DOVER KENT ARCHIVES

Page Updated:- Friday, 19 May, 2023.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1769-

George

Closed Oct 2021

The Street

Bethersden

https://whatpub.com/george

George 1920

Above photo, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George 1924

Above postcard, 1924, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George

Above photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, 12 August, 2009.

George 2015 George 2015

Above photos kindly sent by Tricia Francis, 18 January 2015.

George 2020

Above photo 2020.

George sign 1980sGeorge sign 1985

Above sign left, 1980s. Sign right, April 1985.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

George sign 2015George sign 2023

Above sign 2015, by Tricia Francis. Sign right May 2023.

 

Earliest mention found from the Kentish Gazette July 1769, when catalogues for an auction held at the "Saracen's Head," Canterbury could be obtained from this establishment.

 

From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 20 July to Saturday, 23 July, 1768. Price 2d

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION

All the Stock in Trade of Mr. Thomal Abbly, of Ashford; consisting of Mercery, Woollen Drapery, Linen Drapery, haberdashery and Hosiery. The Goods will be divided into two Weeks Sale. The Goods to be viewed on Thursday the 28th, and the Sale will begin on Friday the 29th, and continue Saturday the 30th of this Inst. July, in the Assembly-room at the “Saracen's Head.”

Catalogues may be had of Mr. Apsley at Ashford; the “Swan,” Charing; Cranbrook. Mr. Ingram; at the “Flying Horse,” Wye; the “Woolpack,” Chilham; “Dog and Bear,” Lenham; of Mr. Baker, Folkestone; Mr. Stokes at Hythe, Romney; Mrs. Pike, the “George” at Lydd, Tenterden; Mr. Hall; Biddenden, “Red Lyon,” Smarden; “Chequer,” Bethersden, “George;” Faversham; Mr. Walker, Elham, “Rose”; and at Thomas Roach's, Cabinet-maker, Upholder, and Appraiser, in St. George's Street, Canterbury.

N.B. Messrs, Ramsden and Creed, who have taken the Shop of the above Mr. Apsley, propose laying in an entire fresh Assortment of every Article in the Woollen and Linen Drapery, Silk Mercury, Haberdashery and Hosiery Business.

 

Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 17 February 1849.

BETHERSDEN.

Burglary, and murderous attack on an Old Man, aged Eighty Years.

On Wednesday night, or early on Thursday morning, a lone cottage at Bethersden, occupied, with a little land, by on old man named Law, who is 80 years of age, and lives by himself was broken into and ransacked.

The poor old man was struck, in a most brutal manner, by an iron instrument, two or three times, on the head, while in bed. Weltering in his blood he crawled, after the thieves left the house, across to a neighbour’s, living at a little distance, who rendered him every assistances.

Two young men, named Millen and Sheepwash, belonging to Bethersden, were apprehended on Thursday evening, and taken to Messrs. Furleys and Mercer’s office, at Ashford, on suspicion of having committed the offence, and were remanded by the Rev. N. Toke. It is believed the evidence will be quite conclusive against them—the eldest is not 18 years of age.

The blows were inflicted with a piece of iron, which with the old man's breeches, have been found in a neighbouring pond. The thieves were evidently annoyed at not finding his watch, which he had sold a short time before while in distress.

The poor man died on Saturday last.

The adjourned examination commenced at twelve o’clock on Saturday, and, after some hours, terminated by Sheepwash and Millen being committed for trial, and a person named Oliver entering into his own recognizance to appear when called upon, the two prisoners having stated that, he (Oliver) told them that he would purchase anything of them they could get.

Millen has borne a bad character for a long time, and on his way through the town evinced a hardened disposition by the remarks be made to persons who recognized him.

Several petty depredations have been committed in and about the parish of Bethersden lately, and it is thought that this capture will be the means of breaking up a gang of desperadoes with which this place is infested.

 

Kentish Gazette, 20 February 1849.

On Tuesday last, in obedience to the warrant issued by — Willis, Esq., coroner for West Kent, a jury assembled at the "George Inn," Bethersden, to enquire into the death of the old man named Law, (the circumstances of which we reported in our last), when a verdict of "Wilful Murder" was returned.

