Earliest 1867

Queen's Head

Latest 1976

232 Tonbridge Road


Queen's Head 1900

Above postcard, circa 1900, kindly supplied by Rory.

Queen's Head

Above photo, date unknown.

Queen's Head postcard 1930

Above postcard circa 1930.

Queen's Head

Above photo date unknown. Showing Mr Bolts paper shop on the left. Permission given from John Gilham.

Queen's Head location 2014

Above photo kindly supplied by Roy Moore. 21 April 2014. The pub is now a private residence called "Nightingale House."

Queen's Head card

Above showing the Whitbread metal Inn sign 1st series No 29 of 50.

Queen's Head business cardQueen's head business card

Above picture showing a business card from Mr. and Mrs. F. Bills.

Kindly sent by John Gilman.

Queen's Head

Above photo date unknown. Permission given from John Gilham.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 28 October 1892.


Monday. Before the Hon E. V. Bligh (in the chair), Colonel Luck, and Major Bailey.


The "Queen's Head" license, at Wateringbnry, was temporarily transferred from Mr C Wallond to Thomas Martin.


I am informed by local resident, Dial, that the building still stands (2017) as a private house on the Tonbridge Road West of the Cross Roads. It was built next to the site of an earlier Beer Shop and opened in 1867 and closed 1976.


Below information by John Gilham.

Located at No 232 Tonbridge Road to the west of the cross roads The "Queens Head," Wateringbury was a small public house with a Public Bar, Saloon Bar and off-sales window. The "Queens Head" closed in 1976 an has since been converted into a private dwelling.

The picture above shows the pub as I remember it right up to when it closed it looked the same.

A pump house in an out building at the rear of the pub supplied water from a well in the back garden of the nearby Gransden House to the Jude Hanbury Brewery which was at the top of Bow Road and is now a residential road called Hanbury Close. Mr Jude lived in Gransden House. Jude Hanbury was later sold to Whitbreads.

As a young lad my Mum and Dad, myself and my brother Brian would often go for a walk on a summers Sunday evening ending up at either the "Harrow" or the "Queens Head" where Dad would go in to see his friends whilst Mum, Brian and myself would sit on the wall outside the Public Bar. The wall surrounded a large laurel bushes. Dad would bring us out a drink of Vimto and cheeslets or crisps, sometimes a bar of Fruit & Nut Chocolate. I remember a fight spilling out into the car park on more than one occasion.

When a little older around fourteen I remember going to the off sales on a Sunday lunch time with an empty bottle to get a pint of mild to make shandy with to have with Sunday lunch.

The gent's toilets were outside right up to the day the pub closed and I remember them being frozen solid some winters. Though these did have running water which was a great improvement on the original gent's which were no more than a wall, this can bee seen on the photo above, it is the low wall to the left of the steps. I believe it is still visible on the house as it now is.

As a teenager the "Queens Head" became my local pub and I remember we had a brilliant landlord Bill & Hilda Munday (photo below) who would always buy his customers a drink. There was a juke box and bar billiard table in the saloon and dart board in the public but I only used the saloon.

Bill and Hilda Munday



1881/William Lowles 30

WALLOND Charles Next pub licensee had 1891-Oct/92 (age 44 in 1891Census)

MARTON Thomas Oct/1892+ Kent and Sussex Courier

MARTIN Henry 1901-13+ (also dairyman age 44 in 1901Census) Kent and Sussex Courier

BILLS Frederick 1938+

MUNDAY Bill & Hilda ????



Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier


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