Above photo by Paul Skelton 14 January 2012.
Above photo taken by Patricia Streater, 28 April, 2010.
Photo from Dover Mercury 15 March 2007.
From the Kentish Gazette, 27th Nov 1821.
All persons indebted to the estate of Thomas MEAD of Sandwich,
innkeeper, a bankrupt, are desired within 21 days from the date hereof,
to pay the amount of their debts to William CURLING, wine merchant or
Charles PORTER, baker, the assignees, or they will be sued for the
amount without farther notice.
Sandwich Nov 26 1821.
(However, Thomas Mead is shown as licensee in the 1823 edition of
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 4 January 1834. Price 7d.
WHEREAS a Fait in Bankruptcy
is awarded and issued against WILLIAM KINGSFORD of Buckland, near Dover,
in the County of Kent, paper manufacturer, miller, dealer and chapman,
and being declared a Bankrupt is hereby required to surrender himself to
the commissioners in the said Fait named or the major part of them, on
the sixth day of January next, at one o'clock in the afternoon
precisely, and on the Fourteenth day of February next, at Twelve o'clock
at noon precisely, of the same days, at the "BELL INN", SANDWICH, in the
County of Kent; and make full discovery and disclosure of his Estate and
Effects; when and where the creditors are to come prepared to prove
their debts, at at their first sitting to choose Assigners; and at the
last sitting, the said Bankrupt is required to finish his examination;
and the Creditors are to assent to, or dissent from, the allowance of
his certificate. All persons indebted to the said Bankrupt, or that have
any of his Effects, are not to pay or deliver the same but to whom the
Commissioner shall appoint, but give notice to Mr SURRAGE, Solicitor,
Sandwich; or Messrs. W and E DYNE, Solicitor, 61, Lincoln's Inn Fields,
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 22 February, 1845. Price 5d.
The Mayor gave his annual dinner at the "Bell Inn," on Tuesday last,
to the members of the Corporation. The evening was enlivened by the
excellent singing of Messrs. Powell and Pettman; and the spread upon the
occasion was, in every way, worthy of our respected mayor. Great credit
is due to the worthy hostess for the manner in which the dinner was
A Hotel has been on this site since the 1300s although the present
building is mainly 19th century.
Pigot's Directory 1823 & 1839 referred to the "Bell" as a posting and commercial
hotel, latter date run by Thomas Matthews and Mary Maylon.
Melville's directory of 1858 states that the Bell Inn in Strand Street
also housed the Assembly Rooms.
Today, 2012 the hotel is owned and run by Shepherd Neame and offers 37
individually decorated ensuite bedrooms, a choice of two function rooms and
a restaurant capable of serving 100 guests.
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
14 September, 1872. 1d.
DRUNK AND RIOTOUS
John Jordan, George Durban, and William Hoile, three youths, were
summoned upon the information of Supt. Brothers, with being drunk and
riotous in the streets on the night of Saturday week, August 31st.
Jordan pleaded guilty to being drunk, but denied that he was riotous,
and Durban and Hoile said they were not drunk.
John Burch, the landlord of the "Bell Inn," deposed: I saw the
defendant John Jordan in my house between 15 and 20 minutes past eleven
on the night in question. In came in with several others, accompanied by
Supt. Brothers. All the men were exceedingly rough and violent, and they
demanded to be served with ale, and the defendant was decidedly not
sober. The language used by the men was very bad, but I did not hear
them use any threats. They had an idea that my house was allowed to be
open after others. My front door was closed and the shutter up when the
men all rushed in. I had closed my house that night at 10 minutes to
eleven, and everybody in the house but myself had gone to bed. I was
waiting till the last train had come in. The men demanded the lights to
be extinguished throughout the house, and some gravel was thrown at my
bedroom window. There were 30 men at least and they were all disorderly.
I refused to serve them, and got them out of the house as quickly as
possible. They thought some of the authorities were using the house, and
Supt. Brothers requested me to let him go through the house in order to
satisfy the mob. After the men got out of the house they remained in the
street and made a great noise - yelling and shouting.
Cross-examined by Jordan: I have a distinct recollection of your
being in my house on the night in question.
By Durban: I have no recollection of your being in my house, nor do I
remember your calling for a glass of ale, and I did not serve you with
Durban: I did not go into your house and ask for a glass of ale.
Hoile had no questions to ask.
