Sort file:- Ashford, July, 2023.

Page Updated Ashford:- Friday, 28 July, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

New Inn

Latest ????

26 Old English Gentleman Park Street / 26-30 New Street


New Inn 1900

Above photo, circa 1900.

New Inn 1912

Above photo 21 August 1912. New Inn is extreme right.  Next to it is a garage which - along with a few buildings beyond - was, I believe, demolished in the 1930s and replaced with the (art deco) Caffyns garage which later expanded onto the New Inn site (Caffyns survived until the 1990s, I believe). Opposite the garage, on the left side of the photograph, is the very narrow top of Forge Lane, lost under the ring-road. Information supplied by Richard Ticknall.

Forge Lane 1912

The sign just shown under the one titled MOTOR GARAGE is of the "British Volunteer."


Pigot's directory of 1832 describes George Philpott as brewer.


From the Kentish Gazette, 2 October 1838.


Sept. 19, Mr. George Philpott, landlord of the "New Inn," Ashford, after a long and painful illness.


From the Kentish Gazette, 9 September 1845.

On Tuesday last, as Mr. James Palmer, butcher, Mr. Adorns, miller, of Bethersden, and a Mr. Dalton, were returning from Ashford market in a light cart, the horse shied and ran away. The reins unfortunately broke, which threw Mr. Palmer to the ground with such force as to deprive him of his senses, he was taken to the "New Inn," Ashford, where he expired on Thursday night. An inquest was held at the above inn on Friday, when a verdict of Accidental Death was returned.


Kentish Gazette, 26 October 1852.

Wholesale Smashing.

Charles Noakes, 22, whitesmith, Charles, Shopcott, 25, tailor, and Robert Saunders, 24, labourer, were charged with uttering certain counterfeit coin well knowing it to be counterfeit at Ashford, on the 28th August last.

Noakes and Shopcott pleaded guilty, the other prisoner not guilty. Saunders was then placed upon his trial, when Mr. Dawson fully explained the nature of the case to the jury, and Mr. Horne examined the following witnesses, who deposed as follows:—

Mary Hunt, lives with her brother at the "Bricklayers Arms" at Ashford. The prisoners came to the house on the 28th August. Saunders' wife engaged two beds for them, and said they were all one party. They left a bundle and went out; that was about eight. Noakes and Shopcott returns about 9.

By the prisoner:— I can't say how the woman was dressed, but I think I should know her again. My sister told me the woman's name was Saunders.

Sarah Hills, the barmaid at the "New Inn," Ashford; on the evening in question Saunders and Noakes came for 2 cigars, and gave in payments a 5s. piece. She put the coin into the till; afterwards took it out upon hearing bad money was passing hearing, and gave it to Mrs. Tatnell.

By the prisoner:— I can't say which prison have gave me the money. The prisoner then applied for the witness's deposition before the Magistrates to be read, as he contended that she had made a different statement on a former occasion; but upon referring to them it was evident he had mistaken the witness.

Mrs. Tatnell, landlady of the "New Inn," Ashford, deposed to the last witness giving her a bad crown piece from the till. She looked at it, thought it was a good one, and returned it to the till; in an hour afterwards took it out again; it was the only crown piece in the till at the time.

By the prisoner:— Did not see you in the house that day.

Henry Epps gave the crown piece to Superintendent Gifford.

The superintendent procured the coin in question. Apprehended Noakes and Shopcott the same day. Asked them about the basket left at the public house, but they denied all knowledge of it. There was a drinking cup, a check, and several shirts in the basket. Witness took out two of the shirts and began kicking them about the room. Two of the prisoners then said:— "You ----- they are our shirts you are kicking about."

Hunt deposed to the prisoners leaving the bundle at the house. A great number of other witnesses were examined, connecting the prisoner with the others in the uttering of the base coin.

The prisoner, in proclaiming his innocence, complained that the money found in his possession, and which was the produce of the sale of his goods, had been kept from him, and that he was therefore prevented from obtaining the assistance of counsel to defend him. He had made repeated applications for it to the master of the prison.

Mr Fenn, the master of the goal corroborated the prisoners statement, and said that he had written to the Superintendent (Gifford) for the money; but he refused to give it up. After a short consultation between the magistrates, the Chairman inquired if the prisoner had anything further to urging his defence. He replied by throwing himself upon the mercy of the court. The Chairman then summed up, and with respect to the detention of the money found on the prisoner, and the committing magistrates were of opinion that it was the produce of fraud, and that therefore it would have been highly improper had allowed such money to have been applied by the prisoner in defending himself against the charges brought against him. That was the magistrates impression.

The jury after a brief consultation, found the prisoners guilty.

Twelve calendar months House of Correction, hard labour.

The three prisoners, come up with the addition of Catherine Saunders, were then charged with stealing a silver drinking mug.

William Pennington, Esq., stated that he had in his possession on 27th August a drinking cup. He used it last on Barham Downs; and when on his road home with his carriage he was told by his butler of it being taken. He had since compared the cup with another in his possession, and they corresponded.

John Joy Hunt, landlord of the "Bricklayer's Arms" public house, said that all four prisoners came to his house on the day in question, when the female asked him if he could accommodate them with two beds. On being told that they could be lodged, the female prisoner consigned the basket into witnesses hand, and he gave it to his sister, who placed it in the back kitchen. The cup was afterwards found in the basket.

Several letters for handed in, showing a correspondence they were carrying on with a gang in and around Chichester.

