Page Updated:- Friday, 04 June, 2021.


Earliest 1828-


Open 2020+

Hever Road

Bough Beech

01732 700100


Above photo, date unknown.

Wheatsheaf 2018

Above photo 2018.

Wheatsheaf 2018

Above photo 2018.

Wheatsheaf 2018

Above photo 2018.

Wheatsheaf 2018

Above photo 2018.

Wheatsheaf 2018

Above photo 2018.

Above sign, July 1988.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


According to local history the older part of the "Wheatsheaf" was formerly a hunting lodge owned by Henry V. The structure of the timbers and the wonderful crown post, revealed during renovations in 1996 certainly indicate the building dates from the latter part of the 14th century.

The following passages have been taken from their web site history information:-

The premises has a Grade 2 listing. Believed to have been built around the end of the 14th century, clues to its age and previous owners have at times been uncovered during renovations. These include a rare medieval crown post in the roof timbers, and a section of wattle-and-daub wall reading ‘1607 Foxy Holanby’, who is believed to have been a local squire. In Tudor times, it was a splendid hunting lodge serving Hever Castle, and is rumoured to have been a favourite retreat for Henry VIII – surely because of its welcoming atmosphere, and not its proximity to the home of Anne Boleyn.


Kent & Sussex Courier 21 June 1878.


At the Tonbridge Petty Sessions, on Tuesday, the license of the "Wheatsheaf" beerhouse was transferred from Mr. John Payne to Mr. Thomas Quickenden.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 11 February 1949.


No opposition was offered to applications for full licences made by Hubert Stanley Seal, "Wheatsheaf," Chiddingstone.


Kent & Sussex Courier 11th December 1889.

Tonbridge Petty Sessions. Licensing.

 An hours extension was granted to Mr F. K. Seale, of the "Wheatsheaf," Bough Beech, Chiddingstone, for a club dinner at his house.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 13 November 1953.

Bough Beeach.

A coach-load from the "Wheatsheaf Inn," Bough Beech, travelled on Friday to "Chalk Pits Inn," Cooksbridge, Lewis, where a local evening was arranged and a darts match played between the host and the visitors. Bough Beech lost the match 5 - 3.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 23 May 1958.

Is that a bitter, old man?

Wheatsheaf inside 1958

In the courier picture above - taken in the bar - are (left) Mr George Seal, a customer, Jane, Tango, Cookie and Lieutenant Commander McIntyre.Regulars at the "Wheatsheaf," Bough Bech," pop in for their nightly pint these days not knowing quite what they'll find behind the bar. Peering at them between the beer engines might be a monkey, a cockatoo, two budgerigars, a Dachshund or a Boxer.

Or they might find the new landlord - Lieutenant Commander R. N. McIntyre, who, with his wife Joan and 1-year old son Simon, are the latest arrivals at the "Wheatsheaf."

The McIntyre's came to Bough Beech from Chipstead, Surrey, Lieutenant Commander McIntyre was axed from the Royal Navy in 1956 after 18 years' service.

For the last 3 years of his service he was on loan to the Australian Navy where he was a corvette captain. Mrs. McIntyre was able to be with her husband in Australia, and Tango, the Boxer Bitch, won 40 prizes there in dog shows.

Boy, the cockatoo, also came from Australia, and Jane the monkey was brought from West Africa by a friend.

Cookie the Dachshund and Olive and Louis the budgies complete the McIntyre's large family.

Lieutenant Commander McIntyre is enjoying life in Bough Beech, where he is helped in the "Wheatsheaf" by his mother-in-law, Mrs. Cheetham.

He likes the early 15th century pub and the people who live in the village.

It is a vastly different life from the naval days. During the war he was once on the aircraft carrier in a Russian convoy.

A keen sportsman, Lieutenant Commander McIntyre - who is still on emergency call to the Navy - is a cricket, rugby and hockey enthusiasm.


From the By Paul Hooper, 28 October 2019.

Drunken Edenbridge mum turned highway robber avoids jail.

A drunken mum-of-three turned highway robber and stole the car of a Good Samaritan who had stopped to help her.

Victim Max Shenley had been flagged down by Hannah Smyth in April last year at night on a dark, secluded road near Edenbridge.

