Page Updated:- Wednesday, 26 April, 2023.


Earliest 1812

(Name from)

Rose and Crown

Open 2020+

32 The Street


01474 822373

Rose and Crown 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, showing William Welch and one of his sons outside, kindly sent by Lorna Jones (great grand-daughter).

Above photo, date unknown.

Rose and Crown

Above postcard, date unknown.

Rose and Crown 1912

Above postcard, circa 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose and Crown 1997

Above photo 1997, kindly sent by Lorna Jones.

Rose and Crown 2010

Above photo 2010 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.


William Welch and family 1900

Above photo standing outside the Rose and Crown showing William Welch publican 1883-1907 and his wife Eleanor who died in 1903 by committing suicide in the village pond. With my Great Grandfather Bertie Welch 1880-1970. From Peter Sinclair-Osenton.

Information taken from their web site, accessed January 2016.

The History of The Rose & Crown.

The Inn known as the "Rose & Crown" was built during the reign of Henry VII (1485-1509), part of which still stands today, and was used for many years as a bakery. It was originally a private dwelling house, part of an estate.

During the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603), in the year 1601, the estate was sold and the land divided up. The house at the time underwent extensive alterations.

During the reign of George II (1727-1760), in the year 1730, the house was purchased by a man called French. It was he who turned it into what was known then as an "Ale House".

The ale was brewed locally with hops from Cobham and Faversham. By 1736 the house had fallen into a state of dilapidation and was partly demolished, save for the foundations and the "Olde Bakery" and rebuilt.

French still owned the property and continued to trade under the auspices of a licensee, though there is no evidence of a licence ever being granted at the time.

The house became known as "Ye Olde Billett" and a sign was duly erected.

In 1740 a licence was granted and the Inn became a registered public house, with Mr French the licensee. IN 1744 French tried to sell the Inn to a man called Little, a bricklayer of the parish.

Little was a man of ill-repute and in 1741 had purchased another man's wife, a woman called Benning, and they set up house together.

Although legal articles were drawn up between Little and the man called Benning, the Vicar of Shorne (1733-1770) the Reverend Caleb Parfect, who at the time lived opposite the Inn, thought the pair undesirable and wrote to the Justices of the Peace at Chatham and objected strongly.

Little was refused a licence and shortly after French sold to another buyer and the name was changed to the "Crooked Billett". Then in 1812 the name was changed again to the "Rose and Crown" and the present sign hung.




FRENCH David 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

FRENCH Elizabeth 1851+ (widow age 53 in 1851Census)

RENTON Ian 1858-61+ (age 35 in 1861Census)

JONES Edward 1881+ (widower age 60 in 1881Census)

WELCH William 1883-1907 (also farmer age 48 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

STICKINGS William 1913-38+

WATSON W G Mr 1988+

KING Bill pre 2014


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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