Sort file:- Ashford, March, 2021.

Page Updated Ashford:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1856-

John Bull

Latest 1861+




I am not at present intending on doing comprehensive research into the Ashford area, but during my research I have found reference to this pub, so have included it here.

As time allows and I find or are sent further information or pictures regarding this pub I will be adding further information to this page.

Your help is appreciated.


South Eastern Gazette. Tuesday 08 January 1856.

John Richardson, of the "John Bull," Ashford, was charged with selling beer during divine services on the 2nd December last. The case was approved by superintendent Fancett.

Defendants wife admitted the sale of the beer, but said it was for an elderly person who was ill, and wished to take some cordial. This appearing to be the fact, the case was dismissed, at the same time the defendant was cautioned by the chairman as to his future conduct.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 28 January,1860. Price 1d.


At the magistrate's clerk's office, on Monday, John Martin was charged with stealing a piece of mutton, value 3s., the property of Mark Simmonds, butcher, of Mersham Street. Prosecutor saw the mutton safe in his shop window on Saturday night about half-past six o'clock, when he left his house, and on his return about an hour afterwards he missed it. During his absence a man answering the description of prisoner had been to the shop and asked for alms, and on prisoner being taken into custody by P.C. Crittenden, it was found that he had sold the mutton to two persons lodging at the “John Bull,” for 1s. 3d. The prisoner was remanded till Tuesday.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 30 November 1861.

Ashford. An Old Offender.

James Weedon alias William Henry Johnson, of Maidstone, was charged with stealing various articles of clothing, belonging to a mechanic name Joseph James, from a cupboard in the taproom of the "John Bull" beer shop, on Friday evening. The things were missed from the cupboard, and information was given to the police, who went in search of prisoner. He was found in bed at Charing with a bundle by the side of the bag containing the missing articles.

Superintendent Blundell, of Maidstone, said the prisoner had been convicted 4 times of that place for felonies and burglaries. His first conviction took place in 1850, and he had since then had two months' with hard labour; then 10 years' transportation for burglary, when he obtained a ticket-of-leave, and work was found him by the Earl of Romney, to prevent him relapsing into his old habits through distress; then for another burglary, 4 years' penal servitude, and since he had been out of prison on that sentence, he (Superintendent Blundell) had obtained work for him.

The prisoner, however, would not keep in any employment, and habitually lived with prostitutes and thieves. He was committed to the East Kent quarter sessions for trial.





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