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Earliest 1734

(Name from)

Royal George

Open 2014+

18a Beach Street

Stade Pigot's Directory 1832-34

16 Beach Street Post Office Directory 1874

Folkestone

Royal George

Above photograph circa 1960, kindly supplied by Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate Historical Society.

Royal George 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Royal George, Folkestone 2009 Royal George, Folkestone 2009 Royal George, Folkestone 2009

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 27 June 2009.

Royal George 2012

Above photo kindly sent by Phil Nicholson, 29 November, 2012.

 

From the Folkestone Chronicle 24 May 1856. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.

Wednesday May 21st :- Before James Tolputt esq., Mayor, W. Major esq., and J. Kelcey esq.

Ellen Ovendon appeared on summons charged with committing an assault on Ann Davis.

It appeared that on Saturday night last, the 17th inst., about 11 o'clock, the complainant, in company with another woman, went into the "Royal George" spirit stores. At the bar stood the defendant, and immediately upon the complainant's entrance, (to use her own words), she “flew at me, boxed my ears, and tore my bonnet”. The barman however interposed to prevent further hostilities.

The barman proved that the bonnet was torn by the defendant, but that no blows were struck, as he prevented it. Bad language was bandied from one to the other; and in his opinion there was hardly any choice as to which was the worst.

The defendant admitted the charge, but pleaded the provocation she had received by the complainant calling her names. Convicted in the penalty of 1s. fine and 13s. costs. The money was paid.

 

From the Folkestone Chronicle 29 August 1857. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.

Wednesday August 26th: - Before G. Kennicott and J. Tolputt esqs.

Henry Lovell was committed for seven days imprisonment for being drunk and very disorderly, and using obscene language, in the middle of the day, in the vicinity of the "Royal George Hotel", to the great annoyance of the inhabitants.

 

Folkestone Chronicle 10 October 1857. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.

Quarter Sessions

Thursday October 8th :- Before C. Harewood esq., Judge of the County Court, the Mayor, W. Major, J. Kelcey, G. Kennicott and W. Bateman esqs.

Matthew Marsh pleaded not guilty to a charge of stealing a purse containing £1 2s, the property of John Martin, on 31st July.

Mr. John Minter appeared for the prisoner.

The short facts of the case were that the prosecutor, a superannuated coast-guardsman, employed the prisoner, a coal carrier, to bring him some coke. The prisoner in going to the cellar, had occasion to pass a door on which hung the jacket of the prosecutor, with the purse in the pocket. The purse (empty) was later found among the coke.

Upon cross-examination by Mr. Minter, the prosecutor admitted that he had gone to the gas works to see if he could find the purse, and also to the "Royal George".

Mr. John Minter made a forcible appeal to the jury, and called a witness, who stated that the prosecutor said at the "Royal George" that he had left the purse on the corner of the counter.

The Judge then summed up, and the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty.

 

From the Folkestone Chronicle 12 November 1859. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.

WARNING TO CARTERS, HIGGLERS & OTHERS

Wednesday November 9th:- Before W. Browell and R.W. Boarer esqs.

Charles Read and George Gibbs, the former an inhabitant of Sandgate, and the latter of Dover, severally appeared on summonses, charged by police constable Swain, with leaving their carts and horses for upwards of three quarters of an hour standing in the public thoroughfare, opposite the "Royal George Hotel," without anyone to take care of them. This being an offence under one of the clauses of the Folkestone Improvement Act, 1855. The constable having been sworn proved that on Thursday, November 3rd, the defendants' carts and horses were standing for the time named in the summons, with no person to take care of them.

The defence in both cases was that they were waiting for herrings, and had no intention of breaking the law.

In the case of Read, the magistrates inflicted a nominal fine of 6d and costs 9s. which was paid at once.

As George Gibbs had taken off his horse's reins the magistrates considered this an aggravation of his offence, and sentenced him to pay a fine of 1s. with costs 11s., or in default of paying seven days hard labour; the prisoner was committed to Dover Gaol in default.

 

From the Folkestone Observer 2 February, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.

FIRST CHARGE OF DRUNKENNESS THIS YEAR

Tuesday January 29th:- Before the Mayor, R.F. Browell, R.W. Boarer and J. Kelcey, Esqs.

Edward Loach, 28, and George Phillips, 21, were charged with being drunk in Queen Square on Monday night. P.C. Reynolds said that about 12 o'clock on the previous night he was on duty in Queen Square, when he saw the two prisoners and another man, who were drunk and making a disturbance outside the "Royal George Hotel." He ordered them away and they went to the corner of Kingsbridge Street and commenced again to make a disturbance – Loach and his brother apparently quarrelling. Being again ordered away, they came round once again to Queen Square, and recommenced their disturbance, knocking on the door of the "Royal George." Being again ordered away, they became insolent, and Loach was taken into custody; but fell on the pavement, and Phillips then struck witness, when he also was taken into custody. There was no other person present. Being cautioned with the remark that Mr. Caister was ill, Phillips replied, “---- old Caister, he would not give us any beer at Christmas”. Fined 5s eacg with costs 4s 6d., to be paid within a week.

RESISTING THE POLICE

George Phillips was then charged with resisting P.C. Reynolds in the execution of his duty. P.C. Reynolds deposed that when taking Loach into custody, Phillips struck him (witness) on the mouth, making his gums bleed, and causing his lips to swell. He then seized witness by the collar and tore his coat, and kicked and resisted violently. Calling on Mr. Kent and Mr. Iverson for assistance, witness secured him, handcuffed him, and brought him to the station. In reply to the Mayor, witness said prisoner resisted so much that he was obliged to handcuff him. No defence was offered. Prisoner was then committed to prison, with seven days' hard labour.

A third charge, of wilful damage to the policeman's coat, was not entered on, the prisoner agreeing to pay the cost of repair.

 

Note: Was Caister Manager at Royal George? Was not licensee according to More Bastions. Jan Pedersen.

 

 

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LICENSEE LIST

THORPE Stephen 1823+ Pigot's Directory 1823

GODDEN Richard 1832-39+ (Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839 Stade)

HORLOCK Mark 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

TWEED Philip Tweed to Apr/1858 dec'd (Wine and Spirit Merchant) Folkestone Chronicle

TWEED William (brother of above) Apr/1858-62 Folkestone Chronicle

LEBUTT Hobsob 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

TRITTON Mrs Agnes 1899+ Kelly's 1899

KIRBY George 1903-13

DOWSON Geo 1922

OBERMAN William R 1934+ Kelly's 1934

RELEN Albert Geo Alfred 1938

???? Alan & Drew to 2010+

 

Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

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

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

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Folkestone ChronicleFrom the Folkestone Chronicle

 

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