Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 March, 2022.


Earliest 1851-


Open 2022+

Glassenbury Road

Iden Green

01580 211233

Peacock 1891

Above photo 1891. The sign above the door actually reads Amos Mercer, however he had just left the pub and it was now run by William Roff and in the doorway is standing a servant, holding Will and Addie's daughter, Ethel Roff. Information taken from http://www.muddlefamilies.

Peacock 1952

Above photo, 1952, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Peacock 1962

Above photo, 1962, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Identified only as Dad and Lydia.

Peacock 1978

Above postcard, circa 1978, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Peacock matchbox

Above matchbox, date unknown. calling the inn the "Ospert and the Peacock."

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

Peacock sign 2010

Above sign 2010.


Kent & Sussex Courier, 15 October 1926.

Alleged theft of a car.

James O'Connor, labourer, Lambeth, S.E., Charles Blake, labourer, Wandsworthh, S.W.8, and William Penfold, flower seller, West Croydon, all aged 20, were charged with being concerned together in stealing a Belsize motor-car, accessories and petrol, valued at 50, the property of Harold William Hibberd on September 25th.

Prosecutor, who is the licensee of the "Peacock Inn," Goudhurst, said he kept his car in a garage by the side of the house. The garage was locked on the night in question, and when awakened by the police in the early hours of the following morning he found the back door of the garage had been forced, and the car was missing. He next saw the car at Lamberhurst the following day. It was just inside a hop garden and was damaged beyond repair. It had obviously been driven through a five barred Gate, which was closed.

Bernard Ivan James, Bromley, who have been staying with prosecutor at the "Peacock Inn," said that on September 25th he served both O'Connor and Blake with refreshment.

Daisy Elizabeth Parkhurst, of Cranbrook, related a conversation she overheard by two men concerning the car.

Sergeant F. R. Jarrett, Goudhurst, describe the garage and the condition of the car, and said there were blood marks in the road as though someone have been hurt. The marks retract back to Lamberhurst village. He ascertained the description of two men seen running away. A hat and a cap produced were found in the vicinity of the car.

Elizabeth Farmer, Tunbridge Wells, who was hop-picking at the Four Wents, Cranbrook, said Mrs. O'Connor and the accused O'Connor had occupied the next hut but one which she had occupied.

Detective Constable Jones, of the London division, said that on October 12th he saw prisoner, O'Connor, detained at Kennington Lane Police Station. He told him he answered the description of a man wanted with others for being concerned in stealing a motor car at Goudhurst. He said, "Yes, I want to tell you all about it. On Saturday, September 25th, I went with Charles Blake, aged 23, of the Wilcox Road, Wandsworth, to Goudhurst, Kent, to see our mothers, who were down there hopping. We went by rail from London Bridge and reached Goudhurst at about 7 p.m. I saw my brother John at the station, and then in the town I saw mother. We went to the "Vine" public house and had a drink, and afterwards Blake and I went by bus to Four Wents, Cranbrook. We had some food, and then Blake and I went to the "Peacock" public house, where we had several drinks, and I there met a cousin and other friends, also Penfold, who came over to me and said, there is a car outside, are you coming for a ride. I said, 'Yes.' Blake also said he will come. There were two men with Penfold, one name John in and another named Wally. They were working with Penfold on the farm. At 10 p.m. we all came out of the public house and walked up the road in the direction of Four Wents Farm. Blake and I were walking together when I heard someone call, and we then saw a motor car coming from the "Peacock" public house. I went back and Blake, Penfold, Johnny, Wally and myself helped to push the car down the road. We pushed it about a mile and then we tried to start it up. I did not try because I don't understand cars. They got it a start, and Johnny, Wally and myself got into the back, with Penfold driving and Blake in the front. After we had travelled a short distance we stopped and put the hood up. Blake wanted to drive, and him and I sat in the front. Blake was driving when the car crashed into the gate and turned over. I was injured, but did not know until some minutes afterwards. I lost my hat, Johnny lost his cap. Penfold, Johnny and Wally ran away, and Blake and myself went in another direction. A gentleman offered to help us help on the road, but Blake would not stop. He kept walking and reached Tonbridge, and a watchman on the road directed us to Goudhurst, and we reached there somewhere about 5 a.m. Mother asked where my bowler hat was. I did not like to tell her, but she noticed blood and my trousers torn, and then I told her what had happened. Blake went to his mother in the next hut, and Blake and I returned to London on Sunday night. I went straight to Guy's Hospital, where I am still attending as an out-patient. I had two cuts on my left leg and one on my right leg, and had nine stitches put in. Blake had an injured hand, and was also stitched. I did not realise the others were going to steal the car, and it was only after the accident, and I saw Penfold and the others running away, that I understood that the car had been stolen. I had made up my mind to speak the truth if I was questioned about it. I have never been accused of stealing anything before, and have been in regular employment at Messrs. Clarkson's, Tamworth Street, Albert Embankment, two years and helped to support my mother. I now remember, besides Blakes injury, Wally had a bad scratch on his face.

