Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 March, 2023.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Debi Birkin

Earliest 1796-

Three Compasses

Latest 1796+

(Name to)


Challock Lees

Three Compasses

Above photo of the forge. The compasses was the door and window on the left. Kindly sent by Carol Wigston.


It is suggest by Debi Birkin that the pub briefly changed name to the "Red Lion" before closing.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 26 April, 1796.

To be Sold By Auction, by Richard Hammon, at the "Royal Oak Inn," in Ashford, in the county of Kent, on Wednesday the 4th day of May, between the hours of 3 and 5 o'clock in the afternoon, (by order of the Assignees of John Maskell the younger, a bankrupt) the following Estates.

Lot 1:- A newly built massage, being a public house in full trade, called the "Halfway House," with stables and suitable outbuildings, 30 acres of land, more or less, thereto belonging, situate in the parish of Wye, and adjoining the turnpike road leading from Faversham to Ashford, now in the occupation of Thomas Austen.

Lot 2:- A Messuage, and a half an acre, more or less, of garden ground thereto belonging lately a public house, known at the sign of the "Three Compasses," situated on Challock Lee's, in the occupation of Richard Andrews, or his under tenants.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 7 October 1796.


To be sold by auction, by Richard Hammon, on Tuesday the 11th day of October instant, at the "Saracens Head Inn," in Ashford, between the hours of 3 and 5 in the afternoon. The following three hold estates.


Lot 9:- A messauge and half an acre, more or less, of garden ground, lately a public house, known by the sign of the "Three Compasses," situated in Challock Lee's in Kent, in the occupation of Richard Andrews.


From an email received 16 March 2023.

I have been doing some research on Challock.

I was interested in finding reference to the "Compasses" as I'd never heard of it.

However I was looking into Thomas Austen clockmaker, scientific instrument maker, victualler and blacksmith.

I discovered Thomas had the forge at Challock and with a small terraced cottage adjacent known as the "Compasses," could this be a nod to his profession.

It was stated the succession was Thos Austin, Richard Andrews, Chas Dobson and J Tamsett. Dobson was married to a Tamsett and they were blacksmith at the Forge. There was also reference to The "Compasses"/"Red Lion."

I'm not sure why it was so small though.

Thomas Austen was also in the occupation of "Halfway House." He died in 1806.

The Halfway closed down last year and is now being refurbished but hoping to reopen in April.

Carol Wigston.



ANDREWS Richard 1796+ Next pub licensee had


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