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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1734

Marquis of Granby

Latest 1861

1 High Street



Also known as simple the "Granby," and known as early as 1734

Evidently James or John Hall in 1851 decided to up and leave this establishment, only to set up another public house in Radnor Street and calling that the "Marquis of Granby" as well.


Kentish Gazette 2 January 1770.

Local News.

Saturday last were committed to Folkestone gaol, by William Baker Esq., Mayor, John Hopwell, dragoon, on suspicion of having stole four shirts, the property of Mr. Mummery, which were hung out to dry in the yard belonging to the Marquis of Granby, and Ann Kite, for receiving the same, on suspicion of knowing them to have been stolen.

Note: Date is at variance with More Bastions.


Kentish Gazette 2 August 1770.


To be sold by auction at the Marquis of Granby at Folkestone, on Wednesday the 15th of this instant, August, at three o'clock in the afternoon:

All that messuage or tenement, with the barn, stable, out-houses, and eighteen acres of land, situate, lying and being in the parish of Lyminge, and known by the name of Sargent Farm, and now or late in the tenure of William Caister, or his under tenant.

For further particulars enquire at the premises, or of Richard Elgar, at Folkestone aforesaid.


Kentish Gazette 26 January 1771.


Attendance will be given at the Marquis of Granby, in the town of Folkestone, on Monday and Tuesday, the fourth and fifth day of February next, from ten in the forenoon to three in the afternoon, to receive the debts due to the estate of John Arnett, of Folkestone aforesaid, ropemaker, dealer, and chapman, a bankrupt. And all persons having any demands on the said John Arnett are required to attend at either of the said days.

Jan. 16, 1771.


Kentish Gazette 5 February 1771.


To be sold publicly to the highest bidder, on Monday next, the 11th day of February instant, at the Marquis of Granby Inn, in Folkestone.

All that newly-erected messuage or tenement, consisting of four exceeding good rooms on a floor, with very convenient outbuildings, situate, lying, and being in Fisherman's Row or Street, in Folkestone aforesaid, and now or late in the occupation of Mr. John Arnett.

Also one sixteenth part of the Good Luck, Cutter, of Folkestone, burthen seventy tons or thereabouts, in exceeding good repair, in advantageous employment, well-rigged and manned, Captain Reginald Manth, Commander.

Also one fourth, or quarter part of the Good Will, Lugger, of Folkestone aforesaid, burthen forty tons or thereabouts, lately thoroughly repaired, well-rigged and manned, Captain William May, Commander.

The sale to begin exactly at two in the afternoon, when the conditions of sale will be produced.


Kentish Gazette 5 March 1771.


To be sold publicly to the highest bidder, on Monday, the 11th day of March inst., 1771, at two o'clock in the afternoon, at the Granby Inn, in Folkestone.

A messuage, barn, stable, orchard, and seven pieces of land, containing, by estimation, eighteen acres, more or less, situated near Cheesman's Green, in the parish of Mersham, in the county of Kent, and in the occupation of ---- Homewood or his assigns.

The tenant will show the premises.


Kentish Gazette 27 June 1772.


Union Society at Folkestone: Notice is hereby given that the General Annual Meeting of the said Society will be holden on Monday, the 6th day of July next, at the sign of the Marquis of Granby in this town, when the members are particularly desired to attend. Dinner at one o'clock.


Kentish Gazette 9 June 1773.


To be sold by auction on Thursday the 24th day of June instant, between the hours of four and six of the clock, in the afternoon, at the sign of the Marquis of Granby, in Folkestone, the several freehold and copyhold premises, in the following lots:

Lot 1 All that freehold piece or parcel of meadow land or pasture land, containing by estimation three acres and a half, be the same more or less, lying and being at a certain place called Ford, in the parish of Folkestone, and now in the occupation of Thomas Gray.

Lot 2 All that copyhold messuage or tenement, with the backside and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate, lying and being in a certain street called Fisherman's Row, in the town of Folkestone aforesaid, and now in the occupation of Margret Pepper, widow.

Lot 3 All that copyhold building, used as a storehouse and working shop, lying and being at the back part of the last mentioned messuage, and now in the occupation of Thomas Hawkes, sail maker.

Lot 4 All that new-erected copyhold messuage or tenement, with the ground and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate, lying and being in a certain street called Gulstone, in the town of Folkestone aforesaid, and now in the occupation of John Brockman.

