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Monday, 2 May 2022

Elgar, Mary, Radnor Street Brewery

Kentish Chronicle 9-8-1822 


Ale & Table Beer brewery to be sold or let: A small concern in the above line, situate in Radnor Street, in the town of Folkestone, and now in the occupation of Mary Elgar, of which immediate occupation may be had.

The copper, backs, squares, and other utensils were new about four years since and are now in constant use.

There are also two public houses attached to the business, three years`lease on which remain unexpired, and a trade, in other respects, capable of considerable improvements.

The whole may be purchased on very moderate terms, and, to any person in want of business, suitable for a small capital, it presents many advantages.

For further particulars enquire of Mr. William Elgar, Folkestone, or of Mr. George Page, Brewer, Dover.

Kentish Chronicle 12-12-1826 

Died: Dec. 5, at Folkestone, Mrs. Mary Elgar, one of the Society of Friends, aged 83, relict of the late Mr. Wm. Elgar.




Ship Inn, The Stade c1717 - Present

Ship Inn, 1978

Ship Inn, 1935. Photo kindly supplied by Martin Easdown
Ship Inn, May 2012


Elizabeth Tiddyman Listed 1717
John Smith Listed 1734
Edward Brown Listed 1741 Ex Blue Anchor
Reginald Mantell c1765 1768
Joseph Trevellion 1768 1772 Also Crown 1765-71
Elizabeth Trevellion 1772 1793
John Greggs 1793 1794
John Eastwick 1794 1822 Ex Privateer
Jane Smith 1822 1825
Elizabeth Huson 1825 1825
William Lott 1825 c1830
Richard Knight c1830 c1835
John Philpott c1835 c1845
Thomas Davis c1845 c1850
Harriet Hall c1850 c1863
Charles Page c1863 c1866
George Bates c1866 c1870 
John Pope ???? ???? (SE Gazette 4-7-1876 has Pope at Queen`s Head "formerly of Ship Inn")
Richard May c1870 1884
George Warman 1884 1894
John Grigg 1894 1898 From East Cliff Tavern
Richard Pay 1898 1901
George Prior 1901 1939 From Wonder Tavern
Albert Prior 1939 1948
Dorothy Bentley 1948 1969
Stanley Dawkins 1969 1991
Alan Mitchell 1991 1992
Philip Whittle and Patricia Whittle 1992 1994
Walter Darling and Andrew Foreman 1994 1996 Also Oddfellows Arms 1995
Alan Malone and Margaret Hussey 1996 1999
Gillian Hollis and Keith Roberts 1999 2000
Gillian Hollis and Melanie Elkington 2000 2004 +

Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811

General Sessions 20-8-1792

Before David Puttee, Edward Andrews, John Harvey, Thomas Farley, Joseph Sladen and Robert Harvey.

Petitions were received from John Nutt and Matthew William Sankey, Brewers at Canterbury, to licence a house in Folkestone, in Fisherman`s Row, late called the Ship.

Ordered that the said licence be granted, provided they apply for and take out the said licence on or before the next licensing day, being the last Monday in April next.
Kentish Gazette 9-10-1807


To be sold by Auction;

At the sign of the Ship, in Radnor Street, in the town of Folkestone, on Saturday, the 31st day of October instant, at three o'clock in the afternoon: All that Copyhold Messuage of Tenement, which hath been long a good-accustomed Bake-House, situate in Radnor Street, in the said town of Folkestone aforesaid, and late in the occupation of William Ball or his assigns, with the leasehold ground and appurtenances thereunto adjoining and belonging.

Immediate possession may be had.

For further particulars apply at the office of Messrs. Tournay, Solicitors, Hythe.

Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811

General Sessions 25-4-1808

Before Thomas Baker (Mayor), Joseph William Knight, John Castle, John Gill, John Bateman and James Major.

The following person was fined for having short measures in their possession, viz.:

Eastwick 1 quart 2/6

Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811

General Sessions 30-5-1809

Before Joseph Sladen (Mayor), John Minter, Thomas Baker, John Castle and John Gill.

Ordered that the following persons be summoned to appear at the next adjournment of the Sessions, viz.: Wm. Rigden, Charles Stebbings, John Essex (sic) and John Burton.

Rigden, British Lion. Stebbings, Marquis of Granby (1). Eastwick, Ship Inn. Burton, Jolly Sailor (2)

General Sessions 27-6-1809

Before Joseph Sladen (Mayor), John Minter, Thomas Baker, and John Castle.

John Eastwick was fined 10/- for having in his possession one ale pint pot for selling ale or beer.

Kentish Chronicle 4-1-1811 

Died: January 1st, Mrs. Eastwick, wife of Mr. John Eastwick, Ship Inn, Folkestone.

