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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1859

(Name from)


Latest 1966

87-89 Guildhall Street


Former Eagle Tavern

Above picture taken from Google maps, shows the site of the former Eagle Tavern.

Eagle card

The above sign, wasn't actually designed and released by Whitbread, but has been designed by Robert Greenham in the same style as the card sets they distributed as a representation of what the sign looked like. Robert says:- This was based on the image which appeared on Whitbread's metal map for East Kent which was painted by D. W. Burley in 1950, on commission from Whitbread.

Whitbread metal map 1950

The above metal map, kindly sent by Robert Greenham was released, in 1950 and painted by D. W. Burley, and was titled Inn-Signia of Whitbread Houses in East Kent, Whitbread & Co Ltd. The Inn Signs designed by:- M. C. Balston, Vena Chalker, Kathleen M Claxton, K. M. Doyle, Ralph Ellis, Marjorie Hutton, Harvey James, Prudence Rae-Martin, Violet Rutter, L. Toynbee and Kit Watson.

Eagle sign

Although not known for definite, the above sign has recently been purchased by Mark Golab from Chicago on an Ebay site, and it's suggested it could have once been hanging outside this house.


Building opened as a public house in 1855 and was addressed as Darlington Place when the name was the "Darlington Arms". The house remained with this name till 1858 when John Baker replaced Thomas Taylor.

Licensee John Baker seemed to be suffering from lack of funds during the 1860s and having been proved to owe money was deemed insolvent.

Trading till 1966 when the premises was demolished. The house reverted back to the "Darlington Arms" briefly during Edwin Holloway's time to avoid confusion between the "Eagle Tavern" in the High Street, but didn't remain with that name long and again reverted back.

The following is a transcript of a passage describing the "Eagle" by a person going under the name of G.H.C. Dated May 1967.


The Eagle

Rather more than forty five years ago, Bill Medhurst recently returned from five years of war service, which had begun placidly driving the Yeomanry water cart at Dumpton (the happiest days of his life) but had included the Dardanelles Campaign, skirmishes with the Senussi in the Western Desert, duty with the Camel Corps in Palestine, and garrison work in Egypt, would lament the monstrous prospect of the future to his fellow clerks in the Gas Office. Here we are scribing them in (the records of the slot-meter collections) and so I suppose it will go on to the end unless something happens to the Old Chief and Old (indecipherable) (his deputy) comes to the throne. Then there might be a few alterations and what should he do then? It would be a good thing to take a pub, but certainly not The Eagle in Guildhall Street. It must be a little one in the country, where he might get a bit of rough shooting during the afternoon closing. The Eagle killed all it's landlords. The statement, though not entirely accurate, could be supported by considerable evidence.

One man who kept it at the turn of the century, retired into private life, but getting bored, took another and retired a second time, then some years after shot himself. Another took his life at The Eagle, and a third died by a tragic accident at his new home on the first night of his retirement.

However within ten years an alteration came without anything happening to the Old Chief. The Company passed under other control and the new owners dealt generously with Bill. With his compensation and his small patrimony he realised his ambition to have his own car and follow his own devices. Whether those days proved as happy as the ones at Dumpton, I never knew, nor whether he regretted the hypothetical good job in Egypt he turned down because his old mates wanted him home. Anyway neither the "Dog" at Clambercrown nor the "Cat" at Paddlesworth nor any other pub repeated the inscription on the old "Kings Arms" at Folkestone. He eventually served in Civil Defence through the Second World War and died early in 1946.

Now May 1967 The Eagle itself is dying slowly under the hands of the demolition men, and is revealing what a good job it's builders made of it.

John Brown and I must have passed it four or six times a day during our Grammar School and Technical School days, and I think it stood for all the temptations, world, flesh and Devil. My most vivid memories of it are on Sunday evenings about 1900. Father had a widowed aunt and her bachelor brother who lived in Guildhall Street, nearer the Town Hall. We used to call on them on Sunday evenings and leave about half past eight. We had to pass The Eagle on our way home. It would be crowded to overflowing. From inside came loud noises of talking, laughing, and maudlin singing. This was repeated by the crowd milling outside the door. Opposite stood Miss Flude's Gospel Mission Hall. By that time the congregation would be gathered round a preacher who stood on a kitchen chair in the forecourt. I suppose his address was directed to the revellers at The Eagle, but he seemed to me to be as intoxicated with religious fervour as they were with drink.

One feature of The Eagle, and incidentally left to the last, was a bay window of the bar which projected on to the pavement.

In later years the landlord had previously been a railway signalman and during the afternoon closing he was frequently to be seen standing at the window and looking along the street, just as he might have watched the line from his box in earlier days.

After the Second World War the neighbourhood became a clearance area and trade must have declined and habits changed. When do all the ghosts return? Drinkers and preacher alike? Perhaps in those year when Halloween falls on a Sunday? Do the police consider that an extraordinary occasion and not oppose an extension to midnight?



From the Folkestone Chronicle 10 December 1859.


Monday December 5th:- Before W.F. Browell, James Kelcey, and R.W. Boarer esqs.

Henry Godfrey and William Burvill, the younger, were brought up in custody, charged with stealing a gander and three geese, the property of Hunt Jeffery, of Walton, farmer.

Mr. Minter appeared for Burvill.

Godfrey was undefended.

Hunt Jeffery, being sworn, deposed, that he had lost a gander and three geese; saw them last on Friday afternoon, they were near the pond in the farm yard, was told next morning that they were missing, and the place where they were kept, open; could swear to the gander and two geese now produced, as being those lost.

Mr. Minter declined to cross-examine the witness.

James Winton, being sworn, deposed, he was employed by Mr. Hunt Jeffery, the last witness, had to attend the pigs and geese; his master had a gander and three geese; on Friday evening about 5 o'clock he drove them into the goose house and shut the door, which was fastened with a latch, missed the geese about 6 the next morning (Saturday); the door of the goose house was open; found there the head of the gander and a quantity of feathers; looked for the geese but could not find them; believed the geese now produced to be the same that were lost – identified them by certain marks in the feathers.

P.C. Charles Ovenden, being sworn, deposed, on Saturday, from information received, he went to Walton Farm, and received the head of a goose now produced from the last witness; was present when the geese were found in a garden, in the joint occupation of the prisoner Burvill and his father; the garden adjoins Wiltie Lane; they were found buried in a sack in the garden. The Superintendent of Police asked the prisoner Burvill previously, where the geese were; to which he replied he knew nothing of them. After the geese were found the question was repeated, and then prisoner answered, a man named Godfrey had brought them there in the morning, and asked him to take care of them for him; he also admitted the sack they were found in belonged to them, meaning his father and himself; he added, that hearing there was a stir about the geese, he had buried them himself.

Cross-examined by Mr. Minter – The Superintendent told the prisoner that he came to look after some stolen geese, and that he (Superintendent) believed they were there. Burvill denied the geese were there first, and only admitted that they were when some feathers came to the top of the ground after probing it with a crowbar.

Superintendent Martin deposed, from information received that some geese had been stolen, he went to Darlington Place, and met the prisoner Burvill in the road, asked him if he had the key of his cow-shed, he said he had. Witness asked him to allow him to look in there, as some geese had been stolen, and they wished to discover where they were. The prisoner said he might look anywhere he pleased, as he knew nothing whatever about any geese. Witness then cautioned prisoner to take care what he said, and then told him there was a man named Godfrey in custody on suspicion of stealing some geese. Prisoner again denied all knowledge of any geese. Witness then left prisoner and met P.C. Ovenden, they returned together and found the prisoner Burvill at work in a garden behind the railway; asked him to let him look in a lodge in the garden; prisoner took a key from his pocket and opened the door. Witness then told him he knew the geese were about there, and he ought to be very cautious what he said, or he might get himself into trouble. Witness then commenced a search, and noticed behind the lodge that the earth had been recently removed. Witness got a crowbar, and probing the place, found some feathers come up with the clay. Witness turned round to prisoner and said “Burvill, the geese are here”. He replied “I put them there, I had them from a man named Godfrey, in the morning, and did not know what to do with them, so I buried them, I did not know they were stolen”. He also admitted the sack belonged to him. Prisoner got a shovel and took them out at witness's desire. Prisoner was then taken into custody; the geese and sack produced are those found.

P.C. Busbridge deposed, that from information received on Saturday, he found some geese had been stolen from Walton Farm; he went to No. 20, Darlington Place, the residence of the prisoner Godfrey, and knocked at the door, heard a shuffling, and then opened the door and found the prisoner going out the back way; told him some geese had been stolen from Mr. Jeffery, at Walton, and charged him with stealing them; he said he knew nothing about them. Witness then took him into custody, took him to the station, and on him was the frock produced, inside which was found some goose down and feathers, with spots of blood; the Superintendent asked him how the feathers came there, to which he made no reply.

Jane Baker deposed, she was wife to John Baker, landlord of the "Eagle Tavern," Darlington Place; knew both the prisoners; saw them together at her husband's house on Friday night about half past 11; could not say whether they left together or not; they were using the house as ordinary customers. Burvill was in the habit of coming in and out of the house seven or eight times a day; had known him five or six years, and always thought him a well conducted young man.

Mr Minter cross-examined this witness, to show that the prisoners being together in the house was accidental, and not as companions, which the witness admitted.

Mr. Minter then addressed the bench to the effect that the prisoner Burvill had hitherto borne a good character, and that what he had done was not an actual proof of guilty knowledge; he had certainly committed a grave fault in telling a lie to the Superintendent, but that was all.

The Bench having consulted together, committed both prisoners to trial, at the next quarter sessions. Application for bail was made for the prisoner Burvill, which was granted, with 24 hours notice.


Note: Appears to confirm change of name from "Darlington Arms" to Eagle in Baker's time. Jan Pedersen.


Folkestone Chronicle 7 January 1860.

Quarter Sessions.

Thursday January 5th: - The Grand Jury then retired, and returned very soon with a true bill against Henry Godfrey for stealing four geese, the property of Mr. Hunt Jeffery, and William Burvill for receiving the same, well knowing them to have been stolen.

Mr. Minter appeared for Burvill.

The prisoner Godfrey was undefended.

The examination having appeared so recently in this journal, in the report before the magistrates, it is not necessary to fully detail them. The prisoner Godfrey pleaded “Guilty”, and William Burvill “Not Guilty”.

The Recorder then said, that the prisoner Godfrey having pleaded guilty, could be taken as a witness against the prisoner Burvill.

He was then put into the box, and the Recorder, addressing the jury, said, they must take Godfrey's evidence for what it was worth. If, however, they believed that he was speaking the truth, they were bound to believe him.

The witness was then sworn, and after being strongly cautioned by the recorder as to what evidence he had to give, he proceeded to examine him, and elicited from him, that on the 3rd December, about 3 o'clock in the morning, he went to Mr. Jeffery's farm at Walton, and took the geese from the lodge, and gave them to the prisoner Burvill to keep till he could sell them; Burvill put them in the Lodge, and told witness he might leave them there for a short time; was slightly acquainted with Burvill; - did not see Burvill afterwards until both were apprehended; the geese were all dead when he gave them to Burvill; he had killed them himself before he left the lodge.

The Recorder asked the witness how he had killed them. Witness, with the greatest coolness, and with a lurking smile on his lips, said, “he pulled the head off one”. The Recorder, seemingly surprised, repeated his question, but got the same reply.

