Page Updated:- Wednesday, 20 April, 2022.


Earliest 1789-


Apr 1931

258 The Street


Boughton Under Blean

Dolphin 1910+

Above postcard, after 1910, kindly sent by Marie Rook.

Dolphin 1927

Above postcard, circa 1927, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Dolphin 2009

Above image from Google July 2009.

Dolphin 2014

Above photo 2014, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

../2014-project-a/Boughton map 1896

Above map 1896, annotated by Rory Kehoe.


The building is now (2018) called "Dolphin House."


26 March 1789.

Insured:- Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: the Dolphin, Boughton (Edwd. King, victualler).


26 March 1793.

Insured: Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: The Dolphin, Boston (Edward Hinge victualler).


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 February 1845.

Boughton Blean.

The members of the 10 Burial Society held their quarterly meeting on Saturday evening last, at the "Dolphin Inn," Boughton under the Blean, when three new members were elected, making the society to consist of 100 members. Since its establishment in 1838, only 37 deaths have occurred, which does not average six a year; and according to the President's statement, the funds are in a flourishing condition, there being nearly 25 in hand. The society is under the management of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a committee of 12 members.


From the Kentish Gazette, 12 August 1845.


On Saturday evening the annual meeting of the members of the 10 Burial Society was held at the "Dolphin Inn," at this place, for the purpose of appointing officers for the ensuing year. From the report it appeared that there was 24 11s. 10 1/2d. in hand, and the deaths had averaged six per year. This society is carried on in the most amicable manner, not a dispute having occurred from its commencement in 1838, and is composed chiefly of young and respectable persons. The report gave general satisfaction. In the course of the evening seven new members were admitted. Only a slight change was made in the officers, it being the unanimous wish that they should retain their respective situations, having performed their duties in the most praiseworthy manner.


From the Kentish Gazette, 10 February 1846.


The members of the 10 Burial Society held their quarterly meeting at the "Dolphin Inn" on Saturday evening last, when three new members were admitted. The society now consists of 516 members, chiefly residing in this and the adjoining villages. From the report read by the president, it appeared that only one death had occurred during the last quarter, and that there was 26 19s 7d. in hand. Owing to the small number of deaths during the last 18 months past, the society is in a flourishing condition.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 07 January 1862.


The annual ball was held at the "Dolphin Inn," Boughton, on the 31st. December. A large party was present, and partook of a most excellent breakfast, provided in first-rate style by the worthy host, Mr. J. Miles. The room was very prettily decorated with evergreens. Dancing was kept up until a late hour, to the lively strains of Tappenden's quadrille band.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 22 February, 1862. Price 1 1/2d.


Two men named Henry Henley and Thomas Morgan James, alias William Jackson were brought up in custody charged with breaking into the tailor's shop, at the Cavalry barracks, and stealing a quantity of gold lace of different descriptions to the value of 10, and other articles to the value of 5 more, the property of Mr. James Cooper, master tailor, Maidstone Cavalry Depot, and Canterbury.

John Brown, acting master tailor, deposed that the property was safe on the night of the 4th instant, when the door was locked by the foreman in his presence. On the following rooming it was discovered that the room had been entered through the window, a portion of the framework of which had been cut away. In addition to the articles belonging to Mr. Cooper, a quantity of lace had been cut from an officer’s jacket, &c. Mr. Brown identified some articles produced including a piece of lace and a pair of steel spurs, as having been taken from the room on the night in question. He also identified the prisoner Morgan James as having been in the 2nd Dragoon Guards, but he was dismissed from the service about eight months ago.

Charles Chandler, parochial constable of Boughton-under-Blean, said that on the morning of the 15th inst. he went to the “Dolphin” public-house, where he saw the prisoner Henry Henley, whom he accused of being a deserter. He said he was not, and asked witness to stand a pint of ale. Witness did so, and the prisoner then offered to tell him something. They then left the house together, and the prisoner said “I have committed a robbery in Canterbury. I hear that my chum is apprehended, and I will now tell you all I have done.” I then took him into custody, and went to the “Squirrels.” Witness then took the prisoner to his house and asked him his name, which he gave as Harry Herbert. He then said, “Last Tuesday week I went to the Military Chapel and broke in, thinking to find a silver cup, but I was one day too late. All I could find was a surplice and half a bottle of wine, which we drank.” I asked him if his chum was with him then, but he said he would not tell, as witness wanted to know too much. He next said, “I went from the Chapel to the rear of the Cavalry Barracks, where I smashed a pane of glass. As I could not get up the sash I cut the framework to make my way in. I then stole a lot of gold lace and some scarves. This was about a quarter past one o'clock, and I went away to Dover.” The prisoner also told witness that the lace was worth about 10, and that he sold it for 7, but he refused to say whom he sold it to. Witness took him to the Faversham lockup, and subsequently brought him to Canterbury.

Eliza Whiting, aged sixteen years, daughter of William Whiting, landlord of the “Red Lion” Dover, deposed that the prisoners went to her father's house together in Dover, but she could not recollect the day. They wanted lodgings, and both of them stopped one night. They Slept together, and in the morning Henley went away, but James remained another night. James paid for the lodgings for both prisoners.

Sarah Ann Burton, aged 18, who lives at the “Crown and Anchor,” deposed that she knew the prisoner Henley went to lodge at that house on Thursday night week and left last Saturday. On Monday afternoon she saw Henley and another man go into Mr. Solomon's shop.

Superintendent Davies deposed that when the prisoner Henley was brought to the police office on Sunday morning he confessed to having committed the robbery. While making the confession he said “Is my chum Jackson in custody at Dover?” He said that while he was in the tailor's shop Jackson remained outside. Mr. Davies further stated that on Sunday he proceeded to Dover, and apprehended the prisoner Morgan James at the “Angelsea Arms” public-house.

After some further evidence the prisoners were remanded to Thursday, in order to give the Superintendent of Police time to institute further inquiries.

The prisoner Henley told the Superintendent that on the night of the robbery at the barracks he also broke into the Military Church “and had a swig at the parson’s wine.”


Kentish Gazette 30 July 1867.


The "Dolphin," at Boughton-Under-Blean.

Coming in, about 130.

Apply to Mr. Maile, Faversham.


Dover Express, Friday 09 February 1906.


The Faversham County Bench of Magistrates gave notice at their meeting on Thursday that they should object to the renewal of the following licenses:- The "Dolphin", "Three Squirrels," the "Ship" ale houses at Boughton; the "Swan" ale house at Lynsted; the "Crown" ale house and the "Mayor's Arms" beer-houses at Ospringe; the "Rose" beer-house at Teynham; the "Scots Greys" beer house at Throwley; and the beer off-license held by Mr. Philpott at Davington.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 11 April 1931.


An order granted by the Faversham Justices sanctioning the provisional ordinary removal of the Justices' licence of the "Dolphin Inn," Boughton-Under-Blean, was confirmed on the application of Mr. A. K. Mowll. There was no opposition.



KING Edward 1789+

HINGE Edward 1893+

TAPPENDALE John 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

THEOBALD John 1851+ (age 43 in 1851Census)

MILES Joseph 1858-62+ (also carpenter age 37 in 1861Census)

SOLLY William 1874-82+ (age 45 in 1881Census)

BRUNGER Alfred to Mar/1891 Canterbury Journal

IDDENDEN Stephen Mar/1891-1903+ (age 51 in 1901Census) Canterbury JournalKelly's 1903

WHEELER Harry Ernest 1913-22+ Kelly's 1913


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

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


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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