Sort file:- Hawkhurst, December, 2023.

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Earliest 1561-

Queen's Head

Latest 1881+(Name to)

Rye Road



This one changed name to the "Queen's Hotel" some time after 1881.


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 4 September 1779.


To be sold by auction to the highest bidder, on Tuesday the 14th day of September, 1779, between the hours of two and four in the afternoon, at the "Queen's Head Inn" in Hawkhurst, entire or in several lots, as shall then be resolved on unless stated on in the mean time by Private Contract (and is sold in the mean time public notice thereof will be immediately given.)

A Capital Messuage, substantially built and in thorough repair, pleasantly situated in a healthy air, adjoining the road at Seacocks Heath, near Hawkhurst, with a good stable, chaise-house, Barn, Summer-house, Avenues, Gardens, Plantations, and any quantity of land that may best suit the purchaser from ten to 250 acres.

Also two other Messuages and two cottages, with the Barns, Stables, Oast Houses, and other convenient Buildings, and divers Parcels of good Arable Meadow and Pasture land, containing 193 acres or thereabouts, and about 68 Acres of good Woodland, lately occupied by W. Stone, Esq; Richard Moor, and Elizabeth Austin, and the whole situate at Etchinghill, Hawkhurst, and Ticehurst, a fine Sporting County; about 45 Miles from London, 18 from Rye, 11 from Battle, and 18 from Halling. The purchaser may have immediate possession.

Inquire in the mean time, for further particulars of Curtiss and Waterman, Attorneys, at Rye in Sussex.


Kentish Gazette, 11 January, 1783.

Peter Cliften's Bankruptsy.

A Dividend will be paid at the "Queen's Head," in Hawkhurst, at Eleven O'clock in the Forenoon on Tuesday, the 21st Day of January, 1873, to such Creditors, as have proved their Debts.


Kentish Gazette 20 October 1801.

Inn to Let in Kent.

To be Let and entered on Immediately.

The "Queens Head Inn," at Hawkhurst, in Kent, on the main road from Rye, &c to London, comprising a roomy commodious House, Coach House, good Stabling, Brewhouse, Barn, and Out-house, Garden well stocked with Fruit Trees, and Large Bowling Green, commanding extensive views of the adjacent country. The House and premises may be seen, on application to the present tenant, Mr. Thomas Stockwell, of whom further particulars may be known, or by letter, post paid, address to Mr. Edward Thompson, Dover.


Sussex Advertiser, Monday 27 July 1829.


To be sold by auction, by T. P. Durant.

At the "Queen's Head Inn," Hawkhurst, Kent, on Thursday, the 30th day of July, 1829, at two o'clock in the afternoon.

Several Pieces or Parcels of exceedingly good Freehold Marsh Land, and rich Upland Meadow, containing by admeasurement 32A. 3R. 29P. with a newly erected Cottage and buildings thereon, situate at Mencham, in the Parish of Sandhurst, in the county of Kent, late the property of Mrs. Barnes Usherwood, deceased.

John Reeves, the looker, who resides on the land, will shew the same; and for particulars apply to Mr. James Usherwood, Leigh, Kent; or to Mr. John Fry, Skipper's Hill, Mayfield, Sussex, (if by letter post paid.)


Kentish Gazette 2 January 1844.


Dec. 18, at Hawkhurst, Mr. Thomas Godfrey, sen., aged 70. He was for many years landlord of the "George Inn," Rye, and for the last 20 years proprietor of the "Queen's Head," Hawkhurst.


Southeastern Gazette, 23 August 1853.

Magistrates’ Clerk’s Office.

On Saturday last a woman named Jane Roots was brought before the Rev. F. Barrow, charged with feloniously stealing three knives and forks, and numerous other articles, from her master, Mr. Henry Peter Hutchings, of the "Queen’s Head Hotel," Hawkhurst.

It appeared that the prisoner had been in the service of the prosecutor about five weeks only, as cook, but she had been nearly all her life in the service of prosecutor's father who keeps an hotel at Hastings. Mr. Hutchings had a few days previously given her notice to leave, and it was arranged that she should do so on Saturday, the 20th inst., but his suspicions having been aroused as to her honesty, he asked the prisoner to allow him to look into her box, to which she made no objection, but was observed to secrete something under her apron, upon which Mr. Hutchings sent for a constable, and on searching her box quantities of tea, coffee, sugar, flour, pork, preserves, &c., together with knives and forks, cups and saucers, and spoons, were discovered, some of which were identified by Mr. Hutchings. The prisoner begged to be forgiven, and said she thought, as she might be out of a situation, the articles would be useful to her.



From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 2 June, 1857.


An interesting specimen of the beautiful plant Wisteria (Glycine Sinensin) is now in full flower at the "Queen's Head Hotel," and, though planted only 14 years, is considered one of the finest in England, it having within the last 10 years made the surprising growth of 180 feet, in lilac colour flowers (hanging in clusters) averaging 13 feet in circumference and 10 inches in length. On 24 square feet on the wall there are no less than 83 of these clusters, which have a most beautiful appearance.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 27 July 1858.

Hawkhurst fire.

About noon on Wednesday last, a haystack, on the farm premises of Mr. Hutchins, of the "Queen's Head Hotel," was discovered to be on fire. The engine was shorting on the spot, and the flames were prevented spreading to the adjoining property. About 5 tons of the burning stack were also saved, but 20 tons were consumed. The property was insured in the Kent fire office. The fire was caused by one of the workmen dropping a Lucifer, with which he had light a pipe, close to the stack.


South Eastern Gazette, 8 May, 1860.

Petty Sessions Thursday. (Before Capt. Oakes, chairman the Revs. W. M. Smith-Marriott and J. Deedes, and G. French, R. Tooth, and E. Loyd, Esqrs.)

Ann Moore and Emily Huggings was charged, the former with stealing a pint of brandy, a mug, and the latter with stealing 8s. in money, from their master, Mr. H. P. Hutchings, of the "Queen’s Head Inn," Hawkhurst.

Ann Moore was discharged. Emily Huggins, who pleaded guilty (her master having spoken to her previous good character), was sentenced to two months’ hard labour.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 12 June 1860. Price 1d.

Ann Moore and Emily Huggins were charged, the former with stealing a pint of brandy, a mug, and other articles, and the latter with stealing 8s. in money, from their master. Mr. H. F. Hutchings, of the "Queen's Head Inn." Hawkhurst.

Ann Moore was discharged. Emily Huggins, who pleaded guilty (her master having spoken to her previous good character), was sentenced to two months' hard labour.


Sussex Advertiser, Tuesday 4 December 1866.

NOTICE. The "Queen's Head Hotel." Hawkhurst.

Mr. James Oades, of Egham, will not be responsible for any debts or liabilities in respect of the "Queen's Head Hotel," Hawkhurst, Kent, which he has not personally contracted or which he may not hereafter personally contract.

Dated this 29th November, 1866.

James Oades.



GODFREY Thomas 1832-Jan/44 dec'd (age 65 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CHEESEMAN John 1858-61+ (age 44 in 1861Census)

CATCHPOLE Harriet 1871+ (landlady age 26 in 1861Census Head away)

MARTIN Henry to Jan/1872 Maidstone and Kentish Journal

Trustees of the estate Jan/1872+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

DENNIS Thomas 1881+ (listed as Hotel coachman age 36 in 1881Census)


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal


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