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Earliest 1846

South Eastern Hotel

Latest ????



South Eastern Hotel 1900

Above photo circa 1900.

South Eastern Hotel

Above postcard, pre 1932.

South Eastern Hotel

Above postcard, pre 1932.

South Eastern Hotel

Above photo circa 1988.

Awaiting picture of Whitbread sign. If anyone should have an image please email me, address at bottom.

Above aluminium card issued 1950. Sign series 2 number 33.


The one time Style and Winch public house was later sold to Frederick Leney of the Phoenix Wateringbury Brewery.

I appear to have reference to a "Railway Hotel" as well as this "South Eastern Hotel," and the census of 1871 makes reference to a "South Eastern Railway Hotel," so I believe the two are one and the same. Local knowledge definitely needed here thanks.

The house was built in 1846 opposite the Staplehurst Railway Station by Henry Hoare who also set up a shop called the Market Stores. At the time their was no street lighting or pavement, just a muddy track beside an empty road, with hop gardens on either side.


From the Maidstone Telegraph and West Kent Messenger, 18 December 1869.

STAPLEHURST. Sudden Death from Eating Hemlock.

On Monday last a coroner’s inquest was held at the “South Eastern Hotel,” on the body or James King, mate to Mr Collison, Cross at Hand, who died suddenly while carting, the Saturday previous. The jury having viewed the body, and heard the witnesses, returned the following verdict:- “James King died from paralysis of the heart, induced by having eaten the root of a poisonous herb known as water-bendock, or conium, or hemlock, the deceased having taken the same under a mistaken notion that it would cure the scurvy, from which he was suffering.”

A horse of Mr. Collison’s also died in consequence of eating the same root.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 8 January 1872.

Felony by a sister-in-law.

Mary Miles, widow, was charged with stealing 7s. the monies of Thomas Miles, at Staplehurst, on the 31st December. Prosecutor keeps the "South Eastern Railway Hotel," at Staplehurst, and the prisoner, who is his sister-in-law, has for some time past been living in his employ, and she had access to the cash box. For about 2 months the prosecutor has missed money, and both himself and his wife were utterly at a loss to know what could have become of it. On Sunday morning last he marked the sum of 22s. in a particular manner with a knife. Some of the money was in half crowns. Some in florins and the rest in shillings, and he then placed all the coins in the cash box in the bar. There was no other money in the box at the time. In the evening of the same day he looked into the box, and then found that 7s. had been taken out. He then placed himself in communication with Superintendent Morgan, and a search warrant being obtained, the prisoner's bedroom was searched. In some small boxes in her room the sum of 75 in gold and silver was found, and amongst that 7s. of the marked money. Prisoner, who said nothing in defence, was committed for trial. Mr. Hindz, solicitor, of Goudhurst, appearing for the prosecutor.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 3 February 1922.


Edward Morley and Laura Morley were summonsed for selling intoxicants during prohibited hours at the "South Eastern Hotel," Staplehurst on January 16th.

Mr. W. C. Cripps appeared for the defence.

P.C. Enfield deposed to seeing two men enter the house by a backdoor after 2.30. Witness entered and saw Morely with a glass, which he said contained a small lemon. On asking to smell it he replied, "No you don't, I have not served it yet," and he spilled the contents on the floor. Witness saw Mrs. Morley serving another man. He told them he should report them, and the male defendant replied. "Well, there it is, make it as light as you can."

Mr. W. C. Cripps, addressing the Bench emphasised the excellent character of the landlord, against whom there was no previous complaint. He explained that defendant had omitted to apply to the Bench for the repeal of the D.O.R.A. (Defence Of the Realm Act) restrictions on market days.

Sir Charles Jessel said that defendant had on a previous occasion applied for a license to sell on market days, but the application was opposed by the police. This left the Bench no option but to impose a fine of 10 in each case.

Mr. Cripps then applied for permission for defendant to sell on alternate Mondays, being market day. From 2.30 to 4.30.

Superintendent Russell opposed the application on the ground that no similar concession had been granted anywhere in the county.
The Bench, however, granted Mr. Cripps application, and also allowed a similar concession to the landlord of the "Railway Tavern," Staplehurst.

