Sort file:- Tenterden, April, 2023.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 25 April, 2023.


Earliest ????

Black Horse Inn

Latest July 1951

(Name to)

11 West Cross


Black Horse 1880

Above photograph, circa 1880.

Black Horse 1928

Above photo date pre 1923.

Black Horse 1923

Above photo, circa 1923.

Black Horse

Above photo, pre 1923, kindly sent by Mark Farrow.

Black Horse

Above photo, date unknown.

Black Horse

Above photo, date unknown.

Black Horse postcard

Above postcard, date unknown.

Black Horse

Above photo, date unknown.

Black Horse

Above photo, date unknown.

Black Horse

Above photo, date unknown.

Black Horse 1931

Above postcard circa 1931. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Black Horse 1947

Above postcard, circa 1947, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Black Horse 1949

Above postcard, 1949, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Black Horse

Above photo, date unknown.

Black Horse window circa 1930s

Above window, kindly supplied by Michael Schouten.

Black Horse card 1949Black Horse card 1949

Above aluminium card issued May 1949. Sign series 1 number 15.


The building can be dated to the 16th century and was probably built as a hall house and the chimney added 100 years later. Most of the original premises was demolished in the 1800's apart from the original western end and the eastern end rebuilt when it became the "Black Horse."

It is believed the pub was a regular stopping off place for smugglers.

The O Edwards brewery was taken over and closed down by Jude, Hanbury's Kent Brewery of Wateringbury in 1923.

The Tenterden brewery mortgaged the premises on 18th December 1924 for 2,000 with Mrs. Emily Hughes, July 1926 the properties were revalued from 3,090 to 3,348  and was eventually redeemed in 1935.

It was noted that during 1925 the pub sold 186 barrels of ale.

The Festival of Britain celebrations held between 22nd July and 14th August 1951 saw the pub had renamed in a ceremony carried out by Dame Edith Evans, D.B.E. on the 19th July 1951 to the "William Caxton." The new sign being unveiled by Mr. A. J. Wright, the town mayor.


South Eastern Gazette, 23 July 1861.

Sudden death.

A few days since a young man named Robert Woodward, age 19, in the employ of Mrs. Wheeler, of the "Black Horse Inn," Tenterden, was sent by his mistress to Messrs. Boormans', grocers, for some goods. On his return he went into the yard, and called to his mother, who ran to him, and found him bleeding profusely from his mouth and nose. Mr. Newington, surgeon, was soon in attendance, but the young man was dead before he could be conveyed in-doors. His death arose from an infection of the lungs.


South Eastern Gazette 13 September 1864.


On the 3rd inst., at St. Philip's church, Stepney, by license. Mr Robert Croucher, late of Tenterden, to Miss Charlotte Lucy Hills, niece of Mrs. Charlotte Wheeler, of the "Black Horse," Tenterden, Kent.



WHEELER Mrs 1861-64+

WHEELER Jasper & Charlotte 1851+ (age 33 & 41 in 1851Census)

WHEELWER Charlotte 1861+ (widow age 60 in 1861Census)

BOURNER James 1871-81+ (age 56 in 1881Census)

BRIDGE Richard 1891+ (age 29 in 1891Census)

GROVES E 1903+ Kelly's 1903

JENNER James 1913+

WEAVER John Barton 1918-38+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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