Above photos and sign left by Paul Skelton 17 February 2008.
Anchor sign right August 1991 with thanks from Brian Curtis
Anchor at Wingham circa 1930. Jim Greatorex, son of landlord
Archie Greatorex, 1958-74 says the cottage behind the Anchor sign used
to be attached to the "Anchor" and part of the property, but was
demolished soon after his father took over in 1958. The business card
shown below shows the cottage removed.
Above shows a business card circa 1960's
From left to right, the Anchor contains portions of 15th, 16th and 18th century
buildings that represent "Canons Row". They are supposed to represent the
Colligate buildings of the six Canons attached to the Collegiate Church.
Below is a copy of an article that can be found hanging in a frame upon one of
the walls inside the pub.
The inn known as the "Anchor" was built during reign of
Charles I (1625-1649) in the year 1645.
Records show that originally it was two farm cottages,
part of a larger estate. Extensive works were carried out in the early
eighteenth century and the two cottages were made to form one. It was during
this period that the house became an "Ale House".
"Ale Houses" became popular in the eighteenth century,
though they are recorded as far back as 1200. Their popularity was due to the
vast growing numbers of small independent breweries opening up all over Kent,
who sought extra outlets in their ales and ciders.
By the mid eighteenth century, greatly improved highways,
faster coaches, and the steady growth of a regular postal service brought about
the needs for a stage post house in Wingham. The site of the "Ale House", now
the "Anchor" was chosen, and a stage post room was set up where mail was
collected and sorted before being taken by post boys to outer lying areas.
To accommodate the post boys a room on the first floor of
the inn was sectioned off into cubicles and fitted with small cot beds. There
the post boys would remain until called upon to carry out their duties. Each was
supplied with a post sack and post horn.
In 1760, a license was granted, and the house became the
"Anchor" and a sign duly hung. The significance of the sign of the anchor, dates
back to the Pilgrim fathers, and is a religious sign of hope.
The first recorded landlord of the "Anchor" was one Joh
Puttock, a farmer of the parish of Wingham.
The inn today gives out the same generous glow of warmth
and hospitality that it has done for over two centuries, so stay, enjoy the fare
and reflect on those bygone days.
Above article by kind permission of The Anchor.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 20
February, 1914. Price 1d.
ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING
The licensee of the "Anchor," Wingham was granted an extension from
10 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 28th, on the occasion of the annual
concert of the Oddfellows' Lodge.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 2
An application was made by Mr. Twiddy for an hour's extension on
Thursday next, on the occasion of the annual dinner of the Lesser Stour
Football Club; and this was granted.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 5
October, 1923. Price 1½d.
Plans for extending the "Anchor Inn," Wingham, by taking an adjoining
stage, making two extra bedrooms and a separate entrance to the bar
parlour, were submitted; and approved.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 4
January, 1924. Price 1½d.
An extension was granted for the "Anchor," Wingham, for the Market
Gardeners' dinner on January 16th.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 2 January, 1925.
Mr. E. G. Twiddy, of the "Anchor Inn," Wingham, was granted an
extension of one hour for the annual dinner of the market gardeners on
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22
January, 1926. Price 1½d.
COUNTY PETTY SESSIONS
The "Anchor Inn," Wingham, was granted an extension from 10 to 11
p.m. on February 3rd for the annual dinner of the Market Gardeners'
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18
DOVER LICENSING SESSIONS
An extension was granted for the "Anchor," Wingham, from 10 to 10.30 p.m.
on October 19th, for the Folkestone Cricket Club annual dinner.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 28 October, 1938. Price 1½d.
The licensee of the “Anchor Inn,” Wingham, was granted an extension
until 11 p.m. on November 10th for a British Legion dinner.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 17
March, 1939. Price 1½d.
Extensions of time were granted to the "Anchor Inn," Wingham, on
March 16th, from 10 p.m. to 10.30 p.m., for the annual supper and social
evening of the Pearl Insurance Coy., Ltd.
Saturday 5th August 2006 Ghost Search
There appears to be no found documented history on The Anchor inn, we
do, however, know that the building first started out as three cottages
(thought to be Tudor?). When the conversion took place we have no idea.
However, Wingham itself is steeped in history and I have added some
highlights for you to read:
Wingham has been a settlement for centuries, it was occupied during the
New Stone Age and by the Celtic tribes.
