Page Updated Appledore:- Saturday, 10 December, 2022.


Earliest 1801-

(Name from)

Swan Hotel

Closed ????

27 The Street


Swan Hotel 1930

Above postcard, circa 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan 1933

Above postcard circa 1933, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan Mackeson advert 1935

Above showing part of a Mackeson advert 1935.

Swan 1958

Above postcard circa 1958, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan public house

Above photo, date unknown

Swan 1976

Above photo, 1976.

Swan 1981

Above photo, 1981.

Swan Hotel

Above photo date unknown.

Swan Hotel sign 2006

Above sign 2006.

Swan Hotel card 1951

Above aluminium card issued June 1951. Sign series 3 number 36.


Kentish Gazette 5 May 1801.


John Saunders, of the "Swan Inn," begs leave to acquaint the public that he has taken out a licence for the purpose of selling goods by auction; likewise intends following the employment of an Appraiser, having been regularly bred as a Carpenter and Joiner.

Hopes by his attention to merit their favours.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 14 June 1924.

A Round of Ringing.

On Whit-Monday the St. Lawrence (Ramsgate) ringers held their annual ringing tour.

They started from the church at 8 o'clock in the morning and visited Wye, Lenham, Charing, Biddenden, Tenterden and Appledore. Lunch was liberally served at Chestnut House, Charing, and tea at the "Swan Hotel," Appledore.

The return journey was commenced about 7 o'clock and St. Lawrence was reached at 10:30 the homeward run being through Ashford and Canterbury.

Stops with made of each of the places visited, and the members of the party indulged in their campanological art. Some good touches of "Stedman Triples," "Bob Major," "Kent Treble Bob," and "Grandsire Triples" were rung.

The party spent a most enjoyable time.


From an email sent 8 November 2014.

The Swan at Appledore

I visited this pub about twenty years' ago and found the following notice displayed in the bar:-

"GEORGE MONK kept the house and traded as a shoemaker until 1839. In that year the "Swan," along with other licensed houses, was purchased by ALFRED WHITE, a brewer, draper and grocer of Lydd. In August 1839 he assigned the lease of the "Swan" to RICHARD ASHBEE, a poulterer of Wittersham, who served here until his death in 1850, whereupon his widow CELIA took over the Inn. She kept it until 1869 when she was succeeded by RICHARD FOWLE, keeper of the "Red Lion," Appledore'.

The licensee Richard Ashbee was a descendant of the Ashbees of Pluckley and Little Chart and he married Celia Brown of Shadoxhurst in 1821. There is a memorial stone to mark their grave in Appledore churchyard.


Gilbert Ashbee.


According to the KentOnLine website accessed 7 September 2020, the pub was purchased by Alfred White in 1839 who was a brewer, draper and grocer of Lydd.

The building gained a Grade 2 listing on 16 August 1962.

I believe the pub is now (2015) closed and was closed by Shepherd Neame some time after 2006.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 14 January 1803.

Wednesday morning died, after a long illness, Miss Saunders, daughter of Mr. Saunders, at the "Swan Inn," Appledore.


South Eastern Gazette 04 August 1835.


July 22, at Ticehurst, at the establishment of Mr. Charles Newington, Mrs. Ann Munk, aged 52 years, widow of Mr. George Munk, for many years landlord of the "Swan Inn," Appledore, highly esteemed by all her acquaintance.


Brighton Gazette 23 July 1840.


On Thursday last a return match of cricket was played between the Hastings and Appledore Club. The game came of in a field belonging to Mr. Ashbee, the landlord of the "Swan Inn," at Appledore, commanding an uninterrupted view of the marsh and surrounding neighbourhood. Hastings first took the bat, and scored 109 runs, when Appledore went in, and made up seventy, leaving their opponents thirty-nine in advance, to which, in their second innings, Hastings added thirty-eight more, making seventy nine for Appledore to accomplish. Chinnell and Wenman again took the bat, and fetched nearly 30 runs in a very short space of time, when night closed upon them, and they were obliged to retire from the field, neither being out. Throughout the day the game was truly interesting, and the weather so remarkably fine, that it drew numerous spectators from a distance round. A spacious booth was erected with every accommodation for the public; and there could not have been less than 300 persons present to witness so interesting a game.


The Sussex Advertiser Surry Gazette &c. 11 January, 1848.


One of those fatal gun accidents which so often meet the eye through the public journals, occurred on the 3rd instant at Appledore, in Kent, and caused instantaneous death to a young man named Charles Ashbee, about 26 years of age, son of the landlord of the "Swan Inn," the particulars of which are as follows:- The deceased with three young friends went out a shooting, and had got some little distance, when Mr. Pearson, who had a double barrelled gun, one barrel of which had been discharged, was getting through a hedge, when the trigger of his other barrel was caught by a bough, which caused the gun to go off, and lodge the contents in the head of the deceased, who had just got through the hedge and was standing in the road, he had only time to utter an exclamation when he fell dead in the road. Two or three of the stray shots struck another of the party in the face. An inquest was held at the "Swan Inn" on the following day, when the above particulars having been given in evidence, a verdict of "accidentally shot," was returned. The event has caused a deep gloom in Appledore, and plunged Mr. Asbee's family in the greatest distress.


From The Dover Express, Friday, March 10, 1911; pg.1; Issue 2767.


On March 8th, 1886, at the Church of St Peter and Paul, Charlton, by the Rev. C. F. Baynham, Richard George Grant to Catherine McLellan Thorp.

Present address - The "Swan, Appledore, Kent.



SAUNDERS John 1801-03+

MONK/MAUK/MUNK George 1828-39 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ASHBEE Richard 1839-50 dec'd (age 40 in 1841Census)

ASHBEE Celia O 1850-69 (widow age 47 in 1851Census)

Last pub licensee had FOWLE Richard 1859+

FOWLE Richard 1871+ Census

TOMPKIN John 1891+ (age 61 in 1891Census)

DRURY George 1901+ Census

GODFREY Edwin 1903+ Kelly's 1903

NOAKES Clifton Lionel 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

WILKINSON T 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

RIVERS Richard G 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938



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