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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1851-

Fountain Hotel

Open 2020+

171 Seabrook Road


01303 470495

Fountain Hotel 1900

Above postcard showing the "Fountain Hotel" circa 1900

Fountain 1906

Above postcard, 1906, kindly sent by Graham Butterworth.

Fountain Hotel 1917

Postcard of 1917.

Fountain Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Graham Butterworth.


Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Graham Butterworth.

Fountain Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Fountain 1955

Above photo, 1955, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. The comments with this picture read "The local Rector, whose glebe includes the Fountain, likes to call himself "the landlord of the pub on top of the hill" and holds a Harvest Thanksgiving service in the bar each year!"

Fountain Hotel

Above picture taken from

Fountain 2012

Above photo taken on 28 September, 2012 from by Jelltex.

Fountain bar

Above photo taken on 28 September, 2012 from by Jelltex.

Fountain 2013

Above photo, circa 2013 under renovation.

Fountain 2013

Above photo circa 2013.

Fountain 2015

Above photo circa 2015.

Fountain Hotel 2017

Above photo, 2017.

Fountain matchbox

Above matchbox circa 1980s.


Michael David Mirams in his book "Kent Inns and Inn Signs," states that in the 1950s, the Fountain, was the setting for the Harvest Thanksgiving, when the Rector led his congregation in singing harvest hymns in the bar. Customers generously supplied the harvest gifts of vegetables, fruit, bread, eggs and of course, beer.

According to What Pub the current building is erected in 1888 on the same site of the previous one undergoing refurbishment.

I am also informed by Nick Booth that the pub appears in The Goose Cathedral, a book by Jocelyn Brooke (1950). It's an autobiographical novel concerning that part of Kent, the Goose Cathedral being his name for the local lifeboat station up the road and long demolished. Brooke wrote many books about the Folkestone area and the countryside around it and was stationed at the army camp up the road from the "Fountain." Brooke was fond of a drink and used the "Fountain." The book is part of The Orchid Trilogy, which has a cult following among connoisseurs of 20th century British fiction.


Southeastern Gazette, 23 August 1853.


On Wednesday last, at the "Fountain Inn," Seabrook, Cheriton, Mr. John Norwood, formerly of the paper mills, and for many years the respected landlord of the above inn, in his 77th year; the deceased attended to his business till within a few days of his death.


South Eastern Gazette, 27 March, 1860.

HYTHE. Stealing a Watch.

At the County Magistrates’ clerk’s office on Monday, James Glass, drummer in the 47th regiment, stationed at Shornciiffe, was charged with stealing a silver watch and chain, the property of Sergeant Keams, of the Antrim Artillery.

From the evidence it appeared that prosecutor went to the "Fountain Inn," at Seabrook, on Friday week, where he saw the prisoner and some other soldiers, whom he treated with some ale, and went to sleep. On waking up he missed his watch. On the morning of the 17th, the prisoner gave a watch to Patrick McGee, a private of the 47th regiment, telling him he had taken it from prosecutor on the previous night for safety, and he wished Gee to restore it to him. Prisoner now repeated this statement, but was committed for trial.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 26 April 1864.

Coroner's inquest.

On Friday an inquest was held at the "Fountain Inn," Seabrook, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., coroner, on the body of an infant which had been found in the clothes box of a servant of Lord Radstock, No. 1, Marine Villas. The cook, who has been in Lord Radstock's service about 5 months, had been taken into custody on a charge of concealment of birth. The child, it appears, was born on Monday, and found on Wednesday. The unfortunate mother's statement is that the child was born while she was in a fainting fit, and that when she recovered consciousness the child was dead. Mr. William Howard, surgeon, of Sandgate, who was called in to attend the female and age the child, stated that he could not positively assert that the infant was born alive, although he believed such to have been the case.

A verdict of "Found dead" was returned.


Kentish Gazette 15 June 1869.

HYTHE. Inquest.

An inquest was held at the "Fountain Inn," Seabrook, on Friday last, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of a child named Elizabeth Young two years and a half old, whose parents reside at Sea-brook Terrace. From the evidence adduced at the inquest it appeared that on the previous Wednesday, the child’s mother was at home washing. About 4 o’clock in the afternoon, she missed the child, and, on looking where she had got to, found the body of the child in a small iron water tank at the side of the house with only six inches of water in it. Its legs were hanging out of the tank, and the child’s head was underneath the water. The poor child had evidently been amusing herself by playing with the water, and had so overbalanced herself, that she was suffocated. The jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally Drowned.”


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 20 March 1871.


An aged woman, named Ann Page, committed suicide by jumping into the canal, on Friday, 10th. At the inquest, held on Monday, at the "Fountain Inn," Seabrook, before Walter Furley, Esq. a verdict of "Temporary Insanity" was returned.


From the Dover Express, 1888.


The "Fountain Inn" is to be pulled down and a new Hotel built on the site for Messers Leney & Co. The Architect is Mr Fry, of Dover. The Tender of Mr. Brooks, Folkestone, has been accepted, the amount being 1,490."


From the Folkestone Herald, Saturday, 5 April, 1913.


An adjourned sitting of the Elham Licensing Sessions was held at Seabrook Court on Thursday, the Magistrates being Mr. F. E. Burke (in the chair), Mr. A. M. Curteis, Mr. A. S. Jones, Mr. R. J. Linton, Alderman, J. E. Quested, and Mr. W. G. Tester. The court was crowded with license holders and others.

Mr. James Tunbridge, of the “Fountain Hotel,” Seabrook, applied, on behalf of another, for an occasional licence for the Folkestone Races on the 11th inst. – Granted.


From the Dover Express, 16 July 2015.

Pub hosts a charity fun day special.

THE Fountain Pub, 171 Seabrook Road, Hythe is holding a charity fun day on July 25.

Entry for the all day event is free and guests can enjoy entertainment, bouncy castle, face painting, and the All-Star Blues Brothers while they soak up the sun with drinks and a barbecue.



NORWOOD John 1851-Aug/53 dec'd age 77

NORWOOD Henry Aug/1853-74+ (also gardener age 49 in 1861Census)

STEDMAN Edward Martin 1881-91+ (age 44 in 1881Census)

AMES William 1903+ Kelly's 1903

TUNBRIDGE James 1911-13+ (age 61 in 1911Census)

HURREL Charles Reginald 1918-26+

MITCHELL George A 1939+ (age 48 in 1939)

WELLS Bombardier Billy Wells (the boxing champ) 1950s

WHITE Wally 1956+

BARNES Brian 1984-2010

FAULDS Debi Sally 2010-Nov/2017

???? Chris & Vince Dec/2017+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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