Sort file:- Tonbridge, December, 2021.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 December, 2021.


Earliest 1750-

White Hart

Closed ????

186 High Street


White Hart

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

White Hart

Above postcard, date unknown.

Former White Hart 2016

Above photo, 2016, kindly sent by Nigel Humphrey.


The pub can be traced back to 1750 and is probably even older than that.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 19 August 1874.

Licensing Business.

Mr. Warner on behalf of Mr. Charles Groves, applied for a spirit licence to the "White Hart" beer house, High Street, Tonbridge. Mr. Rogers opposed on behalf of Messrs. Bartram, the owners of the "Red Lion Inn," situated at a short distance from it. Mr. Warner in the course of his application, said the "White Hart" was only a few doors from the new public hall, now in course of erection; it was greatly used by farmers and dealers attending the cattle market; had stabling accommodation for about 30 horses; and the applicants supplied as many as 100 dinners on market days. He produced a memorial signed by 95 persons, all respectable tradesmen and farmers and others, who use the house, and by neighbours, Mr. Bishop's name being mentioned among others, and also Mr. Wightick's.

Mr. Rogers objected to the notice on two grounds, first that there was an omission, applicant having failed to describe his trade or calling in due form, and secondly that the notices had not been properly served, but both objections were overruled, and Mr. Warner called evidence in support of his application.

Superintendent Dance was also called and testified to the good character of the applicant, and said his opinion was that the "White Hart" was in every way suited, and was necessary for the requirements of those attending the market.

Mr. Rogers contended that the requirements of the town, and the accommodation of the house, were not such as justified the Bench in granting this license.

The Chairman said the Bench would refuse the application, as they considered there was a sufficient number of houses in Tonbridge already.



Hammon Cole of the "White Hart," High street, Tonbridge died 10 February 1924. Probate London 14 March to Elizabeth Jane Cole widow and Mark Green solicitors clerk.

Effects 487 0s 5d/Probate.



SPRINGATE Stephen 1861+ (age 51 in 1861Census)

COLE Hammond 1911-11/Mar24 dec'd (age 36 in 1911Census)

FAIRCLOTH Frederick 1930+

HENDERSON William 1938+




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