brief early history of the Queen's Head.
Elizabeth I (1538-1603) came Downe to attended the baptism
Manning's daughter Margaret. Henry was Knight Marshall
Elizabeth and lived at the Manor House, Downe
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.
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.
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.