Black Boy, Sevenoaks - Exterior

History of the Black Boy

One of the most historic pubs in Sevenoaks, The Black Boy dates back to 1616.

Its eponymous hero is thought to be John Morockoe, who is mentioned in 'Knole and the Sackvilles’ by Vita Sackville-West. The author grew up at nearby Knole country house in the early 20th century, and describes Morockoe as a ‘Blackamoor’ who worked at Knole during the reign of James I. He is thought to have been a remarkable man, as it has been suggested that Black Boy Lane, now the town's Bank Street, was also named after him.

Another school of thought says the house was named after a teacher from the respected Sevenoaks School.