Cross-examined by Mr. Minter – Lived in Darlington Place, near the prisoner Burvill; the lodge was in the occupation of Burvill's father; prisoner was feeding his cows when he asked him to take care of the geese; had to pass the lodge on his way from Mr. Jeffery's; it was about 7 o'clock in the morning when the geese were left with the prisoner.

P.C. Ovenden repeated the evidence given before the magistrates as to being present when the prisoner was informed by the Superintendent of Police that some geese had been stolen from Mr. Jeffery's, and that Godfrey was in custody on suspicion of having stolen them; prisoner denied all knowledge at first, but afterwards when found, admitted that Godfrey had given them to him, and he had buried them for fear of being implicated in the matter.

Superintendent Martin deposed that in company with last witness he searched the garden of prisoner, and noticing the ground had been recently disturbed he probed it with a crowbar, on which some feathers came up to the surface; witness then addressing prisoner, who had previously denied all knowledge of the geese, although told Godfrey was in custody, and was strongly cautioned by witness to be careful as to how he answered, he said “oh, yes, the geese are there, I buried them myself, but I did not know they were stolen”. The geese were in a sack which prisoner said was “his” or “theirs” – meaning his father and himself – Godfrey was in custody before Burvill was spoken to by witness.

Police constable Busbridge deposed, he apprehended the prisoner Godfrey on the 3rd inst., (sic) about one o'clock. Saw the prisoner Burvill, who was in the road when witness went into Godfrey's house.

Cross-examined by Mr. Minter, who asked witness how in his depositions he said 12 o'clock when he went to prisoner Godfrey's house – the witness explained this by saying he was twice at the prisoner's house, at 12 and 1 o'clock.

Jane Baker was examined but her evidence had no bearing on the case.

Mr. Minter then made a forcible address to the jury on the whole of the evidence, and impressed upon them that his client might have been guilty of an indiscretion in telling a lie when spoken to at first by the Superintendent of police; there had been nothing proved against him that he had stolen the geese, or that he knew in fact that they were stolen. He is found at 7 o'clock in the morning feeding his cows, when asked to take care of the geese by Godfrey. Afterwards seeing the police go into Godfrey's house, he begins to suspect something is wrong, and afraid that he might be implicated, he buried the geese; this is almost a natural conclusion for a person in his position to arrive at, and though an act of indiscretion, still it was no proof of guilt, and he pressed upon the jury that if they had a doubt that the prisoner received the geese knowing they were stolen, they were to give him the benefit of the doubt and acquit him.

Mr. Minter then called Joseph Samson and John Garland, as witnesses as to character, who gave the prisoner an excellent one; the former as his schoolmaster, the latter as his employer.

The Recorder then summed up the evidence, minutely showing that against the prisoner, and that in his favour, and put it to the jury, if they had any doubt about the guilty knowledge of the theft committed by Godfrey being known to the prisoner when the geese were left with him, they would give him the benefit of it, and bring in an acquittal – if on the other hand they believed the prisoner had that knowledge required by the law, they were bound to return a verdict of Guilty.

The jury then retired, in about ten minutes returned into court and gave a verdict of Not Guilty.

The Recorder then addressing the prisoner Godfrey, said, having pleaded guilty to the crime of having stolen these geese; he the Recorder might tel him he had had a very narrow escape from a charge of burglary, for if the lodge from which the geese had been stolen had been attached to the house, and he had lifted the latch, it would have amounted to that crime, and a few years ago the punishment for that crime was death. He the Recorder was afraid however the prisoner was not only a thief by his own confession, but also a cruel one, for the manner in which he had described what he had done together with the fact that he had pulled the head off the goose while alive, showed he was a very cruel person. The prisoner had been a month in prison, and he should imprison him to six months' imprisonment with hard labour.


Folkestone Chronicle 25 August 1860.

Advert: Folkestone.

To Publicans And Others.

The Eagle Tavern Public House.

To Be Let.

Enquire of Messrs. Brockman and Harrison, Folkestone.


Folkestone Chronicle 29 September 1860.

County Court.

Thursday September 27th:- Before C. Harwood Esq.

John Baker. This insolvent keeping the Eagle Tavern, Folkestone, petitioned under the protection acts, owing debts amounting to 208 15s. 11d. No assets. Mr. Minter supported.

The insolvent passed his first examination and His Honour named the next sitting for the final order.


Folkestone Chronicle 13 October 1860.


In the matter of the petition of John Baker, formerly of No. 10, Belle Vue Fields, in the town of Folkestone, in the county of Kent, journeyman whitesmith, then and now of the Eagle Tavern, Durham Place, in the town of Folkestone, in the county of Kent, Licensed Victualler, Whitesmith, and Shoeing Smith.

Notice is hereby given that the County Court of Kent, at Folkestone, acting in the matter of this petition, will proceed to make a final Order thereon, at the said Court, on the 31st day of October, 1860, at ten o'clock in the forenoon, unless cause be then and there shown to the contrary.

William Venables, High Bailiff.

Messenger of the said Court.


Folkestone Chronicle 3 November 1860.

County Court.

Wednesday October 31st:- Before Charles Harwood esq., Judge.
John Baker, an insolvent, came up for his final order. Supported by Mr. Minter. There was no opposition and the order was signed. His Honour upon signing the petition cautioned insolvent that if any debts were contracted after this he would allow no time for payment but make forthwith orders. Insolvent then received his final order.


Folkestone Observer 23 February 1861.

Assault on a publican.

Friday February 22nd: - Before James Tolputt, A.M. Leith, and James Kelcey esqs.

Frederick Jones, of Brentwood, Essex, umbrella maker, was charged with assaulting and beating George Francis Ball, landlord of the Eagle Tavern, Darlington Place.

George Francis Ball, who appeared in court with one eye tied up, said – I am landlord of the Eagle Tavern, Darlington Place. This morning, about 10 minutes past 12, I was sitting in the tap room of my house. I ordered two cigars, which were brought me. The prisoner, who was sitting in the room, took one of the cigars. I told him he must either pay for it, or put it down. He did neither, and I attempted to take it from him. He then seized me with both hands by the hair of the head. I made my way to the bar, and on going there we both fell down together. As I was down he kicked me several times in the eye, and all over the body, causing the injuries which now appear. In reply to the prisoner witness added, “I did not come to strike you first”.

Sarah Baker deposed that she was housekeeper to Mr. Ball, at the Eagle Tavern. About ten minutes past twelve that morning Mr. Ball ordered her to bring two cigars into the tap room. The prisoner took one, and she left the room. Shortly afterwards she saw Mr. Ball and the prisoner fall down together just in the bar. As they were lying down she saw the prisoner kick Mr. Ball several times in the face. She tried to prevent him but she could not. She saw him pulling Mr. Ball by the hair at the time he was kicking him.

By the prisoner – Prisoner took the cigar out of another man's hand. She did not know whether Mr. Ball had been gambling for the cigars.

John Dyer said he was in the tap room that morning, when the affair about the cigars took place. Mr. Ball went to prisoner, and asked him for the money for the cigars. After that they got tussling in the tap room, and went into the passage. After a short time witness heard Mr. Ball's housekeeper call. They were then in the bar. When he came out to go towards the bar, there was Mr. Lee out there; and Mr. Lee, and Mr. Ball, and prisoner lay on the ground. Mr. Ball asked witness to go for the police, which he did. He saw no blow struck.

In reply to prisoner, the witness said he saw Mr. Ball toss for two cigars, which he lost. He saw Hammon take up two cigars and give prisoner one.

In reply to Mr. Leith, witness said neither prisoner nor Mr. Ball was drunk.

This was the case for the prosecution. For the defence prisoner called Elizabeth Lee, licensed hawker, who said she saw Mr. Ball toss for the two cigars that morning, and lose them. William Hammon won them. Hammon took two out of the box; one he gave into prisoner's hand, and one he kept himself. Mr. Ball asked prisoner for the money for the cigar, and prisoner said he had had the cigar given him, and would not give it up. They both tussled in the passage, but which struck the first blow she could not say. She did not see prisoner kick Mr. Ball. Mr. Ball brought dice into the room, and witness rattled them with the young lady (the housekeeper) for two pints, and lost. She beat witness out of two pints of small beer, after twelve o'clock.

In reply to Mr. Ball, witness said the dominoes were there when she came, but he (Ball) brought the dice, which they shook in a pot. It was half past eleven when she raffled the young lady for a pint of beer. Ball won half a crown.

William Hammon, licensed hawker, said, about eight o'clock the previous night he went into the public house, and had half a pint of beer. Soon after that he got another. The landlord wanted to spar. He said he thought he should get some boxing gloves, and have a spar. He then wanted to have some throwing with dice for money. Then about twelve o'clock he pulled off his clothes, everything but his shirt and trousers and flannel he believed. About ten minutes past twelve he tossed Ball for two cigars.

Dyer being re-called, said he saw the landlord strip himself, but did not see him fight. He had his shirt on. It was not one time in a hundred that Mr. Ball was to be seen in the bar with his coat on. He saw dice.

Hammon proceeded to say that when he won the cigars he took them, and gave prisoner one of them. Before twelve o'clock prosecutor said he should beat all three of them if they did not pay for a pint of beer apiece – that was him (witness), Elizabeth Lee, and prisoner.

Ball said as witness was on his oath, he did not wish to ask any questions. He had sworn perjury.

In reply to Mr. Leith, Hammon said that after he had given the cigar to the prisoner, Mr. Ball asked prisoner for the cigar. Prisoner said witness had given it to him, and he should not give it up. They then began tussling, and Mr. Ball took hold of him by the head. Witness followed them out into the passage, and when they got there Mr. Ball knocked prisoner into the bar, and prisoner dragged Mr. Ball down with him, and knocked his head against the bar.

In reply to Mr. Ball, witness said he did not turn round to him, when he was ordered out of the house, and say “You ------, you have got one eye bunged, and I will bung the other for you”. He said nothing of the sort.

George Clayton saw Mr. Ball pull off his clothes, chuck one brace down by the side of him, throw the other back across his shoulder, and turn up his shirt sleeves and show his muscle. He talked so much of fighting that witness began to be afraid of him. He said he would thrash them all three if they did not pay for a pint of beer each; and witness said he would not pay, but prisoner said he would pay rather than fight.

Elizabeth Lee, re-called, said she saw the housekeeper holding prisoner by the hair, and beating him on the head, saying, “Get away, you rascal”.

Sarah Baker – It was because prisoner was kicking Mr. Ball so.

Elizabeth Lee – I don't know about that; I did not see it.

After a brief consultation, the Bench said they were of opinion that the case was proved against the prisoner, and notwithstanding that provocation had been given, there was no justification for such brutal kicking. The prisoner would be fined 5s., with 9s. 6d. costs, or 7 days imprisonment. The bench added a caution to the prosecutor as to the conduct of his house, which had been reported before. If such things as these went on he would lose his licence.

Prisoner asked for time to pay the fine in, as he was expecting goods down in a day or two, when he could pay it. But this was refused, and he was committed to Dover jail.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 9 March, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Wednesday March 6th:- Before the Mayor, James Kelcey and W.F. Browell, Esqs.

