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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1838

(Name from)

Bricklayer's Arms

Latest 1908

39 Fenchurch Street

Fancy Street Pigot's Directory 1840



Listed as Fancy Street in 1858 & 39 & 40 Fenchurch Street in from 1891 onwards.

This house was renamed from the "Jolly Sailor" around about 1838, by licensee John Pope, and continued under that name till its closure in 1908.

The license was refused in 1858 for some reason when George Kennett was licensee, but a license was obviously gained after this year.

The house remained as a common lodging house until its demolition in 1937.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 26 April, 1845. Price 5d.


On Monday last, an inquest was held at the “Bricklayer's Arms,” Fancy Street, before J. J. Bond, Esq., the coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of Thomas Dorrell, who died on the previous day in consequence of an accident by falling from the new works into the harbour. The jury found “That the deceased's death had been accidentally caused by concussion of the brain, falling a height from the ground.”


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 12 June 1849.


Important sale of the extensive Brewery of Messr's Flint, including 30 old established Inns and Public Houses, and other valuable property.

Mr. V. J., has received instructions to sell by auction, at the "Fountain Hotel," Canterbury, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th of June, at 12 o'clock each day, (in consequence of the death of the senior acting partner and the retirement of the surviving partners,) the valuable property known as Messrs. Flint's Brewery, in Stour Street, Canterbury, and the Inns, Public Houses, and other valuable property connected with theirwith. The first day sale on Tuesday, 26th June, 1849, will comprise the following property in and near the city.

Public houses.

Lot 1. The "City of Canterbury," situate on the road to Whitstable. Freehold.

Lot 2. The "George and Dragon," Westgate without, leasehold under Hind's charity for 17 years unexpired.

Lot 3. The "Three Compasses," Westgate within. Freehold.

Lot 4. The "Bell Inn" and Coach Office, in the High Street. Freehold.

Lot 5. The "Prince of Wales," St. Alphege Lane,. Freehold.

Lot 6. The "Weavers Arms," Broad Street, freehold and partly leasehold.

Lot 7. The "White Swan," Northgate. Leasehold under St. John's Hospital for a short term, at a ground rent.

Lot 8. The "Kings Head," Northgate. Freehold.

Lot 9. The "Swan Inn," at Sturry (close to the railway station). Freehold.

Lot 10. The "Ship," St. Martins Hill, freehold.

Lots 12. The "Star Commercial Inn and Tap," St George's, close to the Cattle market and Dane John. Freehold.

Lot 13. The "Blue Anchor," Old Dover Lane, near the Cattle market. Freehold.

Lot 14. The "Fleece Inn," High Street, opposite to the Corn market. Freehold.

Lot 28. Three neat Cottages opposite the Brewery, with large gardens extending to the river.

Lot 29. The "Two Brewers" public house and Spirit Warehouse, adjoining the last lot.

Lot 31. The "Black Dog" public house, Castle Street.

Lot 34. The "Duke's Head" Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 35. The "King's Head," Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 37. The "Royal Exchange," public house, Stour Street.

Lot 38. The "Kentish Arms," public house, and 5 cottages in Jewry Lane. Leasehold for a short term at a low rent.

Lot 40. The "Duke William," at Ickham, abiout five miles from Canterbury. Freehold.

Lot 41. The "Royal Oak Inn," at Deal. Freehold except a small portion.

Lot 42. The "King's Arms," Beach Street, Deal, and Cottage in the rear. leasehold for a short term, at a Ground rent.

Lot 43. The "Fleur De Lis," near the Railway Station, Dover. Leasehold for a term of 6 years, at a Ground rent of £3.

Lot 44. The "Two Brewers," Limekiln Street, Dover. leasehold for a term of 46 years, at a ground rent of £3.

Lot 45. The "Fountain Inn, adjoining the Market place at Dover. Freehold.

Lot 46. The "Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, near the harbour, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 47. The "Bricklayers Arms," Fancy Street, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 48. The "Castle Inn," at Sandgate. Leasehold for a short term, at a ground rent of 7s. 6d.

Lot 49. The "King's Head Hotel and Tap," at Margate. Freehold.

Lot 50. The "New Inn," at Elham, on the road to Hythe. Freehold.

Lot 51. The "King's Arms," at Milton near Sittingbourne. Freehold.

