PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1810


Latest 1906

63 Fenchurch Street Post Office Directory 1874

Francis Street Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1840



Originally titled the "Hope and Anchor" the name changed in 1810.

As shown below the house was put up for auction half way through 1860 while under the rule of Sarah Ellis, but she obviously remained at the house after this date as she remained there till 1865.

The house was eventually closed on Christmas Eve 1906 and continued as a private house till the majority of Fenchurch Street accept the "George III Inn" was demolished as a slum clearance of 1937.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 21 July, 1860. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Extract from an advertisement for an auction to be held at The "Rose Inn" on 31st July, 1860:-

Lot 4. A Freehold and Free Public House, situate in Little Fancy Street, in the tenure of Mrs. Sarah Ellis.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 9 November, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Business: To make an order as to removal of urinal and nuisance in front of "Hope Tavern," Fancy Street.

The question of the removal of a urinal in Fancy Street was settled by the surveyor reporting that it had been removed.

But Mr. Boorn moved, seconded by Mr. John Banks, that the corner be bricked up, at the expense of the town. Carried by 11 votes.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 25 October, 1871. Price 1d.


Patrick Brady, a gunner in the Royal Artillery, aged 35 years, was charged with stealing a ring, valued at 35s., the property of George Baker, at the South-Easter Railway Terminus, on Monday evening last.

George Baker deposed: I am the landlord of the “Hope Inn” at Folkestone. Last Monday evening I was going to Folkestone by the 7 o'clock train. I was in a third-class carriage, and just as the train was about to start the prisoner came up and shook hands with me, and took the ring off my finger. The prisoner does not know me, nor I him. I have not met him before. This is the ring produced. It is worth 30s., but I would not take £10 for it. I followed him along the platform.

Major Crookes: Was he running?

Witness: Yes, sir. The train was on the start, and I was told to get in, which I did. I saw the ring yesterday morning in the possession of the detective.

Major Crookes: Where did the prisoner shake hands with you?

Witness: I was leaning out of the carriage.

Mr. Mowll: Then I suppose that, instead of shaking hands, he took hold of your hand and wrung the ring off?

Witness: Yes, sir.

Major Crookes: Your hand was hanging out of the window, and was visible to everybody on the platform?

Witness: Yes, sir.

Major Crookes: Did he say anything?

Witness: yes, sir. He said, “Helloa, old chum,” or something to that effect.

Major Crookes: As soon as you lost it you jumped out of the carriage?

Witness: Yes, sir.

Charles Hemmings deposed: I am a detective police-constable. About 7 p.m. on the 16th inst., I was on duty at the South-Eastern Railway Station, and just a minute or two before the train started, I saw the prisoner running down the platform, and the prosecutor followed him. I heard the prosecutor say, “He has got my ring.” I stopped the prisoner and asked him what he was running for, and he said he did not know. Prosecutor ran back and got in the carriage just as the train was starting. A few minutes after, I saw the ring in the possession of police-constable Davis, one of the company's men. From information I received from the prosecutor yesterday morning, I apprehended the prisoner at the Hospital at the Dover Castle, and charged him with stealing the ring. In answer to the charge, he said he knew nothing about it, and had not taken the ring. I then took him to the police station, and on the charge being read over to him there, he made the same reply.

Morris Davis, one of the constable's constables, corroborated the evidence of the previous witnesses and added – About 10 minutes after the train had started, I found the ring produced, about 20 yards from the place where Hemmings had stopped the prisoner.

Major Crookes: Was he running towards the “Lord Warden Hotel?”

Witness: No, sir; towards the bookstall. I took the ring to the lost property office, where it was claimed by Hemmings. I delivered it myself.

Prisoner, in answer to the clerk, said he was guilty of the charge.

An officer in attendance gave the prisoner a very good character, and stated that he had been in the service two years and six months.

The Bench told the prisoner, that in consequence of the good character given him by the officer, the sentence would be but six weeks' imprisonment with hard labour in the Dover Gaol.

The ring was then returned.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 10 March 1906.

The Hope Inn.

The Chief Constable said the Hope Inn was situated in Fenchurch Street, and the present licensee was Harry Boorman, who obtained a transfer of the licence on 21st May last year. The registered owners were Messrs. Ash and Co., Canterbury. The rateable value was £17 10s. The house had two entrances. The accommodation for the public consisted of a bar in the front and a tap room behind, with a serving window in the passage. The landlord's living room was in the basement, and approached by a dark flight of stair behind the bar. The licence had been transferred six times in six years. Within a radius of 100 yards there were 16 other on licensed houses; within a radius of 150 yards 27; and within a radius of 200 yards there were 35. He particularly drew the attention of the Bench to the rateable value and the number of transfers. The trade was small, and, in his opinion, the licence was unnecessary.

Cross-examined by Mr. Mercer (representing the owners): He had had no complaint against the tenant.

Mr. Mercer: The landlord says he does not reside in the basement?

The Chief Constable: The last tenant did when I was there. I withdraw that part so far as the landlord is concerned.

Mr. Mercer: Do you object to a house being licensed because it is not highly assessed?

The Chief Constable: No.

Mr. Mercer: You are jealous, Superintendent. (Laughter)

The Chief Constable: No. I am not.

Mr. Mercer said in this case they did a good trade. The sale was 155 barrels of beer and 54 gallons of spirits. That was the average for seven years. They had a good tenant and the house was well conducted. There were no other houses particularly close. With reference to the matter referred to by the Chief Constable, the owners would be willing to undertake any structural repairs that the Bench suggested.

The case was referred to Quarter Sessions.



SMITH Mary circa 1822-46 More Tales from the Tap Room by Easdown and RooneyPigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840

ELLIS Sarah 1846-65 More Tales from the Tap Room by Easdown and RooneyBagshaw's Directory 1847 (Fancy Street)

DIXIE James 1865-68 Bastions

AYLIFFE Mr 1868-69 Bastions

FRENCH John 1869-71 Bastions

BARKER George 1871-73 Bastions

BOORN William 1873-80 BastionsPost Office Directory 1874

KNIGHT Edward 1880-86 Bastions

DRAYNOR Joseph 1886-87 Bastions

HUNT Frederick 1886-87 Bastions

WRATTEN William 1887 Bastions

DONALDSON Robert 1887-90 Bastions

DONALDSON Elizabeth 1890 Bastions

FRYER Absalom 1890-91 Bastions

COUGHLAN John 1891-1900 Bastions

HART Frederick 1900-01 Bastions

HERITAGE William 1901-02 Bastions

FINN Frederick 1902 Bastions

SMITH Stephen 1902-04 Bastions

BURVILL Alfred 1904-05 Bastions

BOORMAN Harry 1905-06 Bastions


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney

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