George Milligate was brought up charged with being found in the "Eagle" public house for an unlawful purpose. It appeared that the house in question had been empty some time, the landlord having absconded, and that a number of lads had been in the habit of loitering about these premises of an evening, and on the occasion in question the prisoner and another lad had been seen to get into the house by a broken window; but from the contradictory statements made by the principal witness, Maria Peel, the magistrates reprimanded her, and ordered the prisoner to be discharged, with a caution.


Folkestone Observer 9 March 1861.

Charge of unlawful entry.

Wednesday March 6th:- Before the Mayor, W.F. Browell, and James Kelcey esqs.

George Milligate, 17, labourer, was charged with being found in the Eagle public house, Darlington Place, for an unlawful purpose.

Maria Peal, wife of William Peal, Darlington Place knew the prisoner. About seven o'clock the previous night she saw him get into one of the windows of the Eagle Tavern, Darlington Place, which is unoccupied. She did not know whether he opened the window or not. Prisoner came to her house for a box of lucifers. She saw a light in the house during the evening.

In reply to the prisoner, witness said his legs were outside the window. She did not know whether he got into the house.

P.C. Peel said that about a quarter to nine the night before he went to the Eagle Tavern; he found the back and side doors shut, but unfastened. He found the front window unfastened, and the lower sash about an inch up. A square of glass at the bottom of the window was broken out. He saw the door and window fastened about four o'clock the morning before. There are lead fittings and gas pipes in the house.

The Bench thought the defence charge was not clearly made out, and discharged the prisoner.


Folkestone Observer 13 April 1861.

Granting a licence.

Wednesday March 10th: - Before Captain Kennicott, A.M. Leith and James Tolputt esqs.

Mr. Fowle, clerk to Messrs. Brockman and Harrison, applied for a fresh licence to John Taylor, at present a police constable for the borough (7F), for the Eagle Tavern, Darlington Place, Francis Ball, the late holder for that house, having gone away. Evidence was given of Taylor being in possession of the house, and Superintendent Martin spoke to his good conduct while in the force, saying that he found the night duty irksome and injurious, and being in possession of a small pension, he was desirous of taking a public house, that he might have more regular hours of rest. The Bench, reminding the applicant of the former character of the house, granted the licence.

Note: This seems to cast doubt on Taylor being ex Marquis of Lorne as stated in More Bastions.


Folkestone Observer 26 October 1861.

Sunday Amusement.

Tuesday October 22nd:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N., and James Tolputt Esq.

William Hoad, a young man, was brought up on warrant, charged with wilfully damaging the smithy of Mr. Hoile, Darlington Place.

William Rye said he was at Mr. Taylor's public house, Darlington Place, on Sunday afternoon, about half past two o'clock, when he saw the prisoner standing on the batten of the railway, throwing stones at Mr. Hoile's forge. He heard the noise of stones going into the window, and the smashing of glass. He was with another man, who was not present in court, and they were both throwing stones at the forge. They might have been throwing stones for about five minutes.

John Taylor, landlord of the Eagle, also saw prisoner throwing stones, and heard the glass smash.

William Hoile, shoeing smith, and owner of the forge, on Monday morning found 20 or 30 large stones and bricks inside the shop. The windows of the shop were all out, and the frames smashed in. On Saturday he left the frames all right, and partly filled with glass. This was not the first, nor second, nor third time that this had been done. The damage done was 1. The young fellows were in the habit on Sundays of getting on the railway banks and throwing stones at his windows. The very last time they did it they agreed to pay 1s 6d each towards the damage done.

The prisoner said he only threw one stone, and that fell on the roof and bounded off. He saw two others throwing stones, but he was lying on the bank himself.

The magistrates inflicted a fine of 10s. with 9s. costs, or 14 days' hard labour. The fine was paid.


Southeastern Gazette 29 October 1861.

Local News.

At the police court last week, William Hoad, a young man, was charged with wilfully damaging the smithy of Mr. Hoile, Darlington Place.

On Sunday afternoon week, the defendant was seen a young man named William Eye, and John Taylor, landlord of the Eagle public house, on the batten of the railway, throwing stones at the window of prosecutor's smithy. Prosecutor said that the windows of his shop were all out, and the frames smashed in. On Saturday he left the window frames all right, and partly filled with glass. This was not the first, second, nor third time that it had been done. The damage done was 1. A number of young fellows were in the habit on Sundays of getting on the railway banks and throwing stones at the windows.

Fined 10s., and 9s. costs.


Folkestone Chronicle 12 January 1867.

Tuesday January 8th: Before the Mayor, J. Kelcey and R.W. Boarer Esqs.

Timothy Dehamer, private, 3rd Buffs, stationed at Shorncliffe Camp, was brought up charged with stealing from the Eagle Tavern, Darlington, a bottle of cloves, and from a workshop in Shellons Lane a plane, flannel jacket, apron, and cap; also with assaulting the police in the execution of their duty. The first charge was taken.

Mary Ann Holloway, landlady of the Eagle Tavern, Darlington, said: Prisoner came into my house at 9 o'clock yesterday morning – he was in the tap room – and remained there till half past 12; he had two pints of beer. After he was gone I missed a bottle of cloves from the bar. I had not seen the prisoner in the bar. I gave information to the police. The bottle contained about a pint and three half-quarterns, and it's value was 2s. 6d.

Cross-examined: I did not see you leave the house, but did see you pass the window; there were a lot of boys about.

P.C. Hills said: Yesterday afternoon, from information received, I went in search of prisoner, and found him near Mr. Allebone's, corner of Beach Street. Prisoner saw me and went into Allebone's shop. I went in and asked him if he was on pass. He said “Yes”, but could not find it. I told him he smelt strong of drink, and he pulled out the bottle produced from under his greatcoat. I charged him with stealing it from the Eagle tavern. I took him into custody, and he resisted very much through the streets, and was very violent at the police station. The son of the prosecutor took the bottle.

P.C. Ovenden said: I assisted P.C. Hills to take the prisoner into custody, and afterwards went to the Eagle Tavern, at Darlington, where I saw prosecutrix, and she gave me the bottle produced.

Cross-examined: You were the worse for liquor, but not drunk.

Prisoner said: I did not steal the bottle – there were several men came in and went out of the house while I was there; the people saw me go. The drink was missed and because I have a bottle of liquor they say I was the person who stole it. It is the first time ever I was before a court.

The prisoner was then committed to take his trial at the next Quarter Sessions.

Prisoner was then charged with breaking into the workshop of Mr. Gilbert, Prospect Place, on the 7th inst., and stealing therefrom one plane, one apron, one flannel jacket, and one cap.

Hampden Gilbert said: Yesterday morning I went to work about seven o'clock, and noticed a window six or seven feet from the ground had been broken open, and a ladder put near, which was lying on the ground. I missed a flannel jacket, a cap, and an apron, which I had seen safely there on Sunday evening. I gave information of the loss to the police. A man brought me a trying plane about eight o'clock last evening, which I had not before missed; it has my name on it, and is my property. P.C. Ovenden produced the jacket and cap this morning. The value of the whole is 6s. I have not seen the prisoner before now.

Prisoner was then remanded.


Friday January 11th: Before the Mayor, J. Kelcey, and R.W. Boarer Esqs.

Timothy Dehamer was brought up on remand, charged with stealing several articles, value 6s. 6d., the property of Hampden Gilbert.

Elizabeth Gilbert, widow, of Cheriton, said: On Monday morning, about seven o'clock, prisoner called at my house. He said he had just come from Folkestone, and had picked up a plane. He was tired of carrying it about, and wished to leave it. My son saw it belonged to prosecutor. I gave prisoner a sixpence as he was leaving, as it was a cold morning. I gave the plane the same day to my son-in-law, Stephen Tucker, to bring to it's owner. The plane produced is the same.

Thomas Baker, carpenter, Cheriton, gave evidence that he received the gauge produced from the prisoner, who offered it to him for a pint of beer. He took care of it, and gave it to P.C. Ovenden.

Prisoner made some rambling statement to endeavour to account for the possession of the articles.

He was committed for trial at the next Quarter Sessions.

The prisoner was then charged with assaulting P.C. Hills on the 7th Instant. He pleaded Not Guilty.

P.C. Hills repeated the evidence he gave on Tuesday as to the apprehension of the prisoner in the shop of Mr. Allebone, and added that prisoner was standing with his right hand towards the counter, on which there were two or three knives. He reached his arm out and took hold of the butcher's knife produced, and made a dart at my side, but I caught his arm before he struck me. I had hold of both wrists, and had a severe struggle; we fell in the shop twice before we could get the knife from him. While I had his wrists, he tried to work the knife into my left arm. With the assistance of several civilians, we got the knife from him, but I was obliged to strike him across the back of the hand with my staff first. I then got the handcuffs on him. He resisted violently all the way to the station house, and we fell two or three times.

Prisoner: I know I'm very violent when drunk, but I don't think I could be guilty of such an act.

Joseph Allebone, pork butcher, Beach Street, corroborated the constable's evidence as far as related to what occurred in his shop.

The prisoner, after a short consultation by the magistrates, was committed to one month's hard labour – the bench were sorry they could not inflict a greater punishment.


Folkestone Observer 12 January 1867.

Tuesday, January 8th: Before The Mayor, R.W. Boarer and J. Kelcey Esqs.

Timothy Danaher, 3rd Buffs, attached to the 12th Depot Battalion, Shorncliffe Camp, was charged with the several grave offences detailed below.

Mary Holloway, wife of Edward Holloway, living at the Eagle Tavern, Darlington, said: I saw the prisoner at my house yesterday. He came in at nine o'clock in the morning, and remained in the tap room until half past twelve. He had two pints of beer to drink while there. After he had left I missed from a little shelf in the bar two bottles of cloves. I had not seen him in the bar at all. When I discovered my loss I went to the station house to inform the police. The bottle contained about a pint and three half-quarterns of cloves. It's value was about 2s. 6d.

Cross-examined: Did not see you leave the house. I was in a little room, and I saw you pass the window.

P.C. Hills said: Yesterday afternoon, about half past one, I received information from the last witness that a bottle of cloves had been stolen from the shelf in her bar. I went in search for the prisoner, and found him in the lower part of the town, opposite Mr. Allebone's wall. When he saw me coming he went round the corner, and I followed him. Mrs. Allebone, the pork butcher, opened the door, and he went in. I went in after him, and asked him if he was on pass; he said he was but he could find no pass. I said he smelt very strong of drink, and he then pulled a bottle from under his big coat, out of the pocket, I believe. I charged him with stealing a bottle of cloves from the Eagle Tavern, and he said “Let me drink a little”, and he did drink some, but I took it away from him before he had drunk it all. The bottle produced is the one I took from him. I then took him into custody, and he resisted very much. He then said he would come quietly if I would let him have a smoke. I let him have a light, and he then put his hand across the counter and seized a knife. I had to get a great deal of assistance to bring him to the station. We searched him there, but nothing was found on him, and he refused his name. I gave the bottle to a little boy, son of the last witness, who it seems is deaf, and did not hear what I said, and he went home with it.

Cross-examined: Prisoner was the worse for liquor, but not so drunk but he knew what he was about. The boy, George Holloway, in court, took the bottle from me.

Mrs. Holloway, recalled, said: My son brought the bottle home yesterday about three o'clock. It contained the same quantity of cloves as at present – about half a quartern. The bottle is the same as I lost from my bar. P.C. Ovenden came in immediately after my boy and took the bottle away.

