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Earliest 1826-

(Name from)

King Henry the Eighth

Open 2019+

Hever Road


01732 862457

Henry VIII painting

Above painting, date unknown.

King Henry VIII

Above postcard, date unknown.

Henry the Eighth

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

King Henry the Eigth 1930

Above photo, 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King Henry VIII 1930

Above postcard, 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King Henry the Eigth 1931

Above photo, circa 1931, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King henry the Eighth 1936

Above postcard, circa 1936, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King Henry VIII

Above photo, date unknown, with permission from Eric Hartland.

King Henry VIII 1954

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

King Henry VIII 1960

Above photo, 1960, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King Henry the Eighth 1977

Above photo, taken during the 1977 Queen's Jubilee celebrations, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King Henry the VIII 1987

Above photo 1987.

King Henry VIII postcard

Above postcard, date unknown.

King Henry VIII 2012

Photo by Oast House Archives 2010 from

Above photo, date unknown.

King Henry VIII sign 1988King Henry VIII sign 2011

Above sign left, July 1988, sign right, July 2011

With thanks from Brian Curtis

King Henry the Eighth sign 2010

Above sign, shown inside the bar at the bar, 2010.

King Henry VIII sign 2012King Henry VIII sign 2020

Sign left 2012, sign right, 2020, kindly taken and sent by Roger Pester.

King henry the Eighth matchbox 1984

Above matchbox, 1984, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King Henry the Eighth beer mat

Above beer mat, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


"King Henry VIII", where at the picturesque castle he wooed and finally won the affections of Anne Boleyn in the 1530s, after a frenzied courtship. Anne's father, who later helped to send her to the scaffold, is buried in the churchyard opposite the inn.

The current building dates from 1647 but a pub has occupied the site since 1597.

According to the Hever churchwardens’ rates document of 1855, in 1852 the inn was responsible for maintaining 5 feet of the churchyard wall.


From the Maidstione Journal, Feb 1st 1851.

The licence to the "Henry XVIII Inn" at Hever transferred to Mr Thomas Hall.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Wednesday 30 September 1874.

Hever. Creating a disturbance.

William Everest, a farm labourer, was charged with creating a disturbance in licensed premises, at Hever, and with using abusive language and threatening to fight, and also with refusing to leave when requested to do so.

The case was proved by Mr. Thomas Chandler, the landlord of "Henry IV," (sic) Hever, and P.C. Baker.

Superintendent Dance said the defendant had been convicted of fowl stealing, and he had also been charged with attempting house breaking, but on that charge he was dismissed.

The defendant, who did not appear, was ordered to pay a fine of 1 and 12s. 8d. costs, or in default a months. imprisonment.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Wednesday 16 December 1874.


David Langridge, labourer, Withyham, and William Rogers, labourer, Gloucestershire, were charged with stealing two pairs of women’s boots, the property of John Winter, at Hever, on the 3rd December.

Prosecutor, baker of Edenbridge, said that on the 8th inst., he was at Hever, at the "Henry the Eighth," and left in his van outside, a basket containing biscuits, bread and two pairs of boots. He remained in the Inn a short time, and when he arrived at home he found that the boots had been stolen, also a pin of the tail board of the van. The prisoners called at the Inn whilst he was there. The boots were wrapped up in brown paper.

Miss Susan Chandler, daughter of the landlord of the "Henry VIII Inn," Hever, said that on the day in question the prisoners had been in the taproom, drinking three or four hours. They were there when Mr. Winter called, and left directly afterwards.

Miss Emily Flemming, daughter of the schoolmaster at Hever, said she went to the public-house there and saw prosecutor’s van at the door. When she came out she saw a man at the cart and spoke to him but he made no reply. It was the prisoner Langridge. [The prisoner put his hat on for identification.] The prisoner had both hands in the van, and she heard some paper rustle. She thought it was Mr. Winter at the time, and said to the man 'You will have a wet journey to night Mr Winter.' Finding the man did not reply she looked and saw it was the prisoner Langridge. The boots belonged to her.

I.C. Millen said that from information he received he went in search of the two prisoners. At the "Swan" public-house, East Grinstead he apprehended Langridge. He told the prisoner the charge and cautioned him. Prisoner denied the charge and said he had not been to Hever for a month, and was at Langley Heath when the boots were taken. He told the prisoner he should have to take him to Dorman's Land, when he said it was no use going there he was at Hever, and was so drunk he did not know what he did.

P.C. Baker deposed to apprehending Rogers at Boar-place, Chiddingstone, who denied stealing the boots, but admitted that he was at Hever on the 8th, and left the public-house at shut up time. Langridge who was left in witness's custody at East-Grinstead, told him he knew all about the boots.

Supt Dance said the prisoners had been traced together to Reigate, and he asked for a remand for a week in order that further opportunity should be given for finding the property.

The Bench remanded the prisoners for a week.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 20 October 1899.

Tonbridge Petty Sessions.

Martin Bell was summoned for permitting drunkenness on his licensed premises, the "King Henry VIII" at Hever, on 30th September.

