Sort file:- Ashford, August, 2021.

Page Updated Ashford:- Saturday, 21 August, 2021.


Earliest 1858-

Engineer Inn

Latest 1874+

(Name to)

Barrow Hill / Gravel Walk / Engineer Place


Former Engineer

Above photo, date unknown.


It has been suggested that the "Freedom of Opinion" and the "Engineer Inn" are one and the same building.

Situated behind the "Prince of Orange" this was operational in the mid 1800s and believed to finally closed before changing name to the "Freedom of Opinion" in 1922.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 9 November 1861.

Leve Jupp, 11, pleaded guilty to stealing 7s. 9 1/2d. from the bar till of the "Engineer Inn," Ashford, as the case was not pressed the magistrates directed that he should be well whipped by his father in the presence of a policeman.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 18 June 1870.


On Wednesday last Mr. Cooper Pope, a young man in business with his father as a veterinary surgeon, was brought before W. P. Burra, Esq., on an extraordinary charge of stealing oats from the stable of Mr. J. K. Philpott. Mr. Philpott’s son and a younger lad swore positively that they saw Mr. Pope come out from the stable about eleven o’clock the preceding night, with a bag full of something under his arm. About a gallon and a half of oats was missed from a sack full which had been recently put into a corn bin, and about that quantity of similar oats was found in the prisoner’s stable. Mr. Burra remanded the accused on substantial bail, until the petty sessions. The unfortunate young man seems to have brooded continually over the chance until Friday evening, when he went into the washhouse of his father’s residence, and blew his brains out in a most determined manner, with a gun which he had loaded with shot for the purpose. An inquest was held on the body at the "Engineer Inn," on Saturday evening, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq. The top of the deceased's head was blown clean off. He had addressed a long letter to his wife, in which he took an affectionate leave of her, and of his father and mother and friends; but said he could not live under such a stigma on his character, and he protested most solemnly his entire innocence of the charge imputed to him. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased committed suicide while suffering under mental derangement. It seems difficult to understand how he could have been guilty of a paltry theft like that imputed to him, as he was in a good business, and there were plenty of oats in his own stable. The melancholy event caused a painful sensation in the town.




PARKS David 1861-62+ (also Coal Merchant age 41 in 1861Census)

HARRIS George 1874+




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