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Earliest Late 1600s-

White Lion

Latest 1881+

High Street


White Lion

Above by kind permission of Eric Hartland. Circa 1850.

White Lion 1868

Above photo, circa 1968, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Old White Lion 1880

Above postcard circa 1880.

White Lion 2012

Above photo, 2012, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.


From the Kentish Gazette, 13 January, 1773. Price 1d.


And entered Upon immediately. The “White Lion Inn.” In Cranbrook Town.

Enquire of John Baker, Esqr or Daniel Dorel at Cranbrook.


The "White Lion Inn" is mentioned in Arcgaelogia Cantiana Vol 123 by A. Poole as having been owned by James Hawes in the late 1600's based on a will entrusting his wife as executrix to sell real estate to pay off outstanding debts. It provides instructions to sell cattle, chattels, messuages in Milkhouse Street and Biddenden and then the "White Lion Inn" in Cranbrook and two parcels of land at or near Golford Green in Cranbrook.

I am informed that by 1851 John Miles was a farmer running 112 acres and employing 8 men. I do not know whether this was also his trade whist being licensee.


Kentish 5 May Gazette 1819.

April 27th at Cranbrook, Mr. Amos Avery sen., of the "White Lion" in that town.


Southeastern Gazette, 10 May 1853.

CRANBROOK. Petty Sessions, Thursday. (Before C. T. Pattenson, Esq., chairman, T. L. Hodges,. Esq., the Rev. F. Barrow, the Rev. J. Deedes, G. R. Stevenson, Esq., and W. P. Croughton, Esq.)

Joseph Ransley landlord of the "White Horse Inn," Elizabeth Wimsett, of the "Windmill Inn," and William Hollands, of the "White Lion Inn," all in the town of Cranbrook, were severally charged on the information of Isaac Rumens, constable of Cranbrook, with, having their houses open during divine service on Sunday afternoon, the 1st inst. The two first named persons pleaded guilty, and Ransley was fined 40s. and costs, and Mrs. Wimsett 10s. and costs. The case against Hollands was gone into, and Mr. Dadson deposed to visiting defendant's house, when he observed a quantity of what he believed to be beer spilt along the passage. This, coupled with some information brought by Rumens, who entered the back way, led him to go into the yard, where his attention was attracted to a coachhouse used as a skittle ground, by seeing a shutter put to. He enquired for the key of this building, and eventually got the ostler to unlock the door, when he saw about a dozen men huddled up together in one corner, each evidently trying not to be visible to the eye of the constable, from a conviction that they had not been there all the afternoon without anything to drink. But fortunately for the defendant the constable summoned a witness from among the concealed group, who swore that he and the whole of his companions had been locked in from the time service began, but he didn’t know by whom, and that the defendant had not supplied them with any drink. This evidence, which the constable could not then rebut, destroyed the proof of the case, and defendant was dismissed with a caution.


South Eastern Gazette Gazette, 6 December 1853.


An accident happened to Mr. William Hollands, formerly of Sutton, but now landlord of the "White Lion lnn." It appears that Mr. Hollands about three weeks since was engaged in his cellar removing some casks, when one of the casks swerved, jamming his left hand against the wall, and severely injuring; his thumb. His hand appeared to be proceeding favourably, but since Friday week, although he has received every attention, he has become worse, and it is feared lock-jaw has ensued.


Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 3 June 1871.

Drunk and Assaulting the Police.

William Monday was charged by Superintendent Morgan with being drunk and assaulting the police in the execution of their duties, on the 30th of May, at Cranbrook.

I.C. Dunk stated that he was on duty in Cranbrook fair, on the 30th inst. He was sent for by Mr. Kemp of the "White Lion Inn," to put Monday out of his house, as he was driving all his custom away by his violent conduct and language. He found him in the front of the "White Lion" with a large crowd of people about in. He tried all he could to persuade him to go home, and put off a good deal of time in doing so. He at last became so violent that it took two policemen and two civilians to take him to the police station.

The Chairman told Monday that this was his second offence in assaulting the police execution of their duty. They should convict him for six months' hard Labour, and hoped it would learn him better when he came out again.



HAWES James late 1600s

AVERY Amos to 27/Apr/1819 dec'd

AVERY Ann 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

MILES John 1829-41+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

TAYLOR James I 1851+ (age 42 in 1851Census)

HOLLANDS William 1853-61+ (age 39 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858

KEMP Charles 1862-71+ Post Office Directory 1862

BLUNDELL John 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

BOORMAN Edward 1881+ (age 31 in 1881Census)


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

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

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874



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