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Earliest 1783-

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Guilford Arms

Latest 1841-

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Guildford Arms Inn letterhead

Above picture, kindly sent by Kathleen Hollingsby, showing the letterhead on top of a ledger, circa 1800.


The information I have received here is from Kathleen Hollingsbee who gained her information from a bill head dated circa 1800. Further research has shown it to be operating in 1783 perhaps under the name of the "Waldershare Arms."


Kentish Gazette, 11 October, 1783.

Waldershare Inn.

John Pain, having taken the above Inn, from his father, Richard Pain, hopes to receive the kind encouragement of his father's friends, and the public in general, which he will do his utmost endeavours to merit for the greatest Civility and diligence in his business, and providing the very best provisions and Liquors for the entertainment of his company.

Dennis, Wines, and only necessary Accommodation, will be provided by him for ladies and gentlemen who please to do him the honour of their company, to visit the celebrated Seat off the Right Honourable the Earl of Guilford.

Richard Pain begs leave to return grateful thanks to his numerous Friends, for their kind favours during his many years Residence at the above Inn; and hopes that they, as well as the public in general, will please to continue that kind Indulgence to his Son.


Kentish Chronicles, 25 May, 1794.

On Monday last a meeting was held at the "Guildford Arms," Waldershare, when a considerable number of gentlemen attending for the purpose of raising a Troop of Cavalry on the Cinque Port establishment, to be commanded by J. M. Poynter Esq.

The business was opened by that gentleman we great propriety, and every thing relative to it explain so much to the satisfaction of all present, that 46 most respectable names were immediately enrolled; a corps of fine young men, such as, if equalled, will not be exceeded by any other County. The day was spent with great conviviality; many loyal and constitutional oaths were drank, and the sentiment of the whole company were strongly expressive in the utility and importance of the undertaking.


Kentish Gazette 30 September 1794.

J. Pain, at the "Guilford Arms Inn," Waldershare, situated near that celebrated and much-admired seat of the Right Hon. the Earl of Guilford, being under the necessity of leaving the above Inn at Michaelmas next, begs leave to return his sincere thanks to his friends and the public in general for the many favours they have conferred on him since he has made a Tea Garden and fitted up his House for the reception of reputable and genteel company.

He further acquaints the public, that there will be a sale by Auction, at the above Inn, on Monday the 6th day of October next; consisting of part of the Household Furniture, and a variety of other articles in the public line.

The sale to begin at ten o'clock and continue till all is sold.

Waldershare, Sept. 29, 1794.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 14 November 1794.


Takes a pleasure in acquainting his friends, and the public at large, that the above Inn is again open for their accommodation; and having stored a large quantity of the choicest Wines, and other Liquors, flatters himself, by attention and civility, to merit their warmest patronage and support.

Waldershare, Nov. 14, 1794.



c1800 Thomas Hutchins . "Guildford Arms Inn," Waldershare.

Thomas Hutchins married Anne Beal. They married 1803 Sept. 22nd. Waldershare.


Kent Gazette Reports 9 August 1805.


Monday last, Mr. Thomas Hutchins, of the "Guildford Arms Inn," Waldershare.


Kent Gazette Reports 13 August 1805.

Guilford Arms, Inn, Waldershare.

Mrs. Ann Hutchins, widow, returns thanks to the nobility and gentry, who patronised her late husband; she begs leave to inform them, that she intends carrying on the business of the said Inn, and humbly solicits a continuance of their favours.

She will exert herself to merit the attentions with gratitude.

Waldershare, 11th Aug, 1805.


Kentish Gazette, 1 July, 1806.


ANN HUTCHINS begs leave to inform the public and her friends, that she purposes, having her house-warming at the above inn, on Thursday the 17th July next, and she most respectfully solicits them to participate. Dinner on table at three o'clock.

Tickets to be had at the different inns. Deposit 5s. each ticket.

Ramsgate - "King’s Head," "City of London."

Sandwich - "Bell," "Rose," "Flower de Luce."

Deal - "Three Kings," "Hoop and Griffin," "Walmer Castle."

Dover - "Ship," "Royal Oak," "York House," and "Guildford Arms," Waldershare.


Kentish Weekly Post 8 July 1806.

"Guildford Arms Inn," Waldershare. Ann Hutchins begs leave to inform the public, and her friends, that she proposes having her House Warming at the above Inn on Thursday July 24th next and she most respectfully solicits them to patronize. Dinner on the table at 3 o'clock. Tickets to be had at the different Inns. Deposit 5s. Each ticket.


Kentish Weekly Post 21 December 1813.

Married Dec. 15th at Waldershare. Mr. Rigglesford of London, to Mrs. Anne Hutchins, landlady of the "Guildford Arms."


From the Kentish Gazette, 19 July, 1814.

Guilford Arms Inn, Waldershare.

J. Rigglesford begs leave to inform his Friends and the Public that his House Warming is fixed for THURSDAY 28th of July, when the company of any Gentleman will be esteemed a favor. Tickets to be had at the above House, at 3s each, and at the following places: Mr. Makey’s, Eythorn; (sic) Mr. Purdon’s, Grocer, Market-place, Dover; and at Mr. J. Redman’s at the "Globe," Deal. An early application for tickets is requested.

N.B. Dinner on table at two o’clock.


Further information points to the premises now called the "High and Dry" and so would have been the "Royal George" before it changed name.

The Kentish Gazette reports that they held a fete their in the 23 August paper of 1808.



PAIN Richard to Oct/1783

PAIN John (son) Oct/1783Sept/1794

REDMAND Joshua Sept/1794+

HUTCHINGS Thomas 1800-Aug/05 dec'd

HUTCHINGS Ann (widow) Aug/1805+

RIGGLESFORD J (perhaps) 1814+


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