Built in 1729 as a farm, the farmer also made beer and cider but wasn't licensed
to sell ales and ciders. The pub was granted a full licence 1784, when the road
became a turnpike. The name changed to The Five Bells, because of the five
bells in the Church.
The address was at one time given as "Ringwould Street," it is now Front Street.
As yet unknown when the address changed.
From the Dover Telegraph, Saturday March 1st 1834.
Freehold Corn Windmill, Good Dwelling House, and about 3A. 28P. of
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY
T. A. TERSON,
At the "Five Bells," at Ringwould, in Kent, on Wednesday, March 26th,
1834, at Two o'clock in the Afternoon.
LOT 1. All tat good and sustainable FREEHOLD CORN WINDMILL, called
"Ripple Mill," with the Fixtures, Going-Gear, and Machinery,
conveniently situated for trade, being about halfway between Ringwould
and Walmer; capable of working three pairs of stones; together with the
stone-built HOG-POUND adjoining, and also the newly-erected, slated,
brick-built STABLE near thereto, 27 feet, 6 inches front, by 12 feet, 6
inches depth, capable of being converted, at a small expense, into a
convenient Dwelling House.
And also a Piece of LAND, as stumped out, including the Site of the
Mill and Stable, measures 81 feet deep, by about 55 feet wide.
Therefore the Utensils and Furniture of the Mill, of which a schedule
will be produced at the Sale, are to be taken at a Valuation.
LOT 2. Adjoining Lot 1, a commodious brick-built DWELLING HOUSE, 30
feet 6 inches front, by 25 feet depth; and about Three Acres of good
Arable LAND, for use therewith.
The Mill is in the occupation of Mr. John Crofts, at a rent of £40
per annum. The rest of the property is occupied by Mr. John Claringbould,
the proprietor, who will show the premises.
Possession of the whole may be had on the 6th of April next.
Part of the Purchase-Money may remain on Mortgage, if required.
Further particulars may be known, on application to the Auctioneers,
Snargate-street; or to Mr. E. Elwin, Solicitor, Dover.
From the Deal Mercury, 30 December 1865
CINQUE PORTS POLICE COURT
Wednesday-(Before T. S. Clark and G. Hughes Esq.)
WHAT DRINK DID FOR HENRY GOLDER.
A young man named Henry Golder' labourer, of Kingsdown, was charged
with being drunk and disorderly. The case was proved by P.C. Kitney, who
said that about half-past twelve o'clock the previous night, he saw the
defendant come out of the "Five Bells" public-house at Ringwould; he was
drunk and noisy, and used abusive language. Witness requested him to go
away quietly, but this he refused to do, saying he did not care a -----
for him or any other policeman. Witness again asked him to go home, and
not create a disturbance, upon which he exhibited a most pugnacious
disposition, and witness was obliged to take him into custody. This,
however, could only be effected with difficulty, so violent was the
resistance he offered, and witness found it necessary to have
assistance. Defendant also had a knife in his hand, and threatened to
"knife" the officer. - In answer to questions by Mr. Clark witness said
the defendant's conduct lately had been very bad, and only a few days
previously he had nearly got into trouble. - Mr. Clark said he was sorry
to see defendant in the position which he had placed himself, for he had
known him since he was a youth, and had hoped he would never be guilty
of offences of this description. He trusted defendant would not indulge
in drink in future, and that he would also keep out of bad company. -
Mr. Clark asked him if any money was due to him from his master; and he
replied in the negative, stating that he was in debt to his employer.
Defendant, being unable to pay a fine and the costs, was committed to
Dover Gaol for seven days.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 11 October, 1882. Price 1d.
SUICIDE AT RINGWOULD
An inquest was held on Monday at the “Five Bells,” Ringwould, before W.
H. Payn, Esq., touching the death of James Gardner, an agricultural
labourer, who committed suicide by cutting his throat. The deceased was
a man of very intemperate habits, and of late seemed to be at time quite
insane. On several occasions he had threatened to destroy himself, and
one day last week whilst in his home alone he cut his throat in a
shocking manner. A medical man was called in, but in a short time after
his having committed the rash deed he expired. The following evidence
John Gardner said: I am a cab driver living at 11, Loudown mews, St.
