Yes, I suppose I am a direct descendant. I went to the Rose and Crown today, but it is unfortunately, closed.
Certainly would be interested to meet up with you, next week I could do Thursday late afternoon, say 3pm? Are you in London, or out in Kent. If you're in London it would be simpler to meet in town. However, I could make it to Maidstone if that is easier for you. Is the county records office near the train station?
I am part of the Slades from Folkestone Hythe. It is my cousin, whose Mother was Marjorie Slade who told me, off the cuff, that one of our ancestors had a pub in Plumstead. She has done lots of genealogy, and will be thrilled that perhaps her random comment to me has unearthed this (or maybe she knows this already)
So, a brief summation of who I know to have come from Hythe (and that doesn't go too far back unfortunately) are my mother Rowan and her Brother Nick , children of Frank, whose sisters were Marjorie and Joan (who is still alive, but fading fast unfortunately). I think their father was Jack. All of these people grew up in Hythe.