Earliest 1754-

King's Head

Latest 1970s

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King's Head Hotel 1890

Above photo circa 1890. Permission given from John Gilham.

King's Head Hotel

Above photo date unknown. Permission given from John Gilham.

King's Head

Above photo, date unknown.

King's Head location 2014.

Above photo showing the location of the former "King's Head," which would have been on the right of the photo behind the traffic lights. Photo kindly supplied by Roy Moore. 21 April 2014.

King's Head

Above photo date unknown. Permission given from John Gilham.

King's Head

Above photo date unknown. Permission given from John Gilham.

King's Head cardKing's Head card

Above card left showing the Whitbread metal Inn sign, this was never used on the building.

Card right from a different set and depicting the new building sign in 1951.


The first "Kings Head" stood on the cross roads and dated back to the 18th century it was originally a farm house owned by Thomas Luck. William Croson was the inn keeper in 1754. On the 27th December 1876 it was sold to Frederic, Charles Frederick and Augustus Leney for 3100. Queen Victoria is said to have stopped there to enjoy a meal on her way from London to the coast. It closed on the 17th February 1938 to allow for the road to be widened.


King's Head King's Head Hotel

Above pictures showing the rebuild of the King's Head.

Permission  and information from John Gilham.

The Weather vane that can be seen on the "Kings Head" above was the original from the Phoenix brewery when it was demolished. The storm of 1987 blew it down from the roof here and it was sent away for repair and then lost. Today there is a smaller replica on the "Kings Head."


Kentish Gazette 23 October 1770.

Joseph Drywood, from Cranbrooke, Worsted and Yarn Maker, in Mill-Lane, Maidstone. Advertising his products, also continues that he delivers the Kentish Gazette every Tuesday & Saturday, setting out from his house or the "Bull."

While delivering the papers he calls at the following named Public-Houses, to collect parcels & orders.

The "King's Head" at Wateringbury,.....


Kent & Sussex Courier 17 July 1908.


The Bench refused to grant temporary authority in respect of the "King's Head," Wateringbury, to Mr Harry Charters, on the ground that he did not produce sufficient testimonials.




CROSON William 1754+

FREEMAN Edward 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HARRIS Richard 1851+ Census

LUTHER Elijah 1858-81+ (age 71 in 1881Census)

ROSE George 1891+ (widower age 65 in 1891Census)

JONES Arthur 1901+ (age 50 in 1901Census)

LEE William George 1911+ (age 22 in 1911Census)

DARTNELL Arthur 1913+

BENNETT William Edward 1918-30+

TYRER Harry 1938+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier


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