Page Updated:- Wednesday, 05 October, 2022.


Earliest 1735

Red Lion

Open 2020+

14 High Street


01580 291347

Red Lion 1900

Above photo circa 1900. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion

Above postcard, date unknown.

Red Lion 1905

Above postcard, 1905.

Red Lion 1910

Above postcard, 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion

Above postcard, date unknown.

Red Lion 1919

Above postcard, circa 1919, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion

Above postcard 1919, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1920

Above postcard 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion

Above postcard, circa 1930s, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Red Lion 1930s

Above postcard 1930s.

Red Lion 1931

Above photo, circa 1931, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1935

Above postcard circa 1935, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1935

Above postcard circa 1935, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

View from clock tower

Above photo showing the village from the clock tower. Date unknown.

Red Lion 1939

Above photo 1939.

Red Lion 1942

Above postcard, 1942. Also showing the "Chequers."

Red Lion 1946

Above photo, circa 1946, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1960s

Above postcard, 1960s.

Red Lion 1974

Above postcard, circa 1974, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 2009

Above image from Google maps 2009.

Red Lion sign 1991

Above sign March 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The building has been serving alcohol originally as an Inn since 1735 and was converted to such from a house that is reputedly build by a soldier who had returned from Agincourt in the late 14th or early 15th century. Early in the 19th century the pub extended into what was then a cycle shop.

An entry in Fremlin's 1950s publication called "Where shall we go," indicated the following:- Phone - Biddenden 347, Parking accommodation - 5 Coaches and car park, Remarks - bed and Breakfast. original 15th Century Inn (1415).


Derby Mercury, Thursday 30 December 1736.

Canterbury, December 22nd. On Sunday the 12th instant came into the "Red Lion" at Biddenden three stout men, and called for wine, and drank plentifully, and continued drinking till Thursday the 16th in the evening. Mr. Smith, and Officer of the Excise, lodging in the said House, these fellows, on the 16th in the night, entered the said Mr. Smith's Chamber (he being at Cranbrook attending the Collector of Excise, it being sitting Day) and carried off two pair of boots, one pair of pumps, and two 3 12 shilling pieces of gold, and one Guinea, and went away on the 17th between 5 and 6 o'clock in the morning. One of them is about 50 years old, has a light Wig, and a black waistcoat and a belt on; the other is about 30 or 35 years old, having a scar on his right lower jaw bone; the other is a thick set young fellow, about 25 years old, with a coarse dark grey coat. They had four watches, one a gold one, and great plenty of money, and are supposed to be the men who robbed Mr. West, the Cranbrook Carrier, and the Lawyer of Maidstone, some time ago.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 13 September 1901.

Licensed Victuallers convicted.

Adam Kite, of the "Red Lion," Biddenden, was charged with selling gin 3.18 below the legal limit, on the 11th of July, and was fined 1 and 11s costs, the licence being endorsed.



SKINNER George 1828-41+ (age 50 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BARTON Edwin 1858-61 (age 63 in 1861Census)

BARTON Henry 1871+ (age 32 in 1871Census)

GREEN William 1881+ (age 50 in 1881Census)

STEDMAN Frederick W 1891+ (age 54 in 1891Census)

KITE Adam 1901+ (age 74 in 1901Census)

FUGGLE Horace 1903+ Kelly's 1903

WARD Frank 1913-38+

HEWITT Bob 1989-2018+


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

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


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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