Page Updated:- Friday, 26 November, 2021.


Earliest 1717

Fox and Hounds

Closed 16 Nov 2014

Romney Street (Shoreham Hill)

Knatts Valley


Fox and Hounds 1955

Above photo, 1955.

Fox and Hounds 2011

Photos taken on 7 December, 2011 from by John Law.

Fox and Hounds inside 2011

Photo taken 6 June 2011 from by Glen.

Fox and Hounds bar

Above photo showing the bar area in 2013.

Fox and Hounds 2014

Above photo, 2014.


The pub was originally four woodcutters cottages dating from the early 1700's.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 2 June 1860.


George Allen, of the "Fox and Hounds" beer-house, Shoreham-hill, was brought up at the Petty Sessions, charged with having his house open for the sale of beer at prohibited hours on the 6th inst. It being the first offence he was fined 20s. and 9s. 6d. costs.


From the Kent & Sussex Courier, 3 May 1878.

SHOREHAM. Charge of Permitting Drunkenness.

At the Sevevoaks Petty Sessions, on Friday last, Thomas Richardson was charged with permitting drunkenness on his premises, the "Fox and Hounds" beer house, on the 6th of April. Mr G. F. Carnell appeared for the defendant.

I. C. Foad said that on Saturday night, the 6th inst. he was watching the defendants house, in Romney-street, in plain clothes, when John Bones came out of the house with a man named Miles, who was drunk. A conversation took place between them, and a short time afterwards he went in the house and had a pint of beer, during which time Bones came staggering up to the table and wanted a pint of beer, and the defendant served him. He then told the defendant that he was surprised to see him serving Bones with beer in the state that he was in, and he said, "Oh! that is his usual way." He then went through the tap room and opened the tap room door, and he saw Daniel Buckwell, and George Booker there drunk. After the house was shut up he called upon the defendant and asked him how he accounted for the men in his house, and told him that Bones, Booker, and Buckwell were in there drunk. He said that he did not think that Bones and Booker were drunk, but as for Buckwell, it was his pensions day, and the defendant's wife, who was present at the time, said ha was so when be came in.

P.C. Kilney corroborated the statement of the last witness.

Mr G. F. Carnell, on behalf of the defendant, argued that the men were not drunk, and that it was a difficult thing to define drunkenness.

Henry Vine proved being in the tap room on the evening of the day in question, where he saw Miles, Bones, and Buckwell. They ware not drunk, but sober.

Alfred Miles said he was in the tap room of the "Fox and Hounds" beer-house on the evening of the day in question. There was no one in there the worse for liquor, and they conducted themselves properly.

The Bench fined the defendant 1 and 12s. costs, or in default 14 days' imprisonment.

John Bones, Thomas Booker, and Daniel Buckwell were each fined 2s. 6d. and 8s. 8d. costs, or in default seven days' imprisonment for being found drunk on the above premises.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 25 November 1887.


John Saker, a labourer, land Henry Thomas Cheeseman, a lad, both of whom reside at Shoreham, were charged with stealing one jubilee four shilling piece, and one two shilling piece, the monies of Emma Larking, at Shoreham, on the 18th of November.

Emma Larking said - I live with my mother at Shoreham. On Friday the 18th, the two prisoners came into my mother's house, "The Fox and Hounds," Romney Street. They sat in the tap-room drying their clothes, and after some time they blacked their faces with soot. Between 5 and 6 o'clock while my mother was at tea they went outside, and Cheeseman came in again. I heard the stair door open, and thought it was one of the lodgers. When I went into the kitchen Cheeseman was sitting there alone. I said to him—Have they gone and left you here? and he said, No, they are outside. I went back into the living room, and hearing the door a second time, I went out again. Another man came in at the tap room door. Saker was sitting in the chair with his back to the fire. I said to him You have been upstairs. He said I have not. I told him he had got his boots off, and he said he knew he had, and he had them off to warm his feet. Our lodger was there sitting by the taproom fire. I turned round and saw the stairs door a little way open, and before me and my mother could get a light to go up stairs the two prisoners were gone. I went up stairs, and on going to the drawer I found missing from my purse a jubilee four shilling piece and a two shilling piece. The four shilling piece was similar to the one produced.

Allred Buckwell, a labourer, said—I live at the "Pig and Whistle," Shoreham. On the 18th I went to the "Fox and Hounds," Romney Street. About twenty minutes to one o'clock the prisoners came in, when we went into the taproom, and were skylarking and blacking each other's faces. I afterwards went to wash my face, and when I came back I saw Miss Larking talking to the prisoners. They were dressed the same. Baker had got his shoes off, and Cheeseman had got them under his coat. We stopped about ten minutes, and then we all went off. We met my mother on our way back, and I went back to the stile with her and the prisoners.

Supt. Waghorn said-About 11 o'clock on Saturday morning. I was going through the door leading out of the Court into the passage. I heard a rap at one of the cell doors. I went and opened it, and found it was the one Saker was locked up in. I said to him, Do you want anything? and he said he wanted to see me. He then said the boy was afraid to stop in the other cell alone, and he might as well tell me where the money was. The other prisoner was there at the time. Saker then said he took the money and hid it in a garden at Shoreham, and if would take him over there he would show we where it was. The younger prisoner said he did not take the money. Baker pulled off his boots and he put them under his coat, while he went up stairs and got the money. I drove the prisoner Saker to Shoreham, on Sunday morning, and he took me down into some allotment gardens and pointed me to a place, and said I should find the 4s. piece there, but he knew nothing about the 2s. piece. After searching some distance down, I found the 4s. piece produced.

Both prisoners pleaded guilty to the charge. Supt. Waghorn said the prisoner Saker bore a very bad character, although he had never been convicted. He had had a lot of complaints about him, and if he remained where he was be would train others in the same way he was going. He thought the younger prisoner had been led away by the elder one. The bench in sentencing Saker to one month's imprisonment with hard labour, told him he was liable to three months. Cheeseman was sentenced to a fortnight with hard labour, the Chairman remarking that they were disposed to give him the benefit of the doubt.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser 16 December 1887.


"Fox and Hounds," Romney Street, Shoreham, cause of leaving through death. - Apply J. Larkin, on the premises.


Sussex Agricultural Express 01 January 1889.


Alfred Farley was granted a temporary authority to carry on the "Fox and Hounds," Romney-Street.


Sussex Agricultural Express 02 August 1890.


Albert Farleigh, landlord of the "Fox and Hounds," Romney-Street, was summoned for having his house open for business during prohibited hours. - Mr. Ridley defended. - The Bench, having heard the evidence, considered that there was doubt in the case, and it was therefore dismissed.

Booker and Miles, charged with being found on the premises at illegal times, were also dismissed.


I am informed that the pub closed suddenly on 16 November 2014 after the owner said it was losing money, and I believe he still owns the pub and as of 2016 is still living there.



Last pub licensee had BRAND John 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

RICHARDSON William 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

ALLEN George 1860+ Whitstable Times

RICHARDSON Thomas 1871-81+ (also farmer age 53 in 1881Census)

SMITH James 1871+ (age 59 in 1871Census)

LARKIN Jane to Jan/1889 Sevenoaks Chronicle

FARLEY Alfred Jan/1889-Dec/98 (age 57 in 1891Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

ROOTS/ROOKES Jessie Dec/1898-1901+ (age 55 in 1901Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

ROOTS Mary Mrs 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HOLLANDS Horace 1911-22+ (age 44 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

COPESTAKE Jerry before 1973+ Next pub licensee had

???? Jeff & Fran 2011+


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal


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