Page Updated:- Saturday, 04 November, 2023.


Earliest 1654-


Closed 1944

High Street


Crown 1860

Above photo 1860, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Crown 1909

Above postcard 1909. Also showing the "King's Head" and the "Bell" on the right.

Crown 1910

Above photo, 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above photo, date unknown.

Former Crown 2009

Above Google image, April 2009.

Crown Cottages 2017

Above photo showing what is now called the "Crown Cottages," circa 2017.


In the mid 1600's soldiers were billeted in various establishments in and around Staplehurst and the "Crown Inn" had the date 1654 painted on the wall in the soldiers' quarters.

I believe the pub may have been called the "Rose and Crown" around 1661.

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

Don Foster believes the pub was closed care of Adolf Hitler when he sent one of his V1's to pay them a visit, but to date I haven't seen any reference to this. Local knowledge required please.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 26 October 1852.

Richard King, labourer, 25, (imp.) and Marie Fox, 38, (imp.) was charged with assaulting Frederick Watson, a constable, whilst in the execution of his duty at Staplehurst, on the 8th October.

The particulars appeared at the time under our Cranbrook head. The prisoner after hopping, had been drinking at the "Crown Inn," Staplehurst, kept by Mr. William Homer.

William Homer:- Quarrelling arose among the party, and the constable was called in to quell the disturbances. He was attacked by the male prisoner, who declared that he could put a bigger man than the constable on the fire, and was about to try the experiment, while the female encouraged him, and also inside her husband to join in the fight.

Guilty:- His lordship in passing sentence expressed the determination of the court to support the constables who were engaged in protecting such people as the prisoners against each other. The production of the constable staff as a sign of authority, should be at once respected, but in this case the announcement of his being a constable was a signal for an immediate attack upon him. The same sentence as in the other cases, 12 months, and to be bound over to keep the peace on coming out of gaol.


South Eastern Gazette Gazette, 6 December 1853.

The "Crown Inn," Staplehurst, was transferred from Mr. W. Homer to Mr. C. Homer.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 9th February, 1915.

At Cranbrook Licensing Sessions on Thursday the Chairman (Mr. W. H. Tylden Pattinson) announced that all the licences would be renewed with the exception of the "Kings Head," the "Bell," the "Lamb," and the "Crown," all in Staplehurst; and the "Prince of Wales," in Rolvenden Lane. These, on the grounds of redundancy, would be referred to the March Sessions. He congratulate it the licence holders on the way they had conducted their business.


Kent & Sussex Courier 12 April 1929.


The West Kent Licensing Confirming Committee met at Maidstone on Thursday. Mr. Smith Masters presiding. In all 16 applications were made for the confirmation of licenses granted by the various Justices. The majority were in respect of "on" wine licenses to licensees holding beer licenses, the evidence being that women visiting the countryside by motor preferred light wine to beer. All the applications were granted, and included the following:- "On" wine license to "King and Queen," High-street, Edenbridge; "on" wine license to "Cob Tree," Ightham: and "off" cider license to "Crown Works," High-street, Staplehurst.


From an email received 22 March 2020.

George Vigor Rofe was born 14. October 1831. I think he was born at the "King’s Head." Milkhouse Street, Cranbrook (now Sissinghurst where his father, Decimus Rofe, was the Licensee.) George died at the Crown on 9 November 1883. My understanding is the the "Crown" was closed by one of Hitler’s V1s, so that would have to be 1944/5. George's wife, Frances Orpah Rofe (formerly James) died at the Crown 25 May 1891.

One of their sons, Albert, managed three pus in London, living at the Dyers Arms in Cannon Street. He later took the "Grosvenor Hotel" at the 5 Ways, Tunbridge Wells (1 Calverley Road), he later took the "Rose and Crown" at Brenchley, where he died in 1933.

Best regards,

Don Foster.



BURROW William 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

FIELD Edward 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BARTON Edward 1841+ (age 29 in 1841Census)

OTTOWAY J Mr 1845+

TASSELL Robert 1851+ (age 72 in 1851Census)

HOMER William 1852-Dec/53

HOMER C Dec/1853+

POPE Francis Orpah Mrs 1858 (Staplehurst directory)

POPE George Vigor 1858-9/Nov/83 dec'd (also wheelwright age 52 in 1881Census)

POPE Frances C 1891+ (widow age 55 in 1891Census)

BARBER William J 1901-03+ (age 55 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

SEARLE William Arthur 1911-13+ (age 45 in 1911Census)


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



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