60 The Street
Above showing the Lion Hotel 1875.
Lion in Ash, date circa 1900.
Postcard photo kindly sent by Mick Large, postmarked 1953.
Lion Hotel in Ash, 1955.
Lion Hotel sign July 1991
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
From 1882 to at least 1899
this was referred to as the "Lion Commercial Inn and Posting House".
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 2
WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS
The license of the "Lion," Ash, was granted an occasional licence to
supply refreshment at the Village Hall on December 22nd, for a dinner
being given by the Farmers Union.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 6
July, 1923. Price 1½d.
WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS
The "Lion," Ash, applied for an extension for the Royal Marine
sergeants' outing on July 18th, so that they might continue in harmony
for an additional hour. Opposition was raised by the Police on the
ground that it might be the forerunner of other application. After
considerable discussion the Bench refused the application.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 19
October, 1923. Price 1½d.
An occasional licence was granted to the "Lion," Ash, to sell
intoxicating liquor at a dinner of the farmers' Union at the Village
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 4
January, 1924. Price 1½d.
An extension was granted for the "Lion," Ash, for the Bellringers'
supper on January 29th.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 8
October, 1926. Price 1½d.
PLOUGHING MATCH AT ASH
The usual licence was granted to the "Lion," Ash, for the Nonington
and District Agricultural Society's ploughing match at Goss Hall farm on
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 18
MORE BLACK-OUT FINES
Edwin Alfred Davey, "Lion" Hotel, Ash, was summoned for allowing
light t show from his premises at 11.45 p.m. on 14th June.
Defendant said that he did not know it was showing.
Police War Reserve Burch said that the light came from the rear of
the premises. Defendant said, "I hope you won't report me, Harry, I am
sorry, and I shall see it doesn't occur again." Witness added that the
light came from another room.
P.Sgt. Ainger said that defendant had previously been warned.
From the Deal & Sandwich Express’ dated October 29, 2009.
FIRE-DAMAGED HISTORIC INN AT RISK OF COLLAPSE
The future of one of Kent’s most historic pubs looks increasingly
uncertain this week as the fire-damaged structure threatened to topple
into the street.
The Lion in Ash dates back to the 16th century. It was turned into an
Indian takeaway in the 1990s but went up in smoke earlier this year.
The Listed Historic Building of Kent was raided by Dover immigration
officers last year when it was operating as an Indian restaurant and
takeaway called Lagaan.
Not long afterwards all the leather chairs and some of the tables
were removed and a few days later the structure went up in flames.
The cause of the blaze is being investigated.
On-site workers at the pub said: "We have been called in to make the
building safe and have attached a steel to the side of the wall to make
sure it stays upright and doesn’t pose a risk to anyone walking on the
The law requires a listed building to be returned to its original
state when damaged by fire or some other accident or natural disaster.
But in some cases where a historic building has been completely
destroyed, planning permission can be granted for new housing to be
Kindly sent to me by Patricia Streater.
Photographs above and below taken from Google Earth, 2009
Above photo taken by Paul Skelton, 11 September 2010.
From an email received 14 September 2010.
My Great Great Grandfather was Edward Goldup landlord to this pub
My Great Grandfather was Albert Edward Goldup who died in Madras
India in 1891.
I travelled to see and possibly have a pint at "The Lion Inn" in 2009
on my way back from France, for old times sake, but alas by then it had
I have all the information through census reports as to who was
living in the pub during this time, and wondered if it was of any use to
you at all.
Kind Regards Mr. White.
From an email received, 11 March, 2013.
We were the landlords of the "Lion Hotel," Ash from 1999-2004, then
unfortunately sold it, to become an Indian restaurant. For many years
people had tried to de-licence it to become houses and permission was
not given. It seems a shame to now give permission when the place has
been destroyed, such a beautiful building.
Miss S Turner
From the Dover Mercury, 25 April,
A LOOK AT THE MANY LIVES OF THE LION
IT has been a pub, an Indian restaurant, has been ravaged by fire and
is now being converted into two homes.
This week’s Now and Then 1875 photo (top of page) is of the "Lion hotel" in Ash which is
believed to have opened in the 16th century.
According to Ash, An East Kent Village by David Downes, the building was
officially called the Lion Commercial Inn and Posting House from 1882 to
In 1755 it was one of six places in the village that was used to house
soldiers, along with the "Ship," the "Chequer," the
"Duke," the "George" and the
In the 1800s the proprietor Edward Goldrup ran Goldrups omnibus business
which left the "George and Dragon" and
"Saracen’s Head," both in Canterbury,
to arrive at Ash every day at 4pm.
Many services had to be reduced after the railways came to east Kent but
Alfred Howard still managed to run his ‘handsome and well-horsed’
omnibus from the "Lion" to Sandwich three times a day in 1899.
There was a fatal accident at the inn during August in 1901. Two men
were clearing the top of the sandbank behind the building when the sand
gave way and threw them into the garden below.
During the Second World War Ash was designated to be
an area to hold up invaders for two days.
Road blocks were put up outside the church and at Guilton.
The "Lion" was one of three machine guns posts, the other two being the
stables at Memories and at Guilton Farm.
The owner of the "Lion" was fined £5 in 1941 for allowing light to escape
his building during a black out.
Edwin Alfred Davey had
previously been warned by the police and so the hefty fine was given.
Above photo shows the scaffolding on the former pub, which later
became a restaurant.
By now a grade II listed building, the hotel became an Indian restaurant
Lagaan in the late 1990s but was damaged in a fire in January 2009,
which was investigated by the police. Forty fire-fighters tackled the
blaze. During its time as a restaurant it was raided by Dover
The Ragaan damaged by fire.
Planning permission has now been given for two semi-detached houses with
four bedrooms and room for parking.
October 2012 there was a change of use application, for conversion and
rebuilding of existing building to form two semi-detached dwellings and erection
of a detached car port.
GOLDUP Edward 1871-82+
HOWARD Alfred 1899+
STREETER Edward 1913-14
MARTIN William Fred to Jun/1921
DAVEY Edwin Alfred Jun/1921-42 dec'd
DAVEY C E Mrs 19 Jun 1942+
MINTER A E 1950+
TURNER Miss Steph 1999-2004
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Dover Express