Sort file:- Ashford, December, 2022.

Page Updated Ashford:- Friday, 16 December, 2022.


Earliest 1553-

George Family and Commercial Hotel

Open 2020+

68 High Street


George Hotel

Above photo, date unknown, from Melvin Roy Bartholomew.

George 1965

Above photo 1965, kindly sent by Shaun Gardiner.

George Hotel

Above photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, date unknown.

George Hotel

Later photo by Chris Excell, date unknown.

George Hotel rear 2014

Above Google image showing the rear of the hotel in Park Street, June 2014.

George sign 1991

Above sign September 1991 with thanks from Brian Curtis

George Hotel 2018

Above photo 2018.


An advert in 1981 said this premises was being run by Chaucer Inns.


Kentish Gazette, 10 August, 1774.

As a wagon, loaded with wood, was passing by the sign of the "George" at Ashford, about 11 o'clock on Thursday morning last, one Mr. Beeching an old man of that town, having a child in his arms, about a year old, belong into the master of the "George," in crossing the road accidentally fell between the fore and hind wheels of the wagon, which running over the breast of the man and head of the child killed them both on the spot.

The Coroner's Inquest sat on the bodies yesterday, and brought in their verdict Accidental Death.

They fined the owner of the wheel 10 shillings.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 January 1781.


And entered upon immediately.

All that very desirable and good accustomed house, known by the sign of the "George" at Ashford.

It will suffice to say that the terms are reasonable , the trade considerable, and the situation remarkably healthy.

Only persons of Character, and some property, will be attended to.

For further particulars apply to Thomas Fenner at Canterbury, or Thomas Flint at Ashford.

Canterbury, July 7, 1871.


Kentish Gazette 12 January 1819.

Melancholy Accident.

On Tuesday the 15th December last, as Mr. Samuel Smith, junior, shoemaker, of Smeeth, was passing from the yard of the "George," Ashford, to the tap, he unfortunately opened the door of the seller which is just by and fell to the bottom, when he received so dreadful of blow upon his head that although surgical assistants was immediately procured it was of no avail and the vital spark at left; he was in the 45th year, and has left a widow and eight children to lament the loss of an affectionate husband and attended father.


Kentish Gazette, 13 February 1849.


Rogers:— At Ashford, Feb 2. Mr. John Rogers, aged 83, formerly baker, and brother of Mr. Rogers, of the "George Inn."


Kentish Gazette, 31 August 1852.


Rogers:— Aug 23, much respected, Mr. James Rogers, nearly forty years landlord of the "George Inn," Ashford, in the 73rd year of his age.


Kentish Gazette, 14 December 1852.


Rogers - Child:— Dec. 1, at Trinity church, Islington, Mr. Charles Rogers, of the "George Hotel," Ashford, to Emma, eldest daughter of Mr. Henry Child, of Edgeware, Middlesex.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 9 April 1870.


On Friday afternoon last an inquest was held at the "George Inn," before T. T. Delasaux, Esq, on the body of John Seer Skeai, a gentleman who travelled for a hat and cap making firm, in which he was a partner. The deceased was a stout, handsome man, and was well known by every tradesman in his line of business in this part of the country. He came from Dover on Wednesday, and Mr. Bennett, a hatter there, had written to his partner, Mr. Western, mentioning that he had noticed a strange peculiarity in the deceased's manner when he called upon him. Mr. Stedman was chosen foreman of the jury and the following evidence was taken:—

Edwin Head deposed: I am boots at the "George Hotel." I saw deceased last Wednesday evening at eleven o'clock, when he went to bed. He seemed perfectly sensible, and was quite sober. I had seen him during the day, and did not notice anything particular in his manner. I called him at seven o'clock the next morning by his direction. I knocked at his door; he did not answer, but appeared to be snoring. I let him lay and went down.

I knocked at his door again at eight o'clock, and he did not answer, and I went down again and returned at nine I then went into his room. I found him lying in bed; he was snoring and appeared insensible.

I called him by his name but he did not answer. I then went and told Mr. Rodgers, and he came and called the deceased.

