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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1828-

(Name from)

Kentish Hotel (Royal)

Latest ????

3-4 London Road (and Chapel Place)

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Kentish Hotel 1889

Above picture showing the hotel and station from the common 1889.

Kentish Hotel 1896

Above photo, 1896, by kind permission of Peter Macleod.

Kentish Hotel 1910

Above photo, 1910, by kind permission of Peter Macleod.

Kentish Hotel 2012

Above image from Google maps, August 2012.

 

Originally called the "Angels" the premises changed name to the "Kentish" date as yet unknown but certainly between 1801 and 1946. Also known as the "Royal Kentish Hotel."

 

From The Morning Post (London, England), Monday, March 29, 1825.

ROYAL KENTISH HOTEL, TUNBRIDGE WELLS.

JANE STRANGE, respectfully returns her thanks to the Nobility and Gentry, visiting Tunbridge Wells, for the distinguished favours conferred on her since the death of her Husband, and begs to state that she has lately made considerable improvements in the Hotel, with a view to comfort and convenience, trusting that she will be favoured with a continuance of the patronage and support she has hitherto experienced.

 

Brighton Gazette, Thursday 26 August 1830.

ROYAL KENTISH HOTEL, TUNBRIDGE WELLS.

Mrs. Strange returns thanks to the Nobility and Gentry, visitors of Tunbridge Wells, for the patronage she has hitherto experienced; and begs respectfully to state that she has lately made a considerable improvements in the Hotel, (which is pleasantly situated opposite the Common) with a view to render it more commodious; and it shall be her endeavour by assiduity and good management to retain their kind support.

Posting with good horses and steady drivers. Stages to London from the Hotel, morning and afternoon.

 

From The Essex Standard, and Colchester and County Advertiser (Colchester, England), Saturday, October 29, 1831; Issue 43.

MARRIAGE.

25th inst. at Tonbridge, Kent, by the Rev. Dr. Knox, Mr. T. Durrant, jun. of the "Crown and Magpie Tavern, Aldgate High-Street, to Sophia, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Edward Hilder Strange, of the "Royal Kentish Hotel," Tunbridge Wells.

 

From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 6, December, 1831.

Lease of Valuable Hotel, Posting House, Lucrative Tap, &c. &c. Tunbridge Wells.

To be sold by auction, by Mr. Cockrell in conjunction with Mr. Henshaw, at Garaway's on Wednesday, the 21st of December, 1831, at 12 o'clock, by order of the Executors, of Edward H Strange, Deceased.

The lease, 19 1/4 years of which will be unexpired at Christmas 1831, of the flourishing establishment at that fashionable and pleasant watering place, Tunbridge Wells, known by the name of "Strange's Royal Kentish Hotel," situated on the High Road, and facing the beautiful Common, and consists of the Hotel and Tavern, lately repaired and fitted up at considerable expense, and making up about 50 beds.

Excellent Coach House, for the standing of 12 to 16 carriages, and good stall stabling for 20 horses. commodious and distinct premises opposite the Hotel, for the Post Horses, Chaises, &c.

A very lucrative and increasing Tap business to which is attached a respectable Weekly Corn Market.

The Funeral Furnishing Business which has been successfully and respectfully conducted by the family for upwards of 50 years.

The premises, which might be still enlarged and improved, present an imposing appearance, having about 170 feet of frontage.

The concern was successfully carried on by the late Proprietor Mr. E. H. Strange, and equally so since his decease, by his Widow, in consequence of whose death, the Executors offer it to public competition for the benefit of the family, as it presents unusual advantages to any competent persons who may engage in it.

The premises may be viewed twenty one days prior to the sale, and particulars and descriptive plans may be had on the premises; of Mr. Young, Tunbridge Wells, Executor; Mr. Stapley, Tunbridge Wells; Mr. Cockerell, Blackman Street, Southwark; Mr. Henshaw, Duke Street, West Smithfield; T. S. Newnon, Esq. Solicitor, 2, Great Carter Lane; Mr. Crease, 53, West Smithfield, Executor; at Garroway's, and at the principle Inns throughout Kent and Sussex.

 

From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 5 June 1832.

Tunbridge Wells.

The King's birthday was celebrated here on the 23rd ult by a public dinner at the "Royal Kentish Hotel," on which occasion upwards of 70 of the resident gentry and inhabitants sat down to a sumptuous repast, consisting of turtle, venison, and every delicacy of the season, to which ample justice was done by one and all, who express themselves highly delighted with a treat, and the particular attention paid to them by Mr. E. Churchill, the new landlord of the hotel. Great praise also was bestowed on the wines, which were served as samples of what were contained in the cellars. R. W. Bleancowe, Esq. took the chair, supported on his right by Sir William Geary, and on his left by William Cougreve, Esq. On the cloth being removed all charged to the first toast - "The King," with three times three, which was drunk with enthusiasm, and followed by "God save the King," which was sung in a fine style. The chairman then gave "The Queen," with three times three. The following were then toasted in succession "The Duchess of Kent," "The Princess Victoria," and "The Duke of Sussex," with three times three. "The Army and Navy," "The Lord Lieutenant of the County," The Officers and Privates of the Tunbridge Wells Troop." Sir William Geary's health was then drunk, and "Success to the Oxonhoath Troop." After several other toasts (which were received with repeated cheers) the Rev. J. J. Saints proposed the health of Mr. Bleaklowe, who returned thanks in a neat speech., which he concluded by anticipating the most congenial to the feeling of every inhabitant - "Prosperity to Tunbridge Wells."