The 32-year-old then asked for a lift home but the Toyota Yaris driver told her he was in a rush and asked her: "Why are you here?"

Smyth replied: "I just want a lift home."

Maidstone Crown Court heard that it was then that Smyth's boyfriend - who had been lurking in nearby bushes - punched Mr Shenley and the robbers then dragged him from the car before driving away.

Smyth, of Bough Beech Road, Edenbridge escaped going straight to prison and then began laughing and joking with a security official.

She was then rebuked by Judge Stephen Thomas who told her: "This is not a laughing matter."

Smyth had just received a two-year prison sentence suspended for two years after being told she was now studying law at university and volunteering with the probation service.

But the judge told her that not sending her straight to jail had been "a marginal decision on my part... you have escaped prison by a very very thin line".

Prosecutor Ryan Richter told how at 11.15pm on April 3 last year Mr Shenley was driving along the B2027 at Bough Beech.

After turning into Hale Oak Road he saw a woman standing in the middle of the road who flagged him down.

He said: "Mr Shenley applied the brakes and stopped. The woman came up to his window and asked for a lift to Penshurst.

"Unfortunately he told her he was in a rush to go home and told her he was sorry he couldn't help her."

It was then he saw a man of medium build and in his 20s, emerging from nearby bushes, and as the the frightened motorist tried to drive away, the unidentified man grabbed the car keys.

The prosecutor told how Mr Shenley was punched "with full force" in the face by the male robber who had shouted: "Stop the ****** car."

The driver was then dragged from the vehicle by the two robbers.

He then fled believing the robbers were going to mete out more violence and hid behind a telegraph pole as the pair drove off.

Mr Richter said Mr Shenley was terrified and dialled 999.

He added: "About 15 minutes later police were alerted to a vehicle causing a road traffic accident in Allandale Road, Tunbridge Wells a very short distance from where the Toyota had been taken.

"It had crashed into parked cars causing damage and neighbours then pointed officers to an address where Smyth had gone."

The prosecutor said Smyth was found sitting in the lounge claiming she had travelled by train.

"The officers noticed she was drunk and slurring her speech and she had a mark on her left shoulder consistent with that made by a seatbelt."

Police also discovered footage from the nearby "Wheatsheaf" Pub showing Smyth and her lover quarrelling in the car park when she was pushed to the ground.

Jessica Clarke, defending, said: "It must have been a shocking and very scary event."

But she said that Smyth, who had admitted robbery, had now ended the relationship with the lover, had "weaned herself" off crack cocaine and is studying at university.

Judge Thomas told her that it had been "highway robbery" and the victim faced "a terrifying ordeal."


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 6 November 2019.

Kent’s cosiest pubs with gorgeous log fires that will shield you from the cold.

These stunning pubs come with crackling fires, beautiful interiors and tasty food.

Is there anything better than curling up next a toasty log fire, pint in hand?

With the winter months drawing in and November predicted to be one of the coldest ever, knowing your local cosy pub with a gorgeous log fire is more important than ever.

Whether you're looking for a tipple after a brisk walk or just after a warm afternoon out, there's plenty of choice.

These stunning pubs come with crackling fires, beautiful interiors and tasty food.

Some of them even have more than one wood burner, so you won't be fighting for the coveted space in front of the flickering flames.

If you're looking for some inspiration, check out our list below.

The Wheatsheaf.

Wheatsheaf inside 2019

The Wheatsheaf, Bough Beech, Edenbridge.

Where : Hever Rd, Bough Beech, Edenbridge TN8 7NU.

What : A seat by the roaring open fire at this pub is ideal after a long winter's walk - and even better your four legged friends will be welcomed with open arms here too.

The Wheatsheaf is decorated beautifully, making nods to its rich history dating all the way back to the 14th century.

This attention to detail makes it a very cosy haunt indeed, whether your after a Sunday lunch, a hearty meal or a few pints on a Friday night.



BURRELL Elizabeth 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PAYNE John to June/1878

QUICKENDEN Thomas June/1878-81+ (age 24 in 1881Census)

SEARLE F K Mr 1889+

SEAL Frederick 1891-22+ (also cricket ball maker age 34 in 1891Census)

SEAL Frederick jun 1930+

SEAL Hubert Stanley 1938-49+

???? David & Liz 2014+

NAISMITH Nick 2017+


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



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