15 Radnor Street
Opened by retired seaman William Hall in 1851. However, he left in 1855.
A succession of licensees tried in vane to keep a reputable house but
by 1872 there had been no less than 9 licensees, including one retired
policeman called David Stone who claimed the house was beyond redemption. In
1872 new licensee George Holloway changed the name to the "Marquis
From the Folkestone Chronicle 29 September 1855. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday September 26th :- Before W. Major Esq.
Leopold Waelkens and Joseph Comoot were charged by police constable
Barry with deserting from the German Legion. The officer found Waelkens
in the "Mariner's Home," Radnor Street, and as he found he had left a
bundle, containing soldier's clothes, in the bar, he apprehended him as
a deserter. It turned out however that he did not belong to the service,
and was therefore discharged. The soldier's clothes in the bundle turned
out to belong to the other prisoner, Comoot, whom Barry found in the tap
room, with no jacket nor cap on, but was wearing a pair of military
trousers, which, however, were concealed from view, by his wearing a
pair of plain trousers over them, and as he had been absent for some
days from the camp, he was committed to Gaol as a deserter, and reported
to the War Office.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 3 November 1855. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday October 31st :- Before G. Kennicott esq., W. Major Esq., J.
Kelcey esq., and S. Godden esq.
John Taylor, a licensed victualler, appeared to answer the charge of
keeping a disorderly house, the "Mariner's Home," in Radnor Street. Fined
20s. and costs.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 29 December 1855. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday December 26th :- Before James Tolputt esq.,
Mayor, William Major esq., and James Kelcey esq.
John Taylor, licensed victualler, was charged with having his house open
at a quarter past 12 on Sunday morning last. The case having been proved
by police constable Charles Ovenden, defendant was convicted in the
penalty of £2, including the costs.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 20 September 1856. transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Tuesday September 16th. Present – The Mayor, W. Major, W. Bateman, S. Mackie and J. Kelcey esqrs.
John Taylor, landlord of the Mariner`s Home, Radnor Street, was charged
with being drunk and disorderly. Mr. Lyddon appeared for defendant.
Police Constable Hawkes said that on Friday night, being on duty in
Radnor Street, he heard fighting in the "Mariner's Home". He opened the
door, and went into the tap room where he found six soldiers of the
Swiss Legion and two of the 44th foot. The defendant was also there
fighting with one of the Swiss soldiers. Witness endeavoured to part
them, which he did with some difficulty. Defendant insisted upon
fighting again and threatened to punch witness' head. Defendant's face
was covered with blood. Witness got all the soldiers out, but about
three quarters of an hour later found them there again.
Mr. Lyddon, addressing the bench, said he was instructed that the party
in the house were some of the Swiss Legion who had forced their way into
the defendant's house and insisted upon being served with beer. The
scuffle deposed to by the policeman arose in consequence of his
endeavours to clear his house. He called Sarah Pilcher, who however did
nothing to improve his case.
The Mayor, addressing the defendant, said he was sorry to see him before
the bench again. He had already lost his licence, and the house being
the property of a poor widow made the case worse. In answer to which the
defendant said he had no protection from the police.
The magistrates retired to consider the case, and upon their return the
Mayor said this was the third time defendant had been before the bench
in 12 months; but in consequence of losing his licence they had
mitigated his fine to 5s, and 8s 6d costs.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 20 September 1856. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
ADJOURNED SPECIAL SESSIONS – Wed. Sept. 17th 1856
The business was the renewal of licences of public houses to those
persons who did not attend the previous sessions.
That of the "Mariner's Home" was granted on
the condition that the owner of the premises got another tenant in the
place of the present occupier, whose conduct has been anything but
satisfactory during the past year, continual complaints having been made
From the Folkestone Chronicle 3
November, 1860. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday October 31st:- Before the Mayor, James Tolputt and William
John Milton, landlord of the "Mariner's Home," Radnor Street,
appeared to answer two information's laid against him by the
Superintendent of Police, charging him with keeping a disorderly house,
and harbouring improper persons. Mr. Minter appeared to support
defendant. The evidence having been heard, and also Mr. Minter in
defence, the magistrates consulted, and ultimately fined the defendant
£2, with 23s. costs, in all £3 3s.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 9 February, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday February 6th:- Before the Mayor, R.W. Boarer and W.f.
Two privates in the Royal Artillery, and who gave the names of Thomas
Williams and William Mansfield, were brought up charged on suspicion of
being deserters from Dover.
