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Page Updated:- Tuesday, 13 September, 2022.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1851-

Fountain Hotel

Open 2020+

171 Seabrook Road

Seabrook

01303 470495

https://whatpub.com/fountain

Fountain Hotel 1900

Above postcard showing the "Fountain Hotel" circa 1900

Fountain 1906

Above postcard, 1906, kindly sent by Graham Butterworth.

Fountain Hotel 1917

Postcard of 1917.

Fountain

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Graham Butterworth.

Fountain Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Fountain 1955

Above photo, 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The comments with this picture read "The local Rector, whose glebe includes the Fountain, likes to call himself "the landlord of the pub on top of the hill" and holds a Harvest Thanksgiving service in the bar each year!"

Fountain Hotel

Above picture taken from www.tripadvisor.com

Fountain 2012

Above photo taken on 28 September, 2012 from http://www.flickr.com by Jelltex.

Fountain bar

Above photo taken on 28 September, 2012 from http://www.flickr.com by Jelltex.

Fountain 2013

Above photo, circa 2013 under renovation.

Fountain 2013

Above photo circa 2013.

Fountain 2015

Above photo circa 2015.

Fountain Hotel 2017

Above photo, 2017.

Fountain matchbox

Above matchbox circa 1980s.

 

Michael David Mirams in his book "Kent Inns and Inn Signs," states that in the 1950s, the Fountain, was the setting for the Harvest Thanksgiving, when the Rector led his congregation in singing harvest hymns in the bar. Customers generously supplied the harvest gifts of vegetables, fruit, bread, eggs and of course, beer.

According to What Pub the current building is erected in 1888 on the same site of the previous one undergoing refurbishment.

I am also informed by Nick Booth that the pub appears in The Goose Cathedral, a book by Jocelyn Brooke (1950). It's an autobiographical novel concerning that part of Kent, the Goose Cathedral being his name for the local lifeboat station up the road and long demolished. Brooke wrote many books about the Folkestone area and the countryside around it and was stationed at the army camp up the road from the "Fountain." Brooke was fond of a drink and used the "Fountain." The book is part of The Orchid Trilogy, which has a cult following among connoisseurs of 20th century British fiction.

 

South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 26 April 1864.

Coroner's inquest.

On Friday an inquest was held at the "Fountain Inn," Seabrook, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., coroner, on the body of an infant which had been found in the clothes box of a servant of Lord Radstock, No. 1, Marine Villas. The cook, who has been in Lord Radstock's service about 5 months, had been taken into custody on a charge of concealment of birth. The child, it appears, was born on Monday, and found on Wednesday. The unfortunate mother's statement is that the child was born while she was in a fainting fit, and that when she recovered consciousness the child was dead. Mr. William Howard, surgeon, of Sandgate, who was called in to attend the female and age the child, stated that he could not positively assert that the infant was born alive, although he believed such to have been the case.

A verdict of "Found dead" was returned.

 

Kentish Gazette 15 June 1869.

HYTHE. Inquest.

An inquest was held at the "Fountain Inn," Seabrook, on Friday last, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of a child named Elizabeth Young two years and a half old, whose parents reside at Sea-brook Terrace. From the evidence adduced at the inquest it appeared that on the previous Wednesday, the child’s mother was at home washing. About 4 o’clock in the afternoon, she missed the child, and, on looking where she had got to, found the body of the child in a small iron water tank at the side of the house with only six inches of water in it. Its legs were hanging out of the tank, and the child’s head was underneath the water. The poor child had evidently been amusing herself by playing with the water, and had so overbalanced herself, that she was suffocated. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally Drowned.”

 

Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 20 March 1871.

Sandgate.

An aged woman, named Ann Page, committed suicide by jumping into the canal, on Friday, 10th. At the inquest, held on Monday, at the "Fountain Inn," Seabrook, before Walter Furley, Esq. a verdict of "Temporary Insanity" was returned.

 

From the Dover Express, 1888.

HYTHE

The "Fountain Inn" is to be pulled down and a new Hotel built on the site for Messers Leney & Co. The Architect is Mr Fry, of Dover. The Tender of Mr. Brooks, Folkestone, has been accepted, the amount being 1,490."

 

From the Folkestone Herald, Saturday, 5 April, 1913.

THE LICENSE REFERRAL

An adjourned sitting of the Elham Licensing Sessions was held at Seabrook Court on Thursday, the Magistrates being Mr. F. E. Burke (in the chair), Mr. A. M. Curteis, Mr. A. S. Jones, Mr. R. J. Linton, Alderman, J. E. Quested, and Mr. W. G. Tester. The court was crowded with license holders and others.

Mr. James Tunbridge, of the “Fountain Hotel,” Seabrook, applied, on behalf of another, for an occasional licence for the Folkestone Races on the 11th inst. – Granted.

 

From the Dover Express, 16 July 2015.

Pub hosts a charity fun day special.

THE Fountain Pub, 171 Seabrook Road, Hythe is holding a charity fun day on July 25.

Entry for the all day event is free and guests can enjoy entertainment, bouncy castle, face painting, and the All-Star Blues Brothers while they soak up the sun with drinks and a barbecue.

 

LICENSEE LIST

NORWOOD John 1851+ (age 84 in 1851Census)

NORWOOD Henry 1861-74+ (also gardener age 49 in 1861Census)

STEDMAN Edward Martin 1881-91+ (age 44 in 1881Census)

AMES William 1903+ Kelly's 1903

TUNBRIDGE James 1911-13+ (age 61 in 1911Census)

HURREL Charles Reginald 1918-26+

MITCHELL George A 1939+ (age 48 in 1939)

WELLS Bombardier Billy Wells (the boxing champ) 1950s

WHITE Wally 1956+

BARNES Brian 1984-2010

FAULDS Debi Sally 2010-Nov/2017

???? Chris & Vince Dec/2017+

https://pubwiki.co.uk/Fountain.shtml

 

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

CensusCensus

 

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