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Earliest 1769-

Three Squirrels

Latest 1906-

211 The Street

Boughton Under Blean

Three Squirrels 1910

Above photo 1910.

Three Squirrels as Cyclists Rest

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. By the time this photo was taken the "Three Squirrels" had become a Cyclist's Rest.

Dolphin 1910+

Above postcard, after 1910, kindly sent by Marie Rook. Also showing the "Dolphin" right.

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

Above map 1896, annotated by Rory Kehoe.

Three Squirrels 2014

Above photo 2014, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Three Squirrels 2017

Above photo, August 2017, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Three Squirrels 2017

Above photo, August 2017, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


From Kentish Gazette 23 November 1768.

To be SOLD by AUCTION, To the highest Bidder,

On Monday the 5th of December, at the THREE SQUIRRELLS at Boughton under Blean; Half an Acre of Pasture Land; situate, lying, or being in the Parish of Boughton under the Blean; lying near the Road and convenient for building on.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 3 May, to Saturday 6 May, 1769. Price 2d.


On Wednesday the 24th day of May at Four o'clock in the afternoon, at the “Three Squirrels” in Boughton under the Blean.

Two Freehold Brick Messuages, a Garden walled and planted with the kind of fruit trees, situate at the west end of Boughton Street, in Boughton aforesaid. For further particulars, enquire of Mr. William Hollensbee at Boughton, who will shew the misses.

N.B. Ten per Cent. Deposit to be paid and the Remainder of the Purchase Money paid within three months, or the Deposit forfeited.


From South Eastern Gazette 16 October 1838.


A Neat and compactly fitted-up SMALL INN, situated in the pleasant village of BOUGHTON BLEAN. Rent moderate.



Kentish Gazette, 12 March 1850.


Leeds:— Lately, in London, Mr. T. Leeds, formerly landlord of the "Three Squirrels Inn," Boughton-under-the-Blean.


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.


From the Canterbury Journal and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 6 October, 1906.


Mr. Mercer applied for the renewal of these licences, and Mr. Hohler appeared on behalf of the Licensing Justices.

Police-Sergeant Hendy stated that he was stationed at Boughton for two years. The "Three Squirrels" and the "Ship" were situated in Boughton Street. There were other licensed houses in close proximity and he did not think there was any need for so many. The accommodation at the "Squirrel's" was not good and there had been several transfers during the past few years. There was very good accommodation at the "Ship," but it was not so good as at the "Queen's Head." Witness did not think 7 licensed houses were necessary in Boughton Street.

In answer to Mr. Mercer, witness said both houses belonged to Messrs. Flint. The length of the village was nearly a mile. The "Three Squirrels" was a well conducted house, and the tenants had been in the house over 4 years. The tenant of the "Ship" had also been in for four or five years.

Mr. Mercer pointed out that in Boughton Messrs. Flint were the only brewers whose houses had been reported to the Committee. Although other brewers had licensed houses in Boughton the Justices of taking no notice of them. He (Mr. Mercer) remembered when he was a young man it was quite a common thing for fights take place in Boughton, and during the hopping season extra police had to be brought into the District but that was all stopped now and the place had quite quietened down.

William Gower, tenant of the "Three Squirrels," stated he averaged 110 barrels of beer a year, 54 gallons of spirit, and 420 dozens of minerals. His customers were the working class people of the district. His rent was paid up.

John Chambers, grocer, of Boughton, stated that he had known the "Three Squirrels" for the past 20 years. Since the present tenant had been in the house it had been well conducted. Witness had never heard anyone say he thought the house should be done away with. The sobriety of Boughton had greatly improved during the past few years.

Walter Miles, miller of Boughton, stated that he had known the "Three Squirrels" for many years. It was a well conducted house and he thought it was required.

William Harvey, tenant of the "Ship," was next called, and stated that he average 154 barrels of beer a year, 55 gallons of spirits, and 1,020 dozen of minerals.

In reply to Mr. Hohler, witness said he thought 7 licensed houses were necessary for the wants of Boughton.

Mr. Plumber, farmer, of Boughton stated that he thought the "Ship" was necessary. He also thought seven houses were required if they all got a decent living. The opinion in Boughton was that a licence of the "Ship" should be renewed.

Mr. Forman, who lives next door to the "Ship," also gave it a good character. He said the house was very well conducted and he hoped it would not be done away with for his own convenience.

The Committee granted the renewal of a licence of the "Ship," but not that of the "Three Squirrels."


Michael David Mirams in his book of 1987 titled "Kent Inns and Inn Signs" reported that the pub had been converted into a supermarket.


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.



LEEDS Thomas 1828-Mar/50 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

SMITH Richard William 1851+ (age 67 in 1851Census)

BRENCHLEY Henry 1862+

BRIDGES Edward 1874+

BROWN Edward 1881-82+ (also dealer age 36Census)

FRIER William 1891+ (age 45 in 1891Census)

BONHILL/ORNHILL/DUNHILL William 1901+ (age 53 in 1901Census)

FOSTER John 1902 Kelly's 1903

GOWER William 1902-06


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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