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Sort file:- Hythe, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Monday, 31 December, 2018.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1828-

(Name from)

King's Head

Open 2019+

117/106 High Street

Hythe

01303 266283

https://www.kingshead-hythe.co.uk/

King's Head 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

King's Head sign 1991King's Head sign 2010

King's Head sign left March 1991. Sign right 2010.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com

Awaiting picture of Whitbread sign. If anyone should have an image please email me, address at bottom.

Above card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 26.

 

The "King's Head" was known in 1583 as the "George" and later the "Sun." Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector of England in 1653, and Hythe Council spent 3.14s.6d. at the inn on beer and wine, for consumption at his proclamation in the town.

I appear to have Henry Stokes as licensee here from between 1828 and 1839 according to the Pigot's directories. The same name also appears as licensee of the "Hope" as well from between 1832 and 1839, which is an overlap. I wonder of this information is correct.

 

From http://www.ghostpubs.com accessed 17 June 2015.

HAUNTED.

An old coaching inn, it is a large single bar with a number of eating areas. An old-fashioned cooking range, beautifully black-leaded, is a feature in the restaurant. It has been an inn since 1513, it locals knew it as the "George" in 1584, the "Sun" by 1714 and later the "King's Head." On occasions, doors burst open although they had previously been locked and bolted. A specialist in the supernatural was invited to investigate these phenomena by an anxious licensee. That investigator reported that it was the ghost of a woman called Catherine Scothers. Through the medium, she explained that she had been a cleaner at the "Kings Head" and died in 1897 and buried at St Leonard's. Since she has been given an identity, her manifestations have become more frequent.

 

Further local knowledge and any pictures, old or current would be appreciated until I can get into the area myself.

 

LICENSEE LIST

STOKES Henry 1828-39+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FILE Henry 1847-58+ (also carpenter age 30 in 1851Census)

FILE Deborah 1862+ (also cooper)

FILE Henry 1871-74+ (also cooper age 25 in 1871Census)

FILE Elgar 1881-99+ (age 43 in 1891Census)

GRIFFIN D H 1913+

GRAVENER W J H 1922-30+

AUSTIN Benjamin 1934-38+

https://pubshistory.com/KingsHead.shtml

https://www.whatpub.com/kings-head

 

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

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

CensusCensus

 

If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-

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