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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1836

(Name from)

Earl Grey

Latest 2005+

(Name to)

35 Old High Street


Earl Grey 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Earl Grey 1992

Above postcard, circa 1992, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Earl Grey

Above photo, date unknown, by Steve Schmid.

Ealf Grey sign 1991Earl Grey sign date unknown

Earl Grey sign left, October 1991, sign right, date unknown.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Former Earl Gray, Folkestone 2009

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 27 June 2009.

Former Earl Grey

Above photo kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen showing the empty building.


Unfortunately now closed.

Any further information or indeed photographs would be appreciated. Please email me at the address below.

According to local resident Jan Pedersen this is to reopen soon (25th June 2011) under the name of "Hallet's." Opening hours to be until midnight, but with no real late license and at time of information, no real progress actually seen to date.


Kentish Chronicle 6 December 1836.

Death: Nov. 30, at Hythe, Mrs. Earl, wife of Mr. Earl, of the "Earl Grey" public house, aged 55 years, respected and lamented by all who knew her.

During the tremendous hurricane on Tuesday, this town received less damage than any other place on the coast. On the hill, the inn (Valiant Sailor) received the greatest damage, being entirely stripped of its covering.


Kentish Gazette 8 December 1836.

Death: Nov. 30, at Hythe, Mrs. Earl, wife of Mr. Earl, of the Earl Grey public house, age 65.

Note: This gives an earlier date for the renaming of the house. Earl not listed in More Bastions.

Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 10 December 1836.

November 30th Mrs. Earl wife of Mr Earl, of the "Earl Grey" public house in her 55th year.


Canterbury Weekly, 10 December, 1836.


Nov 30, at Hythe, Mrs. Earl, wife of Mr. Earl, of the "Earl Grey" public house in her 55th year.


Dover Chronicle 14 January 1843.

Mr. Major, of the Earl Grey, High Street, was on Sunday last, the 8th instant, robbed of £21 in money and a watch. It is supposed that a lodger of his, who was employed on the railroad, is the person who committed it, as he decamped on Sunday evening, and, from information given by the driver of the coach to Ashford, it seems probable that London is his destination. We have since heard that he has been taken in London by Mr. Major, who followed him to the town, but cannot speak positively.


Southeastern Gazette 20 April 1852.

Wednesday, April 14th: Before W. Major and S. Mackie Esqs.

The following licence was transferred: From Richard Major, Earl Grey, to James Goode, late driver of the mail cart from Brookland to Folkestone.

Note: Date for Major is at variance with More Bastions, and no record of Goode.

Southeastern Gazette 26 July 1853.

Wednesday, July 20th: Before The Mayor, and W. Major Esq.

Sarah Nuttley, wife of William Nuttley, labourer, was charged with having stolen, on the 18th instant, two bottles of brandy, the property of Mr. James Goode, of the Earl Grey, in this town. The prisoner was detected with the stolen articles in her possession (secreted under her clothes), which she was removing from a field in which they had been placed for a short time by the prosecutor, being intended for the bodily refreshment of “ the Druids” on the day following that on which the prisoner stole them.

In her defence the prisoner admitted taking the bottles, but stated that she did not intend to steal them.

Committed for trial at Canterbury Quarter Sessions.


Southeastern Gazette 28 February 1854.

Local News.

The licence granted to James Goode, of the Earl Grey, High Street, has been transferred to John Harrisson.

Note: Date is at variance with More Bastions. Goode not listed.


Folkestone Chronicle 13 September 1856.

Monday September 8th: - Special sessions were holden for the purpose of renewing licences, and granting new ones. Present, the Mayor, and G. Kennicott, S. Godden, W. Major, J. Kelcey, W. Bateman, S. Mackie, and J. Kinsford esqs.

The licences of 45 houses were renewed. A caution was given by the mayor to the landlord of the Earl Grey, High Street.


Folkestone Chronicle 11 October 1856.

Wednesday October 8th: - Before the Mayor, and S. Mackie, W. Major, W. Bateman and G. Kennicott esqs.

Robert Aldridge appeared in discharge of his bail, charged with an assault on one of the Swiss Legion, now stationed at Shorncliffe.

Jacob Letsch, (who appeared with his face and head badly cut) a private in the 1st regiment of the Swiss Legion (examined through an interpreter) deposed that he came from the camp yesterday with a detachment of the Legion who were discharged, and were on their way to Dover to embark for home. On his return he went into a house in the High Street (the Earl Grey). Some other soldiers were there, and also some civilians. A fight took place, and witness got punished with two black eyes and the back of his head badly cut. Did not recognise the defendant as being there. Did not strike any person, neither had he a knife. He was knocked down and fainted away and an English soldier took him into a house where his head was dressed. Did not know what he was struck with; was not drunk.

Alfred Tassart deposed he was passing the Earl Grey about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon and saw two or three men fighting and knocking the last witness about. Thought defendant was one of the men, but could not swear to him.

Matilda Bishop deposed that her husband was landlord of the Earl Grey, but he was not at home at the time that the disturbance took place. The soldiers and the civilians were in a back room together fighting. Witness did not see it as they had fastened the door. After fighting in the room they went out into the street. The civilians went from the front to the back room where the soldiers were.

The Mayor, addressing the defendant, said the plaintiff had been very much ill used, but the evidence was not sufficient to convict him, he must therefore discharge him.

The defendant said he had been ill used as well; his head had been cut open, and knives were drawn by the soldiers – one of his companions had had his finger half cut off. What they did was in self-defence, which every Englishman would always endeavour to do.


Southeastern Gazette 28 July 1857.

Local News.

Robbery.—On Thursday night some person entered a window at the Red Cow Inn, Foord, and stole the clothes belonging to a lad sleeping in the room. On Friday evening a man walked into Mr. Harris’s ship in High-street. A lady, seeing him come out with what appeared to be cloth, informed Mrs. Harris, who went into the Earl Grey public-house, and there found the man, whom she collared, and from under his coat she drew a new pair of trousers and a cap. Mrs. Harris, although resisted by the fellow, walked him down to the station-house, and gave him in charge of the police. The cap proved to belong to the lad at the Red Cow.


From the Folkestone Observer 20 July, 1861.


Saturday July 13th:- Before Capt. Kennicott R.N., W. Major and James Tolputt, Esqs.

Henry Bishop, "Earl Grey," High Street, was charged with permitting drunkenness in his house at an early hour in the morning.

Sergeant Newman deposed that about 2 o'clock on Wednesday morning, he heard a noise in defendant's house, and went in, when he saw a man named Golder, and another, drunk. Mrs. Bishop was present, but not Mr. Bishop. Witness went to the top of High Street, and coming down again he met Golder, reeling in the street. Hearing noise again in the house he went into it a second time, the landlord being in the doorway, and saw a prostitute there, and also the second man he had seen before.

The magistrates dismissed the case, it being a first offence, and the landlord alleging difficulty in getting rid of his guests.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 10 September, 1864.


Wednesday September 7th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N., and James Tolputt, Esq.

Henry Bishop, landlord of the "Earl Grey," High Street, appeared on a summons charging him with opening his house at 2 a.m. on the previous Sunday morning.

P.S. Newman proved the case, and defendant was fined 1s and 9s costs, or in default of payment 14 days' imprisonment.


From the Folkestone Observer 10 September, 1864.


Henry Bishop, landlord of the "Earl Grey," High Street, was on Wednesday fined 11s. and 9s. costs, alternatives of distrait and imprisonment, for having four men and a woman in his house drinking spirits and beer at half past two o'clock on Sunday morning.


From Dover Express 17 September 1864.


Henry Bishop, landlord of the "Earl Grey," High-street, Folkestone, was charged the other day with opening his house at 2 a.m., on the previous Sunday morning. Defendant was fined 1s. and costs 9s., or in default of payment, 14 days' imprisonment.


Folkestone Observer 26 August 1865.

It was licensing day on Tuesday, when the magistrates suspended the license for the Earl Grey, High Street, for harbouring prostitutes.


Folkestone Chronicle 9 May 1868.

Wednesday May 6th: Before The Mayor and S. Eastes Esq.

A temporary license was granted to Samuel Knight to sell excisable liquors at the Earl Grey Inn.

Note: Date differs from info in More Bastions.


Folkestone Observer 9 May 1868.

Wednesday, May 6th: Before The Mayor and S. Eastes Esq.

Samuel Knight applied for temporary authority to sell liquors. He deposed that he had taken the Earl Grey, in High Street, from Mr. Vincent. The house belonged to Stace and Brenchley, Maidstone. Granted.

The Clerk told the applicant that on the 20th of the month the transfer of the licenses would take place. He would then have to attend before the magistrates with a certificate as to his character.

Note: No mention of Vincent in More Tales.


Folkestone Observer 30 May 1868.


Mr. S. Knight, having taken the Earl Grey Inn, High Street, Folkestone, begs to call the attention of the public to the extensive alteration in the premises he has made, and he can now accommodate large or small parties on the shortest notice.

Spirits, Ale, Beer, &c. of the finest quality.


Folkestone Observer 11 July 1868.

Wednesday, July 8th: Before Captain Kennicott and James Tolputt Esq.

This being a Special Sessions for granting Alehouse Licenses, &c., the following business was transacted.

The license of the Earl Grey Inn was transferred from Henry Bishop to Samuel Knight.

Note: Date differs from info given in More Bastions.


Folkestone Express 11 July 1868.

Wednesday, July 8th: Before Captain Kennicott and Alderman Tolputt.

A special sessions for the transferring of licenses was held in the Town Hall on Wednesday.

The following business was conducted:

Samuel Knight, of the Earl Grey, High Street, for transfer of license from Henry Bishop – Granted.

Note: Date for this transfer differs from information given in More Bastions.


Folkestone Observer 6 February 1869.

Monday, February 1st: Before Alderman Gambrill and R.W. Boarer Esq.

Daniel Taylor applied for a transfer of the license granted to Samuel Knight to sell excisable liquors at the Earl Grey, High Street.

The application was granted.

Note: Newspaper report has name wrong. This is David Rigden Taylor.


Folkestone Express 6 February 1869.

Monday, February 1st: Before J. Gambrill and R.W. Boarer Esqs.

Transfer of License.

Earl Grey, High Street. Transfer granted from Knight to D. Taylor.


Folkestone Chronicle 27 February 1869.

Wednesday, February 23rd: Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and S. Eastes Esq.

License of the following house was transferred at a special sessions:- The Earl Grey to David Rigden Taylor


Folkestone Observer 27 February 1869.

Tuesday, February 23rd: Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and S. Eastes Esq.

David Rigden Taylor applied for a transfer of the license granted to Samuel Knight, to sell at the Earl Grey Inn, High Street. Granted.

Folkestone Express 27 February 1869.

Wednesday, February 24th: Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and S. Eastes Esq.

Transfer of License.

The Earl Grey – D.R. Taylor, from S. Knight. Granted.


Southeastern Gazette 1 March 1869.

Transfer of Licence.—The following licence was applied for on Wednesday and granted:— D.R. Taylor, from S. Knight, of the Earl Grey.


Folkestone Express 12 September 1874.

Saturday, September 5th: Before S. Eastes, J. Tolputt and J. Clark Esqs.

Henry Clarke was charged with being drunk and disorderly in High Street.

P.C. Hills proved the case, and said prisoner was turned out of the Earl Grey, when two young men tried to get him home. He then went to the Rendezvous, where he was refused admission, and became very violent and used very bad language.

Fined 5s. and 4s. 6d. costs.


Folkestone Chronicle 9 January 1875.

Wednesday, January 6th: Before The Mayor, J. Tolputt, W. Bateman, and R.W. Boarer Esqs.

