Page Updated:- Thursday, 14 December, 2023.


Earliest 1801-

King's Head

Open 2020+

Woodchurch Road


01233 732243

King's Head 2007

Above photo 2010 by Robin Webster Creative Commons Licence.

King's Head

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Stanley Jones.

King's Head bar

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Stanley Jones.

King's head restaurant

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Stanley Jones.

King's Head sign 1991Kings Head sign 2010

Above sign left, July 1991, sign right, 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

King's Head sign 2015

Above sign 2015, kindly sent by Brian Curtis.

King's Head card 1953King's Head card 1953

Above card issued March 1953. Sign series 4 number 20.


One time property of the "Tenterden Brewery" the brewery went up for auction in February of 1922.


South Eastern Gazette, 10 July, 1860.

Edward Skinner was charged with having stolen seven hairbrushes, value 3s. 6d , the property of Wm. Berry, at Shadoxhurst, on the 11th of June, 1860. Mr. Meadows prosecuted, and Mr. Barrow defended the prisoner.

Prosecutor, a hawker, was at Shadoxhurst on the 11th June. He went to the "King’s Head," and then had his goods with him. He placed the brushes in the tap-room, and on the morning of the 13th June he missed them.

Cross-examined:— On the 11th he got drunk, but got sober again by Wednesday morning. His name was not on the parcels. On the 12th the parcels were taken into his bed-room, and on the same day a gipsy interfered with it, and he believed the prisoner’ protected him. He could not tell that the prisoner had robbed him.

Harry Barton, a labourer, said he saw some parcels in the tap-room, and also saw the prisoner pick up something wrapped in paper.

Cross-examined:— Had known the prisoner 20 years, and he was an honest man.

Supt. Dewar deposed that on the 19th of June he went to Bethersden after the prisoner. He found him at work, and told him he was suspected of having stolen some brushes. He replied that he had one. Witness then went to the prisoner’s house, and found three hair-brushes. The prisoner said he picked the brushes up in Mr. Clapton’s lodge at. Shadoxhurst, and two men, Barton and J Link, were with him.

Mr. Barrow addressed the jury on behalf of the prisoner, and called a man named Link, who gave the prisoner an excellent character.

The jury acquitted the prisoner.


From South Eastern Gazette 30 May 1865.


On the 17th inst., at Shadoxhurst, Mrs. Clapson, landlady of the "KIng's Head Inn," Shadoxhurst, leaving six children.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 22 December 1923.


Gives E. Curling, the "King's Head," Shadoxhurst.

Tel. No. HAMSTREET 11X3.


From the By Sam Williams, 27 April 2020.

Coronavirus Kent: Kings Head at Shadoxhurst and The Flying Horse at Boughton Aluph open as pop-up shops for villagers.

Two pubs which were forced to close due to the coronavirus outbreak have transformed into pop-up shop providing essential items for villagers.

Fruit, vegetables, milk, eggs, biscuits, cheese and flour are now available to buy at the "Kings Head" in Shadoxhurst, near Ashford.

King's Head pop up shop 2020

A pop-up shop has opened at the "Kings Head" in Shadoxhurst during coronavirus lockdown. Picture: John Tomas.

Landlords Julie and Ian Clark are also making fresh cakes, bread and pastries for their customers, as well as made to order birthday cakes.

Mrs Clark, who has run the pub for 18 years, said: "After we closed on that Friday it was a bit of a shock. We were all left in limbo.

"We had a bit of stock leftover so thought we would help out the villagers.

"But now we are ordering stock regularly to sell.

"We get milk, fruit and vegetables and flour when the supplier has it. We also make fresh cakes and bread.

King's Head produce 2020

A wide selection of fresh food is on offer. Picture: John Tomas.

"It's keeping the pub going. I think if the pub had closed its doors completely it would have been very sad.

"But it is keeping us busy too. We've met so many nice people who have come in."

The new pop-up shop is open Thursday to Sunday and has been very well received by those living near by.

Mum of four Mrs Clark added: "A lot of the people who live here are older and might have to get a bus to go to the shops.

"And if anyone needs anything specific we can try and order it in for them."

King's Head staff 2020

Julie and Ian Clark with their four children. Picture: Julie Clark.

Customer John Tomas has praised the couple for all their hard work.

He said: "They have been a great help to the village and those of us who don’t like or feel safe to queue at larger supermarkets.

"It has grown to offer a large range of fruit and vegetables to fresh meat, cheeses, milk, bread, flour and BBQ packs.

"The landlady is a former pastry chef and she’s offering daily selection of cakes, puddings, hot pasties and sausage rolls - all the essentials and much more, even delivering to some high risk elderly villagers.

"They have done a great job and have been great supporters of the village over the past 18 years and deserve some recognition."

The pub is also offering take-away dinners.

And it is a similar situation at the "Flying Horse" in Boughton Aluph, also near Ashford.


Ian and Julie left the pub in July and unfortunately the covering manager Tony Jones, who is also running the "Knoxbridge Inn" till a permanent licensee can be found, is unable to continue with the produce for the pop-up shop mentioned above.



MILLS John 1801-32+ Kentish GazettePigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

RAY William 1851+ (age 55 in 1851Census)

CLAPSON Charles 1861+ (age 37 in 1861Census)

CLAPSON Mrs to May/1865 dec'd

WHITEHEAD Charles 1871+ (also wheelwright Census)

CURLING Richard 1881-91+ (age 56 in 1891Census)

CURLING Jemima (widow) 1901-11+ (age 79 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

CLARK Julie and Ian 2002-July/20

JONES Tony July/2020-17/Sept/2020

CULVER Lance 18/Sept/2020+


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

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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