Earliest reference found so far is in the Wingham Division Ale Licence list,
which shows the "Three Horse Shoes," Sutton, to be re-licensed for the sum of 8 shillings in
1740 indicating that the pub was present before 1740. I have been informed
that the pub related not to a pub in Sutton but to this one in East Studdal.
From the Dover Telegraph 3 March 1838
Mr John FAGG: “At Studdle, far
advanced in age, who, with his predecessors, had kept the public house there
for nearly 80 years”.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 September, 1888. Price 1d.
PEA PICKERS RIOT AT ASHLEY
Henry Williams, of West Street, Deal, was summoned for assaulting
Police-constable Lockyer, in the parish of Little Mongeham, on the 15th
The defendant pleaded “Not Guilty.”
Thomas Lockyer, a County Police-constable, stationed at Tilmanstone, said on
the August he was fetched to go to the “Three Horse Shoes” public house at
East Studdal, near Ashley, shortly before four o'clock. Witness had been
called there in the morning. He went, and as soon as he got to the front
door, was rushed at by the defendant and two other men named Sladden and
Castle. He was struck by a blow in the left eye, which closed it, and was
also hit on the head by a spittoon by Castle, who had already been
convicted. Witness was then knocked down in the road by the defendant and
the other two men, and they struck him several times while he was on the
ground. He endeavoured to get away, and was hit in the head by a stone
thrown by Castle, which rendered him insensible, and he was taken to a
house, where his wounds were dressed by a man named James Jones. He
afterwards went to Dr. Dixon and was attended to by him, and he was still
under his care, and unable to perform his duties.
William Taylor corroborated the evidence of the last witness, and said he
saw defendant strike the constable while he was on the ground. The man named
Castle wanted to fight witness, but the landlady locked him (witness) in the
The Chairman, to the defendant: Have you anything to say to us?
Defendant: I have nothing to say to you, as you was not there and know
nothing about it. (Laughter).
The Bench sentenced the defendant to one month's imprisonment with hard
The defendant said the constable ought to have three months and the witness
Taylor two months.
Another man named Sladden was to have been summoned for the same offence at
the court, but the police informed the Bench that the summons had not yet
been served. This will make the third case that has arisen through the
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 March, 1902. Price 1d.
PUBLIC HOUSE PROSECUTION
William Amos, landlord of the “Three Horse Shoes,” East Studdall, Little
Mongeham, was summonsed for selling intoxicating liquor, been, on Sunday,
March 2nd, at ten minutes past ten, a.m., when the house should have been
Mr. Rutley Mowll appeared on behalf of defendant, and entered a plea of
“guilty.” He pleaded in extenuation that defendant had had a very good
character. He explained that one man had no beer, and the two other men came
to the house purporting to be bona-fide travellers.
Superintendent Chaney said that the license was only granted at the last
Sessions day, and that it was owing to anonymous letters received imputing
this kind of thing that he sent an officer to visit the house in plain
The Bench imposed a penalty of £1 9s. 10d.
William Graves, William Smith, and William Henry Wellard were each summoned
for being on the premises during unlawful hours.
Smith and Wellard explained that they walked from Martin Mill, and thought
it was far enough to enable them to get a drink. Graves declared that he had
only gone to the house to fetch some greens left there for him.
The bench inflicted a fine of 5/- on each man, or three days in default.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News,
2 July, 1915.
PUBLIC HOUSE STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
On Wednesday afternoon during a thunder storm, in the district near
Dover, the "Three Horse Shoes," at Ashley, was struck by lightning,
there being a terrible heavy peal of thunder simultaneously. The chimney
was struck, bricks flying all about. The lightning did damage right
through the house smashing an over-mantle in one room. Fortunately no
one was injured. the landlord is Mr. Amos.
Dover Express 4th August 1916.
Eastry Rural District Tribunal held 26th July 1916.
Conditional exemption granted to W. J. Amos aged 36, wattle maker and
thatcher of the “Three Horseshoes”, Studdale.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News,
8 December, 1916.
SERGEANT RICHARD BELSEY.
