Sort file:- Tonbridge, January, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 22 January, 2023.


Earliest ????

Stag's Head

Closed 1990s

9 Stafford Road / Houselands Kelly's 1903


STag's Head 1967

Above photo, 19 November 1967, sent by Stephen Brown.

Stag's Head 2011

Above photo 2011 by Oast House Archive Creative Commons Licence.

Stag's Head 2013

Above photo 2013 by Tasha Nicholls.


Stag's Head sign 2011

Above sign 2011.

Stag's head sale 1886

Above image from

Stag's Head flagons

Above photos of various flagons used at the pub.


In the 1990s the name of the pub changed to the "Stafford Arms" but has changed back again.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 23 July 1971.


TONBRIDGE’S newest landlord is Frederick Robins, 61, who has recently refurbished the 150-year-old "Stag's Head" in Stafford Road.

Mr. Robins, who used to be licensee of the "Woolpack" at Yalding before taking on the "Stag's Head" three months ago, has plans to turn the Tonbridge building into a fashionable, modern comfortable, club-type pub.

"It is rich in history. It was built originally as two workmen's cottages and its first licence was issued in the reign of George IV to sell beer only," he said.

A pair of plate-glass doors, one inscribed "Bottle and Jugs," the other "Public Bar," are regarded as particularly fine examples of old bar glassware and are estimated to be about 100 years old.

Mr. Robins, who was born in Acton, has been an innkeeper for 21 years.

One thing Mr. Robins finds lacking at the "Stag's Head" is the ghost he had in his last pub.

"I often used to sense and hear the old smuggler's ghost in the "Woolpack;" I'd suddenly feel a cold, clamminess when he was near, and I'd hear him coughing.

“There was an old secret underground tunnel leading from the Medway to the pub and the smugglers used to bring their casks of brandy up to the bar and exchange them for packs of wool, which they sold for cash."



YOUNG John 1881-91 (age 55 in 1881Census)

YOUNG George 1891+ age 32 in 1891Census)

WARE C R 1891-95

WOODWARD J 1895-99

SADLER Alfred 1903+ Kelly's 1903

JOHNSON Harry 1911-13+ (age 44 in 1911Census)

MICHELL George 1930+

GLOVER Albert 1938+

Last pub licensee had ROBINS Frederick Apr/1971+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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