This toast was drunk with three times three. Mr. B. Then left the chair; the party, however, did not break up till a late hour. A brilliant star, composed of lamps, was fixed in front of the hotel, which was very attractive. The furze on our beautiful common, we will get to say was set fire to late at night - it is a great pity that some steps are not taken to preserve one of the greatest ornaments to that place.

 

From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 19 May 1860. Price 1d.

Detaining Measures and Weights.

At the Petty Sessions on the 6th inst, Mr. John Stringer, inspector of weights and measures was charged with misconduct in the execution of his duty, by Mr. Haines, of the "Kentish Hotel." Mr. Cripps appeared in support of the summons. The charge was for illegally detaining certain measures, the property of Mr, Haines. It appeared that Mr. Haines sent certain measures, which were used for odd purposes, to the defendant, with instructions to stamp them if found correct, and if not correct to return them, and he would break them up for old pewter. Two or three of the measures the inspector refused either to stamp or return. The bench dismissed the case, but cautioned the inspector against detaining measures or weights sent to him.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier 6 June, 1873. Price 1d.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS THE ROYAL KENTISH HOTEL

(Under entirely new Management)

Has been Re-decorated and Re-furnished throughout.

Ladies and gentlemen boarded on the most reasonable terms, and special arrangements made with families.

Luncheons, Dinners, &c.,on the shortest notice.

Weddiing breakfasts Supplied.

J. BRABY Proprietor.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier 6 June, 1873. Price 1d.

Royal Kentish Hotel BILLIARD SALOON.

This spacious Room, adjoining the Hotel, which has been enlarged, re-decorated, and elegantly fitted up, and which contains TWO MAGNIFICENT NEW TABLES, is open daily, and gentlemen visiting the rooms may rely on meeting with every accommodation they may require.

JOHN BRABY, Proprietor.
 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 1 August, 1873.

TUNBRIDGE WELLS. THE ROYAL KENTISH HOTEL,

(Under entirely New Management)

Has been Re-decorated and Re-furnished throughout.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN BOARDED ON THE MOST REASONABLE TERMS, AND SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS MADE WITH FAMILIES.

Luncheons, Dinners, &c . on the shortest notice- WEDDING BREAKFASTS SUPPLIED.

J. BRABY. PROPRIETOR.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 19 June 1874.

Tunbridge Wells Petty Sessions. Unstamped Measures.

Mr. Braby, of the "Royal Kent Hotel," was summoned for having four unstamped measures in his possession at the "Kentish Tap." The circumstances were precisely the same as in the preceding case, the measures, which were new, being quite correct as regards size, but deficient of a stamp.

Mr. T. Foreman, manager of the tap, who represented Mr. Braby, said that they had recently had four dozen new measures from a firm in Sheffield, and the makers had, from some cause or other, neglected to stamp those produced.

The chairman said Mr. Braby must settle the matter with the Sheffield house, and, while acquitting him from anything in the shape of fraud, they were bound to convict, and they fined him 4s. and 10s. 6d. costs.

 

From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 22 July 1874.

Tunbridge Wells Petty Sessions. Extension of One Hour.

An extension of 1 hour for keeping open the "Royal Kentish Hotel," after the usual time was granted to Mr. Braby, on the occasion of the Farmers Club half-yearly dinner, on the 24th inst.

 

From The Morning Post (London, England), Wednesday, June 24, 1885.

TUNBRIDGE-WELLS. - ROYAL KENTISH HOTEL.

The largest and best appointed in Tunbridge-wells. Moderate charges. Under new management. Tariff and boarding terms of the proprietor, J. R. Cleave.

 

 

Jane Strange was also licensee of the "Market House" in 1828.

 

LICENSEE LIST

STRANGE Edward Hilder to 1825 dec'd

STRANGE Jane (widow) 1828-30+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

CHURCHILL ???? 1832+ (Pigot's Directory 1832-34 Royal Kentish Hotel)

CROPLEY Henry 1841+ (superintendent age 25 in 1841Census)

WATTS Albert J 1851+ Census

PRUDENCE Peter 1858-61+ Census

HAINES William 1860-61+ Whitstable TimesCensus

STUCKEY Charles 1871+ (age 43 in 1871Census)

BRABY John 1873-74+ Kent and Sussex Courier

MONEY Sarah J 1881-June/83 (age 35 in 1881Census)

WEEKS & HUGHES June/1883+ Kent and Sussex Courier

CLEAVE J R 1885+

KELSEY James 1891+ Census (Manager)

PARZEN Louis 1901+ Census

http://pubshistory.com/KentishHotel.shtml

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

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

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

CensusCensus

 

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