Lot 5 All that new-erected copyhold messuage or tenement, with the ground and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and adjoining the last mentioned messuage or tenement, and now in the occupation of ---- Wood.

For particulars enquire of Mr. Baker, Attorney, in Folkestone.


Kentish Gazette 24 April 1776.


By Auction, to be let on lease to the highest bidder, on Tuesday, the 14th of May, 1776, at the Marquis of Granby, in Folkestone, at four o'clock in the afternoon:

All the messuage called Combe Farm, with the barns, stables, outhouses, garden, orchard, and several pieces or parcels of land, arable, meadow, pasture, and fresh marsh thereunto belonging, containing fifty acres or thereabouts, situate, lying and being in the parish of Lympne, in the County of Kent, now in the tenure or occupation of George Down.

The farm is to be entered upon at Michaelmas next, and a draft of the lease will be prepared and shown at the time and place of the sale.

For further particulars, enquire of Mr. Farbrace, attorney at law, at Dover.


Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811.

General Sessions 10 November 1793.

Before Thomas Baker (Mayor), David Puttee, John Castle, Thomas Rolfe, and Joseph Sladen.

Ordered that Thomas Marks' licence be assigned to Wm. Palmer, and John Baxter's to Thomas Marks.

Note: Thomas Marks, Red Lyon; John Baxter, Marquis of Granby. Baxter not listed. Date at variance with More Bastions.


Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811.

Quarter Sessions 27 April 1801.

Thomas Marks was fined the sum of 3s. 4d. for having in his possession 2 quart and 2 pint pots short of legal measure.


Kentish Chronicles, 1 April, 1794.

Marquis of Granby Inn, Folkestone.

Thomas Marks respectfully informs his friends and the public in general, that he has retaken and refitted the above Inn, in a manner he flatters himself will prove agreeable to those who please to favour him with their command.


From the Kentish Gazette, 17 January 1804. Price 6d.

Commission of Bankrupt against Francis Munk. Of the town of Folkestone, in the county of Kent, Tunner.


TO be SOLD by AUCTION, by order of the Assignees of the Estate and Effects of the said Bankrupt, at the “Granby Inn,” in Folkestone aforesaid, on Tuesday, the 14th day of February next, at two o'clock in the afternoon, (subject to such conditions of sale as shall be then and there produced) in the following lots:

Lot 1. All that new erected Freehold Messuage or Tenement, Garden, Stabling for four horses, together with A very Complete Tan Yard comprising 70 vats, drying house, double bark barn, large and commodious beam house, scouring house, mill house, leather house, sheds, and other suitable and convenient building thereto belonging, eligibly situated in the town of Folkestone aforesaid, and now in the possession of the said Assignees.

Also Lot 2. All that Freehold Piece of rich Land adjoining the above premises, containing by estimation near one acre, more or lets, and now also in the possession of the said Assignees.

Also Lot 3. All that Freehold Messuage or Tenement, Garden, and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate, lying, and being in the parish of Appledore, in the county of Kent, and now in the occupation of Isaac Munk, subject to the life estate therein of the said Isaac Munk who is of the age of 50 years, or thereabouts.

Also Lot 4. The Reversionary Interest of the said Bankrupt of and in one sixth part of 1200, expectant and payable within three months next after the decease of the said Isaac Munk.

The House comprised in Lot 1 is pleasantly situated, and so constructed as to be converted into two convenient dwellings, at a trifling expense. The purchaser may have possession of Lot 1 and 2 on the 6th of April next.

Farther particulars may be known of Mr. Webb, solicitor, Folkestone, Kent.

Jan. 14, 1804.


Kentish Gazette 6 April 1804.


To be sold by Auction, on Monday, the 9th day of April instant, at five o'clock in the afternoon, at the Granby:

All that messuage, now in two tenements, with the appurtenances thereto belonging, situate and being in Saffron Row, in the said town, now or late in the tenure or occupation of Richard Inge and Thomas Collar.

For further particulars apply to Mr. William Reynolds, Folkestone.


Kentish Gazette 13 April 1804.


In the matter of Francis Munk, a bankrupt.


The creditors of the said bankrupt are requested to meet the Assignees of his estate and effects at the Granby Inn, on Friday, the 20th day of April inst. at two o'clock in the afternoon, on particular business.

Folkestone, 10th April, 1804.


Kentish Gazette 26 October 1804.


To Tanners.

