Page Updated:- Saturday, 17 December, 2022.


Erliest 1819-


Open 2020+

1 Regent Street


01580 241212


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

Bull Hotel

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

Bull 1912

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

Bull 1943

Another Government Censor photo, helpfully entitled "somewhere in Kent." circa 1943. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing a Churchill Tank (presumably covered to avoid detection by Luftwaffe aerial reconnaissance) and that the pub is owned by Frederick Leney's Phoenix Brewery, Wateringbury. Identified by Edwin Thompson.

Bull 1945

Above photo, circa 1945, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull 1960

Above photo, circa 1960, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Bull 1966

Above postcard, circa 1966, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull Inn

Above image taken from Google maps March 2009.

Bull Inn 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archive Creative Commons Licence.

Bull Inn insdie 2015

Above photo showing the inside bar area 2015.

Bull sign 1985Bull sign 1991

Above sign left, May 1985, sign right, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Bull sign 2015

Above sign 2015, kindly sent by Brian Curtis.

Bull 2020

Above photo 29020, taken from their web site.


One time property of the "Tenterden Brewery" the brewery went up for auction in February of 1922.


Kentish Gazette 30 April 1819.


On Wednesday last and inquisition was taken at the "Bull Inn," Rolvenden, before James Ottaway, Esq., Coroner, on view of the body of Jeremiah Gladish, servants to Mr. White, a farmer in that parish. It appeared that the deceased and his mate were, on the Monday preceding, sent with their master's team to Maythan, for a carriage of lime, and observing another team a little before then, they proposed passing it, in order to get to the kiln first; in this attempt the deceased fell down, while the horses were running at a great price, and the wheels of the wagon unfortunately going over his head, killing him on the spot.

Verdict Accidental Death, and a deodand of 40s. which the Coroner recommended the master to deduct from the wages of the other servant, as some punishment for his improper conduct.


Kentish Gazette, 28 July 1820.


ON THURSDAY, the 24th of August, 1820, at the "Woolpack Inn," Tenterden, Kent, sundry Valuable and Desirable FREEHOLD ESTATES:

Consisting of a Brewery, Public house, and other Houses and Lands, situate in Tenterden, Biddenden, and Halden, all in the County of Kent, and in the parish of Bodiam, in the County of Sussex, (by order of the executors of the will of the late Mr. Isaac Cloak, deceased,)


Lot 1.— Three pieces of LAND, Arable, Meadow, and Pasture, in Halden, containing 11A. 1R. 34P., more or less, in the occupation of Mr. Henry Oliver.

Lot 2.— A MESSUAGE, with the yard, garden, orchard, and appurtenances, in Halden, in the occupation of James Milton, butcher; and three pieces if LAND, Arable, and Meadow, containing 5A. 3R. 27r , more or less, in hand.

Lot 3.— Six pieces of LAND, Arable, and Meadow, in Halden, containing together, 12A. 2R. 26P., more or less, in hand.

Lot 4.— A COTTAGE and GARDEN, in Halden, in the occupation of the widow White; and 8 pieces of LAND, Arable, Meadow, Pasture, and Wood, and a new Barn, in Halden, containing together 17A. 2R. 3P. more or less, in hand.

Lot 5.— A piece of Meadow LAND, situate at Bores’- Isle, in the parish of Tenterden, containing 1A. 2R., more or less, in hand.

Lot 6.— A picce of Pasture LAND, called Pointfield, situate in the parish of and about a mile from the town of Tenterdon, by the side of the road leading to Cranbrook, containing 7A. 2R. 30P. more or less, in hand.

Lot 7.— A MESSUAGE, with stable, and other buildings, yard and garden, thereto belonging, situate in the town of Tenterden, late the residence of Mr. Isaac Cloake.

Lot 8.— A TABLE BEER and ALE BREWERY, in full trade, with stable thereto adjoining, situate in Tenterden; also a large substantial well-built brick and tile Stable, with warehouses over the same, erected in 1806, in the occupation of
------- Goodwin. And also a COTTAGE, with a garden thereto belonging, in the occupation of John Boweuer. The site of the buildings and the ground thereto belonging, contain together about one quarter of an acre. The purchaser will be required to take at a fair valuation all the Stock-in-Trade, Brewing Utensils, and other effects, appertaining to the Brewery, by appraisement.

Lot 9.— A piece of Pasture LAND, called Butfield, otherwise the Cherry Orchard, situate at Boresisle, and adjoining the high road leading from Boresisle to Boresisle turnpike-gate, containing 2A. 1R. more or less, in hand.

Lot 10.— An old established and well accustomed PUBLIC-HOUSE, called the "Chequers," with good stabling and other outbuildings, yard, garden, and appurtenances, thereto belonging, situate in Biddenden, in the occupation of Mr. ------ Harris, a yearly tenant, who has had notice to quit at Michaelmas next.

Lot 11.— A MESSUAGE, with the appurtenances, situate near the Church Yard, in Tenterden, in the occupation of John Taylor.

Lot 12.— A MESSUAGE, FARM, and LANDS, situate at Bodiam, in the County of Sussex, containing altogether, by admeasmrement, 18A. 1R., more or less, of Arable, Meadow, and Pasture Land, in the occupation of Richard Allen.

Particulars of the several Estates, and contents of each parcel of Land, with the conditions of Sale, may be had at the "Woolpack," Tenterden; "Chequers," Haldon; "Chequers," Biddenden; "Sararcens Head," Ashford, "Bull," Rolverden; "George," Cranbrook; "Red Lion," Bodiam; Mr. John Wood, Kent Road, and Mr. George Curteis, (the executors); Messrs. Dawes, Lardner, and Fisher, Solicitors, Rye; and of the Auctioneers, at Ashford, Kent.


Kentish Gazette, 20 August 1850.

ROLVENDEN. Hop Sweepstakes.

On Monday week the annual hop dinner took place at the "Bull Inn," and was well attended. Mr. R. Dunk, of Sandhurst, was declared the winner of last year's sweep, his set being 80,500. The betting for the present year was decidedly against 200,000, and in many instances 195,000, although the general opinion expressed was, that the hops in this neighbourhood never looked better.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 6 January 1891.


The licence of the "Bull Inn," Rolvenden, was transferred from Stephen Pile to A. E. Bishopp.

Kent & Sussex Courier 10 February 1939.


All licenses were renewed with the exception of the "Bull Inn" at Rolvenden, in which instance an adjournment was granted on the application of Mr. Philip Bracher, of Maidstone, in view of the death on Saturday of the licensee, Mr. William Porter.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 6 December 1940.


A full transfer of the "Bull Inn," Rolvenden, was granted to Veda Porter, whose husband, Leslie John Porter is serving in the Forces.



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

SANTER Samuel 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

DRURY John 1851-58+ (widower age 40 in 1851Census

DRURY Charles N 1861+ (age 30 in 1861Census)

DRURY John & Charles 1862+ (commercial inn, & wine, spirit & stout merchants)

DRURY Susannah 1871+ (Inn Keepers Wife age 48 in 1871Census)

GARNER William W 1874+

PILE Stephen 1881-Jan/91 (age 46 in 1881Census)

BISHOP Albert E Jan/1891+ (age 24 in 1891Census)

CHEESEMAN Thomas 1901-18+ (age 53 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

SHERWOOD Frederick 1922+

PORTER Richard Alfred 1930-38+

PORTER William to Feb/1939

PORTER Leslie John to Dec/1940 (age 36 in 1939)

PORTET Veda Dec/1940


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



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