Page Updated:- Wednesday, 09 November, 2022.


Earliest 1847-

Royal Oak

Latest 1972+

(Name to)


Chestnut Street


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.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 4 October 1859.

Insolvent Debtors to be heard at the Sessions House, Maidstone, before the Judge of the County Court of Kent, on Wednesday, the 19th day of October, 1859, at 11 o'clock in the forenoon precisely.

Stapleton Payne, formerly of the "Royal Oak Inn," Chestnut Street, Bobbing, Kent, Licensed Victuallers, dealing in tobacco, and hay, straw, coal, wood, and fruit dealer and carter; and late of the "Royal Oak Inn," Chestnut Street, Bobbing, Kent, out of business or employ.


The pub changed name to the "Tudor Rose" I believe after 1950 according to the maps. Brian Birch says it was after 1972 and that before this it may have been known as the "Old Oak." So far I have managed to trace it back as far as 1847, but believe it's also older. Reference has been made to it being known as the "Old Oak" in 1850 but the "Royal Oak" in 1860.


Chestnuit Street map 1870

Above map 1870.

Chestnuit Street map 1950

Above map 1950.



KITCHINGHAM William 1847+ (also butcher) Bagshaw's Directory 1847

PAYNE Stapleton 1858-59 Melville's 1858

GOODHEW Daniel 1874-82+ Post Office Directory 1874CensusPost Office Directory 1882

FEAKINS James 1891+ (age 29 in 1891Census)

CHAPMAN George 1901+ (age 34 in 1901Census)

ROBINSON Charles 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

ROBINSON Mrs Mary M 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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