Royal Engineers (formerly of the 9th Lancers and served in the South
African War three years), gassed and wounded on the 24 Sept 1916, after
being on active service for 2 years. He has been awarded the Military
Medal for bravery. Brother of Mrs W. Amos, of the "Three Horseshoes"
East Studdale; son of the late Mr Thomas BELSEY of Ashley; and son in
law of Mr Henry WALKER of Goodnestone.
Dover Express 31st July 1942.
DOVER RURAL DISTRICT COUNCIL.
Martin: Right of Way.
The Highways Committee reported that the Eastry Rural District Council
had asked whether the right of way between the “Three Horseshoes” public
house and Martin was a footpath or a bridleway. The Surveyor suggested
that he should see the Surveyor to the Eastry Rural District Council on
the matter and this was agreed.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 August 1942.
Trouble at Studdale
Nelly Gregory, of 7, Oak Cottages, Studdale, was summoned by her sister
in-law, Edith Rose Spence, of "The Three Horseshoes," Ashley, for assaulting
her and her 9½ years old daughter, Elizabeth; and there
was a counter summons for assault by Mrs. Spence.
Mr. P. A. G. Aldington appeared for Mrs. Spence and: and Mr. F. Tucker
(Sandwich) for Mrs. Gregory.
Mr. Aldington said that the cases arose out of two assaults on Sunday
July 19th. It seemed that the girl was going along the road with two small
sisters in a pram, when the defendant went across to her, made some remarks,
swore at her, and hit her on the back of the neck, apparently for no reason.
When the child told her mother, Mrs Spence went to find out what it was all
about, and Mrs. Gregory knocked her down and blackened her eye. His client
issued the summons on July 22nd, and they were served on July 27th, and for
some reason or other Mrs. Gregory issued a summons against Mrs. Spence the
Elizabeth Amelia Rose Spence said that she was walking along the road
when her aunt came along and said, "I have got you in the right place," got
hold of her arm and shook her, said her mother had not brought her up right,
and then hit her on the back of the neck. She went home and told her mother,
who went to see her aunt, and returned with a black eye and grazed elbow.
By Mr. Tucker. She did not laugh at her aunt, and did not say "You
haven't got the manners of a pig and don't know how to bring your children
up." She did not cry, her aunt did not ask her if her mother knew she called
Mrs. Spence said that the girl went home crying, and, as a result of what
she had said, she (witness) went to find Mrs. Gregory. As she knew sh was a
decent way away, she took her husband's bicycle. Her sister in-law asked if
she had come about Betty, and when she said "Yes," Mrs. Gregory said, "I am
not going to have her laugh at me." Witness told her she did not like he
hitting the child, and defendant took off her jacket and hit her (witness)
in the stomach. She did not know how she got on the road, and when she asked
to be allowed to get up, Mrs. Gregory punched her twice in the eye.
By Mr. Tucker. There was a quarrel about six weeks ago. Mrs. Gregory and
her husband had made no complaints about Elizabeth. She was cross when she
reached Mrs. Gregory, but she did not remember rushing to her and getting
hold of her by her blouse. She did not strike her in the mouth.
Mr. Tucker said that he pleaded not guilty, because what happened was
justified and provoked. Evidence would show that the little girl had been in
the habit of calling out after Mrs. Gregory in the road for about six weeks.
Mrs. Gregory was attacked by Mrs. Spence first, and what she did was in self
Mrs. Gregory, aged 23, and mother of two children, said Mrs. Spence was
her husband's sister. Ever since the quarrel the girl had shouted rude
remarks to her in the road, such as "You haven't got the manners of a pig!"
and "You don't know how to bring your children up." She had complained to
Mrs. Spence about it and so had her husband. On the day in question she was
with her sister going to catch a bus at Sutton. The girl came towards them
and burst out laughing in her face. After she had passed, she shouted, "You
want to learn to bring your children up properly. You haven't the manners of
a pig." She (witness) went after her and shook her, and said "Does your
mother know you are still mouthing me, Betty?" and she replied, "Yes." She
denied she struck the child, but when she shook her arm she burst out
crying. When Mrs. Spence arrived she said, "This is just what I have been
waiting for!" caught hold of the front of her blouse and tore it and hit her
in the mouth and made it swell. Witness then hit back, and supposed she
pushed her down on the road.
