Page Updated:- Friday, 02 September, 2022.


Earliest ????


Latest 1983

(Name to)

The Bridge


Victoria 1888]

Above photo, circa 1888, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing the pub Goal Running team. This sport, now extinct, was hugely popular in the Victorian period.

Victoria Inn 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Tel Terry. Pub shown far left.

Victoria 1951

Above postcard circa 1951, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Victoria 1953

Above postcard, 1953, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above photo, date unknown, showing newsagents with pub on left, from Tel Terry.


Above photo, date unknown, from Tel Terry.

OS map 1896

Above map form the O.S 1896.


The pub changed name to the "Tickled Trout," late 1983, because of the trout stream branching off the Great Stour at the bottom of the garden. ‘Tickling' trout on their underbellies in shallow water has a soothing effect on the fish, which the angler takes advantage of by scooping them out on to the river bank.

The "Old Vic," as the pub was known to locals, was built in Victorian times, and, being close to the railway station, was a favourite venue for patrons of the now derelict Wye Racecourse.

I am informed that whilst under the reign of licensees Bubbles and Fred (surname and year unknown) there used to be a grand piano in the pub with a bird cage on top containing a parrot.


Kentish Gazette, 28 March 1876.


Charles Wilson and Thomas Nye, alias Spilated, were charged with loitering at Why steeplechases on the 16th inst., with felonious intent.

Supt. Alfred Morgan, Cranbrook, deposed to seeing the prisoners acting in a suspicious manner on the course, and also leave the "Victoria Inn," at Wye, in the evening, in a hurry. He followed them, and with the assistance of Sergeant Bushell, Sissinghurst, captured them, and found in their possession 35s. 10 1/2d. in a purse, other moneys, some tobacco, and s half return London ticket. While they were being pursued, Spilsted threw a purse into the river, which was found to contain seven counterfeit florins, and another packet was also found with two in it.

Elizabeth Thorpe, barmaid at the "Victoria" said, that she found some base pieces in her till on the race day, and also that she saw the prisoner Wilson take hold of a basin containing money, and make off with it. The prisoners were each sentenced to two months' imprisonment, with hard labour, and told that the evidence relating to the counterfeit coin would be forwarded to the Mint authorities, for their perusal.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 2 December 1876.

Wye. Fate of two unpleasant visitors to Wye.

On March last two men named Charles Wilson and Thomas Spilstead (alias Nye), were convicted at the Ashford petty sessions of attempting to pick pockets at Wye Steeplechases, and sentenced to 2 months' hard labour. Spilsted stated at the time that he was a native of Stone, Isle of Oxney. In consequence of photographs forwarded by Superintendent Noakes of Ashford, a man who, under the name of George Wilson, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on October 23rd to 7 years' penal servitude, and another man who, under the name of Walter Smith, was sentence at the same court on November 20th to 5 years' penal servitude, the charge in both cases being the possession of counterfeit coin, were identified as the Charles Wilson and Thomas Spilsted who were convicted here.

It may be remembered that when apprehended on Wye Bridge, Wilson was heard to say "Sling it," upon which Spilsted threw something into the river. On the water being drawn off the next day, 8 counterfeit florins were found. Two other counterfeit florins were found in the till of the "Victoria Inn," Wye, and another counterfeit florin in the till of the "George Inn," Wye, both of which the prisoners have favoured with their custom.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 29 September, 1888.


An inquest was held at the "New Flying Horse Inn" on Wednesday by Mr. R. M. Mercer, Esq., coroner on the body of George Pilcher, a bricklayer, who on Monday fell from a porch roof at the "Victoria Inn."

Charles Howard, bricklayer, the first witness called, said that on Monday deceased was putting on slates on the roof of a porch at the "Victoria Inn," and that he (witness) was paving underneath him, when, at about twenty minutes to one, deceased fell from where he was working. he fell down head first, and dropped upon the back part of his head.

Witness picked him up and found he was unconscious.

The scaffold did not give way, and he could not account for the fall. The distance was eight feet. Deceased had fallen once before that morning, but had not hurt himself, and went on with his work again. After the second fall Mr. G. Kennett went for the doctor and deceased went home. Witness was there when he came; he was a lodger at his house.

Mr. Joseph manning, surgeon, stated that he was called to see the deceased at about 12.45 on Monday, and found him walking about in the "Victory" yard recovering consciousness. He was suffering from an injury to the back of the head, and was bleeding from the left ear.

Decease seemed dazed, and was not aware he had fallen. he (witness) ordered him home and attended him till death, which took place at 12.30 the next morning.

There was a contused wound at the back of the left ear, and death was caused by internal haemorrhage.

Thomas Thorpe, landlord of the "New Flying Horse," brother-in-law of the deceased, identified the body as that of George Pilcher, bricklayer, aged 34.

The jury returned a verdict of "Death from injuries from falling, accidentally received."


From the Whitstable Times, 29 September, 1900.


An inquest was held by the East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) on Saturday, at the "Victoria Inn," Wye, respecting the death of a child named George Attwood Amos. The child was only five months old and its father was a labourer. It had been weakly since birth and it died on Friday from tuberculosis. A verdict to this effect was returned.



HOPKINS John 1855-62+

HOPKINS Sarah Mrs 1882+

THORPE Thomas 1888+

GREEN Peter John 1891+ Census

BACK Amelia Mrs 1901-30+ (widow age 44 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

FOSTER William 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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