Page Updated:- Saturday, 17 December, 2022.


Earliest 1729-

Sun Inn

Open 2020+

Bredgar Street


01622 884221

Sun 1907

Above photo, circa 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Sun 1929

Above photo, circa 1929, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing Louis Harrington Smith (licensee from 1923 to 1936) leaning against the front wheel, with his wife, Florence, in the front passenger seat. Their son, Louis Oscar, is sitting on the rear step and his sister, Millie, is behind him in the light dress.

Sun Inn 2018

Above photo 2018.

Sun sign 1986Sun sign 2004

Above sign left, June 1986. Sign right, July 2004.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. 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 26 November 1819.


Nov 20, at Bredgar, the wife of Mr. Elliotts, landlord of the "Sun" public house at that place.


Kentish Gazette, 25 January, 1870.

Shocking and Fatal Wound with a Knife.

An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon at the "Sun Inn," Bredgar, before Thomas Hills, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of Emma Stedman, 17, who died on Wednesday.

John Smith, groom to Mr. Maxted, farmer, Frinsted, stated that on the 25th of last November he was in his master's kitchen, where there were also the deceased and two others named Bryant and William Collins. Collins was now in custody charged with cutting and wounding the girl. At that moment prisoner was cutting his nails with a knife. He heard the deceased exclaim, "You have cut me, Bill." He had never heard them quarrel, and he believed they were on good terms.

This evidence was corroborated by Edward Bryant.

P.S. Harrington deposed to charging the prisoner on the 30th November.

Prisoner said, "I do not know how I did it."

On searching prisoner he found the knife (produced) in his pocket. It was a very sharp one.

Jane Stedman, mother of the deceased, said her daughter was brought home on the 1st December, her clothes were suffused with blood, and she suffered severe pain night and day until her death. On the day after the assault the prisoner Collins came to her and told her of the wound, he said he was cutting his corns, when the girl went to the fire for some water, and his knife accidentally run into his leg; he did not know how it was done. Witness said it was strange that his knife should run into her leg, but he made no reply to the observation.

Dr. Fisher, of Sittingbourne, stated that he was called in to see deceased on the 3rd December. He found a wound half an inch deep in the groin, which was likely to have been caused by the knife, and the clothes she was wearing had likewise been cut through, apparently with the same weapon. Inflammation supervened and caused her death.

The last witness was the assistant clerk to the Magistrates of the Bearsted Division, who took the evidence of the girl when she was examined at her home before J. Whitehead, Esq. The statement of the dying girl was to the effect that the prisoner was cutting his corns on the night in question, and was swearing. Fearing that the company in the house would hear him, she boxed his ears. Whilst she was at work just afterwards, prisoner cut her with a knife, and blood ran down her legs. She said, "You have cot me, Bill"; he replied, "I would not have done it for 5." Once previously the prisoner had cut her with a knife. At the first she told the constable it was an accident, but then she thought she would get better. The jury (after an address by the learned coroner) deliberated for a short time in private, and returned a verdict of manslaughter against the prisoner Collins, who was committed for trial at the Assizes.


From the By Rebecca Tuffin, 24 August 2019.

13 Kent pub gardens to visit this summer bank holiday weekend.

With this bank holiday weekend set to one of hottest yet, many will be longing for an ice-cold pint in a sunny beer garden.

So we have found some of the best Kent has to offer.

Listed below are 13 of the county's finest spots to meet with friends and indulge in good food and drink.

The Sun Inn.

Sun Inn garden 2019

The Sun Inn garden.

Easily accessible to both Maidstone and Sittingbourne, The Sun Inn is situated in the charming village of Bredgar.

The 16th century pub has a vast lawn, complete with picnic benches and parasols.

The summer menu features a grilled goats cheese and artichoke salad and a classic Caesar, and a gourmet sorbet selection for afters.




READ Peter 1841+ (age 41 in 1841Census)

RANDALL William Edward 1851+ Next pub licensee had (age 32 in 1851Census)

GOODHEW George 1858-71+ (also farmer age 49 in 1871Census)

GOODHEW Henry James 1881-91+ (also fruiterer and wood dealer age 28 in 1881Census)

GOODHEW Ashley 1901-03+ (age 29 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

PARNHAM Robert Jesse 1911+ (age 30 in 1911Census)

EASTON Alfred James 1913+

MAYNE Letchfield 1922+

SMITH Lewis Harrington 1930+

WARD George 1938+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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