Kentish Gazette 8-1-1811

Died: January 1st, Mrs. Eastwick, wife of Mr. John Eastwick, Ship Inn, Folkestone.

Kentish Chronicle 28-9-1819

Auction extract:

To be sold by auction by Messrs. White (without reserve). Pursuant to certain orders of the Vice Chancellor of Great Britain, and before the major part of the Commissioners named and authorised in and by a Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued against Matthew William Sankey, of the city of Canterbury, brewer, dealer and chapman, at the Guildhall of the said city of Canterbury, on Friday, the 15th day of October, at eleven o`clock in the forenoon (subject to such conditions of sale as shall be then and there produced).

Lot 12: All that new-built copyhold messuage or tenement called the Ship, with the cottage, storehouses or buildings, ground and appurtenances, situate at or near Radnor Street, in Folkestone aforesaid, and now in the occupation of John Eastwick – rent 1s. 6d.

N.B. The last lots are Copyholds of Inheritance, and held under the Lord of the Manor of Folkestone.

For further particulars apply to Messrs. Plummer and Son, or Mr. J.J. Pierce, solicitors, Canterbury; or to Messrs. Wiltshire, Bolton and Cole, solicitors, Winchester House, Old Broad Street, London.

Kentish Chronicle 26-2-1822 

Died: Feb. 21, at Folkestone, in a fit of apoplexy, Mr. John Eastwick, landlord of the Ship public house at that place, aged 55 years.

Kentish Chronicle 11-3-1825 


Public Houses at Folkestone to be sold by auction, by White and Goulden, at the Saracen`s Head, in the city of Canterbury, on Thursday, the 17th of March instant, at twelve o`clock at noon:

All those two valuable Public Houses, situate in the town of Folkestone, known by the names of the Ship and the Fountain, and now in the respective occupations of Elizabeth Huson and Edward Selden. The situation of the Ship is most advantageous, as a steam vessel is expected to start from the harbour to Boulogne, and at a trifling expense a wharf for landing passengers, etc., may be formed, which will render it one of the first houses in the town. The Fountain is situated near the centre of the town, and has lately been put into a complete state of repair.

For particulars apply to Mr. Charles Pitt, Conveyancer, Hawk`s Lane, Canterbury.

Immediate possession of the Fountain may be had.

Part of the purchase money can remain on mortgage if required.

Notes: Fountain (1). Neither licensee appears in More Bastions.

Kentish Gazette 5-5-1835

Died last week, at Folkestone, Mr. Richard Knight, landlord of the Ship public house, aged 33.

Kentish Gazette 31-1-1843 

To Brewers and others: For sale by private contract, The Ship Inn, Radnor Street, Folkestone, an old-established House, and doing a good rade. For further particulars, apply to W.M. Bushell, Auctioneer, Dover.

Jan. 30th, 1843

Canterbury Journal 18-12-1847 

On Saturday last an inquest was held before Mr. Bateman, Coroner, on the body of George Hilton, late of Hythe, grocer.

William Davies, landlord of the Ship, stated that the deceased came into his house on Thursday, and called for some gin and water; he retired to bed about ten o`clock, and in the morning called for a glass of ale in his bedroom. A short time after, on going into his room, he pointed to an open paper lying on the table, and said he had taken poison. Witness instantly sent for a medical man, who attended.

Silvester Eastes, surgeon, deposed that he was called in on Friday last to attend to the deceased, it having been stated to him that he had taken poison; he administered the usual remedies, but he gradually sank and died from its effects.

Thomas Hilton, of Sellindge, grocer, brother of the deceased, deposed that of late his brother had shown symptoms of insanity, and at times was very violent; he had no hesitation in saying that the deceased was of unsound mind at the time of taking the poison.

Edward Hammon, chemist, deposed that on Thursday evening the deceased called upon him and asked for an ounce of arsenic, saying that he wanted it for his father to destroy rats. Witness refused to let him have it unless he procured a competent witness. In about ten minutes afterwards the deceased returned, and asked if he could have a preparation that would have the same effect. Witness gave him a powder for killing vermin, and labelled “Poison”. He remained in the shop some time afterwards. He had known the deceased for some years, and thought him much addicted to drinking. 

Verdict “Insanity”.

Note: More Bastions has Thomas Davis

Southeastern Gazette 14-10-1862


An inquest was held on Friday afternoon, at the Ship Inn, Radnor Street, before John Minter, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of an old man, named Matthew Grey, a labourer, who came by his death in the manner detailed in the evidence,

Mr. W. Bateman, surgeon, said: On Wednesday evening, the 8th instant, about 7 p. m., I was sent for to the Radnor Inn, and found the deceased lying quite insensible on the floor m the back room. I found a wound on the hand, a slight wound on the face, and another of a more serious nature at the back of the head. He was suffering from compression of the brain, which was no doubt caused by the blow at the back of the head. He never rallied or became sensible, but died the next morning. The wound was such as might have been caused by a fall down some steps. Death ensued from an effusion of blood on the brain. The wounds on the hand and face no doubt were caused by the pail he was carrying.

