77 Forde Road
Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.
Pictures above and below taken by Paul Skelton, 5 July 2009.
Above photo kindly sent by Phil Nicholson, 29 November, 2012.
From the Folkestone Observer 19
November, 1864. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
POSSESSING A LURCHER
Tuesday November 15th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and W. Bateman,
James Tolputt and A.M. Leith, Esqs.
Richard Baker appeared on summons, charged with having in his
possession a lurcher dog, property of John Richardson.
John Richardson, licensed victualler and general dealer, living at
Hythe, said he bought the dog about three months ago. He was standing at
his door one morning when Mr. Allen, who served meat at the camp for Mr.
Major, passed the door, having a man with him, and dog. He asked 5s. for
the dog, but witness ultimately bought it for 4s. and a pot of beer. It
was a middle sized lurcher dog, answering to the name of Ben. The man he
bought it of seemed to be a looker, and he said he bought it to look
after sheep, but it was too fast for sheep. Witness had the dog about
two months, and one day, going to Broad Street with the dog, a man
claimed the dog. Witness brought the dog with him to Folkestone, and
left it unfastened under the manger with his horse in the "Rose"
stables. Had not seen the dog till that morning, but had advertised it
in the Folkestone Observer. Last Sunday his son saw the dog with
William Ellen, butcher, confirmed prosecutor's statement as to the
purchase of the dog. Did not know the man the dog was bought of, as he
had merely given him a ride in his cart on the road. He seemed to be a
Defendant said the dog was his. He bought the dog of his nephew in
Foord, giving a donkey for it and a sovereign. He got drunk at Romney
Fair and got locked up, and thus lost his dog.
Thomas Fields, landlord of the "Castle Inn," said the purchase as
described by defendant took place in his presence, in his house, four or
five months ago.
Aaron Baker had brought the dog from Netley Forest, a pup, and sold
it as described to defendant.
The bench dismissed the charge, not undertaking to say in whom the
right of property in the dog was vested.
From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 19 May, 1900. Price 1d.
Before Dr. W. H. Nethererclift (in the chair), and Mr. T. Wacher.
THE CHARGES AGAINST AN INSURANCE MANAGER
Thomas William fellows, lately residing in the Borough, Canterbury, was
charged on remand with falsifying the accounts of the East Kent branch
of the Pioneer Life Assurance Company, of which be had been tee district
Mr H. Broughton again appeared for the prosecution.
Frank Scotland of the accounting department of the Pioneer Company, produced
five documents given him by the head office which were originally sent
in by prisoner when acting as an agent at Ashford. Witness remitted him
4s. 10d. (for which he gave the receipt produced.
Mr. Broughton said that something over £7 was found on prisoner when he
was arrested, £7 of which he had borrowed from a lady in Court, who had
made arrangements to go to America with him. She drew the money out of
the Post Office Savings Bank and handed it to prisoner. He (Mr.
Broughton) had spoken to prisoner about it, and he had expressed a wish
that the lady (Miss Hubbard) should have the money back. He (Mr.
Broughton) asked the Bench to make an order that the money should be
handed over to her by the police. - The Bench complied.
A second charge against prisoner of embezzling £6 7s. 8d. which he had
received as premium for the renewal of a life assurance policy on the
24th April, was then gone into.
John William Morton, of 16, Orange Street. Canterbury, travelling
inspector to the company, having repeated his evidence as to prisoner’s
duties, Essu Balke, landlord of the “Castle Inn,”
Folkestone, deposed that on the 24th April last, he paid prisoner £6 7s.
8d. as a renewal premium on the life on his son. He paid him in cash and
received the receipt produced.
By prisoner:- Witness understood that he (prisoner) was collecting the
money for an agent named Armstrong, and that he would get his commission
just the same. Prisoner gave witness back 5s. which Armstrong owed him.
Frank Scotland deposed that any payment received by a district manager
on the 24th should have been remitted so as to reach witness on the
28th. He had not received from prisoner any accounts or remittances
since April 24th.
By prisoner:- No accounts had been received from any agent in prisoner’s
district for the week commencing 24th April.
Mr. Morton (recalled) produced a letter which he received from prisoner
on the 28th April.
Mr. Broughton re-read the letter, which was to the effect that prisoner
gave up all connections with the company, and sent back stationary, etc.
Prisoner, who reserved his defence, was committed for trial at the
On bail being applied for Mr. Broughton strongly objected. He said that
prisoner was a married man, but at the time of his arrest he was
preparing to sail to America with another lady. He had, in fact, paid £2
deposit on his passage money.
The Bench declined the bail.
Any further information or indeed photographs would be appreciated.
Please email me at the address below.
This page is still to be updated.
From an email sent 4 October 2009
Regarding the previous information I supplied regarding the "Valliant Sailor," if you
have any knowledge or information on the Castle Inn, Folkestone, I
should appreciate hearing as the evening before his death Charles VIDLER
visited that pub ordered a beer but left before either paying for or
drinking it, according to a witness at the inquest into his death.
Also he had previously complained of having banged his head somehow
and feeling 'queer', so he could well have been suffering from
undiagnosed concussion, which may have caused him to blackout and fall
into the sea. Just a theory.
As you will see, Charles VIDLER was born at Brenzett, and I have been
continuing my family history research in respect of my VIDLER ancestors,
to include, Brookland, Fairfield, Ivychurch and St Marys in the Marsh,
New Romney etc, so any info anyone can provide me with I should be
delighted to hear from them.
Many thanks again.
Best wishes Ian Nicoll.
Their last night is 1 July 2012 and I am informed that this is yet another pub
that is going to be turned into a residential home.
FIELD(S) Thomas Aug/1864-80
PELO/DELO Charles 1880-84
PRESSLAND Daniel 1884
TUNBRIDGE James 1884-88
HILLS Alfred 1888-94
HILLS Charlotte 1894-95
JUDD Edward 1895-97
BAULK Esau 1897-1900
POLLARD Albert 1900-03
POLLARD Ellen 1903-06
ATTWOOD William 1906-07
ATTWOOD Percy 1907-16
ATTWOOD Marie 1916-19
ATTWOOD Percy 1919-29
SURTEES Henry 1929-48
SURTEES Alice 1948-64
NICHOLSON Frederick 1964
FIRRELL William 1964-66
POWELL Reginald 1966-67
JESSUP Anthony 1967-75
SLADE Leslie 1975-78
BARRINGTON Arthur 1978-84
BARRINGTON Arthur & Founzou 1984-89
BARRINGTON Arthur & Founzou & HALL William 1989-92
HALL Harry & RICHARDSON Lisa 1992-95
HALL Harry and William & RICHARDSON Lisa 1995-98
HALL Harry and Lillian and William 1998-2001
HALL Harry & William 2001
HALL Harry and William and Tracy and Sarah & RICHARDSON 2001-04
HALL Harry and William and Lisa and Sarah & RICHARDSON Lisa & DAY Warren
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