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Earliest 1612

Bull Inn

Latest 1972

(Name to)

High Street


Bull Inn 1905

Above postcard, circa 1905, kindly sent by Michael Norman.

Bull 1906

Above postcard, circa 1906, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull Inn 1906

Above postcard, 1906, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull 1907

Above postcard, 1907.

Bull 1907

Similar photo as above showing more of pub 1907.

Bull 1908

Above postcard, circa 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull 1908

Above postcard, circa 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull 1913

Above photo, circa 1913.

Bull 1913

Above photo, circa 1913.

Bull 1913

Above photo, circa 1913.

Bull 1913

Above postcard, circa 1913, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull 1914

Above postcard, 1914, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull Inn

Above postcard, date unknown.


Michael Norman's research suggests that from 1587 to 1688 the pub was probably called the "Pied Bull," a name that the building has reverted back to again in 1972.


Kentish Gazette, 7 May, 1774.

To be sold.

The remainder of a lease, 12 years of which are to come at Michaelmas next, of and in all that old accustomed inn, called the "Bull Inn," at Farningham in the county of Kent, with the Stables, Coach House, Yards, Gardens, and 6 Acres of very good Arable or Pasture Land thereto belonging; together with the Household Goods, Stock-in-Trade, Horses, Post Carriages, and Effects, standing and being in or about the said premises.

For further Particulars enquire off John Roffe, Attorney-at-Law, Maidstone.

The above Inn is well situated for Business, on the Turnpike Road from London to the Weald of Kent, and Midway between London and Maidstone.


Southeastern Gazette, 12 April 1853.

Joseph Jones, 70, was charged with assaulting Edward Hollands, a constable, whilst in the execution of his duty, at Farningham.

Prosecutor deposed that he was a constable at Farningham. On the 8th January, at about one o’clock in the afternoon, he was sent for by Mrs. Phillips, the landlady of the "Bull." He there saw the prisoner, who was using very bad language, and knocking some other persons about with, the stick he (witness) had in his hand. He told the prisoner that he was a constable. The prisoner immediately struck him with the stick. He closed with the prisoner, who struck him two or three times. He threw the prisoner back into the arms of a person behind, upon whom he called for assistance. The prisoner then kicked him several times in the lower part of his person. He at length secured the prisoner, and, with assistance, got him out of the house. When they got a short distance the prisoner again kicked him. He told him if he continued to do so he would strike him with his staff. The prisoner gave him another kick, and he struck him with his staff. He at length succeeded in locking him up.

The prisoner said the witness thrust his hand in his throat and nearly choked him. The blood flew from his month. That was the reason he kicked him. After that the witness handcuffed him, and while he was on the ground the witness struck him with his staff — across the knee — the cap of which he smashed to pieces. He had been laid up ever since, and he should be lame all his life time.

The prisoner said the witness would "lie through a nine inch wall."

Twelve months’ hard labour.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 19 January 1858.


A light one-horse Omnibus.

Enquire at the "Bull Inn," Farningham.



PRATT J 1745+

MANDY George 1828-41+ (age 55 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PHILLIPS James 1847+

PHILLIPS Jane 1851-62+ (widow age 39 in 1851Census)

HOLLANDS William 1871-74+ (age 50 in 1871Census)

WRIGHT Sidney Smith 1881-82+ (age 38 in 1881Census)

LINES James 1891-99+ (age 42 in 1891Census)

HORNE George 1901-03+ (age 31 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

COLLINS Ernest 1907+

HANNAM Alfred Edgar 1911-22+ (age 37 in 1911Census)

ARNOLD George Thomas 1930+

BRYAN William 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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