144 Canterbury Road
Photos above and below shows the Hope Inn 1935. Kindly sent by Lynne Burlingham.
Above photo of the Hope Inn at Lydden by kind
permission of Dover Library. Date unknown.
Hope Inn, date unknown. Picture taken from a postcard by kind permission
Above two photographs show military manoeuvres outside the Hope Inn in
the late 1930's. By kind permission of Dover Library.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 16 September, 1887. 1d.
Mr. Golder, of the “Hope Inn,” Lydden, applied for an extension of one
hour on Saturday, 17th inst., on this occasion of a harvest supper at
The Magistrates granted an extension of one hour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5
FATAL ACCIDENT AT LYDDEN
On Tuesday a miller's son named Boughton, about 16 years of age, of
Barham, was sent by his father with a trace horse to meet a returning
waggon from Dover to assist in going up Lydden Hill. The youth was
sitting sideways on the horse and also leading a dog by a string. A
gentleman came up the road with two dogs, and when they met the lad's
dog ran under the horse's heels and the animal taking fright galloped
off, throwing the lad and entangling him in the trace. he was dragged in
that way nearly half a mile. When the horse was stopped he was found
dead and very badly knocked about. An inquest was held on Wednesday
afternoon at Mr. Golders, "Hope Inn," when a verdict of "Accidental
Death" was returned.
From an email sent 4 October 2009
I have just come across the website for the Hope Inn, Lydden and was amazed to find
photos there that I recognized, especially that of my grandparents Tom
and Ethel Solley. They were indeed licensees of the Hope Inn (I think
from about 1926). I am not sure about the couple with them - it could be
relatives, although I do not recognise them - or friends or customers.
also have another two photos of the military manoeuvres. These I believe
to have been taken by my late father Bill Solley, who was a keen
After my parents died in the late 1990s, I inherited their
collection of family photos and negatives. These include more photos of
the Hope Inn with other relatives, friends, neighbours and regular
customers. Again I can identify a few people, but the majority are
I also inherited a cast iron table which came from the Hope. My
parents used it in their garden and it has been used in our garden,
although it now resides in our garden shed!
Tom Solley (Thomas Walter) was born in 1882, at Potts Farm,
Ash-next-Sandwich, son of William and Charlotte Solley. He was one of
the youngest children in a large family of brothers and sisters (William
and Charlotte later became Custodians of Richborough Castle and lived in
an ex-army hut on the site).
Tom married Ethel May Sidders (born
Canterbury 1889) in December 1913. He seems to have been a bit of a
During the First World War he was a Grocer in Bench
Street, Dover. At some point he also worked for the man who later became
Lord Brabazon at his home in Sandwich (apparently my father used to wear
his childrens hand-me-downs when he was little). He also worked at
Watersend, probably before taking over the Hope. I think they lived in a
cottage there and Dad went to Temple Ewell school (I have several school
photos), before going on to Dover County School for Boys in about 1925.
After Tom and Ethel left the Hope Inn, they moved to Heckfield near
Reading to be closer to my parents. They married at St Mary's, Lydden in
April 1938 and went to live in Woodley just outside Reading, where Dad
worked for Miles Aircraft.
Mum's maiden name was Marjorie Vaughan and
she lived at Rosemount, Canterbury Road, Lydden. Towards the end of the
War, Tom and Ethel moved back to Eastry (2 Model Cottages), where Tom
died in April 1945. Ethel remained there for some years and ran a small
sweet/cake shop from a lean-to beside the cottage, before moving to
Ramsgate for a few years and then to Coopers Houses, Lower Chantry Lane,
Canterbury. She died in 1975.
Above 2 photos kindly submitted by Lynne Burlingham, showing more
military manoeuvres circa 1930.
Above, Hope Inn, in snow, date unknown, kindly sent by Lynne Burlingham.
Above, Hope Inn, in snow, date unknown, kindly sent by Lynne Burlingham.
Centre couple are licensees Thomas and Ethel Solley outside the Hope Inn, Lydden, 1930's.
Kind permission Dover Library.
Above photo kindly submitted by Lynne Burlingham who says:- "photo shows my
father Thomas William James Solley (Bill) outside the "Hope Inn." The two with
him may be friends from the village or relations. The other boy could be
Herbert Charles (Bert) Young, Dad's friend from the County School, also his
Best Man and my Godfather.
Also from Lynn Burlingham:-
The woman in the photo holding a toddler and standing beside Ethel Solley outside
the Hope, Lynn thought it might possibly be Beatrice Parry with her son Keith,
but her cousin says it's definitely them, so they remain anonymous.
Incidentally, Beatrice was the
daughter of Tom Solley's older sister Pauline Selina Solley and her husband
Another from Lynn Burlingham:-
The photo Hope Group - left, Bill Solley holding Spot (Tom and Ethel's dog),
my mother Madge, unknown man, Ethel Solley at the back and four other unknowns.