 

Found in the criminal registers that they were George Millan & Henry Sheepwash who were both found guilty of murder on 10th March 1849 and executed on 29th March 1849.

 

South Eastern Gazette – Tues 10 Feb 1863.

“Transfer of Licences – the License of the George Inn Bethersden, was transferred from Mr Charles Stevens to Mr Panton.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk  By Alex Jee, 3 December 2022.

Bethersden residents fight to save historic The George pub near Ashford.

A village community is in a race against time to save its beloved 300-year-old pub.

Residents in Bethersden, near Ashford, are facing the challenge of raising 300,000 by Christmas in order to save and re-open The George pub.

The old freehouse – described by many as "the heart of the village" – closed during the pandemic, with the building put up for sale.

Fearing the historic building could be demolished or transformed, a group of like-minded residents came together to form The George Community, which has been campaigning to save the pub for around 18 months.

Robin Draper, chairman of the group, said the pub was an "absolutely vital asset" to the village.

"I have been in this village for 37 years and have met nearly all my friends through it," he explained.

"For two years we have not had it, and we really have noticed it. If there is no pub in the village, there is no heart in the village."

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The George Pub closed in October last year.

The campaign aims to raise enough to buy the pub, before renovating and repairing the inside in order to make it viable in the long term.

Community efforts were given a boost in October of last year, when it was granted a 250,000 share of the government's Community Ownership Fund.

The scheme pledges to match any funds raised towards the pub up to the 250,00 limit – meaning 300,000 raised would result in 550,000 in total.

It is seen as a vital part of the campaign to save the pub – however the offer only stands until the end of the year, meaning the group is facing a timeline of weeks to find the necessary cash before Christmas so that contracts can be exchanged on the sale.

A significant part of the fundraising efforts is a Community Share Offer, which involves shares of 500 being made available to anyone who wishes to purchase them.

Bethersden residents

Bethersden residents at the lunch of the George Community Share scheme. Photo: Alison Miles.

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Robin Draper, Joanne Brannan, Alex Withington and Roger Kelly, members of the George community in Bethersden.

A maximum purchase of 80 shares can be made per individual, with every shareholder receiving one vote in the community running of the pub, and earning interest which can be collected as a bar tab (to encourage continued custom at the pub) or or as cash.

Alternatively, a crowdfunder page has been put up for those who live further afield or who do not want to buy a share, while Co-operatives UK, which provided start-up grant funding last year, has also committed to make an investment of 25,000.

Mr Draper said: "We know this is a huge challenge – particularly at the present time – but this is our one and only shot to save the heart of our village and ensure it can play a full part in maintaining the community spirit and community care that Bethersden has always been known for."

George Community Secretary Alex Withington added: “We’ve been extremely heartened by the ongoing support we’ve experienced so far - not only as we worked towards securing an agreement to purchase the pub but at all the pop-up pub events that we’ve been organising every few months to keep The George front of mind with the community.

"If that support translates into share purchases then there’s no question that we can get there.

"Then our next goal will be completing necessary repairs and refurbishments so that we can re-open the pub – even if that’s in a very limited way to begin with – before St George’s Day 2023."

 

From the https://www.msn.com By Alex Jee, 19 Dec 2022.

The George pub in Bethersden, near Ashford, saved after community fundraising campaign.

A historic pub has been saved after villagers raised more than 300,000 to buy it.

Residents in Bethersden, near Ashford, rose to the challenge of raising the staggering figure before Christmas in order to save and reopen The George.

George residents 2022

Bethersden residents, the George Community head council and Damian Green MP celebrate raising funds to buy the George Pub.

The 300-year-old freehouse, described by many as the "heart of the village", closed during the pandemic, with the building up for sale.

Fearing the historic building could be demolished or transformed, a group of like-minded residents came together to form The George Community, with the aim of raising enough money to reopen the pub as a community asset.

Efforts were aided by a government boon, which pledged to match any money raised up to 250,000 – meaning 300,000 raised would result in 550,000 in total.