John Reynolds P.C. deposed that on information received from Dover by
telegraph that two of the Artillery had deserted, he kept a look out,
and yesterday afternoon being in Shellons Lane saw the prisoners coming
down the lane; witness then went for assistance and after a long search
found them at the "Mariner's Home," Radnor Street, took them into
custody, and brought them to the station; searched them, and found that
the number of the brigade was cut off the shoulder strap of their
jackets; asked them where they came from and they said Shorncliffe; none
of their clothing was marked except Mansfield's, in the sleeve of whose
jacket the name of “Harder” was written, and this corresponded with the
name in the telegraphic message received.
The superintendent said he had made enquiries and found that none of
the Artillery were missing yesterday from Shorncliffe: he had also
telegraphed to Dover and expected an answer from them before now. In
answer to a question from the Bench, Williams said he was not a
deserter; he belonged to the 4th Brigade at Shorncliffe. The prisoner
Mansfield whose hair had unmistakeable signs of a military prison crop,
said he belonged to the 2nd Brigade, and that Harder was the name under
which he had enlisted; and that he was a deserter from the 6th Dragoon
Guards, and wanted to give himself up, and for that reason left Dover,
as they would not allow him to go to his own Regiment from Dover. The
magistrates decided to remand Williams, and send Mansfield to Dover, and
just as the court was breaking up a corporal and four gunners of the 2nd
Brigade came into court from Dover, and the corporal at once identified
both prisoners, giving their names, Williams as James Jenkins, and
Mansfield as Thomas Harder, they having come from Dover to convey the
prisoners there. The prisoners were immediately handcuffed together, and
taken to Dover by the 2 p.m.
From the Folkestone Observer 9
February, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday February 6th: Before the Mayor, R.W. Boarer, R.F. Browell,
James Tolputt and James Kelcey, Esqs.
On Monday afternoon Superintendent Martin received a telegram from
Dover, giving information respecting two men of the Royal Artillery
stationed there, having broken out of guard. Information of the matter
was given to the constables, and about 5 o'clock P.C. Reynolds reported
that men, answering the description, had been seen in Shellons Lane.
Search was made on the public houses of the town, and after a lapse of
an hour or two the men were again discovered in the "Mariner's Home,"
Dover Street. One of the constables who made the discovery went up to
the station to report, while the other remained to watch the movements
of the suspected men, who, seeing the notice taken of them, came out of
the house and walked away, re-entering, however, unobserved by the back
door. Superintendent Martin brought down from the battery a corporal's
picket, and on going into the house to search, found one of the men in a
bedroom, behind a bed, and the other covered up in the bed, dressed in
his clothes, and still wearing his spurs, &c. Calling Jenkins by name,
he ordered him out of bed, when he saw that his regimental number had
been cut off his shoulder strap. Then making the other take off his
coat, he observed on the lining the name Harder, which was the second
name given in the telegram, his regimental number was also cut off the
shoulder strap. The men declared they were from Shorncliffe, but the
Superintendent ordered them below. They came down, and proceeding
through the passage, just as Jenkins came to the door, and observed the
corporal and his guard awaiting them, he turned about, and fetched P.C.
Reynolds a severe blow on the cheek. The picket immediately seized him;
and Harder proving restive, he was thrown on the ground and handcuffed.
After they were lodged in the station, the landlady of the "Mariner's
Home" brought up two stout, knobbly, ash bludgeons; carefully cut; about
eighteen inches in length, which had been found in the room they had
occupied. Jenkins now denied his identity, and was remanded. Before the
case of Harder was disposed of, a non-commissioned officer and a number
of men appeared in court from Dover, to receive the prisoners into
custody. They were fully identified, but were ordered by the magistrates
to be sent in civil custody to the headquarters in Dover.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 22 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Ann Tong applied for a temporary authority for selling beer at the
"Mariner's Home," Radnor Street, till the next licence day. Application
From the Folkestone Observer 16 November, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
DRUNKENNESS IN A PUBLIC HOUSE
Saturday November 9th:- Before Silvester Eastes, W.F. Browell, and
A.M. Leith, Esqs.
Ann Tong, landlady of the "Mariner's Home," was charged with
permitting drunkenness on the premises.
Mr. Minter appeared for the defendant.
