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Earliest 1841-

King's Head

Latest 1898

8 The Street


King's Head 1900

Above photo, circa 1900, kindly sent by Ryan Davis.

King's Head, Hougham King's Head, Hougham

Above two photos by Paul Skelton, 22 Aug 2008, are now a private residence, but it has been said it used to operate under the name of the King's Head.


Recently heard that Hougham used to have a pub called the Kings Head. Now proved to be true as indicated by the following passage taken from the Dover Telegraph, 1841.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 22 May, 1841.


Last Saturday night, the 15th inst. about 12 o'clock, Edward Swissen, brick-maker, in the employ of Mr. John Finnis, left the "King's Head," Hougham, to proceed to his house at Capel Sole, when he was followed by three men, named Charles May, John Job, and David Smith, (with second aliases,) employed on the works of the South Eastern Railway. One of them collared him, and threw him down in a meadow, and all three fell upon him. When he got up he missed his purse, containing half-a-sovereign, a crown-piece, one shilling, and six sixpences. On mentioning his loss, Job said "do you mean to say I have got your money?" and struck him in the face and knocked him down, and whilst he was on the ground they moved off. Smissen, not having felt their hands in his pocket, staid on the spot till sunrise, searching for his purse and contents; but, although he found two pence, which he had in the same pocket, he could not find his purse nor money; and he caused the three men to be apprehended, and brought before Henshaw Latham, Esq. a Justice of the Peace for the County, who, after some lengthened examinations, and having remanded the prisoners twice, to give the complainant an opportunity of discovering his property, discharged the prisoners; the evidence not being sufficient to justify their committal. The prisoner May was handed over to the borough jurisdiction, charged with being drunk, and assaulting the Dover police, on the following day, (Sunday)


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 19 September, 1884. Price 1d.

The landlord of the “King's Head,” West Hougham, applied for the Magistrates consent, to have his house open an hour later on Saturday night the 27th, for a Harvest supper. It was granted for the last time, the Magistrates remarking that in future they must get their supper over sooner.

The landlord of the “Four Mills,” (incorrect name. Paul Skelton) West Langdon, also applied for a similar consent and purpose on Saturday the 20th. The Magistrates granted the application, and gave the same remark as to the former.


From an email received 11 December 2011

Hi, Dover-Kent.Com

I am compiling my family history and I came across your entry for the "King's Head" in Hougham. My g-g-g grandparents ran this pub according to the 1861 and 1871 census, and possibly 1851 and 1841, too - these latter are vague, saying for all entries apart from three or four farms 'West Hougham', without giving any actual locations. The 1861 census puts them in the "King's Head" but states that my ggg Grandfather, William, and deaf uncle Thomas were agricultural labourers, too. If you are still unclear about the photo you have being the "King's Head," the 1871 census shows that there was a Weslyan Chapel 'next door', although of course it was a rural area and the next house along could have been a long way away.

If you have any further information about this, or get any in the future, I would be very grateful to hear from you. I'll be doing my own rooting around and will pass on any new information I find.

Wonderful website and smashing photo, by the way!

All the best.

Ruth Jarvis


I believe the house to have been built around 1593 and is still standing and occupied today.

I am hoping the owner, who offered me this information can give me further details at a later date.

The census of 1841 and 1851 gave the occupier as being William Page and his occupation being an agriculture labourer, no mention of licencee, so perhaps the house wasn't licensed till his mention in 1861, when he was described as a Beer House Keeper.



PAGE William 1841-71+ (also agricultural labourer age 75 in 1871Census)

COX Alfred 1881+ (age 31 in 1881Census)




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