Esther Rossiter, wife of the landlord of the Radnor Inn, said: The deceased was my servant. I have been at the Radnor three weeks. On Wednesday afternoon last, between one and two he came in from the beach, where he had been with some clothes. I gave him a glass of beer, as he seemed fatigued. He has not been well lately. I asked him to go into the cellar and empty some dirty water and fetch some clean water from the pump in the yard. I heard the pail fall, and on going to see I found him lying at the bottom of the steps leading to the kitchen. I saw him folded up, and he was bleeding at the nose, mouth and back of the head. We sent for Mr. Bateman No one else was about. Baker was in the kitchen, and I called him to assist me. Deceased was 70.

Henrv Baker said: I lodge at the Radnor. I had just come from work on Wednesday evening last when I heard deceased fail with the pail and Mrs. Rossiter call out, “Oh, dear, here`s Matt down”. I assisted the last witness in getting him up, and laid him on a form in the kitchen. I saw he was wounded on the head and bleeding. He only spoke once, and said “Where`s my cap?”

Verdict Accidental death.
Southeastern Gazette 22-5-1866

Transfer of Licence

At a special sessions held at the Town Hall on Wednesday last, the following transfer was granted:—The Ship, Radnor Street, from Mr. Page to Mr. Bates.

Notes: Date of transfer at Ship is at variance with More Bastions. 

Folkestone Chronicle 4-5-1867

Friday May 3rd: Before R.W. Boarer, A.M. Leith, and J. Kelcey Esqs.

George Aquilla Bates summoned for non-payment of £1 13s., for gas consumed and rent of meter up to December 21st. Defendant keeps the Ship Inn, Radnor Street.

Defendant said last quarter`s gas was only 5s 11d, this quarter it was £1 11s 6d.

Mr. Hoile, of the Gas Company, proved that 6,300 feet of gas had been consumed by defendant between 1st October and 1st January last, which amounted to £1 11s 6d.

Order for payment in seven days, in default a distress, if no goods, one month`s imprisonment.

Folkestone Observer 4-5-1867

Friday, May 3rd: Before R.W. Boarer and A.M. Leith Esqs.

George Aguilla Bates was sued for £1 11s. 6d.gas, and 1s. 6d. meter, used at the Ship Inn, Radnor Street. Order for payment in seven days, in default a distress, if no goods, one month`s imprisonment.

Folkestone Chronicle 25-5-1867


To be let, with immediate possession, The Ship Inn, Folkestone. Enquire of Mr. Thomas Marsh, Borstal House, Whitstable.

Folkestone Chronicle 6-7-1867

Monday July 1st: Before the Mayor, J. Kelcey and R.W. Boarer Esqs.

George Yates and John Wilson, travellers, were brought up, charged with stealing a white shirt, a plaid scarf, and a black waistcoat, value 5s., the property of Frederick Squire, a musician, on the 28th.

Prosecutor deposed that he slept at the Black Bull Inn on Friday night, and that on Saturday morning he missed a travelling bag containing three shirts, ten collars, twelve pocket handkerchiefs, six pairs cotton socks, two flannel shirts, a black vest, a plaid scarf, two music scores, hat brush, clothes brush, comb and hard brush, two parts of a cornet, and a piece of music. He went to the Ship Inn, Radnor Street, and found the prisoners there. Accompanied by a man named Burgess he went into a room, and under a bed occupied by the prisoners he found a bundle containing three shirts, a vest, pair of trousers, and two scarves; one shirt, the vest, and one scarf were his property. On charging the prisoners with stealing them, Yates said “It`s no use making a bother and charging innocent people about your things. I took `em. I did not know they were a traveller`s, or I would not have done it”. The other prisoner was drunk. He found a policeman and gave them into custody. The value of the articles was £2 10s.

William Borough Darley, salesman for “Cheap Jack”, saw the prisoners and a tall man near the Black Bull on Friday evening. The tall man had a black leather bag and a bundle with him.

Louisa Bates, wife of the landlord of the Ship Inn, said prisoners slept at the house on Friday night. Three persons slept in one bed. There was another in the room, which was also occupied, and three other persons had to pass through the room.

James Penny, exhibitor of Purchase`s waxwork, heard prosecutor charge prisoners with the robbery, and heard Yates say “I am the one that nailed them”.

After a brief deliberation Wilson was discharged, and Yates sent to Petworth for six weeks` hard labour.

Folkestone Observer 6-7-1867

Monday, July 1st: Before The Mayor, J. Kelcey, and R.W. Boarer Esqs.