Witness afterwards saw Charles Blake, who said he knew nothing about any motor. His right hand was bandaged. He was taken to Kennington Lane Police Station where he said, "I think I might as well tell you the truth. It is bound to come out. I wish to tell you what I know about the motor car that was stolen at Cranbrook about three weeks ago last Saturday. I was with Will Penfold, James O'Connor and two other men that I don't know. We had all been down there hopping. One of the men, I think it was Penfold, suggested that we should break into the garage, get the car, and go for a ride. We all agreed to it, forced the door off and took the car. Penfold drove first of all, and we all went for a ride. I then took the wheel, and after driving about four miles drove into a gate, and we were all thrown out. O'Conner was rather badly hurt, but was able to walk away. Connell and I left the other three men and walked back to the hut. We had no intention at all of disposing of the car or keeping it. We only took it to go for a Joyride. I am a single man, at present employed by the Modern Engineering and Construction Company. I help to support my widowed mother and three young brothers and sisters. I am very sorry that I got mixed up in this, but I looked up on it as a joke."

Detective Constable Andrews, Cranbrook, said that on October 12th he received a O'Conner and Blake into custody. On October 13th he went to Thornton Heath Police Station, where he saw prisoner Penfold, and in reply to the charges he said, "All right" and afterwards said he was going to bed, and then turning to the other prisoners said, "I'll shoot you for this."

All three prisoners were committed for trial at the next quarter sessions.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 15 February 1963.

Pony Selling.

If you want to sell your ponies at a good price this year, come and see me about giving pony rides at the "Peacock Inn" each weekend. This, too, could be profitable.

T. A. Leighton the "Peacock Inn," Iden Green, Goudhurst. Tel. 233.


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 6 November 2019.

Kent’s cosiest pubs with gorgeous log fires that will shield you from the cold.

These stunning pubs come with crackling fires, beautiful interiors and tasty food.

Is there anything better than curling up next a toasty log fire, pint in hand?

With the winter months drawing in and November predicted to be one of the coldest ever, knowing your local cosy pub with a gorgeous log fire is more important than ever.

Whether you're looking for a tipple after a brisk walk or just after a warm afternoon out, there's plenty of choice.

These stunning pubs come with crackling fires, beautiful interiors and tasty food.

Some of them even have more than one wood burner, so you won't be fighting for the coveted space in front of the flickering flames.

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our list below.

The Peacock Inn.

Peacock Inn 2019

The Peacock Inn.

Where : Goudhurst Rd, Cranbrook TN17 2PB.

What : This traditional family-run 14th century country pub is the perfect place to stop over after a long walk in the cold.

A large open log fire perfectly complements the warming menu, which can be washed down with an array of beers and wines.


James Wallace 2021

Above photo showing licensee on the right Mr. James Wallace, Ex- Coldstream Guardsman of the British Army. On the left is barman Albert Elliot.



BRAKEFIELD Thomas 1851+ (also agricultural labourer age 65 in 1851Census)

MERCER Jeffrey 1871+ (age 30 in 1871Census)

MUDDLE John Muddle 1881+ (also agricultural labourer age 56 in 1881Census)

MERCER Amos 1891+ (age 39 in 1891Census)

ROFF William Dec/1891+

WENMAN Thomas 1891+ Kelly's 1891

HARMER Richard 1899-1903+ Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

RUSSELL James 1911+ (age 67 in 1911Census)

BRIDGLAND William 1913-14+ Kelly's 1913

HIBBERD Harold William 1930-39+ (age 49 in 1939) Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938


PEARCE Osbert 1968-88

WALLACE James Sept/2021+



Kelly's 1891From the Kelly's Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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