John’s Wood, London, N.W. The deceased James Gardner, was my father. He
was an agricultural labourer living at Ringwould. His age was fifty
three years, and his health was generally good. I saw my father about
four hours before his death. He was then in bed. He was not conscious,
and he seemed to be wandering. I saw that he had a wound in his throat.
He told me on the following day after the wound that he cut his throat,
and that when he found that he had cut his throat he drank some cold
water and found it running out of his throat. He was very intemperate in
his habits. He could not give any reason for it only that it might be
Rhoda Rogers said: I am a widow living at Ringwould. I have known the
deceased for some years. His health was good. He was very intemperate in
his habits. On Wednesday morning I looked in his window. He stood in the
room with his shirt all bloody. There was a paper put under his sitting
room door all over blood. It was a notice to quit his house on that day.
I had to give him the notice to quit from my mother. I think he took the
notice coolly. I had seen him in the evening before, but saw nothing
particular in his manner. I heard him walking about the room talking to
himself. On the next day I saw him sitting in his chair. He was then all
over blood. Dr. Davey was sent for; deceased lingered about three days.
Richard Stains Davey, said: I am a surgeon practising at Walmer. I was
sent for on Wednesday last to attend the deceased. I saw Gardner about
eleven o’clock. I found him lying on his bed with a deep cut in his
throat, dividing completely the windpipe and oesophagus and several
large vessels. He was insensible but scarcely able to speak. He lost a
great quantity of blood. He lingered about three days and six hours. He
was unable to swallow naturally anything. He said he had cut his own
throat. He assigned no reason. He was very intemperate in his habits. He
died from the injuries received.
The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased committed suicide in a
state of temporary insanity.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 14 September, 1883. 1d.
The landlord of the “Five Bells,” Ringwould, applied for permission to
open his premises at 5 o’clock in the morning.
In reply to the Bench the applicant said that there were a number of men
now employed on the farms near, hoppers and harvesters.
The Bench, after a short consultation, decided to refuse the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 15 March, 1901. 1d.
MYSTERIOUS RAILWAY ACCIDENT
DOVER YOUTH KILLED.
An inquest was held yesterday at the “Five Bells,” Ringwould, by the
Coroner of the Borough and Liberties of Dover (Mr. Sydenham Payn) and a
Jury of which Mr. C. Lawrence was foreman, to enquire into the death of
a Dover lad, Ernest Henry Ovended, aged 15, who was run over by a train
near a level crossing at Ringwould early on the morning of Wednesday,
after having been missing since the previous afternoon, when he left the
office where he was employed and did not go home.
The evidence was as follows:-
John Simmons Ovenden, builder, living at 30, Alfred Road, Dover,
identified the body as that of his son, Ernest Henry Ovenden, aged 15
years and 4 months. He was a builder’s junior clerk in the employ of Mr.
W£. J. Adcock. Witness last saw his son on Tuesday at dinner, just
before one o’clock. He was then all right, and as happy and well as
could be. His time for coming home was indefinite, as he sometimes went
out to Kearsney. He had, however, got a ticket for the Co-operative
entertainment at the Town Hall, which he had arranged to go to with his
sisters, who went there expecting to see him. Witness waited for about
twenty minutes after his daughters returned, and made enquiries of Mr.
Lovegrove, who, however, had not seen deceased since 3.30 p.m. Witness
also made enquiries of the Police, and on their suggestion he enquired
at Canterbury to see if had joined the yeomanry. Witness heard deceased
had been found killed on the line at Ringwould about 11 o’clock on
Wednesday, and he went over to identify the body. Deceased was a bright
lad and sensitive, though not likely to take anything to heart. The boy
was fond on the country. Witness did not know of anything having
happened which he would take to heart.
William Edward Lovegrove, chief clerk to Mr. Adcock, contractor, Dover,
said deceased had been there as a junior clerk about six weeks. Witness
saw him last about 3.30 p.m., when he was about his usual work. Then
deceased left the office.
The Coroner: Did you have any occasion to say anything to him before
Witness: Not more than I should have said.
The Coroner: Did he leave in a tiff?
Witness: No. I had accession to speak to him about a little thing, but
not at all in a harsh manner.
The Coroner: Did he turn on his heel and walk out?
Witness: No, he went into the outer office. I happened to look out and I
saw he had gone.