P.C. Reynolds, about 20 minutes past 11 o'clock, on Wednesday night,
was on duty at the further end of Radnor Street. Hearing a great
disturbance in the Mariner's Home, which is kept by the defendant, he
stood opposite the front door and saw down the passage into the back
room. He saw parties there quarrelling, and using foul language; two
sailors there commenced fighting, and knocked each other down. Witness
then went in and parted them, when he saw a man named Filmer with blood
running down his face. The two men who were fighting, as well as Filmer,
were drunk. The landlady was in the bar, clearing away some things the
men had knocked over; she could see what was going on.
Mr. Minter called Filmer, who lodges in the house, and Carter, a
sailor who also lodges there, to show that the quarrel between the
fishermen was a sudden one and that the landlady promptly sent for the
aid of the police.
The magistrates dismissed the case.
From the Folkestone Observer 15 March, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
SOLDIERS ON THE SPREE
Monday March 10th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N., and James Tolputt,
Eli Pape, 21st Fusiliers, was charged with maliciously injuring and
breaking glass. On Saturday night, about half past 11, the prisoner and
two other drunken soldiers came out of the "Mariner's Home" public
house, Radnor Street, with their belts twisted round their hands, and
shouting “Let them come out”, and the prisoner struck the door window
with his belt five times, breaking as many panes of glass, value 4s.
8d.. He was then taken into custody. Richard Bailey, landlord, said the
soldiers had nothing to drink in his house. Prisoner was sent to Dover
jail for seven days' hard labour.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 10 May, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Saturday May 3rd:- Before the Mayor, W.F. Browell and James Kelcey,
Richard Bailey was brought up on summons charged with permitting
drunkenness and other disorderly conduct in his house, the "Mariner's
Home," Radnor Street.
Ingram Swain, a police constable, being sworn, proved that on Tuesday
last, at several hours during the night, he found persons in the
premises drunk, and making a disturbance; two sailors had also been
fighting; the defendant was drunk.
Police Sergeant Newman corroborated the evidence of P.C. Swain.
Defendant was convicted in the penalty of 20s. and 16s. costs, or
imprisonment for ten days.
Monday May 5th:- Before Gilbert Kennicott and James Tolputt, Esqs.
Mary Ward was brought up, charged with stealing two sovereigns, three
half crowns and 1 shilling from the person of William Pearce. He was in
the "Mariner's Home" and fell asleep on the sofa about 1 o'clock in the
afternoon; about 10 minutes after he woke, put his hand in his pocket,
and found his money gone.
Prisoner, it appeared, had stolen the money and hid it in an upstairs
room, and confessed where it was. Prisoner pleaded Guilty and was
sentenced to two months' hard labour.
From the Folkestone Observer 10 May, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
PERMITTING DRUNK AND DISORDERLIES
Saturday May 3rd:- Before the Mayor, W.F. Browell and J. Kelcey, Esqs.
Richard Bailey, landlord of the "Mariner's Home," Radnor Street, was
charged with permitting drunkenness and other disorderly conduct.
P.C. Swain, at 10 o'clock on Tuesday night, heard several people
singing, shouting, and making a great noise at the "Mariner's Home."
About half past eleven he visited the house and saw 7 or 8 soldiers in
the front room, some drunk and shouting, and sailors and a prostitute in
a back room – some of the sailors being drunk.
The defendant appeared to be the worse for liquor. At a quarter past
12 o'clock the defendant called for the police, and witness and P.C.
Hills went to his house, in the front room of which he found one man
down on the floor bleeding from the face, and another standing near him,
stripped to his shirt. Bailey desired the people present to go out, and
some went. In the back room were two soldiers, stripped to their shirts,
covered with blood, and with black eyes. Blood was on the floor and on
the table. Witness cautioned defendant, and persuaded several of the men
to go away; and several did go. He reported the state of the house to
P.S. Newman, and at half past 12 the sergeant and himself visited the
house together, when they found it much quieter. He had cautioned the
defendant that the woman was a prostitute.
Sergeant Newman also gave evidence as to the state of the house and
of Bailey himself.
The magistrates sentenced the defendant to pay a fine of 20s. and
10s. costs, or imprisonment for 10 days.
From the Folkestone Observer 10 May, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
STEALING FROM THE PERSON
Saturday May 3rd:- Before the Mayor, W.F. Browell and J. Kelcey, Esqs.
Mary Ward was charged with stealing from William Pearce, at the
"Mariner's Home," several sums of money.