Supt. Brothers said: On Saturday the 31st of August shortly after
eleven o'clock, there were a number of men assembled in front of the "Sun,"
public-house, and they were making a great noise. The three defendants
were the most prominent. They were cursing and swearing. Jordan had a
stone bottle (a gallon one I should imagine) over one of his shoulders,
Hoile was endeavouring to conceal his face, and Durban had the brim of
his hat turned down for the same purpose. The mob went on up through the
Chain and down the High Street. They said they were certain there were
houses in the town which had permission to keep open after hours, and
one of the mob said, "Let us go down to the "Bell."" I told him the
"Bell Hotel" was closed, but they would not believe it, and I therefore
accompanied them there. When we got there, Durban went towards the door
and he said the bar was open. He then went in and called for a glass of
ale. I heard him do so. I did not observe whether Jordan entered the
house, but he was amongst the mob, and he said he did not care for the
______ Magistrates, and that he knew some of them were playing
billiards. I consider that he was the principle offender. After we got
the men out of the "Bell," they remained in the street for a long time,
but when the clock struck 12 they cooled down.
In defence Jordan said: I have nothing to say only that I am sorry I
was there, and I hope it will never occur again.
Durban: I was not drunk, thought brothers says I was - I was no more
drunk than I am now.
Hoile: I went in the country, and I was coming home I tied my
handkerchief round my neck as I had a sore throat. When I got into town
I fell in with the mob, and I was pushed first one way and then another.
I was not drunk or disorderly.
There was another summons against the defendant Jordan, and the
Magistrates decided to hear the evidence in this case before considering
their decision in the other.
Jordan was then charged by Supt. Brothers with being drunk in the "Three
Colts," public-house, on the night of the 1st of September, and of
riotous and disorderly behaviour.
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From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
7 July, 1900.
FATAL ACCIDENT TO MAJOR HARBY.
Tuesday was a day which will never be forgotten by the members of the
1st Cinque Ports, a most lamentable accident occurred, which caused the
death of the second-in-command of the Regiment, and cast a gloom over
the entire Camp. Major Harby mounted his horse before breakfast to
proceed to Sandwich, in order to pay a visit to Lieut. Lane, who, having
been thrown from his (Major Marby's) horse the previous day, was at the
Cottage Hospital at Betteshanger. He intended, also, to meet the
detachments from the different companies, who were to arrive by early
trains for the inspection. He had not proceeded far before the horse
threw him, but he soon re-mounted, and proceeded out of Camp. The animal
was very fresh and restive, and as he approached the gate, by the
head-quarter guard, he was again thrown, and the horse bolted towards
Sandwich, turning into the road leading to the St. George's Golf Club
House. two of the gunners ran after and caught the horse, the Major
following, and stating that he had not received any injury. He again
mounted and rode into Sandwich, and when in New Street, the horse ran
away with him. Major Harby tried to pull the animal up, when it reared
on to the pavement at the corner of New Street and Galliard Street, and
he was pitched violently against the house, falling heavily on the
pavement, and bringing down the window shutter with him in his fall.
When picked up, he was found to have received serious injuries to the
head, and he was taken to the surgery of Surgeon Captain Harrisson close
by. On examination, it was found that he had sustained a severe cut on
the head, and that hios shoulder was dislocated. He was taken to the
"Bell Hotel," and later in the day he lost consciousness, and died about
noon. The terrible news was brought to the Commanding Officer as the men
were marching off the parade ground after the inspection; the Union
Jack, which was flying at the Guard tent, was lowered to half mast, and
the sad tidings quickly passed from one to another, until the entire
Camp was in a state of consternation. Major Harby was without doubt the
most popular officer in the regiment. Enrolled in No. 2 Company, Dover,
as a gunner, he very soon gained, by merit, the position of bombardier,
and afterwards, corporal, when he took a commission in the Corps as
Lieutenant, and was promoted step by step, until at the time of his
death he was the senior Major, and had he lived another year, in the
ordinary course of events he would have been promoted to the commander
of the regiment on the retirement of Colonel Daniel. Major Harby was
held in the highest esteem by every member of the regiment, from the
Colonel downwards. he was a most efficient, and at the same time a most
popular officer. he had a kind word for every one, no matter his rank or
station in life, and there was never an officer of the 1st Cinque Ports
who so thoroughly won the hearts of every member of the corps. He will
be greatly missed by officers, non-commissioned officers and men alike,
and his loss is deeply deplored. The horse which was the cause of his
death belonged to an ex-sergeant of one of the Dover Companies, and the
Major had had it in camp three years in succession. It was a collar
horse, but had been with a trooper under training in the east Kent
Yeomanry. Owing to the weather the previous day it had very little
exercise, and was fresh when taken from the stable. The same animal
threw Lieut. Lane when exercising it on Monday. The Lieutenant sustained
slight concussion, but was able to present at the inspection on Tuesday.