Above photo and next 3 below sent by Lynne Burlingham showing Hope Inn
regulars circa 1930
Outside the side entrance of the Hope Inn circa 1930.
Hope Inn circa 1930. If anyone can name these people, please contact me at
the email address at bottom of this screen.
Hope Inn regulars, circa 1930.
Hope Inn regulars again, circa 1930s. Kindly sent by Lynne Burlingham.
Above, Hope Inn from hill, June 1930, kindly sent by Lynne Burlingham.
Above, Hope Inn from hill, June 1930, kindly sent by Lynne Burlingham.
Above photo again kindly sent by Lynn Burlingham circa 1951, who says:- "I am
the small child who obviously didn't want her photo taken! I would probably
have been about 4 then or at most 5, on one of our summer visits to Kent. Mum
(Madge Solley nee Vaughan) is in the centre.
Above shows close-up of Inn Sign as depicted on one of the Whitbread Inn
Sign cards circa 1952. Fourth series - No.14 in Series. Design by Harvey James,
and right, in 1970.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 10
ANNUAL LICENSING REPORT
Mr. Bracher made an application on behalf of the "Hope Inn," Lydden, the licensee,
Harry Hubbard stating that there was a persistent demand for spirits,
especially for people coming off the cross-Channel boats. He produced a
petition signed by 70 people and the acknowledgement of the formal notice by
the Chairman of the Parish Council, who had written that he thought that
there should be a full license for the house as some people wanted to get
spirits as medicine.- Approved, subject to an additional monopoly value of
From the East Kent Mercury, 15 February 15, 1990.
PUMPS MIGHTIER THAN WORD FOR GEORGE.
Journalist and public relations man George Pepper has gone back to his
He and his wife Ann have taken over The "Hope" public house, at Lydden, and
plan to return the historic hostelry to its former glory.
George's father was licensee of The "Rose Inn," West Langdon, and then at The
"Royal George" - now named The "High and Dry" - at Waldershare.
So, from boyhood George has had experience of pub life.
George was educated at St Ethelburga's in Queen Street, Deal, and he worked
on the Dover Express for nearly 30 years. He was editor from 1964 to 1987.
For the last two years he was an account executive with Plus PR the Ashford
public relations company.
Ann Pepper is the cook at The "Hope" and she is delighting customers with
finely flavoured and distinctive dishes. [...]
The pub is fast becoming a popular lunchtime rendezvous for businessmen and
for those who enjoy eating out in the evening.
The above picture was taken off the Lydden calendar 2001, so I would
assume it was taken in 2000.
Above shows an advert that appeared in the Dover Express 1 November 2007.
Three photos above taken by Paul Skelton, 7 June 2008.
New signs painted by Scott Perry October 2010.
Originally a Provisions Shop and can be dated back to 1847. In 1914 the
licensee was also listed as a grocer and I would assume that it was around
about that time when the licence was granted allowing the the sale of wines
From the Dover Express, 4 June, 2009
NEW LANDLORDS ARE FULL OF IDEAS TO REJUVENATE VILLAGE
New life: From left, Cassie and Steve Samme with head chef Chris
A MARRIED couple have staked their financial future on a village pub.
Steve Samme, 35, and wife Cassie, 21, moved from Chesham,
Buckinghamshire, with their children after taking on an indefinite lease
at the Hope Inn in Lydden.
The pair were recently made redundant from brewer Marston's and admit
going it alone when pubs are being hit hard by recession, taxes and the
smoking ban is a gamble.
Former relief pub manager Mr Samme said: "I've been in and out of the
pub trade and catering for years. I'm a chef by trade so I have not gone
into this blindly.
"It's going to be difficult. We have managed to negotiate with our
brewery to reduce the prices on beer. For example a pint of Guinness was
£3.20, that's now £2.95."
The couple hired a firm to scout for pubs and were impressed by the
Mr. Samme said: "The pub has a lot of potential. It had a massive
refurb in February and we have also had a bit of a cleanup. We have
brought back the skittles team, the darts team and pool team. We are
looking at having car boot sales on Saturday mornings.
"We know it won't survive on drinks alone. Because of its village
location we realise food is important, which is why I want to bring my
experience as a chef to bear."
From the Dover Express, 21 January, 2010
PUB'S NEW OWNER IS HOPEFUL OF SUCCESS
Smells like community spirit: New owner of the Hope Inn, Elaine
Smetham, pictured here with son Luke, is grateful for the support of the
Elaine 'fell in love' with the inn
THE Lydden community has thrown its support behind a local pub,
according to the new owner.
Elaine Smetham, of the "Hope Inn," has been bowled over by the help from
local residents since buying the business.
She believes this is because people desperately want it to do well
following a series of different owners in recent times.
While the mother-of-three was putting things in place with son Luke,
locals lent a hand decorating and prepping the bar and restaurant.
