Page Updated ASH (Canterbury):- Wednesday, 25 August, 2021.


Earliest 1784-

Marquis of Granby Inn

Nov 1919



Marquis of Granby date unknown

Above photograph taken from circa 1890.

Marwquis of Granby 1913

Above photo showing William Gore and his daughters, Ethel, Jess and Polly, kindly sent by Peter Moynahan. Circa 1913.

Marquis of Granby 1911

I believe, but aren't positive, that the sign of the pub shown centre left, says Marquis of Granby. Postcard kindly sent by Olwen Fenton, circa 1911.

Marquis of Granby 1995

The above photo was given to Olwen Fenton by Mrs. Elizabeth Hudson, who was the Parish Clerk at St. Nicolas and kindly passed onto me, and says this was the site of the Marquis of Granby as taken in 1995. Latest information from Kevin Claringbold says that this used to be Bicker's newsagent.

Former Marquis of granby 2014

Above photo, May 2014, kindly sent by Erik Hartland.

Ash map 1896

Above map 1896.

Former Marquis of Granby 2018

Above photo, kindly taken by Rory Kehoe, May 2018.


Only details I have so far regarding this public house is that it was closed in 1919 on the ground of redundancy. The "Good Intent" in the same village was also closed that year.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 19 June 1810.

Notice. Ash, Next Sandwich, 19th June, 1810.

The Creditors of Michael Whake, publican, late of the "Marquis of Granby," in Ash, are requested to send an account of his debts to Thomas Chandler, of the "Marquis of Granby," aforesaid, in order that they may be adjusted and settled.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 26 August 1854.

Chatham. Suicide.

A coroner's inquest was held on the 13th inst., at Chatham, on the body of Elizabeth East Woodgate, age 50, formerly of the "Marquis of Granby," Ash, near Sandwich, who destroyed herself by hanging.

It appeared that about 8 o'clock on the previous morning the deceased's husband called a woman named Woodward hastily into his house. She found him crying and saying "She is gone, she is gone," (meaning his wife). Woodward asked where she was, and the husband replied in the closet. Woodward went thither, where she found the deceased hanging by a piece of line which was round her neck, and the other end made fast to the middle of the roof. She was quite dead. Upon the arrival of constable Bridges she was cut down and taken into the house. Deceased had been very much depressed in spirits for some months, and there was reason to suppose that herself and family had been suffering much from want. She had had advised from the Dispensary for lowness of the nerves.

Verdict:- "Temporary insanity."


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 9 February, 1877. Price 1d.


John Bourne, innkeeper, of Ash, was summoned for selling and allowing to be consumed on licensed premises, sixpenny-worth of gin to a boy under 16 years of age, in contravention of the Licensing Act. The defendant keeps the "Marquis of Granby" public house, and it appeared that on the morning of the 14th of January a number of small boys entered his house, and in response to the demand of one of them were supplied with the gin, which they consumed on the premises. A second quantity was ordered but it was refused, and the lads left the house. Defendants excuse was that the spirit was supplied in his absence by his daughter who was ignorant of the law.

Fined 20s., the full penalty, and 15s. costs.


From the National probate Calendar. 1900.

BOURN John Matson of the "marquis of Granby" inn, Ash-next-Sandwich, Kent, licensed victualler, died 24th December 1899. Administration (with Will) London, 10 February to John Maxted Bourn, carpenter. Effects 230 5s. 4d.


BOURN Eliza of Ash-next-Sandwich, Kent, widow, died 27th December 1899. Administration London 29 January to John Maxted Bourn, carpenter, effects 253 14s. 8d.


Dover Express 3rd May 1918.

Wingham Petty Sessions 2nd May 1918. AFTER HOURS.

William Gore of the “Marquis of Granby”, Ash, was charged with, on April 18th, at Ash, selling intoxicating liquor after 8 p.m. contrary to the Defence of the Realm Regulations. Mr. A. K. Mowll defended.

P.C. Well said that, on April 18th at 8.45 p.m. he entered the “Marquis of Granby” by the back entrance and went into the bar parlour, where he saw two soldiers with glasses of beer. One glass was on the table and other on the mantel. The sergeant, on seeing witness, removed his glass from the mantelpiece and placed it behind his chair. The defendant said he forgot about the time.

The defendant, giving evidence, said that, at 8 o’clock, the beer glasses were empty and the two soldiers asked for some mineral water. He mixed ginger wine and ginger beer which looked like beer. The constable asked what it was in the glasses and he said it was something the soldiers had had after 8 p.m.

Mrs. E. Fairhill, daughter of the defendant, corroborated. Sgt. J. A. Smart, Derbyshire Yeomanry, also corroborated.

The Bench said they had decided to convict and there would be a fine of 10s.


From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Mercury, 29 November 1919.

Among the awards of compensation in respect of licensed houses decided last week by the East Kent Compensation Authority, were the following:-

"Marquis of Granby," Ash. - 1,238 (Messrs. Flint 858. Mr. W. Gore, 380).


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 29 November 1919.


At the supplemental meeting of East Kent Compensation Authority held at Canterbury last week, under the presidency of Lord Harris, the amounts awarded by the Committee's valuer (Mr. Cobb) were apportioned among owner and tenants, as follows:—

"Marquis of Granby," Ash, 1,238 (Messrs. Flint and Co., 858; William Gore, 380).



WHAKE Michael to June/1810 dec'd

CULLEN Ambrose 1828-39 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1839

WELLS William 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

SMITH Richard 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

WOODGATE William 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

TRITTON Robert 1851-58+ (also pork butcher age 26 in 1851Census) Melville's 1858

BOURNE John Matson 1874-99+ (also wheelwright age 61 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Kelly's 1899 (

BRAZELL William 1891-1903+ (age 62 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

GORE William 1913-19 Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1914


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1914From the Post Office Directory 1914



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