Sort file:- Hawkhurst, June, 2022.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 01 June, 2022.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Debi Birkin

Earliest 1828-

George and Dragon

Latest 1913+

Four Throws / Foxhole Lane


George and Dragon 1920

Above postcard, circa 1920, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Former George and Dragon 2009

Above photo, 2009, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Hawkhurst map 1913

Above map 1913.


I have only found reference to this pub the once so far, and that was in Pigot's Directory of 1828.

This page will be updated as soon as further information is found.

The "George and Dragon" is now named "Four Throws House" after the area. The other building shown in Foxhole Lane is its coach house. The entire has now been fenced off to the public.


Sussex Advertiser, 9 April 1878.


James Willard was charged with maliciously and wilfully breaking a pane of glass, value 2s 6d, belonging to George Barden, of the "George and Dragon" beerhouse, at Hawkhurst, on the 1st of April.

The man was also charged with an assault on P.C. Baker, while in the execution of his duty, at the same time and place.

The complainant Barden said the man was at his house drunk on Monday night, and he refused to draw him beer, when he became noisy, and smashed one of the windows. A constable was sent for, who, on attempting to remove him, was struck three times.

Three months’ hard labour.


From the Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 8 January 1889.

Extensions of time on the occasion of Tradesman's Balls were granted to Mr Joseph's, "George and Dragon," Hawkhurst.


Sussex Agricultural Express 29 August 1890.


At the Vestry Hall, on Friday, a middle-aged man (tattooed all over his body, professing to have been in the United States navy), who was wearing the dress of a merchant seaman minus the boots, and who gave the name Francis Antoney, was brought up on remand, and charged with feloniously attempting to steal money from a till at the "George and Dragon Inn," Four Throws, Hawkhurst, on the 19th instant.

Adelaide Coleman, daughter of the proprietor, had occasion to leave the bar, in front of which the prisoner and his wife were standing drinking on the date named, when she heard the rattle of copper money, and, returning, she saw the prisoner leaning over the counter with his hand in the till. Asked what business he had there, he said he was looking for matches. The pair of them were then ordered off the premises, and the police sent for.

On being taken into custody by P.C. Bradford, the prisoner was violent and had to be handcuffed, and, in reply to the charge, said, "Do I look like a thief ?"

In support of the charge, William Coleman, landlord of the inn, was called, and gave evidence in the case, but there was an apparent conflict of testimony between him and his daughter as to the time of the alleged theft, which led the bench to dismiss the case.


From the Sussex Express, Surrey Standard. 9 December 1893.


A temporary transfer of the license of the "George and Dragon," Four Throws, Hawkhurst, was sanctioned from W. T. Lingham to Edward Wickens, late of the "Oak and Ivy."



HAWKHURST William George 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

TWAITES Charles 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CROFT Alfred 1841-61+ (age 52 in 1861Census)

CROFT Susan 1871+ (widow age 59 in 1871Census)

CROFT Alfred 1874+

BARDEN William George 1878-81+ (also farmer age 50 in 1881Census)

JOSEPH Mr 1889+

COLEMAN William 1890-91+ (age 56 in 1891Census)

LINGHAM W T to Dec/1893

Last pub licensee had WICKENS Edward Dec/1893-1901+ (also brewer age 50 in 1901Census) (Moor Brewery)

PIMM Thomas 1903+ Kelly's 1903

DAVIS Charles 1911-13+ (age 44 in 1911Census)


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



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