58 Canterbury Road
Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.
Above photographs by Paul Skelton, 5 July 2009.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 15 December 1855. transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday December 12th :- Before James
Tolputt esq., Mayor, James Kelcey esq., William Major esq., and G.
Charles Hazeltine, who had been remanded from Friday last, was brought
up on a charge of stealing a pair of stockings, value 1s 6d, the
property of Daniel Down. It appeared that the prosecutor had lodged for
some time at the house of Mr. White, the "Two Bells," in Bridge Street,
and that on the nights of Tuesday and Wednesday week, prisoner (who
stated that he was working at Shorncliffe Camp) lodged there, and slept
in the same bed with the prosecutor. On Thursday morning prosecutor got
up first and went to his work, leaving the prisoner in his bed, who said
that he should sleep a little longer. At that time a pair of stockings
of the prosecutor's were hanging on a rail at the foot of the bed. About
8 o'clock Mr. White, the landlord, got up, and on going into
prosecutor's room, prosecutor, prisoner, as well as the stockings were
gone. The prisoner had not paid for his lodgings. Mr. White immediately
took the road to Canterbury, calling at the roadside houses by the way;
and on getting to the "Lion" public house, at Bridge, he found the
prisoner, procured a parish constable, and the missing stockings were
found upon the prisoner, who at once admitted that he had taken them.
Prisoner was now asked if he consented to have the case decided
summarily by the magistrates, under the New Criminal Justice Act, and
replying in the affirmative, the depositions were taken, on which,
having been called upon, he pleaded not guilty, but was convicted, and
sentenced to one month's imprisonment and hard labour in the house of
This is the second case which has been decided summarily under the new
act since the last Quarter Sessions, which but for that act must have
been committed for trial. There is consequently every probability of our
ensuing court of Quarter Sessions being a “Maiden” one.
From the Folkestone Observer 3
October, 1863. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday September 30th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N., J. Tolputt
and A.M. Leith, Esqs.
Helen Townsend was charged with stealing a blanket, a sheet, and
sixteen bedroom towels.
Mary Ann White, wife of the landlord of the "Two Bells," said the
prisoner engaged a furnished room for herself and her husband, a man
named Sinick, on the 26th of July. On Saturday night the 19th instant
she told prisoner in the presence of her husband, and in the presence of
her own husband, that she had taken one of the sheets from her bed. She
at first denied it, but afterwards admitted that she had taken it.
Prisoner and her husband said that they were going to Hastings in the
morning, and witness said she should fetch her back. They went out
before witness was up on Sunday morning. The sheet was missed by her on
Saturday afternoon about three o'clock and she had not since seen it. On
Monday morning she missed a towel from prisoner's room, fifteen towels
from a chest on the landing, and a blanket from the front bedroom.
Prisoner sometimes went into the front bedroom to scrub it out. She
pawned some things before, and witness had to get them out. Prisoner
promised to pay the cost of redeeming these things, but had not done so.
Witness went to Hastings yesterday, and caused prisoner to be
apprehended and brought here. Prisoner owed 17s. 10d. for rent &c. The
value of the sheet was 10s. and of the towels and blanket, 10s.
William White, landlord of the "Two Bells," said that on Saturday his
wife charged prisoner with cutting up the sheet and making a shift of
it. She admitted she had done so, and that she then had the shift on.
Her husband said he would see the bill paid if witness would let her go.
On Monday witness's wife missed other things, and he then sent to
Hastings to have prisoner arrested.
The magistrates sent the prisoner to Dover jail for a month's hard
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ever more dilapidated.
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WHITE William 1855-63+
SINDEN Charles 1874
BURCHETT Edwin Geo 1882-99+
BURCHETT Arthur 1903-13
BUTLER Albert 1922-34+
REEVES Wm Edward 1938
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