The Public Houses are for the most part in the occupation of unexceptionable tenants, and the majority of them are doing trades, both in beer and spirits, considerably above the average run of Country houses. (None of them have been beer shops; they're all old Licence Houses, with connections of long standing, thereby affording ample security for the permanency of the trade). The Premises generally are in a superior state of repair.

Particulars and Plans, price 1s. each, may be had of Messr's. Furleys and Mercer, Solicitors, Canterbury; at the "Fountain Hotel;" and of Mr. V. J. Collins, 3, Moorgate Street, London.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 18 February 1851.


There was six publicans charged by the police with serving beer, &c., contrary to the law.

Mr. R. T. Brockman appeared for the watch committee. Mr. Delasaux of Canterbury for several of the defendants.

John Welch, "Bricklayers Arms," for a similar events, was find 1s. and costs.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 15 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Thursday June 13th:- Before Captain Kennicott, William Major and James Tolputt, Esqs.

George Kennett was brought up on a warrant charged with assaulting his wife.

Ann Holness deposed that on last Saturday week she saw the prisoner push his wife out of doors, previously to which she had heard blows struck. The wife went home to her father's at Uphill, where she remains in a very precarious state.

Prisoner was admitted to bail until Saturday, the wife being too ill to attend.


From the Folkestone Observer 15 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Thursday June 13th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N., W. Major, and J. Tolputt, Esqs.

George Kennett, brickmaker, and formerly landlord of the "Brickmaker`s Arms" (sic), Fancy Street, was charged with viciously assaulting his wife.

Ann Holness deposed that she lived in New Zealand, Folkestone, near to the prisoner's house. About half past seven o'clock of the evening of Saturday week (June 1st), she was outside the door of her house. She heard blows inside the prisoner's house, and heard the prisoner's wife call out “Oh don't”. Shortly afterwards the prisoner opened the door, took hold of his wife by the shoulder and pushed her into the street, calling to her to go and fetch a policeman, and when he came he would split his nose down with a poker. He looked as if he had been drinking.

Ann Hayward also heard the blows, and also heard the wife exclaim, “Oh don't kick me”.

The magistrates remanded the prisoner until Saturday, consenting to take bail, himself in £10, and one surety in £10. His brother became his surety, and he was liberated.

The poor woman, who is very ill from the effects of her husband's treatment, could not make her appearance at the court, and hence the remand.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 22 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Saturday July 15th:- Before the Mayor, Captain Kennicott R.N., W. Major. W.F. Browell and A.M. Leith, Esqs.

George Kennett was brought up on remand, charged under the 16th and 17th Victoria, with an aggravated assault on his wife.

Mr. Minter appeared for defendant.

Hannah Hayward deposed that she heard blows struck in the prisoner's house; heard complainant say “Oh, George, do not kick me”.

Harriett Kennett, who appeared very weak, and who was accommodated with a chair whilst giving her evidence, said she was the wife of defendant. On Saturday, between 7 and 8 in the evening, defendant came home, and without any provocation he thrashed me very much with a strap, and turned me out of doors. He struck me all over and kicked me; he was very spiteful. I went to my brother's house. I have been ill and nervous ever since. When defendant struck me he said he would be the death of me. I have had no medical advice, but medicine from Mr. Hammon.

Complainant was then cross-examined by Mr. Minter, who elicited from her that she had put on her bonnet and shawl after she was beaten, and that she walked as far as Arpinge afterwards, and that she spent some time on the road at the "Red Cow," with her brother, and that she had had a fit lately.

Mr. Minter then addressed the bench for the defendant, and submitted there was no evidence to substantiate the aggravated assault, but would not struggle against a conviction for common assault.

The Mayor said, after a short consultation with his brother magistrates, that they had taken a very lenient view of the case against defendant, and had come to the resolution to fine him 10s. and 11s. 6d. costs, and hoped it would be a warning to him for the future.


From the Folkestone Observer 22 June, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Saturday June 15th:- Before the Mayor, Capt. Kennicott, R.N., and W. Major, W.F. Browell, J. Tolputt and A.M. Leith, Esqs.

George Kennett, (remanded on a charge of assaulting his wife), was brought up, and the evidence of his wife was taken. Mr. Minter appeared for the prisoner.

