Page Updated:- Monday, 04 September, 2023.


Earliest 1850-

Royal Oak

Latest 1980s

(Name to)

Hunton Road


Near Marden

Royal Oak, 1912

Above photo 1912, showing the landlord, William Reeder, behind the small boy next to the dog. John Richards tells me the man on the extreme right is his great grand-father Albert Till, who was blacksmith at the pub from about 1891 till his death in 1919 age 77.


The pub changed name to the "Pig and Whistle" date unknown and is now a private residence.

I have also seen this addressed as in Marden.



Southeastern Gazette, 6 September 1853.

CRANBROOK. Petty Sessions.

Thursday. (Before T. L. Hodges, Esq., C. T. Pattenson, Esq., G. R. Stevenson, Esq., the Rev. F. Barrow, and the Rev. J. Deedes).

David Shaw Stanley made an application for a license to his house, which is situated on the Marden and Hunton road, which was also refused.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 6th March, 1917.

Adjourned Licensing Sessions.

The adjourned licensing sessions for the Cranbrook Petty Sessional Division were held on Thursday, before Mr. E. L. Tomlin (chairman), Captain G. S. Hancock, Messrs. J. A. Drush, W. Nash, J. Hanmer, A. Hardcastle, and E. E. Selmes. Superintendent Cheeseman opposed renewal of the following licences on the grounds of redundancy.

The "Royal Oak," Marden, owned by Messrs. Jude, Hanbury and Co. of Wateringbury, and held by Henry Thrower.


From the Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, 12 August 1938.

In the bicycle case Bernard Reeves, Dean Farm, Tovil, Maidstone, said that about 6.30 p m. on July 23 his wife's bicycle was missing from a shed at the back of the house. On July 27, in company with a police officer, he went to the "Royal Oak," Chainhurst, Marden, where it was shown to him.

John Welch, 103. Cloudsley-road, Barnesbury, said he was on holiday at Chainhurst on July 24 when he bought the bicycle from Latter for 10s. He later sold it to James Henham, the licensee of the "Royal Oak," for 1.

P.C. White said that he interviewed Latter on July 26. Defendant said he had sold it to a Londoner for a stranger who had promised him 2s. 6d. for himself.

P.C. Hadaway, Maidstone Borough Police, said that Latter was arrested on August 3. He said that he had not been within miles of Dean Farm on July 23. On the Sunday morning a man brought the cycle to him and asked him to sell. Witness then charged him with receiving it knowing it to have been stolen. To that Latter replied that he did not know it was stolen, Latter was committed for trial at the West Kent Quarter Sessions.


From an email received 19 April 2015.

Hello from Vancouver Canada!

William Reader was my great-grandfather. He was the proprietor of the "Royal Oak Inn" (later known as the "Pig and Whistle") from sometime after 1901 to 1912, when he and his wife, Lily “Grace” and 5 children (and extended family) emigrated to Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada where they took advantage of immigration bonuses and land leases being given away to experienced farmers from the UK.

Prior to owning the "Royal Oak," William and Grace lived in Turkey Farm House at Goudhurst per the 1901 census. I'm afraid I don't have any more information about the ownership/deed or history of the pub to give you. If you find out more, I would be very happy to converse with you and help where I'm able.

I was thrilled to see the picture you have of William and family in front of the Royal Oak in 1912. Can you tell me where you found the photo, please?

Trish Reader.


Further research shows that William age 34, his wife Lily Grace age 31, actually had 7 children and went out to Canada in March 1912. Their names being, William age 12 and 8 months, Nellie age 11, Arthur age 9, Gladys age 8, Archibald age 7, Joy age 6, and Edward age 2.


From an email received 24 July 2021.

The landlord listed as J Neeves I believe is my grandfather. His name was Jesse, his wife's name was Grace. They had 3 children Lillian, Joan and Phyllis. Phyllis was my mother. She married Jack Anthony Caselton from the "Chestnut Tree," Yalding, Kent. His father, my other grandfather was landlord of the "Chestnut Tree." Hope this is helpful.


Michael Caselton (NSW Australia)


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.



STANLEY David Shaw jun. 1850-53+

STANLEY John 1871-72+ (age 30 in 1871Census)

HILTON Robert 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874 (also grocer)

POSSEE John 1881-91+ (also grocer age 42 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

BARTON Alfred John 1901-03+ (also grocer age 61 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

REEDER William 1901?-12 (age 35 in 1911Census)

BASS Percy Mitchell 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

THROWER Henry 1917-18+ Post Office Directory 1918

HENHAM James 1922-38+ Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938 (also grocer)

NEAVES Jesse Mr 1943+ Next pub licensee had

MANNING J Mr 29/Aug/1953

CLIFT F Mr 1960s

BROWN Frederick 1971-74

CLEMMENTS Mike & Joan 1980s+



Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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