The Chequers, 122 High Street, was run by the Cantle family during the First World War .The landlord AJ Cantle rescued a young woman from drowning in the Medway in February 1917 – she had become overwrought with worry about her husband serving on the Western Front. Mr Cantle received the Royal Society Humane Award for his brave action.

Source: Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser – Friday 04 May 1917 (



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