18a Beach Street
16 Beach Street
Above photograph circa 1960, kindly supplied by Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate
Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.
Above photos by Paul Skelton, 27 June 2009.
Above photo kindly sent by Phil Nicholson, 29 November, 2012.
From South Eastern Gazette 11 November 1834.
THE COURT FOR RELIEF OF INSOLVENT DEBTORS.
The Matters of the Petitions and Schedules of the Prisoners hereinafter
named, (the same having filed in the Court) are appointed to be heard
At the Court-House at Maidstone, in the County of Kent, on the
of December, 1834, at nine o'clock in the morning precisely.
William Hopper, formerly
(Manager) of the "Royal George"
public house, Folkestone,
Kent, Publican, and part of the time a Dealer in Fish, since of Alkham,
Kent, out of Business, and late of Hougham, near Folkestone, Kent,
South Eastern Gazette 12 August 1845.
The "Royal George Hotel" is at last completed and was opened for
business on Thursday last. It is handsomely appointed, and is precisely
the description of house required, being close to the place of
embarkation for the continent, and conveyances continually passing to
and from the railway station. Travellers will now have no occasion to
hunt half over the town for accommodation, which has frequently been the
case of late, the "Pavilion" and the other inns not being found sufficient
to accommodate all corners.
From South Eastern Gazette 31 July 1849.
HEGINBOTHAM v SOUTH-EASTERN STEAM PACKET COMPANY.
An action against the company by the Landlord of the "Royal George
Folkestone, for a nuisance in establishing a manufactory for steam
boilers within 60ft. of the hotel.
Mr. Sergeant Channell stated the case for the plaintiff. Charles Heginbotham, son of the plaintiff, conducted the business of his father
at the "Royal George Hotel," Folkestone. The rent he believes is £300 a
year. Knows the workshop belonging to the South-Eastern Steam-Packet
Company. It is a wooden shed about sixty feet from the hotel. It is used
for manufacturing and repairing boilers for the steamboats, which
occasions a very loud noise and almost incessant hammering, in riveting
the boilers, so loud that it is hardly possible to hear one another
speak from six o'clock in the morning till six in the evening. Their
customers have frequently complained that they could not sleep or rest
in consequence of it. The noise renders the premises uncomfortable and
in a sensible degree inconvenient.
Gotliff Graf, waiter at the hotel, gave similar evidence.
His Lordship - Do you think it would do any good to persons coming there
for the benefit of their health.
Witness - No.
His Lordship - Except to
get them up in the morning [a laugh]
Witness - They cannot hear one
His Lordship - Well, that would only compel them to go
out into the fields to converse.
Mr. Drury, who lived next door to the hotel, gave similar evidence, and
stated that he considered the value of the hotel greatly diminished in
consequence of the noise.
There being no defence, a verdict was given for plaintiff.
- being at the rate of £3 a week.
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
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.
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.
From Western Daily Press 01 May 1875.
LAST NIGHT'S GAZETTE (by Telegraph.) BANKRUPT.
Hobson Wright le Butt, of the "Royal George Hotel," Folkestone, Kent,
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THORPE Stephen 1823+
GODDEN Richard 1828-39+
HORLOCK Mark 1847+
TWEED Philip Tweed to Apr/1858 dec'd (Wine and Spirit Merchant)
TWEED William (brother of above) Apr/1858-62
STRATTON Robert N 1871+ (age 40 in 1871)
LEBUTT Hobson Wright 1874-May/75 bankrupt
TRITTON Mrs Agnes 1899+
KIRBY George 1903-13
DOWSON Geo 1922
OBERMAN William R 1934+
RELEN Albert Geo Alfred 1938
???? Alan & Drew to 2010+
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Folkestone Chronicle