Above postcard kindly sent by Jean Winn showing the pub position to the
very left of the picture in 1907.
Photo kindly supplied by Jean Winn, who says the house centre-left is
now called "King William Cottage."
Traced as early as 1860, so far, but may be older. At that time it was
referred to as the "William the 4th" but later it seems it was known as the
"King William." I do not know when the change took place, or indeed whether
they are the same premises as 1860 shows reference to an auction of the
property along with 3 adjoining cottages.
From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Telegram, 18th January, 1860.
Auction by Mr. M. Langley on 2nd February.
All that very desirable freehold Public House called the William the
4th., in the Village of Ringwould, with 3 cottages adjoining & Outhouse
& Garden belonging to the P.H., which is doing a good Trade & is in the
occupation of Mrs. Redman, whose tenancy expires at Michaelmas next and
the cottages are in the occupation of Mr. Field and Mrs. George, Mercer & Edwards.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1 November, 1895.
INQUEST AT RINGWOULD
An inquest was held at the “King William Inn,” Ringwould, on Monday
afternoon, before the Coroner for Dover, Mr. S. Payn, on the body of a
man, name unknown, which was found in a ploughed field, at Ringwould, on
the previous Saturday.
Thos. Fittall stated that he was a farm bailiff at Ripple Court. About
four o’clock on Saturday afternoon, he was going across Little Sutton
Field, when he saw a man’s felt hat by the side of the hedge. Close to
the hat he saw a man lying face downwards, in a ploughed furrow, about
half a rod from the road, his face being buried in the mud. He was dead,
and his limbs were stiff. Witness proceeded to Ringwould to inform the
Police, and on his way he met Colonel Sladen’s son, who went for the
Mongeham Police. There were no marks on the ground. The ground was
flattened in the furrow where the deceased was lying as if he had
crawled. Witness had never seen him before.
Dr. Davey deposed to examining the body. There were no marks of violence
upon it. The body was fairly well nourished, but the stomach appeared
empty. Deceased was a fairly muscular man and appeared to be about 70
years of age. It was his opinion that the deceased died from exposure,
having had a fit of syncope.
Police Constable Adams, stationed at Ringwould, stated that he had
viewed the body lying at the barn, and recognised it as that of a man
whom he had seen on the previous Monday evening in the village at about
half-past six o’clock. He was not drunk, and walked all right, but he
appeared to be suffering from delirium tremens. He should say he was
from 60 to 65 years of age.
The Coroner briefly summed up the evidence, and the Jury returned a
verdict in accordance with the doctor’s opinion.
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
16 June, 1900.
A LITTLE DROP
At Whit Monday. At the Cinque Ports Police-court on Monday, before
Alderman Hayman and Cottew, George Monroe was charged with being drunk
and disorderly at Ringwould, on the 4th June.
Defendant pleaded guilty.
Police-Corpl. Love said that on the 4th June he was sent for by the
landlord of the "King William Inn," who had refused to serve prisoner
with drink and had ejected him. Witness found prisoner in Ringwould
Street, drunk, and using obscene language towards the landlord. he
persuaded him to go home, and, his house being close by, he put him
indoors and told him he should report him.
In reply to Ald. Hayman, witness said that defendant used obscene
language towards the landlord and his wife, because they would not serve
him with drink, and also towards witness. The man was mad drunk.
The Magistrates Clerk: Was he capable of walking off?
Witness: No; I put him in his house and he came out again, and I had
to put him in a second time.
Defendant said he was sorry it had occurred.
he met with an accident and was run over by a traction-engine some
time back and had been in hospital for three or four months. He had not
been drinking just lately, and he had a little drop on Whit Monday, and
it took effect on him. He had never been before the Court previously.
Defendant was fined 5s., and costs 7s. 6d., and advised to leave
drink alone in future, if it took such effect on him.
He was allowed a week for payment.
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
15 September, 1900.
Mr. Ash, of the "King William," Ringwould, was granted an hour's
extension on the 22nd, the occasion of a harvest supper.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8
ADJOURNED LICENSING SESSIONS
The adjourned licensing sessions were held at the Town Hall on Friday last
before Sir William Crundall ( in the Chair), Messrs. W. J. Barnes, H. F.
