3 St. John's Street
Above showing the "Belle View Hotel" circa 1908.
Above picture taken from Google Maps 2009, shows the site of the Belle
View Hotel, roughly where the phone box is.
Addressed as Belle Vue Fields in 1858, which is obviously where it gained
its name from.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 13 September 1856. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Monday September 8th: - Special sessions were holden for the purpose of
renewing licences, and granting new ones. Present, the Mayor, and G.
Kennicott, S. Godden, W. Major, J. Kelcey, W. Bateman, S. Mackie, and J.
Mr. John Minter made an application on the part of Mr. Spencer Hayward
for a licence for his house, in Bellevue Fields. This being the third
application the magistrates granted it.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 2 January 1858. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Richard Harris, a soldier in the East Kent Militia Artillery was placed
at the bar, indicted for stealing a silver watch, valued at £4 10s., the
property of William Hills, of Folkestone, on the 28th December. Prisoner
pleaded Not Guilty.
Mary Hills (the first witness called) having been sworn said I am the
wife of William Hills, the landlord of the "Bellevue Tavern". I recollect
the 28th December. On that day I lost a small silver watch. It was my son's watch he is at sea he left it in my care when he went away.
(The watch produced by Mr. Hart was identified by witness) I will swear
to the watch, having had it in my possession more than five years. I
left it in a tumbler on my drawers in my own bedroom. I have always been
in the habit of wearing it only left it off that morning, having a
blister on my neck. I missed it about 5 o'clock in the evening when I
went upstairs to change my dress. I went up without a light. I called to
my little girl to ask her if she had removed it on her replying in the
negative, I told her to call the servant and bring a light. I asked her
if she had removed it. She said she had not seen it since two o'clock in
the afternoon when she finished dusting the room.
Mary Streeter, sworn, said I am servant to the last witness. About nine
o'clock in the morning on the 28th December, I went up to my mistress's
room and found prisoner there. I asked him what he was doing there. He
said he wanted his stock. I went to his room where he had slept and got
his stock and fastened it on. I saw the watch in a tumbler on the
drawers while prisoner was in the room. I had never seen him in there
before. His room was the next to it. When I told him his stock was not
in that room, he went out and went downstairs after I had given it to
him. I then locked the door and put the key under the mat. I am in the
habit of doing this prisoner did not see me. There was no other lodger
in the house. I went downstairs and told mistress I had seen prisoner in
her room did not go up again until about two in the afternoon, when
the watch was there. I locked the door, and put the key in the same
place. Prisoner came to the house on Saturday. This took place on
Monday. I will swear to prisoner being the same man he had been up and
down stairs all day. I had seen him in the club room. When mistress
called me up about five o'clock, the watch was gone.
Mordecai Hart (having been sworn in the Hebrew manner), said, I am a
pawnbroker, living in High Street, Folkestone. I remember prisoner
coming to my shop about 5 p.m. on Monday, 28th December. He offered the
watch (produced) in pawn prisoner said the watch belonged to him he
had given £2 15s for it he wanted 30s upon it. I offered him 20s. He
then took it up and went away came again in a few minutes, and took
the £1, observing there would be less to pay when he wanted it. About a
quarter of an hour later, a constable and prosecutor came and asked if I
had taken a watch in. I said I had they were just too late the man
had only just gone.
Samuel Solomons stated that he was assistant to Mr. M. Hart, recollected
seeing prisoner in the shop on Monday, 28th December, about five o'clock
in the evening. The shop was lighted with gas. I usually light it about
four. I am certain prisoner is the man. He wanted to pledge the watch
for 30s. Mr. Hart offered him 20s. I was not present when Mr. Hills and
the constable came in. Mr. Hart and I immediately went to Sandgate in
search of the prisoner did not find him. When we came back I went with
the sergeant of police to search the public houses in Folkestone found
prisoner in the "Marquis of Granby", High Street. I told him the watch he
had pledged was stolen. The constable at once took him into custody
did not deny the charge. He seemed to be drunk. Could not walk steady
when he came to the shop.
The Recorder here made some strong remarks about pawnbrokers being
incautious from whom they took property, and especially in this case,
from a man in liquor. He observed he had before had to remark on Mr.
Hart, and he advised him now to be more particular.
P.C. Newman, sergeant of police, having been sworn, corroborated the
latter part of the evidence of the previous witness Solomon, adding that
when he searched prisoner he had but 6d and 2d in money, a knife, and a
pouch. The 6d he immediately threw in his mouth, and witness believed
Mr. Hart having been recalled, stated that the money he had given
prisoner for the watch consisted of a half sovereign, two half crowns,
two florins, six pence and four pence.