The inspection was held by Col. Baker, Commanding Militia and
Auxiliary Artillery, S.E.D., who afterwards expressed himself much
gratified with what he had seen. He was pleased that they had mustered
so strong, and with the general turn out, and particularly with the
march past, which was very well done. He noticed that there was a marked
improvement in the way in which the equipment was fitted, and in the
general appearance of the men.
The death of major Harby has entirely upset the arrangement of the
camp. The official dinner, which was to have taken place the same
evening was indefinitely postponed, the concert will not take place on
Thursday, and it is very probable that the camp will break up at the end
of the fortnight.
Was held at the "Bell Hotel" the same afternoon at 4.30, by Dr. F. W.
Hardman, Coroner for Sandwich and its Liberties. The following were
sworn on the Jury:- Messrs. Herbert Hicks (foreman), Francis W. Lass,
James Howard, Arthur w. Chapman, Joseph W. Carr, William W. Woodruff,
Harry Forbes, F. Walter Pain, Albert Yarrow, A. Jordan, George Arnold,
and Walter E. Fagg.
The Jury having viewed the body, Reginald A. Bullock, proprietor of
the "Three Colts," said that at
about 7.45 that morning he was in his house when he saw the horse and
rider gallop violently past, proceeding down New Street from the
direction of the station. he rushed out and saw them come into contact
with Sackville House. The rider was thrown with considerable force
against the shutter, which fell with him, and the horse also fell, but
immediately got up and rushed off in the direction of Mrs. Fagg's
stable, where it had been kept. The occurrence was so instantaneous that
he could not say which part of the deceased came into contact with the
shutter. Witness went across and held the injured man's head on his arm,
and undid his jacket collar. The deceased was then groaning. He could
not speak at first, and seemed partially unconscious, but when witness
bathed his temples with vinegar he murmured to him to detest. Witness
sent a man immediately for a doctor. Several people then came round, and
deceased walked with assistance to Dr. Harrison's surgery, and then sat
on the door step. The horse was certainly running away with its rider
when he first saw them. As witness held deceased, blood was coming from
the back of his head. It appeared to witness that the deceased officer
endeavoured to guide the animal straight down New Street, but it would
not go, and was no doubt making for Mr. Fagg's stables.
Stephen Bingham, in the employ of Mr. Farley, of Dover, said he was
acting as groom, the horse being owned by Mr. Farley. It was about 12
years of age as near as he could tell. He had always known it to bear a
good character, and never remembered the horse running away with anyone
before. He had frequently ridden it himself.
Questioned by the Coroner, witness said it threw another officer the
day before, who was galloping across the camping-ground. That was caused
through the stirrup-strap breaking. The horse had been used to town
work, and also saddle work twice a year for the Yeomanry and Volunteer
Camps. It had run in a milk-cart twice a day while at home, and was not
a spirited or awkward horse for a stranger to have. Nothing led him to
expect an accident. There was no intention at any time of killing the
animal. It had a very tender mouth. It was in good condition, and had
only had its usual feeding up to the time of going to the camp. The
Major had ridden the horse occasionally for five years, and this was the
third camp at which he had had it. Witness rode the horse from Dover to
the camp last Thursday morning, and he would not mind riding it back,
but he had orders to box it on account of the bridle being broken. The
Major was a good rider as far as he knew.
Asked by the Coroner if the animal was likely to be more trying in
camp than out, witness replied that probably it would be. He took the
horse to the camp about seven that morning, and afterwards saw the
deceased, who was going for a ride to Betteshanger. From what he had
heard, the deceased came by the road by the "Lord
Warden" Stables, intending to cross the railway, but the horse would
not go, and turned round, and went towards the town, and deceased then
used the spurs. While with witness the horse had never shown any
particular signs of temper, unless when passing a traction-engine or
In answer to questions by several jurors, the witness said a horse of
that description was not used to a rider wearing spurs, and deceased
should not have used them. The horse would not have the spurs or the
curb-bit. The deceased knew of this, and he was cautioned on Thursday,
and witness had been warned not to use either when started from Dover.