Edwin, C. J. Sellena, F. W. Prescott, H. Hobday, F. G. Wright, Edward
Chitty, C. E. Beaufoy, A. Clark, W. N. Atkins, W. J. Palmer and Dr. C. Wood.
Mr. J. H. Monins attended and objected to the renewal of the licence of
the "King William," Ringwould. He said that he served notice on the tenant,
Mr. Ash, and on Mr. Alfred Leney. He objected to the renewal on the grounds
of redundancy. There were three licensed houses in the village of Ringwould,
and the population was under 200.
Inspector Paramour, K.C.C. said that he had visited the premises. Its
annual rental was £19 15s, including two cottages let at £10 8s. The
rateable value was £15 gross. There were two small bars, a tap room, a
sitting-room and private bar combined, a kitchen and three bedrooms. There
was a small shop attached not now used. The landlord now worked as a cab
driver. Sixty yards distant was the "Five
Bells," and the "Lord Nelson"
was on the opposite side. The population of Ringwould was 200, and 130 were
By Mr. Leney: The house was well conducted, and had had a clean sheet for
the past twenty years.
Patricia Streater tells me that:- A "Ringwould and Kingsdown History and Guide"
booklet is undated but one article has 1982 next to that writer's name. In an
article headed "Ringwould Village" is the following sentence:- "the King William
became a private residence." There is no date as to when this took place.
From an email received 23 July 2012.
The Redman family at Ringwould are linked to my family history and in
researching them, I have found information that may help you with the
history of the "King William" at Ringwould between 1843 and 1861.
King William Cottage is stated in “Ringwould a small village in Kent”
edited by Jean Winn and published by Ringwould History Society as being
17th or early 18th Century in origin and once the "King William" Public
King William Cottage is located on land that included a shop, shed
and two cottages owned and occupied by William Redman in 1839, according
to the Tithe Map and apportionment. In the 1841 Census and on his death
certificate in 1844 the occupation of William Redman was stated to be a
carpenter. However, in his will dated 27th October 1843 William Redman
described himself as a publican.
In the 1851 Census, Susanna Redman, the widow of William Redman, was
recorded running a Beer House in Ringwould.
In Kellys Kent Directory for Ringwould with Kingsdown, dated 1855,
Mrs Susannah Redman was given as a beer retailer.
In Melville & Co Directory for Kent dated 1858, Richard Redman is
listed as a beer retailer at Ringwould, and a newspaper report in the
Kentish Gazette on 29/03/1859 describes him as the landlord of the of
the "King William" Public House. However Richard Redman was buried at
Ringwould on 25th September 1859 aged 58.
Susanna Redman died on 25th November 1859 aged 88 years, and under
the terms of her husband’s will the personal estate that she had
inherited from him for life was to be sold and the proceeds divided
between their children. The advertisement in the Kentish Gazette on
31/01/1860 put this into effect.
The Mrs Redman mentioned in the newspaper report in the Kentish
Gazette on 31/01/1860 was probably Eliza Redman the widow of Richard
In the 1861 Census Thomas Friend is listed as the victualler of the
"King William" at Ringwould. (His wife Mary was the daughter of William
and Susannah Redman.)
From the above it seems that William Redman probably ran a beer house
on the site in 1843. Upon his death in 1844 it seems likely that his
widow Susannah ran the beer house and that as she got older her son
Richard Redman took over sometime between 1855 and 1858. Upon the death
of Richard Redman in September 1859 his widow Eliza Redman probably then
ran the business until it was sold at auction in January in 1860. By the
1861 Census Thomas Friend was the victualler at the King William.
I hope you find this of interest.
SUTTON Stephen 1841+
REDMAN William 1839-43
dec'd (Carpenter and
REDMAN Mrs Suzannah 1851-58
REDMAN Richard 1858-Sept/59 dec'd
REDMAN Eliza Sept/1859-Jan/1860
FRIEND Thomas Jan/1860-Nov/70
MARSH John Atkins Nov/1870-74+
JORDAN Richard 1882+
GOLDUP Thomas 1887+
HALKE John James 1891+
CHAPMAN Mrs Ellen 1895-99+
ASH George Herbert 1900-03+
GRIFFIN Carlton D 1905+
WARD Thomas 1907-Jan/1910
ASH George Herbert Jan/1910-18+
The Dover Express reported George Herbert Ash as formerly being of Walmer
Kelly's Directory 1855
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
From the Dover Express
From the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury