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by John Law.
Aerial shot of Crown at Finglesham, date unknown.
Above photo of the Crown at Finglesham. Photo by Tony
Above two photographs by Paul Skelton May 2008.
Above photo taken in 1960 and kindly sent by Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate Historical Society.
The Crown is housed in a 16th Century building of which was originally
two farm dwellings. The east facing building being built in 1208, and was
part of the Cotmanton Court estate (later Cottington). The other property
was built in 1340 as a shepherds cottage and it is this building that became
The earliest known occupant was a Josia Critch, yeoman and shepherd of
the Northbourne parish around 1357, and with his wife Eleanor, had 9
children, all born in this house.
In 1523, the property was in the hands of William Spatchhurst.
In 1580 it was purchased by Jacob Swyfte a yeoman of the parish, who
owned the premises till 1628 when he sold it including 15 acres of adjoining
land of which three acres were planted with hops.
In 1674, the property was bought by Nicolas Wane, a hop grower and common
beer seller of the parish of Ash, next to Sandwich and on October 4th 1675,
gained the licence to sell ales and ciders that he brewed himself. At this
time the house bore no title as it does today.
In 1720, the house was granted a full licence and was registered under
its present name of the Crown and refers to the reformation of the Crown in
1660. This was done in order to allow the rector of the parish to hold tithe
suppers in the buildings.
In 1780, the Crown became the posting house for the parish and remained
so until the first post office in the village was opened.
1785 saw William Piddock as licensee and he held this post for 52 years
till his death in 1837 when his widow Elizabeth took over for another 4
years before eventually selling to William Harris, who kept the inn as a
market gardener as well as inn for another 60 years.
Subsequent licensees, William Ford, James Taylor and Arthur Ongley, were
all market gardeners.
The Crown now trades as both a restaurant and Free House public house, is
in a certified Caravan Club location and is one of the few pubs outside of
Canterbury to play Bat and Trap.
From the Kentish Chronicle, 30 July, 1864.
MANSLAUGHTER AT NORTHBOURNE.
Stephen Jordan was indicted for the manslaughter of George Church, at
Northbourne, on the 22nd March. Also for maliciously wounding John
Bushell, and Stepen Amos, at the same time and place.
John Bushell, a farm servant living at Northbourne, said that on Friday
evening, the 25th March, he was at the “Crown Inn,” Northbourne, with
George Church, the deceased and three or four other persona. They all
left at 11 o'clock, and went as for as Marley-lane, and while they were
standing talking there, the prisoner came along, and Church, who was the
worst for liquor, said to him “How do you do, parson?” Jordan then
pulled off his coat and hat, saying, “If you are any man come out of it.
I will fight the best man here.” Church said “I don’t want to fight, as
I am a good support to the pointing-post (a sign post against which he
was standing) William Kemp picked the prisoner’s clothes up, and told
him to put them on again, as they did not want him fighting there.
Jordan talked with one of the number about ten minutes, and then went
away towards the “Crown.” Witness, Stephen Amos, and George Church,
followed the prisoner, and when they came up to him he again pulled off
his coat, and said he would fight all three, and went up to Amos.
Witness pulled his jacket off to assist, when prisoner stabbed Amos. He
went to his assistance, and prisoner stabbed him in the arm, and also
Church, whom he struck in the side. He saw a knife in prisoner's hands.
Stephen Amos, farm servant, said that on Good Friday, 25th March, he was
at the “Crown Inn,” with Bushell. He then corroborated the facts as to
Michael Frend also gave confirmatory testimony.
Superintendent William Stokes, stationed at Sandwich, said that when
prisoner was brought to the station on this charge he admitted that he
had stabbed the deceased, but said, “I did it in my own defence because
they said they would murder or rob me.” He was quite sober. He found a
clasp knife on him, stained with blood.
Thomas Hayward, parish constable, and who was relative to the deceased,
stated that Church was brought to his house, and, in consequence of what
the deceased said, he went after prisoner and apprehended him.
Mr. Mason, surgeon, said he examined Church, and found a wound between
the fourth and fifth ribs. He dressed the wound and saw the deceased two
or three times a day until be died. Death was caused by pleura pneumonia
produced by the wound in his side. Such a wound might have been caused
by the knife produced.
The dying declaration of the deceased having been read, and was to the
same effect as the evidence of the above witnesses.
Mr. Addison addressed the Court, urging that prisoner had, only acted in
self-defence, and that he had no intention to inflict serious injury.
