39 Fenchurch Street
Listed as Fancy Street in 1858 & 39 & 40 Fenchurch Street in from 1891
This house was renamed from the "Jolly
Sailor" around about 1838, by licensee John Pope, and continued under
that name till its closure in 1908.
The license was refused in 1858 for some reason when George Kennett was
licensee, but a license was obviously gained after this year.
The house remained as a common lodging house until its demolition in
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 26 April, 1845. Price 5d.
On Monday last, an inquest was held at the “Bricklayer’s Arms,” Fancy
Street, before J. J. Bond, Esq., the coroner, and a respectable jury, on
the body of Thomas Dorrell, who died on the previous day in consequence
of an accident by falling from the new works into the harbour. The jury
found “That the deceased’s death had been accidentally caused by
concussion of the brain, falling a height from the ground.”
From the Folkestone Chronicle 15 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Thursday June 13th:- Before Captain Kennicott, William Major and
James Tolputt, Esqs.
George Kennett was brought up on a warrant charged with assaulting
Ann Holness deposed that on last Saturday week she saw the prisoner
push his wife out of doors, previously to which she had heard blows
struck. The wife went home to her father's at Uphill, where she remains
in a very precarious state.
Prisoner was admitted to bail until Saturday, the wife being too ill
From the Folkestone Observer 15 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON A WIFE
Thursday June 13th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N., W. Major, and J.
George Kennett, brickmaker, and formerly landlord of the "Brickmaker`s
Arms" (sic), Fancy Street, was charged with viciously assaulting his
Ann Holness deposed that she lived in New Zealand, Folkestone, near
to the prisoner's house. About half past seven o'clock of the evening of
Saturday week (June 1st), she was outside the door of her house. She
heard blows inside the prisoner's house, and heard the prisoner's wife
call out “Oh don't”. Shortly afterwards the prisoner opened the door,
took hold of his wife by the shoulder and pushed her into the street,
calling to her to go and fetch a policeman, and when he came he would
split his nose down with a poker. He looked as if he had been drinking.
Ann Hayward also heard the blows, and also heard the wife exclaim,
“Oh don't kick me”.
The magistrates remanded the prisoner until Saturday, consenting to
take bail, himself in £10, and one surety in £10. His brother became his
surety, and he was liberated.
The poor woman, who is very ill from the effects of her husband's
treatment, could not make her appearance at the court, and hence the
From the Folkestone Chronicle 22 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Saturday July 15th:- Before the Mayor, Captain Kennicott R.N., W.
Major. W.F. Browell and A.M. Leith, Esqs.
George Kennett was brought up on remand, charged under the 16th and
17th Victoria, with an aggravated assault on his wife.
Mr. Minter appeared for defendant.
Hannah Hayward deposed that she heard blows struck in the prisoner's
house; heard complainant say “Oh, George, do not kick me”.
Harriett Kennett, who appeared very weak, and who was accommodated
with a chair whilst giving her evidence, said she was the wife of
defendant. On Saturday, between 7 and 8 in the evening, defendant came
home, and without any provocation he thrashed me very much with a strap,
and turned me out of doors. He struck me all over and kicked me; he was
very spiteful. I went to my brother's house. I have been ill and nervous
ever since. When defendant struck me he said he would be the death of
me. I have had no medical advice, but medicine from Mr. Hammon.
Complainant was then cross-examined by Mr. Minter, who elicited from
her that she had put on her bonnet and shawl after she was beaten, and
that she walked as far as Arpinge afterwards, and that she spent some
time on the road at the "Red Cow,"
with her brother, and that she had had a fit lately.
Mr. Minter then addressed the bench for the defendant, and submitted
there was no evidence to substantiate the aggravated assault, but would
not struggle against a conviction for common assault.
The Mayor said, after a short consultation with his brother
magistrates, that they had taken a very lenient view of the case against
defendant, and had come to the resolution to fine him 10s. and 11s. 6d.
costs, and hoped it would be a warning to him for the future.
From the Folkestone Observer 22 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
ASSAULT ON A WIFE
Saturday June 15th:- Before the Mayor, Capt. Kennicott, R.N., and W.
Major, W.F. Browell, J. Tolputt and A.M. Leith, Esqs.
George Kennett, (remanded on a charge of assaulting his wife), was
brought up, and the evidence of his wife was taken. Mr. Minter appeared
for the prisoner.
Harriett Kennett said she was the wife of the prisoner. Between seven
and eight o'clock in the evening of that day her husband came to her
house in New Zealand. He thrashed her about very much with a strap, and
turned her out of doors. He hit her all over with the strap, and kicked
her very spitefully. He told her not to come back to the house any more,
and she went to her brother's house. She was very ill and nervous after
she got home. The marks of the blows were still on her person. Several
times he declared he would be the death of her. She had since been
living with her father at Uphill.
Cross-examined by Mr. Minter – She could not tell why her husband
struck her. She had been suffering in her health from the blows received
from her husband. When he turned her out of doors he took her violently
by the shoulders. Her present weakness was caused by the beating she
received. She was subject to fits, and sometimes fell down and bruised
herself. In reply to Mr. Browell, witness stated she had had one of
these fits lately.
Mr. Minter, addressing the bench, said that if the bench would take
the case as a common assault, the prisoner would be willing to pay any
fine that might be imposed, because no doubt he had put his wife out of
the house; but if the bench deemed the case to be one coming under the
provisions of the Act for Aggravated Assaults, he should call evidence
to rebut the allegations of excessive violence.
The Bench then convicted the prisoner of a common assault, fining him
10s. with 11s 6d costs, or one month's imprisonment.
From the Folkestone Observer 12 December, 1863. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
DRUNK AND RIOTOUS
Tuesday December 8th: Before the Mayor, J. Kelcey and R.W. Boarer,
James Lennard was charged with being drunk and riotous in Seagate
P.C. Hills said: This morning, about 2 o'clock, I saw the prisoner
coming down Dover Street, hallooing and shouting. I asked him if he had
any lodgings. He said he had had lodgings in the "Bricklayer's Arms." I
told him to go to his lodgings. He did not go, and therefore took him
into custody and brought him to the station. He was drunk and making a
Prisoner said in reply to the Mayor: I came from Yorkshire. I am a
hatter by trade. I travel about and clean hats and old clothes. I can
earn 4s. or 5s. per day when fully employed.
He was discharged with a caution.
From the Folkestone Observer 24 December, 1864. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
DRUNKENNESS and OBSCENITY
Wednesday December 21st:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and James
Elizabeth Cox was charged with drunkenness, rioting and obscenity.
P.C. Swain said he was called into the "Bricklayer's Arms" on
Saturday last and requested by the landlord to remove the prisoner
because she was making a disturbance in the house. Prisoner then left
the house. She was drunk. He saw her later in Queen Square, and a
quarter to one on Sunday morning she was in High Street, using very
obscene language towards a man, and he took her into custody.
Fined 1s. or seven days' imprisonment for each offence.
POPE John 1838-50
WATCH Mr 1850-51
KENNETT George 1851-56
KENNETT Charles 1856-59
BROMLEY Joseph 1859-67
PEEL William 1867-72
WHITING Mrs Ann Whiting 1872-84
WHITING Joseph Allen 1884-1906
WHITING Frances 1906-07
WORMALD Joseph 1907-08
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Melville's Directory 1858
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 More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney