Page Updated:- Saturday, 08 January, 2022.


Earliest ????

Barley Mow

Latest 1964+

Newington Road


Barley Mow 1905

Above postcard, 1905.

Barley Mow 1908

Above postcard, date 1908.

Barley Mow 1908

Above postcard, circa 1908, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Above postcard, date unknown, showing the pub far right.

Barley Mow

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Linda Cox.

Above Google image, July 2009.

Barley Mow 2010

Above photo 2010 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.


The "Barley Mow" gained a Grade 2 listing on 2 November 1970. It is now closed, date unknown and has been split into two cottages.

The premises, I am informed didn't have an "on" license but operated as an "off" license tied to Mackeson of Hythe and also grocers store.

Further information from Sam W says:- "About 1964 it was a Whitbread pub and definitely had an "on" licence as we had a drink there a few times but I believe it was classed as an "ale house". I probably drank fruit juice then."


From an email received, 12 December 2021.

Hi there.

My maternal grandfather George Turner had a 14 year lease on the "Barley Mow," Newington, near Cheriton, Folkestone from 1956 to 1970 when the lease wasn't renewed and the building was renovated to it's current condition and sold.

It wasn't a pub during this time but a family home. My maternal grandmother passed away there in 1960 and I lived there for a while in 1965-66.

The place was pretty much how it looks on the 1905 postcard but the walls were whitewashed by my grandfather and the doors and window frames were blue. The 1742 Whitbread placard was still on the wall outside and it still had it's white picket fence.

My grandfather told me that the building you can see to the right (just past the picket fence in the 1905 shot) was also a part of the pub but was destroyed by fire when a firework landed on the roof (prior to 1956 I think).

The building immediately to the left of the main entrance was a separate family home during my grandfather's time and I remember a woman there called 'Bubbles' Coleman. But it was obviously originally all part of the pub because my grandfather and Bubbles discovered the passageway linking them - which at that time had been boarded up and was being used by both sides to store their coal in.

My grandfather used to leave the front door open during warm weather as it was so quiet around there and he would periodically find visitors sitting at the dining room table waiting for afternoon tea etc - so he often would just serve them something anyway. This is probably what Sam remembers as a kid.

I don't know who owned it in 1956 but have a vague idea of my grandfather saying it was a solicitor he dealt with and then whoever did own it sold it in 1970 as far as I know.

There was an old farming family living a few doors down nearer the corner shop and church by the surname of Gammon and then there was whoever used to own the farm house and the (still in use in the 60's) cow barn that used to be directly opposite the pub but I don't remember their name.

I think the corner shop (next to the old barn and footpath to Sugarloaf Hill) was called 'Beers' -but that might be my imagination!

I've just recalled my grandfather telling me that customers were supposed to only drink outside the pub and that he thought the 'secret passage' where the coal was stored might have been a way for the locals to avoid the law if they were about to be caught drinking inside.

An upstairs room (directly above the main room with the shopfront) with a trapdoor in the floor to raise or lower supplies, an old spiral staircase with a niche that had an oil lamp in it. A strange architectural feature upstairs that my grandfather thought was a 'priesthole', outside toilet and only cold water.

Kind regards,

Kim Bradford.



MARSH  Mr to Jan/1919 dec'd

MARSH Edith (widow) Jan/1919+


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