86 Cheriton Road
Situated on the corner of Claremont Road and functioned between 1855 and
1864. Originally the Folkestone Laundry run by William Venables.
After closure at the end of 1864 the premises became a private house and
then was converted into a doctor's surgery.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 8 December 1855. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
The Folkestone Laundry having been
converted into a public house, called the Alma Tavern, is to be fitted
up with a shooting gallery, bowl and quoit grounds. &c., and will no
doubt prove very attractive, being a half way house to the camp.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 17 May 1856. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Monday May 12th : - Before James Tolputt esq., Samuel Mackie esq.,
William Major esq., and Gilbert Kennicott esq.
August Whichler was charged with cutting and wounding Henry Ducroo of
the British German Legion.
Charles Ovenden, police constable – On Saturday night last about 9 or a
little after, I went to the "Alma" beer house in Cheriton Road. The
landlord said he had a man locked up. The picket came up. I saw that a
man had been wounded. I afterwards saw him go home. I afterwards saw the
prisoner at the "Alma". This might be half past 10 when I saw him. I
searched him and found a knife in his pocket, and I saw some blood on
the knife. I told him I should take him to the picket. I told him but he
Richard Boorn deposed – I keep the "Alma". A man who was stabbed and
another cavalry soldier of the legion came into my house the "Alma". The
man who was stabbed was very tipsy, and his comrade seemed ill.
Afterwards the prisoner came in and they began talking. The man who was
stabbed and the prisoner had a scuffle. The prisoner ran out of the room
and the other man followed him. Afterwards the prisoner was found
downstairs in a cupboard. I think the prisoner is the man. The stabbing
was not discovered till an hour and a half afterwards. The man who was
stabbed was in bed when it was discovered. I never heard of it until the
policeman came. I did not see the stabbing.
Henry Ducroo deposed – I belong to the German Legion. I was near the
railway at a public house last Saturday. The prisoner came in afterwards
as I was sitting with a comrade. I was talking to another man and the
prisoner came in and said somebody was his wife. I said she was not my
wife. I told the prisoner not to pick up a row in the house or I should
let him know he had no business. Prisoner went back a few paces and then
came at me and struck me near the shoulder. I did not see that he had a
knife in his hand or I did not know then that I was stabbed. Prisoner
then ran away down in the cellar and I followed him. There was no light
in the room. I sat in a corner. There were several more people there. I
found out 5 minutes afterwards that I was stabbed. No-one else had
struck me but him. Prisoner was not drunk. I afterwards went upstairs to
bed. I had drunk a little too much but I knew what I was doing. There
was some disturbance about the wife. It was a long room but there was no
light in the corner where I was. Prisoner wore a moustache and small
beard at the time, he has not now.
Remanded until Thursday May 15th and was then committed for trial at the
next Kent Assizes.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 24
December, 1864. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Monday December 19th:- Before G. Kennicott and J. Tolputt, Esqs.
James Memphis, aged 15, and Henry Memphis, aged 13, brothers, were
brought up in custody charged with stealing, on the 22nd instant, a
glass case containing wax flowers, a vest, a portrait, and a surgical
instrument, of the value of half a crown, from the dwelling house of
Richard Coleman, late the "Alma Tavern" in the Cheriton Road. The
prisoners were tried under the Juvenile Offenders Act, and being
convicted were sentenced, the oldest to two months' imprisonment with
hard labour, and the other to 1 month's imprisonment with hard labour;
each to be privately whipped with a birch rod, and to receive 12
From the Folkestone Observer 24 December, 1864. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Thursday December 22nd:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and James
James Memphis, 15, and Henry Memphis, 13, pleaded guilty to a charge
of stealing a glass case containing a model, a basket of wall flowers,
one vest, one portrait and one surgical instrument from the dwelling
house of Richard Coleman, and were sentenced, the elder brother to two
months' imprisonment with hard labour, and the younger prisoner to one
month's imprisonment with hard labour, and to have twelve strokes with a
Note: This burglary took place at the former "Alma Tavern." Jan
BOORN Richard 1855-64
From More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney
From the Folkestone Chronicle