Page Updated:- Thursday, 12 January, 2023.


Earliest 1827-

Stilebridge Inn

Open 2020+

Staplehurst Road


01622 831236

Stilebridge Inn 1905

Above postcard, circa 1905, kindly sent by Michelle Smith (nee Gibson.)

Stile Bridge 2011

Photo taken 23 September 2011 from by Dayoff171.

Style Bridge 2014

Above photo 2014.

Stilebridge Inn sign 1980sStilebridge Inn sign 1986

Above sign left, 1980s, sign right, 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Stile Bridge Inn sign 1986

Above sign 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 20 February, 1827.

Freehold to be sold by auction. By John Kelly.

On Friday, 2nd day of March, 1827, at the "Stilebridge Inn," in the parish of Marden, at four o'clock precisely, in one lot.

A most valuable and productive piece or parcel of arable land, containing five acres or thereabouts, situate near Bogden Farm, in the parish of Marden, on the High Turnpike Road leading towards Staplehurst, about 1 mile from Stile Bridge, and now in the tenure and occupations of Mr. John Butcher, of Staplehurst aforesaid, who will upon application show the same; and possession had at Lady-day next, according to conditions at the time of sale produced.


Morning Advertiser, Thursday 01 September 1853.


The annual hop dinner came off at "Stilebridge Inn" on Tuesday, when Mr. Johnson, hop-factor, presided, and was supported by a respectable company. The sets for the sweepstakes ranged from 125,000l to 225,000l. Mr. Charles Hammond was declared the winner of last year's stakes.

Maidstone journal.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 21 February 1874.

Stilebridge. Shocking death of a Farmer.

Great excitement was experienced in this parish on Sunday last, by a report, which proved but too true, that Mr. Boys Spicer, of Hurstfield Farm, had been found drowned in Stilebridge stream, about 100 yards below the bridge. It appears that the unfortunate gentleman, who was about 56 years of age, left the "Stilebridge Inn" shortly after ten o’clock on Saturday night last. He had become rather excited over the election, but was perfectly sensible. The night was very dark, and a thick fog prevailed, and deceased, who was going through some meadows on his way home, must have strayed from the footpath for about forty rods, and fallen into the stream, the water in which is about eighteen inches deep.

A Mrs. Lefevre about that time heard cries for help, but concluded that someone was calling for a man in her husband’s employ, named "Alf."

About nine o’clock on Sunday morning Mr. William Spicer, son of the deceased, went in search of his father, and found the body in a reclining posture in the stream. The face was turned upwards and the water only touched the back of the head, and it is presumed that after Mr. Spicer had fallen into the water, he struggled a great deal, and managed to turn over on his back, but his strength then failed him. A quantity of water was found in his body.

An inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon before G. Winch, Esq., deputy coroner. The medical testimony was to the effect that death had resulted from drowning, and evidence, in support of the above facts, having been adduced, the jury returned a verdict of “Accidentally drowned.”

It is a somewhat curious fact that Mr. Spicer was immersed in the stream at the same spot at which he lost his life, some two years and a half ago, but he then managed to scramble out.


Sussex Agricultural Express, Saturday 06 September 1902.


Edward Jones, Frank Wheeler and Frederick Saunders, who refused their address, all young men, were charged with stealing 16lbs, of tea, valued at 32s., the property of Henry Watson, at Goudhurst, on 29th August.

Prosecutor, who was totally blind, said he was a tea merchant at Goudhurst. He received a chest of tea from London on Friday. It was brought from Morden station, by Mr. Collins, carrier, and left at the finger post at the Gore, where he received it. He received the chest himself, and felt it as it was put down on the grass, and then went to get a handcart. He returned in about 10 minutes, but could not find nothing of the tea, of which there should have been 60lbs. in the chest, valued at 2s. a pound.

