Page Updated:- Thursday, 29 July, 2021.


Earliest 1840's

Standing's Cross

Latest 2012+

(Name to)

Matfield Green / Maidstone Road


Standing Cross 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, showing the "Standing Cross" on the left, kindlt sent by Debi Birkin.

Standings Cross inside 1956

Above postcard, circa 1956, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Standing's Cross 1980s

Above photo 1980s, kindly sent by Roger Standing.

Standing's Cross 1980s

Above photo 1980s, kindly sent by Roger Standing.

Standing Cross 1999

Above photo August 1999.

Above photo 2012. From David Pringle.

Standing's Cross sign 2001Standing's cross sign 2012

Above sign left, December 2001, sign right, 2012.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


I have also seen this addressed as in Brenchley.

It is said the house is of 17th century origin but with renovations taking place in both the 19th and early 20th century. The building gained a Grade 2 listing on 24 August 1990.

I believe this changed name to the "Morello" around about 2012, and then later to the "Poet."

Information recently sent to me from a promotional card circa 1880s give a bit of information as to how and why the pub gained it's name.

Standing's Cross card 19080 front

The inside of the card says the following:

Why Standing’s Cross?

In the 1840s, if you wanted a pint of ale in Matfield you’d have gone not to where the pub stands today, but to the cottages opposite. Here John Standing ran an alehouse – and served his customers homebrew from barrels in the cottage’s front room.

He had problems with the cellar, however, which flooded whenever it rained, and so he sold his house and moved into the bakery opposite – converting it into Matfield’s new alehouse.

When John Standing crossed the road to where the pub is today, choosing a name wasn’t difficult.

The Standing's Cross offers the very best of fine food and drink, in a genuine country pub atmosphere which has recently been restored to its original interior.

The restaurant caters for a wide range variety of discerning tastes, with steaks, poultry, fish and vegetarian dishes - as well as traditional favourites such as Sunday Roast - all cooked by the restaurant's resident chef.

Telephone your hosts Andy and Natasha on Brenchley (0892) 722416 and make your reservation now. Parties welcome.

Standing's Cross, Maidstone Road, Matfield, Tonbridge, Kent. TN12 7JH.

Standing's Cross card 1980s back


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 19 March 1954.

Fire at an inn at Matfield.

Brigade just across road put it out.

Part of the wall in the bar at the "Standings Cross Inn," Matfield, had to be knocked down when a beam under the hearth of the room above caught fire on Monday morning.

Workmen already engaged on repair work at the inn helped firemen knock down part of the wall above the fireplace in the bar so that the smouldering beam could be found.

Then the hearth of the room above had to be removed before the fire could be put out.

Matfield firemen, who dealt with the outbreak, had only to cross the road from the fire station to the inn.



STANDING John 1840s

WARRINER John 1871+ (age 55 in 1871Census)


HOMEWOOD Thomas Edwin 1911-39 (also carrier age 47 in 1911Census)

???? Andy & Natasha 1980s+



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