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Earliest 1887

(Name from)

Jubilee Inn

Latest 1988

(Name to)

16 The Stade & (24 Radnor Street 1891Census)


Jubilee Inn

Above postcard date unknown, with kind permission from Eric Hartland, showing the back of the pub.

Jubilee Inn 1909

Above photo taken 1909 of the Folkestone fish-market, and just showing the old "Jubilee Inn" to the left of centre.

Jubilee 1860

Above photo circa 1920 kindly sent by Rosie Barham.

Jubilee Inn sign 1923

Above photo 11 May 1923, just showing the sign extreme right, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Jubilee Inn 1960s

Above postcard 1960s, kindly sent by Ernesto Minotti.

Jubillee Inn 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Jubilee Inn sign 1970s

Jubliee Inn sign 1970s.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


Links with the Queen-Empress are found at the "Jubilee Inn," Folkestone, dating from 1887 and the original building was demolished and a new one built in 1936 during the renovation of the Fish-market.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 6 September 1924.

Early morning gift. Beer which was not drunk. Publicans' risk. Licensee fined.

At the Folkestone Petty sessions on Tuesday (before the Rev. R. Epworth Thompson, Colonel P. Broome Giles, C.B., and Miss. A. M. Hunt,) Hugh McKay, licensee of the "Jubilee Inn," the Stade, was summoned for supplying intoxicated liquor during prohibited hours on the 30th ult. Mr. A. K. Mowll defending.

Inspector Piddock stated that at 8:55 a.m. on August 26th, he was proceeding along the Stade in company with P.C. Johnson, and on passing a blind alley by the "Jubilee Inn," he saw Mr. Charles Taylor, jun, take two glasses of beer from a window of the house to a store opposite. He went down to the store and found two men, each holding a glass of beer in his hand. They went to the "Jubilee" public house and on walking inside found the defendant behind the bar. Witness had the glasses in his hand, and he told him that he had seen them handed out from a window of the he replied. "Quite right, sir. It was not paid for. It was a gift for a bit of fish they brought last night." Witness said that he would be reported, and defendant replied, "It was a gift, the beer was fresh. The men did not have time to drink it.

By Mr. Mowll. The view of the window in question was obstructed by a drain pipe; the window was 5 ft 3 in., from the ground. He did not see the beer handed out from the window, he saw Taylor take it from the window.

By the Magistrates' Clerk:- The window opens into one of the bars, but not the one in which defendant was found.

P.C. Johnson corroborated.

Defendant (on oath) said that he had been the licensee of the house in question for three years, and he had known Mr. Taylor, jun., for 45 years. The beer was a gift.

By the Chief Constable:- The beer was not in payment for some fish witness had that morning; it was an understood thing that when one had some fish one gave a drink of beer to the giver.

Charles Taylor, sen., Said that he was not paid for the fish he gave Mr. McKay, and he did not pay for the beer.

By the Chief Constable:- He did not tell that to the Inspector Piddock, because the Inspector did not ask him.

Mr. Mowll, in address the Bench, said that the licensee of a public house was in a more unfortunate position than any other trader. Anybody accept a licensee could be convicted of any offence which did not involve a period of detention at His Majesty's expense, and afterwards he could carry on his business as if nothing had happened. A man might be convicted of watering his milk - a far more serious offence than the one alleged here - and the next day he could go on selling the milk as if nothing had happened. But the licensee, if their work the slightest breach of anything being wrong according to the legislations under we all suffered, of losing his licence, although it might be the first time he had been summoned for any offence. Of course, it was very easy for the Magistrates and for him, (the speaker) who were acquainted to some extent with the licensing laws, to say that, before a transaction of this sort took place, the licensee should have taken the precaution either of seeing the Chief Constable or possibly of seeking legal advice, or possibly of seeing the Magistrates' Clerk, and asking him whether he was entitled to give a glass of beer to anyone who brought him some fish.
The Magistrates' Clerk:- If he had come to me I should have sent him on to you (Laughter).

