Sort file:- Ashford, September, 2023.

Page Updated Ashford:- Monday, 04 September, 2023.


Earliest 1854-

New Prince of Wales

Latest 1881+

New Street


Former New Prince of Wales 2021

Above photo 2021, showing the former pub, central building.


I have only seen the on instance of this pub so far and don't think it is to be confused with the "Old Prince of Wales" as the census of 1861 gives different names for both. The licensee in this case was Thomas Missing described as being a beer retailer.

I don't have an address for this either which makes further research difficult.

The census of 1851 shows Thomas Missing to be a painter by trade, the 1871 census shows him to be a grocer and farmer, and the 1881 just as a farmer, so it looks like he was a bit of a Jack of all trades, and only a licensee for a short time.


Southeastern Gazette, 13 September 1853. Ashford

Applications for Licenses.

Applications made by William Bridge, landlord of the "Prince of Wales," John Tappen, landlord of another "Prince of Wales," in the same street, and George Sackorey, landlord of a beer shop, were refused. (I don't know which house the latter was yet. Paul Skelton.)


From a local paper, March 1854.

George Swain,

"New Prince of Wales," New Street, Ashford.

Post and Saddle Horses, with every kind of Carriages, for hure by the hour, day, month, or year.

Ashford, March 12th, 1854.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 17 September 1881.

Important Licensing Question.

At the Ashford Petty session on Tuesday, the justice's were occupied for a considerable length of time deliberating in private whether the licence of the "New Prince of Wales," beer shop, Ashford, should be renewed, as applied for by Mr. Minter at the last court. The licence was renewed at the annual licensing day in 1880, but shortly afterwards a change of occupation took place, a person named Ben Stretton taking the place of the licence holder, John Stanley. Stretton through some neglect omitted to get the licence transferred, the result being that he was prosecuted before the magistrates and the house closed, Stretton being fined 10. The brewers, Mr. Edwards, subsequently applied to have the licence transferred to a new tenant, but this also the bench decline to grant. Mr. Mintor at the last setting of the court contended that the justice's could only refuse to grant the renewal for any one of four reasons specified in the Act, and as neither of them applied to this case they were bound to grant the renewal. The bench, however, refused to grant the renewal, and, in reply to Mr. Minter, the chairman (Colonel Groves) said they declined to state their reasons.




BRIDGE William 1853 (refused)

SWAIN George 1854+

MISSING Thomas 1861+ (age 40 in 1861Census)




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