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Earliest 1845

Engine Inn

Latest 1856

(Name to)

South Street



The house went on to be called the "Princess Royal" in 1856 when George Norris moved and William Whiting took over.


Canterbury Journal 13 September 1851.

The Annual Licensing Day.

All the old licenses were granted, except to Robert Baker, "Cooper's Arms;" George Norris, "Engine Inn;" and Charles Hill, "Radnor Inn." The sessions were adjourned for a fortnight, when the renewal of their licenses will be reconsidered by the Magistrates.

Note: Robert Baker, Coopers Arms previously unknown.


Southeastern Gazette 19 September 1854.

Annual Licensing Day.

Monday: Before the Mayor, S. Mackie, W. Major, T. Golder, G. Kennicott, and T. Kingsriorth, Esqs.

Before renewing the licenses, the Mayor addressed the publicans, informing them that anew law was passed, explaining to them the particular features of the Act, and hoped they would adhere to it. The whole of the licenses were renewed, with the exception of the "Radnor Inn," "Oddfellow's Arms," and the "Engine Inn." Applications for new licenses were made for the "George," "Gun," and "Belle Vue Tavern;" the first only was granted, on the ground that it was a new house in the room of one pulled down.


Southeastern Gazette 17 October 1854.

Monday, October 9th: Before the Mayor, J. Kelcey and G. Kennicott, Esqs.

The adjourned meeting for the granting of licenses was held, when the licenses of the Engine Inn, Oddfellows Arms, and Radnor Inn, were renewed, Superintendent Steer being desired to pay particular attention to these houses.


From the Dover Telegraph 21 July 1855.

George NORRIS, landlord of the “Engine Inn” was charged on information of the Nuisance Inspector, with emptying a cesspool in the daytime, contrary to the bye-laws, but in pleading guilty he said the cesspool had begun to overflow and run into the kitchen so as to become a nuisance in the house… Fined 1 shilling and 10s 6d. costs.


Dover Telegraph 21 July 1855.

Petty Sessions, Wednesday: Before Wm. Major and J. Kelcey Esqs.

George Norris, landlord of the "Engine Inn," was charged, on the information of John Bamford, nuisance inspector, with opening and commencing to empty a cesspool in the daytime, contrary to the bye-laws, to which he pleaded Guilty, but urged in extenuation that the cesspool had begun to overflow and run into the kitchen, so as to cause a nuisance in the house, and that he only removed sufficient to prevent its overflowing until it could be conveniently emptied.

The Bench considered that proper notice had not been taken of the cesspool, or it would not have overflowed. Fined in the mitigated penalty of 1s. and 10s. 6d. costs.


Folkestone Chronicle 21 July 1855.

Wednesday July 18:- Before S. Mackie Esq., Mayor, W. Major Esq., and J. Kelcey Esq.

Mr. Norris, Landlord of the Engine public house, South Street, appeared to answer a complaint made against him, by W, Bamford, the Town Surveyor, for removing a quantity of filthy and offensive matter from a cesspool, attached from the Radnor Inn, across the street, about the middle of the day, on Saturday last. Mr. F.G. Francis proved the case, and that the smell was so abominable he was obliged to make a formal complaint. Defendant admitted committing the act during prohibited hours, but said he had suddenly found the cesspool to be full, and the matter was oozing out so as to be a great nuisance. The bench said he ought to have done it in proper hours, and convicted him in the mitigated penalty of 11s 6d including costs.


Folkestone Chronicle 26 April 1856.

Monday April 21st :- Before James Tolputt Esq., Mayor, and James Kelcey Esq.

The licence of the Engine public house was temporarily transferred from George Norris to William Whiting.


Folkestone Chronicle 7 June 1856.

Wednesday June 4th :- Before the Mayor, Samuel Mackie Esq., G. Kennicott Esq., W. Major Esq., and G. Bateman Esq.

The licence of the Engine Inn, South Street, was transferred from George Norris to William Whiting.


Southeastern Gazette 10 June 1856.

Local News.

The license of the Engine Inn, South-street, was transferred from George Norris to William Whiting, of Tonbridge.


Dover Telegraph 7 June 1856.

The license of the Engine, in South Street, was transferred from George Norris to William Whiting, of Tonbridge; and the Royal Oak from Alfred Sankey (sic) to Mr. Chester, of Hythe.


Folkestone Chronicle 20 September 1856.

Tuesday September 16th. Present – The Mayor, W. Major, W. Bateman, S. Mackie and J. Kelcey esqrs.

William Whiting, landlord of the Princess Royal (late the Engine Inn) appeared to answer an information, charging him with keeping his house open during the hours of divine service on Sunday last.

Police constable Nicholls proved he found several persons drinking in his house about noon on Sunday last. The house was usually well conducted, and there was no noise or disturbances on that morning.

Defendant pleaded that his was a house for travellers, that he had 10 lodgers, and that he could not control the persons who might frequent it.

The Mayor said he was glad to find the police give such a good account of the general conduct of the defendant; he should therefore mitigate the fine to 1s and costs to 8s 6d.


Southeastern Gazette 23 September 1856.

Petty Sessions: Before The Mayor, W. Major, W. Bateman, S. Mackie, and J. Kelcey, Esqs.

William Whiting, landlord of the Princess Royal (late Engine Inn,) appeared to answer the complaint of Superintendent Steer for keeping his house open for the sale of beer during divine service on Sunday last.

Samuel Nichols, police constable, proved to finding 7 persons jn the defendant’s house at half-past 12 o’clock; there was three or four lodgers and strangers, and beer on the table in a glass. The men were very quiet.

Defendant, said that several travellers had come in from Dover and had refreshments; they had some beer and left it in a glass; he served no other persons; a man named Tyas brought them in. He had kept a house for many years, and had never been complained of before.

In answer to a question from Mr. Bateman Superintendent Steer said the house was well conducted.

Fined 1s., costs 8s. 6d.




NORRIS George 1845-Apr/56 Next pub licensee had (age 49 in 1851Census) BastionsFolkestone Chronicle

WHITING William Apr/1856+ Next pub licensee had Folkestone Chronicle

Name to "Princess Royal."


BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney

Folkestone ChronicleFrom the Folkestone Chronicle



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