A temporary license was granted to Harriett Taylor to sell excisable liquors at the Earl Grey, under the license granted to David Rigden Taylor.


Folkestone Express 9 January 1875.

Wednesday, January 6th: Before The Mayor, Col. De Crespigny, Dr. Bateman, J. Kelcey, R.W. Boarer and J. Tolputt Esqs.

Mrs. Harriett Taylor, of the Earl Grey Inn, applied that the license of the house might be endorsed as temporarily transferred to her from her late husband, David R. Taylor, who died in November last. She had neglected to apply at the last licensing session. Granted.


Folkestone Express 30 January 1875.

Wednesday, January 27th: Before R.W. Boarer Esq. and Col. De Crespigny.

Mrs. Annie Taylor, at present in charge of the Earl Grey Inn, High Street, applied for a fresh license for that house. In consequence of her husband's recent sudden death the license was transferred to her. It had since been found that David Taylor had made no will, and the widow declined to take out letters of administration, not thinking it necessary. Under the circumstances the Magistrates' Clerk suggested that a license be granted to her as an entirely new tenant, under an Act of George IV. In reply to the bench, the police gave the house a very good character. The application was granted.


Folkestone Express 24 July 1880.

Saturday, July 17th: Before The Mayor, General Armstrong, Alderman Hoad, R.W. Boarer and M. Bell Esqs.

Joseph Courtney, a private in the Royal Artillery, was summoned for assaulting Henry Reuben, landlord of the Earl Grey Inn.

Complainant, landlord of the Earl Grey, High Street, said the defendant went to his house on Saturday night about a quarter to eleven with a civilian and called for a pot of beer, which the civilian paid for. After drinking it they turned to go out. Two young men standing in the bar were laughing, and defendant seemed to think they were laughing at him. He went out, but came back again and struck one of them in the ear. The young men at once ran out to the back of the house and complainant persuaded defendant to go. When he went to close the house, defendant, who was outside, struck him in the mouth.

In reply to the Bench, complainant said the defendant had been drinking but was not drunk. He did not notice at first that he was so much the worse for liquor.

The Bench inflicted a fine of 1s. and 9s. costs, which was at once paid by a sergeant of the defendant's regiment. They strongly censured the conduct of the complainant in serving the man with beer when he had already been drinking, the Mayor remarking that he wished complainant had been cited before them instead of defendant, and promising that the matter would be remembered against him at the next licensing day.


Folkestone Express 1 October 1881.


Temporary authority was granted to Henry Ealding to carry on the Earl Grey Inn, High Street.


Folkestone Express 10 March 1883.

Monday, March 5th: Before Colonel De Crespigny and J. Holden Esq.

Frederick Hearnden pleaded Guilty to being drunk and disorderly in High Street on Saturday night.

Sergt. Butcher said the defendant, who had been ejected from the Earl Grey public house, was very violent, and had to be carried to the police station.

A previous conviction having been proved against defendant, he was fined 10s. and 3s. 6d. costs, and allowed a week for payment.


Folkestone Express 17 March 1883.

Saturday, March 10th: Before Colonel De Crespigny, J. Holden and W.J. Jeffreason Esqs.

Robert Peel Wilson was summoned for having permitted drunkenness on his premises, the Earl Grey Inn, on the 3rd inst.

Defendant pleaded Not Guilty.

Sergeant Butcher said that he was on special duty in plain clothes, with P.C. Keeler, on Saturday, March 3rd. At about eight o'clock he was in High Street, outside the Earl Grey. At about ten minutes past nine he saw a man named Hearnden go into the house, and about ten o'clock he saw him inside the house, leaning against the wainscoat, drinking beer. About quarter of an hour later six engineer soldiers entered the house, and five minutes later Hearnden and one of the engineers were fighting. Hearnden was ejected from the house and created a disturbance outside, and he was in consequence apprehended. He appeared to be all right when he entered the house, but when ejected was drunk. He was present in the court on Monday, the 5th, when Hearnden pleaded Guilty to being drunk.

The Bench considered the charge proved, and fined the defendant £1 and 9s. costs, or in default 14 days' hard labour.


Folkestone Express 28 April 1883.


To Be Let, with immediate possession: The Earl Grey Inn, High Street, Folkestone. For terms and all particulars, apply to James Pledge, Auctioneer.


Folkestone Express 29 September 1883.

This was the adjourned licensing day.

Wednesday, September 26th: Before W. Bateman, R.W. Boarer, J. Clark and J. Holden Esqs., Colonel De Crespigny, and Alderman Caister.

Robert P. Wilson applied for a renewal of the license of the Earl Grey.

In this case Superintendent Taylor opposed on the ground that the defendant had been convicted for allowing drunkenness in the house, and that since then it had been conducted in a disorderly manner. Boys and girls were allowed to use the house, and complaints had been made by the people living in the neighbourhood.

Mr. Minter said the owners of the house to a new tenant, Mr. George Cook, and on this statement the Bench granted the renewal.


Folkestone Express 26 December 1891.

The Earl Grey.

Saturday, December 19th: Before Aldermen Banks and Pledge, H.W. Poole, W. Wightwick, and J. Holden Esqs.

Mr. Dickson applied for temporary authority to sell at this house, and it was granted.

Note: Date differs from information in More Bastions.


Folkestone Chronicle 27 August 1892.

Wednesday, August 24th: Before Mr. J. Clark, Alderman Pledge, Councillor Holden, and Messrs. J. Fitness, J. Boykett, H.W. Poole and W. Wightwick.

Annual Licensing Session.

A music licence was granted to Mr. Dixon of the Earl Grey Inn, High Street.

Folkestone Chronicle 3 December 1892.

Saturday, November 26th: Before The Mayor, Aldermen Pledge and Sherwood, Lieut.-Col. Penfold, Councillor Holden and Mr. J. Fitness.

Mr. W. Cole was granted a temporary transfer of the licence of the Earl Grey.

Note: This transfer does not appear in More Bastions. Misheard Craughton?


Folkestone Express 3 December 1892.

Saturday, November 26th: Before The Mayor, Aldermen Pledge and Sherwood, Lieut. Colonel Penfold, J. Holden and J. Fitness Esqs.

Mr. W. Cole was granted a temporary transfer of the licence of the Earl Grey.

Note: This transfer does not appear in More Bastions. Misheard Craughton?


Folkestone Express 4 March 1893.

Wednesday, March 1st: Before H.W. Poole, W.J. Herbert and W. Wightwick Esqs.

The licence of the Earl Grey was transferred to James Martin.


Folkestone Herald 17 November 1900.

Saturday, November 10th: Before Mr. J. Hoad, Aldermen Pledge and Spurgen, Councillor Penfold, and Mr. Stainer.

A young man named Frederick Bailey was charged with having been drunk and disorderly, and with having assaulted a young woman named Edith Dodd. Prisoner pleaded Not Guilty.

Inspector Lilley deposed that at about 10.20 on the previous evening he saw prisoner lying on the pavement outside the Queen's Hotel in a fit. Assisted by bystanders witness restored him to consciousness, and found that he was drunk. When he recovered witness advised him to go away. Prisoner refused, and staggered about some few minutes flourishing his stick, and afterwards went into Rendezvous Street. A few minutes afterwards, witness saw him going down High Street, and a young woman who was passing got off the pavement to let him go by. As he passed her, prisoner deliberately struck her a heavy blow across the legs with the stick. She complained of the assault, and witness followed prisoner into the Early Grey public house. There, the landlord refused to serve him, and as he refused to leave, asked witness to eject him. He did so, and when outside asked him to go away, but he refused, using bad language, and saying he supposed witness wanted some beer. He then went up High Street, swearing all the way, and finally witness had to lock him up.

Edith Dodd said that last night she was in Rendezvous Street, and was stepping out of the way to let prisoner pass, when he struck her a violent blow across the legs with a stick.

Percy Boxer also corroborated, and said he had seen prisoner strike another young lady before Miss Dodd came along.

Prisoner said he was going to the Mayor's dinner, but unfortunately could not get a ticket. He went to Maestrani's Restaurant and had dinner there. He had a bottle of claret and a bottle of champagne. He would like to impress upon their minds the fact that he was subject to epileptic fits. He was liable to lose consciousness, and do things which he otherwise would not do, and if the young lady would accept his apologies she was welcome to them.

Fines of 5s. and 5s. 6d. costs for the drunkenness, and 10s. and 4s. 6d. costs for the assault were imposed.


Folkestone Express 6 September 1902.

Auction Advertisement.

To Brewers, Investors and Others.

Under instructions from the executor of the late Mr. Hamley, High Street, Folkestone.

Messrs Temple, Barton & Co. will offer for sale by Auction at the Queen's Hotel, Folkestone, on Thursday, September 11th, 1902, at three o'clock in the afternoon, all that Valuable Freehold Fully-Licensed Public House, situate and known as The Earl Grey, High Street, Folkestone.

Together with a large plot of land in the rear thereof, admirably adapted for building, having a frontage to Mill Bay of about 55 feet, on which four or more cottages might be erected.

The premises are brick and slate built, having an imposing frontage of about 29 feet to the High Street, with side entrance through passage leading to the rear, and contains the following accommodation:-

On the Ground Floor: Private, public, bottle and jug bars, smoking room and kitchen.

On the First Floor: Sitting room and three bedrooms.

Basement: Two cellars.

Outside: Brick and timber built carpenter's shop, wash house and small yard.

Let to Messrs. Isherwood, Foster and Stacey Ltd., Brewers, on a lease which can be terminated in five years, at a low rental of £38 a year.

For particulars and conditions of sale apply to the Auctioneers, 48, Sandgate Road, and Barton's Auction Rooms, Folkestone; Surveyors Institute, 12, Great George Street, Westminster S.W.; or to Messrs. T. and H. Wolferstone, Solictors, 22, Princess Square, Plymouth.

Note: The Auctioneers beg to call special attention to these very valuable fully licensed premises as being an exceptional opportunity of acquiring the freehold of a House in this busy central position.


Folkestone Chronicle 13 September 1902.

We Hear.

That on Wednesday last the freehold of the Earl Grey public house in High Street was sold for £1,500.


Folkestone Express 13 September 1902.

Local News.

On Thursday Messrs. Temple, Barton and Co. sold by auction at the Queen's Hotel the freehold public house known as the Earl Grey, High Street, let on lease to Messrs. Isherwood and Co., at £38 a year, the price realised being £1,400. The property was sold by order of the executor of the late Mrs. Hamley, Messrs. Wolferstone, of Plymouth, being the solicitors.


Folkestone Chronicle 27 June 1903.

Wednesday, June 24th: Before Mr. W. Wightwick, Lieut Colonel Hamilton, and Mr. Swoffer.

William Jeffrey Paramour, a burly individual, was charged with being drunk and disorderly.

Mr. Andrew (the Magistrates' chief clerk) having read the charge, prisoner said he felt he must be guilty from the feeling he woke up with that morning.

P.C. Allen said that at 7.10 on Tuesday evening he was called to the Earl Grey, High Street, where he found prisoner in the public bar, very drunk, and making use of disgusting language. Witness ejected him, and he at once became very violent, and continued to use bad language. Assistance had to be obtained, and prisoner was handcuffed and taken to the police station.

The Chief Constable described prisoner as an occasional visitor, who had not been before the Court since 1900.

The Bench thought his conduct disgraceful, and sentenced him to 14 days' without the option of a fine.


Folkestone Express 27 June 1903.

Wednesday, June 24th: Before Lieut. Col. Hamilton, W. Wightwick, and G.I. Swoffer Esqs.