Alfred Nichols, Ernest Jenner, and Stephen Seymour were then charged with consuming intoxicating liquors during prohibited hours at the "South Eastern Hotel," Staplehurst, on January 16th.

Jenner, who said he was only drinking cyder, was fined 10, Seymour who said he thought the house was open in the ordinary way, was fined 10 and Enfield who denied that he was drinking intoxicating liquor, was fined 30s.



The premises was damaged by fire in 1932, and was destroyed.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 2 January 1932.

Hotel destroyed by Fire.

Serious conflagration at Staplehurst.

The "South-Eastern Hotel," Staplehurst, was almost totally destroyed by fire in the early hours of Monday morning, and the tobacconist and sweet shop adjoining it was burnt completely to the ground, a chimney stack being the only part remaining. This being a wooden structure, it burnt with incredible rapidity.

Fortunately there was no loss of life or personal injury, but the damage to buildings and furniture is very considerable, being computed at somewhat in the region of 5,000.

The hotel, which was built of brick and stone, was one of the most imposing structures in Staplehurst with large and commodious rooms well appointed, and had recently been renovated and redecorated. It is owned by Whitbread and the licensee is Mr. E. Mosley, who has been the proprietor for the past 27 years. The house adjoining was the property of Mr. George Barnett and was used as a tobacconist and sweet shop by Mrs. Smith.

The fire was discovered by Mr. William Woods a local resident, who lives at Churchill cottages, and who when passing on his way home on Sunday shortly after midnight, saw sparks coming from a room at the back of Mrs. Smith's shop, which speedily burst into flames. He gave the alarm to some people whom he saw approaching and they all rushed to the spot and did what they could to subdue the flames which speedily got a firm hold on the fabric of the wooden building and fanned by a gusty wind spread with amazing rapidity.

Sergeant Belsey and P.C. Albon were quickly on the scene and the local Voluntary Fire Brigade and Maidstone Fire Brigade were sent for. In the meantime the police and the number of local residents who had rushed to the scene of the conflagration to render help, did all they could in the way of assisting the occupants of the hotel to safety and salving what furniture could be removed in the short space of time before the intense heat prevented further operations in this respect.

The wooden building soon became a tremendous blaze which lit up the countryside for miles around and quickly had the side of the hotel in it's devastating embrace, and running along the eaves, spread from room to room; it soon became evident that this building was also doomed.

The Maidstone fire brigade, under the command of Captain Wainscott, arrived in good time, after receiving the call and were on the scene about 12:55. Their efforts, however were greatly hampered for some time after their arrival by lack of water, which they were unable to obtain from an adjacent hydrant. The failure of this necessitated their going to a pond opposite, on Horns Lodge Farm, and in order to do this they had to cross a field, and it was only with great difficulty that the engine was got over the soft ground to the pond. Here however, there was a plentiful supply of water and the work of the Maidstone Brigade, assisted by the local brigade, as soon very effective.

By this time, however, it was impossible to save the hotel, which was almost completely gutted, the walls and two rooms only remaining the adjoining wooden building having collapsed in the early stages of the outbreak.

The fire was finally extinguished about daybreak.

At the time of the fire there were no guests at the hotel, the Christmas guests having left for the last train on the previous evening. Mr. Mosley, the proprietor, was loathe to leave his home, and his friends had difficulty in prevailing upon him to do so. He and Mrs. Moseley and the hotel staff and also Mrs. Smith have been provided with temporary accommodation for the kindness of friends.

A sum of 40 in money was successfully salvaged and some of the furniture.

Several valuable pictures and some very fine pieces of furniture were destroyed, also a considerable quantity of spirits, wines and beer.

At the time of the outbreak the tobacconists shop was unoccupied, Mrs. Smith having gone out to a party.

It is thought that the fire probably originated through an oil lamp which had been left hanging on the wall.


South Eastern Hotel fire 1932

Above photo, 1932 after the fire.

South Eastern Hotel fire 1932

Above photo, 1932 after the fire.



HOARE Henry 1846+

MILES THomas 1871-72+ (age 31 in 1871Census)

ALLINGHAM Sarah 1901+ (age 45 in 1901Census)

MORLEY Edward & Laura 1922+




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