Page Updated:- Saturday, 13 August, 2022.


Earliest 1768-

Old Flying Horse

Latest 1957

High Street


Old Flying Horse 1909

Above postcard, 1909 kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Old Flying Horse 1909

Above postcard a coloured version of the one above, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

OS map 1896

Above map form the O.S 1896.

Old Flying Horse 1930

Above photo, circa 1930. Showing the pub on the left of the picture. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Old Flying Horse 1951

Above photo, circa 1951, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Old Flying Horse 2009

Above Google image, June 2009.

Old Flying Horse 2018

Above photo March 2018 kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

Old Flying Horse plaque

Above photo March 2018 kindly taken and sent by Rory Kehoe.

Old Flying Horse sign 1950

Above sign, 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Earliest mention found from the Kentish Gazette July 1769, when catalogues for an auction held at the "Saracen's Head," Canterbury could be obtained from this establishment.

Michael Mirams informs me that the house closed in 1957 but there is still a plaque in the wall that recalls its former life. It is now a residential property.

The building gained a Grade 2 listing on 27 November 1957.

It is now (2015) being used as student accommodation for Wye College.


From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 20 July to Saturday, 23 July, 1768. Price 2d


All the Stock in Trade of Mr. Thomal Abbly, of Ashford; consisting of Mercery, Woollen Drapery, Linen Drapery, haberdashery and Hosiery. The Goods will be divided into two Weeks Sale. The Goods to be viewed on Thursday the 28th, and the Sale will begin on Friday the 29th, and continue Saturday the 30th of this Inst. July, in the Assembly-room at the “Saracen's Head.”

Catalogues may be had of Mr. Apsley at Ashford; the “Swan,” Charing; Cranbrook. Mr. Ingram; at the “Flying Horse,” Wye; the “Woolpack,” Chilham; “Dog and Bear,” Lenham; of Mr. Baker, Folkestone; Mr. Stokes at Hythe, Romney; Mrs. Pike, the “George” at Lydd, Tenterden; Mr. Hall; Biddenden, “Red Lyon,” Smarden; “Chequer,” Bethersden, “George;” Faversham; Mr. Walker, Elham, “Rose”; and at Thomas Roach's, Cabinet-maker, Upholder, and Appraiser, in St. George's Street, Canterbury.

N.B. Messrs, Ramsden and Creed, who have taken the Shop of the above Mr. Apsley, propose laying in an entire fresh Assortment of every Article in the Woollen and Linen Drapery, Silk Mercury, Haberdashery and Hosiery Business.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 October 1775.

To be sold to the Highest Bidder.

At the "Flying Horse" at Wye in the County of Kent, on Monday, the 23rd Day of October instant, between the Hours of Twelve and One o’clock at noon (if not sooner disposed of by Private Contract) the several Freehold Estates following.



From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 11 February, 1860.


William Butcher, of the "Flying Horse Inn," Wye, was charged by P.C. Holloway, with having allowed cards to be played in his house. The defendant admitted the offence, and a fine of 50s. was inflicted.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 January, 1861.


Mr. J. Allen, builder, of this place, died very suddenly on Tuesday. On the previous evening he was at the "Flying Horse," apparently enjoying his usual health; but soon after twelve the same night as he was sitting in a chair he died in a moment. He has left a widow and eight children totally unprovided for.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 5 March 1881.

The "Flying Horse Inn," Wye, was provisionally transferred from Mr. Prebble, the late landlord, to Mr. Charles George Hills, the late landlord of the "Dering Arms," Pluckley.



INGRAM Mr 1768-

BACK Thomas 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

HAYWARD Samuel 1841+ (age 59n in 1841Census)

BUTCHER William 1858+

AMOS George 1871+ Census

PREBBLE Mr to Mar/1881

Last pub licensee had HILLS Charles George May/1881+

PACKMAN William 1881-82+ (also coal merchant age 39 in 1881Census)

ALLARD James 1891+

CHESTER Henry 1910+ (age 45 in 1901Census)

MARSH Alfred 1903-30+ Kelly's 1903

HARDING Thomas 1938+


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


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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