Sort file:- Hythe, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 07 September, 2021.


Earliest 1810-

(Name from)

King's Head

Open 2020+

117/106 High Street


01303 266283

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

King's Head sign 2020

Above sign, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.

King's Head card 1955King's Head card 1955

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.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - Tuesday 13 March 1810.

The Doctor having several patients to attend at Hythe, he may be consulted with on Sunday the 18th instant, from 12 to 4, at Mr Stokes's, "Kings Head," Hythe.


Kentish Gazette, 10 February 1852.


Thomas - Stokes. Feb. 1, at Charlton, Dover, Mr. R. Thomas chemist, of that place, to Miss M. Stokes, daughter or Mr. Stokes, late of the "King's Head Inn," Hythe.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 22 April 1882.

Mysterious Case of Drowning.

An inquest was held on Monday evening at the "Somerset Arms Inn," Canterbury Road on the body of John File, age 33 years, which was found in a pond at Parsonage Barn, near the cemetery, early on Monday morning. The deceased was a son of Mr. Elgar File, who for many years kept the "Queens Head Inn," (sic) at Hythe. He has two brothers keeping licensed houses in that time. The man had been working for some months at Warehorne, but recently he received the legacy under the will of an uncle who died at Elham. After that he left his employment and went about drinking, until it seems all his money was spent. On Sunday night he called at the "Somerset Arms" and had a glass of ale, and told the landlady that he was "played out." He was not seen again alive, but his body was found in the ponds with the face in the mud, although the water was only about 2 feet deep. A verdict of "Found drowned" was returned.


From accessed 17 June 2015.


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.


From the By Charlie Harman, 28 April 2019.

Fight outside King's Head pub on Hythe High Street.

Police were called as a fight erupted on a town's high street.

The scuffle, which took place outside the King's Head pub in Hythe, is believed to have occurred when a customer refused to leave the premises.

Reports on social media noted that "there was lots of shouting and fighting in the street".

A police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to a pub in High Street, Hythe at 9.35pm on Saturday, April 27 following a report of a disturbance.

"Police attended and no offences were reported to attending officers.

"No offences were disclosed, no one has come forward as a victim of crime, and no one has presented with injuries.

"The initial call stated that people were refusing the leave the premises."

The pub's landlord declined to comment when approached by KentOnline.



STOKES Henry 1810-39+ 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 1881-1903+ (age 43 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903


GRAVENER W J H 1922-30+

AUSTIN Benjamin 1934-38+


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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