127 Canterbury Road
Above showing the original "Black Bull, circa 1870.
Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.
Picture taken by Jan Pedersen, 12 March 2012.
The "Black Bull" was once owned by the Earl of Radnor, and may have been
built by him for the benefit of the farm labourers who worked the land on
the outskirts of town. The pub was rebuilt in 1880-1, and is still a popular
house on the Canterbury Road.
Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 04 April 1823.
March 29, at the "Black Bull" public house, Folkestone, Mrs. Ann Birch,
aged 43 years, wife of Mr. Richard Birch.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 19
June 1859. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday June 15th:- Before C. Harwood Esq., County Judge.
Harrison v Baker. – An action to recover £4 15s. 6d. Balance of an
account. Mr. John Minter appeared for the plaintiff, who said he was an
innkeeper residing at Folkestone. The defendant lived at Hythe. In
October, 1857, a Mrs. Baker came to the plaintiff's house, and engaged
for board and lodging. She paid the bill at the end of the first week,
and then said, that if she went to her uncle (the defendant), at Hythe,
he would engage to see him paid for the future. He went, and saw the
uncle, who promised to pay a reasonable amount, say about 10s per week.
Mrs. Baker remained with plaintiff from 18th October, 1857, to 14th
February, 1858; she then left. The bill amounting to £9 15s. 6d. Was
sent in, and the defendant paid £5 on account, leaving the balance
John Harrison, sworn, said, I keep the "Black Bull." In 1857 Mrs.
Baker came to me for board and lodging, she paid me the first week and
then referred me to her uncle at Hythe. I gave the bill to Mr. Baker
(the defendant), at Hythe, who said if I came again in a few weeks he
would pay me. On the 31st July, 1858, I received £5 on account from Mr.
Baker. It was paid me at my residence, - the bill had been sent in three
months before. When Baker paid me the £5 he promised to pay me the
remainder in a month or six weeks. I have since applied several times
for the balance, sometimes I went to Hythe, and sometimes wrote. The
receipt I gave to defendant was not stamped, and he threatened to
prosecute me. I consulted an attorney, and by his advice forwarded a
By his Honour – I did not give the receipt to Mrs. Baker – no other
person was present when the agreement was made, - she told me her uncle
had money of hers. I went to Hythe to enquire if it was correct, and
found it to be so.
Defendant, on being examined, said he might have had £40 in his hands
belonging to Mrs. Baker. At the time the £5 was paid, he gave her £12 in
all – he had never promised to pay the balance. When she came to him for
the money, he told her he would pay the amount to plaintiff in her
presence; he had never received a bill from the plaintiff, neither had
he threatened to prosecute him for the unstamped receipt; in fact the
receipt was not given to him, but to Mrs. Baker, and he had not received
a stamped receipt.
The plaintiff was non-suited, but had permission to renew the summons
at the Hythe court, and to procure Mrs. Baker as witness.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 27 July, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
On Sunday last, an inquest was holden at the "Black Bull Inn," before
S. Eastes Esq., coroner, on the body of a travelling man, named John
Jones, who had destroyed himself that morning at Walton Farm. The jury,
having been sworn, proceeded to view the body, which lay in a cart lodge
at the above farm. The body was fully dressed and had, loosely tied
around the neck, a red handkerchief, with which the shocking deed had
The first witness examined was Amelia Jones, a young woman with a
child in her arms, who deposed she was the wife of the deceased, whose
body she identified as that of her husband. He was an umbrella mender,
and was about 30 years of age. Witness had been married to him about 7
years, and had three children alive. Her husband had good health
generally, until about nine days ago, when he complained of a pain in
his head. Deceased was a very sober, steady man. He was obliged to go to
the Elham Union, on account of his illness. He went there on Saturday
last. Witness heard nothing of him until Friday the 19th, when she went
to the union, and he discharged himself, and came part of the way to
Folkestone with her. They separated on the road and witness gave him a
shilling to pay his railway fare to Dover, as he expressed a wish to go
into the union house there. Before they left the union, deceased said he
was not happy there, and if he stayed there he should make off with
himself. When they parted, witness came to one of Mr. Jeffery's lodges,
and when she got there, to her surprise, she found her husband, who, it
appeared, had not gone to Dover. He returned witness the shilling, and
after a while they lay down together with the children to sleep. Early
in the morning a policeman came into the lodge and woke witness, and
asked where her husband was. She had not then missed him. She knew of
nothing to trouble him, except the illness, and did not know if any of
his relatives had ever destroyed themselves.
Richard Sharp, a police constable, deposed to finding the body
hanging by the neck to a ladder, that morning about 4 o'clock. The body
was quite cold and stiff. Had seen him on the previous night about 10
o'clock, lying in the lodge with his wife and children. On finding the
body, witness went and woke the woman in the lodge, and she knew nothing
about her husband having left her during the night.
