24 (16) Dover Street
Sometimes referred to as the "Cutter Inn," and also the
"Folkestone Castle" in one published error, this public-house dates from
between 1815 and 1906.
Changed name to the "Welcome Inn"
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
21 February, 1868.
DRUNK AND RIOTOUS
John Hart, a young man was charged with being drunk and riotous, and
with using obscene language, and also with assaulting Police-constable
Swain, in Mill-lane on Sunday morning. He pleaded not guilty to the
first two charges, and guilty to the last charge. His conduct in the
dock was light and unseemly, and several times called forth a reprimand
from the Bench.
Police-constable Ingram Swain deposed: On Sunday morning, at twenty
minutes to one o'clock, I was on duty at the bottom on Dover Street, and
heard a noise near the "Cutter Inn," Dover Street. I went there and
found prisoner with three or four other young men, talking very loudly
and making a great noise. They were drunk. Prisoner would not go home
when I told him, but went into Fancy Street, saying "You _____, if you
come up here we'll let you have it." In Mill-lane he was joined by two
others. They went across to New Zealand and almost directly came back
into Mill-lane. Prisoner came up to me with the knife I produced, open
in his left hand, and said, "______ _____ come here and I'll rip you." I
went to him and collared him, struck his arms and took the knife from
him. The others ran away; prisoner tried to run also. When I got close
to him I said. "Is this your little game," and he said, " I didn't mean
By the Bench: I had difficulty at first to get the knife from him,
for he resisted and called for "Jim" to help him. I took him into
custody and he refused to give his name to the sergeant. Eight-pence and
some tobacco were found on him.
Prisoner cross-examined the constable, but failed to shake his
evidence, and conducted himself very flippantly.
The Constable, re-examined by the Bench: Prisoner resisted very
violently and called "Mempes" and "Jim;" he was more like a madman than
anything else; he was drunk, but he knew what he was doing. Mempes was
Prisoner, in his defence, said; The constable was too fast, and he
was drunk, and ran after me; that is all I have to say. Prisoner called.
William Henry Mempes, plumber and painter, who said: I was with the
prisoner on Sunday morning, between twelve and one o'clock, by the
British Schools, opposite St. Michael's Church. He was cutting some
tobacco, and was wiping his knife on the knee of his trousers, when
police-constable Swaine came up to us. He was going home and Swaine took
him and I left him. I first saw prisoner in Fancy Street, besides
Iverson's, the grocer. There were three of us. I heard Swaine tell
prisoner to go home, and he said, "all right." We were standing outside
his house when Swaine came up and pushed him off the kerb. He said
something to Swaine and ran across Mill-lane, and then Swaine came up
and took him.
The Banch said the charge was a most serious one, and they were
determined to protect every constable in the execution of his duty.
Prisoner had made very light of it, but drawing a knife on a policeman
was conduct that must be punished. He must also learn that he could not
get drunk and make a noise or use obscene language without smarting for
it. He would be committed to Pentworth gaol for fourteen days for being
drunk and riotous, fourteen days for using obscene language, and a month
for the assault.
Prisoner; Is that all?
The Bench: With hard labour.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 30
November, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
An inquest was holden at the "Folkestone Cutter," before Silvester
Eastes esq., Coroner of the borough, on Saturday, November 23rd, 1861,
at two p.m., on view of the body of James Brown, who destroyed himself
under the circumstances elicited in the following evidence:-
Mr. William Henry Willis was chosen foreman of the jury, after
swearing which they proceeded to view the body in a miserably furnished
upper room in a cottage in Prospect Cottages.
After returning from viewing the body Charles Egerton Fitzgerald was
called, who deposed he was a surgeon residing in Folkestone; at a few
minutes past eight on the previous morning he was called by a son of the
deceased, who told him his father had cut his throat; he immediately
proceeded to the residence of deceased. On arriving at the house he
found him lying in bed in a state of collapse – he was sensible – with a
large gash in his throat extending from ear to ear; he was breathing
heavily with a rattling noise – respiration much impeded; had almost
entirely severed the windpipe; witness attended to him; there had been
no considerable haemorrhage; there was about three or four ounces of
blood. Witness picked up on the bed the razor produced, covered with
blood, with which the wound was caused. Witness dressed the wound and
deceased was then able to speak; he said he had done it himself with his
right hand; the state of his lungs and his late illness precluded all
chance of saving his life. Witness left him at a quarter to 10, and
found him dead when he returned about half past twelve.
