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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1798

Lord Nelson

Latest 1914

10 Radnor Street


Lord Nelson 1928

Above photo showing former pub, 1928, supplied by Martin Easdown.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 8 January, 1848. Price 5d.


On Sunday morning last several fishermen put off to a Dutch schooner from this port; one of the boats was rowed by the owner Mr. William Harrison, of the "Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, who, on attempting to land on his return, was observed to fall backwards into the boat. Assistance was immediately rendered, but life was extinct. It is conjectured that the deceased had used much exertion to get his boat first out of the harbour, and had thereby ruptured a blood vessel.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 12 June 1849.


Important sale of the extensive Brewery of Messr's Flint, including 30 old established Inns and Public Houses, and other valuable property.

Mr. V. J., has received instructions to sell by auction, at the "Fountain Hotel," Canterbury, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th of June, at 12 o'clock each day, (in consequence of the death of the senior acting partner and the retirement of the surviving partners,) the valuable property known as Messrs. Flint's Brewery, in Stour Street, Canterbury, and the Inns, Public Houses, and other valuable property connected with theirwith. The first day sale on Tuesday, 26th June, 1849, will comprise the following property in and near the city.

Public houses.

Lot 1. The "City of Canterbury," situate on the road to Whitstable. Freehold.

Lot 2. The "George and Dragon," Westgate without, leasehold under Hind's charity for 17 years unexpired.

Lot 3. The "Three Compasses," Westgate within. Freehold.

Lot 4. The "Bell Inn" and Coach Office, in the High Street. Freehold.

Lot 5. The "Prince of Wales," St. Alphege Lane,. Freehold.

Lot 6. The "Weavers Arms," Broad Street, freehold and partly leasehold.

Lot 7. The "White Swan," Northgate. Leasehold under St. John's Hospital for a short term, at a ground rent.

Lot 8. The "Kings Head," Northgate. Freehold.

Lot 9. The "Swan Inn," at Sturry (close to the railway station). Freehold.

Lot 10. The "Ship," St. Martins Hill, freehold.

Lots 12. The "Star Commercial Inn and Tap," St George's, close to the Cattle market and Dane John. Freehold.

Lot 13. The "Blue Anchor," Old Dover Lane, near the Cattle market. Freehold.

Lot 14. The "Fleece Inn," High Street, opposite to the Corn market. Freehold.

Lot 28. Three neat Cottages opposite the Brewery, with large gardens extending to the river.

Lot 29. The "Two Brewers" public house and Spirit Warehouse, adjoining the last lot.

Lot 31. The "Black Dog" public house, Castle Street.

Lot 34. The "Duke's Head" Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 35. The "King's Head," Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 37. The "Royal Exchange," public house, Stour Street.

Lot 38. The "Kentish Arms," public house, and 5 cottages in Jewry Lane. Leasehold for a short term at a low rent.

Lot 40. The "Duke William," at Ickham, abiout five miles from Canterbury. Freehold.

Lot 41. The "Royal Oak Inn," at Deal. Freehold except a small portion.

Lot 42. The "King's Arms," Beach Street, Deal, and Cottage in the rear. leasehold for a short term, at a Ground rent.

Lot 43. The "Fleur De Lis," near the Railway Station, Dover. Leasehold for a term of 6 years, at a Ground rent of 3.

Lot 44. The "Two Brewers," Limekiln Street, Dover. leasehold for a term of 46 years, at a ground rent of 3.

Lot 45. The "Fountain Inn, adjoining the Market place at Dover. Freehold.

Lot 46. The "Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, near the harbour, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 47. The "Bricklayers Arms," Fancy Street, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 48. The "Castle Inn," at Sandgate. Leasehold for a short term, at a ground rent of 7s. 6d.

Lot 49. The "King's Head Hotel and Tap," at Margate. Freehold.

Lot 50. The "New Inn," at Elham, on the road to Hythe. Freehold.

Lot 51. The "King's Arms," at Milton near Sittingbourne. Freehold.

