Page Updated:- Sunday, 10 December, 2023.


Earliest 1778

White Horse

Closed 2016-

(Name to)

Lenham Heath Road


White Horse

Above photo, date unknown, with permission from Eric Hartland.

White Horse signWhite Horse sign 2013

Above sign left, date unknown, sign right, 2013.

White Horse 2018

Above photo, 2018.

White Horse inside 2015

Above photo, 2015.


The passage below from the South Eastern Gazette indicate to me that the original building was obviously replaced some time around 1842.


Kent Gazette, 8 August, 1778.

To be sold by auction, at the "White Horse" in Sandway, near Lenham, in this County, by T Argles on Wednesday the 2nd day of September next, precisely at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.

A freehold Estate, situate at Egerton, consisting of a Dwelling House, Farm, Stables, and other Conveniences, in Tenable Repair, with 13 Acres of very good Planted and Arable Land, in the occupation of Philip Hook, Tennant at will, who will shew the same.

The premises are very improvable, but now let at no more than 14 per annum.


From the Kentish Gazette, Friday 26 June, 1779.


And entered upon at Michaelmas next, that old and well-known Inn called the "White Horse" at Sandway, in the parish of Lenham, half-way-house between Maidstone and Ashford, with about ten acres of land adjoining the same, two acres of which is hops, the rest good meadows, a large and commodious garden well planted; a good stable, barn and malt house, with a Lead Cistern, which will wet seven Quarters of Barley, with a Malt-mill, and every thing in the most convenient manner, and room to make three hundred Quarters of Malt in this season.

The household furniture and fixtures, stock of liquor, husbandry tacking, hop-poles, and other articles, to be taken at a fair appraisement.

Further particulars may be had by applying to Mr. John Tabraham, at the "White Horse" aforesaid.

Lenham, June 16, 1779.


Kentish Gazette, 12 March, 1783.

On Thursday last a fire broke out in the malt house belonging to Mr. Vane, at the "White Horse," Sandway, in the parish of Lenham, which entirely consumed the same.


Kentish Gazette, 10 July, 1792.

On Friday last died Mrs. Gibbs, wife of Mr. Gibbs, of the "White Horse," at Sandway, near Lenham.


South Eastern Gazette 03 May 1842.


Persons willing to contract for taking down and rebuilding the "White Horse Inn," at Sandway, near Lenham, are requested to deliver Tenders for the same at the office of Messrs. Whichcord and Walker, Maidstone, on or before Thursday, the 6th May next, sealed up and addressed "Tenders for Sandway Inn."

Plans and a specification of the work proposed to be done may be seen every day, between the hours of Nine and Six, at the above named office, Maidstone.

April 25th, 1842.


Southeastern Gazette, 8 March 1853.


Yesterday week an inquest was held at the "White Horse Inn," Sandway before T, Hills, Esq., coroner, on the body of a female child named Swan. It appeared, that on Thursday, the 24th ult., the deceased's mother left the house for a short time; when by some means the child's clothes caught fire. They were speedily extinguished, but not before deceased was very much burnt. She died on the following day.

Verdict, "Accidental death."


South Eastern Gazette, 14 February, 1860.

MONGEHAM. The Case of Hobbb Stealing and Quick Recovery of the Stolen Animals.

At the St. Augustine’s petty sessions, on Saturday last, James Watson, alias Jones, was brought up on remand, charged with having stolen three horses, two the property of Miss M. Bray, of Great Mongeham, and the third the property of Mr. Bass. The case had been adjourned for the attendance of additional witnesses.

Henry Hards stated that he was ostler at the "George Inn," Wrotham. On the night of Wednesday, the 1st inst., he saw the prisoner, with three horses, in the inn yard. The animals appeared to have been travelling, and the prisoner remarked that they were tired. The horses taken from the stables by the police were those brought there by the prisoner.

Peter Thomas Gilman, landlord of the "White Horse" public-house at Sandway, Lenham, deposed that the prisoner called at his house with three horses, at about half-past ten on the night of the 1st of February. In answer to witness, prisoner said he had come from Ashford market, where he had sold five horses. He wanted 20 guineas for the grey.

Able Squire, a private in the 23rd Regt., stationed at Walmer, proved travelling with the prisoner by train, from London to Deal, on the 1st February. On reaching Deal, they both went to the "Nelson" public-house, where witness left the prisoner about eight o’clock. While at the public-house the prisoner asked him what trade he was. He replied, a blacksmith. The prisoner then asked him if he could not get him some picklock keys, as he (prisoner) could get many a truss of hay and corn out of stables for his horses. Witness told him that he could not.

In answer to the charge, the prisoner said he bought two of the horses on the 1st of February. He gave 45 for the grey, and a little pony and 10 in exchange for the other. He was fully committed for trial at the intermediate session at Maidstone.


From the By Ed McConnell, 14 July 2016.

Two charged over tile theft at White Horse Inn, Sandway, Lenham Heath Road.

Two men have been charged over the theft of tiles from the roof of a pub.

Joe Eric Lee and Lee Matthew Davenport will both appear at Maidstone Magistrates' Court next month following the incident near Lenham in May.

Police were called to the disused White Horse Inn, in Lenham Heath Road, Sandway, on the evening of Thursday, May 19, and arrested the pair.

Lee, 22, of Ivans Field, Chart Sutton, has been charged with criminal damage and theft and will appear on Tuesday, August 2.

Davenport, 23, of St Michael’s Road, Maidstone, has been charged with criminal damage, theft and possessing cannabis and will appear on Friday, August 19.


According to their Facebook page the pub was still open in March 2016, but closed by July 2016, local knowledge required please.

Further information suggests that this is now (2022) open as a pub and restaurant known as the "Wishful Thinker."



TABRAHAM John 1779+

VANE Mr 1783+

GIBBS Mr 1792+

COLLINS John 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

HARRISON Charles 1851+ (age 39 in 1851Census)

GILBERT Peter Thomas 1860-61+ (also farmer age 35 in 1861Census)

BOLLEN George 1871+ (age 41 in 1871Census)

MARTEN Edward 1881+ (also grazier age 34 in 1881Census)

GRACE George 1891+ (age 68 in 1891Census)

GRACE Frances Mrs1901-03+ (widow age 70 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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