To be sold at the Granby Inn, in Folkestone, on Thursday, the 8th day of November next, at two o'clock in the afternoon (subject to such conditions of sale as shall be then and there produced) unless previously disposed of by private contract, of which timely notice will be given, in one lot:

A compact tan yard, comprising eighty vats, with the drying house, mill house and apparatus, bark barns, sheds and other buildings thereunto belonging, together with a piece or parcel of rich pasture land adjoining called Tanner's Bank, containing by estimation three acres and a half, more or less; situate, lying and being in the town of Folkestone aforesaid, and now in the occupation of Mr. Penfold and others.

Further particulars may be had of Mr. Webb, Attorney.

Folkestone, 24th October, 1804.


Kentish Chronicle 27 August 1805.

On Saturday morning, Wm. Slater, a private in the Light Dragoons, shot himself in the hay-loft of the "Marquis of Granby" Inn, Folkestone. He has been 26 years in the regiment. The Coroner's inquest sat on the same day and brought in a verdict of self-murder. "Felo de Se" He was in consequence buried in the highway near the parsonage barn.


Kentish Chronicle 5 January 1808.

Several robberies have been committed in the town of Folkestone within the last week. An outhouse of the Marquis of Granby Inn was on Monday night broken open, and two turkeys, two ducks and a great coat stolen therefrom.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, 3 May, 1808.


The general Sessions of the Peace and Gaol delivery, for the Town and Port of Folkestone, was held on Friday, at the Guildhall, before the Major, Recorder, (C. J. Lawson, esq.) and Jurats. Three Soldiers, viz. William Hatch, William Anderson, and John Davison, belonging to the 16th Light Dragoons, were arraigned for an assault on Charles Stebbings, the landlord of the "Marquis of Granby Inn," in Folkestone, in the night of the 4th of January last; and the charge being proved, the jury found them all guilty; and, after an appropriate admonition from the Recorder, in which he expatiated on the enormity of Soldiers being the assailants, who ought to be the guardians and protectors of our lives, liberties, and properties, they were sentenced to imprisonment for three calendar months in Folkestone gaol.


Kentish Gazette 7 February 1809.


Thursday afternoon, ---- Hipwell, a private in the 12th Light Dragoons, shot himself with a carbine, in a stable at the Marquis of Granby Inn, Folkestone. The Sergeant of the detachment, having lost a sum of money, was about to send the above unfortunate person, who was strongly suspected of having stolen it, to confinement, when he perpetrated-this dreadful act. The ball passed through the heart, and afterwards lodged in the hip of one of the troop horses behind him. Verdict of the Coroners Inquest: Felo de se.


Kentish Gazette 3 November 1809.

Local News.

The Jubilee was celebrated at Folkestone with every demonstration of loyalty. In the afternoon, the Mayor and Corporation, preceded by the band of the Rutland Militia, playing the popular air of “God save the King”, and followed by the Volunteer Artillery, under Captain Knight, and the Rutland regiment, proceeded to church, where an excellent and classical discourse was delivered by the Rev. J. Titus. At one o'clock a feux-de-joie was fired from the Mortella Towers and batteries in succession, commencing at Copt Point. A small but select party of military and naval officers, and respectable inhabitants of the town, sat down at four o’clock to an excellent dinner, at the Marquis of Granby Inn, the Rutland band playing several national airs. On “the King”, which was drank with the utmost loyalty and enthusiasm, a volley was fired under the windows by a party of that regiment, and was repeated after all the numerous and appropriate toasts. In the evening the Mayor and Corporation met at the Apollo Room, to celebrate the event. About eight o'clock, numerous fireworks were exhibited on the pier head.


Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811.

General Sessions 23 June 1807.

Before John Gill (Mayor), John Castle, John Bateman and James Major.

The licence of the Marquis of Granby was transferred to Charles Stebbing.


Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811.

General Sessions 25 April 1808.

Before Thomas Baker (Mayor), Joseph William Knight, John Castle, John Gill, John Bateman and James Major.

William Atch, Abraham Anderson, and John Davidson, private soldiers in the 16th Regt. Of Light Dragoons, were tried on an indictment for an assault on Charles Stebbings, and were all found Guilty. Sentence of the Court: That they all be imprisoned in the gaol of this town for the space of three months.


Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811.

General Sessions 30 May 1809.

Before Joseph Sladen (Mayor), John Minter, Thomas Baker, John Castle and John Gill.