Mr. Mowll, continuing, said that it was easy to be wise after the event. Whatever might be the view of the Magistrates took of the matter, that day's proceedings would be a warning to the defendant, and would make him hesitate very seriously before ever he attempted to entertain his friends in that way. The only point in the evidence he objected to was the statement of the Police Inspector that he had seen the glass handed out of the window, because that was incorrect. He knew that the police could not have seen it. The section of the Act under which those proceedings were taken provided that it was an offence to supply beer in this way; yet the next section gave various provisions which were excepted from the provisions of the before. One could supply intoxicating liquors at any time on licensed premises to a resident on the premises, and there were many such sections, all of which the licensee was supposed to know. Another provision was that the licensee could supply intoxicating liquor to any private friends as entertainment provided by him at his own expense. That was a wide provision that was not limited in any way, and if the story that had been told - and it had not been shaken by the Chief Constable - was correct then those two old friends of the defendant, because some fish had been delivered on the premises, had been promised a pint of beer. There was nothing to prevent the licensee from supplying those two people and nothing which would justify the Bench in convicting the defendant of that offence. They might say that it was a borderline case, but he suggested that, having regard to the fact that the proceedings would be a warning to the defendant, even if a technical offence has been committed, they should say that under the circumstance justice would be met by dismissal on payment of costs.

The Chief Constable said that he submitted that the case was a very bad one. He had complaints of that house; and on June 26th Inspector Piddock warned the defendant.

Mr. Mowll:- The fact remains that this is the first time defendant has ever been summoned, and he has been in the house for three years.

The Chairman said that the Bench had carefully considered the case, and were unanimous in deciding for a conviction. Defendant was liable to a fine of £30, but, taking everything into consideration, the Bench had agreed that he should be fined £7 10s.

The Chief Constable said that he would withdraw the summons against Charles Taylor sen., and Charles Taylor jun., for being supplied with drink after hours, but he did not propose to adopt that course in any other cases.

The Chairman, addressing the two men, said that they had committed an offence, and a very serious one too. No punishment would be passed under the circumstances, but they gave them a caution, and emphasised very greatly. He urged them not to be guilty of any similar practice.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 23 February 1935.

I, Harold Chawner now residing at the "Jubilee Inn," Radnor Street, Folkestone, Licensed Victualler. Do hereby give you notice that it is my intention to apply at the Adjourned General Annual Licensing Meeting for the said Borough of Folkestone to be holden at the Town Hall, Folkestone aforesaid on Wednesday the 13th day of March 1935 at the hour of 11 in the forenoon for an Order authorising the Provisional Ordinary Removal of a Justice's Licence now in force and held by me the said Harold Chawner authorising me to apply for and hold and Excise licence for the sale by retail of any intoxicating liquor which may be sold under a Publican's Licence for consumption either on or off the premises situate at Radnor Street in the Borough of Folkestone aforesaid and known by the sign of the "Jubilee" from such last mentioned premises to certain other premises about to be constructed for such purpose upon the side situated 245 feet eastwood of the site of the existing "Jubilee Inn" the southwest corner of such site being 470 feet eastwards of the Southern Railway branch line to the Harbour and 58 feet north of the Harbour Wall such site having a frontage of 41 feet to the Stade on the southern side 49 ft to the side street about to be constructed there on the western side of the said new premises and 29ft on the northern side of the said new premises with a depth of 48 feet on the eastern side of the said new premises and which said new premises will cover inter alia part of the site of the existing boat building shed and herring hang and store situated on the Stade and a part of Radnor Street the public right of way over which will be extinguished by virtue of an Order to be made and confirmed in pursuance of the provisions of Section 13 of the Housing Act 1930.

The owners of the existing "Jubilee Inn," ore Messrs. Mackeson and Company Limited of the Brewery Hythe, whose registered office is at the Brewery, Chiswell Street in the County of London who are also the owners in equity of the line to which is the proposed to remove the licence.

Dated 12th day of February, 1935.

H. Chawner.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 13 April 1935.

"Jubilee Inn" removal.

Order confirmed by Magistrates.

The Folkestone Magistrates confirmed the order they made recently for the removal of the "Jubilee Inn," in the Fish-market, at the sitting of the Justice's on Tuesday.

Mr. Rutley Mowll, who appeared for the Corporation, explained that he appeared to ask the Magistrates to grant confirmation of the order which was made by the Licensing Justice's for the removal of the licence of the "Jubilee Inn" a distance of 81 yards.

The facts was so fully gone into on the application which, they might remember, indicated that this step was to be taken to assist in the carrying out of a great public improvement in the district, and without this removal the improvement could not be affected, that he wondered whether the Bench wished to hear him further, especially as there was no opposition that day.

The Clerk (Mr. R. G. Rootes) said no notice of any application or opposition had been given.

The Chairman (Mr. R. G. Wood): The order was made a week or two ago we now confirm for the removal of the "Jubilee Inn" the 81 yards to which you have referred.


Folkestone Express 25 April 1936.

Editorial Comment.

