Sort file:- Tunbridge Wells, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 July, 2020.


Earliest 1828-

Cross Keys

Open 2020+

236-238 (120) St Johns Road (London Road 1851Census)


Royal Tunbridge Wells

01892 536516

Above photo, circa 1900.

Cross Keys 1970

Above photo, circa 1970.

Cross Keys 2014 Cross Keys bar 2012

Above photo showing the bar area 2012.

Cross Keys sign 2014

Top photo and sign taken by Paul Skelton, 11 April, 2014.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 31 October, 1873.


Temporary authority to carry on the business of the "Cross Keys," St. John’s-road, was granted to Mr Charles Lamb.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 9 January 1874.


The license of the "Cross Keys Inn" was transferred from the executors of the late George Witley to Mr. Charles Lamb.


Sussex Agricultural Express 27 January 1891.

The "Cross Keys," at the Lew, Tunbridge Wells, was similarly transferred from Charles Lamb to Mark Hiscock.


Kent & Sussex Courier, 16 April 1948.

Woman ex-licensee dies aged 92.

Well-known in Tunbridge Wells, where she was a licensee for 12 years, and in Tonbridge, where she had lived for a great part of her 93 years. Mrs. Rosanna Filewood, of 94, Barden-road, Tonbridge, died on Saturday.

Born at Whitstable, Mrs. Filewood first came to Tunbridge Wells in 1900, where her husband was licensee of the "Cross Keys." On his death in 1907 she successfully carried on the business until 1919 and became a well-known popular figure.

In 1933, after a short stay at Hastings, she came to Tonbridge.

The funeral service was at Tunbridge Wells Cemetery on Wednesday.


From the By Mary Harris, 23 October 2018.

Pub-goer left fuming after Cross Keys in Tunbridge Wells asks her to share party after double booking bungle.

Kim Hewett 2018

Kim Hewitt pictured at her home in Southborough - she had been excited about her 50th birthday party but was upset when she realised she would have to share with another birthday Halloween party. (Image: Sally Loram)

A woman celebrating her 50th birthday party in a Tunbridge Wells pub was left fuming when the boss asked her to share her celebration after a double booking bungle.

Kim Hewitt, 49, of Southborough was really looking forward to her bash with family and friends at the Cross Keys Pub in St John's Road on Saturday.

Excited Mrs Hewitt had booked her party and paid a 100 deposit at the pub on July 24. Staff were going to lay on a buffet and Mrs Hewitt had booked a DJ for a disco.

But she couldn't believe it when she saw a woman on Facebook had invited people to a fancy dress birthday and Halloween party with a disco and food on the same evening.

Mrs Hewitt, of Manor Road, had hoped it was a mistake but was "furious" when she contacted the Cross Keys where staff asked if she wouldn't mind sharing her disco.

They told her the other booking was for "the snug" which only seats about 20 people but Mrs Hewitt said the last time she saw the woman's account, 168 people had been invited.

"How can you expect total strangers to share?"

"I ended up in tears all weekend. We totally understand pubs will not stop their locals walking in and if they had come and danced then fine but I don't want a whole extra party coming and totally taking over.

"They asked if we could share the disco with this other party.

"It's inept. She can't expect two parties to join together when we don't know each other. How can you expect total strangers to share? And they're a lot younger group. We've paid for it, we don't want to share it," she said.

She added: "I have got about 45 coming.

"We organised our own disco ourselves. We were going to pay a further 160 and have a buffet. It was for my friends and family to all relax together, to get up and have a dance.

"I was left a week before my birthday trying to find another venue."

"I'm appalled by it. They should have written down in their book the day they took the booking and the day they took the deposit," she said.

Mrs Hewitt and her husband Kevin have cancelled the party and have moved it to the "Rose and Crown" in Tunbridge Wells.

Her 100 deposit was returned by the Cross Keys.

Cross Keys general manager Elly Harper told Kent Live the snug which seats about 20 people was separated by the bar from the restaurant area and conservatory where Mrs Hewitt was having her party.

The pub is only licensed to a capacity of 100 people, she added.

"I'd hoped to reach a happy medium"

"We were concerned when we heard about 160 people being invited (for the other party) because we can't fit that many people in.

"But she told us she had invited a maximum of 30 people because she was aware how many people the snug could fit," she said.

Miss Harper said they had suggested the women split the cost of the disco and both parties enjoy it.

Julie Wilson, a director of the pub who dealt with both women, said: "I am upset. I would never let customers down. If someone wants to book a private party, you would not hold it in a pub. You would hold it in a hotel. I had hoped to reach a happy medium but if we couldn't I would have to make a decision (cancelling one of the parties).

"But (Mrs Hewitt) took her party elsewhere.

"There was nothing we did wrong. It is a big pub. We can't shut for private parties."

She added she had offered to make six complimentary trays of sandwiches for Mrs Hewitt to use wherever she re-booked her party but it was refused.



PECKHAM Edward 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

TWORT James 1851+ (age 28 in 1851Census)

SHAW Nimrod 1858+

NEWMAN Caroline Elizabeth Mrs 1862+

WELLER T Mr to July/1873 Kent and Sussex Courier

WHIBLEY/WHITLEY George July-Oct/1873 dec'd Kent and Sussex Courier

LAMB Charles Oct/1873-Jan/91 (age 49 in 1881Census)

HISCOCK Mark Jan/1891-1901+ (age 50 in 1901Census)

HEWITT Ernest John 1903+

FILEWOOD Mr to 1907 dec'd

FILEWOOD Rosanna Mrs 1907-19 (age 55 in 1911Census)

GARDNER Arthur W 1922-38+

HARPER Elly 2018+


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

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

Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier



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