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Earliest 1881-

Prince Albert

Latest 1913+

High Street (Stone Street 1881Census)


Prince Albert 1900

Above photo, circa 1900 taken by Arthur Edward Stickles and kindly sent by Michael Mirams.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 25 March 1904.

Cranbrook. Suicide of a publican. A singular sequel.

An inquest was held on Friday touching the death of Edgar Whatman, aged 49, the landlord of the "Prince Albert" beer house, whose body was found the previous afternoon in the River Crame. Mr. John Fuggle, of Speldhurst, identified the body as that of his brother-in-law. He last saw deceased in July. He identified a pocketbook as in the handwriting of the deceased.

Frederick Goble, who lodged with the deceased, deposed that on Thursday morning he came downstairs and found the lights burning dimly, as if they had been on all night. Finding no one in the house, he informed the police.

William Hickmott deposed that a few days previously the deceased had told him that he was in trouble.

P.C. Friend depose to finding the body in the river. In the pocketbook was an entry asking that Mrs. Fuggle, of Speldhurst, might be written to, and adding: "Please put me in wife's grave, and put up head and foot stone. Will see Mr. Philpott and arrange with him, and let him see Kenward and Court. Let the house. I hope Mr. Philpott will see you paid. See my sister when she comes. Put the land up by hammer as soon as you can. Hope they will see you paid. There is only a few bills to be paid by the time you have sold the pigs and horse at the market. Let Jenner do the work and arrange things and stone. I hope they will pay you well. I know I have done wrong. It is not all me. It's all gone for beer. I hope the money will be shared with them all. Hope all my friends will forgive me. For I cannot do any more work."

Superintendent Fowle stated that the deceased, having made a remark about things down a well, he had with grab hooks found some mats and brushes, and rolls of wallpaper had been sunk in sacks. About 13 in money was in the house.

A verdict of suicide was returned.

The funeral took place at the parish church on Monday.

Arising out of enquiries instituted by the police as to the ownership of the articles found in the well of the "Prince Albert" beer house, kept by deceased, Frank Parks, an upholsterer, of Cranbrook, was on Tuesday afternoon charged on a warrant at the police station, before Mr. J. B. Jobson, J.P., with stealing in the year 1903 a carved oak panel, of the value of 2, the property of Elwin E. B. Paine, upholstery, of Cranbrook.

Superintendent Fowle gave formal evidence of arrest, and stated that the panel, which had been sold to Mr. Wale, cabinetmaker, of Hawkhurst, was received. He had also discovered 10 other panels, which had been sold to Mr. F. Clements, of the "Queen's Hotel," Hawkhurst. He applied for a remand.

Remanded until Thursday.

It is understood that prisoner, who is a married man with a large family, has been in prosecutor's employment for 28 years.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 6 February, 1914.



At these Sessions yesterday. Mr. W. B. Tylden-Patterson (in the chair) and a full Bench of Magistrates, Supt Fowle presented his report, stating all the houses had been well-conducted, and there was a decrease of drunkenness by 11 compared with last year. The Chairman announced that the following four houses would be deferred to to the next Court for consideration on the ground of redundancy:

The "Duke of York," the "Paper Makers' Arms," the "Bird in Hand," and the "Prince Albert." The whole of the other licenses would be renewed.



BENNETT Alfred Bennett 1881-91+ (also carpenter age 42 in 1881Census)

WHATMAN Edgar to Mar/1904 dec'd

POPE Frank 1911-13+ Next pub licensee had (age 28 in 1911Census)




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