P.C. Ovenden went to the assistance of P.C. Hills about three o'clock yesterday, and took the prisoner into custody. He afterwards went to the Eagle Tavern, and received the bottle produced.

Cross-examined: Prisoner was the worse for liquor, but not so drunk but he knew what he was doing.

Prisoner, being called upon for his defence, said he did not steal the bottle. Several men came in and went out of the house at the time. When he went away the people saw him go. Then the drink was missed, and because they saw a bottle of liquor with him they said that he must have stolen it.

The prisoner was then committed for trial for the felony.

A second charge of felony was then proceeded with against the same prisoner.

Hampden Gilbert, cabinet maker, 1, Prospect Place, Shellons Lane, said: I have a workshop on my premises, and yesterday morning, at seven o'clock, when I went into my workshop I noticed that a window had been broken open. The window was six or seven feet from the ground, and without any shutter. A ladder had been brought from the shop and laid on the ground under the window. My shop was locked up. As soon as I found the window was broken open, I went into it, and missed a flannel jacket, cap, and apron. The window was glazed with oiled calico, not with glass, and the calico had been broken, and the bolt of the sash forced open. I saw the articles safe in the shop on Saturday evening between five and six o'clock. When I discovered my loss I gave information to the police. I received a plane last evening about 8 o'clock from a Mr. Tucker, carpenter, of Cheriton. I had not missed it before he brought it. (Plane, jacket and cap produced and identified). The value of the articles is about 6s. I do not know the prisoner, and have not seen him on my premises.

John Tucker, carpenter, Cheriton, said: As I was coming into Folkestone about half past four yesterday I called at Mrs. Gilbert's cottage to light my pipe. I told her that I was going to Folkestone, and she said she had a plane belonging to someone in Folkestone; that a soldier had left it there. The plane had the owner's name at full length marked on it. I told her I knew the owner, but did not know where he lived. I brought it in, and enquired for Mr. Gilbert's residence. I took it to Mr. Gilbert and he identified it.

John Swain, labourer, living at Cheriton Street, said: I know the prisoner. I met him in Cheriton Street yesterday morning about half past six. He asked me what time the provosts got about. I told him they came down between eight and nine as far as I knew. Then he asked me if I wanted to buy a cheap article, and pulled the plane out of his bosom. He had on his shako and big coat. I did not take the plane in my hands, and it was dark. I could not therefore swear to it. I told him the article was no use to me. I could see it was a plane, and much about such an article as that. I met the prisoner afterwards, about eight o'clock in the meadow, close against the White Lion, at Cheriton. He pulled the flannel jacket from underneath his coat and gave it to me, saying “You may have it if you like”. E told me that he picked it up along the road. Then he asked me if I had a piece of tobacco to give him, and I gave him a piece. Then he asked me if I could tell him where he could get his boots polished. I told him I could not tell him anything about it. I took home the jacket and hung it up. This morning the policeman (Ovenden) came for it, and I gave it to him. (Identified the jacket).

Cross-examined: He did not say he picked the plane up. He told me he picked the jacket up. He did not say where he got the plane from.

By the Bench: I never saw the prisoner before. I am sure he is the same man.

Prisoner: I don't deny what he says, only I told him I picked the things up along the road.

P.C. Ovenden went to Cheriton to the house of the last witness at nine o'clock, and received from him the flannel jacket produced. I afterwards went to Mr. Gilbert, and received the plane from him. I saw the son of the woman who received the plane, and she is gone to Newington today.

The attendance of Mrs. Gilbert being necessary, the prisoner was remanded.


Friday, January 11th: Before The Mayor, R.W. Boarer and J. Kelcey Esqs.

Timothy Danaher was brought up this morning, when Mrs. Gilbert gave evidence as to the prisoner leaving the plane with her, her giving him 6d., and sending the plane in to Folkestone.

Thomas baker gave evidence as to prisoner selling him for 2d. a gauge that had been stolen from Mr. Gilbert.

Prisoner said in defence that he had been drinking, and turning a corner as he was going home he frightened a man, who dropped the things and ran away, probably mistaking him in his greatcoat for a policeman. He was committed for trial on this charge also.

He was then sentenced to one month's hard labour for assaulting P.C. Hills, with whom he had five or six minutes' desperate struggle, twice on the ground.

Danaher's name appears on the regimental books 48 times for habitual drunkenness, insubordination, desertion, attempting to stab &c.


Folkestone Chronicle 13 April 1867.

Quarter Sessions.

Tuesday April 9th: Before J.J. Lonsdale Esq.

Timothy Danoher, a private in the 3rd Buffs, was charged on an indictment with breaking into and entering a shop, and stealing therefrom a cap, an apron, a flannel jacket, a plane, and a gouge, the property of Hampden Gilbert; a second count charged him with stealing the above articles, and a third was for stealing a bottle of cloves belonging to Edward Holloway. Prisoner pleaded Not Guilty.

Hampden Gilbert said that on the night of the 7th January last he was aroused by hearing a noise, and on getting up he found that his workshop had been broken open, but he could not see anyone. At seven o'clock the next morning, on going to work, he missed the articles enumerated.

Stephen Tucker, carpenter, of Cheriton, brought the plane from Mrs. Gilbert to the prosecutor's on Monday, the 8th of January.

John Swaine, labourer, of Cheriton Street, met the prisoner at six o'clock on the morning of the 8th of January, when he offered witness a plane for 3s. 6d.; he met him again at eight near the White Lion, and prisoner gave him the flannel jacket, saying he had picked it up. Witness afterwards gave him a bit of tobacco.

The Recorder: You had no business to take it; you knew it was not his; you might have stood in the dock for receiving stolen property; it was very foolish of you.

Cross-examined: I didn't walk with you at all; I might have stayed two minutes with you; you were not the worse for liquor.

P.C. Ovenden assisted in taking the prisoner into custody, and received the jacket from the last witness, and the plane from the prosecutor; the cap was picked up in the road.

Elizabeth Dorothy Gilbert, keeping a small shop at Cheriton Street, said prisoner came in about seven o'clock on the morning of the 8th January and asked to be allowed to leave the plane produced, as he had picked it up, and the owner might be looking for it. He lit his pipe, and as he was going out she gave him 6d. to get something to drink.

Cross-examined: You did not offer it for sale.

Thomas Baker, a carpenter, said he met prisoner on the 8th, who asked him if the gouge produced was his, as he had found it.

The statement of the prisoner before the magistrates was then put in and read, after which he said he had been ten years in the service and nothing had ever been alleged against his honesty. He expected an officer from his regiment to speak for him. He adhered to his former statement that he had been drunk and fell asleep on Sunday, the 7th January, and that on waking up about ten o'clock at night, he set off to camp, and just before getting to the Cheriton Road, he nearly overtook a man, who dropped the articles and ran off. He picked them up and carried them about, hoping to find the owner, and not doing so, he had left them as stated. He had not sold anything.

The Recorder having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty.

Mary Ann, wife of Edward Holloway, of the Eagle Tavern, Darlington, said that prisoner was in her house from nine o'clock on Monday morning, the 8th January, until twelve, and had two pints of beer while drying his clothes, as he was very wet. When he was gone she missed a bottle of cloves from a shelf in the bar. It was there while prisoner was in the house. There was a cognac label on the bottle.

P.C. Hills apprehended the prisoner in Beach Street, with the bottle produced in his possession. It contained cloves, and had on it a cognac label.

Prisoner said he bought the drink of a fisherman, and gave him 1s. 6d. for it.

The learned coroner remarked that it was a pity the fisherman was not called.

Prisoner called no witnesses, saying “Drink was the cause of my present difficulty”, and the Recorder having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of Guilty.

The Recorder, in passing sentence, said that as the prisoner had given so good an account of himself, it would be his duty to let the public know the true state of the case, and accordingly read the account we gave at the time of hearing before the magistrates, of the occasions on which the prisoner had been tried by courts martial, and concluded by hoping that his present punishment – nine months hard labour for the first offence and three months for the latter – would have it's proper effect.

This concluded the business of the court.


Folkestone Observer 13 April 1867.

Quarter Sessions.

Tuesday, April 9th: Before J.J. Lonsdale.

Timothy Danoher, a private in the 3rd Buffs, was indicted on three counts: with breaking into a workshop in Prospect Place, in the occupation of Hampden Gilbert, on the 7th January last, and stealing therefrom a cap, an apron, a flannel jacket, a plane, and a gauge; with a simple stealing the above article; and with stealing a bottle of cloves from the Eagle Tavern, Darlington, on the 8th January. Prisoner pleaded not guilty to each charge, but was found guilty on both, and was sentenced on one charge to nine months' imprisonment, and on the other to three months' imprisonment, consecutive.


Folkestone Express 20 October 1894.

The Eagle Tavern (sic).

Wednesday, October 17th: Before The Mayor, Aldermen Banks and Pledge, W. Wightwick, and C.J. Pursey Esqs.

The licence of this house was transferred to George Clark.


Folkestone Express 9 October 1897.

Saturday, October 2nd: Before The Mayor, Alderman Pledge, T.J. Vaughan and J. Holden Esqs.

Elizabeth Botting, of 87, Guildhall Street, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and using obscene language, and also with assaulting James Large.

James Large, Curator at the cemetery, said: Last night, about five minutes past eight, I was in Guildhall Street, and saw the defendant. I went to Mr. Vaughan's shop, and then went to Cambridge Gardens on business. I there saw defendant, who came up to me and asked me for half a crown. She was a stranger to me. I asked her what the half a crown was for, and she made use of obscene language. There were some people passing. Defendant snatched off my hat and threw it in the garden of No. 24, Cambridge Gardens, making use of further vile expressions. I went to Mr. Tite's and bought another hat. Defendant ran towards Guildhall Street, and I lost sight of her. Mr. Cooper and my brother-in-law waited outside Mr. Tite's shop whilst I got another hat, and then we returned, and at the bottom of Victoria Grove we saw defendant. She abused me shamefully, and took the new hat off my head and threw it into the gardens. Then she kicked at me, but my friends prevented it from being a serious kick. A man came up and said he was her husband.

Defendant made various accusations against the complainant, and said she ran after him to give him in charge.

In answer to the Mayor, Mr. Large said the woman appeared to have been drinking, but was not drunk. To the best of his knowledge he had never seen her before, and he gave an emphatic denial to her accusations of improper conduct on his part.

Richard Cooper, Assistant Overseer, said: Last night about twenty minutes past eight I was passing along Guldhall Street with Mr. Large and his brother-in-law. Mr. Large had complained to us of having been assaulted in Cambridge Gardens, and I suggested we should endeavour to find defendant. In Victoria Grove we saw her leaning against the wall of the corner house. Mr. Large said “There she is”, and I went up to her. She said to me “There's that ---- Cemetery man”, and made accusations against Mr. Large. A man came up and said he was her husband. I said “You had better take your wife home and take care of her”. She rushed past me towards Mr. Large. She knocked his hat off into the forecourt of the house on the corner, and used filthy language and demanded half a crown. The husband came forward. Mr. Large's brother-in-law told him to stand back, and held the woman to prevent her from assaulting Mr. Large. I did not see her kick him. The woman, I should say, had been drinking – she was furious – and went at Mr. Large like a tiger, and very much upset him. I went for a policeman.

