Sort file:- Malling, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest ????

Rising Sun

Open 2020+

125 Mill Street

East Malling

01732 843284

Rising Sun

Above postcard, date unknown.

Rising Sun 1987

Photos taken on 1987 from by John Law.

Rising Sun sign 1987

Above sign, March 1987.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Rising Sun match box 1985

Above match box, circa 1985, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Rising Sun 2018

Above photo 2018.


Kent & Sussex Courier, 30, September 1892.

The "Rising Sun," East Malling.

Mr Bradbury Norton applied on behalf of the landlord of the "Rising Sun" beer house, East Malling for the removal of his licence from Mill Street, in the parish, to a house which stands at the junction of a road that leads to Springett's Hill.

The chairman observed that from the plans, the proposed new house would be a magnificent building for a beer house.

Mr Norton said it would be a great boon to the public.

After consultation the Bench said there was one a public house to every 145 persons in the parish, and the time would come most likely, when some of these will be done away with, and perhaps among them the one in question. Therefore if they granted the application they would be placing themselves in a very peculiar position.

Mr Norton said it would be at the owners risk. There was no objection to the proposed removal. Mr Phillips (the owner) had no other licensed house in the parish. Of course he lost the advantage of the rights of a beer house, licence of which was granted before 1869.

After some further consultation, the chairman of the bench did not see their way clear, not knowing what my crop up in the future, to grant the application.

This concluded the licensing business.


From the By Keith Hunt, 26 February 2019.

Sentencing for Richard Betts and others after violence outside The Rising Sun in East Malling.

Four men and a woman are facing sentence after admitting their involvement in a brawl outside a pub in which a father and son suffered wounds.

Richard Betts, 52, Angela Smith, 43, Jake Marsden, 28, Keiren Dawson, 19, and 24-year-old Mark Mison were due to stand trial yesterday.

But the prosecution accepted various pleas and sentence was adjourned until a two-week period beginning April 8.

Dawson, of Plover Road, Larkfield, and Mison, of Morris Close, East Malling, admitted unlawfully wounding Ray Barnes Senior and Ray Barnes Junior.

They had denied the more serious charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Marsden, of Moorhen Road, Maidstone, denied assaulting Ray Barnes Snr, causing actual bodily harm, and admitted common assault.

Betts and Smith, both now of Willowmead, Leybourne, denied affray and admitted a lesser public order offence. Smith also admitted having an offensive weapon, a metal bar.

The five were arrested after the violence outside in Mill Street, East Malling, on November 11, 2017.

Prosecutor Serena Gates said Betts and Smith were of previous good character.

Marsden had previous convictions and was in breach of a community order imposed on February 12 last year for possessing cocaine.

Judge David Griffith-Jones QC said of the pleas: “I am glad common sense has prevailed.”

Bail was continued.

Also arrested with the five was Betts’ son, also Richard, 23, who was charged with assaulting Ray Barnes Snr, causing actual bodily harm in Carnation Close and affray in Larkspur Close.

But he died after a fight at a house in Larkspur Close on June 25 last year.

An independent investigation was ordered into Kent Police's response to the incident.

Officers arrested a man in his 40s from the East Malling area. He was later bailed.

Neighbours reported hearing shouting and screaming coming from the house during the evening. A front window was smashed.

A post mortem examination took place and police said the cause of death remained under investigation.

A voluntary referral was made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) and the watchdog confirmed an independent investigation would be launched.

Police have declined to make any further comment.



HORTON Charles 1891-92+ (also baker age 37 in 1891Census)

BLANCHFLOWER William 1901-22+ (age 57 in 1901Census)

BLANCHFLOWER Sydney William 1930+

RUSSELL Frederick 1938+

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