Dr. Harry Kerswell deposed that he was called about a quarter to
eight. When the call came, he was in bed, and he immediately dressed,
and when he went down, the deceased had reached the surgery. His
injuries consisted of a scalp wound on the left side, and a skin
abrasion about three inches long on the right side of the head, and the
left collar bone was fractured. He complained of great pain in the
shoulder. He seemed dazed, but was not unconscious. The wounds were
dressed at the surgery, and the collar bone was set after his removal to
the "Bell." Deceased got no better. Witness did not suspect any injuries
beyond those that were apparent. About an hour and a half after the
accident, depression came on, and deceased got drowsy. When witness left
him, at about 11.30, having occasion to go to the surgery for something,
deceased was about the same as when he saw him first at the surgery, but
on his return to the hotel he found him dead. There were two other
medical men with the deceased the whole time. He expired about 12
o'clock. In witness' opinion, death was caused by compression of the
brain, due to intracranial haemorrhage, occasioned by the rupture of a
vessel in the brain. The compression would not be noticeable at first.
Col Daniel was then called to give evidence of identification. The
deceased was 38 years of age. Col. Daniel remarked that he considered
the horse was somewhat skittish. It was a safe horse in the hands of an
experienced rider, and Major Harby had the making of a good rider, with
any amount of pluck.
The Coroner, in summing up, said it was clear from the circumstances
which the evidence brought to light, that the groom took the horse to
the camp on Thursday, and the major had ridden the horse at various
times the past five years, whilst twice a year it had been used for
Volunteers and Yeomanry training. he stated that it showed no signs of
vice, and had never thrown anyone before, although it was of a nervous
character when passing traction-engines and motor cars, and he also
implied that the deceased had been warned not to use the spurs or the
curb rein. The deceased's experience of riding did not appear very
considerable, although he had had lessons when he was appointed Major.
The deceased was a personal friend of his, and he knew him to be a man
of considerable nerve, and who was not likely to have lost his head. He
appeared to have intended riding to Betteshanger, and on passing out of
the road by the "Lord Warden" directed the horse's head towards the
railway, but the horse insisted on going in an opposite direction, and
probably, on the Major using the spurs, the animal bolted with him. At
the Galliard Street corner he appeared to make another effort to control
the horse, and in the struggle between the horse and man they came into
collision with the house, the deceased receiving the injuries described,
the horse running away to the stables. He did not think that blame
attached to anyone. The deceased evidently attempted to unwisely coerce
the horse by the use of the spurs, and he thought the jury could only
find that death was caused accidentally. He commended Mr. Bullock for
the prompt aid which he rendered. As he had previously said, the
deceased was well know to him, and to a great many, and was very
popular. He felt that Major Harby's loss would be greatly deplored.
The jury returned a verdict of "accidental death," and the4 foreman
said he had been desired to express on behalf of the jury the deep
sympathy they all felt with the relatives, and also with the officers
and men in the loss of so able an officer.
After the inquest on the body of Major Harby on Tuesday evening, his
remains were placed in an elm shell, and at nine o'clock were removed
from the town. The officers, Sergt-Major Hewlett, Quarter-Master
Sergeants Smith and Beau, the Sergeant-instructors, and those of the
sergeants who had become acquainted with the fact, assembled at the
"Bell Hotel," and the staff-sergeants and sergeants were permitted to
once more look at the face of their late esteemed officer, whose remains
were then carried on the shoulders of six sergeants, from the bedroom to
the hearse on the Quay, the pathway being lined with officers,
non-commissioned officers and men, who saluted the corpse passed. The
shell was covered by the Union Jack. The Colonel and other officers
accompanied the body, by road, to the residence at Dover.
On Wednesday, the general orders contained the following:- "The
Officer Commanding, desires to take the earliest opportunity of
expressing his deep sorrow and regret, which will be shared by all
ranks, and the sad and lamentable accident which had deprived the
regiment of one of its most popular and efficient officers, in the
person of Major Harby, whose indefatigable services during the present
camp have contributed so greatly to its success, and whose death while
in the actual performance of his duties, leaves a blank in the regiment
which will now be difficult to supply." All life seems to have been
taken out of the camp, and only the necessary routine was undertaken. On
Wednesday, Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 8 companies, and on Thursday, Nos. 5, 6,
and 7 companies went to gun practice at the South Lines, Dover,
excellent practice being made - the best, in fact, that has been made by
any auxiliary regiment mobilised up to the present this year. The
companied left in camp each day practised with the 40-pounders, at No. 2
Battery. The time will be occupied on Friday and Saturday in a similar
manner, and in consequence of the death of Major Harby, the camp will be
struck on Wednesday next, instead of on the following Wednesday.
