Page Updated:- Monday, 10 January, 2022.


Earliest 1828-

(Name from)

White Hart and Lamb

Latest 1970s+

Reading Street



White Hart and Lamb 1973

Above photo 1973.

White Hart and Lion 2022

Above photo 2022, kindly sent by Allan Ward.


Originally called the "White Hart" but gained its lamb some time before 1828, the building was rebuilt in 1900.

In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)

Allan Ward tells me that this pub was known locally as the "Sergeant Majors" and closed early in the mid 1970s and is situated opposite the Tenterden Garden Centre.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 21 March 1978. By Patricia Brookes.

My home was once a Public House.

RETIRED director of building development for the Hong Kong Government. Mr. Peter Shawe, found his talents invaluable when he and his wife, Norah, bought a dilapidated public house at Reading Street, near Tenterden to convert into a home.

It was while they went home on leave in the summer of 1970 that they decided to look around for a house to live in when Mr. Shawe retired.

After looking at a number which had either just been sold or were not suitable, they were given the particulars of the old "White Hart and Lamb," and decided to buy it.

The pub closed about two or three years previously, and was in a bad state of repair.

All the fittings, including the old beer pump handles, had been removed, but Mr. Shawe is now looking around for one to install in his own bar, which has been made out of the former public bar. The old snuggery has been transformed into an attractive kitchen.

Mr. and Mrs. Shawe have carried out nearly all the conversion work themselves, apart from the specialised work of installing central heating and re-wiring.

Those who can recall the days when the house was a pub will have difficulty today in recognising it. Mr. Shawe's work, which has taken him two years to complete, has been painstakingly thought out.

The former saloon bar has been turned into a dining room and the old fireplace has been ripped out and replaced, by Mr. Shawe, with an old-style one made of bricks from a wall which has been removed.

New floors.

The sitting room, which has had large French doors put in the outside wall was once the pantry and scullery, complete with a copper. Mr. and Mrs. Shawe had to lay new floors, as the two rooms were on different levels with steps leading to each.

The house is thought to be about 100 yeas old, but Mr. Shawe says he has been told by local people that there has been a public house on the site for at least 300 years.

This is borne out by the fact that outside are a number of old flagstones which Mr. Shawe thinks are the foundations or courtyard of a much older pub.

The house, which is now called the Old Inn, stands in about an acre of ground, complete, with a pond and a couple of tame ducks. In the grounds stands an attractive barn which is thought to be about 200 years old, and which was once used as a stable, probably to house horses while their owners were slaking their thirsts in the pub. When Mr. Shawe bought the house the barn was also very neglected, and he has spent many hours renovating it.

Old timbers.

Inside the barn are a fine collection of timbers, including those from old ships. When Mr. and Mrs. Shawe's daughter was married last year, the barn was used for the reception, and he hopes in the future to convert it into a music room where he can sit and play his electric organ.

There is also a well in the garden and the lawns, which were once feet-high grass and nettles, slope away to the the nearby fields and marshes dotted with sheep.

Mr and Mrs. Shawe have unspoilt views over the surrounding countryside, and their garden, which has been transformed from a complete wilderness, is quite a sun trap in the summer.

Mr. Shawe said that it was a challenge to take over the old pub, which had fallen into disrepair, but he now believed that it was a very attractive house in a beautiful spot.

Mr. and Mrs, Shawe

Mr. and Mrs. Shawe in the sitting room of their converted public house.



PAIN John 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PAIN Thomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PAINE George Thomas 1851-71+ (also shepherd & grazier age 59 in 1871Census)

FARRANCE William 1881+ (age 33 in 1881Census)

CATT Charles 1891+ (age 61 in 1891Census)

BATES James 1901+ (also shepherd age 44 in 1901Census)

BATES Louisa Jane Mrs 1903-11+ (widow age 56 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

DEAN Norman 1913-22+

BOUGHTON Thomas H 1930+

HERRIDGE William George 1938+

AITKEN George N 1939+ (age 49 in 1939)


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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