Ordered that the following persons be summoned to appear at the next adjournment of the Sessions, viz.: Wm. Rigden, Charles Stebbings, John Essex (sic) and John Burton.

Rigden, British Lion. Stebbings, Marquis of Granby (1). Eastwick, Ship Inn. Burton, Jolly Sailor (2)


Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811.

General Sessions 27 June 1809.

Before Joseph Sladen (Mayor), John Minter, Thomas Baker, and John Castle.

Charles Stebbing was fined 10/- for having in his possession one ale pint pot for selling ale or beer, which was paid in Court.


Kentish Chronicle 13 September 1814.

On Thursday, Sept.8, Henry Butcher Esq. was elected Mayor of Folkestone for the year ensuing, and appointed John Bateman Esq. his deputy, and Mr. Richard Tapley was elected Chamberlain. The Corporation partook of an excellent dinner, provided at the "Granby Inn," and the day was spent with great conviviality.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 7 September 1819.


Free Public Houses and other estates,

To be Sold By Auction, By Messrs. White, (Without Reserve).

Pursuant to certain orders of the Vice Chancellor of Great Britain, and before the Major part of the Commissioners named and authorised in and by a Commission of bankrupt awarded and issued against Matthew William Sankey, of the City of Canterbury, brewer, dealer and chapman, at the Guildhall, of the said city of Canterbury, on Wednesday next, the 22nd day of September next, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, (subject to such conditions of sale as shall be then and there produced.)
The following very Valuable Freehold Estates, in Lots.

Valuable Brewery free public houses and other Estates to be sold by auction by Mrs white without reserve.

Lot 20. A Messuage called the "Marquis of Granby," with the Tenements, Stables and other outhouses, yard, garden, orchard, and ground thereunto belonging, situate in the town of Folkestone aforesaid, and now in the several occupations of Charles Stebbings, Thomas Marks, and _______, or their under tenants.


Kentish Chronicle 30 September 1834.

Death: Sept. 23, at Folkestone, Mary, wife of Mr. Wm. Harrison, of the Marquis of Granby Inn, aged 58 years, after a lingering illness.


Kentish Gazette 10 February 1835.

Died Jan. 22nd, at Folkestone, Mr. Wm. Harrison, father of Mr. Wm. Harrison, landlord of the Marquis of Granby Inn, Folkestone, aged 64.


Dover Chronicle 31 January 1835.

Death: January 22nd, at the Marquis of Granby Inn, Folkestone, Mr. William Harrison senr., aged 64 years.


Kentish Chronicle 3 February 1835

Death: Jan. 22, at Folkestone, Mr. William Harrison, father of Mr. Wm. Harrison, landlord of the Marquis of Granby Inn, Folkestone, aged 48 years.

Note: Name differs from More Bastions, which lists Thomas Harrison.


Dover Telegraph 7 February 1835.

Death: Jan. 22, at Folkestone, Mr. William Harrison, father of Mr. William Harrison, landlord of the Marquis of Granby Inn, Folkestone.

Note: Name differs from More Bastions, which lists Thomas Harrison.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 February 1840.


(The following was in response to Queen Victoria's recent marriage to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. Paul Skelton.)

The bells rang merry peals during the whole day. A salute of small arms was fired at the battery at twelve o'clock, and an exhibition of fire-works in the evening evinced the loyalty of Captain Barton and the naval officers connected with the Coast Guard service. The Folkestone band paraded the streets during the whole of the evening, playing various loyal tunes. By invitation of the Mayor a party of fifty gentlemen assembled at the "Granby Inn" in the evening, to drink her Majesty's and her royal consort’s health. The conviviality of the evening was kept up until twelve, when the chairman vacated his seat, and the company shortly afterwards separated, highly pleased with the evening they had spent.


Dover Chronicle 30 March 1844.

We were highly gratified on Tuesday last at the arrival of four buses from Dover, with a party of respectable persons visiting our town for the purpose of, as we have since been informed, forming a Druids' Lodge at the Marquis of Granby.


Kentish Gazette 23 April 1844.


April 1, at Folkestone, George, son of Mr. Harrison, of the Marquis of Granby Inn, aged 24.


Dover Telegraph 20 April 1844.

Death: April 1, at Folkestone, George, son of Mr. Harrison, of the Marquis of Granby, aged 24 years.


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.