George Yates and John Wilson were charged with felony.

Frederick Squire, musician, said he occupied a bedroom at the Black Bull, and on Friday evening at 6 o`clock his bag was on the drawers in his room. On Saturday morning at 8 o`clock, he missed it from it`s place. It contained three new linen shirts, one worn shirt, ten linen collars, twelve white pocket handkerchiefs, six small ones marked with the initial “N”, and six large ones not marked, six pair white cotton socks, two under flannels, one black waistcoat, one plaid winter scarf, two music scores, hat brush, clothes brush, comb and hair brush, two pieces of a cornet, and a pianoforte copy. He immediately went downstairs and made his loss known. Knew prisoners by sight. They were not lodging in the house. Came into the town, and found the prisoners in the Ship Inn, Radnor Street. One was sitting on one sode of the kitchen, and one on the other. Charged them with breaking into his bedroom and stealing the bag. The bedroom door was not locked, but fastened. Both denied it in foul language. Went upstairs with Mr. Purchase, and under the bed that he said they had occupied – between the mattress and the battens – found the bundle of articles produced, containing three shirts (only one of them belonging to witness), a black waistcoat, and a scarf, also belonging to him, and which were in the bag he had missed. Went for a policeman, and took him back with him and gave the prisoners into custody. After charging the prisoners, Yates said “It is of no use you making a bother and charging the whole of us. You have lost your things. They are gone. I took your things. I did not know they were a traveller`s, or I would not have taken them”. The other man was drunk.

William Burrough Barber said he was a salesman for Mr. Levi, “Cheap Jack”, and he knew both prisoners by sight. About 8 o`clock on Friday evening, he was in the Black Bull field, about five yards from the inn, and saw prisoners and another man standing near the wagon from which he was selling. The other man, a tall man, had a black bag in his hand. Did not see where they went.

Louisa Bates, wife of George Aquilla Bates, landlord of the Ship Inn, said she knew the prisoners – Yates lodging at her house on Thursday and Friday nights, and Wilson on Friday night. The prisoners and another man occupied one bed together. They were in and out all day. Did not notice either of them bring anything into the house. They went to bed between eleven and twelve. Did not notice whether they took anything upstairs.

Cross-examined: There are two beds in the room, and access is had through that room to another bedroom, in which three persons also slept on Friday night.

James Penny, a traveller, went to the Ship Inn on Saturday morning with prosecutor, and charged prisoners with stealing his bag, with music and different things in it. They said they knew nothing about it. Afterwards, when some of the things were found, Yates said “I am the man that nailed them, and no-one else had anything to do with them”.

P.C. Smith (6) went with P.C. Hills and prosecutor to the Ship on Saturday morning, and prosecutor gave the prisoners into custody on a charge of stealing a bag from his bedroom at the Black Bull. On the way to the station, the prisoner Yates said he thought this job was well done with.

The Bench then discharged Wilson from custody, and he hastily left the court, but Superintendent Martin stepped after him, and gave order for him to be taken below.

Prisoner Yates elected to be tried by magistrates, and pleaded guilty to the things being found in the room in which he slept, but he was not guilty of stealing them. He slept in the house where a great many were stopping. Four slept in the room he slept in, and four in the room to which access was obtained by passing through his room. Prosecutor said that if the things were found nothing would have come of it, and that made him say to the policeman that he thought the case was done with. He did not say that he had nailed the things.

Prosecutor denied having said nothing would be done if the things were found.

The Mayor said “George Yates, the Bench sentence you to six weeks` imprisonment with hard labour”.

Prisoner: My name is Hardman, not Yates.

The Mayor: You gave it wrong. You gave it first as Gates, then as Yates.

John Wilson was again placed in the dock.

James Penny, traveller, lodging at the Bull, said on Friday night, between eleven and twelve o`clock, he missed from his bedroom a bundle, containing a pair of trousers, two shirts, worsted socks, two linen collars, scarf, and pocket handkerchief. The bundle was safe between eight and nine of Friday morning. Told the landlord on Friday night of his loss, and he suggested that some of his companions had been having a lark with them and put them somewhere else. When Mr. Squire came down on Saturday morning and mentioned his loss, then he himself also thought his things had been stolen. Went with quire and Burrough Barber to the Ship Inn, and Barber, sitting down, said “Those persons over there had your things”. He referred to Yates, and the third man not there, who were sitting on one side. The third man got up, and lifting the poker swore he would knock Barber`s head off. Wilson was sitting on the other side, very drunk. Squire brought downstairs a bundle in which were some things that had been stolen from him, and the two shirts he had missed. Witness said to those in the room he wanted also his plaid trousers, two collars, and scarf. Yates said to prisoner Wilson “You know you have the trousers in your basket”. Prisoner went to the basket, which was standing on the settle, and said “They are not here now. Somebody has taken them away”. Shortly after that, someone he did not know brought in the things he had asked for, and also Mr. Squire`s scarf. That was while witness was in the kitchen, and Squire had gone for a policeman.

