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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1769-

Star

Latest 1991+

(Name to)

The Street

Bossingham

Star 1920

Above postcard, 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Star 1953

Above photo, circa 1953. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Star sign 1991

Above signs, July 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

 

From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday 31 May to Saturday 3 June, 1769. Price 2d.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION

At the Sign of the “Star” at Bossingham, in the Parish of Upper Hardres, on Monday the 19th Day of this Month, at Four o'clock in the Afternoon.

A Freehold Messuage or Tenement, together with a Barn, Lodge, and Six Acres of Land, Pasture and Arable, thereunto belonging; situate in Bossingham, near the “Star Alehouse” aforesaid; now in the Occupation of George Whitnell and John Norrington, Tenants at Will, who will shew the Premises, whereof further Particulars may be enquired after, of William Birch, in the Parish of Monks Horton.

June 2, 1769.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 5 October, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.

ST AUGUSTINE PETTY SESSIONS. SATURDAY.

Charles Middleton, shoemaker, of Upper Hardres charged Thomas Harvey, of Stelling Minnis, labourer, with assaulting him at Upper Hardres, on the 19th September.

It appeared that on the night in question, the complainant and defendant were drinking, along with a number of others, at the “Star Inn,” Upper Hardres. Some quarrelling look place which led to the proprietor refusing to supply any more liquor in the house. The company then left, and when they got outside the door the defendant without any provocation, struck the complainant in the face.

The bench fined the defendant 2s. 6d. and 10s. expenses.

 

From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 8 June 1867. Price 1d.

The Magistrates granted an authority to William Lester to sell spirituous liquors in the “Duke of Cumberland,” Whitstable.

David Clay, landlord of the “Bricklayers,” Whitstable; John Holness, landlord of the “Red Lion,” Sturry; and to Mrs. Smith, landlady of the “Star,” Upper Hardres.

 

From the Whitstable Times, 30 June, 1900.

UPPER HARDRES. ACCIDENTALLY SUFFOCATED.

The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest on Tuesday, at the "Star Inn," Upper Hardres, on the body of Edwin Castle, aged 41, a labourer.

Arthur Barber, who lodges with Mrs. Castle at Little Broxhill Cottages, deposed that he last saw deceased about 9.43 on Sunday evening at the "Star Inn." He left at that time to go home. It was raining hard so witness stayed all night with the landlord's son. He left the inn soon after 4 on Monday morning to go to work, and just round the corner he saw the deceased, about 30 or 40 yards from the home. He was on his hands and knees in the water table with his head under him. He was black in the face and was quite dead. There were no signs of a struggle. Witness did not think deceased was drunk, but be had been drinking.

Dr. R. L. Moorhead of Bridge, deposed that he made a post mortem examination and in his opinion the cause of death was (1) suffocation probably caused by a tight collar and (2) heart failure.

The Jury returned a verdict accordingly.

 

Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 14 September 1912.

A DRUNKEN MAIL DRIVER DRIVES FURIOUSLY AND RUNS DOWN AN OLD LADY.

At Elham County Police Court. on Thursday, Henry Harvey the landlord of the "Star Inn," Bossingham, and the mail driver from Stelling Minnis to Canterbury was fined 2 and 1 8s. 6d. costs for being drunk in charge of a horse and cart at Lyminge on August 19th, and 1 and 1 8s. 6d. costs for driving a horse and cart furiously to the danger of the public.

Evidence was given to the effect that the defendant was swaying about in the cart, and that when reaching one spot he fell out of the trap and hurt himself. After a time he got into the trap with two others, but he refused to let them drive. Further along the road they came upon an old lady walking across it, and one of the men in the cart said Harvey made no attempt to avoid her. The former snatched the reins, but was too late to pull the horse up before the old lady was knocked down and injured. The defendant did not get down from the cart to see to the old lady, but after a time drove off.

For the defence evidence was called to show that Harvey was taken ill, and the defendant denied that he was drunk and that he did not try to avoid the old lady.

The Bench convicted and imposed fines as stated.

 

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 20 April 1935.

ON THE TELEPHONE.

Stelling Minnis 37. - Mrs. M. A. Brown, "Star Inn," Bossingham, Upper Hardres.

 

 

The pub changed name to the "Hop Pocket" some time between 1991 and 1995.

 

LICENSEE LIST

LADD William 1841+ (age 30 in 1841Census)

LADD Mary (widow) 1851+ (age 52 in 1851Census)

CHAMPION Georgianna H 1861+ (niece of above age 24 in 1861Census)

SMITH Mrs 1867+

HARNDEN James 1871-81+ (age 35 in 1871Census)

FINN Cassell 1891+ (age 27 in 1891Census)

HARVEY Harriett 1901+ (age 54 in 1901Census)

HARVEY Henry (son) 1903-12+ (age 39 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

BROWN M A Mrs 1935+

 

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

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