How many Folkestone people would be able to say where the sign of the "Skylark" used to adorn the Fish Market? Very few I should imagine. In days gone by, about the time of the Napoleonic wars, a licensed house hearing the name of the "Skylark" was one of the chief meeting places, not only of the fisher folk, but even of the “big” men of the town, and the dangers of invasion were discussed. The new "Jubilee Inn," which opened its doors on Wednesday, and which now adorns the Fish Market, has brought to mind that its predecessor was the "Skylark" of well over a century ago.

It was in the Queen Victoria’s jubilee that the name of the house was changed to the "Jubilee." The subsequent jubilees since also had a connection with the house, for in the diamond jubilee year, the old house was re­built, and the new and attractive "Jubilee," which supersedes its namesake, was commenced in King George’s silver jubilee year. The site on which it now stands was formerly a portion of Radnor Street, Mr. Goddard’s herring hang, and the "Packet Boat Inn."

Folkestone Herald 25 April 1936.

Local News.

The new "Jubilee Inn," which has been built on the Stade and forms part of the Radnor Street improvement scheme, was opened last Wednesday.

A most modern and delightful inn has taken the place of the old house. The new hostelry faces south and looks out across the Harbour and the Channel, and the owners, Messrs. Mackeson and Company, Ltd., of Hythe, are to be congratulated on the all-round excellence of their new premises. The three bars on the ground floor, public saloon and private, have been carried out in a pleasing design of oak, open brick fireplaces and a lighting scheme which gives an atmosphere of comfort and excellent taste. On the first floor there is a large room which will be used for the serving of teas. Here again the excellence of design and workmanship strikes the eye at once. Adjoining this room is an up-to-date kitchen with the very latest equipment for the uses of the staff.

The new "Jubilee" stands on the site of the old "Packet Boat Inn," a part of Radnor Street as it was, and Goddard's herring hang.

It is interesting to recall that the first Jubilee was built in the days of the Napoleonic Wars. At one time the house was called The "Skylark," but the name of the hostelry was changed to The "Jubilee" in 1887, and structural alterations made in 1897.

There was a house warming party at the Jubilee on Wednesday evening, when Mr. N.C M. Findlay, the managing director of Messrs. Mackeson, received a number of guests who drank to the success of the company’s enterprise.

The new "Jubilee" was built by Messrs. C. Jenner and Son, to plans prepared by Mr. T. Ingram, the architect.


Changed name too the "Carpenters," but now known as "Mariner."

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Jubilee Inn sign

Above card issued March 1955. Sign series 4 number 16.


Dover Express 16th May 1947.


At Folkestone Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Bernard McKettrrick (20) of Castle Street, Dover. and Patrick J. Kelly of Londonderry, both merchant seamen, pleaded guilty to being drunk and incapable.

A Folkestone taxi driver said, at 9.30 p.m. on Tuesday, he picked up three passengers, including the defendants, at the "Jubilee Inn" on the Fish Market, took them to the "Prince Albert Hotel" and finished up at the "Majestic Hotel" just before midnight. McKettrick was then more or less helpless and the other defendant was drunk but could walk.

Inspector Grey said he put McKettrick on the floor of the taxi. While he was engaged in doing that, Kelly took off his coat and prepared to fight all and sundry. He became so extremely violent that he had to be handcuffed.

McKettrick said: We have only just come back from this country from Bombay and we celebrated last night.

McKettrick was fined 10s and Kelly £1.



Last pub licensee had HOLLINGTON John 1887-88 Bastions

CARLTON William 1888-90 Bastions

Last pub licensee had ADAMS Josiah Lyon 1890-1906 (age 58 in 1891Census) BastionsPost Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903

ADAMS Andrew H 1901 (age 32 in 1901Census)

GALES John Edwin 1906-21 (age 34 in 1911Census) BastionsPost Office Directory 1913

MACKAY Hugh 1921-Feb/25 BastionsPost Office Directory 1922

TINGEY William Feb/1925-28 Bastions

TAYLOR William 1928-33 Bastions

ROGERS Edward 1933-34 Bastions

CHAWNER Harold Clement 1934-38 BastionsPost Office Directory 1938

RICE Harry 1938-40 Bastions

Last pub licensee had RAWLINGS Reginald 1940-43 Bastions

SLADE Leslie 1945-49 Bastions

PATTISON Douglas 1949-51 Bastions

WALTERS Frederick 1951-54 Bastions

MAYNE Donald 1954-68 Bastions

BATTEN Victor 1968-87 Bastions


Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney



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