Sort file:- Malling, March, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 18 March, 2023.


Earliest 1774-


Open 2020+

26 Swan Street

West Malling

01732 521910

Swan 1917

Above postcard, circa 1917, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan 1940s

Above photo circa 1940s, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Swan 1948

Above postcard, circa 1948, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Swan 2015

Above photo kindly sent by Eric Hartland, 16 March 2015.


Pigot's Directory of 1832 also stated that this was the Excise House.


From the Kentish Gazette, 4 May 1774.


HAVING entered upon the "Swan Inn," at Town Malling, in the County of Kent begs Leave to inform his Friends and the Public in general, that he has neatly fitted up the same for the Accommodation of all these who shall honor him with their Commands; and as he hopes a Continuance of former Custom to the House, so he earnestly solicits the Patronage of the Gentry in the Neighbourhood, as well as these who may travel through these Parts, promising that it shall be his utmost Care to provide the best Liquors and Accommodation of every Kind, and that to oblige will be the earnest With of Their most obedient and Dutiful Servant,



From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 2 July 1839.

To be let, and entered upon on or before Michaelmas next.

That old established well known Posting and Commercial Inn, the "Swan," town Malling. Excise and Post-office, with a good tap detached from the house. The present occupier being obliged to leave on account of ill health.

For particulars inquire, if by letter post-paid, of Mr. George Mandy, Auctioneer, &c, Farningham; Mr. William Goodwin, "King's Arms," Eltham; Mr. Henry Duty, Aauctioneer, &c., or on the premises.

Stock and fixtures to be taken at a fair valuation.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 27 May 1851.

Town Malling, Kent.

To Coachman, ostlers, &c.

To let. The tap at the "Swan Hotel," coming in about 80.

Apply to Mr. T. Carrick, "Swan Hotel," town Malling.


Morning Advertiser, Thursday 01 September 1853.


The annual hop dinner at the "Swan Hotel" came off on Wednesday (the 28th inst.) The chair was ably field by Mr. Kentish, of Maidstone, the Vice Chair by Mr. Bookham. The winner of last year's sweepstake was declared to be Mr. E. Wimble, who carried off the sweepstakes of the previous year. The sets for the present year range from 145,000l. to 230,000l.

Maidstone journal.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 8 March 1859.

Malling West. Narrow Escape From Fire.

A escape from fire, within a very short period, occurred at the "Swan Hotel" on Monday morning. Soon after the fire in the nursery had been lighted, flames burst out from the chimney, which is composed of earthen piping, and smoke was seen issuing from various parts of the roof. Prompt assistance, however, was at hand, and it was found that the rafters had caught fire, near the chimney, but with a plentiful supply water the fire was soon suppressed.


From the By Sean McPolin, 17 March 2023.

Immigration officers arrest two Albanian men at The Swan in West Malling.

Two people have been arrested after immigration officers raided a restaurant and bar.

The Home Office detained two Albanian males after visiting The Swan in West Malling last night.

Two immigration enforcement vehicles were spotted outside the bar and restaurant in Swan Street by a member of the public.

One of the men arrested is currently in detention and awaiting his return to Albania.

The Home Office confirmed the employer had been served with a civil penalty referral notice.

Government guidelines explain employers face a fine of up to 20,000 for each illegal worker.

A Home Office spokesman said: “The government is tackling illegal immigration and the harm it causes by removing those with no right to be in the UK.

“We continue to work with law enforcement agencies to tackle illegal migration in all its forms.”

The Swan declined to comment on the matter.

The bar and restaurant was criticised in 2020 for throwing a large social event which sparked social distancing fears.

Police investigated the incident but took no further action.



FULLER James May/1774+

WILDISH Dilnot 1802+ Next pub licensee had

AUSTEN Ambrose 1828-34+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CARRICK John 1851-62+ (also Inland Revenue Office in 1858 and Posting House & Omnibus Proprietor in 1862)

COX William 1874+

MASTERS Richard 1881-82+ (age 51 in 1881Census)

LUCAS W 1890+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

LUCAS Thomas J 1891+ (age 45 in 1891Census)

MORTON Walter 1901-July/08 (age 52 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903Kent and Sussex Courier

ROFE Frederick E July/1908+ Kent and Sussex Courier

HARVEY George 1913+

MILES John Henry 1918-22+

SWIFT Edward Hibbert to Feb/1926 Kent and Sussex Courier

BOX Archer Edwin Feb/1926+ Kent and Sussex Courier

BEX Arthur Edwin 1930-38+


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

Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier

Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal


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