Alfred Bodkin, an officer in the Metrpolitan Police, brother-in-law to Mr. Large, said he heard defendant use very bad language. She made a kick at Mr. Large, and witness put up his leg and stopped it, so that it only just touched him. The police arrived, and the husband went part of the way to the station. Witness was with Mr. Large at five minutes to eight, and he then told him where he was going.

Prisoner was then charged with being drunk and disorderly.

P.C. Burniston said at 10.35 on Friday night he saw defendant in Guildhall Street, at the bottom of Darlington. He requested her to go away. P.C. Holland was there on duty, and spoke to her, and she and a man who was walking with her went towards the arch. About five minutes past eleven, witness was standing near the arch, and heard a woman screaming. He went through into Broadmead Road, and saw defendant with 30 or 40 persons round her, screaming and shouting, and trying to kick someone in the crowd, and made use of disgusting language. Witness took her into custody, and she tried to kick him. He asked P.C. Holland to assist him to get her to the station. Holland said “You've got her. You take her and charge her”.

The Mayor: Didn't he assist you?

Witness: No. He put his hands behind him and walked away through the crowd. I said to him “Are you going to assist me?”, and he again said “You've got her – you charge her”. I called a civilian called George Godden to assist me. He took hold of her arm. P.C. Holland then came along and told Godden to leave go. I told him not to, but Holland pushed him away, and then he assisted me. I brought her to the police station, and charged her with being drunk and disorderly.

Defendant said there was a man striking her husband, and she was screaming “Police” because her husband would not fight.

P.C. Burniston said the husband had some blood on his face.

The defendant desired to call P.C. Holland.

P.C. Holland said: About 10.50 last night I was on duty in Guildhall Street, near the Eagle public house. The prisoner was in front of No. 87 – next door to the Eagle – accompanied by her husband. The prisoner was ejected by the occupier of the house. I don't know his name. She said “Why are you turning me out?” She tried to go inside, but the man shoved her back and shut the door. She then broke three windows with her hands. I think it was with her hands, but I would not be certain. Just then P.C. Burniston came.

The Mayor: Were you standing by all the time?

Witness: I was on duty outside the Eagle.

The Mayor: Next door to the house where this woman went?

Witness: Yes. P.C. Burniston came out of the Eagle public house with a group of other men.

The Mayor: Was he on duty?

Witness: No.

The Mayor: Was he in plain clothes?

Witness: No. In uniform. He stood in the middle of the road with a cigar in his mouth, smoking.

The Mayor thought the evidence was not relevant.

The Clerk: He has already said the woman was disorderly.

Witness: The woman went to Burniston and asked him if it was right that she should be ejected. He said “Go away. I know enough about you already”. I went to the occupier of the house and asked him if he wished to charge her with damaging the windows.

The Clerk: That is not evidence.

Witness: I went to her and said “You don't want to be locked up, do you?”, and she said “No”. I said “Will you go away quietly?”, and she said “Yes”. I escorted her to Darlington Arch, accompanied by the man, and then came back and stood outside of the Eagle public house again. Two men and Burniston followed them towards Darlington Arch. After he went I heard a scream of “Police! Police! Police!” P.C. Burniston ran, and I ran also, in the direction where the screaming came from. When I arrived on the scene, the man (the husband) came up to me and said two men had been “banging” him. P.C. Burniston said “Her you are, Holland. Lock her up”. I said “You have got the charge. You take her. I know nothing about the case”. He said “All right. I'll take her myself”. He called a civilian to assist in taking her to the station. I said “All right, then. If you are going to take her, I'll assist you”. I took hold of her arm. I heard no bad language.

The Clerk: What condition was she in as regards to sobriety? – She had been drinking. I did not see her struggle.

The Mayor: How many persons were there in the Broadmead Road when you went back?

Witness: I should say about twenty or thereabouts. About six of them came out of the Eagle with Burniston.

Did you hear any bad language? – No, and I was close to Burniston.

Did you know this woman before yesterday? – No. I have seen her. I always took her for a responsible woman till last night. I have seen the man before.

Was she sober? – In all probability she was drunk.

The Clerk: Was she drunk or sober?

Witness: She could walk very steadily.

The Mayor: You hear what the evidence is. Now do you mean to say this woman was not drunk? – I say she wasn't drunk. She had been drinking.

Walter Botting, the husband of the defendant, said when they got home to their lodgings they were locked out. They had had a week's notice and had paid their rent. (Defendant: 12s. a week for one small bedroom.) The landlord “chucked” them out at once. They went away, and when they got through the arch, two men came along and struck him a violent blow. His wife called out “Help! Police!” The policeman came up and took his wife into custody.

Superintendent Taylor said he was in the police station when the defendant was brought in about half past eleven, and took the charge. The woman was drunk. She was quiet, but very talkative.

The Magistrates retired, and on their return the Mayor said: Elizabeth Botting, the charge against you is a very serious one, inasmuch as it is the unanimous opinion of the Bench that you attempted to blackmail the plaintiff Large. That alone is sufficient to justify us in sending you to gaol. Under the circumstances detailed, it is very evident that you might have very seriously injured the plaintiff by kicking him, had not his friend, Mr. Cooper, and his brother-in-law prevented you. Therefore you will be sent to Canterbury with hard labour for this offence for six weeks. Then as to the charge of being drunk and disorderly. Your own witness proved that you were drunk or had been drinking, and that you were guilty is clearly proved. For that offence you will have to pay a fine of 5s., and 6s. 6d. costs, or go to prison for seven days, the second term of imprisonment to follow the first.


Folkestone Herald 9 October 1897.

Police Court Report.

On Saturday – the Mayor (Alderman Banks) presiding – Elizabeth Botting, who gave an address in Guildhall Street, was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and using obscene language in Broadmead Road, and further with assaulting James Large. She pleaded Not Guilty on each charge.

Mr. Large, Curator of the Cemetery, deposed that at five past eight on the previous night he turned from Guildhall Street into Cambridge Gardens on business, and the defendant, a stranger to him, came up and asked for half a crown. This was nearly opposite No. 24. He indignantly replied, and then she took his hat off and threw it over, calling him a foul name, and said if he did not give her a half crown she would not fetch it. She ran away towards Guildhall Street and he followed as long as he could, but lost sight of her. He purchased a new hat, returning up Guildhall Street with two friends, and at the bottom of Victoria Grove he saw the defendant walk about as far as the first house on the left hand side. As they were passing she took his hat off and did the same as with the other. She began to abuse him and used most filthy language. She threw the new hat over, and slipped between witness and his brother-in-law, kicked at witness, the blow being arrested by his brother-in-law. A man came up and said he was her husband; she had had too much to drink, but was not drunk.

Mr. Richard Cooper, one of the friends mentioned, deposed that he saw the defendant knock Mr. Large's hat off the second time into the forecourt of the house at the corner. She had been drinking, and he could smell her breath. She was furious, and went at Mr. Large like a tiger. He went for police assistance.

In reply to defendant, witness said she used filthy language.

Alfred Bodkin, a Metropolitan Policeman, deposed that at the time the defendant used very bad language to Mr. Large. The prisoner kicked him on the stomach, and witness put his leg up and partially stopped, or it might have been a very serious one. It just reached Mr. Large. Previously, at 5 minutes to 8, Mr. Large left him and told him he was going somewhere.

The prisoner, in defence, made an indecent charge against the complainant, which he emphatically denied.

On the drunk and disorderly charge, P.C. Burniston deposed that at 10.50 on the previous night he was off duty in Guildhall Street, at the bottom of Darlington Street. The defendant was drunk and screaming. He requested her to go away. P.C. Holland was there on duty. He went and spoke to her and a man that was there with her, and then went towards Darlington Arch. About 5 past 11 he was standing near Darlington Arch, Guildhall Street end. He heard a woman screaming and went through Broadmead Arch into Broadmead Road and saw defendant and a crowd of 30 or 40 persons assembled round her, screaming and shouting. Defendant was trying to kick someone in the crowd. He saw her kick three or four times, using foul language. He took her into custody, and she struggled to get away and tried to kick him. P.C. Holland came along, and witness said “Help me with this woman to the station”. He said “You have got her. You take her and charge her”.

The Mayor: The other policeman said that?

Witness added that he put his hands behind him and walked away with the crowd.

The Mayor: What! Your brother policeman?

Witness stated that he said to him twice again “Are you going to assist me?” He said “If you have got her, you charge her”. Witness then called upon a civilian named Godden. He assisted him in Darlington Arch about 50 yards. The defendant tried to kick, and got her knee between his legs. That was why he called for assistance. P.C. Holland came along and said “Godden, leave go”, and pulled Godden off, and assisted him to the Town Hall. Witness brought him to the police station and charged her with being drunk that morning.

In reply to defendant, he said he did not see her husband kicked, and the husband had some blood on his face.

Defendant said she was going through the Arch, and a man went to her husband, but he would not fight, and that constable came up and took hold of her arm, thinking she was the offending person.

She called as a witness P.C. Holland, who stated that about 10.50 on the previous night he was on duty in Guildhall Street near the Eagle public house. The defendant went to No. 87, Guildhall Street, accompanied by a man. She was ejected by the occupier of that house. She said “Why do you turn me out?” Then she tried to get inside, and a man shoved her back, and put her things on the step. She broke three windows, he thought, with her hands. Then P.C. Burniston came out of the public house with a group of men. He was in uniform, not on duty. He stood in the middle of the road with a cigar in his mouth, smoking. The woman went up to P.C. Burniston and asked if it was right that she should be ejected. He said “Go away. I know enough about you already”. She said she would go away quietly, and went through the Darlington Arch, accompanied by a man. Witness came back and stood outside the Eagle public house again. Two men followed towards the arch. After half a minute witness heard the shout of “Police! Police! Police!” P.C. Burniston ran, witness ran also, in the direction of the screams, in the Broadmead Road. When witness arrived on the scene the man came up to him and said two men had been banging him. His face was bleeding. P.C. Burniston said “Lock her up”. Witness said “You have got the charge. You take her. I know nothing about the case”. Burniston said “All right. I will take her myself”. Witness said “All right, then. I will assist you”. Witness got hold of the arm himself and told the civilian to leave go. Witness heard no obscene language. The defendant had been drinking. He did not see her struggle. About 20 persons or thereabouts were in Broadmead Road. Some ran out. He was close to P.C. Burniston the whole time. In all probability she was drunk. He had seen her before the previous day and always took her for a respectable woman before the previous night.

Walter Botting deposed that they locked the door and put the things out in the road. They lodged at 87, Guildhall Street. About half past ten they went away through the arch. Two men came off the footpath and struck him in the eye. His wife helloed “Police!”, that was all she said. The policeman came along and said “I want you”, and that was all witness knew about it.

Superintendent Taylor deposed that he was in the police station when the defendant was brought in at a quarter past eleven, and took the charge. She was drunk – very quiet, very talkative.

The Mayor said that the charge against the defendant was a very serious one, inasmuch as it was the opinion of the Bench that she attempted to blackmail the complainant Large, and that alone was sufficient to send her to jail, but under the circumstances the charge was clearly proved, and she might have very seriously injured the complainant by giving him that blow with the foot. It was a fortunate thing that his brother-in-law chanced to be there. He thought she would find it serious – hard labour for six weeks. On the other charge her own witness proved that she was drunk or had been drinking. Under the circumstances she would be fined 5s., 6s. costs, leviable by distress, or Canterbury with hard labour for 7 days, to run consecutively.


Folkestone Express 17 June 1899.