The jury, with little deliberation, returned a verdict of Not Guilty in the instance of the female prisoner, and the male prisoners guilty.

Four calendar month House of Correction, hard labour, from and after the expiration of their previous sentence.

At the inclusion of this case, we understand that Mr. Pennington made the Superintendent a present of a 10 note, as a acknowledgement for his efforts in tracing and obtaining possession of the stolen drinking cup.


Southeastern Gazette, 18 January 1853.

The adjourned inquest on the bodies of Charles and John Blackman, two children, who unfortunately lost their lives by eating some cake ornaments, which they picked up in the street, was held at the "New Inn," on Monday, when a verdict of “Poisoned by accidentally taking arsenic" was returned.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 5 July 1859.


Ann Wise was charged with stealing 4s. 11d. from the person of Martha Buchanan, at Ashford.

Mr. Russell appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. Ribton for the defence.

Martha Buchanan was the wile of John Buchanan, a waggoner at Chartham. On the 13th June she went to the "New Inn" public-house, at Ashford. Had known the prisoner from a child. Prisoner came in while witness was in the house. Witness had her purse in her pocket about seven o’clock, when at the railway station, which was just before she was at the public-house. There was about 4s. 6d in the purse. Prisoner came into the public-house, and asked witness to stand something. Before she could answer, prisoner put her hand in witness's pocket, and ran away, and witness ran after her. She ran into a cottage. Witness went to the police, and the prisoner was arrested in the house of a Mrs. Brown. She was lying on the bed, up stairs.

Cross-examined:- It was about half-past seven in the evening when I lost my money. I bad been shopping all day. I had been in a public-house (the "Red Lion"), where I had a glass of ale. I also went to the "Bricklayers' Arms," and had some ale and meat with a friend. I went to no other public-house until I went to the "New Inn." No one eles saw the prisoner put her hand in my pocket that I am aware of.
George Bish, a fruiterer, at Ashford, was at the "New Inn" on the night in question. Saw the prosecutor and prisoner in the inn. The prosecutor met Mrs. Buchanan coming out of the public-house, and she said she had lost her purse. He went to the bar and had some gin and water. He was there about five minutes, when he went into the parlour, and saw the prisoner sitting there with other witnesses.

Re-examined:- Was quite sure that prisoner was in the parlour of the "New Inn" after Mrs. Buchanan had left.

Mr. Ribton said he really thought it was useless to go on further with the case.

Mr. Russell said he had another witness to call.

Jane Leman lived in Gravel-walk, Ashford, and Mrs. Brown lived next door to her. Saw Mrs. Brown and another girl go past the house on the night in question. Did not see Ann Wise until she passed in company with an officer.

The Court, at this point, stopped the case, and a verdict of "Not Guilty" was returned.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 26 October 1861.


The inquest on the body of Sergeant Whorley, musketry instructor and drill sergeant to the rifle corps, who was accidentally shot while at ball practice, was held on the 14th inst. at the "New Inn," before Mr. T. T. Delasaux.

The jury returned the following verdict:- "We find that the deceased Jeremiah James Whorley, was accidentally shot whilst marking for a firing party at the Ashford Rifle Volunteers; and we recommend that in future no firing practice be allowed without the use of signals ordered by the School of Musketry, both at the butts and by the firing party.

The deceased was buried with full military honours in the Ashford Cemetery, on Thursday.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 24 May 1864.


At the Petty Sessions, on Tuesday, before G. E. Sayer, Esq, Major Groves, and H. B. Walker, Esq., George Pellett, 44, labourer, was brought up on a charge of stealing a clothes line, value 1s. 6d., from the yard of the "New Inn," Ashford.

The line was the property of the ostler, who deposed that he saw the line hanging up in the yard about half-past eight on Sunday evening week, and about eleven o'clock he missed it. The prisoner had been in the yard just before.

Police Constable George Dunk found a similar piece of line in the prisoner's back yard. It was exactly the same length as that stolen, and of a similar kind, and the mark where it had been cut corresponded with that on the portion left behind. The complainant believed it was the line stolen.

William Savage, uncle of the prisoner, deposed that the prisoner lived with him for eleven weeks in the early part of last year, and that during that time his wife used a piece of line similar to that produced.

The Bench considered it a suspicious case, but discharged the prisoner.


The building was destroyed by bombing (c1944); bombs dropped on Ashford because of Railway Works and to jettison before Channel. Richard Ticknall says:- "In my lifetime I do not believe there has not been a street in Ashford named Old English Gentlemen Park Street."



PIERCE Shadrach 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PHILPOTT George 1832-Oct/38 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CRIER Philip 1841+ (age 60 in 1841Census)

TATNELL Daniel 1951+ (age 47 in 1851Census)

RANDLE Henry 1858+

CHEESEMAN George 1861+ (New Street) (age 56 in 1861Census)

HAYWARD Joseph 1862+

STACEC Norton 1871+ (age 33 in 1871Census) (occupation given as Hostler at 30 New Street, "New Inn Tap.")

WOOD Thomas 1871+ (age 32 in 1871Census)

BACK Richard 1874+

COLLINS George 1881-82+ (age 36 in 1881Census)

OAKLEY William George 1891+ (age 33 in 1891Census)

CAHILL Andrew 1901+ (age 46 in 1901Census)

TOLHURST Stephen 1903-22+ (age 40 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

RICH John 1930+

CUTHBERT George 1938-39+ (age 54 in 1939)


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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