Page Updated Stowting:- Tuesday, 11 January, 2022.


Earliest 1778-

(Name from)

Anchor Inn

Latest 1980

(Name to)

Main Street


Anchor Inn 1950

Above photo, 1950, kindly sent by Sandra Heard.

Anchor 1950s

Above photo, 1950s, kindly sent by Sandra Heard.

Above aluminium card issued June 1951. Sign series 3 number 1.


The pub, previously called the "Four Bells" was one of the first pubs purchased by the Mackeson brothers shortly after they had bought the Hythe brewery. On the death of William Mackeson in 1821, the pub was still valued at 300, and “Mackeson” remains emblazoned in bold letters on the front of the house.

An anker is a form of cask used by smugglers to bring brandy into the country. As a vessel approached the coastline, ankers would be fastened to a length of rope which was weighted with stones, with an anchor at either end. This would then be suspended below the water and when the coast was clear, usually at night, the smugglers would claim their booty. The choice of the name “Anchor” in 1802 suggests that the pub was likely one of the many pubs in the area frequented by smugglers.

Past landlords had a variety of second jobs, including Sarah Caister in 1816, who was also the village butcher, as was George Brett in 1855, because the pub provided only a marginal living. Indeed, there are entries in the Mackeson ledger for 1912 revealing a loss of 11/7/10, and in 1914 a larger loss of 33/19/7.

This pub changed name to the "Tiger Inn" in 1980.

However, the recent find of an article in the Kentish Gazette suggests that an "Anchor" was indeed open as early as 1778. If indeed it is the same building.


Kentish Gazette, 10 January 1778.

To be sold by Auction, At the sign of the "Anchor," kept by William Prebble, in Stoughton, on Friday the 16th of January, 1778, in several lots.

The Underwood growing in the lower part of Horton Wood, lying next to Broad Street, in the parish of Monks Horton, of 26 years Growth, and belonging to Matthew Robertson M. Esq.

For further particulars enquire at Mount Morris, in the said parish.

To be sold likewise, in due time, a quantity of Oaken Timber, growing in the same wood.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 01 June 1912.

A petition has been filed in the Canterbury Bankruptcy Court by Frederick William Alexander, of the "Anchor Inn," Stowting, licensed victualler (solicitors for the debtor, Messrs. Mowll and Mowll).


From the Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 29 June, 1912.


At a sitting of the Canterbury Bankruptcy Court on Saturday, Mr. Frederick William Alexander, of the "Anchor", Stowting, appeared for his public examinations. he was represented by Mr. A. K. Mowll.

Debtor, in reply to the Official Receiver, stated that he was a farmer at Egerton for a number of years. He was not successful, and in 1899 he found his affairs to be somewhat involved. During that and the two following years, he obtained loans amounting to 115 from Elizabeth Ann Taylor, his wife's sister, on a note of hand only, but even with these loans he was not able to regain his feet. In February of 1903 he was owing a lot of money, and made a deed of assignment in favour of Mr. Champion and Mr. A. J. Burrows as trustees. Under that deed a dividend of 5s. 7d. in the was paid on liabilities amounting to 594 3s. 11d. Miss Taylor did not participate under the deed, and he thought he would be able to pay her back, but he was never able to do so. The trustees, as a matter of fact, knew nothing about her claim, as it was not sent to them, but Miss Taylor was aware that he was making an arrangement with his creditors. For a number of years subsequently he worked as a labourer at Monks Horton Farm, while his wife earned money as a caretaker. between them they saved 100, and in October, 1909 he became the tenant of the "Anchor Inn," Stowting. The ingoing valuation amounted to 84 6s. 7d., which sum was paid out of the 100, and the balance he used as working capital. As the takings of the Inn were insufficient to meet all expenses, he augmented his receipts by working for Mr. Marwood as a farm labourer, while his wife looked after the Inn. He dealt entirely with Messrs. Mackeson for beer, stout, spirits, and crates, but was free for minerals. he kept no books, and had no banking account, His insolvency was due to the loss of a recent law suit, by which he became liable for 181 1s. 11d., and the costs.

Examined as to the law suit, debtor said he had always considered his original debt of 115 to have been released, or in any case to have become statute barred, but about three months ago Miss Taylor began to press him for the amount and interest, and a writ was issued on March 8th against both him and his wife. On the advice of his solicitors he disputed the claim, and counsel advised that the claim statute barred. The action was tried before Mr. Justice Coleridge in the King's bench Division, and he and his wife had judgement given against them for 181 1s. 11d. and costs. Counsel wanted him to appeal against the decision, but he had no funds. Execution was levied on the whole of his effects at the Inn on May 17th, and as he could not make any arrangement he filed his petition. All the debts in the statement of affairs, with the exception of 13 due to the brewers, were in respect of the trial of the action.

In reply to Mr. Mowll, debtor said that, not understanding the question, he told the judge at the trial that he had made over his property to his wife. As a matter of fact, he had not made anything over to his wife.

The public examination was closed.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 04 September 1915.


The "Anchor Inn," Stowting, was transferred to Mr. J. James.

The Chairman said it was the desire of the Bench to impress upon all licensees the necessity for great caution to be observed in serving soldiers with liquor, and especially soldiers who were in a state of convalescence at coming out of hospital. The Magistrates hoped all licensees would be very careful in this matter.




PREBBLE William 1778+


CAISTER Sarah 1816+

LAKER Thomas 1841-47+ (age 45 in 1841Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847

BRETT George 1851-55+ (also butcher age 36 in 1851Census)

BUTCHER Charles 1858 Melville's 1858

RICHARDS Richard 1861+ (age 40 in 1861Census)

BATES Joseph Bates 1871-82 (age 75 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

PILCHER Jesse 1891-1903 (age 55 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1891Kelly's 1899Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

ALEXANDER William Frederick Oct/1909-June/1912 (age 57 in 1911Census)

SAWKINS Frederick 1913 Post Office Directory 1913Kelly's 1913

JAMES J Mr Sept/1913+

GREEN James 1918-22 Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922

SAUNDERS John 1930-38 Post Office Directory 1930Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938



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