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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Debi Birkin

Earliest 1861-

Royal George

Closed 1917

North Street / Cot Lane


Former Royal George 2019

Above Google image 2019.

Biddenden map 1913

Above map 1913.


The "Royal George" closed in 1917, and was originally built as two cottages, the right hand weather-boarded cottage with brick store was the pub and the left-hand corner was named The Cot on the 1901 census.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 6th March, 1917.

Adjourned Licensing Sessions.

The adjourned licensing sessions for the Cranbrook Petty Sessional Division were held on Thursday, before Mr. E. L. Tomlin (chairman), Captain G. S. Hancock, Messrs. J. A. Drush, W. Nash, J. Hanmer, A. Hardcastle, and E. E. Selmes. Superintendent Cheeseman opposed renewal of the following licences on the grounds of redundancy.

The "Royal George," Biddenden owned by Style and Winch, Maidstone, and held by William Henry Jeffreys.


Kent Messenger and Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 28th July, 1917.

The licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910.

Notice as to Sending in Claims to be treated as Persons Interested in Licensed Premises.

County of Kent, Western Division.

Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area having decided at their Principal Meeting held on 12th day of July, 1917, to refuse the Renewal of Licences of the premises specified below, all persons claiming to be interested in the said premises for the purpose of the payment of Compensation under the said act other than the Licensees and the Registered owner of the said premises are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their claims before the 20th day of August, 1917, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain in manner provided by the Licensing Rules, 1910, the persons entitled to Compensation on under the said Act in respect of the said premises.

Notice of claims, giving particulars of the interests claimed, should be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority at this Office at the Sessions House, Maidstone.

"Royal George," North Street, Biddenden. Publicans. William Henry Jeffery. Style & Winch, Ltd., Maidstone.

W.B. Prosser, Clerk of the Compensation Authority, Sessions House, Maidstone. Dated this 26th day of July, 1917.


Maidstone Telegraph Saturday 17th November 1917.

West Kent Licensing Committee. Compensation appointments.

Mr. Coles Child presided, on Thursday, at a meeting of this committee, at the Sessions House, Maidstone, the other members present being: Colonel J. M. Rogers, Colonel Grubb, Messrs C. Tuff, Joseph Barker, R Batchelor, P. Butt-Gow, S. Lee Smith, H. Hannem, W. A. Smith-Masters, J. H. Hay Rudton, H. J. Wood and G. Naylor with the Clerk (Mr. W. B. Prosser), and the Valuer (Mr. H. M. Cobb, of Higham).

It was the "supplemental" meeting for the awarding of compensation in respect of licences "referred" earlier in the year.


The Clerk announced that agreements had been arrived at in the following cases:-

"Royal George," beer house, North Street, Biddenden, 648 - 596 for the brewers (Messrs Style and Winch) and 52 for the tenant, (Mr. William Henry Jeffrey.)




WENHAM John 1861-71+ (age 59 in 1861Census)

ALLEN Henry 1881+ (age 52 in 1881Census)

MORGAN Edward 1891+ (age 59 in 1891Census)

SPICER William 1901+ (age 39 in 1901Census)

JEFFREYS William Henry 1917




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