Page Updated:- Monday, 29 May, 2023.


Earliest 1871-

Buck's Head

Open 2023+

Park Lane / The Green

Godden Green

01732 761330

Buck's Head 1905

Above postcard, circa 1905.

Bucks Head 1955

Above postcard, 1955, kindly sent by Shaun Gardener.

Buck's head 2013

Above photo, 2013.

Buck's Head 2013

Above photo 2013 by Nigel Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

Buck's Head sign 2015

Above sign 2015.

With thanks from Roger Pester


Built in the sixteenth century this was a timber framed house, the facard was added in the eighteenth century. The name "Buck" comes from the crest of the Sackville family of Knole who owned the nearby estate.


Kent & Sussex Courier 04 January 1878.


At the Sevenoaks Petty Sessions on Friday last, an extension of time from ten to twelve o'clock was granted to Mrs. Miller, of the "Buck's Head," on the occasion of a supper.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 27 July 1888.

The "Buck's Head," Godden Green, was temporarily transferred to Robert Webb, late of the "Crown Inn," Seal.


Kent & Sussex Courier 04 November 1904.


Plans for alterations and additions to the "Buck's Head," Godden Green, for the Dartford Brewery Co., were submitted and approved.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 20 November 1925.

Assault cases dismissed.

Mrs. Alice Lee, Blackshall Farm Huts, near Seal, was summoned for assaulting Cissy Jelly, on October 31st, and the former's husband summoned each of the following for assault on the same date. - Walter Jelly, Blackhall Huts, labourer; his wife, Cissie Jelly; John, Blackhall Lane, builder's foreman; Albert Reffard, Blackhall Lane; and Alfred Dunmer, Blackhall Lane, both builder's labourers.

Mrs. Lee pleaded guilty, and the others all not guilty. The two Reffards and Dunmer were represented by Mr. W. H. House.

James Lee said that about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, 31st March, he and Mr. and Mrs. Jelly came down the road together from Godden Green, where they had visited the "Bucks Head," towards the huts, and on the way they started an argument about the price of stone. He and the other man lost their tempers, and when they arrived at the huts Jelly pulled his coat off and knocked him down, and his wife kicked him whilst he was on the ground. When he got up he could not see, and he could not tell the Court exactly what damage they had done to him. He went inside the hut, and then the Reffards and Dunmer appeared on the scene. He heard his wife say something to them, and he came out and found them kicking his wife. She fell down two or three times. He pulled her away, and the three men then set on to him, and he knew nothing afterwards. He heard one of them say "We shall have to take him to hospital." He washed the blood off his face and head, which was badly cut, but his eyes were closed and he could not see for two days afterwards. He could not say whether the men used any instruments or merely their fists. He had seen them before, but never spoken to them. They were working on the building opposite.

Witness alleged that the men had been in the habit of visiting some young women there.

Cross-examined:- He admitted that the chopper produced belonged to him, and that it was taken away from his wife because she was chasing Mrs. Jelly with it, but it could not say whether she struck her with it. He knew that Mrs. Jelly had a cut thumb, however.

Mr. House:- I suggest the men came in when they heard screaming to stop your wife, and she went for Reffard because he was taking the chopper away from her. Then they stopped you and that constituted the assaults?

They stopped me in a funny way, then.

Did someone exclaim "Mind he's got an iron bar?

I had no bar.

Mrs. Lee said she was in bed when her husband shouted to his dog. When she came out he said "Come and take some of these men off me," and she picked up the first thing she could get hold of, the chopper, but she did not have time to use it before she was knocked on the ground. She have found all the men on top of her husband, kicking and booting him about. Mrs. Jelly tried to get hold of the chopper, and must have drawn her thumb across it.

Cross-examined:- She had not seen the three men before. She denied she was chasing Mrs. Jelly with the chopper when they came along.

Mr. House:- You are trying to remember something that did not happen, and to make up a story with your husband about it?


She added she did not hear the rpw between her husband and Jelly.

Mr. House pointed out that her evidence flatley contradicted that of Lee.

P.C. Westmore said that on the morning Monday evening following Lee came to him and said he had been knocked about on Saturday night at Pain's Huts. His face was one mass of bruises and his eyes almost closed, whilst there was a cut across the head about two inches long. He knew nothing against Reffard and his son or Dunmer. The first named was foreman for a well-known firm of builders.

John Reffard stated that he and the other two all lived together in a hut at Blackhall Lane. They have been to Sevenoaks that night and went home by Seal and the golf links. As they were coming down Blackhall Lane he heard a woman screaming murder, and when they reached the point opposite the huts they found a man sitting on the bank, seemingly dazed. It was Jelly. They asked him what the trouble was, and he told witness he had been chased out of the huts by Lee, and Mrs. Lee was chasing his wife with a chopper. Witness walked in the gate and met the two women. Mrs. Lee was behind with the chopper, which he took from her. Lee came for him, and his son stopped him. Witness laid hands on no one, except Mrs. Lee, in depriving her of the chopper. He added that both his son and he were married and they did not know any young women. They have been to the huts before. He told his son to fetch the car, and they took Mrs. Jelly to the doctor.

Albert Renard corroborated, declaring he had been to the huts only once before, and that was to get water. Lee went for his father, and Dunmer and he stopped him. He was bleeding terribly, and he evidently had been in trouble previously.

Dunmer said there was no truth in Lee's story, although he admitted striking him one in defence of his friend. It was not true they were all on top of Lee or his wife.

Jelly gave evidence that on their return from Godden Green he and Lee started quarrelling, Lee striking him and witness returning the blow, and knocking him down. In falling Lee was caught on some barbed wire, and called out to his wife to fetch the chopper, which he did. Witnesses wife came out to help him, and was struck with a chopper.

By Mr. House:- The other men did not arrive on the scene till his wife was being struck with a chopper.

Mrs. Jelly, whose thumb was bandaged, said he heard screaming outside and rushed out of the hut. Lee had called his wife to bring the chopper, and she caught a blow from it. Not content with that, Mrs. Lee chased her with it, and Lee also came after her. She heard the three men in the lane and ran to them for help, thinking they were the police.

The cases were all dismissed, the Chairman remarking that there was not a shred of evidence against the Reffards and Dunmer, who had no concern in the dispute, and there was not the slightest justification for their being summoned. No men in their position would have done what was alleged.



MILLER Fanny 1871-78+ (age 41 in 1871Census)

STILL Frederick William to Aug/1888 Sevenoaks Chronicle

Last pub licensee had WEBB Robert Aug/1888-91+ (age 56 in 1891Census) Sevenoaks Chronicle

MILLS George 1903+ Kelly's 1903

MILLS Jemema 1911+ (widow age 62 in 1911Census)

MILES Ernest Thomas 1918-22+ Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922

MORGAN William D 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

PARASKEVAS Helen to Mar/2016 Next pub licensee had


Sevenoaks ChronicleSevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

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


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