Guilty:— Eight months’ hard labour.
From the Deal Walmer and Sandwich Mercury' 5 September 1868.
Information taken from following web address:-
Finglesham Property Sale - 1868
CARPENTER'S AND WHEELWRIGHT'S
PREMISES, and COTTAGE PROPERTY,
WHICH WILL BE
SOLD BY AUCTION,
BY Mr. LANGLEY
AT THE CROWN INN, FINGLESHAM,
On Thursday, the 8th day of OCTOBER, 1868,
At Two for Three o'clock in the Afternoon
IN TWO LOTS.
Lot 1. AN eligible and desirable FREEHOLD PROPERTY in Finglesham Street,
in the Parish of Northbourne, comprising a convenient Dwelling - house,
Carpenter's Shop, Out - houses, Lodges, Timber - yard, and Garden; and
also TWO PIECES of LAND adjoining the whole, containing 2a. 0r. 10p.,
more or less, for many years occupied by Mr. SCARLETT, Carpenter and
Wheelwright, and offering an excellent opportunity for securing good
Lot 2. - A very convenient FREEHOLD MESSUAGE, with good Garden and
Premises, having a Frontage of 42ft. to Finglesham Street, and extending
back 163ft., and now in the occupation of Mr. Edward Dewell.
Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 10 October 1885.
NORTHBOURNE. A CHILD DROWNED.
The East Kent coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq) on
Thursday held an inquest at the "Crown Inn," Northbourne, upon the body of
Frederick James Bushell, the child of a labourer. John Henry Bushell, of
West-Street, Finglesham, stated that the deceased, his son, was about
one year and ten months. He was called home on the afternoon of the
previous day and was told that the child had been drowned in the dyke at
the back of the cottages where he lived. Mr. John Nethersole, of Ham,
Sandwich, was his landlord, but they had never had any conversation
about any fencing along the stream. Emma Down deposed that when the
child was missed she and the mother went in search for it. Witness found
the deceased lying face downwards in the water, and quite dead. There
were no other children playing near. The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned," and added a rider to the effect that the landlord should
cause the stream to be protected and a fence put up.
From the Deal Walmer and Sandwich Mercury 3 February 1894.
Information taken from following web address:-
SALES BY AUCTION
[By order of the Trustees].
NORTHBOURNE, NEAR DEAL.
VALUABLE FREEHOLD COTTAGE
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY
BY Mr. T. LANGLEY
At the "CROWN" INN, FINGLESHAM,
On TUESDAY, 6th FEBRUARY, 1894, at 3 o'clock in the Afternoon (by order
of the surviving Trustee of Mr. ABRAHAM CLARINGBOWL, deceased), in the
Lot 1. A FREEHOLD COTTAGE and GARDEN containing about 15 perches of
Land, situate in the street, at Finglesham, in the Parish of Northbourne,
in the occupation of Mr. GEORGE GIFFORD.
Lot 2. - TWO other FREEHOLD COTTAGES and GARDENS, adjoining the above,
comprising about 21 perches of Land, tenanted by Messrs. THOMAS KEMP and
[Announcement the following week states they were not sold, as they did
not reach the reserve price]
From the Deal Walmer and Sandwich Mercury, September 26 1914.
Information taken from following web address:-
A Quarrel at Finglesham
At the County Police Court on Monday, before Ald. W. J. Solomon (in the
chair) and Mr. C. J. Burgess, William Taylor was charged with assaulting
Frederick Hawkes, at Finglesham on the 13 inst.
Defendant [William Taylor] pleaded "Guilty of striking him, but under
Prosecutor [Frederick Hawkes], a farm hand, who spoke with a very broad
country accent, said he lived at Finglesham. On Sunday night week about
a quarter past eight, he walked across the marshes with Taylor and went
into the Crown Inn with him. Witness treated a woman to a glass of
"He (defendant) [William Taylor] got on to me about it, and I told him
to look after his woman at Eastry." That was all. In consequence of that
I suppose it got his blood up, and he got up and struck me in the face.
He fair knocked me silly for about ten minutes."
The Clerk: "Don't you think it was a little indiscreet what you said?
Defendant [William Taylor]: Do you think it right to bring another woman
in, knowing I was a married man with a wife and family? You insulted me
with regard to this lady, didn't you?
Prosecutor [Frederick Hawkes]: And you insulted me, now come! I never
said nothing more to you but what came over the table.
