Page Updated:- Tuesday, 08 February, 2022.


Earliest ????

Woolpack Inn

Open 2020+

Benover Road


01892 730356

Woolpack Inn 1928

Above photo, circa 1928, by kind permission of Roy Moore.

Woolpack inside

Above photo showing the inside of the pub, date unknown, by kind permission of Roy Moore.


Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Dail Whiting.

Woolpack painting

Above painting, date unknown, kindly sent from John Jones in Wales.

Woolpack Inn 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Woolpack 2006

Photos taken on 28 August, 2006 from by John Law.

Woolpack Whitbread signWoolpack card 1949

Above aluminium card issued May 1949. Sign series 1 number 36.

Woolpack sign 1992Woolpack sign 2010

Above sign left, August 1992, sign right, 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Woolpack matchbox

Above matchbox, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


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.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 23 July 1971.


TONBRIDGE’S newest landlord is Frederick Robins, 61, who has recently refurbished the 150-year-old "Stag's Head" in Stafford Road.

Mr. Robins, who used to be licensee of the "Woolpack" at Yalding before taking on the "Stag's Head" three months ago, has plans to turn the Tonbridge building into a fashionable, modern comfortable, club-type pub.

"It is rich in history. It was built originally as two workmen's cottages and its first licence was issued in the reign of George IV to sell beer only," he said.

A pair of plate-glass doors, one inscribed "Bottle and Jugs," the other "Public Bar," are regarded as particularly fine examples of old bar glassware and are estimated to be about 100 years old.

Mr. Robins, who was born in Acton, has been an innkeeper for 21 years.

One thing Mr. Robins finds lacking at the "Stag's Head" is the ghost he had in his last pub.

"I often used to sense and hear the old smuggler's ghost in the "Woolpack;" I'd suddenly feel a cold, clamminess when he was near, and I'd hear him coughing.

“There was an old secret underground tunnel leading from the Medway to the pub and the smugglers used to bring their casks of brandy up to the bar and exchange them for packs of wool, which they sold for cash."


From an email received, 22 June 2021.

My late husband's great grandparents, Caleb and Kate Unicume used to be the proprietors of the pub.

Caleb was born in Cranbrook in 1845 and died in Yalding in 1893. He was the son of William and Jane Unicume, a farming family of Cranbrook. Caleb married Kate Taylor, daughter of Barnabas Taylor of the "Bull Inn," Stone Street, Cranbrook in Folkestone on 23rd August 1870. There were many children. Minnie Gertrude Unicume, the daughter, used to help her mother behind the bar in the pub. As she was rather short in stature she used to stand on a wooden orange box to serve the customers.


Sarah Smith.

Marriage document

The photograph was taken from the family Bible of Caleb and Kate's marriage.

(Transcript of above says. Caleb, son of William & Jane Unicume born August 8, 1845.

Kate, daughter of Barnabas & Ann Taylor, born December 25, 1844.

Married at Folkestone August 23, 1870.)



MARTIN William 1858-62+ (age 54 in 1861Census)

MARTIN Hannah 1871-74+ (widow age 60 in 1871Census)

SAVAGE Charles 1881+ (age 31 in 1881Census)

UNICUME Caleb 1891-93 dec'd (age 45 in 1891Census)

UNICUME Kate (widow) 1893-1903+ (age 56 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

WESTON George 1913+

CHEESEMAN Alfred William 1918-22+

FOX Robert 1930+

MOAKES Thomas 1938-39+ (age 46 in 1939)

ROBINS Frederick pre Apr/1971 Next pub licensee had

PAINE Alan & Sue 1992-2014+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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