Page Updated:- Sunday, 22 August, 2021.


Earliest 1748

Ye Olde Century

Latest 1980s

Hogbens Hill


Ye Olde Century 2015

Above photo 2015.

Ye Olde Century 2015

Above photo 2015.


"Ye Olde Century" is a very pretty Grade ll Listed property dating back to 1748. Originally constructed by the Hogben family, from whom the location takes its name, it was run as an ale house and then sold on to Shepherd Neame when it became the village pub. Bought 30 years ago by the current owners, it has been significantly modernised since then.


Faversham Times and Mercury and North-East Kent Journal 16 September 1939.


The death occurred on Saturday last at 37, Roman Road, Faversham, after a long illness, of Mrs. Charlotte Ada French, widow of Mr. Arthur Henry French, who for about twenty years was a licensed victualler at Dover and subsequently was landlord of the "Old Century," Selling. Deceased who was aged 70, had resided in Faversham since 1916 and her husband passed away in 1920.

(Arthur Henry French was aged 51 when he died in 1920.)


The Whitstable Times and Tankerton Press, Saturday, 10 October 1953.

Selling Man Faces House Breaking Charge.

Previously cleared of offence against five-year-old girl.

A few hours after Faversham Divisional Magistrates had found Robert Hassan, of Hogben Hill, Selling not guilty of an indecent assault against a five-year-old girl on Wednesday, he was brought back in to face a charge of housebreaking. Mr. R. J. Sidle prosecuting in both cases.

Mr. Sidney Luke Hall, of the "Old Century," public house, Hogben Hill, Selling said that on Sunday, September 6th he closed the premises at 2 p.m. He had lunch and left to visit his mother at Whitstable at 3:45 p.m.

He secured all the doors and windows with the exception of two bedroom windows, which were slightly open, held in place by a bar fitted over a pin.

He returned at about 5:10 p.m. and as a result of what he was told, went to his bedroom, finding that the window was in the same position as he had left it.

Scratches On Sill.

There were scratches on the window sill and a foot mark on the case of a sewing machine just inside. On the garden underneath the window he found two marks which corresponded with the base of a ladder which he normally kept near his bedroom window.

In the bedroom that afternoon there was between 100 and 300 in a locked wooden cabinet. There was also some of his wife's and mother's jewellery in the room.

Defendant would have known that there was money in the room for he was a regular customer at the house and had been there while witness had gone upstairs for change.

Mr. William J. Revell, of Perry Woods, Selling, said he went to the public house just before 5 p.m. to feed Mr. Hall's pigs and chickens.

On The Ladder.

He had a key to the back gate of the yard which Mr. Hall gave him. On that evening he unlocked the gate and pushed his bicycle through. He turned to relock the gate and noticed the ladder up to the a bedroom window. Hassan was standing near the top undoing the latch on the window.

Witness said he then went to a shed at the back of the house to get the chicken food. He filled two buckets of corn and more or less deliberately made plenty of noise. When he re-emerged he saw Hassan lay the ladder down alongside the wall. He then walked over to the corner of the house and witness alleged he said to him. "What were you doing up there?"

Hassan said that he was looking for his dog and Mr. Revelll said he told him he would not find the dog "in Luke's bedroom."

Over A Fence.

Shortly after that the accused went away over an iron fence on the side of the gate. A Mr. Cook came into the yard after he had seen accused up the ladder.

Later that evening Hassan was in Mr. Hall's kitchen when he went in. Mr. Hall asked him what he saw and he answered. "I saw Bob at the bedroom window."

Hassan later said. "He must be telling a lie." Mr. Revell imagine Hassan was referring to him.

Police Sergeant John Hoynes, of Selling, said that at 6:15 p.m. on September 11th he saw Hassan in his home, from which he had been missing since the evening of September 6th.

He said to him. "So you have come back then?" Hassan answered, "Yes Sergeant. Have I got to come with you?"

Under caution he said. "I got in there, but I never stole anything."

A Few Drinks.

He arrested him and took him to Faversham Police Station where Hassan was charged. In an alleged statement he said that he had a few drinks and did not know what he was doing. He went up the ladder into the room but did not steal anything.

Hassan was committed for trial at East Kent Quarter Sessions on November 16th. He was granted bail.



HOGBEN Edward 1891-1901+ (age 40 in 1901Census)

GILL Arthur to Dec/1906

HOMEWOOD Jesse Dec/1906+

MONK J 1913+

Last pub licensee had FRENCH Arthur Henry Aug/1916-20 dec'd age 51

BAXTER Derrick George & Betty Next pub licensee had 1964-68




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