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Earliest 1832-

King's Head

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Fosten Green


King's Head

Above photo, circa 1900 kindly sent by John Hickmott. Peter Hodges on the left.

Former King's Head 2019

Above photo 2019, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

King's head map 1913

Above map 1913.


The building on the Cranbrook Road at Forsten Green is now a private house known as "Kingsmead." The house opposite is Fosten Green Cottage.


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From a local paper, circa 1904.

Peter Hodges circa 1910

Death of Mr. Peter Hodges.

We regret to record the death of Mr. Peter Hodges, landlord of the "Kings Head Inn," Fosten Green, who after a fortnight suffering calmly passed away on Monday. Mr. Hodges who was 64 years of age and kept the "Kings Head Inn," for close-up on 24 years.

The funeral took place at Frittenden on Thursday, where the remains were interred in the parish churchyard by the rector, Rev. R. Inglis.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 6th March, 1917.

Adjourned Licensing Sessions.

The adjourned licensing sessions for the Cranbrook Petty Sessional Division were held on Thursday, before Mr. E. L. Tomlin (chairman), Captain G. S. Hancock, Messrs. J. A. Drush, W. Nash, J. Hanmer, A. Hardcastle, and E. E. Selmes. Superintendent Cheeseman opposed renewal of the following licences on the grounds of redundancy.

"Kings Head Inn," Biddenden, owned by Isherwood and Co. Ltd., of Maidstone, and held by Owen Hodges.


Kent Messenger and Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 28th July, 1917.

The licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910.

Notice as to Sending in Claims to be treated as Persons Interested in Licensed Premises.

County of Kent, Western Division.

Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area having decided at their Principal Meeting held on 12th day of July, 1917, to refuse the Renewal of Licences of the premises specified below, all persons claiming to be interested in the said premises for the purpose of the payment of Compensation under the said act other than the Licensees and the Registered owner of the said premises are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their claims before the 20th day of August, 1917, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain in manner provided by the Licensing Rules, 1910, the persons entitled to Compensation on under the said Act in respect of the said premises.

Notice of claims, giving particulars of the interests claimed, should be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority at this Office at the Sessions House, Maidstone.

"King's Head," Biddenden, Publicans. Owen Hodges. Isherwood, Foster & Stacey, Ltd., Maidstone.

W.B. Prosser, Clerk of the Compensation Authority, Sessions House, Maidstone. Dated this 26th day of July, 1917.


Maidstone Telegraph Saturday 17th November 1917.

West Kent Licensing Committee. Compensation appointments.

Mr. Coles Child presided, on Thursday, at a meeting of this committee, at the Sessions House, Maidstone, the other members present being: Colonel J. M. Rogers, Colonel Grubb, Messrs C. Tuff, Joseph Barker, R Batchelor, P. Butt-Gow, S. Lee Smith, H. Hannem, W. A. Smith-Masters, J. H. Hay Rudton, H. J. Wood and G. Naylor with the Clerk (Mr. W. B. Prosser), and the Valuer (Mr. H. M. Cobb, of Higham).

It was the "supplemental" meeting for the awarding of compensation in respect of licences "referred" earlier in the year.


The Clerk announced that agreements had been arrived at in the following cases:-

"King's Head," public house, Biddenden 711 - 521 for the owners (Messrs. Isherwood, Foster and Stacey,) and 90 for the tenant (Mr. Owen Hodges.)




BROOKS Catherine 1832-41+ (age 70 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BROOKS Stephen 1851+ (also farmer age 56 in 1851Census)

LEVETT Ham 1861+ (also farmer age 62 in 1861Census)

LEVETT Alfred 1871+ (also farmer age 46 in 1871Census)

HODGES Peter 1881-12/Sept/1904 dec'd (also farmer age 64 at death) Kelly's 1903

HODGES Owen 1911-17 (also farmer age 45 in 1911Census)


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


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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