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Earliest Oct 1880

(Name from)

Bouverie Hotel

Latest 1986

(Name to)

25 Bouverie Road East

25 Middleburg Square


Bouverie Hotel 1980

Hotel showing Bob and Joan Lord circa 1969, kindly supplied by Peter Lord.

Bouverie Hotel 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

From an email received 21 May 2016.

Bouverie Hotel 1980

Above photo, 1980, kindly supplied by Mike Dale.



I find your list of pubs very intriguing and coming across the "Bouverie Hotel" brought back many memories because I lived just around the corner in Bouverie Square - three houses along from the corner [1946 -1958] I must have walked passed this pub many thousands of times on the way to school [St Eanswyths ] or to the shops and cinemas and also Gales Café seen in the attached picture which I took in 1980. Gales was a meeting place for many of my friends in the few years before we were old enough to go in pubs. I rarely went in the "Bouverie" though but my Dad did when he would "pop round the corner for a quick one."

The arch would have been to accommodate coaches and indeed there were stables behind the pub. They backed on to my back garden and as a kid I would climb up and "talk" to the horses through an open window. The Horses were owned by a milk company that was still delivering by horse and cart early fifties. I believe horse drawn coaches may have terminated there and travellers perhaps stayed in the Hotel. I wonder what those folks would have thought of the bus station built around the corner.


Above photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, 5 June 1983.


Built and opened in 1867 as the "Albion Tavern" the name changed to the "Bouverie Hotel" in 1880.

Licensee Wilhelm Henri Hoclckenbühn was convicted for allowing billiards to be played after closing time on 7th February 1891 and on 27th February the following year was charged again, this time for selling intoxicating liquor outside of licensing hours, and this time was fined 50s. with 11s. costs.

There appeared to be a huge turnover of licensees in the early years of this establishment till Joseph Percival Lord acquired the premises in 1929, staying there 39 years till handing it over to his son, Robert Lord in 1968. He continued to run the business for another 14 years till 1982.

The premises used to be supplied by Whitbread and had two bars, one public and one saloon.

Four years after Robert Lord relinquished the license to David Bumpstead and Noel Kebbel the name was changed once again, this time to the "Victoria Hotel." Unfortunately the hotel lasted under this name till the year 2000 when it closed in June and was demolished the year after.


From Friday, April 29, 2011

Family mourning for hotel boss Bob

By Eleanor Jones

TRIBUTES have been paid to the former landlord of the Bouverie Hotel, who died last week at the age of 89.

Bob Lord was involved with the pub, with his father then on his own, for 53 years and, according to his son, "knew everybody".

The hotel, which stood where Bouverie Place is now, had five bars, more than any other in Kent at the time, and offered traditional pursuits such as shove ha'penny, as well as a billiards room.

Former Harvey Grammar pupil Mr Lord, who served with the RAF in Africa during the Second World War, ran the hotel first with his father Percy, then with his wife Joan.

His son Peter said: "He was always friendly and ready for a chat and he knew everybody.

"Sooner or later, everyone went into the Bouverie Hotel and whenever you went down the street with him, he'd point people out – he'd make some comment about all of them."

Mr Lord moved to Twiss Grove, Hythe, when he retired in 1982. He underwent heart bypass surgery in 1978, and again in 1993, but died of pneumonia. His son said: "I think he must have been one of the longest-surviving patients ever – his heart was fine.

"I think he just missed my mother too much. They were married for 59 years but she died a couple of years ago and he faded away after that. He was always very keen on sport though, right to the end. His best friend was Wilf Armory, who managed Folkestone Invicta after the war, but he also followed Kent County Cricket Club all his life.

"He supported charities, especially for blind children, and he was always very good at what he knew. He was a generous and sociable person and I think a lot of people out there would remember him."

Mr Lord is also survived by his daughter, Penny Weir, and three grandchildren.

His funeral was due to take place yesterday (Wednesday).


From an email sent 2 October 2011.


I am Peter Robert Lord, son of Robert Percival Lord and grandson or Joseph Percival Lord. My forbears ran the pub for just over half the 20th Century. My granddad Percy and dad Robert formed a partnership, and were joint landlords (as far as I know) from about 1948, when Percy was 65.

I think the address was 25 Bouverie Road East.

Then it became something Middelburg Square.

I attach some photos, which may be of interest.

Joseph Percy Lord

Above photo shows landlord Joseph Percival Lord and friends at a local shoot circa 1930. The boy is Robert and next to him the tall man on his right is Joseph. Caption by Peter Lord reads:- "Landlord Percy Lord and friends prepare to meet the Tax Inspector." Grandad was always Percy, or the old man, never Joseph.

Robert Percival Lord, 1995

Robert Percival Lord as his happy self, 1995.

Outing from Bouverie Hotel 1950

An outing to London for the darts club at the Bouverie Hotel, 1950. Dad 4th from left. Wilf Armory (later Folkestone FC manager) 10th from right.

Joan Lord at the bar 1979

Getting ready to fill it up! Joan Lord with the Kent Senior Cup at the Bouverie Hotel 1979. Won by Folkestone FC. Caption by Peter Lord:- "Bob Lord asked Father Christmas for A Trophy Wife. But Father Christmas misheard…

Mr Lord and Mrs. Percival

Above photo, (Dad's mother, my grandmother, died when he was 3 months). Miss Osgood, centre, cared for him till her own death when Dad was 4. This must be about 1925. His sisters, Drena and Joyce are in the picture as well.

Bouverie Golden Jubilee celebrations 1979

Bouverie Golden Jubilee celebrations 1979. Wilf Armory is front left, Frank Yeo is front right.



Peter Robert Lord.




Last pub licensee had ALLEN William Dec 1879-July/80

HAMMOND William 1880-81 Bastions

BRION Henry Temple Brion 1881-83 BastionsPost Office Directory 1882

REDGRAVE Elijah 1883-85 Bastions

AITKEN Lucy 1885-86 Bastions

PRESSLAND Daniel 1886-88 Bastions

MULLER Salis 1888-89 Bastions

MOLEKENBUHR Wilhelm Henry 1889-92 Post Office Directory 1891Bastions

POLLARD Albert 1892-93 Bastions

DABBS Edward 1893-95 Bastions

GUY George 1895-97 Bastions

FARFIELD & RIDDALL 1899+ Kelly's 1899

FARNFIELD Harriet 1897-1900 Bastions

RIDDALL Arthur M 1900-05 (age 29 in 1901Census) Bastions

ALLCOCK Ernest 1905-13 Bastions

ADAMS Andrew 1913-16 Bastions

STOTESBURY Charles 1916-23 Bastions

IVORY Michael 1923-29 Bastions

LORD Joseph Percival 1929-68 Post Office Directory 1938Bastions

LORD Robert 1968-82 Bastions

BUMPSTEAD David Next pub licensee had & KEBBLE Noel 1982-86 Bastions


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 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney



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