Dr. George Wilks deposed: I was called yesterday morning by Mr. Rodgers to the deceased. He was perfectly insensible, and all but dead, such insensibility I have no doubt having been produced by taking a very large dose of laudanum. The laudanum was undoubtedly the cause of death.

By Mr. Stedman: For an hour and a half I tried every means to preserve life but he was too far gone.

Mr. Charles Western, of the City of London, hat manufacturer, deposed: The deceased was my partner. He was 45 years of age. He left home on a business tour a week last Thursday. He complain very much of pains about the stomach and heart. He was a little anxious in mind about business, and seemed a little more depressed in spirits than was usual with him. He complained very much that he could not procure sleep at nights and had not been able to sleep at night for some time. He said that he had to take large doses of opiates to procure sleep; he had done so for a long while. I have seen him take laudanum in the counting house in the day time. I believe thoroughly that he took the laudanum which produced death to induce sleep, and not to destroy life.

Mr. Joseph Ingall, chemist, Ashford: The deceased came to my shop on Wednesday evening last and asked for morphia, which I declined to supply owing to its being in the schedule of the Poisons Bill. He then asked me if I could supply him with any opiate; and I asked him if he had been in the habit of taking opiates. He said he had, and I then sold him an ounce of laudanum in the bottle now produced.

Mr. A. Williams, juryman, to Mr. Ingall: How much should a man unaccustomed to laudanum take to induce sleep?

Mr. Ingall: Between twenty and thirty drops.

Mr. Williams: And how many drops are there in an ounce?

Mr. Ingall: About 480.

Dr. Wilks: Did he ask you what quantity he should take?

Mr. Ingall: No; I told him about twenty drops would be a dose; he then asked how many doses there were in the bottle, and I told him about twenty. The Coroner pointed out to the jury that it was obvious the poor man had died from the effects of laudanum taken by his own hand, and there were two questions for their consideration: whether the deceased took the laudanum for the purpose of destroying life? and if they decided that he took it for the latter purpose, they would have to say what his state of mind was at the time he took it.

The jury deliberated for a short time in private, and then returned a verdict “That the deceased came by his death through incautiously taking an overdose of laudanum, for the purpose of procuring sleep relief from pain.”


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 8 February 1902.


A Ping-Pong club has been formed for Ashwood. The headquarters are at the "George Hotel," and arrangements are being made for matches with neighbouring clubs.


From the By KentOnline reporter, 19 May 2018.

Police appeal after men assaulted in The George Hotel pub in Ashford.

A man has been taken to a London hospital with 'stab-like wounds' after a reported assault at a pub in Ashford.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after two men were allegedly attacked last night at a High Street venue.

Officers were called to the George Hotel at 10.30pm on Friday (May 18) where pair were found with injuries.

A police spokesman said: "One victim was taken to a London hospital with wounds consistent with a stabbing.

"His injuries are not thought to be serious."

No arrests have been made at this stage, but officers are seeking witnesses.

Anyone who saw what happened in the pub or who has information is asked to call 01843 222289, quoting reference 18-1366, or the anonymous Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111.


From the By Megan Carr, 30 January 2020.

Brexit Day celebrations in Kent.

After three long years of Brexit, the UK will finally be leaving the European Union tomorrow.

While it's not the outcome everyone wanted, for some it is an occasion worth celebrating. So, whether you rooted leave from the start or are just happy it's all over, here's where you can mark the historic day.

The "George Hotel" in the High Street will be throwing a party to celebrate the occasion.

DJ Shady Shanks will be laying down the music for the gig, which starts at 8pm on Friday and will last until 11pm



ROGERS George James "John" 1832-23/Aug/52 dec'd (age 60 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ROGERS Charles Aug/1852-71+ (age 47 in 1871Census)

Last pub licensee had DAVIS James Woodgate 1874-91+ Census

CROWHURST Walter 1901+ (age 52 in 1901Census)

MAY Lawrence C 1938+

ALLIBONE Gerry 1980s

DIXON Tom 2008+


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34



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