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A brief early history of the Queen's Head.


Early Queens Head photograph, pre post box days

Queen Elizabeth I (1538-1603) came Downe to attended the baptism
of Henry Manning's daughter Margaret. Henry was Knight Marshall
under Elizabeth and lived at the Manor House, Downe Court.
The "Queen's Head was built in the Year 1565 and was named
in honour of that occassion   

Timothy Marchant was the first recorded keeper of the Inn and kept
The Queen's Head until October of 1607. At taht time it was
purchased by Caleb Fairtree, an innkeeper from Lewisham.


historic picture of village and pub

In the Sales Transaction 'commodious stabling facilities' were
included and parts of these stand to this day at the back of the pub.

In 1731, The Queen's Head was purchased by a local man,
Cardew Carston, who was also the parish town crier. At the
height of the horse coaching era ( mid to late eighteenth century)
the Inn was a well established coach stop and stage-posting
house and is mentioned in a time-table dating from 1794.

historic picture of pub

At this time it was recorded that an adjoining building,
was a general grocers and corn merchants shop.
This was later converted to become part of the pub.

Gratefull thanks are given to those who contributed to this history
which we hope to add to as items become avaiable.



The Queen's Head, Downe, Orpington, BR6 7US.
Telephone: 01689 852145.