This being all the evidence, the prisoner was discharged.

Folkestone Chronicle 27-7-1867

Friday July 26th: Before the Mayor and R.W. Boarer Esq.

Harbouring Prostitutes

George Aquilla Bates, of the Ship Inn, Radnor Street, was fined £2 and costs, or two months` imprisonment for this offence, and as he professed himself unable to pay he was removed in custody.

Folkestone Observer 27-7-1867

Friday, 26th July: Before The Mayor and R.W. Boarer Esq.

George Aquilla Bates was summoned for allowing prostitutes to assemble and continue in his house.

P.C. Reynolds said: On Tuesday last, the 23rd inst., I visited the house about half past seven in the evening. I saw in the back room fronting the harbour two or three soldiers and two girls. I have seen the girls out with soldiers, and I believe them to be common prostitutes. The soldiers were smoking and drinking, and one soldier had got his arm about one girl. I came out and saw the defendant and cautioned him about having the girls in his house. He said he would get rid of them, and that they had hired rooms in the house and he did not know they were prostitutes. I returned to the house at about nine o`clock. I saw one of the same girls in a room facing Radnor Street. There were no men. I left the house. There has been great complaint made by the neighbours about defendant`s house. I cautioned him on the previous Sunday evening about keeping prostitutes. Defendant keeps the Ship Inn, in Radnor Street, and is a licensed victualler.

Elizabeth Ann Spearpoint said: We live in Radnor Street, opposite the Ship, the house defendant lives in. The night before last, a little before 12 o`clock, I heard a knocking at defendant`s door. I got up and looked out and saw a man and a woman at the door. I believe the woman to be a lodger in defendant`s house. The man went away about one, and the woman sat down on the step and slept and then knocked again. She was let into the house at about 5 o`clock in the morning. I have seen four girls in the house. Three girls live in the house. I have seen them in the bedrooms. I have seen them there several times. I have witnessed improper conduct between them. I have not stayed to watch them, but have walked from the window. I saw the girls and some soldiers in the passage on Sunday evening, and from what I have seen I believe the girls to be prostitutes.

Cross-examined: I have seen soldiers and girls in the bedrooms.

The Bench fined the defendant £2 and 11s. costs, and in default of payment two months` imprisonment.

Southeastern Gazette 30-7-1867

Local News                              

George Aguila Bates, of the Ship Inn, Radnor Street, was summoned for harbouring loose characters in his house.

He was fined £2 and costs, or two months` imprisonment.

Defendant said he was unable to pay, and was removed in custody. 

Folkestone Express 19-2-1870

Wednesday, February 16th: Before The Mayor and R.W. Boarer Esq.

Ann Bates applied for her property to be protected from her husband, who had deserted her for nearly two years. Mr. S. Pilcher, from the office of Mr. Minter, supported the application.

Applicant, being sworn, said she had three children now living. Her husband was in gaol at Canterbury. They formerly kept the Ship in Radnor Street.

The order was granted.

Folkestone Express 10-12-1881

Saturday, December 3rd: Before General Armstrong, Captain Crowe, Alderman Banks, R.W. Boarer and F. Boykett Esqs.

Charles Stone and Richard Reynolds were charged with assaulting Richard Hart on the 26th November.

Mr. Minter appeared for the defendants.

The complainant is a seaman on board the S.E.R. Clementine. He stated that he was in Radnor Street just before eleven o`clock on Saturday night. He left the Star Inn to go on board his ship, and just outside met Stone, who knocked him down. Neither of them spoke. Complainant got up, and Stone and Reynolds both struck him again with their fists. They all three fell down, and he (the complainant) became insensible and was carried into some woman`s house. He knew the defendants by sight and had worked with them. They belonged to the Flirt schooner. He had had no quarrel with them. He saw them in the day time working coals about 12 o`clock, but did not speak to them.

Complainant still bore the marks of the injuries he received at the hands of the defendants.

In cross-examination complainant said: I first saw the defendants about a quarter to 11 going into the Star. I saw Spearpoint in the Star. The defendants were not sitting down when I went in, nor did I or Spearpoint knock their beer off the table. I do not know if they went to the Ship. I went by the Star on my way to the harbour. I did not throw my oilskin and say “Where is the ----?”, and I only fought with them in self defence. We did not have a regular round, nor did a policeman separate us. Spearpoind did not, so far as I know, fight with Reynolds. I did not go into the Star, throw my oilskin off, and say “I`ll fight the best b---- here”.