William Jeffrey Paramore was charged with being drunk and disorderly. In answer to the charge, prisoner said he supposed he was drunk by the feeling of his head that morning.

P.C. Allen stated that about 7.10 p.m. the previous night he was called to the London And Paris Hotel (sic), where he saw prisoner drunk in the public bar. He was ejected by the landlord, and then became very violent. Witness took prisoner into custody, and had to handcuff him in consequence of his violent conduct.

Prisoner, who is a tramp, was sent to prison for 14 days, without the option of a fine.

Folkestone Express 4 July 1903.

Local News.

It was inadvertently stated in our last week's police news that a constable had been called to eject a disorderly man from the Paris Hotel. The house from which he was ejected was not the Paris, but licensed premises in High Street. In these days when the conduct of licensed houses is so closely criticised, it is of importance that the utmost care should be taken in recording the evidence of witnesses.


Folkestone Daily News 10 July 1912.

Monday, July 8th: Before Messrs. Stainer, Swoffer, Linton, Leggett, and Harrison.

Ernest Eustace pleaded Guilty to being drunk and disorderly in High Street on Saturday night.

P.C. Boorn said that at 8.30 on Saturday night he saw prisoner outside the Earl Grey public house drunk, shouting, violent, and surrounded by a large crowd. Witness with assistance took the man into custody.

Chief Constable Reeve said he should like to call Mr. Parker, the landlord of the Earl Grey.

Mr. Parker deposed that the prisoner entered his house twice on Saturday night. On the first occasion witness refused to serve the man, and upon being refused on the second occasion he commenced to pester the customers by asking for beer, money, and a night's lodging. Finally witness commenced to remove the man, who became violent and struck him in the face and swore he would “do” for him. Eventually the man was ejected, and on being taken into custody became extremely violent and tried to bite the police. Witness assisted the police in securing the man.

Prisoner said Mr. Parker had no reason to refuse to serve him and he protested; Mr. Parker then struck him, jammed his finger in the door, and bruised his knee. All the people around cried “Shame”, and then he (prisoner) struck in self-defence.

The Bench thanked Mr. Parker for his action in the matter, and the Chairman said they did not believe that Mr. Parker used violence, and sentenced prisoner to 21 days' hard labour.


Folkestone Express 13 July 1912.

Monday, July 8th: Before J. Stainer Esq., Major Leggett, and G.I. Swoffer, R.J. Linton, and W. Harrison Esqs.

Ernest Eustace was charged with being drunk and disorderly on Saturday evening. He pleaded Guilty.

P.C. Bourne said at 8.30 on Saturday evening he saw the prisoner near the Earl Grey public house. He was drunk and shouting at the top of his voice. He refused to go away, so he took him into custody. He charged him with being drunk and disorderly.

Mr. Parker, the landlord of the Earl Grey, said the prisoner came into his house on Saturday and he refused to serve him as he was drunk. He came in a second time and pestered those inside for money for bber and a night's lodgings. He (witness) told him he did not want anything of that kind in his house. He opened the door to put the prisoner out, when he struck him in the face. He closed with him and got him outside, when he threatened to do for him. He assisted the constables to get the prisoner to the police station, and on the way there the prisoner tried to bite and kick the constables.

Eustace said the landlord hit him first, so naturally he struck back.

The prisoner was sent to Canterbury for twenty one days' hard labour, and the Chairman, on behalf of the Magistrates, thanked Mr. Parker for his conduct.

As the prisoner left the Court, he made an attempt to strike Mr. Parker.


Folkestone Herald 13 July 1912.

Monday, July 8th: Before Mr. J. Stainer, Lieut. Col. Fynmore, Major Leggett, Mr. R.J. Linton, and Councillor W.J. Harrison.

Ernest Eustace pleaded Guilty to being drunk and disorderly.

P.C. Bourne deposed that at about 8.15 on the previous Saturday evening he saw prisoner in High Street. He was trying to get into a public house, and was shouting at the top of his voice, and caused a large crowd to collect. Witness requested him to go away, but he refused, and subsequently witness took him into custody.

The Chief Constable said he would like to call the landlord of the Earl Grey public house.

Mr. Chas. R. Parker, the landlord of the Early Grey Inn, High Street, said he recognised the accused as the man who came into his house twice on Saturday night, and whom witness refused to serve. When he came in he made himself a nuisance to the visitors to the house, pressing them for money for drink and a night's lodgings. The first time he came witness was able to get him to go out, but on the second occasion, although witness asked him to go out many times, he would not do so, and witness went to turn him out. As he did so, prisoner struck him on the face, and threatened to “do for” him. Prisoner was eventually taken into custody, and witness assisted him to the station. On the way there prisoner became very violent, tried to kick and bite the policeman, and threatened to “do for” both of them. The reason witness would not serve him was because he was drunk.

Prisoner alleged that Mr. Parker struck him first, and then jammed him in the door. Everyone in the street was crying “Shame” against the landlord for the manner in which he was treating prisoner.

The Chairman said he would be sent to gaol for 21 days with hard labour. There was no doubt that his conduct was most gross and very violent. The Bench quite believed the landlord's story.

As he left the Court prisoner made a threatening gesture to Mr. Parker.
The Bench afterwards thanked Mr. Parker for the action he had taken in the matter, and for not serving prisoner.


Folkestone Herald 24 February 1917.

Friday, February 23rd: Before Mr. G.I. Swoffer, Councillor G. Boyd, Councillor W.J. Harrison, Councillor A. Stace, Councillor C.Ed. Mumford, and the Rev. H. Epworth Thompson.

Charles Robert Parker was summoned for serving beer to a soldier at Folkestone for embarkation on February 7th, at the Earl Grey, said he was Guilty, but did it unknowingly.

Lieut. Holmes said there were four overseas soldiers drinking in the bar. They said they had not been warned or asked any questions by the landlord.

Defendant said he used every precaution, and asked every man who came in whether he was an overseas man. If the men were asked for passes they said they had none. He had kept the house for 15 years, and had now given notice to leave.

The Chairman said considering defendant had kept the house so long without anything against him, and was now leaving, they would let him off with a fine of £2 10s.

The Magistrates' Clerk: That's half price. (Laughter)


Folkestone Express 3 March 1917.

Local News.

The licensees of Folkestone find themselves face to face with an exceedingly difficult problem.

Under the Defence of the Realm Regulations, an Order made by the Competent Military Authority absolutely forbids the serving of intoxicating drink to “Overseas” troops. While the licensees are keenly anxious to carry out the law and to assist the Military in every possible way, it would appear that infractions of the Order occur without the knowledge, and certainly without the consent, of those engaged in the trade, through, it is feared, the duplicity of the soldiers themselves. To any such breach of the Regulation there seems to be no defence. It is no answer to say that inquiries were made of the men. Total prohibition so far as “Overseas” troops are concerned, reigns. Hence the difficulty.

Cases arising out of this matter engaged the attention of the Folkestone Justices on Friday. Mr. G.I. Swoffer presided, the other Magistrates present being Councillors Boyd, Stace and Harrison, and the Rev. Epworth Thompson.

Charles Robert Parker, of the Earl Grey, High Street, was summoned for selling intoxicating drink to an “Overseas” soldier.

In one of the bars, Lieut. Holmes saw four “Overseas” soldiers drinking, and they said they had received no warning.

Defendant declared that he took every precaution and did all he could to assist the military.

In consideration of the facts that defendant had before this case arranged to leave the house owing to ill-health, and that the premises had been well-conducted for many years, defendant was fined only £2 10s.


Folkestone Express 14 April 1917.


The death occurred on Monday of Mr. C.R. Parker, landlord of the Earl Grey, High Street. Although Mr. Parker has been in rather failing health for some time, his death was rather sudden. The greatest sympathy is extended to Mrs. Parker and the family in their great loss.


Folkestone Express 5 May 1917.


Re. Charles Robert Parker, deceased.

All persons having claims against the estate of Charles Robert Parker, late of the Earl Grey Inn, 35, High Street, Folkestone, Kent, licensed victualler, deceased, who died on the 10th April, 1917, are required to send particulars thereof to me, the undersigned Solicitor for the Executrix, before the 11th June next, after which date the Executrix will distribute the assets having regard only to claims then notified.

Dated 3rd May, 1917, Geo. W. Haines, 18 and 20, Church Street, Folkestone, Solicitor for the Executrix.


Folkestone Express 19 May 1917.

Tuesday, May 15th: Before Mr. G.I. Swoffer, Councillors Boyd, Harrison, Stace and Mumford, and Mr. R.J. Linton.

The licence of the Earl Grey, High Street, was temporarily transferred to Mr. G.R. Scriven, of Kingsley Road, Maidstone, who is a Navy pensioner.


Folkestone Herald 19 May 1917.

Local News.

At the Folkestone Petty Sessions on Tuesday, the licence of the Earl Grey was temporarily transferred from Mr. Parker to Mr. George Scriven, a naval pensioner, of Maidstone.


Folkestone Herald 24 April 1920.


An inquest was held yesterday on John Attwood Morford, aged 60, a journeyman butcher, of 31 Foord Road. It was stated whilst in the Earl Grey public house, High Street, after a fit of sneezing, he was taken ill. He was assisted to his home, where he died during the night. Dr. W.C.P. Barrett stated that the cause of death was haemorrhage of the brain. The Coroner entered a verdict of “Death from natural causes”.


Folkestone Express 1 May 1920.


On Friday afternoon the Borough Coroner held an inquest at the Town Hall into the circumstances attending the death of John Attwood Morford, of 31, Foord Road.

Mr. E.J. Chadwick, the Coroner's Officer, said that on Thursday he went to 31, Foord Road, and saw the dead body of a man, who was identified in his presence by his wife as that of John Attwood Morford, a journeyman butcher, aged 60 years.

Mrs. Morford, 31, Foord Road, said the deceased was her husband. On Wednesday evening last he heft home about seven o'clock, apparently quite well. He had said at times that he thought his heart was not quite right, but he had not had a doctor for five years. Deceased returned home about 9.15, and was assisted home by three men. One of the men said her husband was ill, but she was not to be alarmed, and they thought he had had a stroke. He could not walk by himself. Her husband was conscious for about half an hour, and remarked that he had had a violent fit of sneezing, and had dropped his handkerchief, and in picking it up he fell and hurt his head, pointing to the right temple. She made deceased comfortable downstairs on a sofa, and about ten o'clock went for a doctor. Subsequently, Dr. Barrett's son called at the house, but her husband was unconscious. The doctor said her husband might be suffering from alcohol, and that he thought deceased would be all right in the morning. She did not think deceased was suffering from alcohol. Witness remained with him until 2.30, when he suddenly collapsed, and she felt he was dead.

Mrs. Amy Scrivens, wife of the licensee of the Earl Grey, High Street, said she had known the deceased as a customer for the past few months. On Wednesday evening last deceased went into the public bar between seven and eight o'clock. She was attending to the customers, and there were several other people in the bar. Deceased was joking and laughing with other customers, and was perfectly sober. He had a fit of sneezing while he was standing up, and she told him she thought he had a cold coming on, and that he had better go home. Deceased said he would be all right, and when he started to move he almost fell. Witness caught hold of his arm, and asked two customers to take him home, and they did so. Deceased went funny in his speech, and the mouth was drawn up on one side. She thought he had had a stroke. Deceased made several attempts to pick up something. He had only had one pint, but had ordered another without touching it. Deceased did not strike his head while in the bar.

Mr. George Reil Scrivens, the licensee of the Earl Grey, said that on Wednesday evening he was called from his back room into the bar by his wife, saying “Come and see poor old Jack, he has got fit”. He went in and saw deceased being held up by two other men. He appeared to be affected on one side, but said there was nothing the matter with him. He had to persuade deceased to go home. Witness thought deceased had had a stroke.