The Coroner: Did he answer you?
Witness: No. He was always a civil lad and very good about his work. I
was very shocked to hear the news.
The Coroner: He did not return that afternoon?
The Coroner: Were there any threats used? I knew what had happened.
The Foreman: had you any idea that he was going off and not going home?
Witness: It never entered my mind. If I had had half a thought of such a
thing I should have taken him home. He usually told me when he left the
Thomas Moat, plate layer of the Dover and Deal line, between Walmer and
Martin Mill, said that on Wednesday, at 6 a.m., near the crossing on the
road from Ringwould to Ripple, he found the body of deceased on the
line. It was on the up-line from Walmer to Dover. He was close to the
outer rail, his breast on the ballast, and his feet on the path. There
was a public crossing there (it was formerly a road). One had to get
over the fence, there being no style there. Just beyond the crossing
there is a cutting on the Deal side, and it is possibly that deceased
could not have seen the train in the cutting until it was on the line.
The up trains, however, made a great deal of noise usually. Deceased was
lying nearly parallel with the line, his head towards Dover, his face
knocked right into the ballast, and his arms under his breast. Witness
left his mate to guard the body and went to Police-corporal Love. The
last train to Dover on Tuesday left Walmer punctually at 10.50. There
were no marks on this train. It was quite possible, from the position of
the body, for an earlier train to have knocked him down, and the others
passed by. Witness added that he thought from the position of the body
that deceased was walking up the path at the side of the line. The
current of air caused by the train would draw anybody towards the train,
and the fact that his cap was found a yard off shows that that was blown
off. The body was stiff and cold when found.
Police Corporal Isaac Love, stationed at Ringwould, said he was called
by the last witness at 6.15 a.m., and on going to the crossing found the
body lying in the position stated by Moat. Witness searched the body,
and found among other things a pocket book containing deceased’s name
and address. None of the drivers to whom the Superintendent had
telephoned had seen deceased. There were no marks found on any of the
trains. Witness telephoned to the Dover Police. From the way the body
lay it was witness’s opinion that the deceased was walking up the line
towards Dover. Witness could not ascertain that deceased had been
noticed at Walmer or in the neighbourhood.
By the Jury: There were no signs of a struggle having taken place.
Dr. Llewelyn Davey, of Walmer, described the injuries to the body. The
whole of the back of the head seemed to be driven in, and there was
bruising on the head and forehead, which looked as if he had been
knocked down on his face violently on to the ballast, a stone being
driven into the skull over the nose. Death would have been
instantaneous. None of the limbs were broken, and there was no other
mark of violence. He noticed that the right coat sleeve was cut, though
the arm was not damaged. This looked as if the train which knocked
deceased down must have been followed by a later one, which had cut the
sleeve. Witness considered the injury was caused by a train, and not
that he was injured and then put on the line.
The Coroner, in summing up, said that there was no doubt that there was
some little matter in relation to the deceased’s studies which he had
unduly taken to heart, and he seemed to have gone out of the office,
from which moment he was not seen till found on the line. It was a
matter of conjecture whether the boy wandered out into the country as
far as Ringwould not liking to go home, and then as evening came changed
his mind, and started to walk to Dover along the path of the railway. He
(the Coroner) had lived near there, and had used that path, and thought
that when the wind was blowing from all directions, as it seemed to do
there, that it would be possible not to have heard the train till it was
The Jury agreed to return a verdict of “Death by Misadventure.”
From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 29 January, 1971.
MR. AND MrS. EDDIE EMPTAGE
After ten years working among the holidaymakers at the now called St.
Margaret's Chalet hotel 31-year-old Mr. Eddie Emptage and his wife Margaret have gone into business themselves.
They have taken over the "Five Bells" public house on the Dover-Deal
Road at Ringwould.
When they moved in on Thursday last week one of their customers was
retiring licensee Mr. Peter Bardell, 67, who had held the license for 13
It's nice to be on this side of the counter for a change he joked as
Mrs. Emptage pulled him a pint.
Mr. Emptage lived in Dover and worked for a Folkestone Road butcher
until he married. Then he moved to Kingsdown Road, St. Margaret's. As
Maddison's were about to open their holiday camp he decided to switch to
that business. For six years he worked as a bar steward and for the past
four years has been bar manager.
