Page Updated:- Monday, 05 September, 2022.


Earliest 1828-

Crown Inn

Closed 2016

High Street


Crown 1905

Above photo, circa 1905, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Crown 1938

Above postcard, circa 1938, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Above photo 2009 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Crown sign 1985

Above sign, May 1985

Crown sign 1991Crown sign 1991

Above signs, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Awaiting picture of Whitbread sign. If anyone should have an image please email me, address at bottom.

Above aluminium card issued 1950. Sign series 2 number 41.


One time property of the "Tenterden Brewery" the brewery went up for auction in February of 1922.

The pub gained a Grade II listing on 20 June 1967.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 14 April, 1846.


The concluding meeting for this season took place on Monday evening last, at the "Crown Inn." An excellent supper was provided on the occasion by Mr. Bates, the worthy host. Mr. Dangoy presided, and Mr. A. B. Dobell filled the vice-chair. Some excellent songs, with several well executed pieces (by Messrs. Ditton and Fransis) of instrumental music, added much to the amusement of the evening.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 6 January 1891.


At the Police Court on Saturday, before Major J. R. Atkin Roberts, and E. L. Tomlins, Esq., C. C. Edward Brigland was charged with stealing seven chickens value 17s. 6d. the property of James T. Parratt, poulterer, at Cranbrook, on January 2nd. The evidence showed that accused had been occasionally employed to pick chicken, and to buy them. On Monday Mrs. Parrett gave accused 21s. to purchase a dozen fowls; he however bought six of them and placed them in prosecutor's stable, where there was another one. On Saturday morning a man named Frederick Nash who works for prosecutor was sent to see if the fowls were all right, and he found that they were gone. Information was given to the Police and Sergeant Harman, immediately proceeded to the "Crown Inn," and found a haggler named Mark Brooks, who admitted having bought seven fowls of the accused a short time previously. Accused denied the theft, and said on taking the fowls to Mrs. Parratt she said they were too small, and he was to sell them and make what he could of them. It was stated that the haggler gave accused 14s. for them, and 13s. 3d. was found on him. As accused's request he was committed for trial to the Quarter Sessions, bail being allowed.


From  3 November , 2016, By Adam John.

A Costa WILL be built in a converted 16th century pub in Cranbrook.

Crown 2016

Costa coffee has been given planning permission to convert a 16th century pub into its latest shop, despite the concerns of nearby independent traders.

Last month Kent Live reported that independent coffee shops were concerned that a new coffee shop could be opened in Cranbrook.

In the planning documents, Hilary Hosford, of the Cranbrook Conservation Advisory committee, said that while the committee does not object to the proposed fascia board and totem pole sign, they have concerns about another coffee shop opening in the town.

She commented: "On behalf of the Cranbrook Conservation Advisory Committee we have some reservations about yet another coffee shop opening in Cranbrook.

"Given that it is already well supplied with a number of independent cafes and coffee shops and also given the fact that a recent sandwich bar has closed and failed."

Last month, Kerry Richardson of Hartley Coffee House and Farm Shop, said: "In my opinion there are a lot of good, independent coffee shops in Cranbrook.

"I do not necessarily feel that a Costa will benefit the area."

Hartley Coffee House 2016

Staff at Hartley Coffee House had concerns about the opening of a Costa.

On October 27 permission was granted by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to allow the former building that housed the historic "Crown Inn" to be converted into a new Costa Coffee shop.

A spokesperson for Costa said: "As the UK's favourite coffee shop brand and one of the success stories on the UK high street, we work closely with planning departments across the country to open new stores for the benefit of their local communities, creating new jobs and providing attractive and popular social meeting places."


Former Crown 2018

Above photo May 2018.



TAYLOR James 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

TAYLOR Thomas pre 1832 Next pub licensee had

ERRY Peter 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BATES Mr 1846+

BEECH William Chester 1855-62+ (age 46 in 1861Census)

CLARK Isaac 1871-74+ (age 30 in 1871Census)

SANTER William 1881-82+ (age 29 in 1881Census)

FRY Walter George 1891+ (age 27 in 1891Census)

BIGNELL George 1913-38+

Last pub licensee had HICKMOTT John & Angie 1985-99


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

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



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