Page Updated:- Thursday, 30 November, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

(Name from)

Bell Hotel

Sold 2014

High Street


Bell after 1834

Above engraving after 1834, when the brow of Staplehurst Hill was lowered.

Bell Hotel 1860

Above photo, circa 1860, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "King's Head."

Bell 1903

Above postcard, circa 1903, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bell Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent my Mark Jennings.

Bell Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent my Mark Jennings.

Bell Inn 2014

Above photo, 2014.

Bell Inn 2014

Above photo, 2014.

Bell Inn 2014

Above photo, 2014.

Bell sign 2002

Above sign, March 2002, kindly sent by Brian Curtis.

From the


In 1834 the road through Staplehurst was improved by removing the brow of the hill by the pub and filling in the deep valley to the north, by Little Loddenden. This was part of a plan to modernise the mail service by linking Hastings to Staplehurst.

It is suggested by Anita Thompson of the Staplehurst Society that the "Bell" was called the "Rose and Crown" as early as 1661.

More recently I believe the pub was sold for 375,000 in 2014 and has since been converted into flats.


Bell Inn plans 2014

Above plans 2014.

Former Bell Inn 2017

Above photo circa 2017.


From A Brief History of Staplehurst, by Anita Thompson, in 1661 in Staplehurst the "Kings Head" was called the "Bell" and the landlord was John Weston (1661-64).

It also refers to the "Bell," which was called the "Rose & Crown." The "Bell" and the "Kings Head" are neighbours, at each side of the Bell Lane/High Street junction.

The "Bell" is a 19th century building. Going 50 yards or so northwards and on the opposite side of High Street is where the "Crown" was. I think there might be some confusion there.


South Eastern Gazette,10 January, 1860.

CRANBROOK. Petty Sessions, Thursday. (Before George Finch, Esq., chairman, Capt. Tweedie, and Robert Tooth, Esq.)

Thomas Sells, of Staplehurst, was charged with having assaulted Mr. Edward Simmons, farmer, at the "Bell Inn," in that parish. Defendant admitted the offence, but as it was not an aggravated case he was fined 1s. only, and 9s. costs.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 9th February, 1915.

At Cranbrook Licensing Sessions on Thursday the Chairman (Mr. W. H. Tylden Pattinson) announced that all the licences would be renewed with the exception of the "Kings Head," the "Bell," the "Lamb," and the "Crown," all in Staplehurst; and the "Prince of Wales," in Rolvenden Lane. These, on the grounds of redundancy, would be referred to the March Sessions. He congratulate it the licence holders on the way they had conducted their business.




GEORGE William 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ANDERSON James 1841+ (age 30 in 1841Census)

CHEESEMAN John 1851+ (age 50 in 1851Census)

CHEESEMAN Hannah 1861+ (widow age 56 in 1861Census)

BURREN Thomas 1861 ?

RUSSELL George 1871+ (also farmer age 64 in 1871Census)

HAYWARD Thomas 1881+ (age 29 in 1881Census)

BEECHING William 1891+ (age 48 in 1891Census)

NEWMAN William 1901+ (age 33 in 1901Census)

TERRY Frederick 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HUBBARD William Jesse 1911+ (age 48 in 1911Census)

HUBBARD Eliza to June/1923 Kent and Sussex Courier

HUBBARD Charles June/1923+ Kent and Sussex Courier

KUMPH Sidney 1939+ (age 54 in 1939)

CASTLETON Jack Anthony 19/Aug/53-56

SIMMS Mr dec'd pre 1980s

SIMMS Val (widow) ????

Last pub licensee had MONKS David & Margaret 1980s Next pub licensee had


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


Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier


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