Mr. W.H. Foster, 69, Black Bull Road, tailor, also gave evidence, and said he assisted a man named Lewis to take deceased home. Deceased did not fall over when going home. In his opinion he had had a seizure.

Mr. J. Bowman, of 4, St. Michael's Street, hotel porter, said he spoke to the deceased in the bar, and he was quite sober.

Dr. W.C.P. Barrett said that on Wednesday evening, about eleven o'clock, he went to 31, Foord Road, and on arrival he saw a man unconscious lying on a sofa in a room downstairs. He examined him, and his breathing was heavy but all right. There was no sign of paralysis. He came to the conclusion that he was suffering from alcohol. He expected to find deceased would be all right in the morning. He had since made a post mortem examination. There were no external marks. He found extensive haemorrhage in the spaces in the brain. The heart was normal, but fatty and very flabby.

The Coroner: Did the post mortem disclose any evidence of recent drinking?

Witness: No.

Do you think your diagnosis was right? – No, sir, it was wrong.

Dr. Barrett said that in his opinion death arose from the breaking of some blood vessel in the head, which might have been caused by violently sneezing or stooping down.

The Coroner returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes”. There was no evidence that the deceased was in drink, or in the habit of excessive drinking.


Folkestone Express 13 September 1930.

Saturday, September 6th: Before Col. G.P. Owen, Mr. W. Griffin, and Eng. Rear Admiral L.J. Stephens.

Julia Donovan, an elderly woman, of the Bowling Green Lodging House, Dover, was charged with being drunk and incapable on the previous evening. Prisoner pleaded Guilty.

P.C. Kennett said at 7.30 p.m. on the previous evening he was called to the Wonder Tavern public house in Beach Street. He saw the prisoner drunk in the public bar. The licensee requested her to leave, and she refused to go away. He (witness) advised her to go away, and she did so. At 7.45 p.m. he saw her again in High Street, where she was using foul language and was surrounded by a crowd. She went into another public house and came out again. She said “It takes ten ---- policemen to lock me up in Dover”. With the assistance of P.C. Simpson he brought her to the police station.

Prisoner said she promised it would never occur again.

The Chief Constable (Mr. A.S. Beesley): She has not been in custody before. I think that from the evidence the beer and the police at Folkestone are stronger than at Dover.

The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. C. Rootes): Has she been in Dover long?

The Chief Constable: No, not long. She is on her way to the hop field now, I understand.

The Chairman: You admit that you have behaved badly?

Prisoner: Yes, but I will never do it again. For Gawd's sake give me this chance, please.

The Chairman: The Bench have decided to allow you to go.

Prisoner: Thank you, kind gentlemen.

The Chairman: You will leave the town, of course.

Prisoner: Yes sir, thank you, I will.


Folkestone Herald 13 September 1930.

Local News.

Julia Donovan, of Dover, an elderly woman, was charged at the Folkestone Police Court on Saturday with being drunk and disorderly.

P.C. Kennett said that at 7.30 p.m. the previous day he was called to the Wonder Tavern, where he saw the prisoner in the public bar. She refused to leave the premises at the landlord's request. Witness advised her to go away and she did so. At 7.45 he saw prisoner again in the High Street. There was a large crowd round her and she walked into the Earl Grey public house. He spoke to her and she said “It takes 10 ---- policemen to lock me up in Dover”. With the assistance of P.C. Simpson he brought her to the police station.

Prisoner tearfully said it would never occur again.

The Chief Constable said Donovan had never been in custody before. From the evidence he thought both the beer and the police at Folkestone were stronger than at Dover. He understood prisoner was on her way to the hop fields at the time.

When the Chairman (Colonel G.P. Owen) informed prisoner that she could go on condition that she left the town, she said “Thank you, kindly. Good morning”.


Folkestone Express 17 January 1931.


The death occurred with painful suddenness on Saturday afternoon of Mr. Charles William Arthur Dixon, the well known licensee of the Earl Grey, High Street, Folkestone. About a quarter past five Mr. Dixon complained of a pain and five minutes later he expired. He had not been in ill health and his death came as a big shock to his many friends.

Mr. Dixon, who was 62 years of age, was a very genial and kind hearted man and he was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him. He was a native of Dover, and came to Folkestone and took over the Earl Grey nine years ago. Whilst at Dover, he held the licences of the Barley Mow, Pavilion, Union, and Prince Albert in turn, and had a wide circle of friends. Mr. Dixon was also well-known to those engaged in teh cross-Channel passenger services both at Dover and Folkestone, for in his early days and also between the times he held the licences of the various licensed houses he was a second mate and worked on both services. On and off, he was employed for 23 years on the cross-Channel passenger boats. In his younger days Mr. Dixon was very keenly interested in life-saving work, while during the War he was a volunteer in the Buffs. The deceased leaves a widow and five daughters to whom the greatest sympathy will be extended in their loss.

The funeral took place in the Cheriton road Cemetery yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.


Folkestone Herald 17 January 1931.


We regret to record the death of Mr. William Charles Arthur Dixon, aged 62, which occurred suddenly on Saturday last at the Earl Grey Inn, High Street. Mr. Dixon was for nine years the licensee of the Earl Grey Inn, and his passing will be regretted by his wide circle of friends. He was born in Dover, and prior to coming to Folkestone he held licences at the Pavilion, Union, and Prince Albert hotels, Dover.

Mr. Dixon leaves a widow and five daughters to whom much sympathy will be extended in their sad bereavement.


Folkestone Express 14 February 1931.

Annual Licensing Sessions.

Wednesday, February 11th: Before Alderman R.G. Wood, The Mayor, Colonel G.P. Owen, Alderman A.E. Pepper, Mr. J.H. Blamey, Miss Hunt, Mr. W. Griffin, Dr. W.W. Nuttall, Alderman G. Spurgen, Alderman T.S. Franks, Mrs. E. Gore, Mr. W. Smith, and Mr. F. Seager.

The licence of the Earl Grey, High Street, was transferred from the late Mr. Dixon to Mrs. Dixon, his widow.


Folkestone Herald 18 February 1933.

Local News.

The licence of the Earl Grey, High Street, was transferred from Mrs. Dixon to Mr. P. Hartland at the Folkestone Petty Sessions on Tuesday. Mr. Hartland was formerly manager for Mr. F. Joseph, of Tontine Street.


Folkestone Express 11 March 1933.

Adjourned Licensing Sessions.

Wednesday, March 8th: Before Alderman R.G. Wood, Dr. W.W. Nuttall, Mr. J.H. Blamey, Miss A.M. Hunt, Alderman T.S. Franks, Mr. W. Smith, Eng. Read Admiral L.J. Stephens, and Mr. S.B. Corser.

The licence of the Earl Grey, High Street, was transferred from Mrs. Dixon to Mr. F.S. Hartland.


Folkestone Herald 14 December 1940.

Lighting Order.

Harry Powell, of the Royal Oak Inn, North Street, summoned at Folkestone Police Court on Friday last week for a breach of the lighting restriction regulations, told the Magistrates that he had been bombed out of his house and had been given permission by the brewers to put some of his furniture in the Earl Grey Inn, High Street, to prevent it getting wet. He thought he switched all the lights off, but unless someone else had been in and left one on he could not have done so.

P.C. Harman said at 8.15 p.m. on November 30th he was in High Street when he saw a light shining from a first floor window at the Earl Grey, the window being about 2ft. 6ins. wide, and open 12 inches at the bottom.

Defendant was fined £1.


Folkestone Herald 5 June 1943.

Local News.

At Folkestone Transfer Sessions on Wednesday the licence of the Earl Grey Inn was transferred to a representative of Messrs. Fremlin's, and the licence of the Harbour Hotel to a representative of Messrs. George Beer and Rigden.


Folkestone Gazette 17 July 1957.

Local News.

Milk bottles were thrown during a fight between seven men in Foord Road, it was stated at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, on Friday, when Dennis Derek Paine (18), a serving soldier, of Canterbury Road, Folkestone, and Henry David Samuel Stephens (20), labourer, of Hill Road, Folkestone, were charged with maliciously wounding Fusilier Thomas Crawford.

Sending Stephens to prison for six months and Paine for three months, the Chairman (Ald. N.O. Baker) said “We are determined not to have this sort of thing happening in Folkestone. It is a most un-Bntish and diabolical thing to fight with milk bottles”.

Accused, represented by Mr. D.A.H. Alexander, pleaded Not Guilty.

Dr. D.J. Entwistle said that at 11.20 p.m. on June 18th, Crawford and the two accused were brought to the Royal Victoria Hospital. Crawford had a two-inch wound and another about a quarter-of-an-inch long on the back of his head. He was covered in blood. A piece of glass was embedded in his scalp, and there was another piece in his hair, he added. The doctor said Stephens had a very small cut behind the right ear and bruises on his left hand. Paine had a superficial cut on the palm of his left hand.

Fus. Thomas Crawford, Royal Scots Fusiliers, Napier Barracks, Shorncliffe, said he went with Fusiliers Ruddock and Cowan to the Earl Grey, where they drank whisky, cider and stout. They were there for three or four hours. Sitting at the next table were four men, including Paine and Stephens. There was no argument in the public house, and they all left at closing time. He saw Stephens take off his jacket and break a bottle against a lamppost Witness said he and his friends went to the Pier Hotel, but could not find a truck back to camp. They walked back again and were standing in a stop doorway when a man came up and asked for a match. Then somebody hit him over the head. Crawford, who admitted that he also picked up a bottle, stated that afterwards Paine to him “I am sorry. I could not see you lying there like that. It had to be us or you”.

Replying to Mr. Alexander, witness said his regiment arrived at Shorncliffe Camp that day. When they were in the public house they had whisky, cider and stout. He was not used to drinking draught cider. Crawford denied that he picked up a milk bottle in High Street, but he saw two of the other men, including Stephens, pick up bottles. Stephens broke his against a lamppost. When he was walking up Foord Road he saw the man again. “I knew they were after us, they were that close”, said witness. “When you see somebody breaking a bottle, you can expect trouble”. Crawford told Mr. Alexander that he did not think that the men were after him when they left the public house, but in Foord Road a “sixth sense” told him that there would be trouble. Somebody asked him for a light and then he was hit on the head with a bottle. After Paine had spoken to him he told Paine “It is nothing. What is a wee drop of blood between friends?” Crawford said he was kneeling on the ground and he saw Stephens strike him with a bottle and kick him.

Fus. Richard Ruddock stated that as they were walking back to camp the “crowd” they met in the public house followed them. Somebody came up and asked for a match. He heard a bottle smack, he added. Witness said he did not see anybody with milk bottles but he heard them smashing.

Fus. John Cowan stated that he did not remember much about what happened after he left the Earl Grey.

P.C. Secker told the Court that at 10.55 p.m. on June 18th he was in Dover Road when he heard the sound of breaking glass. He ran from Hillside into Foord Road where he saw four or five young men striking another man (in civilian clothes) about the head. The man was trying to protect his head with his arms. “His face was streaming with blood and I broke up the fight”, said the officer, who alleged that Paine and Stephens were two of the men who struck blows. Later Paine went up to Crawford and said “How are you, mate? It was either you or me, and I was lucky”. P.C. Secker said when he asked Paine what he meant, he replied “He was going to put the bottle on me but I got there first”. Paine told him the bottle was broken when he hit Crawford. Later, Paine made a statement in which he was alleged to have said he was not going to “drop” anybody. If there was anything to come he could take it. He went on to allege that the other fellows followed them out of the Earl Grey and picked up milk bottles. Knowing what Scotsmen were he picked up a milk bottle as well. When he reached the amusement arcade in High Street he knocked the neck of the bottle off against a lamppost. He carried the broken bottle along Tontine Street to Foord Road. When the Scotsman came at him with the bottle he got there first. P.C. Secker said he found the remains of a bottle lying by a lamppost outside the amusement arcade and there was a lot of glass lying about in Foord Road.