Although the move to Ringwould was not far, it was quite an occasion
for Mrs. Emptage. It was the first time she had lived outside St.
Mr. Emptage said; "We hope to make some changes here but we are going
to wait until we have settled first."
Former licensee Mr. Bardell is retiring to Queen's rise at Ringwould
but says he hopes to find employment as a relief manager for the brewery
after he and his wife have had a long holiday.
From the BBC Domesday Reloaded written in 1986.
The "Five Bells" is
situated in Ringwould, on the A258. The Landlord, Charles Rowney, is an
ex-fireman and has owned the pub for two years. His wife cooks the meals
which are served in the bar. Mr Rowney says that his regular customers
come from Mongeham, Deal and St. Margarets. Few villagers seem to use
the pub. There are neither children's facilities nor garden at present,
but these are planned for the near future. The Landlord says his most
popular drink is Bass, a premium bitter beer. The opening hours are from
10.30am to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 11pm on Mondays to Saturdays, and on
Sunday from 12pm to 2pm and 7pm to 10.30pm. Two occasional bar staff are
employed and there are public and saloon bars.
One time a tied house of Thompson and Sons, Walmer.
According to the Channel Draught issue 36 Summer 2008 this pub is up for sale.
May 2010 local CAMRA members reported that the pub was showing extensive
building work, but that it was still closed.
Glad to say the pub re-opened the latter half of 2011.
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 11
October, 2012. 65p. Report by Phil Hayes
REOPENED PUB AIMS TO BE HUB OF COMMUNITY
OPENING TIME: Tony Merrett and John Guy, along with pub dog Holly, at
the Five Bells
Two men and their dog offer warm welcome to all
TWO men and their dog have made it their mission to turn around the
fortunes of a Ring-would pub.
Former air steward, Tony Merrett, 39, and his friend John Guy, 41, have
vowed to bring the local community back into The "Five Bells," and
Experienced Mr Merrett, who used to run a cabaret bar at a London
nightclub, said: “We want to keep a community spirit in the pub.
Everyone’s welcome regardless of who they are or where they are from.”
Mr Merret and Mr Guy, who are both gay but not in a relationship, hope
families will start coming back into the pub to meet them and cocker
spaniel Holly, who has already been allocated her own sofa.
The two friends hope to alter
the perception that non-regulars were not made to feel particularly
welcome at the Front Street pub, under its previous management.
“It was a bit of a strange place,” Mr Merrett said.
But he and John, a qualified teacher who works in mental health, were
impressed by the togetherness of the village when they were renovating
The "Five Bells."
“People were really nice to us,” said Tony. “They are really community
based and offered help whenever we needed it.”
The former Eastbourne residents have now fully moved in to the Ringwould
pub and are already hosting parties - an 18th and a 50th were held on
the same night last week.
“We’ll be hosting parties of any description,” said Mr Merrett.
The "Five Bells" is open from 12pm to 11pm every day, offers en-suite bed
and breakfast, and now has a brand new menu.
From the Dover Mercury, 31 January, 2013. 80p.
FIVE BELLS INN HOSTING OPEN DAY
A SPECIAL open day at a 17th century village pub will show potential
customers what’s on offer on Wednesday night.
The "Five Bells" at Ringwould wants to show off the inn as a unique venue
for functions, events, parties and conferences, or just for a quiet
The open day event takes place between 4pm and 7pm in the pub just off
the A258 Deal to Dover road.
BOSSINGHAM Robert 1841-52+ ( found under Kingsdown)
BOSSINGHAM Mrs Ann 1855+
GOOZEE W E 1862+
ERRIDGE Edward 1866-70+
CASH John William
JOY Edward 1882+
GOOZEE W E May/1883-90 dec'd
GOOZEE Mrs Flora 1891+
PITTOCK Edwin 1895+
GREEN Edward C 1899-Nov/1900
SCARLETT William E Nov/1900-03+
DAW Robert 1905-18+
MAYCOCK William 1922+
HATTON George W 1934-38+
BARDELL Peter 1958-71
EMPTAGE Edmund J 1971-74+
Charrington & Co
ROWNEY Charles 1984-86+
MERRETT Tony & GUY John Oct/2012+
Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
Kelly's Directory 1934
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