Sort file:- Sandwich, February, 2024.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 14 February, 2024.


Earliest 1845

Red Cow

Open 2024+

12 Moat Sole


01304 613399

Red Cow 1896

Above photo, 1896, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Cattle Market

Above photo showing the Cattle Market, date unknown, by kind permission Roy Moore,

Cattle Market

Above photo showing the Cattle Market, date unknown, by kind permission Roy Moore,

Red Cow

Above photo, date unknown.

Red Cow Mote Sole

Above postcard date unknown.

Red Cow 1915

Above photo, circa 1915, by kind permission of the "Red Cow."

Red Cow 1915

Above photo, circa 1915, kindly sent by Julie Rogers. Showing her Grand Father as man in light suit in the front seat with a pipe. Licensee Charles Brown is said to be second from left with pipe in his mouth.

Red Cow 1937

Above postcard, 1937, kindly sent by Mike Bundock.

Above photo, circa 1951, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. person unknown.

Red Cow 1951

Above photo, circa 1951, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. People unknown.

Red Cow

Above photo circa 1950s.

Above photo circa 1970, by kind permission of the "Red Cow."

Red Cow matchbox 1970s

Above matchbox, circa 1974, kindly sent by John Gladish.

Red Cow 1990

Above postcard, circa 1990, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Cow 2012

Photo by Paul Skelton 14 January 2012.

Red Cow sign

Photo by Paul Skelton 14 January 2012.


The Red Cow was until 1723 the workhouse and laundry for the Parish of St Mary, used mainly by travelling tradesmen and farm workers.

Further information tells us it was rebuilt in 1735 on the site of a monks retreat, that Henry VIII had demolished during the English civil wear, no specific date is given for its demolition.

Around 1842 when the poor laws were repealed the poor were re-housed and Gardener and Co, the brewers from Ash bought the building and it became a public house, licensed only as a beerhouse in 1845. Gardener's were taken over by Whitbread in June 1968.


Why the Red Cow?

The car park across the road from the pub used to be the local cattle market, and the snug area inside the pub served as a cash handling room were all the deals at the weekly mart would be settled. The local breed of cattle was then a distinct red coloured animal.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 19 February, 1971.


Red Lion licensee 1971

By strange coincidence Mr. Herbert "Pip" Earl, new landlord at the "Red Cow," the Sandwich farmers pub comes from Northfleet, as did his predecessor, Mr. Stan Lawrence. They also have a lengthy army career in common.

Before 13 years with a Deptford electronics company, Pip was in the Royal Electrical and Mechanist Engineers for 25 years. At the outbreak of war he was in Ceylon and felt rather out of things until he came home in 1942.

However the War Office post made up for his "quiet" years by sending him ashore on the day after D-Day with the first infantry brigade workshop to be landed in Normandy.

As if this wasn't enough excitement for one lifetime Pip found himself in Korea in 1953. He is reticent about his Mention in Dispatches earned during this posting.

"We just worked rather long hours," is how he described great devotion to duty. His last posting was to the Signal Research Establishment, at Christchurch, Hants.

Sharing Pip's new long-hours job is his wife, Vi. Though this is their first venture into the licensed trade, they served an apprenticeship looking after a friends house in Gravesend.



Closed for some time in late 2007 for refurbishment.


From the Dover Express, 19 November, 2009. Report by Yamural Zendera

The Red Cow pub in Moat Sole was due for a licence review last week after it was requested by Environmental Health.

This was adjourned to today (Thursday).


From Tony Wells, 20 August, 2012.

Red Cow 2012 Red Cow sign 2012

Looks like the Red Cow has received a make over.

Red Cow pen and ink drawing 2013

Above pen and ink drawing by Colin Baker 2013.

From the By Lauren MacDougall, 21 December 2019.

The 33 pubs in Kent you have to drink at in 2020 according to CAMRA.

In total Kent has heaps of pubs listed in the guide and, while 33 of these are new entries, others have appeared in previous editions of the guide.

A total of 33 pubs from around Kent make up the new entries that feature in the 2020 edition of the Good Beer Guide.

The guide is produced annually by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), the independent guide to the best boozers in the UK that is researched by unpaid and independent volunteers nationwide.

Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s chief executive, said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country.

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike with some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent only on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has always had an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support pubs, local brewers and their customers.”

This pub is included in the 2020 list.

Red Cow, Sandwich.

What the guide says: "You cannot miss the large red cow on the front of this timber-framed building used by market traders in years gone by.

"Tiled floors and exposed beams give a comfortable and traditional country pub ambience."



RIGDEN Stephen 1858+

DRAYSON Charles 1861-62+ (also Labourer age 39 in 1861Census)

DURBAN John 1881+ (also carrier age 39 in 1881Census)

SMART George 1891+ (age 54 in 1891Census)

ASH William 1901+ (age 55 in 1901Census

BROWN Charlie 1915ish

LAWRENCE Stan & Olive to 1971 Dover Express

EARL Herbert (Pip) E & Vi 1971-74+ Dover ExpressLibrary archives 1974 Gardner & Co

SAVAGE Tom 2007+

SANDERS Baz & Nina July/2013+

MORGAN Billy 2021-22+

SANDERS Baz & Nina 7/Jan/2024+


Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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