Page Updated:- Thursday, 28 September, 2023.


Earliest 1791-

White Hart

Open 2020+

Rye Road


01797 252166


White Hart Inn Postcard 1900

Above postcard, circa 1900.

White Hart Inn Postcard

White Hart Inn, date unknown.

White Hart 1930

Above postcard, 1930.

White Hart 2011 White Hart 2011

Above photos 2011 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

White Hart 2011

Above sign 2011.


I have also seen this addressed incorrectly as at Rolvenden.


Kentish Gazette 02 September 1791.

To be Let by Auction to the highest Bidders, In eighteen or more lots, at the "Woolpack Inn," in Tenterden, Kent, on Friday the 16th September, 1791, between the hours of two and five o'clock in the afternoon.

The Indraught in Wittersham Level, containing about 540 acres of Marshland, in several lots, of about 30, 40, and 50 acres in each Lot, free and exempt from payments of tithes or taxes of any sort, for five years or there abouts, to commence from the expiration of the present leases, being of some Lots at Christmas 1791, and of the residue at Christmas 1793.

Proposals to be seen at the office of Messrs. Curteis, Waterman and Woollett, Attorneys, Rye; at Mr. Neve's, the "Expenditor," Tenterden; the "Ewe and Lamb Inn," Wittersham; and the "White Hart Inn," Newenden.


South Eastern Gazette, 11 October 1853.


Petty Sessions, Thursday. (Before T. L. Hodges, Esq., chairman, J. C. Schreiber, Esq., the Rev. T. Barrow, and T. H. Roberts, Esq.)

Newton Edwards, innkeeper of Newenden, was also charged by Rumens, with opening his house for the sale of beer before half-past twelve on Sunday last. Mr. Rigg stated that he visited Edwards’s house at twenty minutes after twelve, on the morning of Sunday, the 2nd inst., he found the outer door open, and on proceeding to the taproom he found the defendant with several other persons smoking and drinking. Defendant stated in his defence that it was just twelve o’clock by his clock when the superintendent called, but as Mr. Rigg spoke positively as to the time, he having set his watch before starting from home, defendant was convicted in the penalty of 18s. and costs.


Sussex Advertiser 19 June 1866.


The "White Hart Inn," Newenden, Kent.

For particulars apply to Mr. Hanson, Newenden, Kent.

Part of the purchase money may remain on mortgage if required.


Sussex Advertiser, Saturday 15 September 1866.

Cranbrook Annual Licensing Day.

On this occasion Mr. Taylor, of the "Bull Inn," provided in his usual style for the accommodation of his "brother bungs" and their friends. Among those present was Mr. Hanson, of Newenden, who attended for the 60th time. Our friend, who is 86 year-old, was driven by his ostlety, aged 72, in a carriage too old for anyone to imagine the date, and which was drawn by a "colt," only 27 years old.


Sussex Agricultural Express 14 March 1903.


John Carter, "White Hart Inn," Newenden, was summoned for allowing a pig to be removed without a license, and Ernest Crouch, in the employ of Mr. Vidler, Northiam, was summoned for removing the said pig.

P.C. Alce said a declaration form was received from Carter, who had admitted he had no license, or he would have obtained one.

Defendant Carter said he sent twice to the Police Station at Beckley for a license. The first time his messenger was told a written application must be made, and the second time that it was for Mr. Vidler to apply for a license. He had had nothing to do with such matters before.

Defendant Crouch pleaded neglect of duty in not looking at the declaration, which he took to be the license.

Superintendent Elphinstone said the application for a declaration must be in writing or personally. The second application in this case was for a declaration form, without which the license could not be granted.

The Chairman said this was the first case that had come before them. Some pains had been taken to comply with the law, but not sufficient. It was evidently a mistake. The penalty was not exceeding 20, but defendants would be fined 1s. and 6s. 6d. costs each. No doubt publicity would be given to the case for the information of others.

If another case came before the Bench the decision would be very different.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 3 February 1922.

The license of the "Whitehart," Newenden, was transferred to Edith Timmings.


From accessed 17 June 2015.


Inside the inglenook fireplace there is room for two bench seats which are taken out before the winter fire is lit. The "White Hart" is a 16th century inn with fine Kent style weatherboarding. It is a two bar pub with a ghost that haunts part of the building. Observers describe him as middle aged, dressed as a farmer or farm labourer, with leather gaiters. When he is observed, sitting near the inglenook fireplace, he is holding an old-fashioned beer mug. The pub was opened in the late 1500s, which has large internal oak beams.




HANSON William 1806-June/66 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Census

EDWARDS Newton 1851-58 (age 59 in 1851Census)

HANSON Fanny 1861+ (age 37 in 1861Census)

CARTER John 1891-1903+ (age 52 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

CARTER John 1911-Dec/16 (age 48 in 1911Census) Kent and Sussex Courier

FINN Harold Dec/1916+ Kent and Sussex Courier

TIMMINGS Edith Feb/1922+


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


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