Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 June, 2022.


Earliest 1700s-

White Hart

Latest 1922+

High Street


Above photo 1900, showing the "White Hart" on the right.


Kentish Gazette, 13 April, 1774.

Thomas Hall. At the "White Hart," Riverhead, begs leave to acquaint the public in general, that he has bought the Post Chaise and Horses of James Cochran, late of the "George" at Riverhead, and intends to let post chaise and saddle horses to any part of England; likewise a Repository for the sale of Horses every last Thursday in the month as usual.

Horses bought and sold, or stand at livery.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 23 August 1811.


At the "Rose and Crown Inn," Sevenoaks, on Friday, the 30th of August, 1811, at three o'clock, is the afternoon; (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract, in which case, early notice will be given.) The following desirable Freehold Estates.

Lot 1.—All that very capital and well-established Inn, and Posting-House, in full trade, called the "White Hart," with spacious and commodious stables, recently erected, and other buildings and accommodations, well calculated for the purpose of an Innkeeper. These premises are most advantageously situated at Riverhead, in the parish of Sevenoaks, twenty-two miles from London, on the much frequented road, leading from thence to Tonbridge - Wells and Hastings.


Kentish Gazette, 9 December 1851.


On Friday evening week a serious accident occurred to four young men, who, in a state of intoxication, were driving furiously round the corner to the Westerham road from Sevenoaks, when the cart coming in contact with the wall of Lord Holmesdale's garden, it was thrown over, and they were all thrown with great violence on the road. They were immediately conveyed to the "White Hart Inn," where three lie in a dangerous state, but from the state they were in from intoxication, the medical gentlemen were unable to discover the extent of the injuries received. It appears they had been summoned before the Sevenoaks bench of magistrates for improperly letting off fireworks at Edenbridge; but the case being dismissed, they exulted in their escape by entering a public-house and not leaving until they were in a state of intoxication.


Kentish Gazette, 30 May 1854.


Burling:- May 22, at Riverhead, Mr. John Burling, formerly of the "White Hart Inn," ages 80 years.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 6 February, 1880.


At the Sevenoaks Petty Sessions on Friday last.

The Bench granted temporary authority to Mr. Thomas Charlwood to carry on the business of the “White Hart Inn,” High Street, till transfer day.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 29 September, 1893.

Sevenoaks Petty sessions.

Before Major German (chairman), and Lord Blackvilfe.


Margaret Lester, a middle aged woman, was charged with stealing two ladies' muffs, one knitted petticoat, one knitted shawl, and a baby's coat, the property of Florence Shurey, at Riverhead, some time between the 1st August and 20th September last.

Prosecutrix stated that she lived at the "White Hart," Riverhead. On Tuesday last she missed the articles, and on the same evening Mrs Palmer, of the "Wheatsheaf," came into the bar wearing the shawl produced. Prisoner was lodging with witness at the time of the occurrence, and had been working for her as charwoman &c.

P.S. Marsh stated that he went to the "Wheatsheaf," where he saw Mrs. Palmer the landlady. He asked whether she had purchased the missing articles, and she replied in the negative, stating that she had not purchased a shawl for 10 years. Later in the same day he paid another visit to the house named, and asked for the shawl which she had been wearing on the Tuesday evening, which she then produced, and it was subsequently identified by Mrs. Shurey as her property. He then returned to Mrs. Palmer, and asked her how she became possessed of it, and in reply she stated that her husband purchased it from a woman living at the "White Hart," who had left the neighbourhood about a fortnight. he then went to the "White Hart" and arrested prisoner. In reply to the charge prisoner said she did steal the things, and sold them to Mrs. Palmer.

Prisoner was sentenced to three weeks' hard labour.

Joss Palmer, landlady of the "Wheatsheaf Inn," Riverhead, was then charged with receiving the goods mentioned above, well knowing the same to have been stolen.

Margaret Lester, the prisoner in the last case, was put into the witness box, and stated that about 5 weeks ago she took the child's frock produced to Mrs. Palmer who gave her 6d it on, the 16th inst., she took the lady's muffs produced and got 10d for them, and the other articles produced were purchased by her for 2s.

Prisoner pleased not guilty, and stated that as Lester and his wife were hawkers she had often brought various articles from them. She admitted purchasing the articles named, but did not know they were stolen.

Prosecutrix valued the muffs stolen, one at 1 1s, and the other from 30s to 2.

Prisoner was committed for trial at the ensuing Quarter Sessions, bail being accepted in the sum of 20.


I am informed that the pub is now no longer there and is a stopping place for nearby shops. Date of closure and demolition as yet unknown.



HALL Thomas 1774-91+

BURLING Jeffrey 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BURLING John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HEATH Thomas 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

SMITH Robert 1858+

SMITH Herbert 1861+ (age 35 in 1861Census)

CHARLWOOD Thomas 1880+

SHOREY Joseph 1881+ (age 53 in 1881Census)

SHOREY Emma Louisa Mrs 1891+ (age 61 in 1891Census)

SHOREY Frederick Upward 1901-03+ (age 42 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

ROBERTS Henry James 1913+

CANNON George William 1922+


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



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