Page Updated:- Monday, 06 September, 2021.


Earliest ????

King William IV

Latest 1990+

(Name to)

The Street


King William

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin. The building with the car outside.

King William IV 2009

Above Google image, March 2009.

King William IV 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

King William IV

Above photo circa 1988.

King William IV Whitbread signKing William IV card 1949

Above aluminium card issued May 1949. Sign series 1 number 18.

King William IV sign 1985

Above sign, April 1985.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

King William IV sign 2010King William IV sign 2010

Above signs left early 2010, right late 2010.


The one time Style and Winch public house was later sold to Frederick Leney of the Phoenix Wateringbury Brewery.

The pub changed name to the "Kitty Fisher" as yet date unknown.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


Sussex Agricultural Express, Saturday 20 May, 1893.

Too much of the Malt.

James Moore, 54, alias "Sweetlips," 50 times previously convicted, had to be ejected from the "King William" beerhouse, at Benenden, on the fair day, when he showed fight and let loose his tongue and had to be taken into custody.

Having no money and no goods to defray a fine of 10s. and costs, he had once more to taste the sweet of "durance vile" for 14-days, for the usual complement of active exercise.

P.C. Skinner proved the case.


Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 7th October, 1927.

Hop Picker sent to Prison.

At Cranbrook Police Court on Friday, Walter Smith, 20, of no fixed abode, a hop picker, was charged, before Mr. J. A. Druce and Col W. C. Horsley, with stealing a bicycle and a raincoat be longing to Mr. Alec Vine, at Benenden on September 28th.

Prosecutor a grocer's assistant, valued the bicycle and coat at 8. They left them outside the "King William Inn," Benenden, on Wednesday. He had seen prisoner outside the house. At Cranbrook the next day he identified his coat. The bicycle was hidden in a wood.

P.C. Oakley said that prisoner at first denied any knowledge of the coat and bicycle. On searching a hoppers hut witness found the coat under the straw, which formed the bed. Prisoner then stated "I am sorry that I took them. I have never taken anything before, and I will show you where the bicycle is." He then took witness to a wood.

Prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour.


Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 5 March, 1937.

Application Refused.

An application by Augustus Herbert Baker, of the "King William," Benenden, for a wine licence was refused.

Mr. P. Bratcher, for applicant, said his house was situated right outside a 'bus stop, and there were a large number of cars and 'buses passing through the village in the spring and summer months. Applicant always had to refuse customers demands for wines, and so they went a little further up the road to the "Bull Hotel." Mr. Belsher opposed the application on behalf of the licence of the "Bull Hotel," who, he said, could supply all the needs of the district.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 10th July, 1942.

A missing bicycle.

Pte. Arthur John Thomn R.A.M.C., pleaded guilty to taking a bicycle, valued at 1, belong to Percy John Webster, of Walkhurst Farm Cottages, Benenden, on June 19th.

It was stated that Webster left his cycle outside the "King William IV," Benenden, and subsequently discovered it was missing.

Accused said someone had taken his cycle, so he took that one as he had to be back at his quarters. He was going to return it.

Fined 1.


Hastings and St. Leonards Observer, Saturday 14th August, 1948.

Wartime N.F.S. Officer Returns As Licensee.

Well-known in Hastings for his gallant work as a company officer in the N.F.S. during the war years, Mr. Charles Channon has returned to the town with his wife and three small daughters to become licensee of the "Nags Head," Jenson Road, St Leonards. During the past three weeks he has been visited by many of his old comrades and friends.

Mr. Channon, who is 37, has been licensee of the "King William IV" hotel at Benenden, Kent, since 1944, when he left the Hastings N.F.S. owing to ill-health.

During the Battle of Britain, when he was a station officer in the Fire Service at Sheppard Street, he played a large part in dealing with burning buildings and the successful completion of rescue operations.


Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 6th January, 1950.

Woman Found Man Hanging.

Two women who went into a shed at the rear of the "King William IV" public house at Benenden on Sunday to get some potatoes, discovered the licence's father, George Frederick Clarke, a 69 year old retired window cleaner, hanging from a beam.

At an inquest on Monday, the Cranbrook Coroner, Major Eric Clarke, recorded a verdict of "Suicide while the balance of mind was disturbed."

Mr. W. H. Elliott, a postman living at the public house, told how, when he arrived home at 10:50 a.m., on Sunday, the licensee, Mr. Kenneth Clarke, asked him if he had seen "Pop" that morning.

"I had they look round, but did not see him," said Mr Elliott. He told him Mrs. Clarke and Miss Jessie Clarke went out to the shed to get some potatoes and screamed for help.

"I went out and saw him hanging from a beam. I got a knife and cut him down," Mr Elliott added.

Seemed Normal.

Mr. Kenneth F. Clarke said he last saw his father at 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, when he seemed normal. He had been poorly since he lost his wife 18 months ago.

Dr. H. A. Cole, who found that death was due to asphyxia from hanging, had attended Mr. Clark following a slight stroke. He had threatened on many occasions to take his life.




CORK Henry 1851-81+ (also cordwainer age 76 in 1881Census)

CORK George (son) 1891+ (age 59 in 1891Census)

OSBORNE Eliza 1899-13+ (also shopkeeper age 42 in 1901Census)

BAKER Augustus Herbert 1934-38+

CHANNON Charles 1948+

CLARKE Kenneth F 1950+

Last pub licensee had TIPLES Bill & Jackie 1990s+




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