Jane May, of 31, Radnor Street, said she was in the street about 11 o`clock and saw the defendants there. Stone was on the top of Hart, punching him on the ground. She did not see the commencement of the affray. Reynolds had his coat off, going to fight, saying he was “the master piece of the street”. He appeared to be about to kick Hart, and witness pulled him back, tearing his shirt off. Stone and Hart were parted by her husband and another man. They picked Hart up and took him into witness`s house. He was bleeding from the nose and ears, and could not see out of either eye. He was quite insensible. P.C. Knowles and Sergeant Butcher saw him in that condition. The defendants did not appear to be much the worse for drink.

Elizabeth Jeffrey, living at 7, Radnor Street, said she saw the two defendants. Stone had Hart on the ground, but she could not see what he was doing to him. She assisted to get Hart into Mrs. May`s house.

Mr. Minter said the defence would be that there was a quarrel and a fight, the complainant being the actual aggressor. He got the worst of the fight, and had no right to come to the Bench for redress. He called Charles Reynolds as a witness, who said: I am mate of a cessel, and belong to Maidstone. On Saturday I was in company with Stone. We went to the Ship, and about twenty minutes past ten we went to the Star. We called for three pints of beer for three of us. Whilst we were sitting there William Spearpoint came in, but Hart did not. Spearpoint commenced to kick up a row with his father. Hart was in the passage at the bar. He would let no-one pass. He said “I`ll fight the best man in the house”. I said to him “Dicky, let me come past”. He said “Yes, I don`t want to have any row with you”. Stone was just outside. I and Stone then went to the Ship and remained there until eleven o`clock. We came out and saw Hart and William Spearpoint. Hart said “Where are the ----?” I don`t recollect Stone saying anything. Hart threw down his oilskins and they commenced to fight. I did not interfere. Spearpoint was coming to hit me. He said “Where`s that Charley?” I said “Here I am”, and I struck him first. Hart and Stone fought for about ten minutes. They fell several times. I did not see the finish of it as I was fighting with Spearpoint. I did not see who struck the first blow.

Robert Lepper, a bricklayer, who was in the Ship on Saturday night, said he saw Hart and Stone fighting together for ten minutes. They were falling about on the kerb stones. He could not say which struck the first blow.

Complainant was then re-called at the request of Mr. Minter, and the Bench asked him if he did not ask Mr. Ford to hold his coat. He admitted that he did so, but it was after he had been struck and knocked down by Stone. He fought to defend himself.

Stone was then called as a witness for Reynolds by Mr. Minter, but the Bench intimated that they were unanimously of opinion that the case against Reynolds should be dismissed.

The Bench took some time coming to a decision, and the chairman then stated that they were divided as to whether they ought not to commit Stone to prison without the option of a fine. It was a most gross case, the complainant having been unwarrantably attacked when proceeding on a rough night to make his vessel secure. Defendant would be fined 40s., and costs 13s., or one month`s hard labour in default.


An inquest was held at the Town Hall on Tuesday evening on the body of Sarah Harold Baker, whose death was caused under the following circumstances:-

William baker said: I am a fisherman and the son of the deceased. She was 46 years of age. I identify the body just viewed as that of my mother. She lived at 36, Radnor Street, and was a widow. On Sunday night, the 4th instant I went out about ten to bale our boat out. I did not see my mother then and supposed she was at one of the neighbours. When I returned about eleven I was going down the cellar stairs, and saw her lying at the bottom. I thought she was in a fit or dead and called my uncle. I last saw her about seven, when I was going out. I did not look down the stairs when I came back at ten.

Richard May said: I am landlord of the Ship Inn. The deceased was my sister-in-law. About eleven o`clock on Sunday night William Baker called to me from the window and asked me to get up, as his mother was lying at the bottom of the stairs in a fit. I went in and found deceased lying on her stomach, as if she had pitched forward downstairs. We took her in our arms and laid her on the sofa upstairs, and I then sent for a doctor. I felt her pulse and it did not beat, but her body was slightly warm. In my opinion she was dead. I had seen her that evening between nine and ten o`clock in her own house. She was quite sober. For the last few years she had been very nervous. Dr. Mercer attended.

Mr. Richrds Mercer said: On Sunday night about half past twelve I was called to see the deceased at 36, Radnor Street. I found her lying on the sofa quite dead, and nearly cold. There was a slight oozing of blood from the nostrils and mouth, but no signs of bruises or abrasions. In my opinion death was caused by concussion and probably fracture of the base of the skull. I have not made a post mortem examination, therefore I could not say positively. I have known deceased seven or eight years. She was subject to giddiness and fainting.

A verdict of Accidental Death was returned.

Folkestone Express 11-2-1882

Wednesday, February 8th: Before Colonel De Crespigny and Aldermen Caister and Sherwood.

Dora Harris was summoned for assaulting Mrs. May, wife of the landlord of the Ship Inn, on the 3rd inst.

