Page Updated:- Friday, 13 January, 2023.


Earliest 1571-

White Horse

Open 2022+

244-246 The Street

Boughton Under Blean

01227 751343

White Horse 1913

Above postcard, taken on Hospital Sunday, March 1913, kindly sent by Marie Rook.

White Horse and family

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Marie Rook.

White Horse 2012

Above postcard circa 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Horse 1934

Above postcard, 1934, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Horse 2005

Above photo 2005.

White Horse 2007

Above photo 2007 by Bill Henderson Creative Commons Licence.

White Horse 2022

Above photo 2022, by Shepherd Neame.

White Horse sign 1986White Horse sign 1991

Above sign left, September 1986. Sign right, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

White Horse sign

Above sign, 2010.

Boughton map 1896

Above map 1896, annotated by Rory Kehoe.


The White Horse was a one time coaching inn mentioned in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

It was the setting for the inquests which followed the Courtenay riots and the Battle of Bossenden Wood. This established fifteenth century inn was partly gutted by fire in 1984, but survived to trade another day.


Extract from the will of William Ruck 1571.

Will Ruck William Boughton under Blean 1571 1571 PRC/32/31/326.

White Horse.

Item, I do will and do give unto WILLIAM, my son, all that my messuage or tenement commonly named the "White Horse" situate and being within the said parish of Boughton in the Street named Boughton Street aforesaid, together with all houses, buildings, yards, closes, orchards, gardens, eight [8] acres of arable and meadow land, and all other hereditaments whatsoever to the said messuage or tenement belonging which I lately purchased of RICHARD PORREDGE, to have and to hold unto the said WILLIAM and to his heirs forever. Also, I will and bequeath unto the said WILLIAM, my son, three score [60] pounds of lawful money of England to be paid unto him by my Executor within one year and and half next after my decease.

A continuation of this will can be read from this link to the "Bell."

Seems our William Ruck had 3 pubs in total, the others called the "Bell," in Boughton Under Blean and the "White Horse" in Chilham.


Kentish Gazette, 27 March, 1792.

To be Sold to the Best Bidder, at the "Rose Inn," in the City of Canterbury, on Monday the 2nd day of April next, between the hours of 11 in the forenoon, and 3 in the afternoon, by Richard Staines, Auctioneer, the following Freehold Estates.

Lot 3. Three several Messuages or Tenements, near or adjoining together (one of them formerly the "White Horse") and the buildings, yards, gardens, ground and appurtenances thereunto respectively belonging, situate and being in the parish of Hernehill, in the said county (at or near a place called Staple Street) and now in the several occupations of William Fox, George Wightwick, and John Carr.

(I am assuming this is the same "White Horse," but not yet definite due to the words formerly. Paul Skelton.) I have reference to a "White Horse" at Faversham" and also a "White Horse" at Ospringe.


Kentish Chronicle, 8 December, 1829.


Lately, at the "White Horse," Boughton, Thomas Jarman Halke, aged 53 years.


From the Kentish Gazette, 3 June 1845.

Boughton Blean.

An application has been made by Mr. Cole, of the "White Horse Inn," to open a lodge of the "Manchester Unity of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows," and in order to further that object, a meeting is held every Saturday evening at that house, to receive the name and deposit of any person who may feel desirous to join the order, preparatory to the opening of a lodge which is expected to take place on Thursday, the 18th of July next. Nearly twenty have already enrolled their names of candidates, and at present the business is under the control of a president, vice president, and secretary. It is expected that upwards of 30 will have paid their entrance money, and be ready for initiation, on the day the lodge is opened.


From the Kentish Gazette, 2 September 1845.



By Messrs MINTER and SON,

AT the "Ship Inn," FAVERSHAM, on THURSDAY the 9th of OCTOBER, 1845, at Twelve o’clock precisely, the following valuable FREEHOLD and LEASEHOLD ESTATES, IN LOTS:-

Lot 3— The "White Horse" PUBLIC HOUSE, with Coach-house, Stables. Buildings, Yard, Garden, and slip of Orchard Ground, situate in Boughton Street, in the Parish of BOUGHTON-UNDER-THE-BLEAN, in the County of Kent, and now in the occupation of James Cole Let with Lot 6 at 25 per annum.

Printed Particulars and Conditions may be had ten days previous to the Sale on application at the "Ship Inn," or to the Auctioneers, Faversham; or Messrs Plummer and Son, Solicitors, Canterbury, at whose Office further particulars may be known.


From the By Jack Dyson, 13 May 2022.

The White Horse in Boughton-under-Blean, near Faversham, reopens after revamp.

A 15th century village pub has finally reopened its doors after being transformed into a boutique hotel, restaurant and bar.

The White Horse in Boughton-under-Blean, near Faversham, is back up and running following the completion of an eight-month revamp.

White Horse room 2022

One of the rooms inside the newly revamped The White Horse in Boughton-under-Blean, near Faversham. Picture: Shepherd Neame.

The Grade II-listed site - which was a coaching inn hundreds of years ago - has been turned into what owners describe as a "premium" cocktail bar and restaurant, offering 13 guest beds and a treatment room.

Husband-and-wife licensees Andrew and Natalie Hennessy, who already run gastropub The East Kent in Whitstable, say the development was a labour of love.

“When I first visited the pub as it was before, I could see it in my mind just as it is now," Natalie said.

"But being eight months pregnant at the time, I couldn’t get on with it as quickly as I wanted to.”

The White Horse, which is a Shepherd Neame business, was mentioned in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, before being the scene of inquests held following the Battle of Bossenden Wood in 1838.

Andrew and Natalie Hennessy 2022

Husband-and-wife licensees Andrew and Natalie Hennessy have transformed The White Horse near Faversham. Picture: Shepherd Neame.

White Horse garden 2022

The White Horse in Boughton-under-Blean, near Faversham, dates back to the 1400s. Picture: Shepherd Neame.

The Hennessys have added to the historic building a so-called "honesty pantry" upstairs for overnight guests to enjoy snacks and drinks at any time.

Led by head chef Natalie, the brand-new kitchen will serve meals inspired by her classic French training, along with light meals and Kentish cream teas.

She also has strong familial ties to the area, as her great-grandfather ran two pubs in the village and her aunt previously worked at The White Horse.

“When I was a teenager I said to my mum and dad 'I will have a pub',” Natalie added.

“I achieved that with The East Kent, but I always wanted something with rooms; I wanted to provide the best possible guest experience.

“There was also such a connection to this place - this was always meant to be.

"Reopening The White Horse as it is now is actually achieving a long-time goal.”

Punters will also have the chance to book massages or facials in the premises' Nest treatment room when it opens later this summer.




RUCK William to 1571

FROST Ts. 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

SMITH Richard William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

COLE James 1841-62+ (age 50 in 1851Census)

LE MOND Edward 1881-82+ (age 69 in 1881Census)

KING James 1891-1903+ (age 71 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

MILES John 1911+ (age 43 in 1911Census)

CULVER William James 1913+ Kelly's 1913

DENCE Harry 1922+

TURNER T G 1934+

DAVIS Stephen Frank 1938+

HENNESSY Andrew & Natalie 2022+


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913



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