William Pearce, bricklayer, came to the town on Saturday and put up
at the "Mariner's Home," in Radnor Street, having two sovereigns, three
half crowns, and a shilling in his trousers pocket. About eleven o'clock
on Sunday morning, he laid down on a sofa in the club room, and on
awaking from his sleep, about one o'clock he went to the front door and
stood there for 10 minutes, when putting his hand into his trousers
pocket, he found that all the money he had had there was gone. He then
went indoors and accused the prisoner of having taken the money, which
she denied. Witness then applied to the police, who searched her, but
Sarah Bailey, wife of Richard Bailey, landlord of the "Mariner's
Home," said the prisoner had been living with them a month, and when she
(witness) found the money was gone she persuaded her to give it up.
Prisoner denied having taken it; but going upstairs with witness and
P.C. Smith, she took two sovereigns from under the paper on the wall,
and gave them to Smith. She made no statement but cried. Prisoner was
brought in a vessel from Shields a month since; having no place to go
to, witness had taken her in as an act of charity. She was about the
house as a servant, though not receiving wages.
Sarah Ann Bailey, 12 years old, daughter of last witness, found on
Sunday morning a half crown, a shilling, and a sixpence, between the
blankets of prisoner's bed.
P.C. Smith, with prosecutor and Mr. Bailey, searched several rooms in
the house, but without success; Mrs. Bailey then told the prisoner she
must know what had become of the money, and at last she gave two
sovereigns in the manner already described. After the charge was read to
her at the station she said she had taken the two sovereigns, but no
Prisoner on now being cautioned, pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to
two months' imprisonment with hard labour.
From the Folkestone Observer 17 May, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
DRUNK AND RIOTOUS
Saturday May 10th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and James Tolputt,
Edward Jordan, labourer, was charged with being drunk and riotous,
and with resisting the police. About 20 minutes past 11 the previous
night P.C. Reynolds saw the prisoner and his wife in the "Mariner's
Home," Radnor Street, fighting. The man put his wife into the street,
where they renewed the fight. Witness parted them, but they refused to
go home, and so he took the prisoner into custody, and though much
resistance was shown, he brought him to the station.
Sarah Jordan, wife of the prisoner in the last case, was next put at
the bar charged with similar offences. When P.C. Reynolds was taking
Jordan to the station, prisoner ran up, and seizing her husband
endeavoured to release him. P.C. Reynolds called on Mr. John Banks for
aid; but when he laid hold of her she bit his hand, and he let her go.
On her promise to go home she was allowed to go away; but she made her
appearance again at the top of the High Street, and was arrested and
The magistrates now sentenced Jordan to pay a fine of 1s. with 4s.
6d. costs, or in default, 5 days' imprisonment; and the wife to a fine
of 1s. with 5s 6d. costs, or 5 days' imprisonment.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 6 September, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday September 3rd:- Before Captain Gilbert Kennicott R.N., W.F.
Browell, James Tolputt, A.M. Leith and W. Wightwick, Esqs.
Henry Hazle, landlord of the Mariner's Home, transferred the licence
of that house to Henry Richardson.
From the Folkestone Observer 24 January, 1863. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
DRUNK AND RESISTING
Tuesday January 24th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N., A.M. Leith and
James Tolputt, Esqs.
James Betts, 23, was charged with being drunk and riotous at the
"Mariner's Home," and with resisting P.C. Reynolds.
The landlord of the "Mariner's Home" said that prisoner came to the
house at eleven the night before, rather fresh, and commenced dancing on
the chairs &c. He did not wish to press the charge, only he wished it to
be understood that people could not come into his house and do as they
P.C. Reynolds said that when the prisoner was given into custody he
would not come along, and resisted, but did not strike him.
Prisoner said, in reply to Captain Kennicott, that he had been seven
years a man-of-war's man, but he had had enough of that. The only cause
of resisting the officer was the loss of his cap, which he wanted to go
back for. If he had been allowed his cap he should not have resisted.
Superintendent Martin said as prisoner had not struck the officer
with his hand he would not press that charge.
Prisoner was then discharged on payment of costs.
HALL William c1851-55
TAYLOR John Oct/1855-57+
STONE David 1859
MILTON John 1859-June/61
TONG Ann June/1861-62
BAILEY Richard Mar/1862
BAILEY Sarah Anne 1862
BAZLE/HAZEL Henry Sep/1862
RICHARDSON Henry J Sap/1862-70
GREENLAND George 1870-72
From the Folkestone Chronicle
From More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney
From the Folkestone Observer