Paine, giving evidence, said he went to the Earl Grey with Stephens and two other men at about 8 p.m. Until they left at 10.30 p.m. relations were cordial with Crawford and his party. While he was in the public house he had about four pints of beer. Normally he drank eight pints during the course of the evening. When they left the Earl Grey he walked down High Street followed by the “Jocks”. He heard somebody say “They have picked up bottles!” He and two of his friends also picked up bottles because they thought the “Jocks” might start trouble. After the Scotsment had walked towards the Royal Pavilion Hotel they threw their bottles away. He and his friends walked round the Pavilion Hotel and back into Tontine Street. He saw the Fusiliers walking ahead. As they entered Foord Road the “Jocks” were standing in a doorway. “I don't know what happened”, said Paine. “They were all going at each other. I picked up another bottle in Tontine Street because I thought the “Jocks” had bottles. The first thing I knew was a bottle whizzing out of the doorway and then I threw mine. I then waded into the general fight which followed. I did not strike Crawford with the bottle, but it might have hit him when I threw it”. “I went back to see whether the Scotsman was all right because he was covered with blood”, continued Paine. “I told him I was sorry, but it might have been any one of us”.

Replying to Mr. N.S. Franks, prosecuting, defendant said he threw the bottle at Crawford, but did not know whether it hit him.

Mr. Franks: The way to inflict harm on a person is to knock the neck off a bottle – it was nice and jagged?

Paine: Yes.

It was not a very friendly thing to do in any case? – No.

Stephens told the Magistrates he had four pints of beer in the public house. His girlfriend was with him. When they left he heard somebody say “Watch out, they have picked up a bottle”. Two of his party then picked up bottles. When they reached Foord Road he saw the Scotsmen in a doorway. He heard the smash of glass and a milk bottle hit him on the side of the head. He did not know who threw it. In the fight that followed he took a “poke” at somebody Fists and glass were flying everywhere. He did not hit anybody with a bottle.

Mr. Pranks: If you were innocent why did you not stop and help the policeman?

Stephens: I did not think he needed any help.

There were seven men and one policeman? - When the uniform appeared the fight broke off.

D.C. Wilcox said Paine had two previous findings of guilt and Stephens had appeared before courts on six previous occasions. He had been fined, placed on probation, sent to an approved school and to detention.

The Chairman told Stephens that he was older than Paine and had a worse record. Everything possible had been done to put him on the right road.

A further charge against Stephens for taking a motor cycle without the consent of the owner on June 21st was dismissed.


Folkestone Gazette 31 July 1957.

Local News.

A third man involved in a bottle fight in Foord Road was sent to prison for three months at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Friday when the Chairman (Ald. N.O. Baker) warned that the Magistrates were not going to have fighting of that sort happening in Folkestone. “People going round picking quarrels like this at night are not going to be tolerated”, he told George Jolly, 24-year-old-kitchen porter, of London Street, Folkestone, who pleaded Guilty to maliciously wounding Fusilier Thomas Crawford.

The affray was stopped by P.C. Secker. Previously two men had been sent to prison for their part in it. Secker was commended by the Magistrates for the way in which he broke up this gang at night. “We appreciate the service you rendered in this matter, and we hope you will not have the experience again”, the Chairman told the police officer.

Mr. K. McVarish, prosecuting, said accused and three other men “beat up” three Fusiliers on June 18th. The Fusiliers had only been in the Folkestone area for three days. That night they came into the town and went to the Earl Grey public house. They sat at the next table to four men, including Jolly. Jolly's party resented something said by the soldiers, and their resentment affected them so much that one of the party was seen to pick up a milk bottle when they left the public house. Later the four men set about the three soldiers and Fus. Crawford was struck about the head with a broken milk bottle. A police officer came on the scene soon after the start of the fight and saw a crowd of men going for Crawford. One of the men was Jolly. Mr. McVarish then read a statement alleged to have made by Jolly, who said his party were looking into a motor cycle shop in Foord Road when they saw three Scotsmen in the doorway. As they passed the doorway the three men jumped out. They had empty milk bottles in their hands. He was struck and then somebody threw a bottle. It missed him when he ducked. He said “If that is what you want you can have it”. Two soldiers ran away and the other man was lying on the ground.

Jolly admitted to the Magistrates that he was concerned with the others in assaulting the soldiers. “I did not use any form of violence, other than my fists”, he added. “I did not use any instrument or weapon. It was just a street brawl”.

D.C. Wilcox said Jolly, who had three previous convictions, was an orphan at seven years of age. He was bailed to appear before the Court on June 28th. He went to London on June 20th, where he worked until arrested on July 18th. All his employers said he was a good worker but he associated with bad characters.

The Chairman, sending Jolly to prison for three months, said the Magistrates had heard his record and it was not good. They had been told, too, that he had been associating with bad companions.


Folkestone Gazette 7 August 1957.

Local News.

A fourth man involved in an attack on a soldier in Foord Road on June 18th appeared at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Friday. He was John Christian Grant, 30, hotel porter, of Coolinge Road, Folkestone.

Represented by Mr. W.E.F. Taylor, defendant pleaded Guilty to maliciously wounding Fusilier Thomas Crawford. “He got in tow with criminals and was involved in this affair”, said Mr. Taylor. “This is the third time this case has been before the court and very properly the magistrates have sent the first three defendants to prison. I ask you to say that Grant is of different character. The other three men involved had criminal records but Grant has not. When he realised what happened he was so shocked, horrified and frightened at his position that he ran away. He could not face the music because of his previous good character”.

Fining Grant £10, the Chairman (Ald N.O. Baker) told him that the Magistrates took a very serious view of the case. “We do not want this kind of thing to occur in Folkestone again”, he warned. “It is something foreign to this part of the world and we think this gangster business has got to be dealt with ruthlessly”. “Fortunately”, he told Grant, “you have a good character and we will be able to differentiate in your case”.

Mr. Norman Franks, prosecuting, said Grant was one of four men seen belabouring Crawford in Foord Road on June 18th.

P. Sgt. Robertson told the Court he took a statement from defendant, who was alleged to have said he saw three “Jocks” standing in a doorway in Foord Road. Suddenly the “Jocks” came at them. One of them swung a fist at him and missed, He struck out and also missed. The other men were defending themselves when he heard a crash of glass.

Mr. Franks told the Magistrates that Grant was first bailed to appear on June 24th. He surrendered to his bail and was charged with the offence. He was released on bail in his own surety of £10 but failed to appear. A warrant was issued and defendant was arrested in London on July 26th.

The Chairman said Grant would forfeit £10 for failing to surrender to his bail.


Folkestone Gazette 8 January 1958.

Local News.

Summons against a police sergeant for alleged assault and two summonses against a Folkestone licensee’s son, alleging conduct which might have caused a breach of the peace, were withdrawn at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

John Norman Coumbe, of 35, High Street, Folkestone, was alleged to have used insulting words whereby a breach of the peace might have been caused to have conducted himself in a manner calculated to provoke a breach of the peace might have been caused to have conducted himself in a manner calculated to provoke a breach of the peace and to have deterred police officers from doing their duty by abusing and obstructing them. P. Sgt. Joseph Gibson Robertson was alleged to have assaulted Coumbe.

Mr. Brian Clapham, appearing for the police, said in the case of Coumbe the position was that the summons was taken under the Public Order Act, 1936, arising from an incident which took place at about 10.30 p.m. on December 5th last in Folkestone High Street. Mr. Coumbe was the son of the licensee of the Earl Grey. “I, and those instructing me, have looked into the legal position and in my view there is considerable doubt whether the Public Order Act, 1936, applies to the incident. In the circumstances my application on behalf of the prosecution is to withdraw both summonses which arise out of the same incident”. Mr. Clapham recalled that the provisions of the Public Order Act, 1936, Section V, had been considered by the Divisional Court, and in August, 1949, before the Lord Chief Justice, in a rather similar case, although there was no police officer involved, it was held that the Public Order Act was not applicable to the incident.

Mr. Gower, appearing for Coumbe, said in the circumstances he would like to mention the summons against P. Sgt. Robertson for assault, which arose out of the same incident. “I should say", he continued, “had the first summons proceeded to trial it would have been very strongly contested on merit and not on points of law So far as the second summons against Sgt. Robertson is concerned, my client does not in any way wish to appear to be conducting a campaign against the sergeant. In these circumstances it* would be the proper course to close this incident by withdrawing the summons we have issued against Sgt. Robertson”, added Mr. Gower.

The Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. R.S. Sidle) said he had considered the provisions of the Act and was inclined to agree.

The Chairman (Ald. N.O. Baker) said the Magistrates had heard the explanation put forward by counsel and were pleased to accept the withdrawal of the cases.


Folkestone Gazette 22 January 1958.

Local News.

A baker's roundsman met two young men in a Folkestone public house and invited them back to his flat for a drink. What was alleged to have happened in the flat led to David John Brown, 17-year-old merchant seaman, of 265, Cheriton High Street, and Fusilier Gary Cresswell, 19, of the Royal Scots Fusiliers, Shorncliffe, being committed for trial at Kent Assizes.

At Folkestone Magistrates’ Court, on Friday, they were charged that on January 9th, when they were armed with knives, they robbed William Henry Fridd of £1 6/6 and a pair of cuff links. Brown and Cresswell were ordered to be detained in custody until the Assizes, which open on March 10th.

Fridd, a baker’s roundsman, of 12a, Augusta Gardens, Folkestone, told the magistrates that about 9.30 p.m. on January 9th, he went to the public bar of the Earl Grey public house. As soon as he entered, Brown asked him if he would like a game of darts. Witness said he knew the accused by sight and agreed to play darts, after buying a drink The game was won by Brown and he (witness) bought him a pint of brown and mild. He asked Brown if he would like to have a drink at his flat. The defendant agreed, and asked Cresswell if he would like to join them. The three of them walked to Alexandra Gardens, where he got a taxi to Augusta Gardens. Fridd said he did not think the defendants were drunk, although they had been drinking. In the taxi one of them asked whether he had plenty to drink. They went into the sitting room of the flat, which was empty because his wife was away. There was some drink left over from Christmas on the sideboard, and he told defendants to help themselves, while he cut some sandwiches in the dining room. Fridd explained that Brown buttered some bread while he went into the kitchen to boil some eggs. When he returned to the dining room Brown and CressweU were together. There was a bottle of port and two wine glasses on the table in the sitting room. The port did not belong to him. "Brown and Cresswell followed me into the sitting room”, continued witness. “Cresswell pulled a black-handled carving knife from the front of his trousers He held the point of the blade at my throat. I asked him what he was on and he said “Empty your pockets”. Brown was standing behind me. I told Cresswell he could not get away with it because I would report it. Cresswell replied “It is all right we will frame you and tell them you are a “queer””. Fridd said Cresswell asked him to empty his pockets There was only 7/-, which he placed on the table. Brown picked up the money and put it in his pocket. Brown then went into the dining room and he heard the defendant rummaging through the drawers and cupboards. Cresswell was still in the sitting room with the knife at his throat”. “Then Cresswell seemed to come to his senses and put the knife down”, said Fidd. He called Brown in and told him to empty his pockets. Brown pulled out my 7/-, my wife’s cigarette case, which had been in one of the drawers in the dining room, and some nuts. Cresswell brought out my jar of hair dressing and my tie. I went back into the dining room, which was in disorder. The defendants followed me, and Brown pulled out a yellow-handled carving knife and held it at my throat. He asked me where the notes were. I told him I had not got any. Cresswell held the black-handled knife at my throat”. Witness went on to allege that Cresswell saw his roundsman’s bag on the back of the door. He threw the roundsman’s book on the table and helped himself to the money in the bag - £1 in small change, which he put in his pocket. “I called his bluff and went for his throat”, continued Fridd. “I caught hold of him and backed out of the room and along the passage to the front door. The knife dropped out of Cresswell's hand. When I got to the front door I let go of Cresswell's throat, ran down the steps and shouted for help”. “The defendants ran off towards Sandgate Road”, added Fridd.