By Mr. Aldington: Mrs. Spence attacked first. She did not take out a
summons earlier because it was a family quarrel.
Mrs. Dorothy Steer, sister of Mrs. Gregory, corroborated.
Dennis John Gregory gave evidence of hearing the child call after his
wife and speaking to his sister (Mrs. Spence) about it, but she did not
After retirement, the Chairman said the magistrates felt the case should
never have been brought to Court. They thought the real trouble was the
little girl, who had, apparently, been very cheeky, and enough to make the
aunt angry. The summonses would all be dismissed and each would pay their
own costs. If they came before the court again they would get into proper
trouble, either one, the other, or both. They should go away now and make
Speaking to the child, the Chairman pointed out she was the cause of a
great deal of the trouble, and she should go away and behave herself.
Dover Express 8th June 1945.
East Kent News. Sutton. Communist Party.
Open air public meeting, near “Three Horse Shoes” Inn, East Studdal, Sunday
June 10th at 7.30 p.m. Messrs. Fred Pepper, Peter Sheppard and Gilbert
Williams will be speaking on “Why we support the Labour Party
candidate” Comrades! Come Rally.
Dover Express 6th June 1947.
R.D.C. BYE ELECTION.
Two candidates were nominated on Monday for the bye-election at Sutton to
fill the vacancy on the Eastry Rural District Council caused by the death of
Mr. J. E. Parfitt.
Polling Day will be June 16th and the candidates are Mr. Robert Spence,
licensed victualler, of the “Three Horseshoes”, East Studdal (Lab) and Mrs.
Margaret Letitia Tritton, Farmer, Brighton Bungalow, East Studdal (Ind). The
late Mr. Parfitt was a Labour Party representative on the Council.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 17
OUTING FROM STUDDAL.
Many dart players in the district will recognise past opponents in
this photograph of the players at the "Three Horse Shoes," Studdal, before
they left for an outing at Windsor.
An email 21 November 2012, states the following:-
Have just sorted my notes and am disappointed with the small number of
people I have identified. however, here goes:-
Back row from the left - Harold Parfitt, Teddy Gisby, then in the doorway
holding the beer, Harold Miller, then on the right of the door in the flat
cap Mr. Whittaker. The rest I do not know.
Front row again from the left - Mrs Miller, Mrs. Whittaker, not known, Mrs.
Marshall with carrier bag, not known, Mrs. Pascall, Mrs Jones.
I will leave you to edit or ignore this as you wish.
An email 21 November 2012, states the following:-
My Nan and Grandad ran the pub for a while....I presume they were the
licensees. They are in the picture of the darts trip to Windsor.
My nan, Beatrice Mitchison in the middle with the sign and my grandad,
Archibald Mitchison standing behind her.
I have attached a photo of them behind the bar.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 30
The future of the 150-year-old Three Horseshoes Inn at Studdal was last
(Thursday) night shrouded in mystery, is it going to close down or not? No
one was prepared to say.
The pub (above) - on the road linking Waldershare with Deal - is a
popular rendezvous for townsfolk and villagers.
For several years it has been run by landlord 62-year-old Mr. Stanley
Marcell and his wife. Now they are leaving for the Isle of Wight.
As far as they are concerned the pub closes down on Wednesday night, when
Mr. Marcell will call "Time!" for the last time.
Mr. Marcell has no idea who will be taking over - or if anyone will.
"There have been no prospective tenants to look over the place since I
gave in my notice," he says.
The Inn is owned by Charrington's, but no one from the brewery was saying
anything about the future of the two-bar establishment.
The brewers local office at Walmer said : No comment.
At Charrington's office at Hadlow, a spokesman would only comment, "I
can't say anything official."
And at the Mile End head office, the public relations officer was on
holiday. No one else thee would make any comment.
Customers will be waiting eagerly next Thursday to see what happens. The
house has been n Inn ever since it was built over 150 years ago (circa 1800)
in former days it was run in conjunction with a blacksmith's shop.
"It's a funny idea when we can't find out what's going to happen to our
future drinking habits," said one established customer this week."
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7
There were signs of relief at Studdal when it was learned that the Three
Horseshoes Inn would not be closing after all. Messrs. Charrington's refused
to make any statement as to its future.
