Page Updated:- Wednesday, 22 June, 2022.


Earliest 1300s

Red Lion

Latest 2020+

Crockham Lane


01227 751207

Red Lion 1900

Above postcard, 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1910

Above photo circa 1910.

Red Lion 1925

Above photo, 1925, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1950

Above photo 1950, kindly sent by Susan Northrop.

Red Lion 1950

Above photo 1950, kindly sent by Susan Northrop.

Red Lion 1953

Above photo, 1953, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Red Lion 1953

Above photo, 1953, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Red Lion 1954

Above photo 1954, kindly sent by Susan Northrop, showing her father Richard John Rose.

Red Lion 1970

Above photo, 1970, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1988

Above photo, 1988, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Red Lion 2019

Above photo April 2019, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Red Lion beer-mat 1955

Above beer-mat circa 1955. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Noah Miles 1891

Above photo showing Noah Miles, 1891, kindly sent by Francis Holliday.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.




Hernhill, in the centre of the rolling downs, is a delightful village near the Blean wood’s, and full of orchards which in a few weeks will be a fairyland of blossom. As one comes from Watling Street, on the north side of the picturesque village green, facing the churcn, is the "Red Lion." There is no doubt that the fine substantial old building dates back to the Fourteenth Century, and doubtless was at one time a beautiful old half-timbered house. It has now been made to suit the conveniences of modern times and has a plastered front. Two wings project each side of the old hostelry and the eaves of the fine roof are supported with brackets. The massive joists carrying the roof tiles are old oak, while the tiles themselves are attached with oak pins.

The interior contains many fine sturdy oak beams, and to suit modern necessities many alterations have been made, and a number of beams have had to be covered up. At the rear of the "Red Lion" the walls are covered with weather-beaten tiles, and just beyond the back entrance is an ancient well which, by the way, is still in use. The license of the "Red Lion" dates back many years, at least some four hundred.



MILES Noah 1851-58+ (age 50 in 1861Census)

KNOWLER William Noah 1871-82+ (age 40 in 1881Census)

SADDLETON Celia 1891+ (age 49 in 1891Census)

HAZLEWOOD Harry 1901-03+ (age 34 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

FOWLE Obadiah 1911-38+ (age 47 in 1911Census)

ROSE Horace to 1953

CHAPMAN Edna 1953+

GREY Jim late 1970s+ Next pub licensee had

WHITE Michael (owner) 2021+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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