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Earliest 1727+

King's Head

Latest 1975

(Name to)

Upper Street


King's Head

Above photo, date unknown, with permission from Eric Hartland, showing part of the "King's Head" on the left of the photo.

King's Head

Above photo, date unknown, with permission from Eric Hartland.

King's Head 1935

Above postcard, circa 1935, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


The pub was built in the twelfth century and was originally a farmhouse with several acres of land. It was rebuilt in the fourteenth century on the old foundations, possibly due to earthquake damage in the thirteenth century. It was originally named "Ye Olde Pilgrim's Rest'e" but when George the second became king it became the "Kings Head."

Monks used to occupy the building and brewed their own cider.

In 1975 the then owner changed the name back to the "Pilgrim's Rest," as it stands on the Pilgrim's Way.

It is said to have a ghost dating from the nineteenth century and the current owners, Mr. and Mrs. K. Lee have often felt a presence there.

Kentish Gazette 16 February 1782.

To be Sold by Auction, At the "King's Head," near Hollingbourne Church, in the County of Kent.

On Wednesday, the 27th Day of this instant February, Between the Hours of Twelve and Four in the Afternoon, (unless disposed of in the mean Time by Private Contract.)

All that compact and valuable Leasehold Messuage or Tenement, and Malthouse, and all Conveniences thereto, agreeably situated near the Church of Hollingbourne, aforesaid, now in the Occupation of Mrs. Elizabeth Stonehouse; together with the Garden, Stable, and every other convenient Building thereto belonging.

All the Buildings are built with Bricks and Tiles, low taxed, and in excellent good Repair, and may be entered on immediately, or further Particulars enquire of Mr. Henley, Attorney at Law, Maidstone.


Kentish Chronicles, 20 November, 1795.

On the 2nd instant, died Mr. Thomas Clifford, of the "King's Head," Hollingbourne; on the 4th died his daughter; and on the 9th died Mrs. Clifford, his wife; their deaths are generally lamented by their numerous friends and acquaintance.


South Eastern Gazette 14 April 1840.


On Hollingbourne Hill, on Saturday, April 11th,
A Gold Watch, with chain, key and seal. Whoever will bring the same to Mr. William Sage, "King's Head," Hollingbourne, shall be handsomely rewarded for their trouble.


Kentish Gazette 31 January 1843.


Jan 16th., at Maidstone, Mr. William Sage, of the "King's Head," Hollingbourne, to Mrs. Morphew, second daughter of Mr. James Rayner, of Otham.




CLIFFORD Thomas to 2/Nov/1795 dec'd

SAGE William 1840-58+ (also farmer age 65 in 1851Census) Kentish Gazette

SAGE Mary A 1861+ (widow age 55 in 1861Census)

SELLEN William 1862-74 (age 61 in 1871Census)

ALEXANDER Frederick W 1881+ (age 28 in 1881Census)

TAYLOR Thomas 1890+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

COUCHMAN Henry 1891-1922+ (age 33 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

HODSDON Alfred 1930+

EDMONDS Cecil R 1938-39+ (age 40 in 1939)


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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