Prior to the detailed companies leaving for gun practice, at Dover,
this (Friday) morning, the regiment was paraded, and Captain Bradley,
addressing the men, said that they were assembled in consequence of the
regrettable death of Major Harby, and in order that a letter from Mrs.
Harby might be read to them. The letter was as follows: "Mrs. Harby
wishes to thank the officers, and all ranks, for their kind sympathy,
and hopes that the death of her husband will not effect the enjoyment of
the camp, as she feels sure that that would be the wish of her husband."
Captain Bradley went on to say that he knew if the Colonel had been
present, he would have expressed to them the very deep sorrow he had
felt in the terrible loss the regiment had suffered from the lamentable
death of Major Harby. He knew it had been felt throughout the regiment
by all ranks. Major Harby had been in the regiment a great many years,
serving from a gunner to the rank he held at the time of his death; and
through every rank he was popular, and he would be very greatly missed.
He knew, too, that sympathy of the regiment was with Mrs. Harby in her
The funeral takes place today (Friday), at Dover Cemetery, and will
be of a private character, by the wish of the family, but the whole of
the officers of the regiment will attend, and the remains of the gallant
Major will be bourne to their last resting-place by the sergeants, one
from each company.
HOW THE NEWS WAR REACHED AT DOVER
On the Town Council assembling on Tuesday, the Mayor said: I think
that after the sad intelligence we have received this morning, we will
adjourn the business over till next week. It has really quite
overwhelmed me, and I am sure the sympathy which I feel, you share with
me. (Here, here). I refer to the lamented death of Major Harby, who is
really one of our Corporation officers. he was deeply interested in
everything that tended to the welfare of the town, and it is a sad
circumstance that he should be cut off in the prime of life, and more
especially while he was doing his duty as a soldier. I propose that an
expression of our deep sympathy be forwarded to Mrs. Harby and the
family. I also move that the business be adjourned for the week.
Mr. Mackenzie seconded, and Mr. Martyn Mowll and Ald. Peake having
spoken, the resolutions were carried unanimously.
On the suggestion of Mr. Mackenzie, a telegram was sent to Col.
Daniel, commanding 1st C.P.V.A., to the following effect:- "The Mayor
and Corporation, on behalf of all inhabitants, desire to express their
deep sympathy on the occasion of the lamented death of Major Harby."
From the Dover Mercury, 15 March 2007.
COME and meet our specialist wedding exhibitors
including florists, tailors, bridal wear companies, photographers,
toastmasters, jewellers, harpists, a Kent Marriage Registrar offering expert and friendly advice and our own in-house Wedding
Adviser. Enjoy canapés and sparkling prosecco from our 'place at the
bell' brassiere. Guided tours through the refurbished and redecorated
hotel including the Regency and Stour Rooms and the white wedding bedrooms.
The historic Bell Hotel is licensed for
weddings. Its elegant double height Regency Room with deep original Georgian sash
windows and Minstrels' Gallery is a perfect setting for a wedding reception for up to 100 guests. The Stour room, with deep windows high ceilings
overlooking the river, is licensed for the wedding service and will hold
up to 60 guests. Our 'White Bedroom' is the
romantic room for this most special of days.
The head chef of our
brassiere 'The Place at The Bell" will create a wedding menu that is simply delicious.
Seafood and fish straight from Sandwich bay, lamb from
nearby Romney Marsh and vegetables, salads and herbs supplied by
local farmers. Nothing too fussy and fancy, just the freshest
ingredients simply cooked to bring out their fullest flavours. We use
local free range and organic products whenever possible, change the menu according to
the seasons and always
have an interesting selection of vegetarian choices. We offer wines from
new regions that are never predictable or boring, including some from
Kent and Sussex vineyards, as well as local ales and juices. Choose from
three different types of menus: a canapé/crostini selection, our buffet
collection and a 'table service' menu.
The Bell Hotel Sandwich has 34
individually decorated bedrooms, including 3 larger suites. Some
bedrooms have balconies and views over the River Stour or the Kent peg
tiled rooftops of
the old town.
