Sort file:- Folkestone, December, 2018.

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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1742

Black Bull

Open 2019+

127 Canterbury Road

Foord Pigot's Directory 1840


01303 256903

Original Black Bull

Above showing the original "Black Bull, circa 1870.

Black Bull 1933

Above photo, 1933.

Black Bull 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Black Bull

Picture taken by Jan Pedersen, 12 March 2012.


The "Black Bull" was once owned by the Earl of Radnor, and may have been built by him for the benefit of the farm labourers who worked the land on the outskirts of town. The pub was rebuilt in 1880-1, and is still a popular house on the Canterbury Road.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 04 April 1823.


March 29, at the "Black Bull" public house, Folkestone, Mrs. Ann Birch, aged 43 years, wife of Mr. Richard Birch.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 19 June 1859. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Wednesday June 15th:- Before C. Harwood Esq., County Judge.

Harrison v Baker. – An action to recover 4 15s. 6d. Balance of an account. Mr. John Minter appeared for the plaintiff, who said he was an innkeeper residing at Folkestone. The defendant lived at Hythe. In October, 1857, a Mrs. Baker came to the plaintiff's house, and engaged for board and lodging. She paid the bill at the end of the first week, and then said, that if she went to her uncle (the defendant), at Hythe, he would engage to see him paid for the future. He went, and saw the uncle, who promised to pay a reasonable amount, say about 10s per week. Mrs. Baker remained with plaintiff from 18th October, 1857, to 14th February, 1858; she then left. The bill amounting to 9 15s. 6d. Was sent in, and the defendant paid 5 on account, leaving the balance unpaid.

John Harrison, sworn, said, I keep the "Black Bull." In 1857 Mrs. Baker came to me for board and lodging, she paid me the first week and then referred me to her uncle at Hythe. I gave the bill to Mr. Baker (the defendant), at Hythe, who said if I came again in a few weeks he would pay me. On the 31st July, 1858, I received 5 on account from Mr. Baker. It was paid me at my residence, - the bill had been sent in three months before. When Baker paid me the 5 he promised to pay me the remainder in a month or six weeks. I have since applied several times for the balance, sometimes I went to Hythe, and sometimes wrote. The receipt I gave to defendant was not stamped, and he threatened to prosecute me. I consulted an attorney, and by his advice forwarded a stamped receipt.

By his Honour – I did not give the receipt to Mrs. Baker – no other person was present when the agreement was made, - she told me her uncle had money of hers. I went to Hythe to enquire if it was correct, and found it to be so.

Defendant, on being examined, said he might have had 40 in his hands belonging to Mrs. Baker. At the time the 5 was paid, he gave her 12 in all – he had never promised to pay the balance. When she came to him for the money, he told her he would pay the amount to plaintiff in her presence; he had never received a bill from the plaintiff, neither had he threatened to prosecute him for the unstamped receipt; in fact the receipt was not given to him, but to Mrs. Baker, and he had not received a stamped receipt.

The plaintiff was non-suited, but had permission to renew the summons at the Hythe court, and to procure Mrs. Baker as witness.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 27 July, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


On Sunday last, an inquest was holden at the "Black Bull Inn," before S. Eastes Esq., coroner, on the body of a travelling man, named John Jones, who had destroyed himself that morning at Walton Farm. The jury, having been sworn, proceeded to view the body, which lay in a cart lodge at the above farm. The body was fully dressed and had, loosely tied around the neck, a red handkerchief, with which the shocking deed had been perpetrated.

The first witness examined was Amelia Jones, a young woman with a child in her arms, who deposed she was the wife of the deceased, whose body she identified as that of her husband. He was an umbrella mender, and was about 30 years of age. Witness had been married to him about 7 years, and had three children alive. Her husband had good health generally, until about nine days ago, when he complained of a pain in his head. Deceased was a very sober, steady man. He was obliged to go to the Elham Union, on account of his illness. He went there on Saturday last. Witness heard nothing of him until Friday the 19th, when she went to the union, and he discharged himself, and came part of the way to Folkestone with her. They separated on the road and witness gave him a shilling to pay his railway fare to Dover, as he expressed a wish to go into the union house there. Before they left the union, deceased said he was not happy there, and if he stayed there he should make off with himself. When they parted, witness came to one of Mr. Jeffery's lodges, and when she got there, to her surprise, she found her husband, who, it appeared, had not gone to Dover. He returned witness the shilling, and after a while they lay down together with the children to sleep. Early in the morning a policeman came into the lodge and woke witness, and asked where her husband was. She had not then missed him. She knew of nothing to trouble him, except the illness, and did not know if any of his relatives had ever destroyed themselves.

Richard Sharp, a police constable, deposed to finding the body hanging by the neck to a ladder, that morning about 4 o'clock. The body was quite cold and stiff. Had seen him on the previous night about 10 o'clock, lying in the lodge with his wife and children. On finding the body, witness went and woke the woman in the lodge, and she knew nothing about her husband having left her during the night.

This being the whole of the evidence, the Coroner briefly summed up, and the jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict that the deceased destroyed himself whilst in a state of temporary insanity.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 13 July 1867. Price 1d.


The Fair held on private grounds near the “Black Black Bull Inn,” Canterbury Road, which commenced on Friday week, the day of the month on which Folkestone fair began, has been in full swing daring the week, and indeed is considered the annual fair of the place. There were, of coarse, the usual number of stalls, small shows, and not to offend, an exhibition of wax-works, with the indispensable wooden riding school. The place was most patronised in the evening, after the lower classes had finished their day's toil, though it is scarcely necessary to chronicle the indifference of the greater number of the respectable portion of the community, to such a diversion.


