Page Updated:- Friday, 04 January, 2019.


Earliest 1661-

King's Head

Open 2019+

High Street


01580 891231

King's Head

Above photo, date unknown.

King's Head

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly submitted by Mark Jennings.

King's Head 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives, Creative Commons Licence.

King's Head sign 1993King's Head 2010

Above sign left, December 1993, sign right 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


It is suggested by Anita Thompson of the that the "King's Head" was called the "Bell" as early as 1661.

The pub won Shepherd Neame's Pub of the Year in 2013.

Thought to have been originally built between 1370 and 1400 but after extensive alterations it is now considered to be an 18th century building that has gained a Grade 2 listing.


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

Thanks for your co-operation.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 5 October 1861.

Staplehurst. The Hop Fair.

This annual fair was held on Wednesday last. The weather was unfavourable, but there was a numerous attendance of farmers and factors, and a fair amount of business was done, at prices varying from 8 to 10.

As usual, Mr. And Mrs. Tomsett provided an excellent dinner at the "Kings Head Inn," at which Mr. Hammond, of St. Mary's Cray, presided. In the afternoon, a considerable number of the company adjourned to the "South Eastern Hotel," where an auction hop sale was held by Mr. J. Apps, of Goudhurst, being the first of a number he has announced. The bidding was spirited, and a good many samples changed hands, at from 8 10s. to 10 10s.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 2 November 1861.

Staplehurst. The Improvement Society.

The second Lecture for the season was given in the Assembly Room at the "King's Head" on Monday evening last, by Mr. Fardon, of Maidstone. The subject was "a Gossip with the Poets." Captain Usborne presided, and at the conclusion received in conjunction with the lectorer a vote of thanks from a numerous and respectable audience. We hear the committee have secured the services of Mrs. Balfour.



WESTON John 1661-64+

STILL William 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

STILL Martha 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BUTCHER John 1851-58+ (age 48 in 1851Census)

TOMSETT Charles Ingram 1861+ (age 32 in 1861Census)

MERCER Lawrence 1913+

???? Nicola & Robbie 2013+


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

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



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