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Earliest 1824

(Name from)

Castle Tavern

Latest 1911

Broadway, 11 (8 in 1861Census) Sandgate High Street



From the Kentish Gazette, 18 February 1840.


(The following was in response to Queen Victoria's recent marriage to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. Paul Skelton.)

The inhabitants of this retired and romantic village were not among the backward in evincing their loyalty. Among the illuminations during the evening, the shops of Messrs. Town, Wyman, and Waddell were most conspicuous for their brilliancy. Crowds of well-dressed people paraded the streets, shouting forth their loud "huzzas." The dampness of the night prevented the display of fireworks that was to have taken place, but the amusements at the Library fully compensated for the disappointment. A select party of gentlemen sat down to a most excellent dinner at the "Castle Hotel."


From the Kentish Gazette, 21 April 1846.

SANDGATE, April 18. Coroner’s Inquest.

On Thursday last an inquest was held at the "Castle Tavern," before J. J. Bond, Esq., coroner for Folkestone, touching the death of Samuel Kimber, aged 28 years. From the evidence adduced it appeared the deceased was wagoner to Jesse Pilcher, Esq., of Cheriton Court, and that while engaged on Tuesday last in unloading a cart near the National School, the horses took fright and started off, when poor Kimber, in a resolute effort to stay their progress, was knocked down, and so badly injured by one of the horses and the wheel of the cart, that, he expired in great agony the following afternoon. There being no doubt that the melancholy event was occasioned purely by accident, the jury returned their verdict accordingly. To the medical gentlemen of Sandgate, and to Mr. Lucas, landlord of the "Castle Tavern," and his family, much credit is due for their humane and unremitting exertions to mitigate the sufferings of the deceased. The remains of the unfortunate man were most respectably interred at Cheriton on Friday, at the sole expense of his master, who, further to mark his respect for the memory of a good servant, has ordered a grave stone to be erected. In short, the whole conduct of Mr. Pilcher throughout this sad affair has been most honourable to his feelings as a man and a gentleman.


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.


Southeastern Gazette 22 February 1853.

Wednesday, February 16th: Before The Mayor, W. Major, and T. Golder Esqs.

The license of the "Castle Inn," at Sandgate, was transferred from Caroline Lucas to James Winch, late of the "Fountain Inn," Folkestone.


Southeastern Gazette, 22 February 1853.

At the transfer day and petty sessions on Wednesday, before Wm. Kelcey, Esq., Mayor, W. Major, and T. Golder, Esqrs., the license of the "Castle Inn," at Sandgate, was transferred from Caroline Lucas to James Winch, late of the "Fountain Inn," Folkestone; the license of the "Fountain Inn" from W. L. Yates to Thomas Martin.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 25 June, 1859.


A claim of 2 7s. 4d. Defendant, who formerly carried on the business of a saddler in Dover, and now keeps the "Castle Hotel" at Sandgate, did not appear, and his Honour made a common order.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 9 July 1861.

William Nuttall, 24, and Edward Dart, 22, soldiers, were indicted for stealing a silver watch, value 3, at the "Castle Inn," Sandgate, the property of Edward Pink, 21st Regiment, on the 10th May.

On the night in question the prosecutor went to the "Castle Inn," Sandgate, and while there he fell asleep, having drunk "quite enough." The prisoners were there also, and William Maxted, waiter at the "Castle," saw the prisoners sitting on either side of prosecutor, and observed Nuttall snatch prosecutor's watch from him, on which both went away; Dart leaving the room about 2 minutes after Nuttall.

Information was given to police constable Ingram, who took the prisoners into custody, but could not find the watch.

The jury acquitted Dart; Nuttall being sentenced to 12 months' hard labour.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday, 28 August 1909.

Alleged attempted suicide. Throats cut at Sandgate.

Struggle in the Night. An old ladies story.

On Tuesday morning the Folkestone Bench had before them two charges of attempted suicide, it been alleged in both cases that the persons had cut their throats. Alderman S. Penfold was in the chair, and was supported by alderman G. Spurgen. T. J. Vaughan, and lieutenant-colonel Fynmore.

The first case came from Sandgate.

Edward George Sealy was charged with attempting to commit suicide, by cutting his throat.