Mr. W. C. Cripps defended.

P.C. Field said that at 5:30 on the night in question he saw Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones come from the defendant's house. They went into the churchyard, but returned to the house, and after 8 o'clock they came out, kicked up a row, and Mrs. Smith said that she should not pay twice for a bottle of whiskey. He spoke to the landlord twice, and he said that he wanted the people away.

By Mr. Cripps:- The defendant said that he wanted to get rid of the defendants', locked up his house for 20 minutes, and turned the lights down.

By Superintendent Styles:- The woman was in the house for 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Mr. Cripps made a powerful speech for the defence, and said that his client did not like to put a woman out from the state that she was in for feelings of humanity.

The defendant said that he has kept this house for two-and-a-half years, and he had kept other houses for 28 years without a complaint. On the evening in question the woman Smith came in drunk, and though her husband asked for a drink he refused her. As the woman was in a certain condition he was afraid to touch her. He was in a state of quandary to know what to do with her, and closed this house to get rid of her. If it had been a man he should have put him out.

By Superintendent Styles:- The woman was not in his house two-and-a-half hours. He would have to send two miles for a constable. There was nothing the matter with the other woman. He had never had a complaint against him.

Superintendent Styles:- I have had to send a constable to caution defendant.

Mr. Cripps:- A complaint is a complaint, which we all have to put up with, but there has never been a case before the magistrates.

Mr. Bell, the defendant:- No, sir.

The Chairman:- The bench are unanimously of the opinion that this case must be dismissed.


Sevenoaks Chronicle, May 1950.

Leaving the Town.

The new licensee of the "Henry VIII Inn," Hever, will be Mr. H. J. Offen, at present well known as a local butcher and parish councillor. Mr. Offen, who will go to Hever in May, will resign his seat when he leaves the parish.


From an email received March 2017.

Sophia Haynes was married to Thomas Hall, then married Richard Smith - they are later at the "Star," Brasted.

I have a copy of a letter written by Sophia to her brother in Melbourne, Australia:-

Sophia states in the letter dated the 25th September 1875; they were one year out of business. We could see nothing to suit us, so we bought a piece of ground off Frank, my brother on the Chart and built this house, and opened it for the sale of beer. We have not tried for a spirit licence. Been here 9 years now.

Beryl Patullo.


From an email received 8 February 2022.

Thomas Hall married Sophia Keziah Haynes 2 May 1842, died in 1858, you are using the census for the next inn keeper who was Richard Smith, he married the widow Sophie Hall. They then moved to the Brasted Chart. In the letters I have it mentioned the fairs and annual events they had, it appears grew hops and other fruit. They would have a beer stall set up.

Richard was helping Sophia in the pub (his occupation was Plumber) while her husband was ill so I don’t think they left it at all until Moved To Brasted Chart.

Thomas died Feb 1858 Sophia married Richard Smith 2 Feb 1859. His occupation was Plumber, I think Sophie carried on the Inn with Richard’s help for the Year prior marrying. Women I think in those times wouldn’t be recognised as a hotel keeper. They married apparently with a few disgruntled relatives. They were both widowed.

Beryl Patullo.


From the By Lauren MacDougall, 6 November 2019.

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

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King Henry VIII

King Henry the Eighth inside 2019

King Henry VIII (Image: Jason Dodd Photography).

Where : Hever Rd, Hever, Edenbridge TN8 7NH.

What : Tradition reigns supreme at The King Henry VIII, a historic English pub in Hever, Kent.

There’s been a pub here ever since 1597, and from its dramatic chimney stacks to its authentic oak beams, open fires and panelled bars, the whole place captures the charm and character of Tudor craftsmanship.

With the pub close to Hever Castle, where Anne Boleyn spent her early years, this half-timbered, peg-tiled pub is a gem of a place. Sit inside and soak up the historic atmosphere, with a roaring fire to keep you cosy.

Fine Kentish ales and beers line the bar, while the hearty, wholesome dishes crafted in the kitchen saw The King Henry VIII scoop the Pub Food of the Year prize in Shepherd Neame's Pub Awards 2016.



MEDLEY Jane 1826+ (owner)

WALDO Jane 1834 (owner)

MOON Thomas 1826-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34 (Harry the Eighth sic)

COLLETT James 1839-42 (age 30 in 1841Census)

FOREMAN ???? 1846+

HALL Thomas Feb/1851-Feb/58 dec'd (age 38 in 1851Census)

SMITH Richard 1861-65 Next pub licensee had (age 43 in 1861Census)

CHANDLER Thomas 1871+ (also farmer age 31 in 1871Census)

CHANDLER Charles 1881+ (age 60 in 1881Census)

FARNES William C 1901+ (no occupation given age 60 in 1901Census)

STENNING James 1903+ Kelly's 1903

WIGHTMAN Walter 1911-13+ (age 70 in 1911Census)

GREEST Henry Charles 1922-38+

OFFEN Hubert Jesse May/1950+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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