Sort file:- Faversham, August, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 13 August, 2022.


Earliest 1832-


Latest 1969

51 Preston Street

(Street now called The Mall)


Former George 2016

Above photo, 2016 kindly sent by Stuart Kinnon.

Former George

Above image from Google maps, May 2009.


The pub looks onto the relatively newly renovated subway that replaced the level crossing that was present in 1894.

This pub was present as early as 1782 and may well have replaced another pub called the "George" at 50 Preston Street. The house is now privately owned and closed as a pub around 1969. The building gained a Grade 2 listing on 27 September 1989.


From the Kentish Gazette, 23 October 1838.


Oct. 12, Mr. Thomas Atherden, landlord of the "George Inn," Faversham, formerly landlord of the "Rose Tap," Canterbury, and many years driver of the mail from Dover to London.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 6 February, 1864.


At the Faversham Police Court, last week, Edward Coveney, Francis Gammon, and John Ford, were brought up in the custody of Superintendent White, charged with stealing some barley from Mr. Rigden's malthouse at Faversham. Mr. Henry Bathurst appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Johnson for the prisoner Coveney. The facts attending the apprehensions were deposed to, and the prisoners were all remanded. Much interest is attached to the case from the fact of Coveney being the landlord of the “George Inn,” Preston Street, and hitherto considered respectable.

Stephen Harris was charged with stealing a bushel of bran, one gallon of beans, and about a bushel of mangold wurtzel, from Mr. Kingsnorth’s stables at King's field.



From the Kentish Chronicle, 13 February, 1864.


Great interest was excited in Faversham, last week, by the examination, before the Borough Magistrates, of Edward Coveney, landlord of the “George Inn,” Preston-street, and Francis Gammon and George Ford, labourers, who have been lodging at Coveney's house, on a charge of stealing a quantity of barley from Mr. Rigden's malthouse, in Court-street. Mr. Henry Bathurst appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Johnson for the prisoner Coveney, who is said to be the owner of considerable freehold property.

It appeared from the evidence adduced that, on the 27th January, about 6 o'clock in the morning, a policeman saw the prisoner Gammon take an empty wheelbarrow down Court-street, and place it near the engine-house of the brewery. Sometime afterwards, another policeman saw a person whom he believed to be Coveney go from near the engine-house through the gate into the brewery yard. He afterwards came out with a cask on his back, which he carried away. The policeman then saw the wheelbarrow standing near the engine-house.

It then contained something like corn covered with a sack. In about twenty minutes afterwards Coveney returned and took the wheelbarrow, and, in reply to a question from the policeman as to what it contained, he said “pig's victuals.” In reply to a further question, he said it was some screened barley he bought of Mr. Rigden the day before, and that he was taking it home. He also said that the men were allowed a cask of stale beer a week at the brew-house, and they did not know what to do with it, and he took it from them; and as he was coming down to fetch some pig’s victuals he thought he would carry that home first; and if the officer thought there was anything wrong about it, he should be at home, so would the barrow and the corn too. The Superintendent of police was called and instituted inquiries, in consequence of which Coveney was followed and apprehended. On his house and premises being searched, fifteen sacks of good and five sacks of inferior barley were found. Some of the sacks containing the barley were marked “Rigden” and others “Kingsnorth.”

While the premises were being searched, the prisoner Ford was observed to leave with a sack on his back. He was apprehended, and the sack was found to contain barley, which he said Mrs. Coveney had asked him to take up the Ashford road and throw it over the hedge. Gammon was also apprehended, in consequence of a conversation, in which one of the policemen overheard him make some remarks tending to criminate himself, during the time the search was going on.

Mr. Rigden, who examined samples of the barley found on Coveney's premises, said he had no doubt that a portion of it was his property, but he could not swear positively to the rest. He also identified one of the sacks, which was produced in Court, as his property.

The Magistrates committed the prisoners for trial at the Sessions. An application to admit Coveney to bail was refused; but Gammon and Ford were allowed to give bail, themselves in 20 each, and two sureties in 10 each. Bail, however, was not forthcoming, and all the prisoners, were removed in custody.


East Kent Times 13 February 1864.


At the Borough Petty Sessions, on Wednesday last, Mr. Edward Coveney, landlord of the "George Inn," Preston-Street, Faversham, and Francis Gammon and John Ford, two labourers, living at the "George Inn," were charged on remand with stealing a quantity of barley from Mr. Rigden's malthouse, Court-street, Faversham.

It appeared from the evidence that on the morning of the 27th Jan, the prisoner Gammon was seen to take a wheelbarrow and place it behind the engine-house on Mr. Rigden's premises, and after it had been there some little time, P.C. Beal saw Coveney wheeling it away with some barley in it, and suspecting that it had been stolen, Beal gave information to the superintendent, who direct him to search Coveney's premises, and in a loft over the skittle alley Beal found 15 sacks full of good barley four sacks of inferior barley, a sack of oats, and two or three bushels of beans. When asked by Supt. White what account he gave of the possession of the barley, Coveney said, "I took it I suppose, silly like." He was then taken into custody, and while he was at the station the other prisoner Ford was seen leaving Coveney's house with a sack containing barley, which he said had been given him by Mrs. Coveney, who told him to take it up the Ashford-road, and throw it over the hedge. Mr. Rigden spoke to several samples of the barley found on Coveney's premises as his property, and all the prisoners were committed for trial. The magistrates refused to take bail for Coveney, but admitted the other two to bail.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 24 December 1904.


On the 3rd Dec., at the "George Inn," Preston Street, Faversham, Jane Mary, wife of Stephen Coombs, aged 66.



Now (2019) called "George House" the premises has just had a makeover and replaced the original Rigden's Ale signage. However, it is not open as a public house unfortunately.


George House 2019

Above photo, August 2019, kindly taken and sent by Ray Hopkins.



HARRIS George 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

Last pub licensee had ATHERDEN Thomas to Oct/1838 dec'd

ATHERTON Sarah Oct/1838-41+ (age 40 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1840

CLIFFORD Charles 1858-61+ Melville's 1858

COVENEY Edward 1862-71 (age 35 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1862

GEORGE Richard 1871-74+ Post Office Directory 1874 (aged 32 in 1871Census)

COOMBES Stephen 1881-1904+ (age 43 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882Kelly's 1903Whitstable Times

COOMBES Charles William 1908-22+ Guide to Faversham 1908(08 Kelly's)Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

PORT Thomas W 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

CANSDALE Edwin 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

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

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Guide to Faversham 1908Guide to Faversham 1908

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


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