Saturday, June 10th: Before J. Hoad, T.J. Vaughan, W. Wightwick, J. Stainer, and W.G. Herbert Esqs., and Col. Westropp.

Mr. F. Hall applied on behalf of the owners for sanction of certain plans for proposed alterations at the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street. He said it was proposed to take in the adjoining house and make an additional entry into the same street.

Mr. A. Bromley, architect, explained the plans, which the justices sanctioned.


Folkestone Herald 17 June 1899.

Folkestone Police Court.

Mr. F. Hall submitted plans on Saturday showing proposed alterations to the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, of which Mr. Clarke is the present licensed holder. The adjoining house would be taken in. There would be another entrance to the same street, but no entrances to any other street than at present.

The application was granted, subject to conditions.


Folkestone Up To Date 17 June 1899.

Saturday, June 10th: Before J. Hoad, W. Wightwick, T.J. Vaughan, and J. Stainer Esqs., and Colonel Westropp.

An application of the landlord of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, to make a new entrance to the front of his premises was granted.

Mr. F. Hall appeared on behalf of the applicant.


Folkestone Express 26 August 1899.

Folkestone Licensing Sessions.

Wednesday, August 23rd: Before Captain Carter, J. Hoad, W.G. Herbert, J. Fitness, C.J. Pursey, and J. Pledge Esqs.

In the case of the Eagle Tavern, Mr. F. Hall explained that some six weeks ago the Bench sanctioned certain alterations, which had been carried out. He now wished for some slight alterations to the kitchen, which Mr. Bromley would explain.

The Bench sanctioned the plan.


Folkestone Herald 26 August 1899.

Annual Licensing Sessions.

On Wednesday last the Annual Licensing Meeting was held at the Court Room, Town Hall, the sitting justices being Capt. Carter, Mr. Fitness, Mr. Pursey, Mr. Hoad, Mr. Alderman Pledge, and Mr. Alderman Herbert.

The Eagle, Darlington.

Mr. F. Hall, solicitor, appeared for the proprietors of this house in reference to a slight structural alteration which it was desired to make internally. Mr. A. Bromley, architect, attended with the plans of the proposed alteration, and the Court gave their sanction.


Folkestone Up To Date 26 August 1899.

Licensing Day.

The Eagle, Darlington Street.

Wednesday, August 23rd: Before Captain Willoughby Carter, J. Hoad, J. Fitness, W.G. Herbert, J. Pledge, and C.J. Pursey Esqs.

Mr. Frederic Hall, solicitor, of Bank Chambers, Sandgate Road, appeared on behalf of the landlord of the Eagle, Darlington Street, to apply for permission to make certain alterations on his premises. He said about six months ago he submitted plans showing some alterations, which met with the approval of the Bench, and had been carried out. The work already done was strictly in accordance with the plans, but the landlord proposed to make another very small improvement. At the present moment the kitchen was very dark, and close to the beer cellar. The landlord wished, therefore, to have a kitchen on the ground floor, and to utilise the space on the basement for a beer cellar.

The application was granted.


Folkestone Chronicle 1 November 1902.

Saturday, October 25th: Before Mr. W. Wightwick, Lieut. Colonel Hamilton, and Mr. W.G. Herbert.

Mr. Fred Taylor applied for and was granted temporary authority in respect of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, Mr. Taylor having taken over the business from Mr. Albert Clark.


Folkestone Express 2 April 1904.

Wednesday, March 30th: Before Alderman Banks, W.G. Herbert, and G.I. Swoffer Esqs.

The licence of the Eagle Tavern was temporarily transferred from Frederick Godden Taylor to George Wooderson.


Folkestone Herald 2 April 1904.

Wednesday, March 30th: Before Alderman J. Banks, W.G. Herbert and G.I. Swoffer.

An application to draw at the Eagle Tavern was granted to George Wooderson, the temporary transfer being from Fredk. David Godden Taylor.


Folkestone Chronicle 16 April 1904.

Wednesday, April 13th: Before Mr. W.G. Herbert, Lieut. Cols. Westropp and Fynmore, Mr. G.I. Swoffer, and Mr. J. Stainer.

The Bench granted transfer of the licence of the following premises: The Eagle Tavern, from Frederick Taylor to George Willis (sic).


Folkestone Express 16 April 1904.

Wednesday, April 13th: Before W.G. Herbert Esq., Lieut. Col. Fynmore, Lieut. Col. Westropp, G.I. Swoffer and J. Stainer Esqs.

Geo. Wooderson applied for the licence of the Eagle Tavern to be transferred to himself from Frederick Godden Taylor. Allowed.


Folkestone Herald 16 April 1904.

Wednesday, April 13th: Before Ald. W.G. Herbert, Lieut. Colonel Fynmore, Mr. J. Stainer, Mr. G.I. Swoffer, and Lieut. Colonel Westropp.

Licence was transferred as follows:- The Eagle, from Fredk. Hayward Godden Taylor to George Wooderson Gardner.


Folkestone Express 21 August 1915.

Wednesday, August 18th: Before Lieut. Col. Fynmore, Alderman Jenner, G.I. Swoffer, R.J. Linton, G. Boyd and H.C. Kirke Esqs.

Mr. Haines appeared in the matter of the application for the temporary transfer of the Eagle Inn, Guildhall Street, from Mr. Wooderson to Mr. Toomer, the steward of the Masonic Club. He mentioned that he wished for an adjournment of the application, as the valuer had not been able to complete the valuation.

The Magistrates agreed to an adjournment until Friday in next week.


Folkestone Herald 21 August 1915.

Wednesday, August 18th: Before Lieut. Col. R.J. Fynmore, Mr. G.I. Swoffer, Mr. R.J. Linton, Councillor G. Boyd, Alderman C. Jenner, and Mr. H. Kirke.

On the application of Mr. G.W. Haines, the matter of the transfer of the licence of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, was adjourned until Friday week.


Folkestone Express 4 September 1915.

Friday, August 27th: Before E.T. Ward Esq., Lieut. Col. Fynmore, G.I. Swoffer and G. Boyd Esqs., Col. Owen, J.J. Giles and H.C. Kirke Esqs., and the Rev. Epworth Thompson.

The licence of the Eagle Tavern was temporarily transferred from Mr. E. Wooderson to Mr. H. Toomer, who for some years has been steward at the Masonic Club.


Folkestone Express 4 September 1915.


The death occurred on Saturday afternoon of Mr. E.B. Wooderson, who is a well-known licensed victualler in the town, at his residence, 25, Victoria Road. The deceased was until the previous day the licensee of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, and on that day the licence was temporarily transferred. The circumstances surrounding his demise were such that Mr. G.W. Haines, the Borough Coroner, deemed an inquest necessary, and he conducted the inquiry at the Town Hall on Monday afternoon.

George Hands, Albion Road, Sandhurst, Berks., said he identified the body viewed by the jury as that of Edward Barnabus Wooderson, licensed victualler, late of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, Folkestone, who was 42 years of age. He had only left the Eagle Tavern on Friday last, and at the time of his death was residing at 25, Victoria Road.

Dr. Cyril Patrick Stranaghan said he saw the deceased for the first time on Saturday morning at nine o'clock, when he was sent for to 25, Victoria Road. On arrival he found the patient in bed. He was not conscious, but was very restless, and his mind was not very clear. There were no signs of haemorrhage in the brain as the result of a fall he had had earlier in the morning. He was informed that the deceased got up and went downstairs, and came back to bed. He went down again, and got as far as the first landing, when he was seized with a fit and fell into a lavatory on the left. If he had fallen on the right he would have gone down the stairs. Just previously he had been talking to some men who were laying some oilcloth in the hall. Deceased's wife told him that her husband was helped out of the lavatory, and that that was the second fit he had had that morning, the first being slight. Deceased was put to bed, but he got out again before he (witness) arrived. When he saw the deceased he had a cut over the right eye, which was beginning to go black, and he had an abrasion on the right arm, and another on the right shoulder blade. On the left forepart of the head there was a lump about the size of the top of an egg, he having sustained that a week previously in the cellar of the house in which he resided at that time. He (witness) left him, and at three o'clock when he called again deceased was just dying. He subsequently made a post mortem examination, and on turning back the scalp there was a good deal of bruising, but there was no injury to the skull, not even a depression. In the inside of the skull there was no depression. On opening the covering of the brain there was a clot of blood, about a dessertspoon full, pressing on the brain rather below the mark on the scalp. The membrane covering the brain was very congested and very soft. The arteries of the brain were congested. There was no sign of haemorrhage inside the brain, and no trace of laceration of the brain surface. There were very marked signs of old pleurisy in the lungs, and the heart was very soft and fatty. The liver was very much enlarged. The kidneys were large and soft and there was also degeneration. The stomach was empty. In his opinion death arose from cerebral haemorrhage set up by a congested condition of the brain accelerated by a blow.

Barton Andrews, of 21, Darlington Street, said he had assisted the deceased in the bar at the Eagle in the evening. On Wednesday, August 18th, he noticed the deceased had a bump the size of a pigeon's egg on the left side of the head. Deceased complained about it and said it was very sore, making his head very bad. He told him that he had gone down the cellar the night before. There was no light in the cellar, and he knocked his head on a wooden strut. On every day following deceased also complained very much about his head. The strut had been in the cellar twelve months, and the deceased was in the habit of going into the cellar. On the previous night when he left the house he thought the deceased was in a fit condition to go down the cellar.

The jury returned a verdict of “Death from cerebral haemorrhage, accelerated by the accidental blow”.


Folkestone Herald 28 August 1915.

Friday, August 27th: Before Mr. E.T. Ward, Lieut. Col. R.J. Fynmore, Mr. G.I. Swoffer, Councillor G. Boyd, Mr. J.J. Giles, Col. G.P. Owen, Mr. H. Kirke, and the Rev. H. Epworth Thompson.

An application was made by Mr. G.W. Haines for the temporary transfer of the licence of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, from Mr. Wooderson to Mr. Harry Toomer.

The application was granted.


The Borough Coroner (Mr. G.W. Haines) held an inquest at the Town Hall, Folkestone, on Monday afternoon, concerning the death of Edward Barnabas Wooderson, the late licensee of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street.

George Hands, of Albion Road, Sandhurst, Berks., identified the body as that of Edward Barnabas Wooderson, late of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, Folkestone. He said deceased was 42 years of age. He had only left the Eagle Tavern on Friday last. At the time of his death he was residing at 25, Victoria Road.

