Page Updated:- Wednesday, 17 April, 2024.


Earliest 1828-

Kentish Yeoman

Demolished 2013

10-12 High Street


Kentish Yeoman pre 1914

Above postcard, pre 1914.

Unknown pub in Seal

Above photo showing the "Kentish Yeoman" in Seal. Date unknown.

Kentish Yeoman 1924

Above photo circa 1924, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Kentish Yeoman 1927

Above postcard, 1927.

Kentish Yeoman

Above photo, date unknown.

Kentish Yeoman 1933

Above postcard circa 1933, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Kentish Yeoman 1955

Above postcard circa 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Kentish Yeoman

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Kentish Yeoman 1955

Above postcard, date unknown.

Kentish Yeoman

Above photo, date unknown.

Kentish Yeoman card 1960s

Above card 1960's kindly sent by Anthony Dale.

Kentish Yeoman card 1960s

Above card 1960's kindly sent by Anthony Dale, saying the following:- The Kentish Yeoman is a delightful 19th century hotel situated in the High Street of seals near Sevenoaks. Fully licensed and especially noted for its comfortable lounge, and leading onto the garden, a charming old world dining room with a wealth of oak beams. You'll find accommodation with good amenities, a wide selection of food and drink, and a pleasant atmosphere.

Pat & Henry Houson, Sevenoaks 610041.

This is a Charrington house offering a full range of draught and bottled beers, wines and spirits.

Wine by the glass snacks and sandwiches at the Bar.

Full Restaurant service.

Small functions catered for. Easy parking.

Kentish Yeoman card 1960s

Above card 1960's kindly sent by Anthony Dale.

Kentish Yeoman

Above postcard, date unknown.

Kentish Yeoman carvery

Above postcard, date unknown.

Kentish Yeoman inside

Above postcard, date unknown.

Kentish Yeoman bar

Above postcard, date unknown.

Kentish Yeoman 2008

Above photo 2008 by Trevor Harris Creative Commons Licence.

Above photo 2012.

Kentish Yeoman sign 2002

Above sign, May 2002, kindly sent by Brian Curtis.


The sign of the "Kentish Yeoman" in 1987 displays not a be-smocked farm-worker, but a fierce eighteenth century infantryman complete with rustic gun. Hopefully someone has a picture of this and can send it to me for display.


From the Whitstable Times, 16 March 1867. Price 1d.


Mr. Brown, Q.C., and Mr. White were for the plaintiff, and Mr. Montague Chambers, Q.C., with Mr. Kemp for the defendant.

This also was an action of ejectment, to recover possession of the “Yeoman Inn” at Seal, near Sevenoaks. The simple question was whether the defendant held under a Michaelmas or a Lady-day tenancy.

At the suggestion of his Lordship the learned Council engaged consulted, and it was arranged that a verdict should be entered for plaintiff, but that the defendant should not be required to give up possession until a valuation had been made.


Kentish Mercury 29 January 1870.


The annual rent audit of the Marquis Camden, Wilderness Estate, took place on Wednesday last, at the "Yeoman Inn," Seal. The tenants, who were received by his lordship's agent, Mr. Roberts, mustered in strong force, and at the conclusion of the business an excellent spread was placed before them by the Host and Hostess White. Mr. Roberts presided, having for his vis-a-vis Mr. Wm. Cronk, of Fuller-street Farm. The usual healths and complimentary toasts followed the excellent repast, and the evening was, as might be expected, very joyously spent.


Sussex Courier 02 January 1878.


At the Sevenoaks Petty Sessions on Friday last, an extension of time until 12 o'clock was granted to Mr. Richard White, of the "Kentish Yeoman, on the occasion of two balls being held at his house.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 25 May 1883.

The annual dinner of this old-established Friendly Society took place on Monday last at the "Yeoman Inn," Seal. As is usual on such occasions, the festivities were not confined exclusively to the members and friends of the club, efforts being made to make it a merry time for juveniles. In the main street were Ranged several stalls such as are usually seen a country feasts and fairs, laden with a variety of edibles, so delightful to youthful palates. At convenient spots stood a shooting gallery, swings, a round-a-bout, and other amusements, which present powerful attractions to youths and maidens, and sometimes make dizzy men, possessed of spare cash, dizzier. The weather was magnificent. Scarcely a cloud was to be seen, and the sun shone brightly, tending greatly to impart gay and festive feelings in the minds of holiday makers, and aiding the instrumental and vocal musicians in their endeavours to make the proceedings animated and joyous.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 6 August 1886.

Excursion Fatality and Inquest.

On Wednesday evening Mr. T. Bus held an inquest at the "Crown Inn," Seal, relative to the death of Henry Heath, aged 48, a married man, engaged as carter in the employ of Mr. W. Cronk, farmer.

It appeared from the evidence of Alfred Heath, stonemason, of Riverhead, the deceased's brother, Henry Holman, labourer, Ightham, Mr. William Mist, landlord of the "George and Dragon," Ightham, George Self, engine-Driver, Otford, Thomas Skevington, labourer, Thomas Ashdown, carter, Frederick Card, a juryman, Jesse Kimber, and Mr George Warren "Kentish Yeoman Inn," Seal, that the deceased drove, with a pleasure party to Gravesend on bank holiday, and on returning home shortly before 11 o'clock at night, when in the act of descending a hill between Ightham and Seal, one portion of the harness broke, and the horse commence kicking violently, and was run furiously down the hill. There were 9 or 10 persons in the van, which was drawn by one horse, and the driver had omitted to use the skidpan. Four of the occupants of the van, including the deceased and the driver, were thrown out, and more or less badly shaken and injured. The deceased sustained a fracture of the base of the skull beside other injuries. He died almost immediately. The horse was also badly cut about. A verdict to the effect that the deceased was killed by an accident was returned, and the Coroner expressed an option, which was concurred in by the jury, that the driver (Holman) was guilty of a very great carelessness.


