8 The Street
Above two photos by Paul Skelton, 22 Aug 2008, are now a private
residence, but it has been said it used to operate under the name of the
Recently heard that Hougham used to have a pub called the Kings Head. Now
proved to be true as indicated by the following passage taken from the Dover
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 22 May, 1841.
Last Saturday night, the 15th inst. about 12 o'clock, Edward Swissen,
brick-maker, in the employ of Mr. John Finnis, left the "King's Head,"
Hougham, to proceed to his house at Capel Sole, when he was followed by
three men, named Charles May, John Job, and David Smith, (with second
aliases,) employed on the works of the South Eastern Railway. One of
them collared him, and threw him down in a meadow, and all three fell
upon him. When he got up he missed his purse, containing
half-a-sovereign, a crown-piece, one shilling, and six sixpences. On
mentioning his loss, Job said "do you mean to say I have got your
money?" and struck him in the face and knocked him down, and whilst he
was on the ground they moved off. Smissen, not having felt their hands
in his pocket, staid on the spot till sunrise, searching for his purse
and contents; but, although he found two pence, which he had in the same
pocket, he could not find his purse nor money; and he caused the three
men to be apprehended, and brought before Henshaw Latham, Esq. a Justice
of the Peace for the County, who, after some lengthened examinations,
and having remanded the prisoners twice, to give the complainant an
opportunity of discovering his property, discharged the prisoners; the
evidence not being sufficient to justify their committal. The prisoner
May was handed over to the borough jurisdiction, charged with being
drunk, and assaulting the Dover police, on the following day, (Sunday)
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 19 September, 1884. Price 1d.
The landlord of the “King’s Head,” West Hougham, applied for the Mays
consent, to have his house open an hour later on Saturday night the
27th, for a Harvest supper. It was granted for the last time, the
Magistrates remarking that in future they must get their supper over
The landlord of the “Four Mills,”
(incorrect name. Paul Skelton) West Langdon, also applied for a
similar consent and purpose on Saturday the 20th. The Magistrates
granted the application, and gave the same remark as to the former.
From an email received 11 December 2011
I am compiling my family history and I came across your entry for the
"King's Head" in Hougham. My g-g-g grandparents ran this pub according
to the 1861 and 1871 census, and possibly 1851 and 1841, too - these
latter are vague, saying for all entries apart from three or four farms
'West Hougham', without giving any actual locations. The 1861 census
puts them in the "King's Head" but states that my ggg Grandfather,
William, and deaf uncle Thomas were agricultural labourers, too. If you
are still unclear about the photo you have being the "King's Head," the
1871 census shows that there was a Weslyan Chapel 'next door', although
of course it was a rural area and the next house along could have been a
long way away.
If you have any further information about this, or get any in the
future, I would be very grateful to hear from you. I'll be doing my own
rooting around and will pass on any new information I find.
Wonderful website and smashing photo, by the way!
All the best.
I believe the house to have been built around 1593 and is still standing
and occupied today.
I am hoping the owner, who offered me this information can give me
further details at a later date.
PAGE William 1861-71+