Complainant said the defendant went to her house and struck her, making her nose bleed. She had done nothing to provoke her.

Henry Baker, nephew of complainant, said he was in the house when Dora Harris came in to his aunt`s. After using very bad language she struck his aunt on the forehead with her fist. He got up and defendant scratched him down the face. His aunt did not strike defendant at all.

In reply to defendant, witness denied striking her.

Elizabeth Baker said she was in the Ship Inn on Friday and saw defendant come in. She used very bad language and struck Mrs. May.

Richard Rodgers said he was called by Mrs. May`s daughter to separate her and defendant, who were fighting in the passage. The defendant struck Mrs. May several times.

By defendant: I did not offer to fight you, and did not drag you along the passage by your hair.

Defendant called Mary Ann Luck, who said she accompanied Mrs. Harris to the Ship Inn. She was talking to Mrs. May in the passage when Henry Baker struck her on the side of the face. She heard Mr. May call out to Rodgers to go to her assistance.

The Bench fined defendant 5s. and 13s. costs, or 14 days` imprisonment in default.

Richard Harris was then charged with assaulting Richard Rodgers on the 3rd of February.

This case arose out of the previous one. Complainant stated that defendant went to the back of the Ship, where he accused him of thrashing his wife, and “pitched into” him, giving him a black eye. Defendant was misinformed, as he did not strike his wife, but only separated her and Harry Baker.

Richard May, the landlord of the Ship, said he saw Harris go towards Rodgers. He called out to him “Don`t strike, Harris. You`ll do wrong”. Harris struck the first blow and then they had a short “up and down row”.

William Spearpoint, who was called for the defence, said he saw Harris go and speak to Rodgers. He asked him why he had wound his wife`s hair round the handle of the door. Rodgers replied that he did not do so, but that Harris`s wife hit him. They had some further words, when Rodgers threw off his hat and struck at Harris, who in self defence returned the blow. They then fought for about two minutes. Rodgers then ran into the back way of the Ship. Harris went on doing his lines.

The defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and 11s. costs, or 14 days.

When the parties left the court, Rodgers and his friends were followed by a crowd, hooting and casting flour at him, until they reached the bottom of High Street.

Folkestone Express 1-3-1884

Wednesday, February 27th: Before Captain Crowe, Captain Fletcher, Alderman Hoad, and F. Boykett Esq.

Temporary authority was granted to George Warman to carry on business at the Ship.

Folkestone News 22-11-1884

Saturday, November 15th: Before The Mayor, Aldermen Caister and Sherwood, Mr. J. Holden and Mr. J. Fitness.

Richard Oliver was charged with stealing nine pairs of stockings, value 12s., from the shop of Stephen Petts, on the 14th inst.

Prosecutor said the stockings were hanging outside his shop on Friday morning. He identified the stockings produced as his property.

Charles Thew, a labourer, said he saw prisoner hawking some stockings for sale, at 3d. per pair, in the Fish Market, about half past eleven on Friday morning. Witness gave him 9d. for three pairs of them. Sergt. Ovenden subsequently came to his house and h gave them up.

Turner Court said he saw the prisoner selling stockings, and he went up to him, saying “What have you got?” Prisoner said “I will give you this pair”. As soon as witness heard they were stolen property he went to Mr. Petts`s and gave them up. A few minutes afterwards Sergt. Ovenden came in.

Edward Paine, a seaman, said the prisoner was offering stockings for sale in the Railway Inn on Friday. Witness bought a pair for 6d.

Sergt. Ovenden said he found the prisoner in the bar of the Queen`s Head public house about ten minutes after one. The man was apparently asleep, and the worse for drink. Witness took him to the police station. He made no reply on being charged with theft. Witness received the stockings produced from the above named witnesses.

Prisoner said he was Not Guilty. The stockings were handed to him by a person he had seen several times in the town, who asked him to dispose of them, as he might as well do that as stand about with his hands in his pockets. The person spoken of said he would be satisfied if prisoner brought back 1s. 9d., and appointed to meet him at the Queen`s Head. Prisoner had no idea they were stolen property.

The Bench found prisoner Guilty and sentenced him to six weeks` hard labour.

Prisoner was then further charged with stealing three jugs, value 2s., from the shop of John Surrey on Thursday night.

Prosecutor identified the jugs produced.

Thomas Venner, a porter, said he saw prisoner at the Rendezvous. They left the house together, and went along as far as Mr. Surrey`s, when witness saw prisoner take three jugs from the shop. Witness then turned back.

Mr. Bradley: Why didn`t you go into Mr. Surrey`s shop and tell him?

Witness: Well, I thought it was nothing at all to do with me, and I made no more to do but turned round and went back.

Mr. Bradley: Did you give information to the police?

