Page Updated:- Monday, 13 November, 2023.


Earliest 1768-

George Inn

Open 2020+

11 High Street


01797 321710

George 1903

Above postcard, circa 1903, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George Inn 1904

Above postcard, circa 1904, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George Inn 1915

Above postcard, 1915.

George Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, by kind permission Roy Moore,

George Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, by kind permission Roy Moore,

George Hotel

Above photo, date unknown, by kind permission Roy Moore,

George 2014

Above photo 2014.

George Hotel 2017

Above photo, 2017.

George Hotel bar 2017

Above photo showing the bar in 2017.

George Hotel sign 2015

Above sign 2015, kindly sent by Brian Curtis.


From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 20 July to Saturday, 23 July, 1768. Price 2d


All the Stock in Trade of Mr. Thomal Abbly, of Ashford; consisting of Mercery, Woollen Drapery, Linen Drapery, haberdashery and Hosiery. The Goods will be divided into two Weeks Sale. The Goods to be viewed on Thursday the 28th, and the Sale will begin on Friday the 29th, and continue Saturday the 30th of this Inst. July, in the Assembly-room at the “Saracen's Head.”

Catalogues may be had of Mr. Apsley at Ashford; the “Swan,” Charing; Cranbrook. Mr. Ingram; at the “Flying Horse,” Wye; the “Woolpack,” Chilham; “Dog and Bear,” Lenham; of Mr. Baker, Folkestone; Mr. Stokes at Hythe, Romney; Mrs. Pike, the “George” at Lydd, Tenterden; Mr. Hall; Biddenden, “Red Lyon,” Smarden; “Chequer,” Bethersden, “George;” Faversham; Mr. Walker, Elham, “Rose”; and at Thomas Roach's, Cabinet-maker, Upholder, and Appraiser, in St. George's Street, Canterbury.

N.B. Messrs, Ramsden and Creed, who have taken the Shop of the above Mr. Apsley, propose laying in an entire fresh Assortment of every Article in the Woollen and Linen Drapery, Silk Mercury, Haberdashery and Hosiery Business.


Kentish Gazette, 8 October, 1774.

Christopher Clarke, begs leave to inform his friends and the public in general, that he has taken the "George Inn" in Lydd, late Thomas Baker's; where he has laid in an entire fresh stock of the best wines, and has fitted his house up in the gentlest manner. He humbly hopes for the continuance of the former customers and others, whose favours will be gratefully acknowledge, by their most obedient and humble servant, Christopher Clark.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 31 October 1794.


To be sold by auction, by Mr. Walter Prett, at the "George Inn" in Lydd, between the hours of 4 and 6 in the afternoon on Wednesday the 5th of October, 1794, an undivided fourth part or share of and in a farm and lands comical Westbrook; consisting of a very good farmhouse, garden, barn, stable, lodge, and every other suitable out-building and convenience, all in good repair, together with several pieces or parcels of rich arable and pasture land adjoining, containing in the whole, by estimation, 130 acres. The premises lie in the parishes of Lydd and Old Romney, and are situate within a mile of the town of Lydd, in the occupation of Mr. Henry Terry.

Immediate possession may be had.


Kentish Gazette, 15 May, 1804.

Monday evening, John Wood, about nineteen years of age, passing through the "George Inn," at Lydd apparently in a good state of health, dropped down and expired immediately.


From Kentish Gazette 11 October 1842.


Late the Property of Samuel Shepherd, Esq. deceased, and by his Will directed to be sold.


At the "Saracen's Head Inn," in Ashford, on Tuesday, the 1st day of November, 1842, at Four for Five o'clock precisely in the afternoon,

Lot 7. The "George Inn," with the Garden, Stables, and Out-buildings, in the Town of Lydd in the occupation of Mr. Hutchingson.


From the Kentish Gazette, 3 March 1846.


TO BE LET, with Immediate Possession, the above INN. Rent 25 a year. The Household Furniture and other effects therein to be taken by appraisement.

For further particulars apply to Mr. William Green, Lydd, or Mr. Stringer, Solicitor, New Romney.

2nd March, 1846.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 2 June, 1857.


The anniversary of the Hand in Hand Benefit Society was celebrated here on Thursday last. About 80 sat down to an excellent dinner, provided by Mr. James Buss of the "George Inn." The chair was taken by the Rev. Chancellor Burton, supported by the Rev. B. Cobb and ---- Cummins, Messrs. T. Buss and F. Finn, &c. The Rev. chairman takes great interest in the welfare of the club and came a great distance to preside on this occasion. He expressed his surprise at not seeing some farmers and graziers at the dinner, and also subscribers to so good an object as the support of the labourer in time of sickness. The evening was spent most pleasantly, and when the chairman left the room he was loudly cheered.

From the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 4 April, 1931.


In the tournament for the Style and Winch Challenge Cup, the “Victoria Inn” (Dymchurch) Darts Club won three games out of four, playing at home against the “George Inn” Club (Lydd).


The ghost of a young Revenue Officer - John McKenzie is said to haunt this establishment his wounded body was brought to the hotel after a battle with the Aldington Gang. Also, phantom cats are said to haunt the hotel, sometimes even causing dogs to scarper!!



BLACKLOCKS Stanton 1721+

PIKE Mrs 1768+

CLARKE Christopher Oct/1774+

FISHER William 1824+

HUTCHINGS William 1932-40+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FINN David 1847+

BUSS James Buss jun 1855-62+ (also Relieving Officer age 38 in 1861Census)

RAYNER Stillingfleet 1868-1/May/1900 dec'd (age 31 in 1871Census)

TANNER Charles 1903+ (also Refreshment Contractor)

STEVENSON William 1913+

HERRINGTON Frederick Henry 1922-30+

GOWER George 1938+


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



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