Page Updated:- Wednesday, 11 August, 2021.


Earliest 1840-

Queen's Head

Closed 1980ish

Queen Street

Rowden Green


Queen's Head

Above photo, date unknown.


From the Sussex Advertiser, Tuesday 19 September, 1865.

Application for spirit licence.

Mr. Walner appeared on behalf of John Cheeseman, the applicant, proprietor, and owner of the "Queen's Head" beer house, situated at Rowden Green, near Brenchley, for a spirit license. The house he said had been carried on as a beer house for about 25 years, and since that time had never had any complaints lodged against him. The house contain sufficient accommodation he believed, containing six bedrooms, with seven rooms downstairs. There were stables for three or four horses, and had room to build other stables. The nearest licence house was the "New Inn," at Yalding, about a mile and a quarter off. The next, the "Latinsford Chequers," about two miles off, and on the other side the "Maidstone Inn," which was nearly two miles off.

The appellant was in the course of his examination, and as no complaints had been lodged against the house, the bench desired Mr. Warner not proceed any further, as they felt convinced that the house had always been properly conducted, and they would grant a licence.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier 27 June, 1873. Price 1d.


On the application of Mr. A. Drake of the "Railway Bell," Tunbridge Wells, temporary authority to sell until next transfer day was granted to Mr. David Everest, of the "Leicester Arms Hotel," Penshurst, Mr. Everest being too ill to attend. Similar authority was also granted to Henry Pont, of the "Queen's Head Inn," Brenchley, and to Jane Towner, of the "Primroses," Tonbridge.


From accessed 13 August 2018.

The Lost Pubs around Paddock Wood: Part One.

“The Hostelries of Paddock Wood”

The next pub on our journey through Queen Street was the "Queen’s Head," the landlord of which in 1841 was John Cheesman. He was still there in 1851 by which time, and for some unknown reason, the name was changed to the King’s Head. In the census of 1861 there is no mention of the pub as such but perhaps the enumerator was an avid teetotaller as according to him there were no licensed houses whatsoever in Queen Street! (I believe the mention of the "King's Head" is in fact a mistake on behalf of the recorder in this year. Paul Skelton.) But by 1871 the inn had reverted to its earlier name of the Queen’s Head, the then landlord being James Hobbs. A succession of landlords followed over the years but by 1922 the licence passed to the Haffenden family who ran the pub until well after the second world war. (The brewers being Kelsey of Tunbridge Wells.) The Queen’s Head finally closed most probably in the late 1970s or early 1980s and is now a private house called “The Haven”.



CHEESEMAN John 1841-51+ (widow also farmer grocer age 45 in 1851Census)

HOBBS James 1871+ (age 40 in 1871Census)

POUT Henry 1873-81+ (also farmer age 36 in 1881Census) Kent and Sussex Courier

CRAYFORD William 1891+ (age 37 in 1891Census)

GRAVNELL Samuel to May/1896 South Eastern Gazette

BALL Albert Edward May/1896+ South Eastern Gazette

?LAKE Sydney? 1903+ Kelly's 1903 ("Queen's Head" Paddock Wood)

HAFFENDEN family 1922-45+


Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


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