Page Updated:- Tuesday, 24 January, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

Swan Hotel

Closed Oct 2012

Broad Street

Sutton Valence

Swan 1954

Above photo, circa 1954, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan Hotel 2008

Above photos, 20 June 2008, taken by Eric Hartland.

Swan 2015

Above photo, February 2015, kindly sent by Roy Moore.

Swan sign 1974Swan sign

Above sign left 1974, sign right, 2008.


The pub unfortunately closed in 2013 and is now a privately owned house and as of October 2014 the pub sign was still standing.


This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014."

As such I have found a picture of the pub, but to date have no other information. 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.


Kentish Gazette 30 April 1819.

On the following day an inquest was held at the "Swan," Sutton Valence, before the same Coriner (James Ottaway, Esq.), on view of the body of William Farmer, a very old man who had poisoned himself by drinking a large quantity of laudanum, on Tuesday morning. This was not the first time the deceased had attempted to destroy himself, and it appeared from the examination of several witnesses, that he had for some time being in a deranged state of mind. Before he died, the deceased had acknowledge that he had drunk 18 penny worth of laudanum, which he had purchased from two shops at Maidstone.

Verdict :- Insanity.




TOLLIST Isaac 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

SNASHALL? George 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

EDMED Isaac 1851+ (age 30 in 1851Census)

HENHAM Thomas 1858+ Melville's 1858

LISSENDEN Mr to Nov/1860 Next pub licensee had Maidstone Telegraph

Last pub licensee had ANTRUM Richard 1871-7/Jan/73 dec'd (age 53 in 1871Census)

ANTRIM Margaret 1891+ (age 60 in 1891Census)

CASE John 1891+ (age 65 in 1891Census) (Green Lane)

COLE Frank 1918-20+ Post Office Directory 1918

PATTINSON Oscar Clyde to 3/Aug/1939

COLES Nigel Lockett 3/Aug/1939+


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

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

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918


Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


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