Sarah Ann Tuff deposed she resided near deceased, who she identified
as James Brown; he was about 47 years of age; he gathered water cresses
for his living, which his daughters sold. Yesterday the younger daughter
ran out into the yard, and called out her father had cut his throat.
Witness went into the house and found deceased lying on the bed, with
his head over the side; witness said there was blood on the floor.
Deceased said “See what I have done” as well as he could speak; witness
sent for assistance immediately; he died about twenty minutes past
twelve; he complained of family troubles, and would not see any of his
children before he died. Witness saw him a day or two before his death,
when he complained of his side, arising from a severe fall he had had
some time since; he did not appear destitute, as his family brought in a
good deal of money by the sale of water cresses.
The Coroner said this was all the evidence he had to offer them. The
poor man had been for some time suffering from disease of the lungs, and
this sometimes had the effect of prostrating the mind; he thought the
most charitable verdict would be one of temporary insanity.
The jury then consulted for a few minutes, and the foreman returned
as their verdict that the deceased had destroyed himself apparently
being in a state of temporary insanity.
Whilst the above inquest was being held, the jury and witnesses were
alarmed by a crashing noise in the street, and upon ascertaining the
cause, it appeared that a bricklayer, employed in repairing the roof of
a house in the street, had fallen, from the ladder being insecurely
fastened up. The lower one, being pressed against by one on the roof,
toppled over, and Underdown fell to the ground with the ladder he was
on. Mr. Fitzgerald was immediately in attendance, and reduced a
dislocation of the right thumb which had taken place; on further
examination it was found that he had received a severe fracture of the
elbow, but no internal injuries. The poor man is now, however, going on
From the Folkestone Observer 30 November, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
An inquest was held before Silvester Eastes, esq., coroner, on
Saturday afternoon, at the "Folkestone Cutter," on the body of James
Brown, Prospect Row. The coroner then called Mr. Fitzgerald, who deposed
to having been sent for at 8 o'clock on Friday morning, when he found
the deceased lying on the bed, in a state of collapse, and perfectly
sensible, but with a large gash in his throat, extending from ear to
ear. He was breathing heavily, with respiration much impeded. He brought
the edges of the wound together, and the man was then able to speak a
little. Shortly before one o'clock he died. The death was undoubtedly
occasioned by the wound inflicted by the deceased himself with the razor
produced. There was at first some doubt as to which hand had been used,
but the man said in reply to a question that it was the right hand. Mrs.
Tuff, living close by, deposed that deceased was 47 years of age. She
heard one of the children calling for somebody to go to the father, who
had cut his throat, and she went into his room and then sent for medical
assistance. Deceased showed her his wound, when she went in, and said
“See what I have done now”. He was very peculiar in his ways, would not
associate with the neighbours, and would not let his children associate.
He was a sober man. From the further evidence of this witness, and from
statements made by jurymen who were neighbours, it appeared that
deceased gathered water cresses, which his children sold, but that he
had been of late very cruel to his children. During the last two or
three weeks there had been no water cresses and they had been in
consequence in want. The neighbours spoke in highly favourable terms of
the laborious industry of the children. The coroner said that very often
in disease of the lungs the blood did not get properly purified, and
dark blood getting to the brain delirium would ensue. The jury returned
a verdict that the deceased destroyed himself while apparently in a
state of insanity.
DUNN John 1815-17
PUNNETT William 1817-23
DOWNING William 1823-26
COURT William 1826-68
FINN Mr 1868-69
BROWNING Moses 1869-70
BAKER William 1870-71
BOORN John Whittingham 1871-73
SMITH Mrs Louisa 1873-74
SMITH Louisa 1874-76
WALLIS Frederick 1876-77
ROOTS James 1877-78
WALLIS Thomas 1878
SIDDELL Henry 1878-79
HUDSON Frederick 1879-80
KETTELL John 1880
BURNETT George 1880-89
BURNETT Mary Ann 1889-91
BURGESS George 1891-92
GASBY Charles 1892-93
BAILEY Francis 1893
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1862
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney
From the Folkestone Observer