Page Updated:- Monday, 04 September, 2023.


Earliest 1779-


Closed 2016

Maidstone Road


Swan Hotel 1920

Above postcard, date 1920, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Swan Hotel 1932

Above photo 1932, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.


Above postcard, date unknown.

Vince Martin 1991

Above photo showing licensee Vince Martin circa 1990-91, kindly sent by Vince Martin.

Swan 1991

Above photo, circa 1990-91, kindly sent by Vince Martin.

Swan 1991

Above photo, circa 1990-91, kindly sent by Vince Martin.

Swan 1991

Above photo, circa 1990-91, kindly sent by Vince Martin.

Swan 1991

Above photo, circa 1990-91, kindly sent by Vince Martin.

Swan 2009

Above photo 2009, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Swan 2015

Above photo, 2015.


In 1991 I am informed that the premises was about to become part of the Harvester chain of restaurant pubs.

I believe the pub closed at the end of 2016, the reason being because they lost their Thai chef who went back to Thailand.


Kentish Gazette, 24 March, 1779.

Charing in Kent. To be Let, and entered upon immediately.

Or at Lady-day next.

The Old-accustomed Inn, known by the sign of the "Swan," in the High Street of Charing, with the Malthouse, and several pieces of Meadow Lands, containing by estimation seven acres.

Also to be sold, at a fair appraisement, the Stock of Wine, beer, and other Liquors, the Household Goods and Furniture, Brewing Vessels, Coppers, Fixtures, Plate and Linen; a neat Post Chaise and three Horses, with the Harnesses; about 25 Quarters of Malt, with the Mill, Half-cloth and Utensils. Also a Stack of Hay, and a large quantity of Dung and Manure on the Premises.

Enquire of Mr. G. Norwood, Attorney-at-law, at Charing.


Southeastern Gazette, 5 July 1853.


On Thursday last a little boy, son of Mr. T. Grant, greengrocer, while playing in the street, was accidently run over by Mr. Mayger, landlord of the "Swan Inn," Charing, by which he sustained a fracture of the arm and some slight bruises. He was immediately taken to Dr. Beet’s, under whose care he is doing well.


Southeastern Gazette, 13 September 1853.

LEWIS MAYGER, "Swan Inn," Commercial and Family Hotel, and Posting House, Charing.


From the Anchor, (house magazine for Barclay, Perkins Anchor Brewery Volume X, No.1, January 1930.

Swan, Charing.

Among those present at a recent Meet of the Mid-Kent Staghounds at the "Swan Hotel," Charing, was Lt. Col. G B Winch, one of our Directors and Chairman of Style & Winch Ltd. He is seen third (mounted) from the right and we are pleased to report he has made a good recovery from his recent accident in the hunting field. There are hunt stables at the "Dering Arms," Pluckley and the "Railway Hotel," Headcorn.

Swan 1930

By Rory Kehoe:- The Winches, of Boughton Monchelsea House, were a classic "beerage" family, closely connected not just to Style & Winch in Kent but Wells & Winch of Biggleswade, Beds and Soulby, Sons & Winch of Louth, Lincs.


Card below kindly sent by Floyd "Tres" Longwell, 14 June 2021.

Swan card 1950s

Swan card page 1.

Swan card 1950s

Swan card page 2.

Swan card 1950s

Swan card page 3.

Swan card 1950s

Swan card page 4.



MAYGER Lewis 1853+

ASHMAN Edward 1922+


CONWAY Ernest John to Mar/1966 Next pub licensee had

MARTIN Vince 1990-91 (holding manager)

DARKE Charles 1991+


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