Shown an envelope, witness identified a pair of cuff links inside. He said they were worth 7/6.

Mr. T.H. Jones, prosecuting, “Did you make any suggestions of an improper nature to either of these men that night?”

“No”, replied Fridd.

Replying to Brown, witness denied he offered to let them sleep at the flat until morning, or that he said he would give Brown 10/-.

“Why did you ask me up to your flat?” asked Brown.

Frydd: I asked you along because when my wife is there it is quite usual for us to ask a soldier along for a drink or supper. I had not seen you for a long time, since you worked in the ’buses, and I asked you up for a Christmas drink.

Cresswell: What was your intention, taking two complete strangers up to your flat at that time of night?

“I was not taking two complete strangers”, replied witness. “I knew Brown and he asked you up”.

P.C. Cockcroft said at 11.30 p.m. on January 9th he was on duty with P.C. Judd in Cheriton Road, where he saw Brown walking towards Newington. Told he answered the description of a man wanted for robbery, defendant replied “I don't know what you are talking about”. The officer said he asked Brown if he had been in a flat in Folkestone with another man. Defendant replied “Yes, a fellow asked me in for a drink, but I asked someone else to go with me because he is a “queer””. While he was being searched in the police car, Brown said “I have not got a gun on me”. Asked whether he had a knife, defendant replied “I have not got a knife on me. We picked them up at the flat”. P.C. Cockcroft said at the police station Brown became excited and said “We were looking for money”. He was charged, and replied “I did not rob him with a knife. Although I had a knife in my hand, I did not threaten him at all”. The officer stated that when Brown was searched a pair of cufflinks and two written notes were found. The notes were not in his possession when he was searched in the car. They were written on paper from the room where he was detained. He had 3/0½d. in his possession.

P.C. Jenvey said at 11 p.m. on January 9th he went to a basement flat at 12a, Augusta Gardens, Folkestone. A fireside chair had been overturned in the living room, there were a number of nuts and a white-handled carving knife on the floor close to the door. On a table was a bottle of wine, two glasses containing a small amount of wine, a tie, cigarette case and a bottle of hair dressing. A cupboard in the corner of the room appeared to have been ransacked, and a number of papers were scattered over the floor. Witness said another cupboard in the dining room had been ransacked and there was a black-handled carving knife on the floor. A roundsman’s money bag, containing 6d., was hanging behind the door. The bedroom was in disorder and appeared to have been searched. Later the same night, continued the officer, he went into the room where Brown was detained at the police station. The defendant said “Does he say that he has never seen me before? If he does he is a ---- liar. He invited me up there and told me that he would give me ten “bob”. I knew what he was like. The “Jock” started on him with a knife and I joined in. Then I ransacked the room”. The Sergeant said he asked Brown if he would like to make a statement and he replied “I was going to make a confession. How much will I get for this?”

In his statement Brown was alleged to have said he met Fridd at the Earl Grey public house and he asked him (defendant) to go up to his room. He saw the “Jock” and as he did not like the look of the chap he asked the “Jock” to go up with him. At the flat Fridd gave them some Martini and whisky. He was putting some butter on bread and the next thing he knew was that the “Jock” was holding him (Fridd) by the scruff of the neck and had a knife at him. Brown was alleged to have stated that he took advantage and looked in some cupboards. He was not looking for anything special. He went to take some money from a bag behind the door, but Fridd said it did not belong to him.

D.C. Holdaway said at 10 a.m. on January 10th he saw Cresswell in the office of the R.S.M. at Napier Barracks. He told the defendant the nature of his enquiries and Cresswell replied “Yes, I was in the house. I was with this Merchant Navy bloke. We did not rob him, and I did not brandish any knife”. Told he would be arrested and charged, defendant answered “Yes”. At the police station Cresswell was handed a copy of Brown's statement. He read it and said “No, that's not right”. After caution he elected to make a statement and in which he said that at the flat the man gave them drinks. As they were drinking the man told him he would be all right with the drink and took Brown into the next room. A couple of minutes later Brown came out and said “Watch that bloke. He has just offered me 10/-“. Cresswell was alleged to have said that the man asked them to sleep at his flat. He caught hold of the man by the scruff of the neck. He may have picked up a knife, as Brown said, but he could not remember – he was drunk. In his statement, Creswell was alleged to have said that he told Brown they would take the man to the police. Then a scuffle took place and the man ran out of the room into the street. He rummaged through some drawers because he was looking for food. “I did not take any money”, he was alleged to have stated. “I probably said I would when I was threatening him. I say all sorts of things when I am drunk.” D.C. Holdaway said he showed a copy of Cresswell's statement to the other defendant. Brown said it was true. When he told the soldier that the man had offered him 10/-, the soldier went for him. Brown alleged that he asked the man for 10/-, but he said he had no money. That was when he had a look round to see whether the man was telling the truth. “I was very drunk and I do silly things when I am drunk”, Brown was alleged to have said. “The man did not make any suggestion to me or touch me”.

Brown told the court that at the time he made the first statement he was excited and worried. The bit about Cresswell brandishing a knife he may or may not have seen. At the time he was drunk. He did not see Cresswell take any money, but he was over by the door where the bag was.

Both defendants applied for bail, but the application was opposed on behalf of the police, and the men were ordered to remain in custody until their trial at Kent Assizes.


Folkestone Gazette 26 March 1958.

Kent Assizes.

Fusilier Garry Cresswell (19), Royal Scots Fusiliers, Shorncliffe, was found Not Guilty at the Kent Assizes at Maidstone, of robbery with violence at Folkestone on January 9th - being armed with a knife and robbing William Henry Fridd of £1 6/6 and a pair of cuff links.

The case for the prosecution was that at the invitation of Mr. Fridd, a baker’s roundsman, of Augusta Gardens, Folkestone, Cresswell and DavidJohn Brown (18), a merchant seaman, of Cheriton High Street, went to Fridd’s house after they had been drinking in a public house. At the flat it was alleged, said Mr. R. Du Cann (prosecuting) that Cresswell pulled out a black-handled knife which had been in the dining room, an held it up to Mr. Fridd’s throat and told him to turn out his pockets. Brown was standing behind Mr. Fridd, who told them that they would not get away with it. One said “All right, we will frame it and tell them that you are a queer”. When Fridd produced 7/- Brown picked it up and went into the next room. Cresswell then apparently came to his senses, put the knife down and called Brown. He told Brown to empty his pockets and he produced the 7/-, a jar of hair cream and a tie which had been taken from the flat. Later, said Mr. Du Cann, Cresswell picked up another knife and again threatened Mr. Fridd while he helped himself to the contents of Fridd's baker's bag hanging on the door. Mr. Fridd, he alleged, caught hold of Cresswell and, after a struggle, Cresswell ran away. The police were called and they found the rooms in disorder. When seen, Cresswell said that he did not rob him and did not use a knife. In a statement he said that Fridd gave them drink at the flat and then took Brown into another room. He soon came back, saying “Watch this bloke, he has just offered me 10/-“. Fridd, it was alleged, asked them to sleep in the flat, and so he caught him by the scruff of the neck to take him to the police.

In reply to a question, Mr. Fridd said that there was no truth in the suggestion that he was a homosexual. He denied offering Brown 10/- or inviting the men to sleep at his flat.

Giving evidence, Cresswell said that he was out of barracks without a pass. He had drunk two half bottles of port and four pints of “black and tan” during the evening. They went to Fridd's flat by taxi, Fridd telling the driver “The usual place”. When they got there Fridd gave him a Martini and then some whisky. Brown went with Fridd into another room and then came back and warned him, saying Fridd had offered him 10/-. Fridd also said he had a double bed and all three could sleep in it. “I was angry. I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck. I had a knife in my hand which I had been using to crack some nuts. I said to him “I know your type. I have read all about them in the Sunday papers”. There was a scuffle and he broke away and ran out”. Cresswell said that he did not take any money.

Cresswell was found Not Guilty, and Brown, who had previously pleaded Guilty to the charge, was brought up from the cells.

D.C. E. Holloway said Brown was a single man and had not been previously convicted. He had served with the Merchant Navy, but was discharged after deserting from his ship in America. Since he had returned home in September last, he had not had any regular employment. He was three weeks in custody before being released on bail.

Mr. David Hollis, defending, said that Brown was easily led, and had been associating with undesirable people. Although it was a serious offence, he hoped the Judge would not find it necessary to deal with him in a hard manner.

Mr. Justice Byrne postponed sentence and asked the probation officer to see him and try to find out whether he could return to sea. Later Brown was again brought up and Mr. Justice Byrne said that armed robbery was a terrible thing, but the circumstances in this case were different from what one would expect.

With Cresswell, who had been acquitted, he had had too much to drink. In the flat, in view of the jury’s verdict, there was little doubt that a suggestion of an indecent nature had been made by Fridd “and you menaced him with a knife and stole some of his property”.

After a report by Mr. E. Cotton, Probation Officer, the Judge put Brown on probation for three years, warning him that if he offended again it would be Borstal or prison. “Make no mistake”, added the Judge.


Folkestone Herald 14 June 1969.

Local News.

Police on Wednesday objected to the transfer of the licence of the Earl Grey Inn, High Street, Folkestone.

Mr. R. Webb, who appeared for the police, told Folkestone Licensing Justices that the police objected because the applicant, Mr. Alfred Adams, was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence and. because the premises were not conducted in an orderly fashion.

Mr. John Medlicott, representing Mr. Adams, described the objections as “rather sweeping”. He said that as notice of the objections had been given orally only 48 hours previously an adjournment would be necessary for him to take further instructions.

The justices adjourned the application until June 26, and extended the existing protection order.


Folkestone Herald 28 June 1969.

Local News.

Police objections to the licensee of the Earl Grey public house in High Street, Folkestone, were overruled by Magistrates on Thursday at a special sitting of the licensing sessions.

The hearing was cut short before representations were made on behalf of the landlord, Mr. Alfred Adams, and after three police inspectors agreed that on later visits the premises were run in a proper manner.

The police case was put by Mr. R.A. Webb, who said that in recent months the public house had been the centre of serious disturbances. At an earlier hearing police objected to the transfer of the full licence because, it was alleged, Mr. Adams was not a fit and proper person to hold a licence and because the premises were not conducted in an orderly fashion.

On Thursday the Magistrates listened to evidence from four inspectors and a detective constable, and then interrupted the case. After a five minute adjournment, the Chairman, Mr. P.J. Baden-Fuller said the premises appeared to have been conducted in a proper manner since June 11. The Magistrates agreed to extend the protection order until August, when, if no adverse reports were received, the full licence would be transferred.

In their evidence the police inspectors referred to visits to the Earl Grey in April and May, when “abusive remarks” were made. One of the remarks was “Don't drink with those scum”. On other occasions the words “fuzz, fascist police and police pigs” were used. Obscene and disgusting language had been used, and on one occasion police were told: “When we take over this country you will be shot like mad dogs”.

