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Earliest 1808-

Hoy and Anchor

Latest 1839-

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Hoy and Anchor 1808

Above drawing, 1808, by William Gurney, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The back of this postcard says the following:- William Gurney having to give up his public house "The Hoy and Anchor," to the sea in 1808, when the village became a total wreck to the mercy of the sea, and was let the vicarage while the present "King Ethelbert Inn" was being built. The vicarage was pulled down and the material used in the foundations of the new Coast Guard Station, 1874. The old sign of "The Hoy and Anchor," saved from destruction by Frank Buckland, Esqre., is now in the Herne Bay Club.

Hoy and Anchor 1858

Above photo, 1858, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The pub is on the right.


I know of two pubs called the "Hoy and Anchor" at Reculver.

The original was lost through coastal erosion and rebuilt in 1809, obviously further inland.

The pub was renamed the "King Ethelbert" around the some time before 1871.


Kentish Gazette 08 March 1808.


March 2, at Reculver, Mrs. Ann Monger, many years landlady of the "Hoy and Anchor" public house of that place.


From the Kentish Gazette, 21 November 1837.


Nov. 10, after a long illness, Mrs. Wm. Gurney, of the "Hoy and Anchor," Reculver, aged 39.


Canterbury Weekly, 18 November, 1837.


Nov 10, Mrs. W Guerney, "Hoy and Anchor," Reculver, aged 39.


From the Kentish Gazette, 3 November 1840.


Oct 27, after a long illness, Mr. William Gurney, many years landlord of the "Hoy and Anchor," Reculver, aged 64.


From an email received 11 April 2015.


My 6 x great grandfather, Henry Monger, according to his will drawn up in 1805, was a victualler in Reculver and also in another record owned land as a Knight of Kent in Reculver - a freeholder. It seems he owned land in Reculver through that record and a Widow, Wale, lived there?. He died in Minster it seems though the records say a Henry Monger died in 1804, that could have been a mistake in reading and writing in the entry.

How many pubs were or are there in Reculver around that time of the 1700s? How many in Minster?

He was born in Faversham in 1723 so could have also have served in any pub there as well.

So, my best guess would be that he definitely served in Reculver. Does that pub have any records? In his will he left buildings, outhouses to some men in Minster so that is another clue. I can barely work out the wording in the will as it is so ancient.

Well done for doing this project and I hope this information is of some help.

Many thanks.

P Bygrave.


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.



MONGER Ann Mrs till Mar/1808 dec'd

GURNEY William Gurney 1828-Nov/40 dec'd aged 64 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

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