Page Updated:- Monday, 04 December, 2023.


Earliest 1851-

Albion Inn

2016 (Name to)

Open 2023+

1 Church Street / Green Lane

Boughton Monchelsea



Above postcard, date unknown, with Albion on the right.

Albion 2011

Above photo 2011 by Nigel Chadwick Creative Commons Licence.

Albion 2012

Above photo 2012, kindly sent by John Mills.

Albion sign 1980sAlbion sign 1996

Above sign left, 1980s. Sign right, May 1996.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The 'Albion', situated in the middle of the village, was built about 1800 on the site of an older coaching-house, its first recorded owner being a farmer in 1812. For many years it was used as a posting-house.

The pub closed for a short time prior to 2016 but opened again in August, and now is known as the "Albion Inn and Curious Eatery."

By September 2023 it had reverted back to the "Albion " again.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Kentish Gazette, 14 October 1851.


We lament to state a sad attempt at self-destruction which took place here on Sunday afternoon. Mr. Rose, landlord of the "Albion," public house, and late a colour-sergeant in the Royal marines, from which corps he retired after 25 years service, without a stain on his character, had, on that day, an altercation with his wife, by whom he was assailed with the most violent language, which, we understand, was unfortunately, by no means, of infrequent occurrence. Unable to endure his misery longer. Rose went out into a lodge at the back of the house (where he has often passed a part of the night to escape similar persecution), and hanged himself to the top of the door. Most happily his wife discovered him before life was extinct, and cut him down, using at the same time, however, the most disgusting expressions, to which we shall not now further allude. A doctor was sent for, and the wretched man received every proper attention, but, up to a late hour last night, was in the most precarious state, little hope being entertained of his recovery.


Kentish Gazette, 19 October 1852.

County Magistrates Clerk's Offices, Monday.

(Before D. Scratton, Esq.)

John Smith, the eldest, John Smith, jun., John Crisp, Edward Rose, and Sarah Rose, were brought up in custody by Superintendent Turrall, charged with having, on the night of the 9th inst, at Boughton Monchelsea, violently assaulted Charles Craddock, the constable, while in the execution of his duty. It appeared from the evidence of Craddock and his witnesses, that about 12 o'clock on Saturday night he was sent for to the "Albion" public-house, as the prisoners had broken open the door, and got into the house, from which they refused to go. Immediately upon the constable making his appearance he was attacked by the prisoners, knocked down, his staff taken from him, and his hand cut open with it. He was rendered insensible by the prisoners brutality. Information having been sent to Superintendent Turrall, at Maidstone, he immediately went in pursuit of the prisoners, and about six in the morning he found them in on oasthouse belonging to Mr. Hayes, the elder Smith having the constable's staff still in his possession. The prisoners resisted violently being taken into custody, kicking those who attempted to do so; but they were ultimately overpowered and taken to Maidstone. They were all committed to trial at the next Quarter Sessions.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 26 October 1852.

Assaults on Constables.

John Smith, Sen. labourer, 17; John Smith, Jun., labourer, 18; Edward Rose, labourer, 21; John Crispe, stonemason, 20; and Sarah Rose, widow, 60, were indicted for having on the 10th October, at Boughton Monchelsea, assaulted Charles Craddock, a constable, while in the execution of his duty. They were charged in a second indictment with having committed a common assault.

Mr. Francis was for the prosecution. Mr. Ribton defended Crispe, the others were undefended.

The prosecuted deposed that on the 9th of October, a few minutes after 12 at night, he was fetched to the "Albion" public house by the landlady, who said if he did not come to her house murder would be done. On getting there he found 6 or 8 persons standing in front of the house, the door of which was open. He entered and found Crispe in the taproom, but he left directly. Someone then fastened the street door, and he soon heard of kicking as of persons wanting to get in. He went towards the door, the kicking continued, and the door at length flew open; the two Smiths and Crispe appeared at the door, seized him and dragged him into the road, where he was knocked down by some one, and became insensible. When he partially recovered his staff was gone. He struggled with the youngest Smith, and threw him on the road, falling upon him. He was immediately dragged off by persons behind, who kicked him, while Smith tried to bite him, and thrust a finger into his right eye. He next remembered standing in the road, and seeing the youngest Smith about half a rod off; Smith then rushed at him and kicked him. He struck Smith with his right hand and then ran away into an orchard about 7 or 8 rods off. He had no recollection of anything further till he found himself in a cottage covered with blood and with his clothes torn.

Mrs. Ann Rose, the landlady of the "Albion," stated that all the prisoners were at her house on a night in question; having been got rid of once again forced their way in and commenced breaking the chairs and tables, which induced her to go for the Constable. When Craddock was assaulted in the road she saw all the prisoners beaten him as he lay on the ground. The elder Smith was beating Craddock with his staff. She ran away and screamed murder, and on her return saw all the male prisoners dragging the constable on the ground towards the orchard. Should again ran away screaming for assistance. She afterwards saw the constable in Bodkin's house,, covered with blood and in a shocking state.

The evidence of these witnesses was corroborated. Mr. Ribton endeavoured in his cross examination to show that Crispe was assisting the constable instead of beating him, but failed in supporting this very Irish view of the case. The other prisoners contented themselves with denying any participation in the assault.
Guilty. Each to be imprisoned for 18 months with hard labour, and to enter into securities themselves in 10, and 2 others in 10 each, to keep the peace for 12 months, and be imprisoned until such sureties are entered into.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 8 July 1892.


Mrs. Boldon apply that the licence of the "Albion Inn," Boughton, might be transferred to her from her late husband.

The Bench after having retired said the Bench had been very carefully considering the report of the West Kent Licensing Committee, the last clause of which was to the effect that the committee suggested that justices should not, except in exceptional cases, grant licences to women or very young men. They had determined to adopt the suggestion of the Licensing Committee, and to refuse licences to all women except in exceptional cases, reserving to themselves the right to decide which such cases should be.

Mrs. Boldon having been examined by the Chairman, and the Superintendent having giving evidence as to her ability to manage the house, the licence was transferred.


Looks like it didn't stay with the new name of "Curious Eatery" for long. It has now (December 2023) reverted back to the Albion" again.



ROSE Mr 1851

ROSE Ann 1852+

ROSE W 1855+

ANCOCK William 1861+ (age 31 in 1861Census)

BOULDEN Thomas 1862-July/92 dec'd (age 66 in 1891Census)

BOLDEN Mrs (wife) July/1892+

ASHBY William 1903-13+ (age 68 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

AUGER Ellis 1922+

MURRELL Fred L 1930+

STRACHAN Ken & Kath 1959-98



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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