William Laming, living at Cottington Chalk-pit, said he saw Taylor knock
his mate down, right across the legs, but he did not know what caused
The chairman: Do you mean to say you saw him do all that, and didn't
hear what was the matter between them then? It is most difficult thing
to believe, I must say.
Defendant [William Taylor] said they were sitting in the Crown enjoying
themselves and a word or two passed between them. They were having a
joke, and threw something in the defendant's face which happened 18
months ago, and which he was trying to forget. It was over in a minute
and he was sorry for it directly and was sorry for it now.
Prosecutor [Frederick Hawkes]: I am 56 or 57 years old and you about 30.
The chairman said the Bench must certainly convict the case. They
considered the case proven and defendant had pleaded guilty, although
under provocation, which they certainly believed there was. There was
nothing else known against him in the Court. He must not take the law
into his own hands, and the provocation he received did not justify him
knocking Hawkes about as he (the chairman) saw him when he applied for
the summons. The costs were heavy, and they would fine him 5s and costs
4s 6d., remitting the remainder of the costs. The money was paid.
The Scotsman 04 March 1926.
WOMAN'S DEATH AT SEA. GALLANT ATTEMPTS AT RESCUE.
A verdict of accidental death was returned at an inquest at Cowes
yesterday on Emma Harriet Priestley (24) of "Crown Inn," Finglesham,
Kent, who was the victim of an accident on the trader ketch Harwich, of
Ipswich, at Cowes on Tuesday. Deceased and her step-sister Gladys
Briggs, of the same address, were living on the ketch, and in preparing
the dinner Priestley, it was stated, went on deck to clean out a bowl.
She appeared to slip on the wet deck, and fell over the two-feet rail
into the sea.
Captain Roy Rands, of Ipswich, master of the ship, although unable to
swim, jumped in to save her, and both were carried away when Frederick
Walter Page, the mate, went to their assistance, and eventually
succeeded in rescuing them. Later Rands went for a doctor, but
Priestley, after showing signs of recovery, died before he arrived.
The Coroner said it was unfortunate the doctor was not sent for
immediately, as deceased's life might have been saved.
Rands and Page had behaved heroically.
From the East Kent Mercury, 22 January, 1987.
WELL DONE JOHN
I would like to thank Mr John Radford, licensee of the "Crown Inn" at
Finglesham who appeared in his four wheel drive vehicle and helped a
minivan which was blocking; the Sandwich-Deal road during the heavy
drifting last Wednesday evening.
By towing the vehicle to Sholden he enabled a long column of vehicles
to proceed to Deal which may well have been trapped for hours.
I am sure that I write on behalf of many people involved in the jam
who would like to thank Mr Radford for his public spirited act.
I gather he cleared the road in the Sandwich direction on his return
LIEUT-COL M. J. MARTIN, Spode House, St George's Road, Deal.
From the Dover Mercury, 21 December, 1989.
INN'S COSY NOOK
Diners at the Crown, Finglesham, are intrigued by the magnificent
inglenook fireplace dominating the restaurant.
It dates from around 1600 and was uncovered and restored by Les
Boniface and George Petrie when they took over the Crown in 1966.
Gary and Beverley Virtue, who have been at the Crown for 18 months,
tell me [Tony Arnold] they are always being asked about the fireplace by
first time visitors.
The Crown is currently producing fine Christmas fare, with meals
seven days a week, including a Sunday lunch with a varied choice of
dishes at £6.25.
From the Dover Mercury, 7 February, 2002
THE 18th century Crown Inn at Finglesham near Deal has once again won
the Best Pub competition run by the local tourist industry.
And the Dover High Street store Dover Pine and Reproduction is judged the best
shop in the district.
Both competitions are run to find the best places
for tourists to visit in the Dover district.
It's the third time in ten
years that Gary and Beverley Virtue's Crown Inn has won the White Cliffs
Country Tourist Association award.
Gary, 43, was educated at Archers
Court and at Dover Grammar School and Beverley attended Astor School.
owners of the Best Shop are partners Susanne Crawley, John Harris and
Carl Potter who moved their business to Dover's High Street from
Buckland in June last year.
Teams of "mystery shoppers" from the WCCTA,
pretending they were tourists, visited nominated pubs and shops in
Dover; Deal and Sandwich before making their decisions.
From the Dover Mercury, 21 February, 2002
THE White Cliffs Country Tourism Association presented awards to the
district's top businesses.
