Sort file:- Folkestone, November, 2019.

Page Updated:- Monday, 18 November, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1838

Castle Inn

July 2012

77 Forde Road


Castle 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Casstle Inn 1983

Above photo taken and sent by Chris Excell, 9 January 1983.


Above photo taken just after the cladding had been put onto the walls, circa 1984. Kindly sent by Chris Excell.

Castle Inn

Above photo, date unknown, by Steve Schmid.

Castle Inn, Folkestone

Pictures above and below taken by Paul Skelton, 5 July 2009.

Castle Inn sie view
Former Castle Inn 2012

Above photo kindly sent by Phil Nicholson, 29 November, 2012.


From the Folkestone Observer 19 November, 1864. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Tuesday November 15th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and W. Bateman, James Tolputt and A.M. Leith, Esqs.

Richard Baker appeared on summons, charged with having in his possession a lurcher dog, property of John Richardson.

John Richardson, licensed victualler and general dealer, living at Hythe, said he bought the dog about three months ago. He was standing at his door one morning when Mr. Allen, who served meat at the camp for Mr. Major, passed the door, having a man with him, and dog. He asked 5s. for the dog, but witness ultimately bought it for 4s. and a pot of beer. It was a middle sized lurcher dog, answering to the name of Ben. The man he bought it of seemed to be a looker, and he said he bought it to look after sheep, but it was too fast for sheep. Witness had the dog about two months, and one day, going to Broad Street with the dog, a man claimed the dog. Witness brought the dog with him to Folkestone, and left it unfastened under the manger with his horse in the "Rose" stables. Had not seen the dog till that morning, but had advertised it in the Folkestone Observer. Last Sunday his son saw the dog with defendant.

William Ellen, butcher, confirmed prosecutor's statement as to the purchase of the dog. Did not know the man the dog was bought of, as he had merely given him a ride in his cart on the road. He seemed to be a drover.

Defendant said the dog was his. He bought the dog of his nephew in Foord, giving a donkey for it and a sovereign. He got drunk at Romney Fair and got locked up, and thus lost his dog.

Thomas Fields, landlord of the "Castle Inn," said the purchase as described by defendant took place in his presence, in his house, four or five months ago.

Aaron Baker had brought the dog from Netley Forest, a pup, and sold it as described to defendant.

The bench dismissed the charge, not undertaking to say in whom the right of property in the dog was vested.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 19 May, 1900. Price 1d.


Before Dr. W. H. Nethererclift (in the chair), and Mr. T. Wacher.


Thomas William fellows, lately residing in the Borough, Canterbury, was charged on remand with falsifying the accounts of the East Kent branch of the Pioneer Life Assurance Company, of which be had been tee district manager.

Mr H. Broughton again appeared for the prosecution.

Frank Scotland of the accounting department of the Pioneer Company, produced five documents given him by the head office which were originally sent in by prisoner when acting as an agent at Ashford. Witness remitted him 4s. 10d. (for which he gave the receipt produced.

Mr. Broughton said that something over 7 was found on prisoner when he was arrested, 7 of which he had borrowed from a lady in Court, who had made arrangements to go to America with him. She drew the money out of the Post Office Savings Bank and handed it to prisoner. He (Mr. Broughton) had spoken to prisoner about it, and he had expressed a wish that the lady (Miss Hubbard) should have the money back. He (Mr. Broughton) asked the Bench to make an order that the money should be handed over to her by the police. - The Bench complied.

A second charge against prisoner of embezzling 6 7s. 8d. which he had received as premium for the renewal of a life assurance policy on the 24th April, was then gone into.

John William Morton, of 16, Orange Street. Canterbury, travelling inspector to the company, having repeated his evidence as to prisoner's duties, Essu Balke, landlord of the “Castle Inn,” Folkestone, deposed that on the 24th April last, he paid prisoner 6 7s. 8d. as a renewal premium on the life on his son. He paid him in cash and received the receipt produced.

