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Earliest 1849-

Swan Inn

Open 2010+


Great Chart

Swan Inn 1940

Above postcard, circa 1940, kindly sent by Tel Terry.

Swan 2010

Above photo 2010 by Oast House Archives Creative Commons Licence.

Swan sign 1990Swan sign 2014

Above sign right 1990, sent by Rory Kehoe, sign left, 2014.

Swan Inn card 1951

Above aluminium card issued June 1951. Sign series 3 number 50.


There is also a pub called the "Swan" at Little Chart.


South Eastern Gazette 6 February 1849.


On Monday last, a Mr. Russell, (now on a visit to some friends at Ashford,) being out with his gun, on his return towards the evening called in at the "Swan," at Great Chart, and having placed his gun in the corner of the room, called for some porter and tobacco, and commenced smoking and conversing with the landlord. When about to start, he found that he had left his purse at home; he, consequently told the landlord of his unpleasant situation (being a stranger to him,) gave him his address, and promised to call in the morning, and discharge the demand which was eight-pence. This did not satisfy " Mr. Boniface" and he insisted upon security, by Mr. Russell depositing in his hands his shot belt, or something worth 8d., at which request Mr. R. expressed his great indignation, and rose, intending to leave the house, when a scuffle ensued between them. Mr. R. having his gun in his hand, on a sudden it went off, the charge passing through a screen, behind which several persons were sitting, but fortunately no one happened to be injured seriously, only one man being wounded in the knee. If any one had happened to have been on the other side, he would probably have been killed on the spot. The affair was brought under the notice of a magistrate on the following day, who advised them to retire and arrange the matter amicably.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 20 September 1853.

Alfred Cullen, "Swan Inn," Great Chart, Ashford, Kent, respectfully solicits the support of hop planters, to draw samples, having had six years' experience he trusts to give satisfaction. All letters, addressed as above, will have immediate attention.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 24 July 1858.

Charge of bigamy.

At the magistrates' Clerk's office on Saturday last, Alfred Cullen, formerly of the "Swan," Great Chart, was brought before W. Burra, Esq., charged with intermarrying with Ellen Breach, his former wife, Elizabeth Carling, being alive.

Superintendent Dewar deposed that he searched the Register of the church of St. Mary the Virgin, at Dover, and also the Register of St. John's Church, Saddington, and produced the two certificates of the marriage of prisoner, the former being with Elizabeth Culling on the 14th October, 1840, and the letter with Ellen Breach on the 27th February last.

Charles Gilham, of Ashford, proved the former marriage, and Matthew Chaplin, of Paddington, deposed being present at the latter.

Prisoner said, in defence, that is former wife's father agree to keep her and her three children, provided he gave her 20., instead of which he gave her 30., with the understanding he was going to Canada

Committed for trial at the assizes.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 23 January, 1864.


On Monday, Mr Deputy Callaway, and a respectable jury, held an inquest at the “Swan Inn,” Great Chart, on the body of John Dulton, yeoman, aged 63 years. George Wood, beer retailer, deposed that the deceased, whom he had known for thirty years, had been for about three years an inmate of one of Toke’s Alms Houses. About eleven o’clock on Saturday morning he was at witness’ house, and staid there about half on hour, but there was nothing peculiar in his appearance. He had frequently complained of giddiness in the head. The deceased, who was well-to-do in the world, being possessed of property besides his allowance from the charity, was given to drinking. He made his will on the 12th inst.

Henry Padgham, of Great Chart, carpenter, deposed that he was passing the deceased's house at half-past eight o’clock on Sunday morning, when he saw the left leg and the greater part of his body was in the water, which was about two feet deep. There was a kettle on the bricks by the side of the well. The body was quite cold and stiff. The well was an open one.

The jury returned a verdict that the deceased was found drowned in the well, but there was no evidence to show how he got there. They coupled with their verdict a recommendation that the well, which belongs to the parish, should be covered.


Kentish Gazette 7 March 1865.