From the East Kent Mercury, 3 May 2007.

Country's media descends on the "Black Bull" pub.

Brendon Whelan

FOR the landlord of the "Black Bull" pub the hastily improvised hub for journalists covering the earthquake story - it was more than business as usual, the pub was extremely busy.

Brendan Whelan said: "We had lots of camera crews here, all the major TV stations and, of course, the emergency services, who we fed and served drinks.

"We had a band playing that night as part of a birthday party"

Mr Whelan had to check his premises in "Black Bull" Road before opening. He said: "I was coming down the stairs when there was a massive bang and a tremble. I thought it was a bomb.

“I had a good look and we have lots of cracks, but not a lot otherwise.


I have been informed by Jan Pedersen that the pub looks like it has unfortunately closed as of 9 March 2012.


This one seems to have been opened and closed several times during 2012, and I now believe it has closed yet again (February 2013) and local knowledge tells me that it will reopen after being renovated by the "Hungry Horse" food/pub chain. I expect they'll be getting their burgers from Tesco's.


From the Folkestone Herald, 5 September, 2013


Black Bull unveiling 2013

PUB OPEN: Managers Carrie and Chris Richards, Mayor and Mayoress councillors Roger and Pat West cut the ribbon with the help of a mascot.


THE "Black Bull" in Canterbury Road has reopened as a Hungry Horse.

More than 40 jobs have been created by the venture, for which the building has been refurbished over the past two months.

The ribbon was cut by Folkestone mayor Roger West on Monday, alongside general managers Carrie and Chris Richards.

A Hungry Horse spokesman said: “The pub has been completely transformed into a modern, family-friendly pub and restaurant. We hope people in Folkestone will be proud and pleased with their new pub and the team look forward to welcoming in customers.”



STANLEY John 1782+ Bastions

BIRCH 1823

WYATT John 1832-39+ BastionsPigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

HARRISON William 1837-40+ BastionsPigot's Directory 1840

SPICER Thomas 1842-50 Bagshaw's Directory 1847Bastions

EVES Thomas 1850-55 Post Office Directory 1855BastionsFolkestone Chronicle

DANIELS Charles 1855-Dec/57 BastionsFolkestone Chronicle

HARRISON John Dec/1857-64 Folkestone ChroniclePost Office Directory 1862Bastions

FISHER Robert 1864-79 Post Office Directory 1874Bastions

FINN George 1879-80 Bastions

KEELER Alfred 1880-81 Bastions

DRAY William 1881 (listed as baker age 63Census)

POTTS James Quested 1881-82 Bastions

NALDEN & COLLYER 1882 Post Office Directory 1882

HAND Ernesto 1882-84 Bastions

AITKEN Lucy 1884-85 Bastions

ERRINGTON John 1885-87 Bastions

SADLER George 1887-95 Post Office Directory 1891Bastions

POLLARD Albert 1895-1900+ Kelly's 1899Bastions

WARNE William George 1900-05+ Post Office Directory 1903Bastions

POWELL Thomas 1907 Bastions

CAVEY Walter 1907-13 Post Office Directory 1913Bastions

CAVEY Mrs Amelia 1913-22 Post Office Directory 1922Bastions

SPRINGATE Capt. Albert 1922-24 Bastions

WILSON William 1924-Mar/25 Bastions

BENNETT William "Jack" Mar/1925-29 Bastions

BRAY Frederick 1929-31 Bastions

ANDERSON Eric 1931-33 Bastions

BARBER Reginald 1933-34 Bastions

JACKSON William Henry 1934-37 Kelly's 1934Bastions

LACEY Arthur E 1937-42 Post Office Directory 1938Bastions

BEW Christopher 1942-47 Bastions

JONES Cyril 1947-51 Bastions

BUNDY Albert 1951-58 Bastions

CASH Peter 1958 Bastions

WILSON Thomas 1958-59 Bastions

PETTIT Nelson 1959-61 Bastions

MANSELL Ernest 1961-66 Bastions

SCARBROW William 1966 Bastions

ELLIS Alan 1966-68 Bastions

JARVIS George 1968-76 Bastions

LAKER Brian 1976-79 Bastions

HOPPER Harry 1979-81 Bastions

McALLISTER David & GRIFFITHS David 1981-83 Bastions

GILL Patrick & GRIFFITHS David 1983-85 Bastions

MUNN David & BEEDON Arthur 1985-86 Bastions

BEEDON Arthur 1986-87 Bastions

COLES Maureen & CLARK Edward 1987-90+ Bastions

COLES Maureen & BLYTH Simon 1991-92 Bastions

GARTSHORE George & BLYTH Simon 1992-94 Bastions

GARTSHORE George & GRIFFITHS Geoffrey 1994-95 Bastions

GRIFFITHS Geoffrey & RIDLER Jamie & STUBBERFIELD Alison 1995-96 Bastions

GRIFFITHS Geoffrey & MUSEYIN Memish & SNELLING Rebecca 1996-97 Bastions

COLES Maureen 1997-2000 Bastions

STANLEY Elizabeth 2000 Bastions

ARTHURS Terence 2000 Bastions

WHELAN Brendan 2001-07+ Bastions


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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney

Folkestone ChronicleFrom the Folkestone Chronicle


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