Page Updated ASH (Canterbury):- Tuesday, 08 February, 2022.


Earliest 1665-

Red Lion

Latest 1860+

(Name to)




Earliest reference found so far is in the Wingham Division Ale Licence list, which shows the "Red Lion," Ash, to be re-licensed for the sum of 8 shillings in 1740 indicating that the pub was present before 1740.

In the same list there is also reference to a "Red House" being licensed to a William Joad, so the two are certainly separate and not to be confused with each other.

The confusion continues with yet another "Red Lion" in Each End. Each End being almost exactly half way between the Woodnesborough and Ash. Perhaps all these houses are one and the same, but later research shows not to be so.

"Red Lion, Each End"

Moreover, Ash also has a public house called the "Lion" and I am beginning to believe that this is indeed one and the same. I am now pretty sure that the name changed from the "Red Lion" to the "Lion" some time after 1860.


Information ex. the late Mr. D. West

Arthur WEST (brother to George WEST miller at Ash), was in 1847 a Saddler and harness maker and licensee of the "Red Lion" public house, Ash.

George WEST miller at Ash in 1839, and 1845, family of the late Mr. Douglas West of Whitstable who said "George's brother Arthur was, in 1847 a saddler and harness maker and licensee of the "Red Lion" Public House in Ash."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 28 January, 1860.


A meeting for the purpose of forming a rifle corps was held at this village, on Tuesday evening last, at the "Red Lion Inn." Seventy three members were enrolled. Mr. F. M. Godden was chosen as Captain of the Corps, Mr. William Gillow Lieutenant, and Mr. R. Castle Ensign.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 11 February, 1860.


On Tuesday evening, at the opening of the new Assembly Rooms at the "Red Lion Inn," Ash, an excellent dinner was served up to about forty-five gentlemen, by the new landlord, Mr. Goldup. The chair was taken by Capt. T. M. Godden. The usual loyal toasts were drunk. The health of the chairman was received with the usual honours; also that of the vice-chairman. Among the other toasts, the Mayor of Sandwich was given, to which his brother, George Ralph, Esq., responded in a few but appropriate remarks. The company separated at half-past ten, every one appearing to have spent a pleasant evening. The songs that were sung by the residents of the village gave general satisfaction, and led to a proportion from Mr. Mayhew that a Catch Club should be started, which was unanimously responded to, and a liberal subscription forthwith entered into, Mr. J. W. Mayhew being elected as Chairman.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 September, 1923. Price 1d.


The licensee of the "Red Lion," Ash was granted an occasional licence for a farm sale at Goodnestone on October 3rd.


Dover Express 15th August 1947.

Wingham Petty Sessions were held at Canterbury on Thursday before Lord Hawarden, Messrs. T G Elphinston, A J Lilliott and A J Ross.

Stole A Cycle.

Eric R Jackson (25) of White House, Brabourne Lees, a miner, pleaded guilty to stealing at Ash, on July 26th, a cycle valued 17 10s, the property of Charles Gilbert, farm labourer, of Moat Lane, Ash.

Gilbert said that he left the cycle outside the “Red Lion” Ash, while he went into a shop. On his return it had gone.

Victor Hiscock, 92 West Street, Deal, cycle agent, said that, on July 26th, prisoner came to the shop with a cycle which he said he wanted to sell, and witness suggested that, as it was in good trim, he should advertise to get a decent price. Prisoner said he wanted the money in a hurry and would take 7, but witness, having seen the man’s identity and army discharge papers, eventually paid him 5.

D S Scarf, who received prisoner into custody at Ashford Police Station, said that, at Deal Police Station, Jackson admitted the offence and said he did not know why he did it.

Jackson said he was hungry and very depressed and did not realise what he was doing. He never had a good job and would like to put his shoulder to the wheel like everybody else.

It was stated that Jackson formerly lived at Deal with his parents and worked at Betteshanger Colliery. He was not very happily married with two children and was given to wandering and suffered from loss of memory. While serving with the Royal Navy he was mentioned in dispatches. He had two previous convictions and was still on probation following a charge of housebreaking.

Jackson was bound over for three years and had to pay 1.10s 4d costs.



TILLEY John 1740+ Wingham Ale Licences 1740

COLLARD John 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

WEST Arthur 1840-58+ (as saddler age 44 in 1851Census) Pigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858

Last pub licensee had GOLDUP Edward 1860+ Next pub licensee had


Wingham Ale Licences 1740From Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1

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

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

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858


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