Page Updated:- Sunday, 22 January, 2023.


Earliest 1785-

White Lion

Open 2020+

Selling Road


01227 752742

White Lion 1937

Above postcard, circa 1937, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Lion 1940

Above photo, circa 1940.

White Lion 1954

Above photo 1954, kindly sent by Tim Timpson.

White Lion 2000

Above photo circa 2000. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

White Lion 2009

Above photo 2010 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

White Lion 2020

Above photo, 2020.

White Lion back 2020

Above photo showing the back, 2020.

White Lion sign 1987White Lion sign 2010

Above sign left, November 1987, sign right, 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 19th February 1785.

To be sold by auction, by Henry Mintor, on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, and Monday 28th of this instant, and Tuesday the 1st of March, in the large commodious room, at Mr. Read's, in West Street, Faversham.

A large assortment of Linen Drapery, Haberdashery, and Hozier, Goods; new and second-hand Mens', Boys', and Womans' Wearing Apparel, Sheets and Sheeting - which will be sold without reserve.

The Sale will begin each day at 10 o'clock in the Forenoon, and 2 in the Afternoon.

All the above will be put up in small lots for the Convenience it's of the Buyers.

Catalogues may be then had at the "George," Boughton; "Lion" at Selling; the "White Hart" at Sheldwich Lees; the "Falcon," at Badlesmere Lees; the "Lion," Ospringe; "George," at Greenstreet; the "Mariners," at Oar; "Three Horseshoes," at Graveney; and at the Auctioneers, West Street, Faversham.


Kentish Gazette, 1 May, 1792.

Wednesday last was married at Selling, Mr. Edward Counley, master of the "White Lion" public house, to Miss Esther Reynolds, of the same place.



During the Covid 19 crisis of 2020, this pub was able to offer a take away service in June, possibly earlier.



COUNLEY Edward 1792+

GEORGE James 1851-61+ (also carpenter and wheelwright age 54 in 1861Census) (1851 shows Red Lion Census)

GEORGE Harriett (widow) to Mar/1867

GEORGE Stephen (son) Mar/1867-71+ (age 32 in 1871Census)

CAREY John 1874-82+ (age 52 in 1881Census)

BARRETT Harry 1891+ (age 45 in 1891Census)

CULVER John W 1903-11+ (also fruit dealer age 47 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

DITCHER Alfred 1918-22+

FREEMAN Herbert George 1930-38+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-