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Earliest 1847-

Woodman's Hall

Latest ????

Horse Lees

Boughton Under Blean

Ville of Dunkirk

Woodman's Hall 1905

Above photo, 1905, kindly sent by Christoph Bull.

Woodman's Hall

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Marie Rook.

Woodman's Hall

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Marie Rook.

Woodman's Hall 1915

Above postcard, circa 1915, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Woodman's Hall

Above photo date unknown.

Woodman's Hall

Above photo, date unknown by David Long.

Woodman's Hall sign 1986

Above sign, September 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Boughton map 1896

Above map 1896, annotated by Rory Kehoe.


The Boughton Under Blean residents mainly made their living from the timber trade, hence the name of this pub. I have also seen this pub incorrectly addressed under Dunkirk.

The pub has now unfortunately closed, been demolished around 2008/9 and is now a set of private residences.

Woodman's Hall site 2014

Above showing the site of the former "Woodman's Hall" 2014.


In March 1867 it was stated that Mary Dunkin married William Nicholson.

William Kennett died on 4 Mar 1881 "near the Woodmans Hall Inn" in Dunkirk aged 73, of a stroke. He was a farm labourer. M. A. Foreman from Boughton was present for the registration of the death.


Kentish Gazette, 16 July 1844.


An inquest was held on Thursday last at the "Woodman's Hall," Ville of Dunkirk, before T. T. Delasaux, esq., coroner, on view of the body of Mr. Robert Quaife, farmer, Boughton, who suddenly expired while sitting at tea the previous day. From the evidence of deceased’s daughter, he had been very feeble and infirm during the last two or three years, but on the day in question he appeared somewhat better, and had been out walking in the early part of that day. Mr. Francis, surgeon, was sent for, but on his arrival life was extinct. The surgeon was of opinion his death was caused from apoplexy. This evidence being adduced, the jury returned a verdict of "Natural death." During the inquest the coroner addressed the constables of the parish, and explained to them the law on the subject of their duties, and impressed upon them the necessity of their informing him of a death that was in the least sudden.


From the Kentish Gazette, 27 May 1845.

On Friday last and inquest was held at the "Woodman's Arms," Ville of Dunkirk, before T. T. Delasaux Esq., coroner, on view of the body of Sarah James, who died the preceding day from the effects of a fall but she received some time since. From the evidence of Mr. R. S. Francis, surgeon, it appeared that she had been suffering in consequence of that accident, by which her health was accelerated. The facts coming to the knowledge of the church, the officer, he deemed it advisable to give notice to the coroner, knowing that if any person met with an accident, and died before the expiration of a 12-month, it is compulsory to hold an inquest; but if that person once recovered from the effects of the accident, and is again attacked with any illness, than an inquest is not requisite.

Verdict - "Accidental Death, through a fall."


Dover Chronicles 12 June 1847.


June 3, at the "Ville of Dunkirk," near Canterbury, Mary, only daughter of Mr. Pay, landlord of the "Woodman's Hall."


Kentish Gazette, 15 June 1847.


Pay:— June 3. at the Ville of Dunkirk, near Canterbury, Mary, only daughter of Mr. Pay, landlord of the "Woodman's Hall."


South Eastern Gazette, 25 October 1853.


Charles Watking, 27, and William Lawton Thompson, 35, a lawyer's clerk, were charged with having, in the Ville of Dunkirk, on the 13th August, fourteen counterfeit half crowns in their possession, with the intent to utter them.

Louisa Pay kept the "Woodman's Arms," at Dunkirk. (sic) On Friday, the 12th August, at about eight o'clock in the evening, the prisoner Watking came and asked for a bottle of ginger beer and two-pennyworth of brandy, for which he tendered a counterfeit half-crown. She put it into her mouth and bit it, upon which he said ha had got a sixpence, of which he was not at first aware, among his coppers, when she said if he hadn't she would not have taken the half-crown, as it was a bad one.