The Cinque Port of Sandwich is arguably the most complete
medieval historic town in
England. The Guildhall and Town WaIl, The Butts, The Ropewalk, Millwall,
The Bulwarks, The Fisher Gate, The Barbican and Tollbridge
over the River Stour are all redolent of its historical wealth and
importance. Thomas a Becket passed through Sandwich on his flight from
Henry Il, Richard the Lionheart landed at Sandwich on his return from
the crusades. The Black Prince brought King John of France back as
prisoner from his victory in Poitiers and Elizabeth I was entertained in
Sandwich, to try to persuade her to help restore the harbour when it
started to silt up and the town's fortunes went into decline. Sandwich
is now two miles inland and the famous links golf courses of Royal St
George's and Prince's now occupy the once flourishing port. Tempting
lanes and footpaths follow the line of Richard Il's fortified walls
where Henry V's archers probably practised en route for the Battle of
Agincourt. There are lovely walks, by the River Stour and over the salt
marshes and nature reserves towards the sea.
For further information
or if you would like to meet and talk through your requirements, please
call 01304 613388.
David G. Collier writes:- During the last months of the Civil War,
(1641-1651) a fake
Prince of Wales stayed at the "Bell Tavern," having made his way from Deal
with his entourage.
He was greeted with much enthusiasm by local Royalists, but seemed to be
reluctant to meet them face to face. In fact when they insisted on calling
upon him, he escaped via a window and was caught in Ramsgate. He turned out
to be Cornelius Evans, an impecunious Welshman, who was packed off to
From the Deal and Sandwich Express, 27 October, 2011.
NEW OWNER FOR THE BRILLIANT BELL
SANDWICH'S "Bell Hotel" which was described as "brilliant" by Jeremy
Clarkson - has been sold to Shephard Neame.
The renowned hotel, in the heart of the town, is a further addition
to Shephard Neame's growing accommodation estate, now totalling seven
hotels with 450 rooms across the South East.
Situated on The Quay, the "Bell" was sold with a hefty price tag of
The "Bell" had previously been bought by Albion Ventures in 2005.
Albion invested £3.1 million in revamping the hotel's bedrooms and
Since the refurbishment, the hotel has won an AA Rosette and served
as the headquarters of the R&A during the 2011 Open Golf Championship.
Henry Stanford, a partner at Albion Ventures, said, "We are delighted
to have played our part in restoring the hotel to its former glory and
wish it every success under Shephard Neame's ownership.
Shephard Neame retail director Nigel Bunting added: "The "Bell" is a
well-known and prestigious hotel, ideal for business travellers,
visitors on short breaks, keen golfers and customers looking for
high-quality function venues.
From the East Kent Mercury, 27 October, 2011.
BELL SOLD FOR £3.6M TO BE BREWERY'S SEVENTH HOTEL
The "Bell Hotel" in Sandwich has been sold for £3.6m.
The 37 bedroom-hotel on the Quay hat been bought by brewer Shepherd
Neame who now have seven hotels In the South East.
It was previously owned by Albion Ventures.
Shepherd Neame retail director Nigel Bunting said: "The Bell is a
well known, prestigious hotel, ideal for business travellers, visitors
on short breaks, keen golfers and customers looking for a high quality
General manager Matt Collins is remaining at the helm with a team of
duty managers and an army of staff staying with the hotel.
A statement by the Faversham brewer said the acquisition follows
Shepherd Neames recent purchase of the Fayreness Hotel in
Broadstairs. Other hotels owned by Shepherd Neame include the Royal
Hotel in Deal, the Royal Albion in Broadstairs and the George Hotel in
The Bell has won an AA Rosette for the Old Dining Room.
The news follows on from other successes this summer when it was the
Royal and Ancient headquarters hotel during the Open Golf Club
Henry Stanford, partner at AIbion Ventures, said: "We are delighted
to have played our part in restoring the hotel to former glory and
with it every success under Shepherd Neame ownership."
In 2005 the "Bell" was purchased by Albion ventures.
2011 Shephard Neame have now added this to their list of tied houses.
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MEAD Thomas 1821-23+
MATTHEWS Thomas & MALYON Mary
MATTHEWS Thomas 1840+
MOLYNEUX & HADLOW 1855
MOLYNEUX William 1858+
WANSTALL R 1862+
BURCH John 1872-74+
FILMER John James 1878-82+
JONES Jane A Mrs 1891
CARPENTER Miss Annie L (Manageress) 1899+
JOYCE Mr J to Aug/1904+
GOSLIN Sidney James after 1934
FRANKS Peter A 1974+
THE MANAGER 2012+
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