Page Updated:- Saturday, 13 August, 2022.


Earliest 1769-


Open 2020+

The Street


George 1920

Above photo, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George 1924

Above postcard, 1924, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above photo kindly sent by Chris Excell, 12 August, 2009.

George 2015 George 2015

Above photos kindly sent by Tricia Francis, 18 January 2015.

George sign 1980sGeorge sign 1985

Above sign left, 1980s. Sign right, April 1985.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

George sign 2015

Above sign 2015, by Tricia Francis.


Earliest mention found from the Kentish Gazette July 1769, when catalogues for an auction held at the "Saracen's Head," Canterbury could be obtained from this establishment.


From the Kentish Gazette, Wednesday, 20 July to Saturday, 23 July, 1768. Price 2d


All the Stock in Trade of Mr. Thomal Abbly, of Ashford; consisting of Mercery, Woollen Drapery, Linen Drapery, haberdashery and Hosiery. The Goods will be divided into two Weeks Sale. The Goods to be viewed on Thursday the 28th, and the Sale will begin on Friday the 29th, and continue Saturday the 30th of this Inst. July, in the Assembly-room at the “Saracen's Head.”

Catalogues may be had of Mr. Apsley at Ashford; the “Swan,” Charing; Cranbrook. Mr. Ingram; at the “Flying Horse,” Wye; the “Woolpack,” Chilham; “Dog and Bear,” Lenham; of Mr. Baker, Folkestone; Mr. Stokes at Hythe, Romney; Mrs. Pike, the “George” at Lydd, Tenterden; Mr. Hall; Biddenden, “Red Lyon,” Smarden; “Chequer,” Bethersden, “George;” Faversham; Mr. Walker, Elham, “Rose”; and at Thomas Roach's, Cabinet-maker, Upholder, and Appraiser, in St. George's Street, Canterbury.

N.B. Messrs, Ramsden and Creed, who have taken the Shop of the above Mr. Apsley, propose laying in an entire fresh Assortment of every Article in the Woollen and Linen Drapery, Silk Mercury, Haberdashery and Hosiery Business.


Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 17 February 1849.


Burglary, and murderous attack on an Old Man, aged Eighty Years.

On Wednesday night, or early on Thursday morning, a lone cottage at Bethersden, occupied, with a little land, by on old man named Law, who is 80 years of age, and lives by himself was broken into and ransacked.

The poor old man was struck, in a most brutal manner, by an iron instrument, two or three times, on the head, while in bed. Weltering in his blood he crawled, after the thieves left the house, across to a neighbour’s, living at a little distance, who rendered him every assistances.

Two young men, named Millen and Sheepwash, belonging to Bethersden, were apprehended on Thursday evening, and taken to Messrs. Furleys and Mercer’s office, at Ashford, on suspicion of having committed the offence, and were remanded by the Rev. N. Toke. It is believed the evidence will be quite conclusive against them—the eldest is not 18 years of age.

The blows were inflicted with a piece of iron, which with the old man's breeches, have been found in a neighbouring pond. The thieves were evidently annoyed at not finding his watch, which he had sold a short time before while in distress.

The poor man died on Saturday last.

The adjourned examination commenced at twelve o’clock on Saturday, and, after some hours, terminated by Sheepwash and Millen being committed for trial, and a person named Oliver entering into his own recognizance to appear when called upon, the two prisoners having stated that, he (Oliver) told them that he would purchase anything of them they could get.

Millen has borne a bad character for a long time, and on his way through the town evinced a hardened disposition by the remarks be made to persons who recognized him.

Several petty depredations have been committed in and about the parish of Bethersden lately, and it is thought that this capture will be the means of breaking up a gang of desperadoes with which this place is infested.


Kentish Gazette, 20 February 1849.

On Tuesday last, in obedience to the warrant issued by — Willis, Esq., coroner for West Kent, a jury assembled at the "George Inn," Bethersden, to enquire into the death of the old man named Law, (the circumstances of which we reported in our last), when a verdict of "Wilful Murder" was returned.


Found in the criminal registers that they were George Millan & Henry Sheepwash who were both found guilty of murder on 10th March 1849 and executed on 29th March 1849.


South Eastern Gazette – Tues 10 Feb 1863.

“Transfer of Licences – the License of the George Inn Bethersden, was transferred from Mr Charles Stevens to Mr Panton.



MILLEN Thomas 1841+ (age 45 in 1841Census)

STEVENS Charles 1851-Feb/63 (age 47 in 1851Census)

PANTON Mr Feb/1863+

TANTON Elizabeth Ann Mrs 1871-82+ (age 40 in 1871Census)

EDWARDS Joseph Edwards 1891+ (widower age 56 in 1891Census)

GIBBS Anthony Edmund 1898+

SCARFF Charles R 1901-03+ (age 42 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

PHILPOTT William 1913-22+

FIDLER Reginald 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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