James Hall, "Old Marquis Granby," was charged on the information of police constable Collins was serving beer before the hour of 12:30 o'clock, pm, on Sunday, 2nd instant.

Police constable Collins have proved the case, the Mayor addressed the defendant, telling him that the only object of the magistrates was to keep the town in an orderly and proper manner. The magistrates or the police were not actuated by any ill feeling towards him or anyone else in his business, but they felt that the law have been disregarded, and that it was necessary now for all parties that the public houses should not now do as they had done, the Bench taking all circumstances into consideration, would mitigate the penalty to 1s. and costs.


Southeastern Gazette 28 February 1854.

Local News.

The licence granted to Charles Pritchard, of the Marquis of Granby, High Street, has been transferred to John Kennett.

Note: Date is at variance with More Bastions. No mention of Pritchard.


Southeastern Gazette 15 April 1856.

Local News.

Wednesday: Before The Mayor, W. Major, W. Bateman and S. Mackie Esqs.

Transfer of Licence.—The licence of the Marquis of Granby was transferred from Mr. Kennett to Peter Read, late of Romford.

Note: More Bastions has Kennett transferring to John Banks in 1854. No mention of Read.


Folkestone Chronicle 6 June 1857.

Wednesday June 3rd: - Before R.W. Boarer esq., Mayor, and J. Kelcey, J. Tolputt, W. Bateman esqs., and Capt. Kennicott.

The following licence was transferred: from John Banks, Marquis of Granby Inn, to George Down.

Note: This change does not appear in More Bastions.


Folkestone Chronicle 20 February 1858.

Wednesday February 17th:- Before the Mayor, G. Kennicott and W. Major esqs.

The licence of the Marquis of Granby was transferred from Mr. Down to Mr. William Pinnock.


Folkestone Chronicle 21 May 1859.

Local News.

Robert Downs, formerly landlord of the Marquis of Granby, High Street, Folkestone, but latterly keeping the Victoria, at Sandgate, committed suicide by hanging himself yesterday in an outhouse attached to his premises. Family quarrels are assigned as he cause, but we shall give the particulars of the Coroner's inquest next week.


Kentish Gazette 24 May 1859.


Robert Downes formerly landlord of the "Marquis of Granby," High Street, Folkestone, but latterly keeping the "Victoria" at Sandgate, committed suicide by hanging himself on Friday morning in an outhouse attached to the premises. Family quarrels are assigned as the cause.


Folkestone Chronicle 28 May 1859.


On Saturday last an inquest was held at the Marine Hotel before T.T. Delasaux, County Coroner, on the body of George Down, aged 56 years. The deceased kept the Victoria beershop, and for many years held the office of constable of the parish of Cheriton, and was formerly landlord of the Marquis of Granby, High Street, Folkestone. From the evidence it appeared that on the son calling his father to come to breakfast about 8 o'clock on the Friday morning, he found the door fastened on the inside, and on breaking it open found the deceased hanging, and quite dead. Altercations had taken place between the deceased and his family on the previous night and also early on the same morning. A verdict of “Temporary insanity” was returned.


Folkestone Chronicle 26 November 1859.

Wednesday November 23rd:- Before the Mayor, William Major, and James Tolputt esqs.

Michael Clark, the reputed landlord of the Marquis Of Granby Inn, High Street, appeared to answer a summons obtained against him by the Superintendent of Police, which charged him that being a licensed victualler, he had knowingly harboured and permitted common prostitutes and other disorderly persons to be, and assemble in the said house.

Defendant pleaded Not Guilty.

William Martin, Superintendent of Police, said on Monday night last in company with P.S. Newman, he visited defendant's house; in the lower room adjoining the bar a prostitute was sitting with two or three men one of whom was drunk; in the upper room two or three more were dancing, a man playing a fiddle. Had repeatedly cautioned defendant as to the manner in which he misconducted his house, but without effect, and was now compelled to summons him, from the constant complaints made by the neighbours for the manner in which the house was conducted, and the noises and disturbances arising from persons who frequented it.

P.S. Newman fully corroborated the statements made by the Superintendent, and added that he had repeatedly known men to be in the house who were associates of thieves.

The defendant generally denied the statements of the police, but the magistrates considered the case as fully proved, and the Mayor announced the decision of the bench to be a fine of 10s., and costs, with a caution as to the conducting of the house in the future, and an intimation that in the event of being again brought before them a fine of 10 would be inflicted.