The Public Houses are for the most part in the occupation of unexceptionable tenants, and the majority of them are doing trades, both in beer and spirits, considerably above the average run of Country houses. (None of them have been beer shops; they're all old Licence Houses, with connections of long standing, thereby affording ample security for the permanency of the trade). The Premises generally are in a superior state of repair.

Particulars and Plans, price 1s. each, may be had of Messr's. Furleys and Mercer, Solicitors, Canterbury; at the "Fountain Hotel;" and of Mr. V. J. Collins, 3, Moorgate Street, London.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 18 February 1851.


There was six publicans charged by the police with serving beer, &c., contrary to the law.

Mr. R. T. Brockman appeared for the watch committee. Mr. Delasaux of Canterbury for several of the defendants.

Margaret Harrison, "Lord Nelson," was similarly fined.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 27 July, 1861. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at the "Lord Nelson Inn," Radnor Street, before S. Eastes Esq., coroner for the borough, and a respectable jury of which F. Denibas was chosen foreman. The enquiry was held on the body of a man which was found as detailed in the following evidence.

The jury, having been sworn, proceeded to view the body, which was lying in the tan house. The coroner, in opening the proceedings, said he felt bound to hold the inquest from the concluding words on a piece of paper which showed a determination to commit suicide in his opinion; he had at first thought it not necessary, but to remove any responsibility from himself he had determined to make the enquiry.

James Grant, fisherman, residing in Folkestone, identified the body as that of a man he brought ashore yesterday. About half past three witness went off in a punt alone, and about quarter of a mile off the harbour saw the body of a man floating; witness rowed to it, put a rope round it, and towed it into the harbour. Deceased had clothes on, but no hat nor cap, and only one slipper on his left foot; no stockings. Saw no marks of violence on him; judged him to be a French fisherman from his dress; should think he had been in the water eight or ten days; as soon as witness came to shore he gave information to the Coroner, who desired him to have it removed to the tan house; had heard the body was floating out at sea, and went out on purpose to find it.

William Woodland, P.C., deposed, yesterday afternoon, about half past three, found the dead body of a man lying on the beach, covered up with a sail; witness had it removed to the tan house.

Thomas Morford, town sergeant, deposed, about half past six last evening he first saw the body of deceased lying in the tan house; in looking at the body witness found he had earrings, and by request of the Coroner he searched the body; he searched the pockets, and found the leather purse produced in the left hand trousers pocket; it contained three gold 20 franc pieces, 2 ten franc pieces, 3 five franc pieces, a two franc and one franc piece, and 20 centimes, one shilling (English) and a paper with something written on it; the earrings were very small ones. He was dressed in a flannel jacket next the skin, a pink plaid shirt with white enamelled buttons, a good blue Guernsey of English manufacture, trousers of coarse grey cloth, light coloured, no stockings, and one cloth sock on the left foot, similar to those worn by the peasantry in France. The man was about 5 feet 9 or 10 inches, with dark brown whiskers, no moustache, bald headed about the front part; thought he was about 45 years of age; the face was disfigured.

Copy of the letter written in French:-

“On board the lugger Young Charles, of Nantes, Captain Peron. I can tell the number. I have taken my turn at an early hour (two lines not intelligible). Farewell for ever. Pray for me.” (no name).

The coroner thought from the paper that he appeared to have destroyed himself.

The jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned”, no evidence being forthcoming as to the cause of death.

The French Consul had intimated to Mr. Eastes that he intended to follow the body to the grave, being a French citizen. Part of the money found would be devoted to paying for a plain coffin, and the Consul intended to write to Nantes to make enquiry respecting the lugger “Young Charles”, and also respecting any person being missing from the vessel.


From the Folkestone Observer 15 February, 1862. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


Saturday February 8th:- Before the Mayor and W.F. Browell, Esq.

Margaret Harrison, "Lord Nelson Inn," Radnor Street, pleading guilty to a charge of selling beer at half past 11 on Sunday morning, was fined 1s. and costs.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 31 January, 1863. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


An inquest was holden on Thursday last before John Minter Esq., the coroner, and a respectable jury, at the "Lord Nelson Inn," touching the death of William Hall.

