H.S. Pledge & Sons Ltd

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H S Pledge & Sons Ltd
Industry Food
Founded 1901
Founder Henry Sturgess Pledge
Headquarters Ashford, Kent, United Kingdom
Products Flour, animal feed

H. S. Pledge & Sons Ltd was a business engaged in the milling industry. The firm was started by Henry Sturgess Pledge who learnt his trade at the Black Mill, Barham, Kent, United Kingdom.


The firm was started in 1890 by Henry Sturgess Pledge.[1][citation needed] He was apprenticed at the Black Mill, Barham c.1850.[2] Upon leaving Barham some time before 1882,[3] Pledge ran the Wind, Steam and Water Mills at Kennington until 1892.[4] Pledge ran the company with his sons Lawrence John Pledge and Walter Ebeneser Pledge.[citation needed] H S Pledge & Sons Ltd were millers and corn merchants owning two mills in Ashford; Victoria Mills and East Hill Mill.[5]

East Hill Mill – grid reference TR 015 427

East Hill Mill was a watermill and steam mill.[6] It is still standing at the bottom of East Hill Road, Ashford. As of 2010, it is a nightclub owned by Luminar Leisure called Liquid and Envy.[7]

On the mill it states the date when it was built "Flour Mill 1901". In the 1901 census of West Ashford the Miller was Pledge's son Lawrence, he lived at the mill with his wife Ellen and six children.[8]

Victoria Mills – TR 008 423

The Victoria Mills was a steam mill.[6] It was built in 1890. The date was prominently displayed on the mill building.[9] In the 1901 Census of West Ashford the Miller was Pledge's son Walter, he lived at the Mill with his wife Emma.[10] Victoria Mills were working until September 1984,[9] when the building was gutted by fire. The mill was then demolished due to it being left in an unsafe condition.[citation needed] The company had been taken over by the Garnham Family.[citation needed] In 1995 the company was dissolved.[11]


  1. ^ Henry Sturgess Pledge 1838-1903
  2. ^ Coles Finch 1933, p. 157.
  3. ^ Kelly 1882, p. 301.
  4. ^ Coles Finch 1933, p. 228.
  5. ^ Kelly 1903, p. 41.
  6. ^ a b Kelly 1913, p. 43.
  7. ^ "Liquid & Envy Ashford". Luminar Leisure. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  8. ^ 1901 Census of West Ashford, RG13/782, Folio 69, Page 8, Lawrence J Pledge, Flour Mills, East Hill, Ashford, Kent.
  9. ^ a b See photograph.
  10. ^ 1901 Census of West Ashford, RG13/783, Folio 36, Page 1, Walter E Pledge, Victoria Road, Ashford, Kent.
  11. ^ "H. S. Pledge and Sons Ltd - dissolved 29/8/1995". Companies House. Retrieved 16 February 2015. 


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  • Kelly, E R (1882). Directory of Kent. London: Kelly & Co,. 
  • Kelly, E R (1903). Directory of Kent. London: Kelly & Co,. 
  • Kelly, E R (1913). Directory of Kent. London: Kelly & Co,.