DOVER KENT ARCHIVES

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 20 November, 2018.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest ????

Old Cock

Latest ????

(Name to)

London Road

Hildenborough

 

From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 18 February, 1860.

On Thursday evening the annual singing meeting was held at Mr. Tamkin's, the “Cock Inn,” Hildenborough. A large party from the surrounding district was present, and the worthy host did everything he could to tender the evening a pleasant one. A substantial supper was provided. The chair was ably filled, and a very agreeable evening was spent.

 

From an email received 4 April 2017.

My grandfather was Henry Alexander Spooner b.1884 and was the landlord of the Whitbread owned Pub, then known as the "Old Cock Inn," in Hildenborough, Kent.

The pub was renamed the "Cock Horse" a few years ago.

Grandfather died in 1948 and my mother Joyce Evelyn Delville-Pratt (nee Spooner) took over the running of the pub full-time from then until 1962.

She had married my father Clarence Delville-Pratt in 1942 and he died in 1962.

(My father Clarence, known as Clive to the customers was a manager of a grocery store in Sevenoaks during this time until his death. He helped with the pub after work and at weekends)

My twin sister and I were born in the pub in 1951.

My mother, a very popular landlady wanted to continue on with the pub but in those times, a widow with four daughters they unfortunately did not agree to.

After we left in 1962, a Mr & Mrs Smart took over the pub but only stayed a very short time as they unsuccessfully ran the business as Whitbreads required.

Hope this helps you update your records.

Kind regards,

Lynne Page (nee Delville-Pratt).

 

Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.

 

LICENSEE LIST

TAMKIN William 1858-62+ Maidstone Telegraph

PACKHAM Alfred 1874+

FENNER David 1881+ (age 49 in 1881Census)

HOPPER George William to Jan/1886 Kent and Sussex Courier

LYDSTER John Jan/1886-91+ Kent and Sussex Courier

PALMER Walter James 1911-22+ (age 52 in 1911Census)

PALMER Ellen Miss 1930+

SPOONER Henry Alexander 1938-48 dec'd (age 54 in 1938)

SPOONER Joyce Evelyn 1948-62

SMART Mr & Mrs 1962+

http://pubshistory.com/OldCock.shtml

 

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph

Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

CensusCensus

http://theweald.org/P2.asp?PId=Hi.OldCI

 

If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-

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