4 George Lane
Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.
George Inn sign 1980s.
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
I have only recently added Folkestone to this site. The information
gathered so far is from "Old Folkestone Pubs" by C H Bishop M.A. Ph.D. and
Kevan of http://deadpubs.co.uk/
Any further information or indeed photographs would be appreciated.
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This page is still to be updated.
From the Archives as Kew. Ref:- HO. 47/52/34. March 1813.
A report of
a John Heath on behalf of William Wellard a Victualler of Folkestone,
convicted (with David Puttie the younger) at the Maidstone Lent Assize
held March 1813 of receiving, harbouring and maintaining 3 French
prisoners between 6th and 8th July 1813 in order to assist their escape
from parole in Thame, Oxfordshire.
It said that Wellard was unaware that they were on his premises
before the 8th July as they had been hidden there by David Puttie, his
landlords son in law.
He was of previously good character and the loss of earnings had
brought his wife and 4 children into distress.
Initial sentence 2 yrs in prison-----recommendation- No Mercy."
The above was kindly sent to me from Sheila Pierson, who follows
up saying below:-
I expect that you saw the mistake in the above, and no! it was not
me!! which makes a change.
The message really did say it was Lent Assizes but also that the
Deed was done in July -- we haven't found out which of the dates are
wrong so will have to really check 3 years for anything, but I did find
that it was an interesting piece. Haven't been able to get to the
Cathedral yet, time slips by so quickly.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 25 May, 1844. Price 5d.
ANCIENT ORDER OF FORESTERS
On Thursday evening last, the C.R. (Brother H. Hale) and Officers of
Court, Kent, No. 1638, (held at the "White
Hart Inn," Russell Street, Dover,) assisted by two P.C.Rs, from
London, and accompanied by about 50 Brethren and a band of music,
proceeded by railway, at half-past 6 o'clock to open a new Court at
Folkestone. On their arrival at the station at that place the procession
was formed, and they then paraded the town in regular order, and
afterwards retired to the "George Inn," George Street, to open Court No.
1732, when eight respectable persons were initiated into the mystic
rites and ceremonies of this ancient and honourable order. The officers
were then installed in their various positions, Brother E. Tearle being
appointed C.R. P.C.R. James Hale, of CourtNo. 1580, London, gave a brief
history of the rise and progress of Forestry, and called on all to unite
in promoting the interests of the order. After the business had been
disposed of in due form, the company enjoyed a most convivial evening.
Various toasts were given, (the healths of the new Brothers, &c) and
were duly disposed of. Several excellent songs were sung; and,
altogether, the evening passed off in a quiet and respectable manner,
each member feeling himself gratified with the whole proceedings.
The Brethren returned to Dover by the half-past Twelve o'clock Mail
The peculiar advantages of the Ancient Order of Foresters, arising
from the liberal aid afforded to its members in the hour of afflictive
dispensation, (as well as from the support derived by the widows of
deceased brothers,) may, it would seem, when compared with those of
similar institutions, be allowed to bear away the palm of superiority.
That the Order is flourishing ample proof could be furnished - the
simple statement, however, that upwards of 90 Courts have been formed
since the opening of the one in Dover (a period of about 12 months)
sufficiently attests the fact; and directing, as it does, its efforts
towards the amelioration of the "various forms of human woe" by a mutual
helping sympathy, and the promotion of social and hospitable
intercourse, its increasing prosperity may be anticipated with some
degree of confidence.
From the Folkestone Observer 28
September, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
SELLING BEER ON UNLICENSED PREMISES
Saturday September 21st: Before The Mayor and W. F. Browell, Esq.
Thomas Wilson, landlord of the "George Inn" appeared on summons
charging him with selling one pint of beer on the morning of Sunday,
September 15th, on premises not licensed for the sale. An application
for postponement of the hearing was granted, on defendant paying 8s
costs of the day, and 2s for attendance of witnesses.
Tuesday September 24th:- Before the Mayor, W.F. Browell, J. Tolputt,
W. Major, W. Bateman esqs., and Capt. Kennicott, R.N.
OFFENCE AGAINST THE ALE HOUSE ACT
Thomas Wilson, of the "George Inn," appeared again today on the summons
for selling a pint of beer on a Sunday morning on unlicensed premises.
Mr. Minter appeared for defendant.
Stephen Smith deposed that he was a coachman living on The Bayle. He
knew the defendant through his master renting a stall in a livery stable
called the Albion Mews. On Sunday, the 15th day of September, at a few
minutes past 11 o'clock in the morning, several men were in the harness
room of the Albion Mews drinking beer. There was a two or three gallon
bottle of beer, out of which three or four pints of beer were drawn
whilst he (witness) was present, by William Wilson, the son of the
defendant. One pint of the beer witness paid for. It was 2d. He paid the
price to William Wilson. He put the money on the corn bin, and Wilson
took it up. Shortly afterwards witness left. He was not asked for the
money, but he paid for the beer because it was his turn to pay. Beer had
been sold at the stables every day since he had been in Folkestone. He
had frequently seen the defendant's son bring the beer to the premises
in a large stone bottle. The defendant was not on the premises on the
Sunday in question.
