Page Updated:- Saturday, 23 October, 2021.


Earliest 1690

Three Horseshoes

Open 2020+

46 Staple Street


01227 750842

Three Horseshoes 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Three Horseshoes sign 1994

Above sign, February 1994.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Three Horseshoes sign 2010Three Horseshoes sign 2014

Above sign left 2010. Sign right 2014.

Three Horseshoes inside 2010

Photo taken 11 September 2010 from by Jelltex.


Built in 1690, The Three Horseshoes is one of the oldest pubs in Kent, and even outdates some of Shepherd Neame's brewing records.


Kentish Gazette 09 October 1787.


On Saturday afternoon about five o'clock, as Mr. Curling, master of the "Three Horse Shoes," public-house, at Hernehill, was returning home in his cart from this city, just beyond the milestone on the Harbledown road, the horse took fright and ran away, and he endeavouring to catch hold of the reins, fell from the cart, and the wheel went over his body, by which he was so much bruised that he was carried to the "Coach and Horses" at Harbledown, where, in less than two hours, he expired in great agonies.


26 March 1789.

Insured:- Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: the Three Horse Shoes, Hernhill (Whitewicke, victualler);


26 March 1793.

Insured: Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: The Three Horse Shoes, Herne Hill (Ann Curling victualler);


Kentish Gazette, 26 November 1844.

Sudden Death.

An inquest was holden yesterday at the "Three Horse Shoes," Staple-street, Hernhill, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq. on the body of John Epps, a thatcher, who expired suddenly last Saturday morning, whilst walking near Butt’s Hill.

Verdict— "Died by the visitation of God."


Kentish Gazette, 24 December 1844.

An inquest was held on Friday last, at the "Three Horse Shoes," Staple-street, Hernhill, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq. on view of the body of Jane Dunkin, aged 17, living with her parents at Boughton Hill, who was found dead in her bed the preceding morning.

From the evidence adduced, it appeared deceased had been subject to fits for some time past. Mr. Ogilvie, surgeon, of Boughton, applied the usual means of restoration, but of no avail, life being quite extinct, and was of opinion death was caused by apoplexy.

The jury returned a verdict accordingly.


From the Faversham Times, Saturday 7 January 1939.


The license of the "Three Horseshoes, Hernhill, was transferred from Leonard Edward Honey to Leonard Frank Gurr.



CURLING Mr (master) to Oct/1787


CURLING Ann 1793+

JACKSON Thomas 1851-58+ (age 29 in 1851Census)

HOPKINS Thomas 1861+ (also market gardener age 50 in 1861Census)

HADLOW Alfred 1871-74+ (age 31 in 1871Census)

HILTON Harry 1881-82+ (age 49 in 1881Census)

RIGDEN William 1891+ (age 56 in 1891Census)

FOREMAN W 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HONEY Leonard Edward 1938-Jan/39

GURR Leonard Frank Jan/1939+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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