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Earliest 1828-

(Name from?)

Lion Hotel

Open 2020+

High Street


01322 866035

Lion Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Lion Hotel 1900

Above postcard, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Lion Hotel 1911

Above postcard, postmarked, 11 April 1911.

Lion Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Lion Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Lion 1960

Above photo 1960, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Lion Hotel

Above postcard date unknown.

Lion Hotel 1964

Above photo, 1964, kindly sent by Chris Excell.

Lion Hotel 2013

Photo, July 2013, kindly sent by Joe Neary.

Lion Hotel 2017

Above photo, August 2017, kindly sent by Ian Goodrick.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 2 August 1831.


On the 23rd ult., a daughter of Mr. William Wells, of the "Black Lion," Farningham, aged 2 years.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 28 January,1860. Price 1d.


The West Kent fox hounds met at the “Lion Hotel” on Tuesday last, with a goodly retinue of the right sort for crossing country. They had two good runs, killed one fox and nearly pulled another down, but the shades of evening prevented a successful finish. It is gratifying to state that the huntsmen and hounds acquitted themselves admirably.


Kentish Mercury, Saturday 1 November 1862.

Alfred Ward, a labourer, was charged with stealing a coat and handkerchief, value 26s., the property of Henry Field, at Farningham, on the 22nd inst.

It appeared that the prosecutor was employed to assist Mr. Pawley, of the "Red Lion Inn," in a marquee, during the ploughing match, and feeling hot he took off his coat and laid it down in the booth, from which he afterwards missed it.

The charge was proved by J. Featherstone, of West Yoke, who saw the prisoner take it from the booth and conceal it in a hedge close by, where it was ultimately found by Watson K.C.C.

The prisoner pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to 2 months' hard labour.


Bexley Heath and Bexley Observer 15 December 1877.

The "Lion Hotel," Farningham, has been transferred from Mr. Body to Mr. J. Haviland.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Saturday 4 December 1976.

Four injured in three accidents.

Four people, including a 12-year old boy were injured in three accidents in the Sevenoaks area on Saturday. The boy, pedal cyclist David Rayner of 13 Hillside Road, Sevenoaks was taken to Sevenoaks Hospital with a bruised leg after colliding with a car at Pembroke Road, at the junction with the High Street. The car was driven by Mr. Reginald Dungay of 10 Victoria Road, Sevenoaks.

A Ford Escort, driven by Mr. James Shannon, of the "Lion Hotel," Farningham, failed to negotiate and left-hand bend at Rye Lane, Otford. Mr. Shannon, and passenger Mr. Richard Godfrey of 46a London Road, Farningham, where taken to Orpington Hospital with cuts and bruises, but were not detained.

Mr. Colin Crick, of 9 Bond Close, Knockholt, was taken to Orpington Hospital suffering with concussion and detained after his Triumph Herald skidded and collided with a hedge at Shelley's Lane Knockholt.



I also have reference to a "Black Lion" which predates this one and may have been the same premises with a change of name.



WELLS William 1828-41+ (also Posting House age 40 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

DAVIS James Painton 1847-55+ James Painton (also Posting House age 61 in 1851Census)

PAWNEY Thomas J 1861-62+ (age 31 in 1861Census)

CLARK Robert 1871-74+ (age 25 in 1871Census)

BODY Mr to Dec/1877

HAVILAND J Mr Dec/1877+

SCUDDAN Thomas W 1881+ (age 46 in 1881Census)

MARTIN Ernest George 1888+ (also farmer)

LOVEGROVE Walter Edward 1899-1901+ (age 43 in 1901Census)

DENTON Edmund Basil 1905+

COLMER William D 1918+

KING J Boss 1922+

HARRISON William Walker 1934+

CLEMENT Andrew 1938+

SHANNON James 1976+


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

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



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