Page Updated:- Saturday, 27 January, 2024.


Earliest 1789-

King's Arms

Latest ????

South Street

Boughton Street

King's Arms, 1896

Above photo 1896, kindly sent by John Robertson, who says this suffered a serious fire in the early 1900s and was rebuilt.

King's Arms 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Stewart Marsh. The Post Master William H Hills was the son of licensee James Hills in the 1860s.

King's Arms 1940

Above photo, circa 1940.

King's Arms inside 1973

Above photo circa 1973, kindly sent by Robert Boost.

King's Head inside 1970

Above photo showing the inside of the pub, 4 September 1970. People in shot are Roger Woodman's best man and chief usher from his stag night.

King's Arms 1975

Above photo, circa 1975, kindly sent by Roger Woodman. It's the building on the right.

Former King's Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

Boughton Street map 1896

Above map 1896. Also showing the "Fox" in Oversland, Selling.


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

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

Thanks for your co-operation.


26 March 1789.

Insured:- Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: the Kings Arms, Boughton (Wm. Parker, victualler).


26 March 1793.

Insured: Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: The Kings Arms Boston (William Parke).




PARKER/PARKE William 1789-93+

HILLS James 1851 (also wheelwright age 41 in 1851Census)

HILLS Thomas 1857-58+ (also wheelwright Melville's 1858)? (probably James)

HILLS James 1862-Mar/67 (also wheelwright)

MILES Joseph Mar/1867-91+ (listed as a carpenter age 37 in 1871Census)

SMITH George Jnr 1903+ Kelly's 1903

CULVER J W to Dec/1906

HODGES Arthur R Dec/1906+

MAY George 1911+

SKINNER Henry 1913-22+ Kelly's 1913

MARSHALL Frederick M 1938+

BOOST Terry 1965-75 Next pub licensee had



Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-