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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest ????

King and Queen

Closed 2022

81 High Street (The Square)

Edenbridge

01732 864479

https://whatpub.com/king-queen

King and Queen

Above postcard, date unknown.

Kinmg and Queen 1975

Above photo circa 1975, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

King and Queen 2010

Photo by Oast House Archives 2010 from http://www.flickr.com.

King and Queen 2019

Above photo, 2019.

King and Queen 2022

Above photo, 2022.

King and Queen sign 1993King and Queen sign 2012

Sign left, August 1993, sign right 2012.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

King and Queen sign 2019

Above sign 2019.

 

The pub is situated on the High Street of the town of Edenbridge, close to the River Eden. It is described as a half peg-tiled cottagey pub with a cosy, beamed interior.

The building is thought to date from the 16th century although I do not know when it first started selling beer.

 

Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 16 April 1880.

Edenbridge. Sudden death of an old and respected inhabitant.

On Saturday last, we were surprised to hear of the sudden death of Mr. John King, who for many years carried on the business of a brewer, and occupied the house well known as the "King and Queen," which is famed as being one of the first houses licensed under the beer house act of 1830, and which the deceased gentleman had occupied ever since. He lived to the good age of 78 years, having been ailing for the last few years, but as late as Thursday last he was attending to his usual business, when he had a kind of fit, which necessitated his keeping his bed, and on Saturday last, as stated, he quietly passed away without any pain. The deceased was very much respected by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed by the frequenters of the house.

 

Kent & Sussex Courier 12 April 1929.

WEST KENT LICENSING. CONFIRMING COMMITTEE.

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.

 

Kent & Sussex Courier 15 September 1950.

ENGAGEMENT. CLAYTON - BRADFORD.

The engagement is announced between Gerald, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton, the "King and Queen," High Street, Edenbridge, and Violet May, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bradford, 40, Hever Road, Edenbridge.

 

The premises was advertised as for sale in December 2022. Asking prince of 1,630,000.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Secret Drinker, 16 December 2022.

It was a case of bad news and good news as I went in search of a drinker’s paradise on Edenbridge High Street.

First the bad news, the King & Queen has closed permanently with a planning notice in the window to confirm it will become three new dwellings – a Halloween disco was still advertised on a chalkboard so I presume it bolted its doors fairly recently.

King and Queen 2022

I might well have sampled a pint in the King & Queen further up the high street, but it closed its doors for good a little while ago.

Whilst it’s sad to see any pub lose its battle to survive, judged by my only previous visit, it had become a soulless, male-dominated sports bar that won’t be a great loss.

 

LICENSEE LIST

KING John 1862-Apr/80 dec'd (also brewer age 68 in 1871Census)

KING Alfred 1881+ (age 41 in 1881Census)

GOFF Harriett Mrs to Oct/1890

KING William 1891+ (age 34 in 1891Census)

KING William Oct/1890+

KING Charlotte 1901+ (widow age 42 in 1901Census)

CLAYTON Eric Thomas 1938-50+

https://pubwiki.co.uk/KingQueen.shtml

 

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