Thomas Hall deposed he was a mariner, residing at Folkestone. He identified the body as that of his son from his clothes and from wearing a silver ring on his finger.

Edward loach deposed he was a mariner, living at East Cliff, Folkestone. He went alongshore last evening, and found a flannel shirt on the sand, in East Wear Bay, about a quarter of a mile from where he found the body. He took the shirt to the last witness this morning; witness went along shore to search for the deceased, and found it abreast of Copt Point, on the rocks, one arm being jammed in the rocks. Witness helped put the deceased in a hammock; found a ring on deceased's finger, which witness gave to Mr. Hall.

William Henry Bradley deposed he was a timekeeper in the employ of the South Eastern Railway Company; knew the deceased; saw him on Monday the 29th December about 5 minutes past 9 a.m.; saw him leave the blacksmith's shop on the new pier, Folkestone, and jump over the railings, and saw him go into the sea at the west side of the pier, and get astride a piece of timber floating close to the shore; he had a cord or line in his hand. Directly he got on the timber it turned round three times; he went under each time, but got on the timber again; he next got off the timber and swam towards the pier, apparently to get away from the timber; the piece at the same time gave a half turn and struck him on the head; deceased called out, I believe “Life-buoy”. Witness sent a man for a life buoy and tried to throw it out, but could not for the wind. Witness then saw deceased sink; the sea was unusually rough.

The jury returned a verdict that deceased was accidentally drowned.


From the Folkestone Observer 31 January, 1863. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


An inquest was held on Thursday before J. Minter Esq., coroner, at the "Lord Nelson," on the body of Thomas Hall, 19 years of age, which had been washed ashore at Copt Point, unrecognisable except by portions of dress and a ring.

Thomas Hall, father of deceased, identified the body.

Edward Loach found the flannel shirt of deceased on Wednesday evening on the shore, and went next morning to look for the body, which he found at Copt Point, one arm jammed in the rocks.

William Henry Bradley, timekeeper, in the employ of the South Eastern railway Company, saw William Hall on Monday the 29th December, about five minutes past nine, leave the blacksmith's shop against the new pier, jump over the railings on to the beach south of the pier, and go into the water. He walked in breast deep, and got astride a piece of timber floating there. He had a cord in his hand at the time. The timber immediately turned over, and he went under and came up, and got on the timber again. This occurred three times. The timber had by this time got out seawards, and he struck out in the direction of the pier to get away from it. As he did this the timber turned over and struck him on the head. He called out for a lifeboat. Witness sent a man for a lifebuoy, and tried to throw it out to him, but could not reach him in consequence of the wind. As witness saw he was going down, he went for a lifeboat, but could not save him; the sea was very rough. Every now and then he turned his head to see if another sea was coming.

Verdict: accidentally drowned.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 18 July 1914.

East Kent Compensation Authority.

"Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, Folkestone (licensee, Frank May; owners, Messrs. Ash and Co. Hythe)

Mr. H. Morris applied for the renewal of the licence and Mr. Wardley opposed on behalf of the Folkestone justices.

The renewal was refused.


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HARRISON Margaret 1845-64 Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862BastionsFolkestone ObserverSouth Eastern Gazette

SANDERS Richard Godden 1864-80 Post Office Directory 1874Bastions

MARSH William Harrison & Ellen 1880-89 Post Office Directory 1882Bastions

MARSH Mrs Elizabeth 1889-97Post Office Directory 1891Bastions

TAYLOR George 1897-1902 Kelly's 1899Bastions

MILES John 1902-03 Post Office Directory 1903Bastions

Last pub licensee had HERITAGE William 1903-08 Bastions

MINTER Albert 1908-09 Bastions

CHAMPION Albert 1909-12 Bastions

MONK Wm James 1912-13 Post Office Directory 1913Bastions

MAY Frank 1913-July/14 Bastions


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South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette

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Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

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