Mr. Giles Grist, landlord of the "Swan Inn," Great Chart, was summoned for knowingly suffering gaming in his house, contrary to the tenor of his license. The case was proved by P.C. Thomas Waller, stationed at Great Chart. It appeared that on Feb. 20th there had been a "rabbit shoot" on Godington estate, by permission of N. Toke, Esq. In the evening the parties, who were all farmers and tradesmen, went to the "Swan," and four of them were amusing themselves with a game of cards, when the policeman who had been listening outside, walked into the parlour and surprised them in their game. The defendant now asserted that the parties, who, it was admitted, were respectable persons, were playing for amusement only. The Bench inflicted a penalty of 50s. including costs.


Kentish Gazette 28 March 1865.


Information's were laid against Mr. Giles Grist, of the "Swan Inn," Great Chart, and against Mr. Norton, a tradesman of that place, for interrupting police constable Thomas Waller, who gave evidence at the last Petty Sessions, which led to Mr. Grist being convicted for allowing card playing in his house for money. The offence arose out of this matter; the parties complaining that the policeman spoke falsely.

Summonses were granted against both.


Kentish Gazette 4 April 1865.


Mr. James Norton, carpenter, and Mr. Giles Grist, landlord of the "Swan Inn," both of Great Chart, appeared to a summons charging them with using insulting and abusive language towards P.C. Thomas Waller.

Mr. Grist, was fined last month for by the Magistrates for allowing card playing in his house for money. Waller was the witness who proved the case, and upon returning home to Great Chart, Grist accused him of telling untruths, and declared he would complain of him to the Superintendent, also telling he was "no man," and using other abusive epithets. Norton afterwards met the constable, and swore at him for mentioning him as one of the persons in the house, and called him a "liar."

Mr. Langham, sen., solicitor, of Hastings, appeared for the defendants, and on their behalf admitted the offence, which he said was committed when they were in a state of irritation at what they conceived to be the policeman's misrepresentations. They were now very sorry for what had occurred, and begged to express their regret for it.

Sir Norton Knatchbull, after a suitable admonition to the defendants, said the Bench under the circumstances would permit the information's to be withdrawn.


From the Whitstable Times, 5 November, 1870.

Mr. Giles Grist, landlord of the “Swan,” the public house of the village of Great Chart, was summoned for allowing gambling in his house. Police-constable Holman, the disguised detective, proved seeing persons raffling for a rabbit in the house and spoke of what he had seen there when in company with the Great Chart roughs. Mr. Grist strenuously combated the evidence, and at his request the case was adjourned.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 12 February 1881.


The license of the "Swan Inn," Great Chart was transferred from Mr. Giles Grist to his son, Mr. Charles Grist.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 17 February 1976.

New landlord plans to make pub famous.

NEW LICENSEE of the "Prince Albert Inn," High Street, Broadstairs, is Mr. Len Fillery, who until six months ago ran the "Swan" at Great Chart, Ashford.

Len Fillery 1976

Mr. Flllery and his wife Yvonne have two daughters, Yvette (18) and Annette (16).

Mr. and Mrs. Fillery are not strangers to Thanet. She once lived at Broadstairs and he also has friends in the area Mrs. Fillery's brother, Mr. Donald Dewar, is proprietor of "Holland House Hotel" at Cliftonvllle.

The couple were nearly five years at Great Chart, during which time the "Swan" earned a reputation as a good eating house. It was Routier-rated and also had a plaque identifying it as one of the best 300 pubs in England.

Mrs. Flllery is the expert restaurateur, having trained in Switzerland and managing restaurants in London.

Now she and her husband are planning to make the "Prince Albert" famous for its food. They hope to open a restaurant and to provide varied bar lunches.

"We shall not do it immediately," said Mr. Fillery. "You cannot just come into a place and alter everything. We shall find out what people want by introducing new dishes and seeing how they go."




SMITH Henry 1840-41+ (age 40 in 1841Census)


CULLEN Alfred 1851-53+ (age 31 in 1851Census)

GRIST Giles 1858-Feb/81+ (also grazier age 44 in 1871Census) Kentish Gazette

GRIST Charles G Feb/1881-91+ (age 31 in 1881Census) Whitstable Times

BEANEY Henry James 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BOLEY Victor 1939+ (age 60 in 1939)

FILLERY Len to Aug/1975 Next pub licensee had


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald



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