But cross-examination by Mr. John Medlicott made it clear that during later visits there was no cause for complaint about the “undesirable persons” police alleged used the Earl Grey.

Folkestone Herald 16 August 1969.

Local News.

The Earl Grey public house in the High Street, Folkestone, was granted its full licence on Wednesday.

At Folkestone licensing sessions, the licensee, Mr. Alfred Adams, heard that there had been no further objections to the granting of the transfer of the licence, since he was given a protection order for the premises in June. At the earlier hearing the interim order was made with a provision to transfer the full licence if no further objections were made before this week’s sessions.


Folkestone Herald 14 February 1970.

Annual Licensing Sessions.

Public houses in the High Street and harbour areas of Folkestone had no direct connection with the disturbances in the town last year. This was made clear at the annual meeting of Folkestone's licensing justices on Wednesday. But landlords were warned that it might be dangerous to allow “certain elements” to hold meetings in their pubs.

In his annual report on the administration of the licensing laws in the town last year, Chief Superintendent W. Pullinger said “Certain premises in the High Street and harbour areas figured in the public disorders in May and September, but this was coincidental, and generally was no reflection on the conduct of the premises by the licensees concerned. In fact the consumption of alcoholic liquor appears to have played a very small part in these disturbances”.

The Chairman of the Justices, Mr. F.J. Baden Puller, said the disturbances centred on one public house in particular. Although he did not name the public house, he was referring to the Earl Grey, in the High Street. “As a result of this, objections were made to the transfer of that licence”, he said. We are pleased to learn that there has been no trouble at the public house since, and that our decision to allow the transfer was justified”. He added the warning ‘‘But there may be a danger in allowing certain elements to use public houses as meeting places”.

Chief Superintendent Pullinger’s report revealed that drunkenness in Folkestone last year had reached its lowest level for five years.

Sixteen cases were dealt with by the courts - 11 less than 1968, and the lowest figure since 1964. Licensed premises were regularly visited by police during the year and were generally found to be well conducted, says his report. There were 16 cases of motorists being unfit to drive through drink. “These prosecutions have not been excessive, but there have been sufficient to indicate that drinking and driving is still a great problem and safety hazard”, says the chief superintendent. His report concludes “Firm action by the police in the early part of the year appears to have paid dividends in reducing the number of incidents of juveniles drinking, or attempting to obtain alcohol. Although it has been necessary to speak to a few licensees concerning the need for ceasing the sale of drinks promptly at the end of permitted hours, there have been no serious contraventions of the liquor licensing laws in this respect”.


Folkestone Herald 15 May 1971.

Local News.

When 1,400 continentals visit Folkestone next Thursday the doors of local pubs will be open to them all afternoon. On Tuesday local Magistrates decided in favour of a second application to allow 17 pubs to remain open especially for the visitors. They had vetoed a previous application. The second made by publicans was amended to allow for a half-hour break at 5.30 p.m. before their premises opened for the evening session.

Mr. J. Medlicott, for the publicans, told the Magistrates that the visitors were delegates attending a conference in Bruges. One of its highlights was to be a visit to England. He referred to a letter received by Folkestone Corporation from the British Tourist Authority supporting the publicans' application. The visit – by Dutch, Swiss, Belgians and Germans – was a special occasion, not just a shopping expedition, said Mr. Medlicott. It had been arranged by a Bruges tourist organisation which had particularly asked that pubs should be open in the afternoon.

Police Inspector R. Sanders made no formal objection to the application – but doubted whether the visit was a special occasion.

The Chairman of Folkestone Chamber of Trade, Mr. Alan Stephenson, said later “The cross-Channel visitors' committee of this Chamber is very pleased that this has been seen as a special occasion by the Justices. When one is reminded that this extension is no more than happens in many market towns every week of the year, it seems a fair request, especially as Folkestone’s image abroad could be much influenced by the original decision not to allow the pubs to open”.

The pubs which will stay open are; Jubilee, Ship, Oddfellows, Royal George, London and Paris, True Briton, Harbour Inn, Princess Royal, Clarendon, Brewery Tap, Earl Grey, Prince Albert, George, Globe, East Kent Arms, Guildhall and Shakespeare.


Folkestone Herald 22 January 1972.

Local News.

Four public houses in the Folkestone and Hythe areas are among 32 being taken over by Shepherd Neame Ltd., Kent’s only remaining independent brewery.

All 32 belonged to Whitbread-Premlin Ltd. A Whitbread’s spokesman on Wednesday named local pubs in the takeover as The Earl Grey, Old High Street, Folkestone; Richmond Tavern, Margaret Street, Folkestone; Globe Inn, High Street, Hythe; Woolpack Inn, Brookland.

The deal - the price involved was kept secret this week - brings Shepherd Neame's total of houses to 215.

Mr. G.R. Jarvis, licensee of the Black Bull Hotel, Folkestone, and chairman of Folkestone and district Licensed Victuallers’ Association said “I do not think the changeover will make much difference to the public houses concerned”.


Folkestone Gazette 23 February 1972.

Local News.

Takeover bids are signs of our times. So are the swinging emblems of welcome hanging outside many of our public houses.

Which leads me to the question worrying Alf Adams, genial host of the Earl Grey, in Folkestone’s High Street. For the past nine months, Mr. Adams has been the proud possessor of the pub sign pictured above. It depicts the coat of arms of the second Earl Grey, whose work on the Reform Bill earned him a hallowed place in British history. Having gone to a lot of trouble to persuade Whitbread-Fremlin Ltd. to change the sign from the former elephant emblem, Mr. Adams was not surprised at the number of foreign visitors who stopped to photograph it last summer. “Coats of arms like this are part of our heritage”, he said. “Although we take them for granted, they are a great attraction for overseas visitors”. When Mr. Adams heard recently that his pub was one of 32 sold to Shepherd Neame Ltd., he was naturally concerned about the future of his sign. Several customers suggested sending an S.O.S. - Save Our Sign - to Shepherd Neame.

This week, a spokesman for the brewery said he sympathised with Mr. Adams, but pointed out that the sign belonged to Whitbread-Fremlin, who could, if they chose, decide to keep it. He said that if the sign was acquired by Shepherd Neame it would be easy to change the brewer’s name.

Since the sign can hardly be of much use to Whitbread-Fremlin, I hope they decide to leave it where it is. Apart from anything else, it adds character to Folkestone’s most photographed street.


Folkestone Gazette 29 November 1972.

Local News.

“Time gentlemen, please”... time to put your hands in your pockets for the Herald and Gazette Hospitals' Christmas Comfort Fund.

The appeal by Alf Adams, landlord of the Earl Grey in Folkestone's Old High Street, fell on receptive ears last week. A cheerful bunch of regulars responded by donating £8.50 to the fund. At the same time, they issued a challenge to other pubs in the town. “See if you can beat the Earl Grey”, they said.

Since competition among Folkestone’s pubs has always been healthy the Earl Grey may have started the ball rolling. What about YOUR pub? Will the regulars there hop on the wagon for a worthy cause?

The money we collect in the next three weeks or so will go towards helping those people unable to pop down to their local for a Christmas drink. Instead their festivities must be confined to hospitals or homes. Our aim is to take the Christmas spirit to them. Donations, large or small, will be welcomed at the Herald and Gazette Office, The Bayle, Folkestone. Cheques and Postal Orders should be crossed and made out to Hospitals' Comforts Fund. No receipts will be given unless specifically requested. But all donations will be acknowledged in the Gazette.


Folkestone Gazette 14 November 1973.

Local News.

The darts players at the Earl Grey, in Folkestone's Old High Street, might not win many championships, but they are real sportsmen. Last year they made several contributions towards the Herald and Gazette Hospitals' Christmas Comforts Fund. This year they have done even better. A cheque for £3.73 arrived at this office before we had even launched the 1973 fund. Landlord Alf Adams tells me that the money was contributed during the pub's individual darts championship.

Thanks fellows. Let us hope that more pubs and clubs will follow your fine example. Every year the fund helps to make life a little more cheerful for those fated to spend the festive season in hospital. If you would like to help please send your gift, large or small, to Hospitals’ Christmas Comforts Fund, Herald and Gazette, The Bayle, Folkestone. Your money will be shared by the Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone; St. Mary’s Hospital, Etchinghill; Buckland Hospital, Dover; the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Dover; Pirate Springs holiday home for handicapped children; Eversley House, Horn Street; and Cranbourne, Cheriton.


Folkestone Gazette 18 December 1973.

Local News/

A 19-year-old man was dragged from a public house, punched to the ground and kicked unconscious in Folkestone's Old High Street. The sequel came on Friday when Folkestone Magistrates fined one of his attackers £100 and ordered him to pay £23 costs.

Trevor Johnson, aged 21, of Eastfield Estate, Folkestone, had pleaded Not Guilty to assaulting seaman David Gibbs and occasioning him actual bodily harm, and to assaulting P.C. Donald Weekes. He was fined £50 for each had offence and ordered to pay £20 towards his legal aid and £3 witnesses’ expenses. He appeared with Richard Beazley, aged 24, of St. Michael’s Court, Folkestone, who pleaded Not Guilty to assaulting Police Sergeant Ian Worlidge.

Chairman Mr. Richard de Bristow, dismissing the case against Beazley, said there was a doubt in the Magistrates’ mind.

David Gibbs, of Marine Road, Deal, said he went to the same school as Johnson as about eight years ago. He met Johnson and another man as he was walking his girl friend home. There was a quarrel and the man with Johnson ended up in hospital Mr. Gibbs said that on the following evening he was drinking at the Earl Grey public house in thè Old High Street, Folkestone. Johnson entered with some youths and said “I told you that you wouldn’t get away with it”. Mr. Gibbs said “I was picked off my feet and dragged outside, where I was thumped in the face, back and body. At one time I was unconscious. When I came to I had cuts on my back, leg, face, neck and the inside of my mouth”.

Answering Miss Diane Wray, who represented both Johnson and Beazley, Mr. Gibbs denied inviting Johnson to fight.

Alfred Agard Adams, licensee of the Earl Grey, described how Mr. Gibbs was “jostled” out of the public bar by three or four youths. Mr. Adams said he went out into the street and saw Mr. Gibbs on the floor being kicked. He identified Johnson as one of those kicking him.

Mrs. Catherine Elizabeth Adams, wife of the licensee, said she told one of the men, who was wearing a check jumper to stop kicking Mr. Gibbs. The man said “He put a friend of mine in Canterbury hospital”.

Police Sergeant Ian Worlidge said he spoke to Johnson, who was wearing a red check jumper. Johnson started to walk away, then struck out with the back of his left arm. “I was knocked off balance and fell against a police vehicle”, said Sergeant Worlidge. Johnson was handcuffed. Asked about the fight in the Old High Street, he said “The b*** had me last night, so I fixed him tonight”.

P.C. Donald Weekes said that Beazley tried to go to Johnson's aid. “I pulled him back and told him to be sensible or he would be arrested”, he said. “Beazley struck my stomach with his right elbow”. P.C. Weekes said that after being arrested Beazley apologised for the assault.

Johnson told the Court that he had not gone into the Earl Grey looking for trouble, but Gibbs invited him outside. He denied punching or kicking Mr. Gibbs.


Folkestone Gazette 19 February 1975.


Three street lights have been out for some time in Folkestone's Old High Street. In one respect it is a nuisance. In another, it is a blessing. At least it serves to hide the eyesore site of what was once the World Stores building, next door to the Earl Grey public house. This filthy, tin-strewn and occasionally rat-infested blot on the face of Folkestone is a disgraceful part of the town's most picturesque thoroughfare.