Anne Innes, of Broadford cottages, Horsmonden, spoke to seeing the three prisoners sitting on a chest at the top of Ballard's Hill, it was corded up. One of the prisoners put it on his head, and they went off Marden way. To wore check caps (Jones and Wheeler.)

Jon Le Feaver, of "Stilebridge Inn," Marden, deposed that prisoners came to his house about 2 o'clock on Saturday, and after having refreshments, offered him for quarter pound packets of tea for 1s. 4d. He did not buy any. He was suspicious of them. They stated that they came hop-picking, and as hop-picking was late brought the tea with them, and wanted to sell it to get back again. Prisoners were arrested at his place by the police.

Ada Dadswell, prosecutor's sister, stated that she went at 7:30 on Friday evening and searched for the chest of tea. In a cherry orchard, belonging to Gore Court, she found the chest in a hedge broken open, and the boards laid on again. The chest was taken home, and 16 1/4 pounds of tea found to be missing. The following morning she went to the place and found one quarter pound packet.
Wheeler here stated that they found the tea in the dark when lying down beside the head.

P.C. Sharp deposed that he arrived at "Stilebridge Inn" on Saturday afternoon at 2:30, and saw a large parcel tied up lying outside, and the prisoner Jones standing about three yards away. As soon as he saw witness dismount he ran away. Witness caught him and brought him back. The other prisoners stood at the bar, upon which four packets of tea were lying. He took the prisoners aside and found that the packets answered the description of those stolen as well as tea found in the large parcel and more in a smaller parcel lying under the seat. He charged. prisoners with stealing the tea, and Wheeler replied "We picked it up alongside the road." There were 38 packets in the parcels and one in Jones' pocket opened. Prisoners pleading not guilty, Wheeler stating that the girl must be mistaken, he never saw a box; they found the tea beside the road.

In reply to the Bench, prisoners said they did not desire to call witnesses, Wheeler stating he would be sorry to let his people know the position he was in.

Sentences of 3 months hard labour was placed upon them, when all the prisoners sighed profoundly, but were observed to leave the court with smiling faces.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 07 March 1930.

Marden. Late Mr. J. Le Feaver.

The village has lost one of its oldest and most respected inhabitants by the death, on Tuesday, of Mr. John Le Feaver, of the "Stilebridge Inn," at the age of 74 years. A widow, two sons and two daughters are left to mourn their loss. Three sons died as a result of injuries received during the war. The funeral takes place tomorrow (Saturday) at 2:30.


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

I have seen this place addressed incorrectly as in Tonbridge.

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.


From an email received 7 January 2019.

The John Le Feaver who was mentioned as dying in 1930 was the Granddad of my ex father in Law (Also John Le Feaver) and I know that he was born and lived at the Stile Bridge Farm.

His dad was Perceval Le Feaver. John was born in 1924 and died on his 90th birthday on August 8th 2014. I believe that the family owned the Farm and the pub until the early 1960s when it was sold. John used to tell so many stories about his time in Kent, particularly of the 2nd World War (I believe he was in the home guard.)


Kirsten LeFeaver.


Information taken from accessed 7 Jan 2019.

John Lefeaver (25 December 1817 – 20 December 1879) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Kent County Cricket Club during the early years of the club's history.

Lefeaver was born at Stile Bridge on the River Beult in the parish of Marden in Kent. Lefeaver's family ran the Stile Bridge Inn. He played in a total of nine first-class matches, including during the 1841 Canterbury Cricket Week during which the first Kent County Cricket Club was founded and for the county side until 1854.

He died in either Stile Bridge or Upper Hardres in 1879 aged 61.



LEFEAVER John 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

LEFEAVER Stephen 1851+ (also farmer in 1851)

LISSENDEN Sampson 1871+ (age 49 in 1871Census)

EXCELL Henry 1881+ (age 65 in 1881Census)

LE-FEAVER John 1901-Mar/30 (age 53 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

RUDD Matthew pre 2012 Next pub licensee had


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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