The jury after a few moments consultation returned a verdict of
Guilty, and prisoner was sentenced to six months hard labour.
William Grimes, a soldier of the 4th Regiment, was placed at the bar,
charged with stealing a railway wrapper, value 7s, the property of
Mordecai Hart, of Folkestone, on the 7th November.
Israel Hart, having
been sworn, said I am the son of Mr. M. Hart, outfitter and pawnbroker,
of Tontine Street and High Street. On the 11th November about eight
o'clock in the evening, police constable Woodland brought the wrapper to
me. I identified it by the particular manner it was hung up by a cord
the ticket had been taken off. I had not sold one.
sworn, said, on the 11th November I went to the "Bellevue Tavern" in
search of a soldier. I found prisoner upstairs lying on a sofa, and the
wrapper about three yards from him on a table. There were several other
soldiers in the room. From information received from the landlord, I
took prisoner into custody. He was very drunk at the time. Did not state
the charge to him until I got him to the station. He then said he had
come by it somehow, he did not know how.
William Hills said I am the
landlord of the "Bellevue Tavern". About half past seven on 11th
November, prisoner came in and went upstairs with a parcel under his
arm. It was a square parcel could not see what it was it looked like
a brown paper parcel. I was six or seven yards off when he passed me.
Thinking it suspicious to see a soldier come in with a large parcel I
gave information to police constable Woodland who came in just
The jury retired and returned in about ten minutes with a
verdict of Acquittal.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 22 May 1858. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Tuesday May 18th:- Before R.W. Boarer esq., W. Major esq., and G.
Alfred Tidmarsh was charged with assaulting Mary Hills, landlady of the
Bellevue Tavern. Fined one shilling and costs.
William Corke was charged with using threatening language to the above
complainant by which she went in bodily fear. Prisoner was further
charged with resisting the constable in the execution of his duty, and
with being drunk and riotous while in the police station. Dismissed on
the first charge, fined £3 and costs on the second charge, and committed
for seven days on the third charge.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 3 July 1858. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
An inquest was holden at the "Bellevue Tavern" before S. Eastes esq., and
a respectable jury, on Monday June 28th, on the body of Robert Conquest,
aged 12, who was unfortunately drowned whilst bathing in East Wear Bay
on the Saturday previous. The jury having been sworn proceeded to the
residence of the deceased, and viewed the body; after which the
following evidence was adduced:-
John Lott, a youth, deposed that
several boys, deceased amongst them, were bathing; deceased could swim a
little; after being in the water a short time he called out for help,
but none of the other boys could swim, so that they could not help him;
after a little while deceased sunk, and then the boys ran for
Wm. Matthews deposed he was called by one of the boys, and wading into
the water he discovered the body of deceased in about four feet of
water, deceased was quite dead, having been in the water some time; he
however, took him to his cottage and put him in a warm bath, and used
other remedies. The coroner having summed up, the jury returned a
verdict of "accidentally drowned while bathing.
The funeral of the above unfortunate youth took place at Christ Church
on Wednesday last, twenty eight of his schoolfellows, with their master,
following him to the grave.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 18
June 1859. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
ASSAULTING THE POLICE
Monday June 13th:- Before the Mayor, A. M. Leith, James Tolputt, and
W. Major esqs.
John Banks, hay and straw dealer of Mill Lane, was brought up by
police constable Reynolds, charged with being drunk and disorderly near
the "Bellevue Tavern," on Saturday Night, also with assaulting the
police. The case was fully proved, and the magistrates sentenced the
defendant to three weeks imprisonment with hard labour.
HAYWARD Spencer Sept/1856-June/57
HILLS George William June/1857-Sept/58
GRIGGS Charles Sept/1858-77+
PIDDOCK George 1877-78
GAYWOOD Arthur 1878-79
CUMMING Lawrence 1879-80
GLAZIER George 1880-81
REVELL Alfred 1881-83
LAWS Edward 1883-86
EDWARDS James 1886
TITE William 1886-87
SAUNDERS Samuel 1887-91
ADAMS Alfred 1891-93
NOLAN Thomas 1893-95
SIGGS William 1895-96
HOBSON James 1896-1906
WARREN Horace 1906-10
TAYLOR Frederick J 1910-25
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1862
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Kelly's Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
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From the Folkestone Chronicle