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History of The Greyhound Keston Pub.

If you're looking for a Dick Turpin story or indeed, a Betty Turpin story of a long lost hotpot recipe being found here, there isn't one. If you're coming to root round looking for the last resting place of Henry V, nope, the Greyhound

pub has none of these. It's not a 16th Century Inn, It's not mentioned in the Domesday book (like eveywhere seems to be these days..I wouldn't be surprised if McDonalds down by the bus garage in Bromley is in there)  or a pub that plays a particularly exciting role in Keston's illustrious history, but it was a rum old place in the 1950's and '60's, so they say,, well, I just made that up, but I'm kind of hoping it was.

Anyway, it's a lot better these days, so maybe history isnt always a wonderful thing.


History of The Area

This is a postcard of the lovely village of Keston, Kent. My Ancestors lived here for 50 years or more. The road veres to the right of the picture; just beyond the frame of the postcard is Fox Hill, a very small section of road that i have been able to pin my relatives down to on the 1841 to 1891 censuses, now absorbed into Fox Lane. Prior to this, my ancestors came from Limpsfield, Surrey, which is only actually a few miles away from Keston. Try the Greyhound pub on the common while you're here, it's a lovely pub with a warm atmosphere, and a welcoming pint of real ale.

If you should ever visit Keston, you need to go on a sunny day and spend some time at Keston ponds, it is very picturesque. I read in Volume two of the Keston Parish Album by Edward Williams, the Lakes on the site both have a "penstock" - a large plug. When removed, would drain the water and allow the gravel bed to be cleaned and raked, a very necessary task years ago as the water was used for drinking.

Keston is where you can find Holmewood house, once home to the Prime Minister William Pitt

The Rich and Famous, down the road in Keston Park.

Keston Park is a gated community covering an area of approximately 140 acres (0.57 km2) with approximately 200 residential properties.[7] It is bounded by Westerham Road to the west, Croydon Road to the north and Farnborough Common to the north east. The land on which the Park stands was part of the Holwood Estate owned by the Earl of Derby.

Its most famous past resident is undoubtedly former prime minister Margaret Thatcher who with her late husband Denis raised their then young children, Mark and Carol. Others include Rolling Stone, Bill Wyman, Arsenal and England footballer, Kenny Sansom, and founder of Direct Line, Peter Wood.

Men called Morris...

The Greyhound Keston is well-known locally as the venue for the Boxing Day performance of the local Morris Dancing side, the Ravensbourne Morris Men who have performed there, collecting for charity, since a visit in 1963 to Keston by Richard Chamberlain.

Famous attendees of

Ravensbourne College

Well, it's worth having a look at, as its no more than

a mile down the road. It's possible that the thin white duke may have wandered down the road for a glass of lemonade and a sit on the common.

I mean, who's to say he didn't get the inspiration for

Diamond Dogs whilst pondering life outside The Greyhound back in 1962?

And, if you didnt know that, did you know that his first band, The Konrads  played a gig at the college the following year, and indeed played a few up the road at The Women's Institute at Biggin Hill with said combo.

Anyway, here's the roll call as far as we know:

David Bowie, rock musician — foundation course[12]

Stella McCartney, fashion designer[3][12]

Bruce Oldfield, fashion designer[3][12]

Chris Orr, artist[3]

Tim Pope, film director[3]

Gareth Unwin, film producer[3]

Alison Wilding, sculptor[3]

George Martin - Beatles Record Producer TBC

This picture is one of the earliest we could find...but probably not the most exciting. Looks like it was in the middle of a shower of enormous great stair rod rain.

Probably taken with a box brownie, sometime between the wars.

An illustration of how The Greyhound might've looked...had it have been actually built, or at all like a pub, during the Victorian era.