Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

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Earliest 1838-

Good Intent

Latest 1862+

Artillery Street (Mummery Square 1838Stapletons Guide)



Not a lot known about this pub, not even the number in Artillery Street, only that it was licensed by Arthur Marsh from between 1858 and 1862. 1874 does show a "Falcon" at number 26 in the same street, it could well be that one changed to the other. Unfortunately the street was heavily damaged during world war 2 and cleared for redevelopment in 1962.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 18 January, 1862. Price 1 1/2d.


Patrick Feely and John Brennan, privates in the 8th Hussars, were charged with stealing 42lbs. of beef, the properly of James Dixon.

James Dixon:— I am a butcher, living in Northgate-street. The leg of beef produced is my property; I can swear to it, because it has a piece cut off, and which was done by myself on Sunday morning last. The value of the beef produced is about 26s. I did not miss the beef till I was asked by the policeman on Monday night whether I had lost anything. I last saw it safe about ten o'clock on that night.

Andrew Kennedy:— I am a draper's assistant, and live in Union-street. About half-past ten on Monday night, I was coming up Albion place, Broad-street, when I saw two soldiers with what I thought was a large bundle. I met a boy named Ratcliffe, and as I thought all was not right, I told him what I had seen. I had previously seen the soldier throw the bundle into a garden. I then went home, and come out again directly. I then ran round Artillery-street, and went into Albion-place again. When I got there, I met Ratcliffe, who had his brother with him. I also passed one soldier at the top of Albion-place. It was the prisoner Brennan. No one was with him then. When we were together I told the Ratcliffes where I saw the soldiers throw the bundle.

I believe the prisoners are the men I saw first with the bundle; but I will not swear that they are. I then went and looked in the garden, and saw the meat. The prisoner Brennan was standing about four yards away from the meat. I went and gave information to P.C. Alderton.

Mr. Austin:— Was the meat deposited in the garden not wrapped up.

Witness:— Yes, sir.

By Brennan:— I saw you first at the top of Albion- place. There was no one with you. You had no girls with you.

Arthur Marsh:— I am the landlord of the “Good Intent.” From what my daughter told me, about half past ten or a quarter to eleven, I went to go down the passage called Albion-place, lending to my garden. The two prisoners were then coming up the passage. I went back into my house, and the prisoners were then in my tap room. I put my hat on to go down to the garden with a man named Waterman, and found the piece of beef produced. While we were there I heard some soldiers at the top of the passage say, “Go down and take it away from him.” They used very bad language. When we had found the beef I said to Warman, “You collar the beef, and if anyone attempts to interfere I will knock them down, so I will go in front.” When we got to the top of the passage the prisoners were there. They then had an artilleryman and some girls with them. I went indoors with the beef, and the prisoners came in, and Feely said, “What are you going to do with the beef?” I said, “Find an owner for it.” They then said, “Eat it up and make it right with us,” or something to that effect. I cannot swear that they were the very words they used. I replied, “It is not yours to give me.” They then said, “Give it to us,” and I replied, “It is not mine to give you, more then it is yours to give me.” It appears to me as if some one has put it in the garden, and the question is, who put it there?” They then began to crowd a about the door, and I said, “It seems to me that somebody knows about it, and is gone for a policeman.

They then left my house, and ran up Artillery street as quickly as they could. I gave the beef into the hands of the police.

The Mayor:— Do I understand you that you saw them in your house before you went into the garden?

Witness:— Yes, Sir.

Cross-examined by Brennan:- I met you at the corner.

Rosa Sophia Marsh, aged eleven:— I was going to a shop on Monday night, about half-past ten or a quartet to eleven o’clock, when I saw the two prisoners go down Albion-place with a 1arge bundle. I thought they had committed something wrong, so I went back and told my father. I then went to the shop, and on my return they were in the tap-room, I know Feely by his hair being cut so short, and I know the other prisoner by his curly hair.

By the Bench:— It was a moonlight night, and as they hurried by me I took particular notice of the prisoners’ hair.

The Bench doubted whether the nature of the prisoners’ hair could he seen when their caps were on. They were therefore ordered to put their caps on, which they did, and the hair of each could be distinctly seen. The Bench being satisfied that she could only see the hair by passing on the left-hand side of them, ordered the prisoners to take their caps off, and asked the witness on which side she passed them, to which she answered. “They passed me on this side,” pointing to her right arm.”

_____ Ratcliffe:- On Monday evening I saw the prisoner Feely standing about four yards away from the meat.

Mr. Austin:- Why, this witness, instead of confirming what Kennedy told us, tells us that it was Feely who stood near the meat.
The Superintendent of Police here asked for a remand till tomorrow.
The magistrates, after a few minutes consultation, discharged both prisoners, telling them that if any fresh evidence can be brought against them, they are liable to be brought up again.



COOPER James 1838+ Stapletons Guide

AIANO Charles 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

MARSH Arthur 1855-62+ Post Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862


JONES Cornelius 1871+ (age 39 in 1871Census)


Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862



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