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Earliest 1778

Red Lion

March 1939

8 Conduit Street



Conduit Street is now part of the Shepherd Neame brewery and as such have made many changes to the area over the years. I do not believe that number 8 is still standing and therefore I have no photograph of the building.

However, it has been traced from between 1789 and 1939 at present, so hopefully a photograph will come to light one day.


26 March 1789.

Insured:- Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: in Faversham:  the Red Lion (Wm Barnes, victualler).


26 March 1793.

Insured: Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: The Red Lion (Elizabeth Barns victualler);


Kentish Gazette, 1 August 1820.

In the night of Thursday last, some villain broke into the "Red Lion" public-house, on the Whitstable-road, by means of forcing a window, and stole thereout a money-drawer, containing a 1 book bank note, a quantity of silver and some half pence.

(I am not sure about whether this refers to this pub. But I don't know of a "Red Lion" on a Whitstable Road.)


Faversham Gazette, 1 November, 1856.

"Red Lion" early Tea and Coffee House.

ON AND AFTER MONDAY, November 3rd, Parties can be supplied with Tea or Coffee shortly after 4 o’clock, a.m. Half-pint of Coffee 1d. Ditto Tea, 1 1/2d.

"Red Lion Inn," Quay.


From the Faversham Times, Saturday 4 March 1939.


The Magistrates at the adjourned County Licensing Sessions, held at the Guildhall, Faversham, yesterday (Thursday), approved an application for the transfer of the license of the "Red Lion," Conduit Street, Faversham, to off-licence premises, occupied by Mr. Edward Thomas Milgate, at Sheldwich.

Mr. A. K. Mowll, who had made the application, said that both premises were owned my Messrs. Shepherd Neame Ltd. The off-licence at Sheldwich had been in existence since 1870, and it was proposed that Mr. Milgate should continue as the tenant if the application as granted. The area to which it was proposed to transfer the licence was one in which there was no licence at all at the moment. There was no licensed house within a diameter of one mile. The police raised no objection to the transfer, but two points had been very properly raised by the Superintendent Hoare. One was whether the shop should be entirely separated from the licensed premises. He (Mr. Mowll) had consulted the applicant and Messrs. Shepherd Neame Ltd., and they agreed with this, so what it was proposed to do was to use the shop purely as a village shop for groceries, etc., so that when children went in they would have no connection with the licensed premises at all. To do this, it would be necessary to make the entrance to the public bar on the opposite side, quite separate from the shop. The only other objection raised by the Superintendent was in connection with the present access, and the Company were prepared to provide a path and do away with the entrance by the steps. He (Mr. Mowll) therefore asked the Magistrates to approve the plans, subject to the alterations he had mentioned. In evidence, Mr. Milgate said he had held the off-licence at Sheldwich for fourteen years, and carried on a general store. There were 130 householders who used his house, and they were unanimously of opinion that the licence was desired. His wife and sister would look after the licensed premises, which would be entirely separate.

Formal evidence as to notices of the application was given by Mr. E. M. Edwards (Secretary of Messrs. Shepherd Neame, Ltd.) and Mr. Harry Pover, architect, proved the plans of the premises, showing the proposed alterations, and stated that there were no licensed premises within a mile diameter. The distance from the "Red Lion," Conduit Street, to the off-licence in Sheldwich was 2 miles 6 1/4 furlongs.

The application was granted, and the amended plans approved.



BARNES William 1789+

BARNES Elizabeth 1793+

BOWMAN W 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

HINDES Richard 1832+ (Pigot's Directory 1832-34 Lion)

USHER John 1871-74+ (age 52 in 1871Census)

PILLSHER William 1881+ (age 55 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874

WRAIGHT George 1891+ (age 47 in 1891Census)

JEFFERY Thomas Reuben 1896-1907 Next pub licensee had Kelly's 1903

LAW Abraham 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

LEEDS Albert 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

WAKERLEY John Lair to Oct/1934 Next pub licensee had

PYE Henry 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


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

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


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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