This being the whole of the evidence, the Coroner briefly summed up,
and the jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict that the
deceased destroyed himself whilst in a state of temporary insanity.
From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 13 July 1867. Price 1d.
The Fair held on private grounds near the “Black Black Bull Inn,”
Canterbury Road, which commenced on Friday week, the day of the month on
which Folkestone fair began, has been in full swing daring the week, and
indeed is considered the annual fair of the place. There were, of
coarse, the usual number of stalls, small shows, and not to offend, an
exhibition of wax-works, with the indispensable wooden riding school.
The place was most patronised in the evening, after the lower classes
had finished their day’s toil, though it is scarcely necessary to
chronicle the indifference of the greater number of the respectable
portion of the community, to such a diversion.
From the East Kent Mercury, 3 May 2007.
Country’s media descends on
the "Black Bull" pub.
FOR the landlord of the "Black Bull" pub the hastily improvised hub
for journalists covering the earthquake story - it was more than
business as usual, the pub was extremely busy.
Brendan Whelan said: "We had lots of camera crews here, all the major
TV stations and, of course, the emergency services, who we fed and
"We had a band playing that night as part of a birthday party"
Mr Whelan had to check his premises in "Black Bull" Road before
opening. He said: "I was coming down the stairs when there was a massive
bang and a tremble. I thought it was a bomb.
“I had a good look and we have lots of cracks, but not a lot
I have been informed by Jan Pedersen that the pub looks like it has
unfortunately closed as of 9 March 2012.
This one seems to have been opened and closed several times during 2012, and I
now believe it has closed yet again (February 2013) and local knowledge tells me
that it will reopen after being renovated by the "Hungry Horse" food/pub chain.
I expect they'll be getting their burgers from Tesco's.
From the Folkestone Herald, 5 September, 2013
BLACK BULL UNVEILED AS A HUNGRY HORSE PUB
PUB OPEN: Managers Carrie and Chris Richards, Mayor and Mayoress
councillors Roger and Pat West cut the ribbon with the help of a mascot.
THE "Black Bull" in Canterbury Road has reopened as a Hungry Horse.
More than 40 jobs have been created by the venture, for which the
building has been refurbished over the past two months.
The ribbon was cut by Folkestone mayor Roger West on Monday,
alongside general managers Carrie and Chris Richards.
A Hungry Horse spokesman said: “The pub has been completely
transformed into a modern, family-friendly pub and restaurant. We hope
people in Folkestone will be proud and pleased with their new pub and
the team look forward to welcoming in customers.”
STANLEY John 1782+
WYATT John 1832-39+
HARRISON William 1837-40+
SPICER Thomas 1842-50
EVES Thomas 1850-55
DANIELS Charles 1855-Dec/57
HARRISON John Dec/1857-64
FISHER Robert 1864-79
FINN George 1879-80
KEELER Alfred 1880-81
POTTS James Quested 1881-82
NALDEN & COLLYER 1882
HAND Ernesto 1882-84
AITKEN Lucy 1884-85
ERRINGTON John 1885-87
SADLER George 1887-95
POLLARD Albert 1895-1900+
WARNE William George 1900-05+
POWELL Thomas 1907
CAVEY Walter 1907-13
CAVEY Mrs Amelia 1913-22
SPRINGATE Capt. Albert 1922-24
WILSON William 1924-25
BENNETT William "Jack" 1925-29
BRAY Frederick 1929-31
ANDERSON Eric 1931-33
BARBER Reginald 1933-34
JACKSON William Henry 1934-37
LACEY Arthur E 1937-42
BEW Christopher 1942-47
JONES Cyril 1947-51
BUNDY Albert 1951-58
CASH Peter 1958
WILSON Thomas 1958-59
PETTIT Nelson 1959-61
MANSELL Ernest 1961-66
SCARBROW William 1966
ELLIS Alan 1966-68
JARVIS George 1968-76
LAKER Brian 1976-79
HOPPER Harry 1979-81
McALLISTER David & GRIFFITHS David 1981-83
GILL Patrick & GRIFFITHS David 1983-85
MUNN David & BEEDON Arthur 1985-86
BEEDON Arthur 1986-87
COLES Maureen & CLARK Edward 1987-90+
COLES Maureen & BLYTH Simon 1991-92
GARTSHORE George & BLYTH Simon 1992-94
GARTSHORE George & GRIFFITHS Geoffrey 1994-95
GRIFFITHS Geoffrey & RIDLER Jamie & STUBBERFIELD Alison 1995-96
GRIFFITHS Geoffrey & MUSEYIN Memish & SNELLING Rebecca 1996-97
COLES Maureen 1997-2000
STANLEY Elizabeth 2000
ARTHURS Terence 2000
WHELAN Brendan 2001-07+
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Post Office Directory 1855
From the Post Office Directory 1862
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney
From the Folkestone Chronicle