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Earliest 1816-

Three Colts

Latest 1934+

72 New Street


Three Colts and Royal Engineers 1900

Above photo circa 1900, shows a detachment of the Royal Engineers from Deal at an outing outside the "Three Colts."

Three Colts

Three Colts Inn, Sandwich. Proprietor - J. S. Darby

Good accommodation for cyclists, &c.

Above picture kindly supplied by Pam Lacey.

Three Colts circa 1895

Above photo circa 1895, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The "Sun Inn" is extreme right.

Three Colts 1939

Above photo, circa 1939, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Three Ciolts 1970

Above photo, circa 1970.

Three Colts

Above photo, date unknown.

Three Colts 2009 Three Colts 2009

Above pictures taken from Google Maps 2009.


It appears to have been tied to a brewery owned by the prominent Sandwich family, the Wyborns to 1822. In 1764 William Wyborn, brewer, died and his business was left to his daughter Mary, who had married John Bradley. Their son, William Wyborn Bradley was born in 1752 William being described as "common brewer of Sandwich." William was elected Mayor Sandwich in 1785 and died in 1788. The Sandwich brewery and its tied estate of 27 pubs was eventually put up for "sale by private contract" by William's son (also called William Wyborn Bradley, born 1779) as advertised in the Kentish Gazette on 10th May 1822.

Edward Henry Cork actually left the pub in 1898 to take on the "Anchor Inn" at Wingham, but unfortunately died shortly after going there.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 14 September, 1872. 1d.


Read start of summons.

Jordan was then charged by Supt. Brothers with being drunk in the "Three Colts," public-house, on the night of the 1st of September, and of riotous and disorderly behaviour.

Defendant admitted that he was drunk, but not that he was riotous.

E. H. Cork, landlord of the above house, was likewise summoned for unlawfully permitting drunkenness in his house, but the offence was by mistake alleged in the summons to have been committed on the 31st of August instead of on the 1st of September, and Mr. Walter Farley, who appeared for Cork, was at first inclined to make an objection on that ground, but the Magistrates' Clerk (Mr. J. C. Martin) remarked that any objection to the summons would fail by the appearance of defendant. Consequently, Mr. Farley, (after a private interview with the client) withdrew his objection.

Supt. Brothers said: On the 1st of September I saw the defendant Jordan standing and the bar of the "Three Colts" with a glass of beer in his hand, and he was calling out to someone in the room to drink with him. This was between 6 and 7 o'clock in the evening. I had seen him at the same place previously, and then he came out to me in a very excited state and wanted to know what I had been saying to the landlord (Mr. Clark) about his drawing them beer on the previous night. He also said I must not think I had a _____ fool to deal with. He was very excited, and I told him if he were not quiet I should have to lock him up.

Cross-examined by Mr. Furley: The exact words Jordon used when he came up to me were, "I say, sir, what made you go into the "Three Colts" and ask the landlord about drawing beer last night." He made use of very bad language. He staggered out of the house, and my idea of his being drunk was not from his language. I saw beer in the glass he had in his hand. I have only known the landlord since he has kept the "Three Colts." The house has been conducted very badly indeed. I have not brought any charge against the landlord, because I am not harsh against anyone - the first night the house was opened the landlady drew beer after hours. The real reason that I have nor brought any charge against the landlord is because I have not been actually able to prove one. I have seen him order people out of his house at the closing hour. I believe the house has been closed at proper hours since the new Act has been in force. Jordan was drunk, and I saw him with the glass.

Mr. Furley having addressed the Bench, called the following witnesses.

E. H. Cork, who said I was on my premises the whole of Sunday, September 1st. Two persons came in drunk in the evening, but I would not serve them, and I told them to go home, as I thought they had had enough. A man named Bragg put them out. I saw Jordan in the house in the evening between 7 and 8. He had had quite enough and I would not serve him with anything. He kept coming in and out, and I told him several times that he had better go home.

William Rose, hostler at the "Three Colts," corroborated the evidence of the last witness and swore that Jordan was not served with anything.

The Magistrates then deliberated, and in announcing their decision, the Mayor commented upon the very reprehensible conduct of the defendants. Such behaviour could not be allowed, but the Magistrates were disposed on this occasion to deal leniently with the defendants. Jordon, although the worst, had one redeeming feature  for he had expressed contrition for what had happened and a wish that it would not occur again, and that alone had prevented the Magistrates from punishing him with the full severity of the law. He would be fined 5s., and the costs 11s. and Durban the same. Hoile, whom they had always regarded as a respectable young man, would be fined 1s., and 11s. costs. In default of payment, Jordan and Durban would have to go to prison for seven days and Hoile for five days. With respect to the second offence, Jordan would be fined another 5s. and costs, 12s. or in default be imprisoned for seven days. The summons against Mr. Cork would be dismissed, but at the same time the Magistrates would warn him as to the manner in which he conducted his house.

Jordan paid the money in the first instance, but went to gaol for the second offence, and each of the other defendants also paid the money.


From The Dover Express, Friday, April 24, 1896.


E. H. Cork, Late of "Three Colts," Sandwich, having taken the "Anchor," Wingham, wishes to inform the public that he will cater for parties of all descriptions.

Teas provided on the shortest notice.

Good Stabling.



HORTON James 1816 Next pub licensee had

HORTON Simon 1823-39+ Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

CHANDLER John 1840-41+ (age 35 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1840

SCOTT George 1847-51+ (age 33 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847

ROLFE John Smith 1858-62+ Melville's 1858Kelly's 1862

ATTWOOD John Jennings 1871-Apr/72 (age 38 in 1871Census) Deal Mercury

CORK Edward Henry Apr/1872-Apr/96 Next pub licensee had (age 40 in 1881Census) Deal MercuryKelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1878Post Office Directory 1882

COCK Edward H 1891+ (age 48 in 1891Census)

WRAIGHT William before 1899 Next pub licensee had

BULLOCK Reginald Arthur 1899-1900+ Kelly's 1899

SPAIN Walter John 1901-03+ (age 24 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

DARBY/DARSY John Sackett 1911+ (age 66 in 1911Census)

DURNFORD Edward W 1913 Post Office Directory 1913

SPRATLING John C 1918+

GOSLIN Sidney James Next pub licensee had 1934+ Kelly's 1934


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

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

Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934



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