Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.


Earliest 1700s-

Royal Exchange

Latest 1893

Millers lane


Royal Exchange

Above photo by David Anstiss, 7 February, 2011

Royal Exchange 2014

Above photo kindly sent by Peter Checksfield, 2014.


This is an early 18th century Inn identified in Bagshaw Directory 1847 and remained an Inn and staging post for horse-drawn coaches until 1876, although continued as a pub till 1893.

The building is now a Grade II listed building and gained that status on 10 April 1987.


From the Kentish Gazette, 16 April 1839.


April 4, at Monkton, Mr. Thomas Fennell, landlord of the "Royal Exchange," aged 71.


Kentish Gazette - Canterbury, Kent, England, 27 January 1852.


At the County Court on Saturday a case was heard; which lasted from ten in the morning till five in the afternoon and excited great interest. A jury was sworn for its hearing.

Brett v James Bax, William Bax, Frederick Ford, Stephen Saunders, Henry Miles and Robert Foreman.

Mr. Towne appeared for plaintiff, and stated this action to have been brought by the plaintiff, who is landlord of the "Royal Exchange Inn," Monkton, to recover 50 damages for a most brutal assault committed upon him by the defendants, on the 2nd December last, on the highway, near Minster mills. The plaintiff had been to the ploughing match, in the capacity of a vendor of beer, and returning home overtook five of the defendants, having the sixth, William Bax, in a light spring van; when they came up to him, and demanded of him a ride, which he refused, and warned them off, but they persisting in their demand, he, at the suggestion of William Bax, brother of James, used his whip to repel them, as they were all attempting to get in; William Bax turned against him (the plaintiff), pulled him head foremost out of the van, and let him fall on his head to the road, where he lay for some time stunned, until he succeeded in getting away from his assailants by the aid of Edmund Price, a labourer, returning home, and he arrived at his home covered with blood and mud, was obliged to go to bed, and had been prevented following his occupation. Witnesses were called in support of this statement.

Mr. Judge, for the defendants, contended that his clients were in a measure justified, from the violence used by plaintiff, who had not proved any great damage, having risen as early as eight o'clock on the next morning, and that having no work to do he had not been prevented following his occupation. The witness, Price, not calling assistance when a large farm-house was at hand, his not complaining to the magistrate, but accompanying the defendants to a public-house and drinking with them, proved they were all alike. He then called witnesses for the defence.

His Honor summed up and the jury retired, and after some time returned with a verdict for the plaintiff as against James Bax, William Bax. F. Ford, unit H. Miles; damages 12 and costs. Ordered to pay forthwith.


From an email found on the internet written by Suzannah Foad. 18 January 2006.

Village pubs are normally sited opposite churches but not in Monkton's case. The former "Royal Exchange Inn," by Miller's Lane, is 50 yards down from the 12th Century Church of St Mary Magdalene while the "White Stag" is at the Minster end of the 'Street'.

The diminutive "Royal Exchange" survives today as a Private Cottage. However, in 1770 it was the haunt of John Gambrill and his gang 'who spent most of their time either drinking beer or committing petty thefts in the district'.

The gang got their come-uppance after a fight with the local constabulary outside the pub. Gambrill ended up in the village stocks that still survive on the green in front of the church.

Stocks at Monkton

Above photo by Colin Sinnott 9 October 2011.

However, his gang had not finished with their mischief, for he was released and the Constable's daughter substituted in the Stocks. The prank cost the gang a year on Maidstone gaol.

Somehow, Gambrill got off scot free, or did he? For he married the
Constable's daughter!

Around this time Monkton was on the main turnpike route to Ramsgate and coaches would stop at the "Royal Exchange" before continuing up Miller Lane to the "Prospect Inn" at Mount Pleasant.

With the advent of the railway the Inn's staging function became redundant. The pub lingered on until 1893 before closing, seemingly after pressure from the local church based Temperance movement. So Monkton's complement of pubs was reduced to one - The "White Stag."




FENNELL Thomas to Apr/1839 dec'd

BRETT Thomas 1841-52+ (age 48 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Kentish Gazette

BROWNING Thomas 1855-61+ (also agricultural labourer age 37 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858

ANSLEY Thomas 1867-82+ (age 36 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

BAILEY Robert 1891+ (also agricultural labourer age 29 in 1891Census)


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-