Cross-examined by Mr. Minter: He did not know the beer was brought there
on Saturday. He did not go with a policeman to the Mews; but the
policeman was present when the beer was served to him. He had a
communication with the policeman about beer being sold on the premises,
and it was in consequence of that that the policeman went to the stable.
It might have been a trap to get Mr. Wilson fined. A coachman named
Stock asked him to drink. Some time ago witness owed Mr. Wilson 24s.,
and when he paid him, Mr. Wilson made him a present of a sovereign. The
last month's rent was the only rent he ever paid for the stables. Mr.
Wilson refused to allow him the usual commission. He did not make any
threat. He did not say to Mr. Wilson “I'll be even with you; I'll pay
you out”; nor anything approaching it. The policeman was present when he
paid the 2d. He paid the money in the harness room, on the corn bin. He
could not say what William Wilson did with the money when he took it up.
He declined to say what his motive was in laying the information.
P.C. Jones said he was on duty at 10 minutes past eleven o'clock on
Sunday morning, the 15th instant, and went into the Albion Mews stable
yard, occupied by Mr. Wilson, of the "George Inn." There were several
servants in the yard. He saw one step up to young Mr. Wilson, and say
“Here is the money for that pint I had”. Parties were drinking, and when
the pint was empty, Stephen Smith said “Fill it again”. He said it so
that young Mr. Wilson could hear him. When Mr. Wilson had filled the
pint, Smith laid 2d down on the corn chest, and Mr. Wilson picked it up.
Witness was then standing just opposite the door of the harness room.
Mr. Wilson placed the money in his pocket.
By the court – He did not know whether young Mr. Wilson was servant to
Cross-examined by Mr. Minter – He did not hear anyone say “There is
nothing to pay. This is paid for”. He was not asked by Smith to go up
there. He received instructions on Saturday night to go there. He did
not notice a girl in the harness room. He would swear that no little
child took the money off the corn bin from the time that Smith laid it
down until Mr. Wilson took it up. The Albion Mews are about five
minutes' walk from the "George Inn." The stables were, he believed,
stables for any person to keep horses on livery. The persons who were
there were strangers to him, but they looked like servants.
By the Court – When Smith offered the 2d., witness was in a position to
hear what passed, and he did not think it was very well possible that if
Smith was told there was nothing to pay he (witness) should not hear.
Mr. Minter then addressed the Bench for defendant, urging that there was
no proof that William Wilson was the son of defendant, or was acting as
his servant. It could not be said that if a person let out stables to
twenty or thirty gentlemen, and the servants of those gentlemen choose
to go and get beer and drink beer, that the owner of those stables
should be liable in penalties. There was nothing to show that Mr. Wilson
was aware that beer was on those premises, or was being sold. Before
going into any evidence he submitted that in point of law there was no
proof that Thomas Wilson permitted or suffered beer to be sold. There
was also an absence of proof that there was any valuable consideration.
The most that evidence showed was that 2d. had been paid to the son, but
it had not been proved that that went to the father. It might have been
proved by calling the son. It must also be proved that the beer belonged
to the defendant.
After consultation the Mayor said that under all circumstances the
magistrates would give the defendant the benefit of the doubt as to
whether William Wilson was his son or not, and would dismiss the charge.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 16 June, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Saturday June 7th:- Before James Tolputt and A.M. Leith, Esqs.
Temporary authority was given to William Wilson to sell excisable
liquor at the George I.
KENNETT Mr Mentioned 1525+
WALTERS Richard c1700+
LADD Neat c1765-82
PILCHER John 1782-1807
PILCHER James 1807-11
WELLARD William 1811-20
HUTCHINS/HITCHINGS Robert 1820-25
KIMBER James 1825-43 (
FOORD Thomas 1843-46
PAY William 1846-52
BOULT William 1852-Dec/55
WILSON Thomas Dec 1855
DULLEN William 1855-58
WILSON Thomas 1858-June/62
WILSON William June/1862-68
KEMP George 1868-71
ARGER Alfred 1871-72
HARRIS Thomas 1872-73
QUINT George 1873-88
RUSSELL Charles 1888-1904
TAYLOR Frederick D G 1904-27
THOMPSON Harryy 1927-38
THOMPSON Harry Augustus 1938-41
THOMPSON Eugenie 1941-42
LINKINS Harry 1942-48
GOUGE Dennis 1948-53
ROUX Aubrey 1953-55
HOLLANDS Leonard 1955-62
HOLLANDS Kate 1962-63
GARD Reginald 1963-66
CHAPMAN Dennis 1966-86
TOFTS Brian 1986-88
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
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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 1891
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney
From the Folkestone Chronicle