Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 September, 2021.


Earliest ????

Queen's Head

Closed Oct 2015

133 Butchers Lane


Queen's Head 2010

Above photo 2010 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Queen's Head sign 1993

Above sign, November 1993.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


One time a Mason's tied house, but the brewery was bought out by Shepherd Neame in 1956 and the brewery was subsequently closed and demolished.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 14 September 1861.

Mereworth. Fatal Accident.

On Tuesday and inquest was held before T. M. Dudlow, Esq., at the "Queen's Head," Mereworth, touching the death of Fanny Spooner, age 15 months, under the following circumstances:- Caroline Spooner, the mother, deposed to leaving the child at play in the kitchen while she went outdoors, and on returning found it in a pan of water.

Ann Ulcomb deposed to finding the child in the wash-house. It appeared to be dead.

John Ulcomb confirmed his wife's statement, and added that she held the child up and rubbed it.

The Coroner remarked that to hold any person under such circumstances was wrong. The best way was to lay them on a pillow on their face, and try to restore breathing by gently pressure of chest.

Dr. S. Norton said he had no doubt that death resulted from drowning.

The jury accordingly returned a verdict of accidentally drowned.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 17 October, 1873.

Sudden Death of an Hop-Picker.

James Jones, aged about 54, formerly of Bristol, who had been hop-picking in the neighbourhood, was found dead on Friday night, at the "Queen’s Head Inn," kept by Mr. Featherstone. On going round his premises on Saturday night, at 12 o’clock, Mr. Featherstone found the deceased asleep in the water-closet, but did not then disturb him. On Sunday morning, at eight o’clock, he was found in the same position dead. It may, perhaps, lead to his identity by his relatives, by stating that he was tattoed on the arm, as follows—‘Let Jack get up, and Tom sit down;’ and on his back is the figure of a fox in full chase. Only two-pence was found on his person, and his clothing was a mere bundle of rags. He is said to be much addicted to drink. The Coroner was communicated with, but did not deem an inquest necessary.


From the 15 October 2015, by Mike Thompsett.

The Queens Head, on Butchers Lane, Mereworth, has closed its doors.

A popular landlady has pulled her last pint at the only pub in the village.

Jo Harris landlady 2015

Jo Harris had been welcoming punters into the "Queens Head," Mereworth, for nearly three years, but now she has left and locked the doors for the last time.

Mrs Harris had turned fortunes around at the Butchers Lane pub, attracting people with events including live music, themed nights and home-cooked Sunday roasts.

Pauline Bell is among a number of villagers who are concerned that without a pub the community will suffer. Locals packed the pub out to raise a glass for the family’s final evening on Saturday, September 26, before it closed the next day.

Mrs Harris said: “We had really good fun running it, and enjoyed being able to be a part of local events, especially the village fete.

“The local people who supported it were amazing, I feel more people need to support their locals or they will end up losing them.”

The Grade II listed building has served as a pub for centuries. Another pub, The "Torrington Arms" in The Street, closed in 1996.

Queen's Head 2015

The "Queens Head" on Butchers Lane, Mereworth.

Pauline Bell, a Butchers Lane resident and regular customer, said: “When the doors shut for the last time it was a very sad day for the village.

“I felt that another part of village life had died, we’ve already lost a pub in The Street, two village shops and a post office.

“The pub was the village hub where friends would meet to catch up while having a beer and a laugh, too.

“On a personal note I would like to say thanks to Jo for everything, from everyone at the "Queens Head."”

Another local, Tony ‘Taf’ Williams, said: “Now that it’s closed there’s nothing left in the village for the locals to enjoy – it feels like it has killed the village spirit.”

A gastropub, the "Moody Mare," formerly The "Beeches," on Seven Mile Lane is now the only pub near Mereworth village, and The "Swan on the Green," in West Peckham, is in a neighbouring village.

The "Queens Head" is now for sale, freehold with vacant possession with Sidney Phillips at 385,000.


Planning application was approved on 13 April 2016 to turn the premises into three housing units.



FEATHERSTONE William 1871-1903+ (also builder age 38 in 1871Census) Kelly's 1903

FEATHERSTONE William Henry 1901-22+ (also builder age 68 in 1901Census)

SPEED James 1938+

HARRIS Jo to Oct 2015


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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