Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 December, 2021.


Earliest 1819-

Orange Tree

Latest 1856+

Rocks Hill


Former Orange Tree 2019

Above Google image, June 2019, best I can get so far of what is now called Orange Tree Cottage. Local photography need here please.

1906 map

Above map, 1906 showing the "Cricketers" at Cranbrook, bottom square and the location of the "Orange Tree" top square.


I am not yet totally sure whether this is or was a pub, but the name sounds like it should have been, but I have found the following passages related to it below:-

Today (2017) there is still a premises in the village called "Orange Tree Cottage." I am informed that it sold for 570,000 in 2007.


The Sussex Weekly Advertiser or Lewes and Brighthemston Journal, Monday 30 August 1819.

Valuable Freehold Brewery, Inns, and Public Houses, Farms and Lands, situated in Cranbrook, Frittenden, and Staplehurst, in Kent; and Leasehold Public House, in Wadhurst, Sussex.

To be sold by auction by Mr. Jeremiah Pethurst, at the "George Inn," Cranbrook, on Tuesday the 31st day of August next, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, (by order of the assignees of Jessie Dobell, a Bankrupt, and with the consent of the Mortgages) subject to such conditions of sale as will be then produced, in Seven Lots, as follows.

Lot 4.

All that freehold Messuage or Tenement, (lately used as a public house and called the "Orange Tree" with the stable, buildings, and several pieces or parcels of arable, meadow, and pasture land, containing by estimation ten acres, more or less, desirable situated in the parish of Frittenden, adjoining the turnpike road leading from Maidstone to Cranbrook, and now in the occupation of William Croft, and of the Assignees of the said Jessie Dobell.

Local News on this day 13th February 1849.

On Thursday 8th February, Mr Penkivil, a surgeon of Staplehurst, amputated the thigh of William Hinckley at the "Orange Tree," Frittenden, as he was suffering from "extensive disease" of the knee joint. The patient was put under the influence of chloroform, which rendered him insensible to the slightest pain. When the effects of the chloroform has passed off, he enquired if the operation had been performed, and was much surprised on being informed it was. No unfavourable symptoms were reported, and the patient told all his friends that he neither knew or felt anything of the operation.


South Eastern Gazette. Tuesday 08 January 1856.

Wilson V. Meopham.

J. E. Wilson, Esq., as agent, preferred a complaint against William Meopham, tenant of a cottage belonging to A. L. Wollaston, Esq., situate at the "Orange Tree," Frittenden, for fraudulently removing his household effects to avoid a distress for rent. The defendant was a weekly Tenant at 2s. a week, and had not paid any rent for 30 weeks. A bailiff was sent to make a distress, who only affected an entrance into the cottage after close watching and diligence, when he found the place destitute furniture and effects, save a few old pans, pots, and an old hat. The intention of the complainant by these proceedings was to recover double the value of the effects removed, but he being unprepared with evidence of what effects have been taken away, he withdrew the complaint, and will seek his remedy in the county court.



CROFT William 1819+

WEST Edward 1841+


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