By prisoner:- Witness understood that he (prisoner) was collecting the money for an agent named Armstrong, and that he would get his commission just the same. Prisoner gave witness back 5s. which Armstrong owed him.

Frank Scotland deposed that any payment received by a district manager on the 24th should have been remitted so as to reach witness on the 28th. He had not received from prisoner any accounts or remittances since April 24th.

By prisoner:- No accounts had been received from any agent in prisoner's district for the week commencing 24th April.

Mr. Morton (recalled) produced a letter which he received from prisoner on the 28th April.

Mr. Broughton re-read the letter, which was to the effect that prisoner gave up all connections with the company, and sent back stationary, etc.

Prisoner, who reserved his defence, was committed for trial at the Assizes.

On bail being applied for Mr. Broughton strongly objected. He said that prisoner was a married man, but at the time of his arrest he was preparing to sail to America with another lady. He had, in fact, paid 2 deposit on his passage money.

The Bench declined the bail.


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From an email sent 4 October 2009

Regarding the previous information I supplied regarding the "Valliant Sailor," if you have any knowledge or information on the Castle Inn, Folkestone, I should appreciate hearing as the evening before his death Charles VIDLER visited that pub ordered a beer but left before either paying for or drinking it, according to a witness at the inquest into his death.

Also he had previously complained of having banged his head somehow and feeling 'queer', so he could well have been suffering from undiagnosed concussion, which may have caused him to blackout and fall into the sea. Just a theory.

As you will see, Charles VIDLER was born at Brenzett, and I have been continuing my family history research in respect of my VIDLER ancestors, to include, Brookland, Fairfield, Ivychurch and St Marys in the Marsh, New Romney etc, so any info anyone can provide me with I should be delighted to hear from them.

Many thanks again.


Best wishes Ian Nicoll.



Their last night is 1 July 2012 and I am informed that this is yet another pub that is going to be turned into a residential home.



FIELD(S) Thomas Aug/1864-80 Post Office Directory 1874BastionsFolkestone Chronicle

PELO/DELO Charles 1880-84 Post Office Directory 1882Bastions

PRESSLAND Daniel 1884Bastions

TUNBRIDGE James 1884-88 Bastions

HILLS Alfred 1888-94 (age 50 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891Bastions

HILLS Charlotte 1894-95 Bastions

JUDD Edward 1895-97 Bastions

BAULK Esau 1897-1900 Kelly's 1899Bastions

POLLARD Albert 1900-03 BastionsPost Office Directory 1903

POLLARD Ellen 1903-06 Bastions

ATTWOOD William 1906-07 Next pub licensee had Bastions

ATTWOOD Percy William 1907-16 (age 29 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922Bastions

ATTWOOD Marie Kate 1916-19 (age 27 in 1911Census) Bastions

ATTWOOD Percy 1919-29 Next pub licensee had  Bastions

SURTEES Henry 1929-48 Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938Bastions

SURTEES Alice 1948-64 Bastions

NICHOLSON Frederick 1964 Bastions

FIRRELL William 1964-66 Bastions

POWELL Reginald 1966-67 Bastions

JESSUP Anthony 1967-75 Bastions

SLADE Leslie 1975-78 Bastions

BARRINGTON Arthur 1978-84Bastions

BARRINGTON Arthur & Founzou 1984-89 Bastions

BARRINGTON Arthur & Founzou & HALL William 1989-92 Bastions

HALL Harry & RICHARDSON Lisa 1992-95 Bastions

HALL Harry and William & RICHARDSON Lisa 1995-98 Bastions

HALL Harry and Lillian and William 1998-2001 Bastions

HALL Harry & William 2001 Bastions

HALL Harry and William and Tracy and Sarah & RICHARDSON 2001-04 Bastions

HALL Harry and William and Lisa and Sarah & RICHARDSON Lisa & DAY Warren 2004+ Bastions


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

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney



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