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Earliest 1721-

George Inn

Latest 1851+




The only reference I have found so far for this pub is in the Pigot's Directory of 1828 and the following passage from 1786.

Further research tells me the pub opened around about 1721.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 21 April 1772.

James Cockran, who keeps the "Royal Oak Inn," at Hastings, take this opportunity of informing his friends and the public in general, that he has taken the "George Inn," in Riverhead, where he humbly solicits the favours of the Nobility, Gentry, and Tradesmen, who are pleased to make use of the said house, assuring them that his endeavours shall be exerted to merit a continuation of them, and no pains or expense wanted to render the house genteel. He begs leave to return his sincere thanks to all his friends who have honoured him with their encouragement at the "Royal Oak," Hastings, and hopes for a continuance of their favours at the "George," which will be ever gratefully acknowledged why by their obliged and obedient humble servant.

James Cockran.

Neat Post Chaises, with able horses and careful drivers to any part of England.


Kentish Gazette, 5 February, 1774.

To be let and Entered on immediately.

That good accustomed and commodious inn, known by the sign of the "George," situated at Riverhead near Sevenoaks, late in the occupation of James Cockran.

Also to be disposed of, on the said premises, all the Stock of Liquors, Utensils, Household Goods, Post-chaises, and other Effects, late belonging to the said James Cochrane.

For particulars enquire of Mr. Collins at Pett, in Sussex; Mr. Christopher at Sevenoaks; Mr. Philcox, at Burwash; or Mr. Jemmett, Pudding Lane, London.


Kentish Gazette 04 August 1786.


William Davison, (late Servant to the Earl of Westmoreland) having taken the above Inn, begs Leave to inform the Nobility, Gentry, etc. etc. that they may be accommodated with neat Post-chaise, good Horses and Drivers, any Distance exceeding ten Miles, at 10d. per Mile.

He hath also laid in a good Stock of neat Wines, Spirituous Liquors, etc. and it will be his constant Care to provide, in the best Manner, every Accommodation for those who shall favour him with Orders.

Their humble Servant, William Davidson.


Reynolds's Newspaper, Sunday 7 December 1851.

BOW STREET, Confession of a Robbery.

Charles Perry, a young man from the country, was charged under the following circumstances:—

A metropolitan police-constable stated that he met the prisoner in the morning, in Covent-garden, and that he confessed to him that he had been employed by Mr. Tyndal, landlord of the "George Inn," Riverhead, Kent, to carry a parcel of shawls belonging to Mr. Hynes, a traveller stopping at the inn at Chipstead, a distance of one mile from Riverhead, but that be took them to Bethnal-green, also within a mile of Chipstead, and disposed of some of the articles for five pounds. He brought the remainder of the shawls to London and made away with them. From the manner in which the constable gave his evidence, the magistrate said he should not send the prisoner down to Kent on such testimony, to enable the witness to obtain the reward which it appeared had been offered. The prisoner admitted that he had made the confession to the policeman. Mr. Henry remanded the prisoner for further inquiry.



COCKRAN James 1772-74

DAVISON William 1786+ Kentish Gazette

CLAMP M 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

CLAMP Hester 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

TYNDAL Mr 1851+


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

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

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


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