Page Updated:- Wednesday, 05 May, 2021.


Earliest 1814-

(Name from)

Camden Arms Hotel

Open 2020+

Hastings Road / 1High Street (Upper Green 1841Census)


01892 822012

Camden Hotel 1920s

Above photo, circa 1920s.

Camden Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Camden Arms

Above postcard, date unknown.

Camden Arms Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Camden Arms 2014

Above photo by Paul Skelton 11 April 2011.

Camden Arms Hotel 2014

Above photo by Paul Skelton 11 April 2011.

Camden Arms sign 1960sCamden Arms Hotel sign 2014

Above sign left, 1960s, sign right 11 April 2011.

Awaiting reverse picture of Whitbread sign.

Camden Hotel card 1950

Above aluminium card issued 1950. Sign series 2 number 14.


It is believed that this pub was previously called the "Five Bells"

A recently acquired Shepherd Neame pub 2013.


From The Morning Post (London, England), Saturday, May 07, 1814.


A desirable Freehold Residence, with early possession, fit for the reception of a small genteel Family, with about three-quarters of an Acre of Garden and Pleasure Ground, palled walled in and stocked with choice Fruit Trees.

By Mr. Hart, at the "Camden Arms Inn," Pembury Green, on Wednesday, June 8, between the hours of Three and Five o'clock in the Afternoon, subject to such conditions of sale as will be produced, (unless the same shall in the meantime be disposed of by private contract, of which due notice will be given.)


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 20 May 1862.


In the case of the bankruptcy of William C Killick, late landlord of the "Camden Arms Hotel," Pembury, Mr. Trustram applied at the Tunbridge Wells Court on Wednesday for an order to sell goods which had been found in the possession of the bankrupt, and the ownership of which was disputed. Mr. Cripps, who said he appeared for the real owner of the goods, objected to the granting of the application, on the ground that the Court had only power to make an order for the sale of goods which were clearly the property of the bankrupt. Mr. Trustram asserted that the Court had the power to make the order, and said the only object of the application was that the goods might be sold under the authority of the Court, leaving the question of ownership to be settled by the disputants as they pleased. He wished it to be understood that whoever sold the goods would be liable only for so much as they realised, and not for any value which might be put upon them when the question as to whom they belonged was tried in that Court. His Honour said one of the rules clearly gave him power to make the order, and he therefore authorised the selling of any goods found in the possession of the bankrupt.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier. 15 August 1873. Price 1d.


Elizabeth Ray and Mary Jane Kay, mother and daughter, were brought up in custody by P. C. James Vennell, charged with being drunk and riotous, and with assaulting him in the execution of his duty, at Pembury, on the 12th inst.

The police officer said:- Last evening his attention was called to the prisoners, who were creating a disturbance in the High-street, Pembury, near the "Camden Hotel," being very drunk. The elder prisoner was by far the most violent and riotous, and on apprehending her she bit him on the leg and kicked him on the knee, also making an attempt to kick him else where. Whilst he had hold of the prisoner, Elizabeth, the younger female, attacked him, and he had to keep her off with one hand and hold her mother with the other. He procured a conveyance, and on the road to Tunbridge Wells the prisoners continued their bad language and violent conduct. The prisoners had come into the neighbourhood for employment in the hop grounds, and the elder prisoner he knew had been convicted and charged before the magistrates five times previously. In answer to the charges, the accused said they were not drunk; in fact, they were more fatigued than drunk. They also denied using bad language. The Chairman said the prisoners were in such a helpless state on the preceding evening, that they were not in a position to know what they did say. It was shameful for the mother to bring her daughter up in this way, and they hoped the latter would not follow in the footsteps of her parent. The younger prisoner would be discharged, and the mother would be fined 10s., and costs 10s.; in default, 14 days' imprisonment. Prisoner asked for time, but the Bench refused the application on the ground of her disgraceful conduct.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 10 October, 1873.


Absalom Beaney, horse dealer, was charged with being drunk, at Pembury, on the previous day, while in charge of a horse and cart.

Defendant, after a good deal of prevarication, said he was there, so he supposed he must plead guilty.

P.C. James Vennell stated the case. He saw defendant get out of his cart and go into the "Camden Hotel," at Pembury. They refused to serve him with any drink on account of the state he was in. Two persons had been driving with defendant, but they left him and would no longer trust themselves in his cart. He was so drunk that witness could not let him drive, so he locked him up.

The Chairman said it was bad enough to get drunk, but it was still more serious for a man who was in charge of a horse and cart to be in such a state. Defendant would be fined 10s., and costs 5s.; in default, 14 days' imprisonment.

The money was paid.


Kent & Sussex Courier 02 January 1878.


At the Tunbridge Wells Petty Sessions, on Monday, Mrs McGregor, proprietress of the "Camden Arms Hotel," Pembury, applied for an extension of one hour for keeping her licensed premises on the occasion of a public dinner being held there.

Mr. W. C. Cripps, solicitor, supported the application.

The Bench granted the application.



PAWLEY/PAULEY Edward 1828-41+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34 (age 47 in 1841Census)

TOWNLEY Edward 1851+ (also farmer age 57 in 1851Census)

FAIRCLOTH John 1858+

KILLICK William G 1861-62 (age 39 in 1861Census)

CHITTENDEN Elizabeth Mrs 1862+

McGREGOR Alexander 1871+ (also fly proprietor age 45 in 1871Census)

McGREGOR Elizabeth 1878-June/83 (age 58 in 1881Census)

SAGE Emily Mrs June/1883+ Kent and Sussex Courier

GREEN Laura 1891+ (widow age 49 in 1891Census)

THORN William 1901+ (age 49 in 1901Census)

WILLIAMS Frederick 1913+

LISTER Arthur G 1922+


HORN W 1938+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier


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