Sort file:- Malling, June, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 07 June, 2021.


Earliest 1830+

Railway Bell

Latest 1917+

Swan Street

West Malling

Railway Bell 1918

Above postcard, circa 1918. Kindly sent by Michael Mirams. Also showing the "Swan Hotel" and "Kent Arms."

Railway Bell 1918

Above showing a close up of the postcard above, circa 1918.

Pewter Mug

Above pewter mug kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Pewter Mug 1900

Above pewter mug showing the name C. Styles, circa 1900.


This was described as an Anti 1868 Beerhouse, meaning that it had first been awarded a license under the 1830 beer Act and allowed the house to continue to remain licensed by paying their annual fee without having to attend the licensing sessions, however, only beer was allowed to be sold.

The Malling Railway Station was opened on 1st June 1874 and renamed West Malling on 23rd May 1948. So, I am assuming that if the building was first licences as the 1830's Beer Act, it was probably going under a different name before it was change to the "Railway Bell," but as yet |I do not know which pub this could have been.


As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Kent Messenger and Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 28th July, 1917.

The licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910.

Notice as to Sending in Claims to be treated as Persons Interested in Licensed Premises.

County of Kent, Western Division.

Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area having decided at their Principal Meeting held on 12th day of July, 1917, to refuse the Renewal of Licences of the premises specified below, all persons claiming to be interested in the said premises for the purpose of the payment of Compensation under the said act other than the Licensees and the Registered owner of the said premises are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their claims before the 20th day of August, 1917, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain in manner provided by the Licensing Rules, 1910, the persons entitled to Compensation on under the said Act in respect of the said premises.

Notice of claims, giving particulars of the interests claimed, should be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority at this Office at the Sessions House, Maidstone.

"Railway Bell," West Malling. Beerhouse (Ante 1869). Charles Styles. Charles Styles, West Malling.

W.B. Prosser, Clerk of the Compensation Authority, Sessions House, Maidstone. Dated this 26th day of July, 1917.


Maidstone Telegraph Saturday 17th November 1917.

West Kent Licensing Committee. Compensation appointments.

Mr. Coles Child presided, on Thursday, at a meeting of this committee, at the Sessions House, Maidstone, the other members present being: Colonel J. M. Rogers, Colonel Grubb, Messrs C. Tuff, Joseph Barker, R Batchelor, P. Butt-Gow, S. Lee Smith, H. Hannem, W. A. Smith-Masters, J. H. Hay Rudton, H. J. Wood and G. Naylor with the Clerk (Mr. W. B. Prosser), and the Valuer (Mr. H. M. Cobb, of Higham).

It was the "supplemental" meeting for the awarding of compensation in respect of licences "referred" earlier in the year.


Referred to the Inland Revenue.

No agreements having been come to, the following licenses were referred to the Inland Revenue authorities:-

"Railway Bell" beer house, West Malling, owner and licensee Mr. Charles Stiles.




STYLES Charles 1891-1917 (also coach builder age 53 in 1901Census)




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