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Earliest 1740-

Rose and Crown

Latest 1826

(Name to)


Woolage Green


This pub was mentioned in the Wingham division Ale License list of 1740 when the license was renewed at a cost of 8 shillings.

In 1826 the pub was sold, along with 11 other pubs in the neighbouring villages for the sum of 166. It is unknown who sold the premises and to whom.

John Wood the Younger had been licensee of the "Rose and Crown", now the "Two Sawyers," at Woolage Green in Womenswould parish between 1820 and 1824 during which time he was convicted and fined for poaching partridges. Shortly after this conviction he left the "Rose and Crown." Poaching being a crime that by this time incurred only a fine, often 5 which was a considerable some at a time when agricultural labourers earned 12/- (60 pence) for a six day week, for a first offence with half of the fine going to the person who reported you.

I assume the pub gained a reputation for housing poachers and so changed the name and of course reputation shortly after John Wood left.

Later information tells me the pub changed name in the 1820s probably just after the sale in 1826.

With Woolage Green is in the parish of Womenswold, and this pub is often incorrectly referred to as being in Womanswold.


Sussex Advertiser 20 February 1826.

At the sale of the public houses and other estates, situate in the eastern parts of the County of Kent, which took place at the "Bell Inn," Sandwich, on Monday last, Messrs. Pott and Denne knocked down the following lots, at the sums affixed to them, viz.:—

The "Bull," at Eastry, 1,190.

"Three Colts," Tilmanstone, 500.

"White Horse," Eythorne, 575.

"Red Lion," Frogham, 455.

"Rose and Crown," Womenswould, 166.

"Duke of Cumberland," Barham, 910.

"Charity," Woodnesborough, 710.

"Three Crowns," Goodnestone, 620.

"Admiral Harvey," Ramsgate, 1,150.

"Ship," Ramsgate, 1,250.

"Red Lion," St. Peters, 1,100.

"Crown and Thistle," St. Peters, 705.

"Crown, or Halfway-house," Sarr, 940.

"King's Head," Walmer Road, 425.

The "Duke of York," Walmer Road, 310.

The sale-room was most numerously attended.

We understand that the "Ship," at Ash, and "Crispin," at Worth, have since been sold by private contract, the former for 750, and the latter for five hundred guineas.




FFRIEND William (with 2 Fs) 1740+ Wingham Ale Licences 1740

FOX Family 1792+

WOOD John 1820-24 Next pub licensee had

FOX William 1858 (beer retailer born 1802 died 1881) see email

To the "Two Sawyers".


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


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