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Earliest 1801-

(Name from?)

Park Gate

Open 2020+

Ashford Road


01622 880985

Park Gate 1907

Above postcard, circa 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Park Gate 1927

Above postcard circa 1927, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Park Gate Inn

Above photo, date unknown, with permission from Eric Hartland.

Park Gate Inn 1958

Above photo, circa 1958, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Park Gate 2014

Above photo 2014.

Park Gate 2019

Above photo 2019.

Park Gate sign 1991

Above sign, October 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


The inn is named after the gate that once led into Leeds Castle Park in the mid nineteenth century. Leeds Castle has been home to royalty, lords and ladies for over a thousand years. Park Gate was a small hamlet at that time and was served by the inn that has a 16th century building at its core.

I have also seen this addressed as Broomfield. I am also aware of a pub dating back to 1776 that had the name the "Swan" and an address of Park Gate, and although I have no proof of this yet, I think the two could be one and the same.


Kentish Gazette 27 February 1801.

A few days since died in the parish of Leeds, Mr James Martin Lane, landlord of the "Park Gate" public house.


South Eastern Gazette 3 May 1836.


The Guardians of the above Union will be prepared, at their meeting, at "Park Gate", on Tuesday, the 12th day of May instant, to receive Tenders for the Supply of the Union with the following articles......


The Maidstone Telegraph, 15 August 1868.

Park Gate Inn, Leeds.

Thomas Jackson, proprietor, begs most respectfully to thank his friends and the public in general for their past favours during the short time he has held the above inn, and trusts, by strict attention and moderate charges, to merit a continuance of the same.

T. J. also begs to state that he has made great improvements, and has every convenience for the accommodation of private families. The neighbourhood is well known for its pleasant walks, being adjacent to the beautiful seat of C. W. Martin, Esq., M.P.

Parties visiting the above inn will find every convenience for cricket, every requisite being kept for their accommodation.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 06 December 1869.



Thomas Jackson, landlord of the "Park Gate Inn," Hollingbourne, was summoned for selling beer during prohibited hours on Sunday, the 7th of November. The defendant's house was visited by Police-constable Wyborn on the above day, when he found the door fastened. Admittance was demanded, and the constable then found two men in the taproom with pots containing beer before them. One said he had come to bring the landlord some celery, and the other, named Turner, said he had had some refreshment because he had taken lodgings in the house. Having taken their names, and apprised the landlord of it, he saw Turner going towards Leeds park to his house. A witness named Ellen Hughes was called, and stated that Turner had been lodging at her father's house, the "Old England," but left on the Saturday previous. Mr. Goodwin, who defended, argued that Turner was a lodger, and that the other man Godden went there as a friend of Turner. Numerous witnesses were called in support of this view of the case. The Bench stated there was no doubt about the matter, and dismissed the case.


Dover Express 24 September 1926.


Late on Saturday night, near the "Park Gate Inn," on the Ashford road, Hollingbourne, an elderly man named Latter, who is said to have been hop-picking in the district, was knocked down by Ernest Mitchell, of Little Milgate, Thurnham, who was riding a motor cycle combination.

Latter sustained severe head injuries, including, it is thought, a fractured skull. As the driver of the motor cycle was also badly injured both men were conveyed to the West Kent General Hospital, where Latter died a little while after admission.


From the By Jess Sharp, 13 November 2019.

The Park Gate Inn pub in Hollingbourne, near Maidstone reopens after major refurbishment.

A popular village pub has reopened after a huge refurbishment.

Park Gate bar 2019

The Park Gate Inn, situated in Ashford Road, Hollingbourne, near Maidstone, has recently started welcoming back customers following an extensive remodel.

Park Gate inside 2019

The pub located right next to Leeds Castle has had a rustic overhaul and has a new extensive menu.

Visitors will be able to enjoy the venue all year round with an outdoor dining area for the summer months and cozy fireplaces for the colder seasons.

Park Gate inside 2019

There is even a dog friendly area inside the pub for punters to bring their pets for a pint.

Stuart Buzza, landlord of The Park Gate Inn, said: "We wanted the new look to provide guests with a cosy pub where they can enjoy dinner, have a few drinks after their busy day or simply to relax with their four-legged friends and read the Sunday paper.

Park Gate garden 2019

“The Park Gate Inn has been part of the Hollingbourne community for many years and the building itself is full of local history. Many of its period features are still present, with exposed beams and three open fireplaces creating a warm inviting interior and we hope that added features such as the new cosy snug area will also be loved by all of our guests, both regulars and first-timers.”



LANE James Martin to Feb/1801 dec'd

FARMER Fanny Mrs 1841-61+ (widow and grocer age 70 in 1861Census)

SKINNER Charlotte 1861+ (age 75 in 1861Census)

JACKSON Thomas 1868-69+

SKINNER John 1881+ (age 59 in 1881Census)

SKINNER Charlotte 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BELL Frederick 1938+

BUZZA Stuart 2019+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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