Henry Jennings, butcher, of Boughton-under-Blean, deposed to the same prisoner coming to him in the evening of the same day, and giving a half-crown in payment for some beef-steak, which he put with other silver. On the following Monday he found a counterfeit half-crown.

Harriet Theobalds, who kept the "Red Lion Inn," at Dunkirk, deposed that the same evening Watking came and asked for lodging for himself and partner; and the two slept in her house, having previously given her about a pound of beef-steak, which they requested her to cook for their breakfast.

William Bourne, police-constable, followed them on Saturday morning from Boughton to Canterbury, where they joined company, he detained Thompson when they reached the Terrace, on suspicion of having counterfeit coin in his possession, and being in company with Watking, who had attempted to pass some. In reply to his inquiries, Thompson said he slept at Canterbury. On searching him, he found on him fourteen counterfeit half-crowns; and Watking afterwards said, as they had no good money, they were compelled to make use of bad.

Police-constable Norley corroborated what was stated by the last witness, as to following the two from Boughton to Canterbury, and that he arrested Watkin, finding on him one counterfeit half-crown.

John Sherwood, silversmith, of Faversham, spoke to all the coin being bad.

Thompson said that he should prefer pleading guilty, and with his partner, requested to withdraw the plea already made, at once pleaded guilty.

Thompson hoped the Court would take into consideration that they had already been in prison ten weeks.

Nine months hard labour.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 5 March 1881.

Dunkirk. Fatal accident.

On Saturday last Coroner Delasaux held an inquest at the "Woodlands Hall," in the parish, on the body of Sarah Hill, a widow, age 88 years.

It appeared that the poor old lady had by some means fallen down the front of her house, striking her forehead on a flower pot, and sustaining such serious injuries that she expired a few minutes afterwards.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 5 January 1901. Price 1d.


On Thursday last, on the occasion of the annual dinner of the Society held at the "Woodman's Hall," Mr. Percy Marsh, of Dunkirk, the indefatigable Secretary, gave an outline of the year's accounts, which was more than commonly satisfactory. The sick allowance in a club of 56 members only amounted to 6 16s. 8d., and the dividend of 1 1s. 2d. per member, after the payment of all liabilities, including the dinner, was very gratifying.

The club room at the "Woodman's Hall" has lately been further enlarged, so that the 60 odd who sat down to dinner did so with every comfort, and Mr. C. E. Pettmar, of tbe Dunkirk schools, presided over a happy and appreciate company, the vice-chair being occupied by Mr. Hinks, of Faversham (a former tenant of the house).
“The Queen and Royal family" having been honoured, the toast of the “Imperial Forces of the Empire" was received with enthusiasm, and Private Cooper, of the Buffs, a lately returned Reservist, gave a capital rendering of "Tommy Atkins." Songs were abundant throughout the evening, but Mr. Hinks "Irish Fusiliers” crowned them all. Mr. Coombs (pianist) and Mr. Jefferey (violinist) played selections, and their accompaniments made the singing more than usually enjoyable. “Prosperity to the Club," the health of the Secretary, and thanks to the performers having been duly given and received, Mr. and Mrs. Lonkhurst received quite an ovation. The evening closed with the usual compliment to Messrs. W. E. and J. Rigden, of Faversham.



PAY Elias 1847-61+ (age 58 in 1861Census)

DUNKIN Mary to Mar/1867

NICHOLSON William Mar/1867-71+ (age 38 in 1871Census)

DIVERS Henry 1874-82+ (age 31 in 1881Census)

MARSH Wellington to Mar/1891 Canterbury Journal

HOUSDEN Alexander Mar/1891+ (age 36 in 1891Census) Canterbury Journal

LONGHURST Clarke 1901-03+ (age 37 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

FOREMAN W Mrs 1913-22+ Kelly's 1913

CLINCH Charles John 1938+



Canterbury JournalCanterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913


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