Alf Adams, landlord of the Earl Grey, is justifiably annoyed and says that the badly-fenced hole is a danger, particularly to young children. At one time there was talk of putting a betting shop there, but the scheme fell through. Nobody seems to know what is going to happen to the hole. Let me make a suggestion. Somebody should tell the owners to get cracking on building – or fill it in. WE DON'T WANT IT.


Folkestone Herald 14 February 1976.

Local News.

Prosecutions for drunkenness in Shepway have increased by a staggering 350 percent in the past three years, it was revealed on Wednesday. And publicans were warned they could lose their licences if they served customers who had had “one over the eight”.

The figures were revealed by Folkestone's police chief, Superintendent Terry Snelling, during his annual report to the local licensing sessions at Seabrook. He said that in 1975 a total of 69 drunks – 64 males and five females – had been arrested by local police. The figure was an increase of 38 percent on 1974, and 350 percent on 1972. The number of cases of drunken driving had increased. A total of 106 people were brought before local Courts last year. “We are worried that motorists are simply not obeying the road traffic laws in this respect”, he said.

The warning to licensees came from Mr. Bedo Hobbs, the presiding judge, who told them “When a person gets to the stage where they’ve had enough, don’t let them have any more. Over the past year we had a large number of defendants in court who say they have done this, that, or the other because of excess drink. We also get solicitors saying where excess drink is obtained. We have been fairly free and easy in granting licences in the past, but if this continues we will have to look into the way in which we deal with these things”. Mr. Hobbs also warned that more official visits to licensed premises could be expected in the coming year. He said in the visits to houses in 1975 “some were satisfactory, others, the less said about them the better”. “There will probably be far more visits than last year”, he warned. “I hope there will be some improvement in those premises we weren’t happy with last year”.

Landlords were also warned about the dangers of under-age drinking. In his report to the licensing justices Superintendent Snelling said “I would draw your attention to the necessity of paying particular attention to the sale of intoxicating liquor to people under the age of 18. This type of offence is gaining prevalence. Although I appreciate the difficulties, there appears to be a tendency to ignore this law”.

Support for the superintendent came from Mr. Bedo Hobbs. “I know it can be extremely difficult to tell a person’s age, but you must make every possible effort”, he said.

Publicans hotly denied that their businesses were responsible for any increase in the number of drunks.

Mr. Alf Adams at the Earl Grey, in Folkestone’s Old High Street, said “The drink is coming from off-licences, clubs, restaurants, but not the pubs. We do not want drunken customers. They simply scare off other people and give our houses a bad name”. Mr. Alan White, of the Prince Albert in Rendezvous Street, agreed: “The thing is these days that people can buy wine and spirits over the counter in all sorts of shops and stores. I am quite certain that most of these people don’t come from pubs. I certainly haven’t noticed any increase in drunkenness in my house or any of the other places I visit in the area. I wouldn’t serve a drunk and I am quite certain that 99.9 percent of the landlords in this area feel exactly the same way”. Mr. White and Mr. Adams criticised the police for not giving a breakdown of offenders so that it could be clearly seen where they had been drinking. “It just isn’t fair to local publicans”, said Mr. Adams. Other landlords in the area agreed with their comments in general.

South Kent Gazette 4 January 1984.

Local News.

Penalties for swearing in a public house have helped raise £75 for mentally handicapped children. Publicans Sandy and Joe McIvor have kept their ears pinned back during 1983 to make bad language pay. For any time a customer cussed it cost them 10p, and the money, including £1 notes has been dropped into a gallon whisky bottle on the bar of the Earl Grey in the Old High Street, Folkestone. Sandy and Joe has a smashing time to free the money from the bottle. It was handed over to Andy and Sue Lilly, from the Mencap residential home in Bouverie Road West to help boost the charity's general funds for children at the home. Cases of soft brinks were also given to the home by Mr. Ian Browne, of manufacturers Canada Dry and Rawlings.


Folkestone Herald 28 February 1986.

Local News.

A pub landlord has been cleared of a charge of handling stolen wine.

Joseph McIvor, of the Earl Grey, Old High Street, Folkestone, denied dishonestly receiving the wine. And he was acquitted with two other defendants after the judge directed the jury to return a Not Guilty verdict. Judge Margaret Cosgrave said the prosecution had failed to show the wine was stolen. In the dock with McIvor were landlord of the Priory Hotel in Dover, David Hossick, and West Malling restaurateur Enrique Martinez.

The Maidstone court earlier heard from prosecutor Nicholas Beddard how, in August, 1984, more than 1,000 cases of wine meant for Waitrose were stolen from a lorry in Essex. It was alleged that a month later some of the wine was on sale in Kent. He claimed McIvor collected up to 180 cases of wine from a pub in West Malling. He later sold some to Hossick and Martinez. All three denied knowing the wine was stolen when interviewed by the police. Some of the wine went to Dover and the Earl Grey. When Hossick was seen by the police, he said he bought 20 cases of Waitrose wine from Joe McIvor at £1.20 a bottle. He said he was told it was bankrupt stock. Later he said he had bought 100 cases from McIvor. Martinez told police he had bought the wine from “Joe”, who had a pub in Folkestone. McIvor told police he had paid a man he did not know £1,800 in cash for the whole consignment of 180 cases.


Folkestone Herald 24 June 1988.

Local News.

Pint-size grandmother Jeanne Robey is clean, well-dressed and politely spoken. Yet she is banned from at least five pubs in Folkestone alone. As soon as she walks into the bar, customers and publicans threaten her, call her names, refuse to serve her, and then demand that she leaves. Her crime? The 5ft 2ins gran works on a P&O cross-Channel ferry.

The 46-year-old grandma was a geriatric nurse for eight years before accepting a job with the ferry company last May when money ran short.

Now, the extra cash in her pocket has meant that Jeanne has to pay heavily in another way. Once a bar assistant and regular in a handful of pubs in Folkestone’s town centre, she is now booted out of those same drinking holes, threatened with vicious beatings and vulgar jibes.

This week, after hearing of her story, the Herald insisted on checking the facts.

On Monday, usually a quiet night, Jeanne and I walked into The Earl Grey in the Old High Street and quietly asked for a drink. Minutes later we were hand-clapped out of the pub. Even before we reached the counter, a young man sitting in the comer got up, and told the landlady “Don’t serve her, she’s a scab”. The landlady then refused to serve us, saying “You’re not welcome in here. I’m on strike and it’s against my morals to serve you”. We left.

At the Portland in Langhome Gardens, landlord Brian Godfrey immediately refused to serve us, saying “Jeanne, you know you’re not allowed in here”. When asked why, he said “She causes too much aggravation”.

But the worst treatment came at the Bouverie Arms at Cheriton Road, Folkestone. As soon as we walked through the door, a customer sitting near the doorway, yelled “F.... scab” at Jeanne. As we walked towards the bar, he continued swearing and shouted “You’re not allowed in here. Get out”. We were refused drinks at the bar, and as we walked out, a customer threatened “If you come back, I’ll get the whole pub to walk out.” Genuinely afraid, Jeanne left immediately. I then asked the man why he treated Jeanne like that. He said “She’s a scab. She knows she’s not allowed in here. This is not a pub for scabs. If she stays in here, I’ll get the whole pub out. I’ve done it before, and I know they’ll walk out again if I told them. Scabs don’t drink in here”.

Jeanne was convinced we could drink at The Imperial, in Black Bull Road. She’d worked there as a barmaid and had known landlord Mr. Vic Clark as a friend for 20 years. She was wrong. As we walked in, the pub went quiet. The landlord told Jeanne “I can’t serve you. I’m on the line. I’ve got the boys in here”.

Jeanne says she can count another four pubs in Folkestone who have also banned her. Bitter Jeanne said “I have lived in this town all my life. My father had a tobacconists shop in Tontine Street for over 50 years. Now I am being threatened and always have to watch my back. It is terrible that P&O workers have to be careful where they drink. Surely in this free country, people who want to work should be allowed to without recriminations”, she said.


Folkestone Herald 25 November 1999.

Local News.

One of Folkestone's oldest pubs, the Earl Grey, was badly damaged in a fire that left the roof in danger of collapsing around the chimney. The police and fire brigade responded to reports of smoke coming from the Old High Street pub in the early hours of Saturday, and four fire engines arrived to fight the blaze. The landlady of the pub suffered superficial injuries, but she was not taken to hospital. There were no other injuries. No suspicious circumstances have been reported.

A spokesman for the Fire Brigade said “We would like to emphasise that in the event of a fire we want people to get out and stay out. A lady sustained burns while trying to tackle the fire and endangered her life and ours in the process”.

The Fire Brigade prevented the fire spreading to adjacent properties. It is not known when the pub will be open again to drinkers.




EARL Joseph 1836

MAJOR Richard 1837-52 (age 38 in 1851Census) Pigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847Bastions victualler and coachmaker

GOODE James Goode 1852-54

HARRISON John 1854-57 Next pub licensee had Bastions

BISHOP Henry 1857-68 (age 41 in 1861Census) Folkestone ChronicleMelville's 1858Bastions

KNIGHT S 1868-69 Bastions

Last pub licensee had TAYLOR David Rigden dec'd 1869-75 (age 38 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874Bastions

TAYLOR Harriet Jan/1875-79 Bastions

REUBEN Henry 1879-81 (age 30 in 1881Census) Bastions

EALDING Henry 1881-82 Post Office Directory 1882Bastions

WILSON Robert 1882-83 Bastions

COOK George Reuben 1883-91 (age 36 in 1891Census) Next pub licensee had Post Office Directory 1891Bastions

DIXON Edward 1891-92 Bastions

COLE W 1892 Bastions

CRAUGHTON Wilfred 1892-93 Bastions

MARTIN James 1893-1902 (age 49 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1899Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Bastions

PARKER Charles R 1902-April/17 dec'd (age 49 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913Bastions

PARKER Mrs Apr-May 1917

SCRIVEN George R May/1817-22 Post Office Directory 1922Bastions

DIXON William 1922-31

DIXON Charles Arthur 1924+ Kelly's 1924

DIXON Clara 1931-33

HARTLAND Frank 1933-41 Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938Bastions

Last pub licensee had POWELL Harry 1941-43 Bastions

FULLAGER Arthur 1943-44 (Holding Manager) Bastions

HUGHES Selina 1944-49 (Also "Globe") Bastions

COUMBE Sidney 1949-58 Bastions

BENTLEY Albert 1958-63 Bastions

WHALL Wilfred 1963-69 Bastions

WHALL Ruby 1969 Bastions

ADAMS Alfred 1969-77 Bastions

FANTI David 1977-82 Bastions

McIVOR Joseph 1982-88 Bastions

JAMIESON David 1988-93 Bastions

GODFREY Brian 1993-96 Bastions

MULHERN Bryan & WILLIAMS Margaret 1996 Bastions

KAUFMAM Anthony 1996-98 Bastions

MULHERN Bryan & SCALES Denver 1998-99 Bastions

MULHERN Bryan & COOPER-JONES Beryl 1999-2000 Bastions

MULHERN Bryan 2000 Bastions

MULHERN Bryan & ROSE Alan and Alison 2000-01 Bastions

Last pub licensee had MATTHEWS David (also "Richmond Tavern") & BULL Janet 2001-02 Bastions

DEACON Lorraine & MARSH Paul 2002-03 Bastions

COVENTRY Benjamin & COSGRAVE Paul 2003-04 Bastions

DAVIES Michael (Also "Princess Royal") & KINNEAR Del 2004+ Bastions


Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

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 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Kelly's 1924From the Kelly's Directory 1924

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney

Folkestone ChronicleFrom the Folkestone Chronicle


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