Harriett Kennett said she was the wife of the prisoner. Between seven and eight o'clock in the evening of that day her husband came to her house in New Zealand. He thrashed her about very much with a strap, and turned her out of doors. He hit her all over with the strap, and kicked her very spitefully. He told her not to come back to the house any more, and she went to her brother's house. She was very ill and nervous after she got home. The marks of the blows were still on her person. Several times he declared he would be the death of her. She had since been living with her father at Uphill.

Cross-examined by Mr. Minter – She could not tell why her husband struck her. She had been suffering in her health from the blows received from her husband. When he turned her out of doors he took her violently by the shoulders. Her present weakness was caused by the beating she received. She was subject to fits, and sometimes fell down and bruised herself. In reply to Mr. Browell, witness stated she had had one of these fits lately.

Mr. Minter, addressing the bench, said that if the bench would take the case as a common assault, the prisoner would be willing to pay any fine that might be imposed, because no doubt he had put his wife out of the house; but if the bench deemed the case to be one coming under the provisions of the Act for Aggravated Assaults, he should call evidence to rebut the allegations of excessive violence.

The Bench then convicted the prisoner of a common assault, fining him 10s. with 11s 6d costs, or one month's imprisonment.


From the Folkestone Observer 12 December, 1863. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Tuesday December 8th: Before the Mayor, J. Kelcey and R.W. Boarer, Esq.

James Lennard was charged with being drunk and riotous in Seagate Street.

P.C. Hills said: This morning, about 2 o'clock, I saw the prisoner coming down Dover Street, hallooing and shouting. I asked him if he had any lodgings. He said he had had lodgings in the "Bricklayer's Arms." I told him to go to his lodgings. He did not go, and therefore took him into custody and brought him to the station. He was drunk and making a great noise.

Prisoner said in reply to the Mayor: I came from Yorkshire. I am a hatter by trade. I travel about and clean hats and old clothes. I can earn 4s. or 5s. per day when fully employed.

He was discharged with a caution.


From the Folkestone Observer 24 December, 1864. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Wednesday December 21st:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and James Tolputt, Esq.

Elizabeth Cox was charged with drunkenness, rioting and obscenity.

P.C. Swain said he was called into the "Bricklayer's Arms" on Saturday last and requested by the landlord to remove the prisoner because she was making a disturbance in the house. Prisoner then left the house. She was drunk. He saw her later in Queen Square, and a quarter to one on Sunday morning she was in High Street, using very obscene language towards a man, and he took her into custody.

Fined 1s. or seven days' imprisonment for each offence.


From the Folkestone Express 7 March 1908.

Adjourned Licensing Sessions.

At the annual sessions the granting of five licences was adjourned; The "Railway Tavern," the "Eagle Tavern" and the "Bricklayers Arms" on the ground of redundancy, the "Railway Hotel," Coolinge, because a conviction had been recorded against it, and the "Packet Boat," so that plans for alterations could be submitted to the Justices.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 24 October, 1908.


The supplemental meeting of the East Kent Licensing Committee met at the Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury, on Monday for the purpose of considering claims for compensation under the Licensing Act of 1904. Lord Harris presided, the other members of the Committee present being Lieut.-Colonel S. Newton-Dickenson, Messrs. F. H. Wilbee, H. Fitzwalter Plumptre, J. H. Monins. F. E. Burke, F. Cheesmsn, and A. Flint. The majority of the agreements as to terms of compensation between owners and tenants were signed, only four cases being referred to the Inland Revenue. The following agreements were signed:—

"Bricklayers’ Arms," Folkestone, G. Beer and Co. £1,125, J. Wormall £75.




Last pub licensee had POPE John 1838-50 BastionsPigot's Directory 1840

WATCH Mr 1850-51 Bastions

WELCH John 1851 South Eastern Gazette

KENNETT George 1851-56 Bastions

KENNETT Charles 1856-59 Melville's 1858Bastions

BROMLEY Joseph 1859-67 Next pub licensee had Bastions

PEEL William 1867-72? Bastions

WHITING Ann Whiting (widow age 57 in 1881Census) 1871-84 BastionsPost Office Directory 1882

WHITING Joseph Allen 1884-1906 BastionsPost Office Directory 1891Kelly's 1899Post Office Directory 1903

WHITING Frances 1906-07 Bastions

WORMALD Joseph 1907-08 Bastions


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

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

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

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney



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