It is likely that Wingham got it's name early in the Saxon period, then
known as "Wigingaham": meaning 'Settlement of the people of Wigga -
Wigga itself being the name of the leader who brought his people to
Wingham. Richard l (the lion heart) was in Wingham in 1194 as well as
his brother King John in 1213. During the 1890's coal was first
discovered here which led to an establishment of a colliery at Wingham
(since closed). In 1252 two fairs a year (May & October) were held in
the local churchyard, but by 1444 they were expelled due to 'Noise &
This beautiful building seems endless once you cross the threshold. I'm
not going to give too much away as I think it will be nice for the team
to come across the many Spirit that reside here for themselves. What
took both Adam and myself by surprise was the high number of active
Spirit that came to meet us whilst we sat having a cup of coffee. All
the Spirit introduced themselves and presented themselves as happy. I
was quite interested to note that at one time Wingham was a meeting
place of the clergy for sending members to Parliament and would hold
council and give seat of petty-sessions. The interest came because a
male energy had presented himself as a man of 'title', it is in one of
the upper rooms that we found a number of other male energies who
appeared to be holding a meeting with regards to the village of Wingham
and the locals....although I don't think the villagers of the time knew
they were lining their own pockets!! I'm looking forward to
investigating The Anchor Inn, I feel there is much history to be found
within these walls, lets hope the residential Spirit are willing to
The Investigation Report
The Anchor Inn was one of those locations that was alive with Spirit
activity, but lacking in information. We started with a séance in the
function room on the first floor. We were all aware of the presence of
Spirit and there was plenty of hand movement and pushing and pulling. At
one stage it looked as if Glen (medium) was dancing. Donna was made
aware of a gentleman of about 5’5"-5’6" with a round chubby face; she
said that he wore a suit. Some time later a tall man made his presence
known to her and gave the impression of having passed with chest pains
and unable to get his breath. Neither of the gents offered any further
information. Several members of the circle felt uncomfortable and
nauseous at times, and were aware of flashing/moving lights around the
room. The room was pitch black and although we couldn’t see anything
Peter (camera operator) who was holding Donna’s hand in the circle, felt
Donna’s bracelet move up her arm and fall back down onto his hand, even
though both of their hands were down and hadn’t been moved. Glen had a
lady and young girl ask her for help (to cross over), this was done. I
saw a man in RAF uniform running calling out "it’s over, it’s over" (I
had the feeling of WW2 but I was not sure where he was). In his
excitement he forgot to be alert to danger and stepped onto a landmine
and was killed instantly.
In the kitchen we discovered a male energy who took great delight in
holding peoples hands. If you held your hand out palm up and fingers
straight, you could feel a "solid" hand hold yours, and the fingers on
your hand slowly moved into a grasping position. This was experienced by
at least six people. Again no information was given.
In the bar area we held a table tipping session as these always prove to
be popular (both with the guests and Spirit). Just to prove that the
energy moving the table is "aware" we asked it to move the table towards
Les (researcher) which it did, we then asked it to find Gary
(Parapsychologist), again, it did without hesitation. We then sat
Shannon (guest) on the table and asked Spirit to move the table gently,
and the table slowly moved in an anti-clockwise direction. We decided to
see if we could gain some information from the Spirit concerned. We
asked Spirit to move the table in one direction to show us a "Yes"
answer. The table turned anti-clockwise, we established that we were in
contact with a male, who had passed over in 1752 aged 64 (he passed of
natural causes). It was a shame that we didn’t get more in the way of
information, but we cannot dictate to Spirit what we do or don’t want.
Each event is an experiment and we have no control over the happenings
(or lack of).
Many thanks to Di for the lovely food and coffee, and the warm welcome
she extended to us all.
Pete. (Ghost Search Uk Paranormal investigator).
From an email received 14 March 2011
I'm finding your site more and more interesting!
My G. Grandfather actually left The "Three
Colts" in Sandwich in 1898 to take over the license of The "Anchor
Inn" at Wingham, but died shortly after going there.
His wife Sarah took over the license and lived there with her two
sons Horace Leonard (my grandfather) and Ernest Sydney.
I was really interested to read how the "Anchor" was used as a posting
station, as in 1901 my grandfather and his brother were both listed as
"Postal Rural Messenger."
Ernest later took over as licensee until about 1914 when he opened a
fish and chip shop in Canterbury and died shortly afterwards as the
result of injuries sustained when one of the fat ovens exploded!
I have attached a couple of early pictures that I have of the
"Anchor" and one of The "Three Colts"
that I have. I would love to be able to make the visit down to Kent
sometime but at the moment I live in North Yorkshire so it's a bit of a
trek. Hope the photos are of some interest.
Above picture shows the Anchor Inn 1907. Kindly sent by Pam Lacey.
Above shows the Anchor Inn circa 1914 with publican Mr. Twiddy and
family. (From John Grand). Kindly sent by Pam Lacey.
Closed for a period in 2008-9 the CAMRA Branch Meeting of the Dover and District
area reported that the pub had reopened again in November 2009.
RACKSTRAM Hadley 1673
QUAIFE Julius 1689
TRACY William 1698
PEERHART Joseph 1721
KEELEY Samnsun 1737
WESTING Jonathan 1752
PUTTOCK Joh 1762
WHYTE Jonathan 1775
FELLINGREE Thomas 1791
APPLEWHITE Charlotte 1824
SANDCROFT Harriett 1839-47
BANES Daniel 1846?
BEAL George Harris 1851+ (Census)
ANDRESS Genrae 1855-59
ANDREWS George 1858
ELGAR Thomas 1867-74
GREEN John Gulliver 1876-87
PIDDLESDEN Jacob 1890-95
CORK Edward Henry 1899+ dec'd
CORK Sarah 1899-06
CORK Earnest Sydney 1907-Nov/13
HOSKINGS Mr Walter George Nov/1913-Jan/15
TWIDDY Earnest George Henry Jan/1915-Sept/41
HALL Mr L G F Sept/1941+
ALLEN Frederick 1950-58
GREATOREX Archie C 1958-74
FIELD Roger & Gloria 1974-Jan/90
GAIGER Jeremy & Samantha Jan/1990+
???? Tim & Di 2009
Managed by a holding company
ROCHESTER Mark & Jenny to Dec/2011
HOPPER Dave & Alison June/2011+
FRANKS Miss Mary to 20/Aug/2012
ABBOTT Kevin 20/Aug/2012+
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Kelly's Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
Library archives 1974