Dr. C.A.P. Stranaghan said he saw deceased for the last time on Saturday morning about nine o'clock, when he was sent for. On arrival he found deceased lying in bed. He was very restless, and although he was not unconscious his mind was not dear. There was no sign of haemorrhage in the brain, or any concussion sustained from the fall earlier in the day. Witness was informed deceased had got up that morning and gone downstairs, and had come back to bed. He went down again, and got as far as the first landing when he was seized with a fit and fell into the lavatory. If he had fallen to the right he would have fallen downstairs. He bad previously been instructing some men in the house how they were to put down some linoleum on the floor. His wife found him unconscious in the lavatory, and he was carried out and put into bed. That was the second fit deceased had had. He had one slight fit previously in the morning. Before witness arrived, however, deceased got out of bed again. When witness saw him in bed deceased had a cut over his right eye, which was beginning to go black at the time. He had an abrasion on the right arm, and another on the right shoulder blade. On the left side of the head there was a bump about the size of the top of an egg. He had received that a week previously from a slight fall. There was no cut at all. Witness was sent for again at one o’clock, and upon arriving about three o'clock he found deceased was dying. He was blue in the face. Witness made a post mortem examination, and noticed on turning back the scalp there was a good deal of bruising, but there was no injury to the skull, there not even being a depression. Inside the skull there was no depression and it was perfectly smooth under the bruise. On opening the cover of the hrain he found a clot of blood, about a dessert-spoonful. This was rather below the bruise. The membrane was very congested with blood and looked very soft, instead of being shiny and smooth. The arteries of the brain were congested. There were no signs of haemorrhage inside the brain, or of laceration of the brain surface. The chest showed signs of old pleurisy. The heart was very soft and fatty. The liver was very much enlarged, and the kidneys were large and soft. In his opinion death arose from cerebral haemorrhage, set up by the congested condition of the brain, accelerated by the blood. He thought the blow on the head might have weakened the vessels.

Frederick William Andrews, of 21, Darlington Street, said he had assisted deceased in the bar of the Eagle Tavern. The night after deceased knocked his head in the cellar witness noticed that he had a bump on his left forehead and also a bruise on his face. The bump was about the size of a pigeon's egg. Deceased said it was very sore, and made his head feel very bad. He said he had gone down to the cellar the evening before, and had knocked his head on a wooden strut. Witness saw deceased nearly every day, and he complained a good deal about his head. The strut had been up there for about twelve months. Deceased was in the habit of going into the cellar. When witness left deceased the previous night he thought he was in a fit condition to go down there.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.


Folkestone Express 9 October 1915.

Local News.

At the Police Court on Wednesday licence was transferred as follows: The Eagle Tavern, from the late Mr. Wooderson to Mr. Toomer.


Folkestone Herald 9 October 1915.

Wednesday, October 6th: Before Mr. E.T. Ward, Mr. G.I. Swoffer, Lieut. Col. R.J. Fynmore, Mr. R.J. Linton, and Col. G.P. Owen.

The licence of the Eagle Tavern was transferred from the name of the late Mr. Wooderson to Mr. Toomer.


Folkestone Express 26 October 1918.

Local News.

At the Folkestone Police Court yesterday (Thursday) Harry Toomer, the landlord of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, was summoned for supplying drink during prohibited hours, and Edward Wadham was summoned for consuming drink during such hours. Mr. G.W. Haines, who defended, pleaded Guilty.

Inspector Swift said he found Wadham in the public bar with a glass of beer in front of him, and Toomer said he had given it to him.

The landlord was fined 3, and Wadham 1.


Folkestone Herald 26 October 1918.

Thursday, October 24th: Before Councillor G. Boyd, Councillor E.T. Morrison, the Rev. H. Epworth Thompson, and Mr. W.R. Boughton.

Edward Toomer, landlord of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, was summoned under the Defence of the Realm Act for supplying intoxicating liquors during prohibited hours on licensed premises, and Edward Wadham was summoned for consuming the same. Mr. G.W. Haines pleaded Guilty on behalf of both.

Inspector Swift said on Saturday last, between eleven and noon, in company with Constable Whittaker, he entered the Eagle Tavern at the rear and found Wadham standing at the bar with a glass of ale before him. Toomer was behind the bar. Witness asked Toomer if he had supplied the liquor to the defendant, and he replied “Yes, Wadham has just brought me up a few vegetables and I offered him a glass of ale”. Witness then asked Wadham if he had consumed part of the beer standing on the counter, and he replied “Yes”. Both defendants said “We're very sorry”.

Mr. Haines said no doubt an offence had been committed. In pre-War days there would have been no case in such an instance as this. No doubt Mr. Toomer, with the many restrictions in force, had overlooked this one in offering his friend (a gardener) a little hospitality for bringing up a little vegetable produce, and also a walking stick Mr. Toomer had left behind on his holding, which adjoined that of his other client. Both regretted the offence.

The Bench fined Toomer 3 and Wadham 1.


Folkestone Express 8 February 1919.

Annual Licensing Meeting.

Wednesday, February 5th: Before Mr. E.T. Ward and other Magistrates.

Mr. H. Reeve presented his annual report as follows: I have the honour to report that there are within your jurisdiction 113 places licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor by retail, viz.: Full licences 70, beer on 7, beer off 6, beer and spirit dealers 15, grocers, etc. off 6, confectioners wine on 3, chemists wine off 6, a total of 113. This gives an average according to the Census of 1911 of one licence to every 296 persons, or one on licence to every 435 persons. During the last year 14 of the licences have been transferred. Only one licence holder had been proceeded against during the year, viz.: the licensee of the Eagle Tavern, for supplying intoxicating liquor during the period prohibited by order of the Liquor Control Board, for which he was fined 3. During the year ended 31st December last, 26 persons (17 males and 9 females) were proceeded against for drunkenness, 14 of whom were convicted and 12 cautioned and discharged. In the preceding year 30 persons (19 males and 11 females) were proceeded against, of whom 20 were convicted and 10 discharged. The number of persons proceeded against for drunkenness last year is, I find, the lowest number recorded in any one year for the past 26 years. The order of the Liquor Control Board restricting the hours for the sale and supply of intoxicating liquor in licensed premises and clubs remains in force. From the frequent visits paid by the police to the licensed houses and places of entertainment, I have no complaint to make as to the manner in which such premises have been generally conducted, and offer no objection to the renewal of any of the present licences on the ground of misconduct. Owing to the shortage of supplies (principally beer), some of the licensees have at times kept their premises closed until their stocks have been replenished. Ten clubs where intoxicating liquor is sold are registered under the Act. There are 20 premises licensed for music and dancing, 2 for music only, and 1 for public billiard playing.

The Chairman said the report was very satisfactory. The number of cases of drunkenness was 26, and he hoped that low figure would be kept up. Unfortunately, there had been four cases before the Court so far this year. The Magistrates thought under present circumstances they should not refer any houses this year to the Compensation Authority, therefore all the licences would be renewed, with the exception of the Eagle Tavern, which would be considered at the adjourned licensing sessions. The date of the adjourned sessions was fixed for March 5th.


Folkestone Herald 8 February 1919.

Annual Licensing Meeting.

Wednesday, February 5th: Before Mr. E.T. Ward, Lieut. Col. R.J. Fynmore, Mr. G.I. Swoffer, Councillor G. Boyd, Col. G.P. Owen, Councillor A. Stace, the Rev. H. Epworth Thompson, Mr. T.H. Blamey, and Mr. W.R. Boughton.

The Chief Constable read his annual report (for details see Folkestone Express).

The Chairman said the Bench regarded the report as the most satisfactory presented to the Committee for upwards of 26 years, and on behalf of himself and the Committee he trusted the record would be maintained. The Justices, under the circumstances, did not intend this year to refer any of the licences back to Canterbury for consideration, and all licences would be renewed that day, with the exception of the Eagle Tavern, which would come up for consideration at the adjourned sessions.


Folkestone Express 8 March 1919.

Local News.

On Wednesday the adjourned licensing meeting was held, when Mr. G.W. Haines appeared on behalf of Mr. Toomer, the licensee of the Eagle Tavern, whose licence had been put back owing to a conviction under the Defence of the Realm Regulations, and asked for the licence to be granted. Mr. Reeve raised no objection, and the licence was renewed.


Folkestone Herald 8 March 1919.

Adjourned Licensing Sessions.

Wednesday, March 5th: Before Lt. Col. R.J. Fynmore, Councillor G. Boyd, Col. G.P. Owen, and Councillor A. Stace.

Mr. G.W. Haines applied for the renewal to Mr. H. Toomer of the licence of the Eagle, Guildhall Street. He said the renewal had been adjourned because of proceedings which had been taken against the licensee, not for any breach of the Licensing Act, but for a slight breach of the Defence of the Realm Order. It was a simple case. The applicant and a man named Warren were allotment holders, and after working together one day Mr. Toomer treated his friend to a glass of ale, which, of course, was contrary to the Order.

Mr. Reeve (Chief Constable) said he had no objection whatever to the renewal. With the exception of the default referred to by Mr. Haines, the premises were well conducted.

Renewal granted.


Folkestone Express 3 September 1921.

Local News.

Last (Thursday) evening, shortly after six o'clock, John Page, a potman in the employ of Mr. Henry Toomer, the licence holder of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, made a sensational discovery in the cellar at the rear of the house. Having occasion to go down into the cellar he there made the shocking discovery of Mr. Toomer hanging by means of a sash cord fastened to a bolt just over six feet from the floor. He was quite dead. Page at once went for assistance, and Mr. S.H. Kennett, of 12, Darlington Street, returned with him and cut Mr. Toomer down. An inquest will be conducted by the Borough Coroner (Mr. G.W. Haines) this afternoon.

The late Mr. Toomer was 52 years of age, and his tragic end will come as a shock to a large circle of friends, with whom he was most popular. For many years he was the steward at the Folkestone Club, leaving there to take over control at the Eagle Tavern. The greatest sympathy will be extended to Mrs. Toomer and the members of the family in their sad bereavement.


Folkestone Herald 3 September 1921.

Local News.

A painful sensation was caused on Thursday evening when it became known that Mr. H. Toomer, landlord of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, had been discovered dead under distressing circumstances.

The deceased, who appeared to be in his usual health and spirits during the day, was found by an employee, named Page, hanging in his cellar about six feet from the floor. The body was cut down by Mr. S. Kennett, a neighbour, but it was found that Mr. Toomer was dead.

Deceased, who was in his fifty second year, was widely known, and much respected. At one time he was Head Waiter at the Radnor Club, and subsequently Steward at the Folkestone Club, which he left to become licensee of the Eagle Tavern. He had suffered of late with acute rheumatic gout, and this, at times, caused him much pain. Sympathy is felt with the widow and family in their great affliction.


An inquest was held at the Town hall yesterday afternoon by the Borough Coroner.

Mrs. Edith Toomer, wife of the deceased, said her husband was 52 years of age. They had been married nineteen years and had two children; one was eighteen and the other fifteen. They had been at the Eagle Tavern six years. Deceased last saw a doctor about two months ago. He had been very well during the past few days. He never told her anything about his money affairs. As far as she knew he had no money or other troubles. He seemed rather depressed, however, and continually remarked that trade was bad. There had been no differences of opinion between them. He had been taking barley water for the past few months because of his gout, and he had taken very little stimulant. He had never threatened to take his life.

John Page, assistant barman at the Eagle Tavern, said on Thursday evening he opened the house at five o'clock. When he went out earlier he left deceased in the house. He naturally thought Mr. Toomer was out, as he did not see him when he returned at 6 o'clock. Mrs. Toomer came back, and just afterwards she went upstairs to find deceased, but he was not in his bedroom. He next went down to the cellar, and saw deceased hanging from a beam close against the wall.

Percy Wright, 29, Darlington Street, said he and Mr. Kennett were called in by the last witness, who said “I think there is something the matter with Mr. Toomer”. They found him hanging in the cellar, and Mr. Kennett cut him down.

Stephen Henry Kennett, 12, Darlington Street, also gave evidence.

A representative of Messrs. Ash and Company said deceased had no financial embarrassment. The company expressed their sympathy with the widow.

The Coroner found that deceased hung himself, but that there was nothing to show the state of his mind at the time.