Folkestone Observer 4 May 1861.

Drunk And Riotous.

Monday April 29th: Before W.F. Browell, R.W. Boarer and J. Kelcey esqs.

Elizabeth Collins, who had been out on bail, and who now appeared with a child in her arms, was charged with drunkenness and riotous conduct, on Saturday evening, outside the Marquis Of Granby public house, High Street. She pleaded in extenuation that she had met her brother on Saturday, the first time for two years, and he had given her a glass of spirits, to which she was unused, and having gone to the Marquis Of Granby for her brother, the landlord had turned her out of doors. She had never before been in trouble. Her husband also said that during the 17 years they had been married he had never known her to be drunk. Fined 1s and 6s 6d costs, or imprisonment for 7 days. The fine was paid.


Folkestone Visitors' List 24 June 1891.

Extract from Facts and Fancies.

The Granby Yard was a primitive-looking place, quite of the country hostelry style, two or three generations ago, when Mr. Harrison – the father of our noted rate collector – kept the Marquis Of Granby Inn; before the present only pawnbroking establishment of the town, which stands in the middle of High Street, was built upon it's site, and when all the “pledging” was done at Dover.

Here, not much than fifty years ago, was this quaint old public house, it's yard abutting on the hillside of our principal thoroughfare; it's stables reached by passing down the steep yard from the street; it's kitchen gardens and it's length of the Pent Stream, which ran through it at the back, by which the High Street premises were bounded; it's pig sties in the heat of the summer sun sending forth an odoriferous perfume, and it's wooden bridge crossing the stream, against which was built the tallow candle manufactory of Mr. Samuel Bayly.


Folkestone Herald 28 January 1899.

A Glimpse of Old Folkestone (Taken from The Watering Places of Great Britain).

The Marquis Of Granby, situated in the High Street, is one of those comfortable old houses that agreeably deceive you, where, from appearances, you would imagine you could scarcely get a well-dressed mutton chop, but where a haunch of venison, after the manner of art, can be served up equal to many more pretending establishments.


Folkestone Herald 9 March 1929.


I have before me a copy of some old Folkestone Corporation records, and here I read that “On September 25th, 1781, that the Common Assembly (Town Council) ordered that the town chests and records on account of the ruinous situation of the Town Hall be removed to Mr. Reynold's house (the Town clerk) until a new hall is built”.

Was this due to the “ruinous situation” of the Town hall or other causes? Was there a cold snap, or was it desired to give the proprietor of the King's Arms Hotel a good turn? Be it remembered that the King's Arms Hotel was Folkestone's principal hostelry. There was no Royal Pavilion then or other palatial hostelry of the character that now exists. What does this mean? Quoting from the records (dated February, 1782) I find “the Assembly (Town Council) was bidden by adjournment from the Guildhall to the King's Arms in Folkestone”. This latter, a small establishment that stood on the site of the present Queen's Hotel. Cannot we imagine the good Mayor looking round at his colleagues and requesting one and all collectively to partake of his hospitality. Cannot we imagine, too, how under the influence of the more pleasant surroundings and the home-brewed ale, the business of the town moved on apace? Cannot we imagine one councillor, perhaps for all his colleagues, asking “May we smoke?”? Cannot we imagine the ready answer “Certainly”? And then probably the long clay pipes with the red-waxed ends would appear with subsequent “incense” curling ceilingwards. By the way, a local solicitor (the late Mr. Till) once wrote a pantomime, the subject matter being local men and matters. One of the scenes in this was “The smoking room at the King's Arms”. And wasn't there some fun in this production?

It would appear that the meeting of the Assembly (Town Council) held at the King's Arms was a great success, for a further and like gathering was afterwards held in a public house down by the fishmarket known then, as it is now, as the Marquis of Granby. The entrance to it is Seagate Street. There was at one time here a fine specimen of a Tudor mantelpiece and fireplace. Cannot we imagine how these old Folkestonians would have quaffed “some of the best”?

Note: Not only is the location wrong, as will be corrected, but it appears he is confusing it with the Chequers, where the fireplace was.


Folkestone Herald 16 March 1929.


