(at St.James School TW) of my father’s. and who owned quite a large
haberdashery/clothing store in TW. Durng the late 50s early 60s a Mr.
Wolfe was the licensee at The Camden (it was not called Arms in those
||Jenni Beck on Henwood Green Road
I’m tracing 110 Henwood Green Road as we know it now.
On the tithe map its plot 835′ not built yet.
1851-1868 Waterloo Cottage, live by William Hoskin and his wife Elizabeth
1871-1882 Waterloo Cottage, lived by Sarah Baker (widow)
1929 Lillescote, Elizabeth Collins passed away and the house was up for auction
1932-1949 Lilliscote, lived by Roy & Hilde Farrant
1991 Berkley Close built by Ward Homes, sold to Salah & Siobhan Shallaby
I would love to fill the big gaps, need to go more into the census – need to find about 100 years.
When did the Collins move in? Who was before them?
Is there a relationship between Sarah Veness and Sarah Baker….. And on and on!
I would like to find out what the house looked like when it was built as the architecture now proves it was extended.
What is the relationship, if any with Gibraltar Cottage (behind), if any?
Updated in Jan 2020 – See Item 15 in the ‘Houses – Main List’ under “Buildings & Landmarks”.
|| Ian Kumekawa, Research Associate, Harvard University
The following email snippets involved Kathryn Franklin and Janet Ditchett answering this request.
To Whom It May Concern:
I’m a researcher based at Harvard
University, working on economist A.C. Pigou (1877-1959. Pigou grew up in
a house in Pembury called “The Larches,” but I’m having no luck at all
trying to find out more about it. I wondered if you might have any
information about the house or ideas of where I might look next. I’ll be
in the UK in late January and would be happy to visit libraries or
archives in Pembury.
Many, many thanks for your help, Ian
I have found a house listed which
could be called Pembury. Its The Larches, Cryals Road, Matfield TN12
7HH It’s just off the A21 just past the BP garage (Blue boys ) Janet
Janet Ditchett asked me to solve your mystery.
The Larches was the name for Sunhill
Place when it was built by Mr Wall in the 1850s. The Pigous were
definitely there in 1895, but I don’t think they were there very long.
Mrs Wall was still there in 1886 and the Adairs, who renamed it
Heatherton, were there by 1900. I assume AC Pigou was a son of the
family. As they are not actually Pembury people I have no further info.
For your info it is Sunhill Place and the Pigous were there in the 1890s, after the Walls (who built it) and before the Adairs.
|| Clare Norman investigating the origins of The Dower House / Strathbogie
The communications were numerous, and this is just the edited highlights.
I am in the process of buying a
property that backs on to what is now the Ramada hotel, opposite
Nottcuts Garden Centre on Tonbridge Road. i’d be interested in finding
out more about it, but can’t find any reference to the buildings on that
side of Tonbridge Road on your site.
I believe the hotel used to be the
‘Dower House’, & appears to have been used as council premises at
least in the 1970s, but i would be very interested in any other history
you know of for this building or the row of bungalows behind it
(presumed to be estate workers cottages / workshops / storerooms or
similar for the larger property).
A few findings from the Kelly’s Directories in Tonbridge – These four gents occupied ‘Strathbogie’
Henry James Newcombe 1927
Jas. Hy. Newcombe 1934
Frederick Beech 1937
Maj Henry Noel Winter 1938
There were no entries for Strathbogie or Dower House in the years 1940, 1950, 1959
I will let you know the results of
pre-1927 searches when I get to other libraries. Each library has only a
selection of the whole span.
If the house was used for war
activities or was housing military staff it may have been removed from
directory listings, and not restored after the war in 1945.
The following data pieces together some of the residents of Strathbogie / Brackenston.
Revd R.W. Molesorth,………… The Lodge 1899
Miss Molesworth,……………… Brackenston 1911, 1912, 1913
Joseph Gurney Fowler,………. Brackenhurst 1915, 1916, 1917
Mrs Fowler,…………………….. Brackenhurst 1919
Mrs Gordon Hamilton,……….. Strathbogie 1922, 1923
Henry James Newcombe,….. Strathbogie 1927
Albert Henry Cavie,………….. Strathbogie Lodge 1929
Jas. Hy Newcombe,………….. Strathbogie 1933, 1934
Frederick Newcombe,………. Brackenhurst, Lower Green Rd 1933, 1934
The last entry suggests F. Newcombe took the old house name with him to Lower Green.
It is assumed that the variation of ‘Brackenhurst’ is a directory listing error, and we are dealing with the same house.
The building seems to have adopted the name ‘Dower House’ during its use as council offices, prior to becoming a hotel.
The Localities/Tonbridge Road page shows a map of the footprint of the Dower House within the current hotel footprint.
||Dawn Moore (Bonneywell) on Pembury Hall Cottage
I have spent an enjoyable few hours
reminiscing on familiar old places when I came across your wonderful
site! I spent my childhood in Pembury and have fond memories of the
village. I moved there in 1964 and married in St Peters old Parish
Church in 1984. I lived in Pembury Hall Cottage which was situated right
next to afore mentioned church. It is sadly no longer there but another
much larger dwelling is now on that sight. The cottage was still part
of Pembury Hall Estate when I was living there along with Pembury Hall
Lodge next door and Pembury Hall Farm next to Pembury Hall itself. I was
told that our cottage used to be the grave diggers home !. Mrs
Davidson-Houston was the elderly lady who rented the cottage to my
parents she was the last of the “Woodgates” ( maiden name) and is buried
in the vault in corner of old churchyard. As a child I remember her
showing me the old horse drawn carriage that she rode in to school!
My mother Joan Bonneywell ran Pembury
Taxis in the 1970,s and I remember one of her regular fares was Winifred
Seymour who owned a drapers shop on Hastings road.
I have dug out some photos that may be of interest to you.
Photos B036 to B040 on ‘Donated Photso – Buildings’ page.