Sort file:- Sandwich, September, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 28 September, 2023.


Earliest 1675

(Name from)

King's Head

Latest 1934+

9 Church Street,

St. Mary's


King's Head 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

King's Head ledger

Thompson & Sons ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Former King's Head 2010

Above photograph kindly sent by Patricia Streater May 2010


Doing business in 1458 as the "Chequers". (Became the King's Head in 1675).

It appears to have been tied to a brewery owned by the prominent Sandwich family, the Wyborns to 1822. In 1764 William Wyborn, brewer, died and his business was left to his daughter Mary, who had married John Bradley. Their son, William Wyborn Bradley was born in 1752 William being described as "common brewer of Sandwich." William was elected Mayor Sandwich in 1785 and died in 1788. The Sandwich brewery and its tied estate of 27 pubs was eventually put up for "sale by private contract" by William's son (also called William Wyborn Bradley, born 1779) as advertised in the Kentish Gazette on 10th May 1822.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Friday 6 March 1818.

On Thursday, the 19th instant, James Longley, a licensed victualler, in Sandwich, was convicted for suffering gaming in his house, and fined 40s.; and on Thursday last, Stephen Blythe, a licensed victualler, at Walmer, was convicted of a similar offence, and fined 40s. and costs.


Kentish Gazette, 9 July 1844.

Valuable FREEHOLD PUBLIC HOUSES, at Sandwich, Word, Deal, Sutton, Northbourne, and Great Mongeham, in the County of Kent,

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, AT the "Three Horse Shoes," GREAT MONGEHAM, on THURSDAY, the 25th day of JULY, 1844, (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract, of which due notice will be given), subject to such conditions as will be then and there produced, in several Lots.

A FREEHOLD PUBLIC HOUSE, called the "King’s Head," situate in Church Street, in the parish of Saint Mary the Virgin, SANDWICH, with the outhouses and appurtenances thereto belonging, now in the occupation of Mr. James Longley.

The above Property forms a most desirable investment, and (if not forthwith Sold by Private Contract), will be offered for sale in convenient Lots, as will be expressed in future advertisements.

For Particulars, and to treat for the Purchase by Private Contract, apply at the Offices of Mr. Mourilan, Solicitor, Sandwich.


Dover Express 21 April 1939.


In the final of the Walmer Brewery Darts Competition the "Mill Inn," Deal, defeated the "King's Head," Sandwich, by two straight legs on Thursday evening. The cup was presented to the winners by Mrs. Davis, the Brewers' oldest tenant.




GIMBER Samuel 1774+ Kentish Gazette

LONGLEY James 1818-44 Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840

ELGAR Mary 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

EAST WIlliam 1851-61+ (age 41 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858

HARPER W 1862+ Kelly's 1862

OAKLEY James 1871+ (also Tanner age 54 in 1871Census)

OAKLEY Susan Mrs 1874-91+ (age 69 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1878Post Office Directory 1882

MARSH Edward 1899-1918+ (age 60 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913

HATTON George William Next pub licensee had 1922-Apr/30 Post Office Directory 1922

RUSSELL David 1934+ Kelly's 1934

MARSH William T J 1938+


MILLETT W (manager) 1951


HOLT C 1953-July/57

OSBORN G July/1957-63+


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

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

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934



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