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Earliest 1302

Rose Inn

Open 2019+

The Green


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Rose Inn 1920

Above postcard circa 1920. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose 1930

Above postcard, circa 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose Inn

Above postcard, circa 1935, Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose 1955

Above postcard, 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose 1960

Above postcard, 1960, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose Inn 1995

Above photo taken in 1995 by Olwen Fenton.

Rose Inn at Wickhambreaux Rose Inn Wickhambreaux

Above photos by Nick Smith, reproduced under the Creative Commons License.

Rose Inn at Wickhambreaux

Above photograph copyright, with permission from Ian Hadingham. 31 August 2009.

Rose 2016

Above photo, August 2016, by Paul Skelton.

Rose sign 1991Rose sign 2016

Rose sign left, July 1991, sign right, August 2016.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


 The "Rose Inn" is said to have derived from Fair Rosamund Clifford, the beautiful mistress of Henry II. The first rector of St Andrew's Church was reputedly a grandson of this union, and certainly the Clifford family owned the Manor of Wickham during the twelfth century. Another reason given for the name is that William de Breuse, who gave the ‘breaux' suffix to Wickham, had to pay a token rent of one rose each June to the King - perhaps Rose In June would have been more suitable?


Only reference found so far is in the Wingham Division Ale Licence list, which shows the "Rose," Wickhambreaux, to be re-licensed for the sum of 8 shillings in 1740 indicating that the pub was present before 1740.

According to Donald Stuart's book "Old Kent Inns" Wickhambreaux is Wicham in AD 948, and Wykham Breuhuse by 1270, from the de Brayhuse family." The "Rose Inn" dates back to 1302 just after the first Prince of Wales was created and recorded as a farmhouse in the Domesday Book of 1086.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18 January, 1907. Price 1d.

A temporary transfer of the "Rose," Wickhambreaux, from R. Marsh to A. Archer, was granted.

Mr. Marsh, it was stated, had had to leave the house as he was suffering from locomoter ataxy (inability to precisely control one's own bodily movements) and was also unable to be present. The new applicant had been gamekeeper to Mr. Wotton.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 6 May, 1910.



Plans were submitted for a new entrance to the "Rose Inn," Wickhambreaux.

The plans were approved of.




HEWSON Ffrancis 1740+ Wingham Ale Licences 1740

WEST Thomas 1858+

SOLE John 1881-82+ (age 36 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

MASTERS Frederick 1899+ Kelly's 1899

MARSH R to Jan/1907 Dover Express

ARCHER A Jan/1907+ Dover Express

ARCHER Alfred John 1911-30+ (age 53 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

TUCKER George 1934-38+ Kelly's 1934


Wingham Ale Licences 1740From Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934



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