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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1552

Red Lion

Latest 1861-

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Dunk's Green

 

Mr Dunk was a local merchant who made his money in the early 16th Century, building his family home, now called the Roses, in about 1550. When the hamlet became “Dunk’s Green" is not clear, but the pub was built just a few years later, and, unusually, has been an ale-house and tavern from the outset.

It was called the "Red Lion" until about 1861 when it was changed to the "Oxenhoath Yeoman" and later to the "Kentish Rifleman," probably to boost its image as a militia recruitment post.

 

Kentish Gazette, Friday 24 January 1794.

Public House and Lands.

To be sold by private contract.

All that well accustomed public house, with a barn, buildings, stables and other offices, known by the sign of the "Red Lion," in Plaxtoll Street, in the parish of Wrotham; together with 2 acres, more or less, of exceeding rich land, adjoining the said public house, planted with hops, and also with filberts, apples and other fruit trees in very high perfection. The whole of which is in the occupation of Mr. William Streaton, under a lease which will expire at Michaelmas.

For further particulars, and to treat for the purchase, apply to Mr. Richard Children, at the Bank Farm, near Riverrill, Tonbridge, or to Mr. Bowdler, Attorney at Law, in Tonbridge Town.

 

There is also another "Red Lion" in nearby Plaxtol, and I'm not certain whether the licensee list of this refers to that one yet.

 

LICENSEE LIST

STREATON William to 1794

THOMPSON William 1828-41+ (age 55 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1840

 

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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

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