Sort file:- Tonbridge, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 06 March, 2022.


Earliest ????

Royal Oak

Closed 2001+

Lower Hayesden Lane


Above photo, 1899, kindly sent by Guy Sankey. The sign calls it the "Royal Tavern," but there is the sign of an oak tree between the words. I am assuming it is indeed this pub, but aren't certain.

Royal Oak

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Nigel Humphrey.


I am informed by Nigel Humphrey that the pub was open in 2001 but has been closed for quite a long time (information 2016) and is now an attractive private house.


Former Royal Oak 2015

Above photo, circa 2015 unknown by Darkstar.


I also have reference to another "Royal Oak" addressed at Shipbourne Road / Cage Green, there may be some confusion over the licensees regarding the two.

I am informed that the owner of this one also owned the "Hook and Hatchet" in Hucking during the late 1980s.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 9 November 1847.

Freehold Property, Tonbridge, Kent.

Mr. J. Chantler has the honour to announce that he has received instructions from the Devisees in Trust under the will of the late Mr. Henry West, to submit by auction, on Monday, 22nd November, 1847, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon, in three lots, at the "Dorset Arms Inn," High Street.

Lot 2.

All that Freehold House and premises, used as a Beer House, and called by the sign of the "Royal Oak," situate at Haysden in the parish of Tonbridge, in the occupation of Richard Couchman, having a frontage of about 120 feet, and a garden about 60 feet square.

Lots one and two are let to a most respectable tenant on lease for 21 years, from January 6th, 1847, at the respective rent of 46 and 12 per annum, payable quarterly.

The property may be viewed by permission of the tenants, and particulars had, 7 days previous to the sale, of Messrs. Stenning and Carnell, Solicitors, Tonbridge; at the "Dorset Arms," Tonbridge; "Kentish Hotel," Tunbridge Wells; and of the Auctioneer, Southborough.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 11 February 1949.

An application by Maurice William Brough, "Royal Oak," Tonbridge, was referred to the adjourned sessions on March 8, as was one by Frederick Ernest Perrin, "Rose and Crown," Hadlow.

The reference to the "Royal Oak" could well refer to the "Royal Oak" addressed as Shipbourne Road. Paul Skelton.




COUCHMAN Richard 1847+

PEACOCK Jeremiah 1851-61+ (also agricultural labourer age 28 in 1851Census)

PEACOCK Francis "Fanny" 1871-Jan/1889 dec'd (widow age 53 in 1881CensusMaidstone and Kentish Journal

EXEREST Joseph Jan/1889+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

FULLER/FILLER William 1891+ (age 28 in 1891Census)

FAULKNER Harry 1901+ (age 26 in 1891Census)

HEAD George 1911-Dec/1926 (age 65 in 1911Census) Kent and Sussex Courier

SEARLE Bertram Henty Dec/1926-38+ Kent and Sussex Courier


Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier



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