Witness: No, sir.

Mr. Bradley: You thought he had a right to the things?

Witness: No, sir.

The Mayor: Do you mean to say you saw this man steal these jugs and didn`t think it was your duty to go and inform the police?

Witness: I could not say he stole them.

The Mayor: But you saw him take them?

Witness: Yes, sir.

The Mayor: Then why did you not go and inform them?

Witness: I did not know whether he bought them or not.

The Mayor: You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

George Warman, landlord of the Ship Inn, said the defendant came in on Thursday night between half past nine and ten with three jugs. A fisherman named Hart bought them of him. Hart left them with the landlord to go to sea.

Prisoner (in reply to the usual question): To this charge I must plead Guilty.

The Bench gave him a month`s hard labour, to follow the last sentence.

The Mayor: Venner, I wish just to speak to you. The Bench consider the way in which you have given your evidence is very unsatisfactory, and the fact is you have run a very good chance of being put in the same position as prisoner. You saw the man take the jugs and hadn`t the honesty to inform Mr. Surrey of his loss. Such conduct is very reprehensible. You must be more careful.

Venner: Yes, sir. Thank you.

The Mayor: The Bench wish me to make a remark with regard to the exposing of goods for sale by tradesmen. Now and then it acts as an incentive to men out of employ to steal. We hope in future they will not expose more goods than it is necessary.

Supt. Taylor said goods were very much exposed outside of the shops in the town.

Folkestone Chronicle 20-11-1886


Folkestone Bloaters


30 for 1s., 100 for 4s.

Bloaters are now in their prime, and may be had of T. Hall, Ship Inn, Radnor Street

Note: It made me smile that the “Special Offer” on bulk-buying would actually get you less!

Folkestone Chronicle 28-5-1887

Monday, May 23rd: Before J. Holden and J. Fitness Esqs.

William Phillips, a tall, powerful navvy, was charged with refusing to quit licensed premises, and pleaded Not Guilty.

Mr. George Warman, landlord of the Ship Inn, Radnor Street, said: On Saturday night about half past ten prisoner was in my house, and finding he was the worse for drink I refused to serve him. I asked him to leave, but he would not do so. I called P.C. Swift and gave him into custody. Prisoner had been in about eight o`clock the same evening, and had been refused. His language was very bad.

Cross-examined: You were going out when the constable took you into custody. You were not going out willingly, and if the constable had not been there, I expect you would have given me a “clout of the head”.

P.C. Swift said he was on duty in Radnor Street, and was called to the Ship Inn, where he found prisoner refusing to leave the premises and took him into custody.

Prisoner said he was leaving the house when the constable met him in the passage and the landlord gave him in charge. He owned he had been drinking, but considered he was improperly given into custody.

Fined 5s. with 5s. 6d., or in default seven days` imprisonment.

Prisoner said he would do the seven days.
Folkestone Express 28-5-1887

Monday, May 23rd: Before J. Holden and J. Fitness Esqs.

William Phillips, a tall, powerful-looking man, who said he was an excavator, was charged with being drunk and refusing to quit the Ship Inn, Radnor Street, on Saturday night.

George Warman, the landlord, said the prisoner went to his house about half past ten at night. Prisoner was the worse for drink, and therefore he refused to serve him with anything. He made a disturbance in the house and was requested to leave, but refused, and a policeman was called and he was given into custody.

P.C. Swift said he was on duty near the Ship Inn, and was called by Mr. Warman to eject the prisoner, who was making a great noise. Mr. Warman gave him into custody.

In answer to the prisoner, the witness said he went back to fetch Mr. Warman up to the police station, but it was not because he had made a mistake in taking him into custody. It was true that he told witness there was no offence.

The prisoner was fined 5s. and 5s. 6d. or seven days, in default of payment a distress. He said he was travelling the country and had a good character, and he considered he had been cruelly treated and would have the seven days.

Supt. Taylor said the man was an ex-policeman, having been in the Metropolitan Police, which accounted for his acquaintance with the technical forms.

Folkestone Chronicle 31-8-1889

The Annual Folkestone Licensing Sessions were held at the Town Hall on Wednesday, before Dr. Bateman and a full Bench.


The licence of the Ship, in the occupation of Mr. Warman, was objected to because the house had not been conducted properly.The licence was granted with a caution.

Folkestone Express 31-8-1889

Wednesday, August 28th: Before Dr. Bateman, Captain Carter, J. Hoad, J. Clarke, H.W. Poole, J. Pledge and F. Boykett Esq.

The General Annual Licensing Meeting was held on Wednesday.

All the old licenses were renewed without opposition or comment except the following:-

The Ship, Radnor Street: Mr. Warman was the applicant. Supt. Taylor said the police had been refused admission in this case also, and the Bench cautioned the applicant.