Sort file:- Herne, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 17 December, 2023.


Earliest 1738-

Fox and Hounds

Closed 2013-

1-2 The Birches

Herne Common


Fox and Hounds 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Possibly showing Edwin Holness.

Fox and Hounds 1908

Above photo, circa 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Fox and Hounds 1915

Above photo, circa 1915, kindly sent by Sandra Heard.

Fox and Hounds 1916

Above postcard circa 1916, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe, by kind permission of Wayne Northeast."

Fox and Hounds 1930

Above postcard, 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Fox and Hounds 1967

Above photo, 1967, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Fox and Hounds

Above photo showing the former pub, date unknown.

Fox and Hounds sign 1987Fox and Hounds sign 1991

Above sign left, 1987, sign right, July 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


I have also seen this pub addresses as in Marshside, Chislet and given the address of Blean Gate.

Rory Kehoe says:- Probably a pub from the early 18th century, the "Fox and Hounds" was purchased by Shepherd Neame in February 1843.

The census of 1841 addressed this as in Chislet.

In 1884 and 1887 Ridout & Flower's Herne Bay Directory advertised the pub as selling Shepherd Neame's Fine Ales and London Porter. The licensee was Thomas Revell, who also offered good beds and secure stabling, with a lock up coach house.


From the Kentish Gazette, 5 July 1836.

Samuel Lucas, and John Taylor charged with having, on the 22nd instant, uttered two counterfeit shillings, at Herne. Prisoners went into a beer shop, occupied by Mary Keene, and called for a pint of beer, for which, in payment, they tendered a shilling, which, from what a person named Bean advised, was marked. They afterwards went to another house, and had some beer, for which they paid with a counterfeit shilling. On being taken into custody, Lucas was seen to throw a box away, which, on examination, was found to contain twenty-three counterfeit shillings, some of which were unfinished.

Twelve calendar months in the House of Correction—the first and the last fortnight to be spent in solitary confinement.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 March, 1864.


Sarah Bean, landlady of the “Fox and Hounds” public house, Chislett, was charged with allowing gambling with dice in her house on Saturday night week. The charge was proved by Police Sergt, Gower, who said that when he entered the house on the night in question, there were some men raffling with dice. He saw several small sums of money on the table.

George Bean, who appeared for the defendant admitted that what the officer stated was correct. He was raffling off a leg of pork, but did not know he was doing wrong. If the magistrates would look over the offence he would promise it should not occur again.

The Bench dismissed the case on the defendant agreeing to pay 7s. in expenses.


Kentish Gazette, 22 March, 1870.


A DOG CART, in Good Repair; price 10. Apply to Mrs. Bean, “Fox and Hounds,” Herne.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 25 July 1914.


An inquest was held at the Herne Bay Cottage Hospital on Thursday afternoon by the East Kent Coroner (Mr. Rutley Mowell into the circumstances connected with the death of Henry Broadbury, a retired schoolteacher, aged 71 years who had resided at the "Fox and Hounds," Chislet.

According to the evidence, deceased was in the habit of riding a tricycle, and on Monday evening, after tea, said he was going for a ride on a second-hand machine, which he had recently bought, and that he should try it down Bullockstone Hill. He was warned to be careful and not have an accident. "Oh, bosh, accident" he replied. "It is no good having a tricycle, if it wont go down a hill."

Later, an agricultural labourer, named Ernest Alfred Jones, of Hollybush Cottage Herne, while cycling up Bullockstone Hill, found the deceased lying by the side of the road and the overturned tricycle near him.

Jones called P.C. Earl, who telephoned to Dr. Fenoulhet at Herne Bay. The doctor, after attending to the man's injuries, had him removed to the Cottage Hospital, where he died in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Deceased had obtained a fracture of the base of the skull, and this was the cause of death. The tricycle was in good condition, according to the evidence although P.C. Earl said the head seemed to have too much play in the steering. The jury returned a verdict, of "Death by Misadventure."

The 1871 census states he was vice principal, aged 28, at Dane Hill House School, Margate. Born in Collingham, Nottinghamshire.


Dover Express, Friday 23 March 1934.

THE EAST KENT FOXHOUNDS will meet at 11.30 a.m. on Friday. March 23rd, at Acryse Schools. Monday, March 26th, at the "Black Robin," Kingston.

Thursday, March 29th, at the "Gate Inn," West Wood.

Thursday, April 5th, at Penny Pot, Denge.

On Monday, April 2nd (Easter Monday), the Hunt point-to-point races will be held at Brabourne, commencing at 1.30 p.m.

THE WEST STREET HUNT will meet at 12 noon each day on Tuesday. March 27th, at Stodmarsh, Thursday, March 29th, at the "Horse and Hound," (sic) Herne.

Tuesday, April 3rd at the Dower House, Knowlton.

To finish the Season.

The West Street Hunt point-to-point races will be held at Whitfield on Saturday, 24th March; first race at 1.50 p.m.

April 2nd.—East Kent Hunt point-to-point races at Brabourne; first race, 1.30 p.m.

West Street Hunt Damage Fund dance at the "Lord Warden Hotel," Dover, at 10 p.m. Tickets from Mrs. Monins, Ringwould House, near Dover.




BISSY David 1738+

KEENE Mary 1836+

KEEN Filmer 1841+ (age 30 in 1841Census)

DAWES Isaac 1847-51+

BEAN Thomas 1861+ (age 36 in 1861Census)

BEAN Sarah 1864-82+ (widow age 62 in 1881Census)

REVELL Thomas 1884-87+

HOLNESS Edwin 1891-1903+ (age 58 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

MANN Robert 1911-Nov/15 Next pub licensee had Whitstable Times (age 40 in 1911Census)

TAYLOR Donald Herbert Nov/1915+ Whitstable Times

CLEMENTS Henry George 1938-39+ (age 64 in 1939)


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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