Page Updated:- Wednesday, 09 November, 2022.


Earliest 1790-

Rose and Crown

Closed 1999



Rose and Crown 1903

Above photo, circa 1903.

Rose and Crown 1930

Above photo, circa 1930, kindly sent by Shaun Gardener.

Rose and Crown 1935

Above postcard, circa 1935.

Rose and Crown bar 1950

Above photo circa 1950 showing licensee Arthur George Stevenson behind the bar. Kindly sent by Denis Stevenson.

Rose and Crown inside 1970

Above postcard, circa 1970. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose and Crown 2009

Above image from Google maps, March 2009.

Rose and Crown 2012

Above photo, 2012.

Rose and Crown sign 2015

Above sign still intact 2015.

Rose and Crown tobacco box 1800s

Above photo, kindly sent by David Chaperon of a tobacco box stamped, "Rich's Patented Bridgewater." Found at an auction in Canada.

Rose and Crown tobacco box 1800s

The box itself is engraved with the words, "Rose and Crown, Brenchley" and measures 9 by 5 by 5 inches, estimated early 1800s.


I am informed that the pub closed in 1999 and was made into a private residence. Apparently as late as 2015 the sign was still on the building, but the premises obviously closed.

The building gained a Grade 2 listing on 20 October, 1954.


Kentish Gazette, 2 June 1820.

May 18, aged 61, Mr. John Austin, landlord of the "Rose and Crown Inn," Brenchley, which be had kept for 30 years.


From the Kentish Gazette, 23 April 1839.

Singular and Fatal Accident.

On Friday week, an inquest was held at the "Rose and Crown Inn," Brenchley, before C. Willis, esq. and a very respectable jury, on the body of Emma Etheridge, a child about five years of age. It appeared by the evidence, that the deceased (who is the daughter of Arthur Etheridge, a respectable lath-cleaver), was playing near the house about six o’clock on Tuesday evening, the time her father came from his work, and in attempting to run to him in the garden, tripped against the sill of the back door, having at the time a knife open in her hand, and falling down the knife penetrated her neck just under her ear, the blood immediately gushed violently from her mouth, the child calling twice on her mother, died in five minutes.

Verdict "Accidental Death."


South Eastern Gazette. Tuesday 28 December 1841.


In accordance to a general notice our market was fully attended last Monday, at the "Rose and Crown Inn," where measures were adopted to establish a ploughing match in this parish for the ensuing spring. Several subscriptions were received. T. B. Marchant, Esq. was unanimously voted to the chair, and Mr. W. Dann deputy.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 3 July 1874.

Brenchley. Drunk and Riotous.

George Taylor and Charles Wood, carriers, &c., of Tunbridge Wells, was summoned for being drunk and riotous at Brenchley, on the 25th inst.

Mr. Warner, solicitor, defended.

Henry Moseley, a grocer and beer-house keeper, of Brenchley, said that one evening last week - he could not recollect which - he sent for a policeman. He saw the defendants in the Matfield Road at about 20 minutes past 11. He was standing in front of his house when the defendant's came and asked him for some beer. He refused to supply them, as it was past the time, and they said they could demand it as they were travellers. A man name Cheeseman, who was standing by, said, "You have not travelled far, I saw you at the "Crown," (Sic) Brenchley, and that's about three-quarters of a mile off."

Taylor then put himself in a fighting attitude and said to Cheeseman, "You little ______, we should have had it but for you."

Wood said, "Hit him," and Taylor replied that he would, only Cheeseman would not put his hands up.

Taylor then took up a lemonade bottle, and said he would strike Cheeseman with it. Wood fetched a whip from his van, which was standing in the road, and used it threateningly, but witness took it from him, and also the lemonade bottle from Taler. Wood called out to the man who was with the van, "Sam, I'm your master, and you must do as I tell you; we will smash these ______ heads. His (witness's) wife then went for a policeman.

P.C. Sinclair deposed that in consequence of what he heard he went to the house of the last witness, and saw the defendants and several other person's outside. Mosely complains that the defendants had struck him. Both defendants were drunk, and he locked them up. Mosely assisted him in taking the men to Tonbridge, and Wood's man took the van and three horses home.

Mr. Warner made and able address for the defendants, contending that what they did was owing to provocation they had received from the man Cheeseman. The defendants were in custody until late the following afternoon, in consequence of the police not being able to find a magistrate, and he asked their worships to take this into consideration.

The Bench fined the defendants 1 each and 19s. 11d. each costs, or in default 1 month's imprisonment with hard labour.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 16 April 1880.

Brenchley and application refused.

The Tonbridge Bench of Magistrates, on Tuesday, refused to grant an hour's extension to Mr. C. W. Eyrus, of the "Rose and Crown Inn," Brenchley, on the occasion of a dinner to be held at his house.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Wednesday 5 May 1880.


The property of Mr. C. W. Evres, "Rose and Crown," Brenchley,

At Two Guineas each Mare, and 5s. the Groom, THAT CELEBRATED ROADSTER HORSE,


YOUNG CHAUCER is remarkably handsome; a beautiful bright bay in colour, with black points, rising six years old; on short legs, with plenty of substance. He has only been shown twice, taking first prize each time, viz. the East of England Great Show, held at Sudbury; and the Suffolk Agricultural Show at lpswich.

Young Chaucer is by Chaucer, out of a celebrated Cleveland mare; very fast, with splendid action. Chaucer was by Cambuscan, (sold for 5600 guineas to Mr. Cavalero) out of Plush, by Plenipe; out of Velveteen, by Sultan; Cambuscan was by Newminster, out of Arrow; by Slave; out of Southdown (Alarm's dam) by Defence. Slave was by Royal Ook by Orville, out of Epsom Lass, by Sir Peter.

Young Chaucer has travelled two Seasons, and proved himself a sure Foal getter, and from his superior breeding and style, is one of the moat fashionable Roads or Sires now before the Public. He will travel through the principal Towns and Villages within a radius of ten miles of home, and will be at home from Saturday night till Monday morning during the Season.

Groom's Fee to be paid the first time of service, the remainder of the money to be paid to the Owner by the end of July.

Any other particulars can be obtained on application to the Owner.

N.B. Mares taken in on Reasonable Terms.



AUSTIN John 1790-June/1820 dec'd

GREEN William 1828-34+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

AUSTIN Henry 1841-51+ (also postmaster age 41 in 1851Census)

CARMAN William 1858-61+ (age 42 in 1861Census)

CALTON James 1862+

CARRICK Richard 1871+ (age 34 in 1871Census)

EYRES Charles Walter 1874-91+ (also wine & Spirit Merchant in 1874 and farmer age 54 in 1881Census)

MOORE William 1901+ (age 45 in 1901Census)

KEMP John 1903-13+ (widower also farmer age 64 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

SHARP Frederick 1918-22+

Last pub licensee had ROFE Albert 1922-16/Feb/1933 dec'd

FARNHAM William 1938+

Nee STEVENSON Eunice to 1950 (sister of Arthur)

Last pub licensee had STEVENSON Arthur George 1950-54+


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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