Folkestone Express 10 September 1921.


The inquest on the body of Mr. Harry Toomer, the licensee of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, who was found hanging in a cellar at his residence on Thursday evening, was held on Friday afternoon at the Town Hall before the Borough Coroner (Mr. G.W. Haines).

Mrs. Edith Toomer said the deceased was her husband, Harry Toomer, the licensee of the Eagle Tavern. He was 52 years of age. They had been married nineteen years, and there were two boys, the eldest eighteen, and the other fifteen years of age. Decesaed was formerly steward at the Radnor Club, and later at the Folkestone Club. They went to the Eagle Tavern six years ago. His general health had not been good, and for the past few years he had developed gout, which made him very depressed. He was last seen by a doctor about two months ago. During the last few days his health had been very good. On Thursday morning he told her there was going to be a change in the weather, because he felt pain in the elbows. They had dinner at the usual time, about 1.45, and closed at three o'clock. He went into the bar after dinner. Witness went out about 2.30, and told her husband that she intended to do so, and he was then in the bar serving. He asked her to bring back with her some “Tatcho” for his hair. On her return about six o'clock the house was open. She had to pass through the saloon bar, and there were no customers in any of the bars. John Page was in charge of the bar, and he said “Mr. Toomer is not back yet”. He usually went for a walk to the Star at Newington. She went into the sitting room, and saw that his caps were hanging on the stairs, and she said “That is funny; where's his stick?”, and she saw it in the corner. She told the boy he must be doing something in the cellar, and told him to go and look. He went, and came back, and said “He has hung himself”. The boy went and fetched someone, who went downstairs. She did not know anything about his financial position, but the only thing he had complained about was that trade was bad. As far as she knew he had no money troubles at all. She simply thought he had got run down and was worried. He had said he thought he would rather go back to club life again. He was most considerate that day, and she did not think he would have gone and done such a thing. He had been drinking barley water for about three months, and he said it was doing him good. He had never suggested taking his own life, and had always said it was a cowardly thing to do.

John Page (17), assistant barman at the Eagle Tavern, said he had been at the Eagle Tavern since the 31st December, and had always got on ver well with Mr. Toomer. After dinner deceased went into the bar and relieved him, and he returned to the bar himself about 1.40. They both remained in the bar until three o'clock. Witness assisted Mr. Toomer in closing the premises. Deceased went into the sitting room, and witness saw him reading the paper. He went out about 3.10, and returned at five o'clock. He thought Mr. Toomer must be out. Mrs. Toomer returned about six o'clock, and he said “The boss is not in yet”. She said “It is an unusual thing for him not to be in now”. Mrs. Toomer saw deceased's hat and stick, and she went upstairs to the bedroom, but Mr. Toomer was not there. Mrs. Toomer then told him to go and see if he was downstairs, and he went into the cellar. On switching on the electric light he saw Mr. Toomer hanging, close against the wall. He had never noticed the rope (produced) in the cellar or elsewhere.

Mr. Percy Wright, 29, Darlington Street, labourer, said he saw the deceased on Wednesday night, and he had always been cheerful. On Thursday, at 6.10 p.m., he was walking along Guildhall Street, with a man named Kennett, and saw Page, who asked them to go in. Page said he thought there was something the matter with Mr. Toomer in the cellar. He proceeded into the cellar, and saw Mr. Toomer hanging on the wall. Mr. Kennett cut the body down. He thought deceased must have got on the steps, thrown the rope over the nail, and swung himself clear.

Mr. Stephen Henry Kennett, 12, Darlington Street, storeman's assistant, corroborated the evidence of the previous witness.

A representative of Messrs. Ash, brewers, said there was no financial embarrassment whatever.

The Coroner returned a verdict that deceased hung himself, but there was nothing to show the state of his mind.

The representative of the brewery, on behalf of the Directors, expressed sympathy with the widow.

The Coroner said Mr. Toomer was very well known in Folkestone, and he was surprised to know he had done such a thing.


Folkestone Express 8 October 1921.

Local News.

On Wednesday the Folkestone Magistrates at the special transfer sessions had before them the question of hours for the sale of drink.

The Bench agreed to the following transfer: The Eagle Tavern, from the late Mr. Toomer to his widow.


Folkestone Express 9 February 1924.

Annual Licensing Sessions.

Wednesday, February 6th: Before Alderman R.G. Wood, Dr. W.J. Tyson, Miss Weston, Miss Hunt, the Rev. Epworth Thompson, Alderman Pepper, Col. Owen, Col. Broome-Giles, Messrs. G.I. Swoffer, G. Boyd, A. Stace, W. Hollands, E.T. Morrison, J.H. Blamey, and W.R. Boughton.

The licence of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, was transferred from Mrs. Toomer to Mr. F. Burchett.


Folkestone Herald 15 November 1930.


The funeral of the late Mrs. Emma Burchett, wife of Mr. Frank Burchett, of the Eagle, Guildhall Street, took place at the Folkestone Cemetery on Friday of last week.


Folkestone Herald 25 November 1944.


Well-known in Folkestone as a licensed victualler for many years, Mr. Frederick David Godden Taylor, 104, Somerset Road, Cheriton, died recently in his 75th year.

In 1940 Mr. And Mrs. Taylor responded to the request of the authorities that all who could do so should leave the town. They moved to Cheltenham where, a year ago, Mr. Taylor was taken seriously ill. An operation was performed, but he did not fully recover. At his request he was brought, back to his home in Cheriton about a month ago. In his early days Mr. Taylor assisted his father, the late Mr. Tom Taylor, of The Bayle, in his milk business. Later he became landlord of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street. Subsequently he took over the licence of the George Inn, George Lane, where he remained till he retired in 1927.

When the Hobnail Gang Club was formed at the London and Paris Hotel, he became its Chairman. He was a good singer and took part in smoking concerts and charity entertainments: his speciality was laughing songs. Mr. Taylor, who had a wide circle of friends, leaves a widow, son and daughter. The latter is in Canada.

The funeral took place at St. Martin's, Cheriton, the Vicar of All Souls’ (Rev. A.C. Cawston) officiating.


Folkestone Herald 28 March 1953.

Local News.

A protection order was made by Folkestone Magistrates on Tuesday: Albert George Miller, of 10, Hasborough Road, Folkestone, Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street.


Folkestone Herald 14 November 1959.

Local News.

The licence of The Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, was transferred from Mr. Miller to Mr. D.A. Martin, at Folkestone Transfer Sessions on Wednesday.


Folkestone Gazette 7 December 1960.

Local News.

Mr. Dave Martin, licensee of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, has received numerous messages and expressions of sympathy in the sudden death of his wife, Mrs. Susan Martin, which occurred early on Thursday morning. Mrs Martin, who was born in London, and was aged 65, died in her sleep. Before coming to Folkestone with her husband in 1926 she was for a time landlady of the Red Lion, Covent Garden, London.

Mr. Martin was licensee of the True Briton Inn, Harbour Street, Folkestone, for 33 years, until, in October last year, he and his wife moved to the Eagle. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Martin is survived by a son, David, and three daughters, Eileen, Jean and Thelma.

The funeral took place at Hawkinge Cemetery yesterday.


Folkestone Herald 10 December 1960.

Local News.

The funeral took place at Hawkinge on Tuesday, of Mrs. Susan Martin, wife of Mr. Dave Martin, of the Eagle Tavern, Guildhall Street, Folkestone.


Folkestone Herald 6 February 1965.

Local News.

Mr. Dave Martin, landlord of the Eagle inn, Guildhall Street, Folkestone, was taken to Ashford hospital on Friday after he slipped on a patch of ice and broke a thigh.

Mr. Martin, who is 69, was on his way to the East Kent Arms, Sandgate Road, to buy one of his favourite cigars when the accident happened. Two youths saw him lying helpless in the road and helped him into a taxi. They left without giving their names.

It was later stated from Ashford hospital that Mr. Martin was “doing as well as could be expected”.


Folkestone Herald 16 April 1966.

Local News.

Seventy-year-old Mr. Dave Martin, publican at the Eagle in Guildhall Street, Folkestone, has been ordered to quit the premises within two weeks, so that demolition crews can move in and tear the building down. Kent Education Committee want the site to expand the playing fields of Christ Church Primary School.

So now Mr. Martin is to retire after a lifetime in the brewery trade. He says he is too old to find another pub, and anyway, a broken hip prevents him from moving about. His father was a licensee and so was his grandfather. He took up the trade 45 years ago in London, and after five years, moved to Folkestone, and the True Briton. Mr. Martin is a little bitter about having to go. “I have been told to quit, but no doubt this pub will still be standing 12 months after I have gone”, he said. “It was just the same when people were moved out of the cottages nearby. The occupants were told that their homes were to be demolished. That was five years ago, and they are still there”.

At the moment, his daughter is looking for a new home for her father. Mr. Martin does not know whether or not he will get compensation from the authorities.


Folkestone Herald 30 April 1966.

Local News.

Mr. Dave Martin, who retired recently as licensee of the Eagle, Guildhall Street, Folkestone, has received a cheque for 500 from Messrs. Mackeson & Co., Ltd., of Hythe, the owners of the public house. Cigar-smoking Mr. Martin, who is 70, has been in the licensed trade for 40 years. He was landlord of the True Briton, near the Harbour, for 34 years and of the Eagle for the last six years.

Dave, who was a close friend of the comedian Max Miller, was secretary of the former Whitbread Darts League from 1936 until it closed down some four years ago. For more than 30 years he has been local organiser of the News of the World darts competition. He will continue as Folkestone's representative.


Folkestone Gazette 17 July 1974.


One of Folkestone's best-known former publicans, Mr. Dave Martin, died recently at the Royal Victoria Hospital. He was 78. From 1928 until 1954 he was licensee of the True Briton, at Folkestone harbour. During that time he was treasurer of the local branch of the Licensed Victuallers' Association. For nearly 20 years he organised the local heats of the News of the World championships. After leaving the True Briton, Mr. Martin took over the licence of the old Eagle Tavern in Guildhall Street, Folkestone. The pub has since been demolished.

The funeral service at Hawkinge Parish Church was attended by members of his family and a few friends. Mr. Martin lived at 24, Tontine Street, Folkestone, with his eldest daughter, Miss Eileen Martin. He left two other daughters, Mrs. Jean Chard, and Mrs. Thelma Haywood, and a son, Mr. David Martin.




BAKER John 1859-60 Bastions

BALL George  Francis 1860-61 Bastions

Last pub licensee had TAYLOR John 1861-64 Next pub licensee had Post Office Directory 1862Bastions

HOLLOWAY Edwin 1864-84 Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Bastions (Name back to "Darlington Arms")

HOPKINS George 1884-94 Post Office Directory 1891Bastions

CLARKE Alfred Robert 1894-1902+ Next pub licensee had Kelly's 1899Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Bastions

TAYLOR Frederick 1902-04 Next pub licensee had Bastions

WOODERSON George 1904-15 dec'd Post Office Directory 1913Bastions

TOOMER Harry 1915-21 Post Office Directory 1922Bastions

TOOMER Edith 1921-24 Bastions

BURCHETT Frank 1924-46 Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938Bastions (Birchett Kelly's 1934)

FORD Horace 1946-53 Bastions

MILLER Albert 1953-59 Bastions

Last pub licensee had MARTIN David 1959-66 Bastions

Demolished 5th May 1967


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's 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


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