Page Updated:- Tuesday, 04 July, 2023.


Earliest 1792-

King's Head

Closed ????

High Street


King's Head 1965

Above photo, circa 1965.

Former King's Head 2009

Above Google image, June 2009.

King's Head sign 1991

Above sign, October 1991.

Thanks from Brian Curtis

Charing map 1896

Above map 1896.


An entry in Fremlin's 1950s publication called "Where shall we go," indicated the following:- Phone number - Charing 326. Parking accommodation - 8 to 10 Coaches or 40 cars. Lunch - 24 hours notice. Tea - 40 bed and breakfast 9 Beds. Remarks - Piano available. Large room for parties.

The premises gained a Grade 2 listing on 11 October 1980. Unfortunately it closed date yet unknown.


From the Will made on 17th January 1752/53 and Proved 23rd March 1759.

"Item I Give and Devise unto my Daughter Mary ffarris All that my Messuage or Tenement Yard Orchard Garden and Premisses thereunto belonging with the Appurtenances and Adjoining and under the same Roof with the Premisses now in my Occupation called the ‘Kings Head’  Situate lyeng and being in Charing aforesaid and now in the Occupation of John Willson and the Widow Beckett ..."


Kentish Gazette, 13 January, 1779.

Charing Militia Club.

The members of the said club are desired to meet at the sign of the "King's Head," in Charing, on Monday, January 25, 1779, between the hours of 4 and 6 o'clock, to subscribe towards hiring two Substitutes. Every member that does not meet to subscribe, or appoint a person to subscribe for them, will be excluded from the benefit of the club.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 6th July 1792.


To be sold by auction, on Monday the 9th day of July instance, at the "Kings Head Inn," in Charing, between the hours of 3 and 5 in the afternoon, subject to such conditions as shall be then and they're produced (unless the same shall be previously disposed of by private contract, of which notice will be given.)

One piece of parcel of exceeding good woodland, with timber, underwood, ground and soil thereof, called Rogley Wood, containing by addmeasurements 66A. 2R. 10P. with the appurtenances, in Biddenden.

Further particulars may be known on applying to Messr's Norwood and Smart, attornies, at Charing, who are empowered to treat for the same by Private Contract.


Kentish Chronicles, 16 December, 1794.


Wednesday last died, after a short illness, Mrs. Back, aged 38, wife of Mr. Matthew Back, of the "King's head Inn," Charing.


From the Kentish Gazette, 13 November 1838.


Nov 3, aged 17, Rebecca, youngest daughter of Mr. T. Wiltshire, "King’s Head Inn," Charing.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 18 February 1851.

Cranbrook. A series of impositions.

In our last week's paper we gave the particulars of an imposition having been practised on Mr. Wells, and innkeeper of Biddenden, by a man, given the name of Thomas Wenbourne (but whose real name is Wilson), producing a forged voucher, by which means he obtained 3s. and one pint of ale, and for which he now stands committed. We have since ascertained that three other chargers can be brought against the prisoner for having obtained 2s. from Mr. Wilson, a beer shop keeper, near the station at Staplehurst, presenting a pretended order from Mr. Watt's, farmer of Chart, also obtaining 3s. From Mr. Amos, of the "Kings Head Inn," Charing, by a similar order from Mr. William Hollands, Old Shell Farm, Lenham, and we understand that a fourth indictment can be preferred against him in the neighbourhood of Malin.


From the Kentish Express, 30 August, 1856.

CHARING, KENT. To be sold at Auction.

MR. GEORGE FOORD, AT the "KING'S HEAD INN," in Charing, on Friday, the I2th day of September, 1856, at three o'clock in the afternoon.

A DESIRABLE FREEHOLD BEERHOUSE, Butcher's Shop, and premises called "The Queen's Head," situate in the High Street of Charing, in the occupation of Mr. George Down, with TWO COTTAGES adjoining, in the several occupations of Richard Russell, and William Anderson.

The premises has been licensed for the sale of beer since the year 1830, and a very excellent business is carried on there.

For further particulars apply to Mr. Norwood, solicitor, Charing, or to Mr. Foord, Lenham.


From the Canterbury Journaland Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 2 March, 1907.


On the 18th Feb., at the "Red Lion," Denton, Canterbury, David Marsh, formerly of the "King's Head Hotel," Charing, aged 60.



WILLSON John 1752+

BACK Matthew 1794+

SLAUGHTER Richard 1811+

WILTSHIRE Thomas 1828-41+ (age 60 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

AMOS John 1851-62+ (age 40 in 1861Census)

WENBORN William 1871-74+ (age 39 in 1871Census)

MARSH David 1881-91+ (dec'd Mar/1907) (age 34 in 1881Census)

WALLIS Spencer 1901+ (age 29 in 1901Census)

THOMAS Henry Arthur (Roy) 1945+

THOMAS Annie (Peggy) to 1950 Next pub licensee had

CAENEGIE Sandy 1972-75


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

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



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