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Earliest 1802-

Royal Oak

Latest ????

(Name to)

The Green


Rpyal Oak match box

Above match box, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


The pub actually takes its name from a huge oak tree in front of the building.

I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Kentish Gazette 18 June 1802.

Lost, supposed to be Stolen on Monday last.

A black and tan coloured terrier bitch, answers to the name of Pounce; and on which when lost, a brass collar, with the following words engraved thereon.

"I am a Tax'd Dog, and so are you."

Whoever will bring him to the "Royal Oak," Bersted, shall receive half a Guinea reward, from Mr. Coump, at the said place.

June 15, 1802.


Kentish Gazette, 9 July 1850.

Mr. Jacobson, as one of the magistrates for the Bearsted division, moved that the "Royal Oak" be provided as a fit and proper place for holding petty sessions for that division, and that the sum of 15 be granted for that purpose.

Sir B. W. Bridges admitted the necessity of providing a proper place within the division, but as on a former occasion the court had refused to grant to other divisions a larger sum than 10, moved, as an amendment, that the sum of 10 be granted in this instance, which amendment was, after some observations from the noble chairman, in answer to objections he had frequently heard raised against holding sessions at public houses, carried by a majority.


Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 10 September 1870.

The Royal Oak Bearsted.

Superintendent Ovenden said the landlord of this house has been since last day convicted of allowing raffling to be carried on in his house. It had been well conducted since, there having been no reports of any irregularities. The magistrates cautioned applicant and granted him his licence.




COUMP Mr 1802+

WILLSON George 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ROLFE Henry to July/1860 Maidstone Telegraph

BARNEY Thomas July/1860+ Maidstone Telegraph

WOOD Charles 1861+ (also carpenter age 61 in 1861Census)

ELLIS William 1858+

SMITH William 1881-July/92 (age 33 in 1881Census) Maidstone and Kentish JournalKent and Sussex Courier

VIDLER William July/1892+ Kent and Sussex Courier

VUDLER John George 1903+ Kelly's 1903

MENDES-DA-COSTA Molly & Gerald ????


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


Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal

Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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