Page Updated:- Monday, 28 March, 2022.


Earliest 1828-

Gun Hotel

Latest 1980+

(Name to)

The Heath


Gun Hotel 1940

Above photo, 1940, by kind permission Roy Moore,

Gun Hotel 1916

Above postcard, posted 1916. "Gun Hotel" on left.

Gun 1930

Above photo circa 1930.


Above postcard, date unknown.

Gun advert 1972

Above advert, 1972, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Gun matchbox 1980s

Above matchbox 1980s.


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.)


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 18 September 1832.


To be Sold by Auction, BY WILLIAM SALMON. On Wednesday, the 19th September, 1832, at two o'Clock, at the "Gun Inn," Horsmonden, by direction of the Assignees of David Twort, a Bankrupt.

ABOUT 380 SQUARE OAK TREES, of large meetings, on Yalding Wharf, (received from Hayman’s Hill and Beech Farm) and a quantity of ???? and CROOKS.

Also, about 1100 Ends of ROUND OAK, ASH and ELM TIMBER, of superior quality, very conveniently situated for carriage, at Hayman’s Hill, Horsmonded, and at Beech Farm, Marden, which will be put in small Lots for the convenience of Purchasers.

W. S. respectfully invites Timber Merchants and others, desirous of purchasing Timber, to inspect this Timber, which will be found of larger dimensions, and of much better quality than is us uslly offered for sale, and well adapted for Naval Purposes, the Merchant Service, and various branches of trade.

Particulars and conditions of sale may be had at the "Gun," Horsemonden; "Mitre Inn," Maidstone; "Silver Oar," Rochester, "Bull," Wrotham; "King's Head," Wateringbury; "Rose and Crown," Tonbridge; "George Inn," Borough; Auction Mart, London, and of the Auctioners, Maidstone.

Mr. Norton, at Hayman's Hill, will show the Round Timber; and the Wharfinger, at Yalding Wharf, will shew the Square Timber there.


Kentish Gazette, 22 January 1850.

HORSMONDEN. Dinner to Alexander Anderson, Esq.

On Friday last, between 20 and 30 of the principal hop-planters of this parish assembled at the "Gun Inn," at a public dinner, to which they had previously invited their respected neighbour, Mr. Anderson, to show the high degree of respect and gratitude they entertained towards him, for his unwearied exertions in endeavouring to get a postponement of the 1848 hop duty. The chair was taken by Mr. George Whiltley; the vice-chair by Mr. W. P. Waghorne.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 18 February 1851.


On Monday se'nnight one of those rare demonstrations of good feeling took place here, that would do credit to a parish of higher pretensions than this, and which exemplifies what a public spirited leader can do, even amongst the cold sons of the soil, who have been stigmatised by their enemies as apathetic, &c.; but the muster round the festive board of Mr. Snoad, of the "Gun Inn," on the above day, shows that there are some sterling ore and enthusiastic hearts amongst the Weald of Kenters, that the public are as yet unacquainted with. The object for which the above meeting was called we confess is out of our power to do justice to; it is so novel, and stands so much apart from the general class of social meetings, it requires so nice a discrimination to relate, so as to do justice to one party, and not to offend the delicacy of a most respectable family, on whose account this meeting was called, that we should scarcely know how to proceed. However, the worthy host of the "Gun Inn" has for some time past been most severely afflicted (we believe with a rheumatic disease), so as to render him incapable of business, and owing to the unusual expenses occasioned thereby, and the profits of his business not being equal to his misfortunes, it has resolved in his pecuniary embarrassments. In this position, A. Anderson, Esquire, and, as he says, "other respectable inhabitants" (but we rather suspect the credit rest with him alone), resolved to prop up this good old neighbour, and release him at once from his troubles. This done, a public dinner was announced, to testify the respect for the afflicted host, and to give him a spirited start again in the world. This call was probably attended to by nearly the whole of the farmers and tradesmen in the parish, Mr. Anderson in the chair. The evening was spent in the most social and convivial way, an excellent speech being made by the chairman, on the hop question. There were present:- Messrs J. Monkton, Boniface, T. Twort, W. Masters, Whibley, Pawley (Pembury), Austen (Brenchley), Walmsley, Manwaring, Waters, Williams, A. Thirkell, Taylor, Russell, Iggleden, J. B. Jude (Wateringbury), &c. &c., and many from adjoining parishes.


Sussex Agricultural Express, Saturday 8th November, 1890.

Transfer of licences.

The "Gun" alehouse, at Horsmonden, was transferred from Mr. Harvey, sen., to Mr. Harvey, jun.


Kent and Sussex Courier, 21 August 1931.

Popular licensee leaves.

Mr. Owen Harriers, who for several years has been the popular landlord of the "Gun Hotel," Horsmonden, has left the village to take over the "Sussex Shades," Tunbridge Wells.

Mr. Harriers, who before coming to Horsmonden was well known in Crowborough, as a key member of the R.A.O.B. (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes,) A body in which he still takes an active interest.

Mrs. Harriers will also be missed in the district, where she is well known as a violinist and pianist.


Sevenoaks Chronicle & Kentish Advertiser, Friday, 7 September, 1934.

Horsmonden Licensee Exposes Fraud.

Accepts false coins, then notifies police.

Man sentenced at Cranbrook.

Mr. Frank Butt, licensee of the "Gun Hotel," Horsmonden, told the following story to the magistrates at Cranbrook Police Court on Wednesday, when Thomas Henry Allen (43), a labourer, 41, Maud Road, Camberwell, appeared on remand before Mr. E. E. Selmes and Lieutenant-Colonel E. C. Tylden-Patterson, charged with uttering four counterfeit half crowns and have another false coins in his possession.


From an email sent, 26 March 2022.

Cyclist minutes 1944

The above page from the minutes of The Fellowship of Kent and Sussex Cyclists show the name of the licensee as a Mr. Nichols.

Above paper kindly sent to me by Roy Canning.


I believe the pub changed name between 1980 and 1982 to the "Gun and Spitroast." Obviously renovated and got a professional chef in.



LANSDELL James 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

SNOAD Mr 1851+ South Eastern Gazette

GREEN Francis 1858-71+ (also farmer age 43 in 1871Census)

HARVEY John 1874-Nov/90+ (also farmer and hop grower age 50 in 1881Census)

HARVEY Mr jun Nov/1890+

BENJAMIN G W 1901+ (age 54 in 1901Census)

TOURLE Alfred 1913-2/June/27

HARRIES Owen Wyndham 2/June/1927-31 Next pub licensee had

BUTTS Frank 1931-Dec/36

NICHOLAS Edgar Robert Dec/1936-38+

NICHOLS Mr 1938-51

GOODCHILD Peter & Marion 1972-80s


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

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

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette



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