Page Updated:- Friday, 03 November, 2023.


Earliest 1861-

Crown and Anchor

Demolished 2009

95-97 Canterbury Road

South Willesborough

Crown and Anchor

Above photo, date unknown, from "Weebly Remembering Ashford as it was".

Crown and Anchor

Above photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, circa 2003.

Crown and Anchor demolition 2009

Above photo 2009 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Crown and Anchor sign 1991Crown and Anchor sign 1993

Above sign left, July 1991, sign right, August 1993.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


From the Whitstable Times, 18 January, 1902.


Two young men belonging to Willesborough, and named Samuel Newnham and Stephen Mepstead, were summoned for assaulting Elizabeth Stanley and Kate Elizabeth Moseley, of the same place, on the night of December 27th. Mr. Poncia (Messrs. Mowll and Mowll) appeared for the complainants, and Mr. B. C. Drake defended.

The case occupied a very long time, and the evidence was very contradictory. The women stated that they were going home from a party at the “Crown and Anchor Inn,” South Willesborough, when the two young fellows set on to them, and knocked them down, inflicting several rather severe injuries. They alleged no reason for the act, but it was assumed the men made a mistake, and took them for some one else. The complainants also stated that the defendants had called the next day and apologised, as well as offering to pay all the expenses that had been incurred, if they agreed not to take the matter into Court. A witness was called on the side of the complainants, who said he saw Newnham knock one of the women down. Both men gave evidence on their own behalf, and they both characterised one of the women and their witness as lies, alleging that one of the women simply fell down through the road being in a frosty state, and then, as they happened to he near at hand, accused them of knocking her down. They also strenuously denied the suggestion that they had ever admitted to the women that they had done anything, saying that when they called the next day they merely expressed their regret if any one had been hurt by the fall. It was not true to say they had ever agreed to pay any expenses if the case were not proceeded with. In the end the bench decided to give the defendants the benefit of the doubt, and dismissed the summonses, each side having to pay their own costs. The ladies had each to find 8s.,and the gentlemen 4s.



I have been informed that this pub has been demolished around 2009.



MARSHALL Charles 1861+ (age 27 in 1861Census)

WOODLAND John 1882+

YATES William Frederick 1903-22+ Kelly's 1903

MASTERS Bartholomew 1930-38+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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