But before she left, on Wednesday, Mrs. Eunice Marcell, wife of the
former landlord said a manager would be moving in today.
I have since been informed that the pub closed in the 1970s after what was
described as "becoming a high class bordello."
(From Wikipedia:- A brothel, also known as a bordello, cat-house, whorehouse,
sporting house and various other euphemisms, is an establishment specifically
dedicated to prostitution, providing the prostitutes a place to meet and to have
sexual intercourse with clients.)
I await further newspaper cuttings and information with curiosity.
Information found 21 November 2012.
The pub is currently for sale and the following
information has been taken from Jackson-Stops & Staff.
www.Jackson-stops.co.uk November 2012.
Three Horse Shoes Homestead Lane, East Studdal, Dover, Kent.
A CHARMING DETACHED PERIOD
COTTAGE IN A RURAL LOCATION, WITH LOVELY FARMLAND VIEWS. Guide Price
Three Horse Shoes, as the name suggests, was
until about 40 years ago a Country Inn.
The elevations are mainly brick
or rendering beneath a mainly Kent peg tile and slate roof now providing
well presented, charming and characterful accommodation. Special
features include lovely pine internal doors, pretty fireplaces, some
exposed timbers and a most charming fitted cellar bar.
The entrance hall
includes a snug sitting area with fireplace leading through to the
sitting room with working fireplace, beamed ceiling and original front
A good size dining room also has a functional fireplace, panelling
to dado and beamed ceiling.
From the hall there is access to the ground
floor bathroom and the fitted kitchen with cream painted units, work
surfaces and fitted fridge, freezer, washing machine and Range cooker.
Beyond the dining room is a double aspect room ideal as a good size
fourth bedroom or playroom. From the landing with exposed beams are two
double bedrooms and a single bedroom together with the attractive family
bathroom. Outside is the secluded garden, parking and garden
• Entrance Hall with Snug Sitting Area
• Sitting Room
• Dining Room
• Bedroom 4/Family Room
• Bathroom 2
• Cellar Bar
• 3 Bedrooms
• Family Bathroom
• Oil Fired Central Heating
The property faces the lane with lovely farmland views and has a
sheltered mature garden being triangular in shape. A gated entrance at
the rear gives access to a large gravel parking area beside the timber
shed/workshop with a gated entrance into the main garden, being well
hedged and fenced with lawn, shrubs and a fine mature walnut tree. There
is a tool shed, garden chalet, gravel terrace area and steps down to the
courtyard beside the back door with oil tank and oil fired boiler.
Three Horse Shoes is situated in a rural setting in East Studdal just
five miles or so southwest of the coastal town of Deal with shops and
amenities including the Royal Cinque Ports Golf Course. The Channel Port
of Dover with regular ferries to France is also about 7 miles away
together with a wide range of shops and superstores at Whitfield, just
off the A2. The Cathedral City of Canterbury lies about 20 miles to the
west with its wonderful cultural interests, excellent shopping centre
and wide choice of well regarded schools in both the private and state
Services: Main water and electricity. Private drainage. Oil Fired
Central Heating (services not tested).
Local Authority: Dover District Council – 01304 821199
Tax Band: “F”
Viewing: Strictly through Jackson-Stops & Staff. Tel: 01227 781600
Above plans shown not to scale.
DAD Edward 1740+
FAGG John 1758ish-1838 dec'd
FAGG William 1871-82+ (also blacksmith age 71 in 1871)
FAGG Robert 1891+ (also blacksmith age 57 in 1891)
HINKLEY Walter 1899-Jan/1902+
AMOS William Jan/1902-Sept/09
BAYNHAM/RAYNHAM Robert 1913-14+
AMOS William 1916-Sept/29
GISBY Robert Thomas Sept/1929-July/31
OLIVER Hezekiah July/1931-July/42
SPENCE Robert 16/July/1942-54
MITCHISON Archibald 1954
WEBB L C 1955-10/Oct/56
MORGAN H J 10/Oct/1955-Aug/59
MARCELL Mr Stanley Aug/1959-Nov/66+
MANSFIELD J Nov/1966+
Closed in the 1970s.
From Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
From the Dover Express