Small fundraising events were held at the pub across 18 months, but with an end-of-year deadline looming the group launched a Community Share Offer, with anyone being able to purchase up to 80 shares of 500 each.

At a party at the pub on Saturday, the good news was announced by Ashford MP Damian Green to a jubilant crowd.

George Community Chair and Bethersden stalwart Robin Draper said he and the whole committee had been "overwhelmed" by the community's response.

"We knew this was a huge ask from the village right now, but they have demonstrated how important The George is to them and this community," he said.

"In return for that vote of confidence, our pledge is that The George will not only re-open as a pub but also as a hub – somewhere that will be a true community meeting place and resource for residents going forward."

With the funds raised, contracts on the purchase are set to be exchanged next week, with the purchase being completed in the new year.

The George Community then plan to prepare the pub for reopening in time for St George’s Day at the end of April.

Mr Green congratulated the village on their achievement, adding: “This is hugely important for the village and a real tribute to everyone involved.

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The George Community head committee celebrates successfully raising the funds to buy the pub.

"The fact that they’ve raised this incredible amount of money, to more than match the money coming from the Government, is a real testament to the pride in their community.

“Villages like Bethersden suffered hugely from the pandemic because people weren’t allowed to meet with one another, so one more step back to a normal way of life will be the re-opening of The George.”

To help raise further funds for vital repairs and necessary refurbishments, the share offer is remaining open. More details can be found on the George Community website.

Members of the public who wish to support the campaign without buying shares, can contribute through The George Community’s Crowdfunding account.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Alex Jee, 15 May 2023.

The George, Bethersden near Ashford, to reopen after community rescue.

A historic village pub saved from destruction by its community is finally set to reopen after almost two years closed.

The George Pub in Bethersden, near Ashford, has been transformed by a group of residents following a mammoth effort to raise more than 300,000 to buy it.

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The George Community head committee celebrates successfully raising the funds to buy the pub.

The 300-year-old freehouse, described by many as the "heart of the village", shut in October 2021, with the building put up for sale.

Fearing the pub could be demolished or transformed, a group of like-minded residents came together to form The George Community, with the aim of raising enough money to reopen the inn as a community asset.

Efforts were aided by a government pledge to match any money raised up to 250,000 – meaning 300,000 raised would result in 550,000 in total.

Small fundraising events were held at the pub across 18 months, but with an end-of-year deadline looming the group launched a Community Share Offer, with anyone able to purchase up to 80 shares of 500 each.

Now, the group has confirmed that after months of work, the reopening date is just around the corner.

A spokesperson said: “It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for: we are planning to reopen the doors of the George at 1pm on Friday 26th May!

“The final redecoration and fitting out are taking place so, subject to all final checks and approvals being received, we will be pulling that first long-awaited pint in the public bar at around 1pm on the 26th!

“More news on our opening times shortly but we really can’t wait to welcome you back inside The George!”

This month’s opening will only see drinks poured, with more work needed on the kitchen before it is ready to serve food.

A raffle for the “honour” of receiving the first pint pulled at the pub will be held ahead of the opening to raise money for the kitchen refurbishments.

Tickets are 2.50 or five for 10, and are available from tomorrow (Tuesday, May 16) from Marchants, The Post Office General Store and Vibez hairdressers.

A spokesperson added: “If you are available at 1pm on the 26th and are happy to be photographed and filmed for publicity, then all you need to do is buy a ticket for your chance to take a place in history!”

 

Closed October 2021, open again 26 May 2023.

 

LICENSEE LIST

MILLEN Thomas 1841+ (age 45 in 1841Census)

STEVENS Charles 1851-Feb/63 (age 47 in 1851Census)

PANTON Mr Feb/1863+

TANTON Elizabeth Ann Mrs 1871-82+ (age 40 in 1871Census)

EDWARDS Joseph Edwards 1891+ (widower age 56 in 1891Census)

GIBBS Anthony Edmund 1898+

SCARFF Charles R 1901-03+ (age 42 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

PHILPOTT William 1913-22+

FIDLER Reginald 1938+

https://pubwiki.co.uk/George.shtml

 

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

CensusCensus

 

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