Kent & Sussex Courier 14 September 1887.


An application was made by Mr. Warren, landlord of the "Kentish Yeoman," Seal, for an extension of time, on the occasion of the annual tennis match, on Thursday next September 15th, and it was granted. Another application for an outdoor license, by the same person on the same day, was also granted.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 25 August 1916.


ALL Persons having any claim or demand against the Estate of the late George Warren, of the "Kentish Yeoman," Seal, in the County of Kent, Licensed Victualler, who died on the 11th August, 1916, are requested to send in particulars thereof forthwith to us the undersigned.

Dated this 22nd day of August, 1916.

Knocker, Knocker and Co.,

Solicitors to the Executors, Sevenoaks, Kent.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday, 3 May, 1935.

'Bus Damages Inn Sign. Wrotham driver in court.

A month after his omnibus ran away in Seal High Street, and damaged the sign outside the "Kentish Yeoman," Jack Gage, Linden wood Villas, Fairseat, appeared at Sevenoaks Court on Friday to answer a summons alleging that he had quitted the vehicle without having set the brake properly.

Defended by Mr. Geoffrey B. Rush (instructed by the Transport and General Workers' Union) he denied the offence.

Russell Ragge, 33, Church Street, Seal, said he was in the vehicle at 12:30 on March 20, when it was standing outside the Post Office. Soon after he got in the 'bus started moving and the conductor rushed out to try and stop it. The drive it was not there. The vehicle ran about 25 yards into the "Kentish Yeoman."

P.C. Westmore explains that the saloon bar and the signpost of the inn were damaged. Later on he saw Gage, and stated that he had left the brakes full on but when he came back he found that the brake had eased three notches.

Mr. Gage submitted that there was no evidence that the brake was not on, but the passing traffic might have shaking it off. The prosecution had to prove that the brake has not been put on. There was no evidence that anyone did not interfere with it, the only thing the prosecution said was that the 'bus moved off.

Gage stated that he switched the engine off and put the handbrake on as tight as he could get it before he left. Shortly afterwards he heard a heavy lorry go by and as soon as it did so the 'bus moved. The vibration could have moved the brake. He held seven safety first diplomas, and medal and 2 bars.

It was suggested by the magistrates at the vehicle should have been left in reverse gear, but they were informed that it was contrary to regulations to leave a public service vehicle in gear, although it would have been a double precaution.

The summons against Gage was dismissed on payment of costs.


From the 21 February 2009


VILLAGES around Sevenoaks are in danger of losing their identity as a swathe of traditional pubs close.

In recent months half a dozen pubs have shut. This is in addition to those left empty, unloved or handed over to developers for housing.

In Seal, the "Kentish Yeoman" stands empty and crumbling, the rotting, fallen pub sign an indication of its decay.

Kentish Yeoman sign 2009

Above sign 2009.


From the 22 March 2012.

Another inn on way out for new homes project

A plan to turn a community pub into a housing complex has been given the green light.

The "Kentish Yeoman" in Seal High Street has been the subject of fierce debate since July last year after it closed down in 2010 due to a lack of business.

Landlord Jamie Brady lodged a planning application to turn the listed building and summerhouse into a four-bedroom home, a three-bedroom home and a two-bedroom home.

Seal Parish Council recommended refusal, noting The "Crown" pub further along the street had already closed and the one remaining pub, the "Five Bells" in Church Road, was struggling to handle the level of custom due to a lack of parking spaces.

The matter was sent to Sevenoaks District Council's (SDC) Development Control committee, which ruled last Thursday that the application should go ahead – with a number of conditions attached.

Mr Brady can begin work, as long as he makes a financial contribution to affordable housing in the village under a Section 106 agreement.

No development can take place until SDC has approved separate details such as landscaping, materials and parking.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Brady – who grew up in Sevenoaks and went to Wildernesse School – said taking over the pub had been "a dream come true" but business slumped after the "Five Bells" reopened.

He added: "Standing there at 9pm on a Saturday night with only one customer was no fun for anyone.

"Social networks mean the pub culture has changed, as people don't meet to chat anymore.

"These family houses mean local businesses will benefit."

Town councillor Roderick Hogarth spoke out against the application, noting: "I really feel there's not enough justification to take away the local amenity."

But district councillor Michelle Lowe said: "It is sad to lose a pub but the houses are a beautiful design."

Elsewhere, work continues to turn The "Crown" pub into an office block.

It is unknown when the construction will be completed, but Keith Fox, agent for A-Tec Developments, the firm behind the redesign, said it may be ready early next year.


The building gained a Grade 2 listing on 16 January 1975. It is believed to have been built around 1200 and used to be a carriage stop. In the 15th century it was used as a Hall house.

In both 1984 and 2000 the pub were winners of the Bat and Trap league division 2.

In 2012 the local council approved for the building to be converted into one 4 bedroom and one 3 bedroom dwellings. I am told it was demolished in 2013 and houses built on the site. So much for its listed status.


I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

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TOMLIN Marmaduke 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

RICHARDSON John 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

UPTON James 1858-61+ (age 53 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858

WHITE Richard 1870-81+ (age 33 in 1871Census)

WARREN George 1882-Aug/16 dec'd (widower age 62 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1882Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913Sevenoaks Chronicle

GROOMBRIDGE Frederick 1918+ Post Office Directory 1918

AUSTIN J M 1922-38+ Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

HOUSEN Pat & Henry 1960s


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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Sevenoaks ChronicleSevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser



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