Page Updated:- Friday, 27 October, 2023.


Earliest 1852-

White Hart

Closed 2020

16 Lower Green Road


018392 523076

White Hart 1910

Above photo 1910.

White Hart

Above postcard, date unknown.

White Hart 1914

Above postcard showing the White Hart centre right circa 1914-18.

White Hart 2008

The White Hart in Lower Green Road in Rusthall, Tunbridge Wells as it was in 2008 (Image: Google Street View)

Above photo taken on 1 March, 2010 by David Anstiss. Creative Commons.

Above sign, date unknown.


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.


The Chronicle and Courier, 16 September, 1921.

Lamberhurst Brewery Estate.

Important sale at Tunbridge Wells.

One of the biggest sales of licensed houses held in the provinces in recent years was conducted by Messrs. Wickenden and Sons at the Pump Room, Tunbridge Wells, on Friday, when the Lamberhurst Brewery Estate, comprising 68 lots, came Under the Hammer. The lots sold were:-


"White Hart," Rusthall, 2,600



Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 1 December 1972.

Pub landlord stole savings club money.


THE former landlord of the "White Hart" public house, Rusthall, who stole nearly 700 of Christmas Savings Club money and left suddenly was sentenced to six months' prison suspended for two years, at Tunbridge Wells Magistrates Court on Monday.

Frederick Warman, of no fixed address, was ordered to pay back 400 of the money. This was the maximum compensation that the court could award, but the chairman of the bench, Mr. Fred Elmer, said he hoped Warman would pay back the whole amount.

Mr. Brendan Kenny, prosecuting, said 37 members of the "White Hart" Savings Club paid weekly amounts of money to the secretary. Mr. Charles Foreman, who passed on the cash to Warman, the tenant of the pub.

He was supposed to pay the money into the bank, but instead kept it for himself — 678-98 1/2.

"Then he disappeared from the "White Hart" suddenly, leaving confusion with regard to the tenancy." Mr. Kenny added.

Warman said he was now working on a motorway works as a labourer, earning 30 a week. He was married with three children, but separated, and living in a caravan in Surrey.


"I was hoping to pay the money back by Christmas," Warman told the court. "I had applied for a loan to cover it."

As well as the theft charge, Warman also admitted owing 106-71 rates to the council, and being 646 in debt on maintenance payments due to his family.

Asked about his assets, Warman said he owned a 1966 Ford Cortina estate car, and a freezer and other property that was still at the "White Hart." Also, he had paid 3,000 as in-going money when he took over the pub, and this was due back to him, less 900 he owed a brewery.

The magistrates said as it would take some time to sort out his financial matters. Warman would be given three months to pay the 400 compensation and the outstanding rates.

The maintenance arrears were adjourned for three months, but he was ordered to start paying 18 a week.



According to recent information I am informed that the pub submitted an application for change of use into living accommodation into a four bedroom dwelling on 7 April 2020 and this was granted on 20 May the same year. So that's another one we have lost forever.


From the By Mary Harris, 10 October 2023.

A former pub in Tunbridge Wells village is being converted into a family home.

The finer details of the proposal have now been agreed by the conservation officer at the council.

White Hart 2023

The changing face of the former White Hart pub in Lower Green Road in Rusthall in Tunbridge Wells. (Image: Google Streetview)

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A former pub in a village in Tunbridge Wells is being converted into a four bedroom family home. Permission to convert the White Hart in Lower Green Road in Rusthall, which already had a home within it, was given in July 2020.

This latest application was simply for agreement from the council to some conditions imposed as part of that permission, such as brick, parking and bin storage details, which has now been given. The parking will be at the front, on the existing asphalt surface, with bins at the back. Only a small area of new brickwork is needed on the front, where a door is being infilled and replaced by a window.

Reclaimed 'Kent red bricks' will be used, which were passed by the eagle eyes of the council's Conservation Officer.

The Kent and Sussex Courier, owned by Reach plc, carried an article on December 1, 1972, reporting the former landlord of the White Hart stole nearly 700 of Christmas Savings Club money. He "left suddenly" but was later sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years, at the then Tunbridge Wells Magistrates' Court, which is still inside Tunbridge Wells Police Station but now redundant.



SMALES Edward John 1852+ (only listed as cigar manufacturer in 1852 from the baptism records of his son)

GALLOP Thomas Penge Gallop 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

CANFIELD Walter 1903-30+ (age 49 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1914Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930

JEFFREY Richard A 1938-39+ (age 54 in 1939) Post Office Directory 1938

WARMAN Frank to 1972

???? Ken & Marion 2005+


Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1914From the Post Office Directory 1914

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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