The Crown Inn at Finglesham and Dover Pine and Reproduction took the
honours as top pub and shop - with the "New
Inn" at Sandwich and the Dover Travel Shop both receiving highly
Chairman of the association, Annette Macpherson, said: "These awards
are about rewarding excellence and reinforcing the message that Dover
district has a wealth of excellent businesses."
Main picture: The Crown Inn and inset. Pine and Reproduction.
Advert from Dover Express 11 January 2007.
Above advert appeared in the Dover Mercury 25 October 2007.
From the Dover Mercury, Thursday, 8 May, 2008. (Advertising)
Chefs' talent at the Crown.
Chef John Radford and new chef Craig Edgell, whose new catchphrase at
the Crown Inn, Flnglesham, is "happy days"
Picture: Chris Davey pd1411439
A YOUNG chef with new ideas has joined the staff at the award-winning
Crown Inn, Finglesham.
With John Radford in charge of the kitchen, the
excellent reputation of the pub and restaurant is already in good hands.
He has now been joined by Craig Edgell, who scooped the Chef of the Year
title twice in succession while he was studying at Thanet College. Gary
Rhodes is the only student to have met such high standards.
Craig's arrival, he has joined forces with John to create a menu to
remember for a gourmet night on Friday, May 23.
Bookings can be made now
for the meal which will offer eight courses, featuring a delicious
Kentish lamb dish.
Apart from the gourmet evening, The Crown has an
oyster night on Thursday, May 15, when the fresh delicacies can be
enjoyed with a glass of Gadds 6.1 per cent Oyster Stout.
The oysters are rock oysters from Scotland that are purified in
Whitstable and will be served by Eddie Gilberts from Thanet.
Jackie' Cooper are in charge at the pub and restaurant and described
their team of staff as fantastic.
Jackie said: "It is good to have Craig
with us and we see his arrival as adding to the continual success at The
"He is full of enthusiasm and from our point of view he is the
icing on the cake."
16th century Crown was awarded Pub of the Year by the Deal, Dover and
Sandwich branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The pub now has a wedding
licence, for weddings to take place either inside or in the gazebo.
book a table for the gourmet night ring 01304 612555.
From the Dover Mercury, Thursday, 9 April, 2008. (Advertising)
Above picture is the garden of the pub.
From the Dover Mercury, 27 August, 2009.
Four days of family fun at pub festival
Sylvia Guy, manager at the Crown Inn in Finglesham, who is preparing
for a busy four-day beer festival Picture: Terry Scott
FOUR fun-filled days for all the family are in store at the Crown
Inn, a gem of a pub and restaurant in Finglesham.
A beer festival, pig roast and bouncy castles will be pulling in the
crowds from noon to closing time and there is also a chance to help good
causes in a giant raffle.
Manager Sylvia Guy said: "It is going to be a big weekend for all the
family and everyone is guaranteed a good time. We have parking available
at the paddock behind the pub and the garden is fenced off, so it is
easy to keep an eye on the children.
"There is the usual bouncy castle for the little ones for the four
days and for the young at heart we will have bouncy castle just for
adults on the Sunday."
A selection of real ales will be served by a variety of brewers,
including the Nethergate Brewery and Brentwood Brewery, both in Essex,
and the Dark Star Brewery in Sussex.
The Crown Inn usually has an Early Bird Special promotion, offering a
£2 pint or glass of wine every Friday between 4pm and 6pm.
Top prizes in the raffle include a P&O ferry trip to France and a
free meal for two at the pub and restaurant, with profits going to Kent
Air Ambulance and the prostate cancer charity Dad's Quest.
The Crown Inn has an excellent reputation for its home cooked food
and its standards continue to rise.
It has also become renowned as a wedding and reception venue.
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 19
January, 2012. 65p. Report by Scarlet Jones
GETTING your kit off for a charity calendar can be daunting enough
even without the appearance of a top celebrity chef at the launch.
However, Finglesham's answer to the Calendar Girls were flavour of
the month when Phil Vickery took time out from tantalising taste-buds on
ITV's This Morning to come along to their launch and show his support.
At launch, held at the "Crown Inn" on Saturday, October 13, a
gathering of the models, sponsors and other supporters turned out to
officially launch the Crown Jewels of Finglesham 2013 Charity Calendar.
Mr Vickery, who is married to Fern Britton - one of this year's
contestants on Strictly Come Dancing - agreed to come along to the
launch as both he and his brother Mike Vickery were sponsors of the
Mr Vickery gave a speech congratulating the ladies, as well as signing
copies of the calendar.
