Sort file:- Malling, April, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 17 April, 2021.


Earliest 1874-

Rock Tavern

Closed 1917+

Rocks Road / Gillets Lane

East Malling

Rock Tavern 1901

Above photo, 1901.

Rock Tavern 2015

Above photo, kindly sent by Tricia Francis, 21 March 2015.


The building shows the date 1777 upon it, but unfortunately now closed, date unknown, and another private residence called "Rocks House."


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

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

Thanks for your co-operation.


From an email received 17 April 2021.

Your site shows John Blundell, b1854 d1919, partner Mary Ann Bradshaw b1856 d1924.

John Blundell and Mary Ann Bradshaw had a daughter, Ethel Blundell b1887 d1965 who married Hugh John Thomas McCaffrey b1888 d1964. Hugh John Thomas McCaffrey and Ethel had three children, Ivy b1910, Joan b1917 and Hugh John Blundell McCaffrey b1931 (Blundell was used as a middle name)... Joan was my father's mother and she was either born in the "Rock Tavern" or born elsewhere in Malling but at the time when her parents had the "Rock Tavern."

I believe her mother and father took over the running of the pub from John Blundell who you have listed to 1903.

H. J. T. McCaffrey fought in WW1 alongside his brother. I'm not sure which but one was recovering injured soldiers in no man's land, he took refuge from enemy fire in a crater and found an injured man already in the crater.... he carried him back to their own lines only to discover it was his brother.

Apparently his voice never broke and he sang at the Royal Albert Hall, must've been a sight.... a 6'7" guardsman singing with a high pitch voice!

He then joined Kent Police and was known as the tallest policeman in Kent.

Hugh John Thomas McCaffrey

I presume they moved out of the Rock by the time he joined the Police and then transferred to Stockport at some time before 1931 as H. J. B. McCaffrey was born in Stockport.

Above is a picture of him as a policeman and therefore after he was the landlord of the Rock.

To carry on tradition, his son, H. J. B. McCaffrey was a policeman, two of Joan's sons were R.A.F. Policeman (including my Dad) and I am in my 28th year as a police officer in Bedfordshire.

Coincidentally, Joan's husband, my grandad Walter Charles Andrews, was also born in a pub, the Navigation Inn in Gnosall, Staffs and he and Joan went on to run several pubs in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester and North Wales.

I hope the above has been of interest.

Steve Andrews.



TOMLIN William 1874+

TOMLIN Jane 1881+ (widow age 41 in 1881Census)

BLUNDELL John 1882-1903+ (also bricklayer age 35 in 1891Census)

McCAFFREY Hugh John Thomas 1917+




If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-