Sort file:- Sandwich, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 29 September, 2021.


Earliest 1823-

Bell and Anchor

Latest 1903+

High Street


Bell and Anchor 1890

Above engraving, 1890, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Bell and Anchor

Above photo, date unknown, the "Bell and Anchor" is seen through the archway of the Barbican. Kindly sent by Bob Audley.

Above photo, 1905, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 16 September 1823.

To Be Sold.

The "Bell and Anchor," Public house, situated in High Street, Sandwich.

Enquire of Mr. Hoile, Brewer, Sandwich.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 7 July, 1860.


Considerable excitement has been occasioned in this town and port by the perpetration of a brutal outrage, early on Sunday morning, in the public street. It appears that a number of labouring men had been drinking together at the "Bell and Crown," (sic) situate in the High Street, and that they left the house about midnight. Among them was a man named Henry Gatehouse, and also a sailor named Thomas Goodwin East, a strong powerful man, who was accompanied by a low woman of the town. They were all considerably the worse for liquor. Some wrangling took place between East and Gatehouse, and they ultimately stripped and fought. They fell frequently. The noise soon brought together a great number of persons, most of them of the lowest clans in the place. An attempt was made to separate the combatants, when East became very violent and quickly brandished a sharp-pointed knife, with which he managed to inflict four serious wounds on Gatehouse, and also stabbed two other men, one of whom was merely standing looking on, and had not taken any part in the affray. It is reported that a companion of East’s held Gatehouse down, while the former was stabbing and cutting him with the knife. There were two knives used in the affair—one a deadly looking instrument, with a spring back, and the other a common sailor's knife.

Two medical men were sent for—Dr. Emmerson and Mr. Young. On examining Gatehouse, they found a frightful incised wound on the left side of the neck, three inches in length, completely severing the smaller arteries, a deep cut across the nose, a severe wound in the cheek, and a stab in the back. Prompt measures were adopted (by the assistance of medical men and Mr. Seath), or death must have immediately ensued.

From a belief that it was impossible for Gatehouse to recover (the surgeons pronouncing him to be on the point of death), the Mayor was called up, and the wounded man’s statement taken down in writing. It was to the effect that East (who was covered with blood, and presented a most sickening spectacle) was the man that stabbed him. He had never seen the man before, nor had he been drinking with him. The prisoner was then removed to the lock-up, and closely watched by the constables in charge. The other men injured were James Harvey and Alfred Martin; the former was stabbed in the thigh, and the latter received two punctured wounds in the left arm.

On Wednesday East was examined before Captain Stewart, R.N., and three other justices, in the Town-hall; but as Gatehouse was represented as being still in a very critical state, the charge of attempting to commit murder was not gone into, the inquiry being limited to the facts connected with the stabbing and wounding of James Harvey. The following evidence was taken:—

James Harvey:—I am a sawyer, and reside in Sandwich. About five minutes before twelve on Saturday night last I came from the "George and Dragon" public-house into High-street. I heard a row near the Seven Posts-alley. Gatehouse and East were quarrelling, and they commenced fighting. Both of them fell down, and I stepped up to take East off, and tried to persuade him to go home. East was bleeding very much at the time, and as I was getting all over blood I let him go. He ran up the street, and then returned, and was going to hit Gatehouse, when I interfered, and he struck me instead. We then had a tussle, and both fell down, I uppermost. Whilst down I felt something hurt me in my leg; but I did not know what it was. It commenced bleeding shortly after, and I called out that I was stabbed. There was a crowd round, but no one interfered with me but East. It was not very dark at the time. East then went and fought with Gatehouse, and stubbed him with a knife; after which, he returned to where I was standing, with a knife in his hand, and tried to job it into me; at the same time saying he would stab me. I jumped upon him and knocked him down, and the knife was taken from him.

Mr. Joseph Young, a surgeon, described the nature of the injury sustained by Harvey. It was a deep gaping wound, from an inch and a half to two inches is length, and had evidently been inflicted by some sharp instrument.

Corroborative evidence was then given, and the prisoner was remanded for a week on both charges.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 4 August, 1860.


Thomas G. Eastes, mariner, was indicted for stabbing and wounding, with intent to do him grievous bodily harm, Henry Gatehouse at Sandwich, on the 1st July.

Mr. Deedes prosecuted; Mr. Barrow defended.

The prosecutor said:— I am a labourer, and live at Sandwich. A few minutes before twelve, on the night of the 1st of July, I went into the "Bell and Anchor Inn," and called for a pint of beer. The prisoner was there with a female, who asked him to have a glass of gin. The prisoner then said to me he would fight any bargeman, but I replied that I did not want to fight. I left shortly afterwards to go home, but prisoner followed me, and, placing himself in front of me, said I should not go home until I fought with him. He then struck me and we both fell together. He held me down, and nearly tore the guernsey from my back. Some one took him off, and I went towards home. Prisoner, however, followed me, and presently struck me again. We then both fell together, and when I was on the ground the prisoner stabbed me in the back. I got up, when prisoner again rushed at me, but I knocked him down. I then went on my way homewards, but prisoner followed me and stubbed me in the neck. The wound bled and I fainted soon afterwards.

Cross-examined.:— When we fell the first time the prisoner was undermost, and he put his arm round me and stabbed me in the back. There was not a general row.

John Spain deposed:— I was in High-street, Sandwich, on the night in question, and saw the prisoner follow Gatehouse, who turned round and knocked him down. They then had a round, and both fell, the prisoner being undermost. When prosecutor got up his neck was bleeding, and a knife was taken from the prisoner's hand. The prisoner had been drinking, but Gatehouse was sober.

John Burrell.:— I witnessed the row, and saw the prisoner take a knife from his pocket. After the round, I saw Gatehouse bleeding from a wound in the neck, and prisoner threw a knife away.

A witness deposed to picking up the knife produced (a formidable clasp-knife), and the superintendent of police produced another which he had found upon the prisoner.

Mr. Young, surgeon, deposed:— I was called to attend the prosecutor, and found him lying on the pavement in the street. He was in a partially unconscious state. I observed a deep wound in the neck, another on the left side of the back, and several others about the head and face. They might have been inflicted with the weapons produced. The prosecutor’s life was at fist in danger by the wound in his neck, and he is still under my care.

Mr. Barrow having addressed the jury for the prisoner and his lordship summed up, the jury almost immediately returned a verdict of guilty, and he was sentenced to eighteen months' hard labour.

This concluded the Criminal business of the Assizes.



RUTTER Jennings 1823-24+ Pigot's Directory 1823

LAWRENCE John 1828-29+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

CASTLE John 1832-41+ (age 50 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840

KNOWLER Richard 1847-55 Bagshaw's Directory 1847Post Office Directory 1855

SPRATLING George 1858-71+ (age 42 in 1871Census) Melville's 1858Kelly's 1862

BACK William 1878-82+ Post Office Directory 1878Post Office Directory 1882

GODFREE  Charles 1891+ Post Office Directory 1891

BURDEN Isabel 1891+ (manageress age 31 in 1891Census)

MEADE Edward Ernest 1899+ Kelly's 1899

CHAPMAN William Robert 1901-03 (age 26 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

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



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