Mary Jones said that she was an unmarried woman, and lived at the "Castle Inn," Sandgate. She was nurse to the wife of the landlord. On the 30th of July, about 12:50 in the morning, she heard a noise, and got up. She went out of the bedroom and saw the prisoner. He was in the room at the back of the bar, called the men's room. Witness called out to him and asked him what he was doing. He said he was alright. Witness told him to go to bed. She went and called the landlord, Mr. Ansell. Witness did not go downstairs again at once, but she went down when Mr. Ansell called her. That was about 10 minutes later. She found the prisoner in the kitchen, near the sink. There was a gas light in the room. Prisoner was standing still, and he had cut his throat before she got there. He was bleeding profusely. Witness struggled with the prisoner to try and prevent him attempting to cut his throat again. Mr. Ansell had put some towels round the prisoners throat, and had then gone for the doctor. Whilst witness was in charge of the prisoner, he became violent, and took hold of a knife, and tried to cut his throat again with it. He made a wound worse than before, and witness then knocked the knife out of his hand. He got witness away, and got the knife again for the third time. He then collapsed, and fell down on the stones in the kitchen. Dr. Bradbury then arrived at the house. She identified the carving knife produced.

Edward William Ansell said that he was the landlord of the "Castle Inn," at Sandgate. The Prisoner was in his employ as barman. On the 30th of July, at about 1:15 a.m., he was called by the last witness. He got up and went downstairs. He found the prisoner in the kitchen, leaning on the sink. He noticed marks on his throat, and he found he was bleeding. Witness wound a wet towel around his throat, and left him in charge of the last witness while he went for a doctor. On returning to the house he found that the prisoner had attempted to cut his throat again. He was taken to the hospital.

P.C. Kenneth said that at 1:55 a.m. on July 30th, he was in High Street, Sandgate, when he heard someone shouting for the police. On going down the road, he saw the witness Jones standing in the doorway of the "Castle Inn." Witness asked her what was the matter, and from what she told him, he went into the kitchen. He there saw Dr. Bradbury struggling with the prisoner on the floor. He was in a pool of blood, which was flowing from a deep wound in his throat. The prisoner was later taken to the Victoria Hospital. Witness returned to the "Castle Inn," Sandgate, and received from Miss Jones the knife produced. At 10:30 that morning they charged the prisoner at the police station, and he replied "All right."

Dr. Basil Henry Palmer said that he was house surgeon in the Victoria hospital. He was at the hospital on the 30th July, at 3 a.m., when the prisoner was brought in. Witness found that he had a very bad wound in his throat, and with the help of Dr. Bradbury, he sewed it up. It was one of the worst cases he had seen. It was a perfectly clean wound, and could have been inflicted with a knife produced. He had been detained at the hospital till that morning. The wound had almost healed up now. At one time his life was in danger owing to the difficulty of feeding him. The larynx was almost completely severed.

Witness Ansell added that the prisoner was a sober man, and on the night in question he was quite sober when they went to bed at about 11:40.

Prisoner said that he did not remember cutting his throat.

He was committed for trial at the next quarter sessions, and was offered bail, but could not find the sureties.


Information found on the Closed Pubs project suggests that the pub was previously known as the "Martello Tower Tavern," the change taking place around 1824. If this is the case the building can be traced back as early as 1805.



BEATTIE Irvine Barton 1824-39+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

PANTRY George 1840-41+ (age 30 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1840

LUCAS James 1846-51+ (age 48 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847

LUCAS Caroline to Feb/1853

Last pub licensee had WINCH James Feb/1853-Dec/55 Folkestone Chronicle

RIGDEN Robert Dec/1855-58+ Folkestone ChronicleMelville's 1858

COWIN Edward 1861-62+ (age 40 in 1861Census)

COX Mrs Matilda 1871-74+ (age widow age 51 in1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874

BROWN Jonathan 1882-91+ (also fly proprietor age 44 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1882

THOMASON William Thomas 1899+ Kelly's 1899

KEMP Charles 1901-03+ (age 51 in 1901Census) (Kelly's 1903 "Dover Castle")

ANSELL Edward William 1909+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

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

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Folkestone ChronicleFrom the Folkestone Chronicle



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