The charity calendar started after a chance conversation in the bar
and has involved the ladies of the pub and village.
It was produced in support of their chosen charities, the Macmillan
Cancer Support and the National Autistic Society.
Rachael Vicary, who managed the project, said: “Putting together the
calendar has been hard work and great fun and we've had fantastic
support form the locals and villagers.
“The launch event was a brilliant success and we sold over 100
calendars during the evening, which is a fantastic start.”
The photos features the ladies in their cars, with their horses and
dogs, in the garden and, of course, at the bar of the pub.
The calendar's photographer, Candice Kemp, said: “The biggest problem
was getting the ladies to relax during the photo sessions.
“One or two of the photos were particularly difficult and it's true
what they say about not working with animals - in particular horses and
Mrs Vicary added that in the interests of equality, they would now
work on creating a Finglesham men's calendar for 2014 and were looking
Jeremy Pearson of Animal House Veterinary Services, said: “I'm very
pleased to be able to support this worthy project as my father was
looked after by Macmillan nurses.”
Calendars can be bought at the Crown Inn, Finglesham, for £10.
Sponsors behind the calendar include: The "Crown Inn" at Finglesham;
Taskersun and Son; Martin Coleman; Puma Conservatories, Windows and
Doors; D Gray and Son Building Contractors; P Jenner Farm Services Ltd;
Mike Vickery Farrier; Foxborough Auto Centre; Kiwi Gardens; H H Toh
Dental Surgeon; Animal House Veterinary Services; Phil Vickery; and JAC
From the Dover Mercury, 1 November, 2012. 80p
CHEF HELPS LADIES MAKE A DATE
TV CHEF Phil Vickery was the celebrity guest at the launch of a
Calendar Girls style charity calendar in Finglesham.
Appropriately named The Crown Jewels of Finglesham, it sees lady
regulars from the "Crown Inn" and village residents strip off in front of
a camera - all in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and the National
Candice Kemp, who photographed the volunteers, said: “The biggest
problem was getting the ladies to relax during the photo sessions.
“One or two of the photos were particularly difficult and it's true what
they say about not working with animals, in particular horses and
Mr Vickery, who gave a short speech
at the launch, attended because he is brother to Mike Vickery, one of
the sponsors. He also signed copies of the calendar.
The idea started out from a chance conversation in the bar of the "Crown"
and it grew with the support of willing models and sponsors.
Jeremy Pearson, Animal House Veterinary Services, said: “I'm very
pleased to be able to support this worthy project as my father was
looked after by Macmillan nurses.”
Rachael Vickeary, who managed the project, said “The launch event was a
brilliant success and we sold over 100 calendars during the evening,
which is a fantastic start.”
Calendars can be bought at the "Crown Inn," Finglesham, for £10.
The ladies pose for the calendar and, TV chef Phil Vickery at the
launch at The Crown Jewels in Finqlesham.
Photo left shows some of the ladies and Phil Vickery at the "Crown
Above photo 2014, kindly sent by Helen Ovenden. She says the following:-
A new extension to the property was completed in November 2012 which now
gives the pub a lovely sunny restaurant seating approximately 50 covers.
This opens up to a patio area with further seating and then into the
garden. Some new pictures for your site are attached below.
PIDDOCK William dec'd 1785-1837
PIDDOCK Elizabeth 1837-1854
HARRIS William 1854+
HARRIS Elizabeth 1861+ (widow age 53 in 1861)
SAYER John 1874+
FORD William 1878-82+
TAYLOR James 1899+
GARDNER Ernest 1901-Jan/1902
Northbourne) (also barrister age 36 in 1901)
WRAITH C E Jan/1902+
MANTLE Mr J to Mar/1907
ONGLEY Arthur Mar/1907+ (previously greengrocer from Capel)
HARVEY William 1913-July/26
HOOKER Henry James July/1926-34+
BONNIFACE Les & PETRIE George 1966+
BONNIFACE Leslie T 1974+
(Tompson & Wotton)
RADFORD John 1987+
VIRTUE Gary & Beverley ????- 2003
PALMER Wayne & Debbie 2003-2005
COOPER David & Jackie 2005-13/Aug/2010
HUMPHRIES Tony & OVENDEN Helen 13/Aug/2010+
Visit their web site:-
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Kelly's Directory 1878
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1913
Kelly's Directory 1934
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express