Sort file:- Tunbridge Wells, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 July, 2020.


Earliest 1828-

Castle Community and Family Hotel

Latest ????

28 London Road

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Castle Hotel 1910

Above postcard posted 1910.

Castle Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Castle Hotel 1910

Above photo, postcard 1910.

Castle Hotel 1925

Above photo 1925, by kind permission of Peter Macleod.


Pigot's Directory of 1832 states the following name:- CASTLE being built MOUNT EPHRIAM HOTEL.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 27 February, 1827.

Commercial Inn and Tavern, Tunbridge Wells, to be let on lease or otherwise, and may be entered on immediately.

That well known established and much frequented Commercial Inn and Tavern, with coach houses and stabling called the "Castle" situated on the High Road from London, at the immediate entrance of Tunbridge Wells, affording every accommodation for commercial gentlemen and visitors who are in the habit of attending that highly admired watering place of fashionable resort. The House from it capacious extent and it's undeniable situation is capable of affording every accommodation to a considerable magnitude and cannot fail of commanding a first rate of business.

For particulars may be had on application (if left by letter post paid) to Mr. Bramwell, Wine and Spirit Merchant, Greek Street, Soho, London; or to Mr. Long, on the premises.

N. B. The above house is quite free from Brewers, Distillers, or Wine and Spirit Merchants.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 8 June 1841.


To be heard at Maidstone, in the county of Kent, on the 30th day of June, 1841, at the hour of ten in the forenoon precisely.


Formerly of No. 1, Cavendish Place, Hastings, in the county of Sussex, bookkeeper at the Swan coach-office, Hastings aforesaid; then of No. 10, Bennett Street, in the parish of Christchurch, in the county of Surrey, bookkeeper at the Bolt-in-Tun booking-office, Fleet Street, London, then of the "Robin Hood" public house, Icklesham, near Rye, in the said county of Sussex, licensed victualler; then of the "Castle Hotel," Tunbridge Wells, in the county of Kent, hotel-keeper and licensed to let horses; and late of 11 Croft, Hastings, in the said county of Sussex, out of business or employment.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 12 January, 1934.


A Ticehurst man and a young woman employed at a Tunbridge Wells hotel had an alarming experience at Maidstone on Sunday evening, when the car in which they were driving back to Tunbridge Wells from Bearsted crashed through a barrier at the College horseway and overturned. The driver of the car was Mr. Ivor Parley, whose address was given as Bournhurst Farm, Stonegate, and he was accompanied by Miss Gladys Lloyd, who is employed at the "Castle Hotel." The accident happened at about half-past five in the evening. The car, an Austin Seven, came off the Ashford-road, and at the cross-roads near All Saints’ Church, instead of taking the right-hand turn into Mill-street. It went straight on, crashed through the barrier spanning the brink of the College horseway, down the steep slope, and finally hit the bank and rolled over. The driver realised the danger of dashing into the river, and in attempting to pull up he cannoned with the bank and the car over-turned. Mr. Parley and his passenger were taken to the West Kent General Hospital suffering from cuts to the head and face and slight concussion, but they were not detained. Later in the evening they were driven home by Mr. Ben Brook, of the "White Horse," Bearsted.



JEFFREY Elizabeth 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

LONG Luke 1827-32+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

COLLINGS Thomas Gate to June 1841 (also licensed to let horses)

TUTT Edward 1841+ (age 30 in 1841Census)

WOOSTER Joseph to May/1852 South Eastern Gazette

WOOSTER Thomas May/1852+ South Eastern Gazette

GADD Richard Ross 1858+

BRAYNE Benjamin 1862+

SANTER Charles 1873-81+ (age 41 in 1881Census) Kent and Sussex Courier

JEWELL Sarah V Mrs 1882+

URQUHART William E 1891-1922+

EVERETT R M Major 1930+


HICKMOTT Roy 1975+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette



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