“I thank you very much for your last week's article, and particularly that part referring to the Assembly (Corporation) meeting at the old Kings Arms Hotel and the Marquis of Granby”. Thus Mr. F. Hedges, of the Bouverie Arms, Cheriton Road, spoke to me on the bright and beautiful morning of Monday last. It is nice to have a “Thank you” now and then, because it is my main desire to please in these small weekly efforts of mine. I do not soar towards the impossible, viz., to please everybody. I remarked this much, many years ago, to a gentleman, who was then, as he is now, associated with the Folkestone Herald. His reply was brief and to the point. It was this “You will be a darned big fool if you try. Do the right as far as you can and let the rest alone”. I have tried to follow this advice. Now, to return to Mr. Hedges and his thanks. His establishment is a place where men congregate largely, and naturally many subjects crop up for discussion. There are arguments, friendly and sometimes highly controversial. It is the latter that this particular gentleman mostly dreads.

It appears one of the company at the Bouverie Arms on Saturday night, after reading my paragraph, asked of another “Where was the Marquis of Granby situate?” That was enough. The argument as to its whereabouts went on fully for a couple of hours, and it was only when the Speaker called “Time” that the controversy ceased. Now, to be fair, I must plead guilty to providing, what after all was a friendly argument, for discussion. In my last paragraph on this subject I declared the Marquis of Granby was situate in Seagate Street. This was wrong. It should have been High Street. I can't give the exact site, but there are those living amongst us who can. It is probably difficult for the present generation to realise that this present beautiful town of Folkestone was confined to three, four, or five thoroughfares (not paved in some cases) when the late Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837. Such however was the case.

Perhaps the Cheriton Road unofficial debating Society would like to discuss the whereabouts of the Folkestone Arms. The site of it appears, as far as I can make out, to have been where now stands the commanding corner premises at the bottom of High Street at the junction formed by Harbour and South Streets. The Folkestone Arms, it would seem, was an important establishment in those days. I will prove it. Here is an extract from an old Kentish newspaper and it will be read, I feel sure, with interest by all true Folkestonians. “September 11th, 1812. Tuesday last being the Mayor's choice for the town of Folkestone, Thomas Baker Esq. was elected to the chair, who after taking the necessary oath adjourned to the Folkestone Arms Inn, accompanied by the jurats and the principal residents of the community, where a sumptuous and well-served dinner was prepared for them. After the cloth was drawn (removed), the following toasts, etc., were pronounced from the chair; “The King and God Bless Him”; “The Prince Regent” (and under his benign auspices may the Imperial Eagle be experimentally taught to fly the wing at the roaring of the British Lion); “The Queen and Royal Family”; “Alexander (and may the Gallic Cock (France) be finally brought to feel the ascending influence of the Northern constellation)”. Thus passed the fleeting hours, interspersed with convivial song and merry joke, until “Nox” was contemplating to withdraw her sombre curtain from the dusky landscape, which suggested to the company the idea of “iit domum”, and on which they unanimously rose and congratulated the Mayor (Thomas Baker) on his tenth election to the honour of the white wand”. The foregoing, although an involved and rather complicated composition, gives an insight into the life of Folkestone 117 years ago, and incidentally reminds us that our forefathers well enjoyed themselves in their own way, not only at the table, but with convivial song and merry joke.

Note: Felix again gets it wrong. The Folkestone Arms referred to was located at the top of High Street, and closed in 1846. The Folkestone Arms Tavern, at the bottom of High Street, opened in 1847.




MUMMERY Thomas 1760s-70s Bastions

BOLDEN John Listed 1775-79 Bastions

BAXTER John 1792-93+

Last pub licensee had MARKS Thomas 1793-1807 Bastions

Last pub licensee had STEBBINGS Charles 1807-24 Pigot's Directory 1823Bastions

HARRISON Thomas William 1824-Aug/46 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840BastionsSouth Eastern Gazette (age 60 in 1841Census)

Last pub licensee had HALL James (John) Aug/1846-51 Next pub licensee had (age 32 in 1851Census) South Eastern GazetteBagshaw's Directory 1847Bastions

KENNETT John 1851-54 Bastions

PRITCHARD Charles 1854

READ Peter 1856

BANKS John 1856-June/57 BastionsFolkestone Chronicle

DOWNS Robert June/1857-Feb/58 Next pub licensee had Folkestone ChronicleBastions

PINNOCK William Feb/1858-59 BastionsFolkestone Chronicle

CLARK Michael 1859-61 Bastions


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

BastionsFrom More Bastions of the Bar by Easdown and Rooney

Folkestone ChronicleFrom the Folkestone Chronicle

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette



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