Sort file:- Bromley, December, 2022.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 22 December, 2022.


Earliest 1838-

Rising Sun

Latest 1930+

35 High Street


Rising Sun pre 1871

Above photo, before 1871. Kindly sent by Maria Wilson.

Rising Sun location 2017

Above Google image showing 35 High Street in August 2017. However, this is not the correct location as there has been some renumbering of the High Street.

High Street 1968

Above photo 1968. This is where the "Rising Sun" was next to Woolworths. You can see the barrel clock. Littlewoods across the road was the site of the "White Hart." Looking up to Paynes where the "Foresters" had been.

Woolworths was originally 33-34 High Street later renumbered 140-142. Presumably the "Rising Sun" would have been 35 renumbered to 144.

Woolworths closed in 1983, possibly the pub went at the same time as the area was redeveloped and new shops built.

White Hart

Above postcard, date unknown. This is the building shown right, as Henekey's.

Rising Sun

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Michael Strotton.


At present the only reference to this pub has been from the census of 1851 and 1871 to date.

Maria Wilson writes in April 2019 and tells me that the pub is closed and was demolished and was also known as Henekeys Ltd, which I believe was a wine and spirit merchants.

Mick Salter follows this up with the following:- Henekeys was a very special place, it had a uniformed man at the door, to greet customers and keep out the unwanted. It had a large entrance hall, with a oak staircase to the first floor, where there was a select area for those who wanted a quiet drink and be served at their table.

Downstairs was a huge open area, a very long bar, with all the oak barrels along the back wall. It had oak panelling everywhere, something I had to polish, but the most interesting feature was two back to back open fires in the centre, it had no chimney above, the smoke went downwards, under the floor, to a chimney at the back.

Along the road from Henekeys was the Churchill theatre, and I met many very famous stars, who used to come in for a drink, and often went on into the night, behind closed doors.


From an email received 6 October 2020.

Regarding the Rising Sun in Bromley, I always knew it as just Henekeys Wine House, I was under manager, the manager was an Irish gentleman, Mr Mckluskie, (not sure of spelling) he lived in the apartment above, with his wife and daughter.

When I first worked there, it was still Henekeys and sold wines ports and spirits, a lot sold from large oak barrels, the most famous was the white port.

It was then taken over by Fortes and resorted to a near normal pub.

Mick Salter.


Today it is the site of Diechman or Specsavers, which was just to the right of Woolworths.


Rising Sun site 2018

Above photo 2018.


From the Kentish Gazette, 9 October 1838.

An inquest was held before Mr. Carttar, coroner for this county, on Tuesday, at the "Rising Sun," Bromley, on the body of Anna Jamieson, who died of hydrophobia. It appeared from the evidence of Mr. Illcott, surgeon, and others, that the deceased was bitten by a strange dog, while in the street, on the 4th of July last. After the first fright she took no notice of the occurrence. On Monday se'nnight she was visited by Mr. Illcott, who found her complaining of a violent pain in the arm. He administered medicine, but she daily grew worse, and died on Thursday. The dog had been killed. The deceased was a married woman, 53 years old.

Verdict, "Died from hydrophobia."



PORTER George 1840-58+ (age 53 in 1851Census)

HADDEN John 1871+ Next pub licensee had (age 33 in 1871Census)

LINES Martha Mrs 1882+

FERRIS W E 1897-98+

RIDGES William Henry 1903+ Kelly's 1903

THOMAS Arthur Samuel 1913-18+

GRAVES James Henry & Amelia Nellie 1922-28+ Next pub licensee had

COLLIER Henry C 1930+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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