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Earliest 1838-

Fortune of War

Latest 1863+

Military Road (Northgate Street 1838Stapletons Guide)



Described as a beer-shop in the 185a census.


From a report to the Mayor and Magistrates in Guildhall on 17th April 1859.

"Sergeant Ells reports that he found the following number of Prostitutes at the following public houses and beer-shops yesterday morning:

"Fortune of War," Military Road, 3.


South Eastern Gazette, 11 September, 1860.


There were nine applications for new licenses, as follow:—

Granted. Isaac Barlow, for the "Tower Inn," Pound-lane.

Elizabeth Martin, for the "Kentish Arms," sic Westgate.

Refused. William Todd, for the "Plough," Pound-lane.

Isaac Pierce, for the "Millers Arms," Pound-lane.

James Henry Robins, for the "Sovereign," Castle-street.

Richard Yeomans, for the "Steam Packet," North-lane.

John Sidney Hawkes, for the "Cannon Inn," Northgate sic.

Edward Yeomans, for the "Man of Kent."

John Gillis, for the "Fortune of War."

A billiard license was granted to William Dilnot Wildish, Parade. Possible "Brewery Tap."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 5 September, 1863.


On Tuesday evening an inquest was held by Mr. T. T. Delasaux as coroner for the City and borough of Canterbury, at the “Fortune of War,” in the Military-road, on the body of a newly-born child, which had died within an hour from its birth. By the evidence adduced it appears that the mother of the infant, whose name is Jane Ballous, a single woman, had been residing at the “Fortune of War” as a lodger for the past 10 months, during which time she has twice been confined of children; the first died within a day after birth and the second as above stated. It appears that a woman named Dawkins attended as midwife. Mr. Callaway, surgeon, was examined before the Jury, as to the probable cause of death, and stated that death had ensued from the umbilical cord not having been properly attended to, but admitted that it might have been insecurely tied and afterwards accidentally slipped. From the latter statement it was deemed unnecessary to proceed further with the enquiry, and under the direction of the Coroner a verdict of “Death by natural causes” was recorded.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 8 September 1863.

Coroner's inquest.

On the evening of Tuesday T. T. Delasaux, Esq., the city coroner, held an inquest at the "Rose and Crown" public house, in the Military Road, on the body of an infant named Ballard. The evidence of the landlady of the "Fortune of War Inn" went to show that on the previous Thursday a woman named Jane Ballard was confined in her house of a child, who at the birth did not appear healthy, and the baby died 2 hours afterwards. In answer to questions the witness stated that a midwife named Elizabeth Dawkins attended the mother during her confinement, and that Ballard had previously been confined of a child, who died shortly afterwards. Mr. Callaway, surgeon, stated his belief that no unfair means had been used to deprive the infant of life, and the jury immediately returned a verdict of "Died from natural causes.



RYE George 1838+ Stapletons Guide

SHEDWICK Henry 1851+ (age 38 in 1851Census)

GILLIS John 1858-60+


Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838



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