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Earliest 1851-

Plain Tavern

Latest 1938+

Wilden Park Road

Plain Farm


Plain Tavern

Above pencil drawing done by what looks like L Rose W Rowsell. Date unknown.

Photograph taken from

Former Plain Tavern 2019

Above photo, 2019. Now called Tavern Farm.

Former Plain Tavern 2019

Above Google image, May 2019.

Plain Tavern plaque 2009

Above plaque 2009.

Staplehurst map 1870

Above map 1870.

Plain Tavern map 1938

Above map 1938.

Plain Tavern map

Above map 2011 showing the location of the "Plain Tavern."


Sevenoaks Chronicle and kent Advertiser, Friday 7 September, 1917.


The license of the "Plain Tavern," Staplehurst, was transferred from the Executors of the late Edwin Collison to Alice Reader.


16 August 1917


London 11 September to Alice Reader widow and Elsie Collison (wife of Edward Collison). Effects 1640 5s 7d./Probate.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 8 February 1918.


The license of the "Plain Tavern," Staplehurst, was transferred from Alice Reader to Abraham Shorter.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 25 January 1918.

Plain Tavern Farm, Staplehurst, Kent.

MESSRS. WICKENDEN and SONS. (of Tunbridge Wells), having let the house and farm, are instructed to SELL by AUCTION, on the premises, on WEDNESDAY, 6th FEBRUARY, 1918, at Eleven o'clock prompt, the Live and Dead FARMING STOCK, comprising-: Waggons, dung carts, ploughs, hop washers, chaff machines, root cutters, horse rake, Two Dairy Cows, two heifers, useful bay mare, breeding sow, five porkers, quantity of potatoes, sweeds and mangold; also numerous effects.

Catalogues may be obtained at Wickendens’ Central Auction Offices, 20, High Street, Tunbridge Wells, and 65, London Road, Southborough.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 2 March 1928.


An application by Alice Maria R. Collins for the transfer of the license of the "Plain Tavern," Staplehurst was granted.

An application by Wm. Francis Winch for an extension of a protection order for the "New Inn," Frittenden, was also granted.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, 25 April 1930.


The marriage took place at Marden Pariah Church on Easter Monday of Miss Dorothy May Collins, daughter of the late Mr. E. R. Collins and Mrs. Collins (now Mrs. Foreman) reading at the "Plain Tavern," Speldhurst, and Mr. Charles Woolford, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Woolford, of Hop Villa, Hartsheath, Goudhurst.

The Vicar (the Rev. J. A. Finch) officiated, and the bride, who was given away by her stepfather, Mr. A. Foreman, was attired in cream satin, and carried a shower bouquet of lilies and carnations.

She was attended by Miss Alice Ivy Collins and Miss Peggy Woolford, who looked charming in pale green georgette, their ornaments being silver necklaces, the gifts of the bridegroom.

The bride's mother was dressed in brown silk, with hat to tone. Mr. Alan Gregory was best man.

At the reception at the bride's home some 60 guests were present, after which the happy couple left for their honeymoon at Borough Green, the bride travelling in a fawn dress, with coat, trimmed with fur, and hat to match.

Their future address will be at Joys Hill, Marden. About 50 very useful presents were received.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 4 September 1936.


OCTOBER I8th. — FARMING STOCK; "Plain Tavern Farm,"

Auction Offices, Cranbrook.


Sussex Agricultural Express, Friday 2 October 1936.


MESSRS. WINCH & SONS. HAVE received instructions from Mr. A. Foreman to SELL BY AUCTION on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 1936, the FARMING STOCK. including spring van, ploughs, harrows, shims, rolls, two chaff cutters, grindstone, hand pump, harness, wheelbarrow, 3 h.p. petrol engine on wheels, THE HOP TACKLING, tools, tanks, troughs, foster mother, two fowl houses, quantity of stores, TWO HORSES. Also a large consignment of BUILDING MATERIALS, comprising doors, window frames, timber, several good huts and A SECTIONAL FIVE-ROOMED BUNGALOW, and a few lots of HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE and miscellaneous effects.

Sale to commence at 12 o’clock.

No catalogues.


From The Courier, 31 March, 1939.


Depressed by the death of an old friend, with whom he had lived at Marden for many years, William Terrry (63), a farm labourer, first moved to fresh quarters at the "Plain Tavern," Staplehurst, and then took his own life.

This was the story told at the inquest at Staplehurst on Tuesday.

George Terry said that deceased, who was his brother, had been rather upset by the death of a friend with whom he had been living, but he knew of no other reason for him to be depressed. He had moved to the "Plain Tavern" only a week ago.

John Collins, a gamekeeper, said he last saw William Terry alive at ten past six on Monday morning, when he left the Tavern, where they both lived. Terry usually returned at a quarter past seven for a cup of tea, and as he did not come back on this occasion witness went in search of him. On going out into the stable he saw Terry hanging there by a rope. He cut him down at once and called the landlord.

Herbert John Brown, licensee of the "Plain Tavern," told how he was roused from his bed by the last witness and went direct to the stable, where he saw Terry lying across the doorway in a huddled position, with a loose rope round his neck. He was dead.

Witness added that he had known Terry all his life and for the past two years had employed him to dry his hops. When the friend with whom he had been living died witness offered him a room in the Tavern till he could find somewhere else to go. He had been with them for a week and seemed quite normal and happy.

P.C. William Alban, Staplehurst, said he made a search of Terry’s property, but could find nothing to indicate why he should have taken his life. In his clothing witness found 24 15s. 4 1/2d. in cash. Terry was known to witness as a very quiet and reserved man.

Returning a verdict of "Suicide while the balance of his mind was disturbed," the Deputy Coroner, Mr. Hugh Murton-Neale, said that the loss of his friend had apparently caused Terry to be unduly depressed.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 6 December 1940.


The licence of the "Plain Tavern," Staplehurst, was temporarily transferred from Herbert John Brown to William Hurry.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 8 June 1945.


Full transfers were granted as follows:

"Plain Tavern," Staplehurst, from William Hurry to Thomas Spencer Goldspring.

From the London Gazette, 31 July, 1975.

RADCLIFFE, Donald Edwin, unemployed, care of the "Rising Sun," Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, and lately residing at 145, Church Road, Willesborough, Ashford, Kent and formerly carrying on business at the "Plain Tavern," Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent, as a PUBLICAN.

Court—TUNBRIDGE WELLS No. of Matter—10 of 1969. Last Day for Receiving Proofs—14th Aug., 1975. Name of Trustee, and Address—Copper, Ralph Arthur Donovan, Official Receiver’s Office, Park House, 2, Park Street, Croydon CR9 1TX.




READER Thomas 1851+ (age 60 in 1851Census)

EXCELL Henry 1861+ (also farmer age 46 in 1861Census)

HICKMOTT Henry 1861+ (age 34 in 1861CensusC)

COLLISON Samuel 1871-81+ (also Carrier in 1871Census and Farmer age 48 in 1881Census)

COLLISON Edward 1901+ (also Farmer age 38 in 1901Census)

READER Edwin 1911-16/Aug/17 dec'd (age 57 in 1911Census)

READER Alice Sept/2017-Feb/18

SHORTER Abraham Feb/1918+

COLLINS Alice Maria R Mar/1928+

COLLINS Ernest 1930+

BROWN Herbert John 1938-Dec/40 (listed as Shepherd and Stockman age 50 in 1939)

HURRY William Dec/1940-Jun/45

GOLDSPRING Thomas Spencer Jun/1945+

RADCLIFFE Donald Edward before 1975




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