Page Updated Appledore:- Sunday, 30 April, 2023.


Earliest 1832-

Red Lion

Latest 1986+

(Name to)

15 The Street


Red Lion 1900

Above photo circa 1900, kindly sent by Karl Neve.

Red Lion 1934

Above postcard, circa 1934, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1950

Above postcard, circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion

Above postcard, date unknown, from Chris Cleave.

Red Lion 1956

Above postcard, 1956, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1958

Above postcard, circa 1958. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1958

Above postcard, circa 1958. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion bar 1958

Above postcard circa 1958, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. From "Famous Old Inns of East Kent" the pub's description runs thus. "...This is not an old inn but its interior is mellowed and comfortable, with a very congenial atmosphere. The Church next door is reputed to be built on the site of an ancient fort, demolished by the French in 1380. This fort was probably built by the Danes, who at the time of King Alfred, sailed up the Rother, captured the village and entrenched themselves there." Telephone: Appledore 206.

Red Lion 1959

Above postcard, circa 1959. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1963

Above postcard, circa 1963. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion beer mat

Above beermat, circa 1969, kindly sent by Mike L.


Around 1986 the pub name apparently changed colour to the "Black Lion." I believe this happed so not to get confused with the "Red Lion" in nearby Snargate.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 04 August 1807.


From the Parish of Stone, in the Isle of Oxney, on Sunday night, the 26th July, 1807, or early Monday morning.

A Black Mare, aged, fourteen hands high, black mane and tail, two white feet behind, rather lap eared, tail cut.

If strayed, a reward of Half-a-Guines will be given, by giving information, so that she may be had again, to Mr. W. Packham, "Red Lion Inn," Appledore, or Mr. J. Watts, "Red Lion Inn," Hythe.

And, if stolen, a reward of Five Guineas, on conviction of the offender or offenders, by apply as above.


Western Times 28 November 1840.


Nov. 12, at Northam, Mr. John Fisher, blockmaker, to Mrs. Fishwick, widow, of the "Red Lion," both of Appledore.

(I have just been informed that the above article relates to Appledore in Devon. But are leaving it here should the same mistake be made again. Paul Skelton.)


From the Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 2 December 1862.

Appledore. Root and fruit show.

On Thursday last the annual show took place in a marquee in front of the "Lion Inn." The show was said to be inferior, both in respect of quality and quantity of the things exhibited, to that of last year, and still more behind previous shows. As a whole, however, the exhibition was a credible one to the producers, and if nothing very extraordinary was shown, there was nothing but what was deserving of commendation. An unfavourable season prevented the roots from being what they would have been; nevertheless the wurtzel exhibited was very fine. There were also some remarkable large specimens in the fruit class. Of the flavour of the desert fruits the company had an opportunity of judging after dinner, as it was all served up. The dinner was served by Mr. Parkes's best style. A. Cock, Esq., provided, and T. Walker, Esq., occupied the vice-chair; and among the company were the Rev. T. N. Bourke, (Appledore), Rev. H. B. Heyward (Sandgate), Messrs., P. P. Pollard., (sec), B. Ames, H. Riddell, Pearson, B. Brown, Bus (Appledore), T. Elliott (Playden), J. Catt (Rye), W. Smith (Woodchurch), Jacob Kingsnorth (Appledore), Wickes (Woodchurch), B. Garnham (Tenterden), C. Avery (Rolvenden), J. G. Terry "Wittersham), T. Body (Wittersham), C. Dunster (Appledore), Fullager (Woodchurch), &c., &c. A number of toasts were drunk, and a very pleasant evening spent.


From the Dover Express, Friday 9 May 1930.

Dover man charged with passing bad coin.

On Saturday at Ashford Police Court, before Sir Charles Igglesden. Henry Leslie Smith (30), 8, Castle Hill Road, Dover, was charged with uttering a counterfeit coin, reported to be a florin, to Nellie Bean, at Appledore, with intent to defraud, well-knowing the same to be counterfeit.

Police Sergeant W. Marshall, of Appledore, said that at 2 p.m. the previous day he received certain information as a result of which he went to the "Red Lion Inn," Appledore, where he saw the accused. He told him he was a police officer and asked whether the accused had purchased a packet of cigarettes at the Appledore Bakery. Accuse replied, "I did." Witness asked what money he tended in payment, and the accused said he offered a two shilling piece. Having cautioned him, witness showed the two shillings (produce,) and the accused said, "If I passed it, I was unaware that it was a bad one." There was a glass of beer standing on the counter, and witness asked whether it was the accused. He replied "It is." Witness ask what money he tendered for it, and he replied, "A two shilling piece." In the accused's presence, witnessed asked the landlady to place the days takings on the counter. This she did, there being five two shilling pieces. Witness through the accused's attention to the one (produced) and Smith said, "That may have been the one and, if so, I was not aware it was a bad one. Witness took him to the Ashford police station, and at 7:45 p.m., after enquiries had been made, charged him with the offence. Accused replied, "I do not wish to say anything."

Sir Charles pointed out that one of the "coins" had notches on it, and witness explained that these were aware witness had tested the coin with his teeth.

Sir Charles:- You must have pretty strong teeth!

Upon this evidence, superintendent F. J. Pattenden asked for a remand until Friday next. This was granted, the hearing being fixed for 10 a.m.

Asked whether he wish to apply for bail, the accused said that he did not know anyone who would stand security. He was there upon remanded in custody.


From Barclay, Perkin's Anchor Magazine. Volume XIII, No.9 September 1933. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Red Lion 1933

This house, like the "World's Wonder" at Warehorne, both belonging to Messrs. Style & Winch Ltd., on the border of Romney Marsh, has recently been reconstructed and modernised. Our photograph shows the very striking improvements in the appearance of the news house compared with the old. The same applies to the "World's Wonder."

A third house, the "Carpenter's Arms" at Hadlow, has also been rebuilt but no picture of this is given as the new building is the same design as the "World's Wonder" and is furnished and fitted with equal regard to modern comforts.

The Surveyor's Department, at Medway Brewery, under Mr P G Searles, LRIBA, is responsible for the design and supervision of the erection of the three houses.

The photo captions read...


Red Lion new build




PACKHAM W Mr 1807+

BOON William 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

SNOAD William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

DUNSTER Ann 1841+ (age 50 in 1841Census)

FOWLE Walter to 1859

PARKS Esau 1861+ (age 63 in 1861Census) (Lion Inn)

WOOD William 1871+ (age 33 in 1871Census)

NEVE Walter 1874-76+

NOAKES William 1881-1911+ (widower age 79 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

HARVEY Harry Mark 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

HOLLENSBEE Henry J 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

NOAKES Clifton W 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

KAY Lance & Veronica 1969+


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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