Sort file:- Ashford, November, 2021.

Page Updated Ashford:- Friday, 26 November, 2021.


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Wellesley Inn

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49 Somerset Road


Wellesley Hotel

Above photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, date unknown.

Wellesley Hotel 1906

Above photo circa 1906, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Wellesley Hotel 1960s

Above photo, 1960s, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.


The pub changed name some time at the turn of 1970 to the "Trumpeter."


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 14 February 1885.

Fatal Accident.

An inquest was held on Wednesday, by the East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esqe.), at the "Wellesley Inn," Ashford, on the body of Edwin Croucher age 47, a labourer.

From the evidence adduced it appears that, on the 7th inst., deceased was with others in charge of a traction engine going towards Pluckley. When they were as far as Potter's Corner a pony and cart was lead past the machine. Deceased was standing close by. A short time after someone cried out "halt," and a man named Edward Hayward who was walking in front of the engine went back to see what was the matter and saw deceased lying on the ground behind the last truck. When spoken to Croucher did not answer. The wheels had gone over deceased's left leg, and it was crushed. It was growing dusk when the accident occurred. Deceased was understood to say that he had rolled off a stone and his foot had been caught in the engine. The accident was not seen by anyone. The injured limb was amputated by Dr. Mark, of Ashford, but deceased never rallied and gradually sank till Monday, when he died.

Deceased told the doctor that he had had 7 or 8 pints of beer that day.

When the doctor first saw him he was suffering from the effects of drink.

The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.


From the Whitstable Times, 13 September, 1902.


An Inquest was held on Wednesday evening at the “Wellesley Hotel,” Ashford, by Mr. R. M. Mercer, County Coroner, respecting the death of Albert Kingsnorth, aged 19, a carpenter, of Bethersden, who, while at work the previous week, in the employ of Mr. Jarvis at the steam saw mills, Bethersden, had the misfortune to injure his hand with the circular saw. Kingsnorth was removed to the Cottage Hospital at Ashford, where it was found necessary to amputate the first finger and thumb of the left hand.

Dr. Willis said the deceased’s injury was a serious one. After the amputation Kingsnorth progressed favourably, but blood poisoning set in and he died on Monday.

Mr. Jarvis, deceased's employer, stated that Kingsnorth had been in his employ for the past two years, and had been cautioned several times about putting his fingers too close to the circular saw. On Wednesday deceased was cutting some laths and witness suddenly saw him snatch his left hand away. He dressed the cut and sent Kingsnorth to the hospital.

The Coroner questioned Mr. Jarvis as to why there was no guard over the saw, and witness stated that the work they were engaged on could not be done with a guard on.

The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.



DAVIS William 1874+

WRIGHT George 1882+

KENNETT Thomas 1891-1903+ Kelly's 1903

KENNETT C A Mrs 1913+

KENT Charles Thomas 1922-30+

OFFEN H 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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