Elaine, 48, Said: "The people around here are very friendly. Everybody
in the village is behind us and wants the pub
to survive. It's had quite a few different owners in the past, and it's
fair to say it had fallen into quite a state when we took it over."
Elaine has worked in the trade since she was 13 and says owning her own
pub fulfils a lifelong ambition.
She moved from Bedford after "falling in love" with the Hope Inn.
She said: "It's only in the last 12 months that I've had the
funds to do something like this. Before this, I was working for three
years with a friend doing mass catering at weddings and sales work.
always wanted a country pub and my partner suggested the "Hope Inn." I
fell in love with it and visualised what I could do with it."
Elaine says she has been working 18 hour days to get things up to speed.
She said: "People talk about the recession and it being a bad time for
pubs, but I'm actually in favour of the smoking ban, and I know through
hard work that this place can be a real success."
Elaine has introduced
a senior citizens' menu, and regular jam and salsa nights.
From the Dover Mercury, 24 June 2010.
FOUR HOMES BID AT FORMER PUB SITE
FOUR houses are planned at The Hope Inn, Canterbury Road, Lydden.
Applications have been submitted for the demolition of part of the
single-storey section of the existing building and the construction of
two three-bedroom and two four-bedroom houses on the land north-east of
the car park.
From the Dover Express, 2 September, 2010
VILLAGE LANDLADY'S FIGHT TO HALT DEVELOPMENT
Above shows Hope Inn landlady Elaine Smetham and Lydden villagers
appealing against plans to demolish part of the pub.
House-build plans raise fears for pub.
Report by Kathy Bailes
RESIDENTS in Lydden are on a mission to save their village pub,
fearing development on part of the grounds will mean its closure.
month Dover council granted permission for four houses, access and car
parking changes to be built on land at the rear of the Hope Inn. But the
proposal by land owner Martin Richards will entail part of the pub being
demolished, car parking spaces cut from 30 to 12, and loss of garden
space and the popular skittles alley.
Furious landlady Elaine Smetham
says she has ploughed £15,000 into the business since taking it over in
January and had hoped to extend her tenancy for another three years when
it ends in November, but now fears the proposal will shut her down.
mum-of-three, 49, said:
"It will mean knocking my pub down. The plans are to knock down the side
extension but this is not a residential extension, it is
business. It means the bar, pool table, darts and toilets will go. My
28-seat restaurant will also be affected.
"This was a failing business
last year but now it is on the up. It has grown. It is not
just a pub, I have the restaurant, camping, and bed and breakfast. And I
employ three local people. If my pub is knocked down it will be the end
of all that."
The planning permission
was granted at a Dover District Council meeting on August 19 despite
objections from Lydden Parish Council and a number of villagers who
attended the committee hearing.
In a report to councillors, planning officer Sarah Platts acknowledged
the scheme proposes "demolition of the single-storey pub building," but
added "none of the matters raised are considered to override the
conclusion that permission may be granted."
Parish councillor Ben King
said: "The Hope Inn is our only village amenity.
"If the single-storey
extension is demolished I don't see how the pub can remain viable."
confirmed the parish council is to appeal against the decision.
Bryan Merry, 37, is one of those opposed to the development. The Kent
Top Travel bus driver said: "It is important to us to keep the Hope Inn
as it is. It is the only place in Lydden where people can meet, there
are no village shops and the village hall has no real facilities. This
is the hub of the community."
Elaine and villagers are due to meet with
Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke tomorrow to discuss fighting the
Unfortunately closed early in 2011. Now boarded up.
Above photo kindly taken by Stuart Kinnon, 10 May 2011.
Closed Hope taken by Tony Wells, 23 May 2011
Above, also by Tony Wells showing the skittle alley at rear.
Information just received, November 2011 says:- Planning application
10/00488: Erection of four dwellings and construction of vehicular access on
pub land has been granted.
Looks like demolition has started, photo by Ray Newson 21 October 2013.
And below on 3 November 2013.
GOULDER Charles dec'd to Nov/1882
GOULDER Edward Nov/1882-Nov/96 dec'd
GOULDER Rosetta (widow) Nov/1896-Mar/1902
MARSHALL Mr Frank Mar/1902+
JENNINGS Mr P to Oct/1904
BARDEN Mr S Oct/1904+
PARKS Percy Alfred 1905-June/09
WEBB Mr June/1909+
TUCKER D J D to July/1911
TUCKER Mr F July/1911-14
SOLLEY Mr Tom W 1926ish-Sept/1940
HUBBARD Harry Sept/1940-50
ORME Andre 1970-82 dec'd
ORME Lesley 1982+ Whitbread
PEPPER George Jun 1990+ (father was at "Rose,"
KNELL Roy Peter Mar/1996-Oct/2006
SPARKS Glenn 2008-Jun/09
SAMME Steve Jun/2009-Nov/09
SMETHAM Elaine 29/Nov/2009+
From the Post Office Directory 1914
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express