Earliest 1674


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The Street



Photo date unknown from by John Law.

Crown at Finglesham

Aerial shot of Crown at Finglesham, date unknown.

Crown Finglesham

Above photo of the Crown at Finglesham. Photo by Tony Wells 2007.

Crown at Finglesham sign Crown at Finglesham sign

Above two photographs by Paul Skelton May 2008.

Crown at Finglesham 1960

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 Crown.


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.


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 the assault.

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.

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Finglesham Property Sale - 1868








On Thursday, the 8th day of OCTOBER, 1868,

At Two for Three o'clock in the Afternoon



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 Business Premises.

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.


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.

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[By order of the Trustees].








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 undermentioned lots:


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 EDWARD WOOD.


[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.

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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 provocation."

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 ginger beer.

"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 it.

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.


From the East Kent Mercury, 22 January, 1987.



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 journey.

LIEUT-COL M. J. MARTIN, Spode House, St George's Road, Deal.


From the Dover Mercury, 21 December, 1989.


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

Crown, Finglesham 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.

The 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

Crown award 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 commended awards.

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.


Crown at Finglesham advert

Advert from Dover Express 11 January 2007.

Crown at Finglesham advert

Above advert appeared in the Dover Mercury 25 October 2007.

From the Dover Mercury, Thursday, 8 May, 2008. (Advertising)

Chefs' talent at the Crown.

Crown chefs'


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.

To celebrate 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.

David and 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 Crown.

"He is full of enthusiasm and from our point of view he is the icing on the cake."

The 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.

To book a table for the gourmet night ring 01304 612555.


From the Dover Mercury, Thursday, 9 April, 2008. (Advertising)

Crown garden, Finglesham

Above picture is the garden of the pub.


From the Dover Mercury, 27 August, 2009.

Four days of family fun at pub festival

Crown manager

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 calendar.

Phil Vickery

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 chickens!”

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 for volunteers.

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 Decorating.


From the Dover Mercury, 1 November, 2012. 80p


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 Autistic Society.

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 chickens!”

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 Inn," Finglesham.


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.

Crown 2014 Crown 2014 Crown 2014 Crown 2014



PIDDOCK William dec'd 1785-1837

PIDDOCK Elizabeth 1837-1854 CensusBagshaw's Directory 1847

HARRIS William 1854-1914?

SAYER John 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

FORD William  1878-82+ Kelly's 1878Post Office Directory 1882

TAYLOR James 1899+ Kelly's 1899

GARDINER E To Jan/1902 Dover Express (Crown, Northbourne)

WRAITH C E Jan/1902+ Dover Express (Crown, Northbourne)

MANTLE Mr J to Mar/1907 Dover Express

ONGLEY Arthur Mar/1907+ (previously greengrocer from Capel) Dover Express

HARVEY William 1913-July/26 Post Office Directory 1913Dover Express

HOOKER Henry James July/1926-34+ Kelly's 1934Dover Express

BONNIFACE Les & PETRIE George 1966+

BONNIFACE Leslie T 1974+ Library archives 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+


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Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Kelly's 1878From the Kelly's Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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