Sort file:- Ashford, August, 2021.

Page Updated Ashford:- Wednesday, 04 August, 2021.


Earliest 1863-

British Flag

Closed 1970s

Forge Lane


British Flag

Above photo date unknown.


This used to be a Fremlins pub but alas has been demolished.

Richard Ticknall tells me that this was closed and demolished for the construction of the Tufton Shopping Centre in 1975.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 25 April 1863.


A Public and Lodging House, situate in a most populated neighbourhood.

Apply to Mr. W. Terry, "British Flag," Ashford.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 31 May 1864.


At the Police Office on Monday, before Capt. Billington, John Williams, a boiler maker, was brought up on a charge of being concerned in a burglary at the premises of Mr. G. Foord, engineer, on the previous night. Thomas Tucker, a clerk in Mr. Foords employ, deposed that he locked the office up at half-past five on Friday evening, and gave the key to Mr. Stickings, another clerk of Mr. Foord’s. On Saturday morning at eight o’clock he found that the office had been broken into, and that Mr. Foord’s desk had been forced open and the papers thrown about. About 40 postage stamps had been taken from the desk, and also a marble paper weight. Witness’s desk had also been rummaged, and a great coat which was hanging near it was gone. Harry Harpur Stickings, head cleric to Mr. Foord, corroborated the last witness’s evidence, and deposed that he also discovered that a quantity of brass steam taps and copper rivets and "burrs" had been stolen from some drawers. The prisoner was in Mr. Foord’s employ for a month about three years and a half ago, he also worked there subsequently for a few days. Charles Piper, marine store dealer, Canterbury, deposed that the prisoner came into his shop and offered about 4 lbs. of copper rivets and "burrs" for sale, which he (witness) refused to buy. The prisoner then took them away.

P.C. Samuel Waghorn deposed that he apprehended the prisoner on Saturday evening in Canterbury, having heard he was offering copper rivets for sale in the town. He told the prisoner he should take him into custody on suspicion of stealing a number of articles at Ashford. The prisoner said he knew nothing about it, and that he had not been to Ashford. He said that he came from Chatham, that day, and that he came through Faversham. He said the copper rivets he had offered for sale were his own. On searching him 40 postage stamps were found on him.

Alfred Buckland, landlord of the "British Flag," Ashford, deposed that the prisoner came into his house about half-past 11 on Friday night and remained there about an hour. The prisoner, who said nothing, was remanded until the following Tuesday.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 17 March 1900. Price 1d.


The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest at the “British Flag,” Ashford, on Tuesday, on the body of Ann Willis, aged 41, wife of John William Willis, a boot repairer.

It appeared that as deceased was looking unwell on the night of the 18th, her husband told her to go to bed. She went up, and when at the top of the stairs she fell backwards. Her husband went to her assistance, and picked her up, but she was then unconscious. He got her into bed, and sent for the doctor (Mr. Vernon). She died on the 12th inst.

Dr. Vernon, who attended the deceased, examined the body of deceased and found no marks of violence. She was consumptive, but well nourished. The deceased died from shock, consequent upon the fall, owing to the weak state of health she was in from consumption.

The Coroner summed up, and the jury returned a verdict according.


From the Whitstable Times, 24 May, 1902.


Mrs. Jane Youens, landlady of the “British Flag Inn,” Forge Lane, Ashford, was summoned for selling whiskey adulterated with 2.87 parts of added water and brandy, 2.04 degrees below the legal limit. Evidence was given by Police Corporal Barnard and Superintendent Bailey to the effect that the samples were purchased and analysed with the above results. In reply to Mr. Drake, who defended, Barnard said five samples of spirits were taken and Superintendent Bailey said that all the time the defendant had had the house there had been no complaints and it had been very well conducted indeed, though it was in the roughest locality in Ashford. Mr. Drake pointed to the fact that samples had frequently been taken for analysis during the 26 years that the defendant had been in the house, and they had always been all right. He also shewed that the small cost of adulteration charged would have resulted in a gain of 10 1/2d. per gallon in one case and of 7 1/2d. in the other, and pointed out the improbability of anyone wilfully adulterating the spirits with the view of securing so small an advantage. He also urged that there had apparently been a mistake in the spirits supplied in bulk. The Bench, however, imposed fines amounting with costs to 5 2s.



TERRY W Mr 1863+

BUCKLAND Alfred 1864+

ANDREWS William Edward 1871-74+ (age 24 in 1871Census)

YOUENS Alfred 1881-82+ (age 36 in 1881Census)

YOUENS Jane 1891-1903+ (widow age 49 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

CHAMBERS Joseph 1911+ (age 49 in 1911Census)

CHAMBERS M Mrs 1913+

PAYNE George William 1922+

BUTLER Percy E 1930+

ROMAIN H F 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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