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Earliest 1740-

Rose and Crown

Open 2020+

High Street


01303 840890

Rose and Crown

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly submitted by Mark Jennings.

Rose and Crown 1904

Above photo taken on 16th September, 1904. Also showing the "New Inn" on its left, same side of road.

Elham High Street

Above postcard, date unknown kindly sent by Peter Moynahan, showing the Elham High Street and the "Rose and Crown" on the left.

Rose and Crown 1927

Above postcard, circa 1927, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose and Crown 1927

Above postcard, circa 1927, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing the East Kent Hunt whose kennels are just up the road.

Rose and Crown 1949

Above photo, 1949, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Rose and Crown 1949

Above photo, 1949, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

Rose and Crown

Above photo, date unknown.

Elham map 1896

Elham O.S. Map 1896.

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All above photos by Paul Skelton, 22 Aug 2008.

Rose and Crown sign 1976Rose and Crown sign 1991

Rose and Crown sign left, July 1976, sign right, May 1991.

Rose and Crown sign 1995

Sign above June 1995.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


The Rose and Crown is a 16th Century building which was extended and re-fronted in the Georgian Fashion and shows a date stone of 1740. For many years the Inn served as a coaching stop on the way to Dover and the coast. It is said that the man upon whom Baroness Orczy modelled her fictional hero of the French Revolution, The Scarlet Pimpernel, used to stop and dine at the Rose and Crown while he waited for a fresh horse to carry him to the coast for one of his real-life dashes to France to rescue some doomed aristocrat from the guillotine.

Kelly's Directory 1899 describes the inn as being a family and commercial hotel with good stabling.

Info from Rory Kehoe:- The story goes that Elham's Magistrates met in what is now the area to the left of the bar, as you walk into the pub. The Petty Sessions Court met every other Monday from the 17th century, right up until the early part of the 19th century and the Court's records were kept in the pub. Then, in 1940, as pert of the war effort, the landlord decided that all this old paperwork would be better off being pulped and gave hundreds of years' worth of history away. I bet the Nazis were terrified! Such a unnecessary waste of irreplaceable historical documents.


From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 22 June to Saturday, 25 June, 1768. Price 2d

ELHAM JUNE 24, 1768

Notice is hereby given, that a General Meeting of the Friendly Society at Elham, will be held at the “Rose and Crown” in Elham, aforesaid on Thursday the 30th Day of June Inst. when and where the Members of that Society are desired to attend by Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon, in order to proceed to Church to hear a Sermon preached by the Reverend Mr. Thompson, after which Dinner will be provided at the said Inn. On which day any sound and healthy Person or Persons, not above the Age of Thirty-five Years, and whose residence is not about Thirty Miles Distance from Elham, may, by paying the usual Entrance Money (being Five Shillings), be admitted a Member thereof.


From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 27 July to Saturday, 30 July, 1768. Price 2d


Notice is hereby given, that the next Monthly Meeting of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace acting within the Eastern or Upper Division of the Lath of Shipway, in the County of Kent, is adjourned to Monday the Fifth Day of September next; to be then held at the Sign of the “Rose and Crown,” in Elham, in the said County, by Nine of the Clock in the Forenoon of the same Day; when and where all and every the Victuallers within the said Division are required to attend to renew their Ale-licences for the Year ensuing. And all other Persons having any Business to transact are ordered to attend.

By Order of the said Justices,



From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 20 July to Saturday, 23 July, 1768. Price 2d


All the Stock in Trade of Mr. Thomal Abbly, of Ashford; consisting of Mercery, Woollen Drapery, Linen Drapery, haberdashery and Hosiery. The Goods will be divided into two Weeks Sale. The Goods to be viewed on Thursday the 28th, and the Sale will begin on Friday the 29th, and continue Saturday the 30th of this Inst. July, in the Assembly-room at the “Saracen's Head.”

Catalogues may be had of Mr. Apsley at Ashford; the “Swan,” Charing; Cranbrook. Mr. Ingram; at the “Flying Horse,” Wye; the “Woolpack,” Chilham; “Dog and Bear,” Lenham; of Mr. Baker, Folkestone; Mr. Stokes at Hythe, Romney; Mrs. Pike, the “George” at Lydd, Tenterden; Mr. Hall; Biddenden, “Red Lyon,” Smarden; “Chequer,” Bethersden, “George;” Faversham; Mr. Walker, Elham, “Rose”; and at Thomas Roach's, Cabinet-maker, Upholder, and Appraiser, in St. George's Street, Canterbury.

N.B. Messrs, Ramsden and Creed, who have taken the Shop of the above Mr. Apsley, propose laying in an entire fresh Assortment of every Article in the Woollen and Linen Drapery, Silk Mercury, Haberdashery and Hosiery Business.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 3 May, to Saturday 6 May, 1769. Price 2d.

Notice is hereby given, that. The Monthly Meeting of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the Eastern or Upper Division of the Lath of Shipway, in the County of Kent, which was in Saturday's paper last adjourned to Monday the 18th of May Inst. is now further adjourned to Monday the 22nd of May Inst. to be then held at the Sign of the “Rose and Crown” in Elham, in the said county, by ten of the clock in the forenoon of the same day, when and where all persons having the business to transact are required to attend.

By order of the said Justices.

Thomas Hodges, Clerk.


From the Kentish Gazette, 6 January 1804. Price 6d.


AT the “Rose and Crown,” Elham, on Thursday next, the 12th instant, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. About eight Acres of Underwood, in Elham, which will he put up in small lots for the convenience of the purchasers.—Samuel Mannings, of Standard Hill, will shew the Underwood.

6 JAN. 1804.


From the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, 16 July, 1898.


A license was granted to Miss Wilson, Elham, on the occasion of a fancy fete and fair.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 22 October 1921.

Transfers and extensions.

The licence of the "Rose and Crown," Elham, was transferred to Mrs. H. E. M. Dolby, from her late husband.


Previous to 1994 the property was just one of two in Kent owned by Sycamore Taverns and they sold it to licensees gerald and Denise McNicholson during the recession of the 1990s.

The pub gained the CAMRA pub of Kent in 2004 whilst under their reign and the following year the leasehold was sold to Shepherd Neame.



WALKER Mr 1768+

NOBEL William 1846-62+ (age 64 in 1861Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858

BECK William 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

WILSON William 1882-91+ (age 74 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

WILSON Sarah Mrs 1898-1904+ (age 62 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1899

WILSON Marion Rosina 1911+ (age 41 in 1911Census)

CLAYSON Frank 1917-18+ Next pub licensee had

DOLBY Mr to Oct/1921 dec'd

DOLBY H E M Mrs (widow) Oct/1921+

BARNETT Harry Next pub licensee had to June/1926 Dover Express

WALKER William James 1930+

MILLEN Ashley W 1938-39+ (age 45 in 1939)

McNICHOLAS Gerard & Denise May/1994-Feb/2005

CRAWLEY Pauline ???? Next pub licensee had

FOURNILLIER David and Carole 2012+


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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