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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1856

(Name from)

Martello Hotel

Latest 2004+

108 Dover Road


Martello 1978

Above photograph kindly supplied by Jan Pedersen, 1978.

Martello sign

Above sign left date unknown.

Martello sign 1989Martello sign 2000

Above sign left, 1989, sign right, 2000.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Martello Whitbread sign

Awaiting picture of Whitbread sign.

Above aluminium card issued June 1951. Sign series 3 number 23.

Martello watercolour

Above watercolour by Stuart Gresswell, once licensee of "Guildhall" and "Raglan" kindly sent by Jan Pedersen.

Former Martello 2012

Above photo kindly sent by Phil Nicholson, 29 November, 2012.


Before 1922 the address was given as 92 Dover Road.

The Martello Inn has a mention in the book "Inns of Kent"; Whitbread & Co. Ltd., 1948 saying:- "Dropping into Folkestone (from Dover) one first sees The "Martello Inn," a large early Victorian house, whose sign commemorates in a striking manner the part played by the Martello towers round the coasts of Kent and Sussex in Napoleon's day."


From the Folkestone Chronicle 18 October 1856. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


An inquest was holden at the "Martello Tavern", Dover Road, on Monday, 13th inst., before S. Easter esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of Patrick Bannan, late a lance sergeant in the 40th Foot. The jury having been sworn proceeded to view the body which was lying in a carriage shed near the upper railway station. On the jury's return the first witness examined was –

George Houghton, who being sworn, deposed he was a switchman employed on the railway, and on Sunday 9th (sic) inst., he was near the reservoir nearest Dover, on the line of railway, when he saw the body of deceased floating in the water. Witness obtained assistance and got the body out. Saw no marks of any wounds or bruises about the body: there was mud on the face, evidently from the bottom of the reservoir. The body was dressed in a soldier's red tunic, and dark trousers – it was a private soldier's dress. Had never seen the person before to his knowledge. Never knew a person drowned in the reservoir before.

Richard Hart, being sworn, deposed he was a brakesman on the S.E.R. On Sunday about 20 minutes to 5 witness was going down to the harbour on a break when he was called by the last witness, and told there was a body in the reservoir. Witness returned and assisted by a stoker got the body out. There were no marks of violence on the body, but observed mud which appeared to come from the bottom of the reservoir. There was about 10 feet of water in it.

Stephen Burbridge deposed, he was colour-sergeant in the 40th Regiment, now stationed at Shorncliffe. Had see the body of deceased and identified it as the body of Partick Hannan, a lance-sergeant in the same regiment, from the scar of a wound which deceased had received in one of the rifle pits in the Crimea. Saw deceased alive last at about 9 o'clock on the 4th instant, at the camp at Shorncliffe. Witness spoke to him; the were in the men's room of the non-commissioned officers. Deceased had a private soldier's coat on, which attracted witness' attention; he seemed quite well, and in his usual spirits, but was not quite sober. Deceased was missed about 11 o'clock the next morning, the 5th; witness however heard he had been at Dover on the Sunday morning. Knew nothing to lead him to suppose deceased had committed suicide. He was about 26 or 27 years of age, and had been about 7 or 8 years in the regiment. Deceased had left his own coat, with his medal and clasps, at the camp.

This being the whole of the evidence the jury returned an open verdict of “found drowned”, with a strong recommendation to the South Eastern Railway Company to have a sufficient fence erected round the reservoir, to prevent a recurrence of a like accident in the future.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 21 February, 1863. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


On Monday last an inquest was holden at the "Martello Tavern," before the Coroner, John Minter Esq., and a respectable jury, of which Mr. John Dunk was chosen foreman, on view the body of William Mercer, aged nine years, the son of Mr. Richard Mercer, carpenter, residing at 4, Martello Terrace.

The first witness was Richard Mercer, the father of the deceased; he deposed that deceased was his son, and was nine years of age. On Sunday, about 9 o'clock, my wife sent him to his bedroom for punishment, no dinner being sent up to him; about 5 o'clock witness sent up some bread and butter to him, which he ate; at half past 7 witness's daughter went upstairs and he shortly after heard her say “Bill, get up”; she then called out “I can't wake Bill”. Witness then went up and found deceased lying on his side on the floor; he was insensible; took him downstairs; witness's wife then knelt down beside him and said “He has been drinking”: there was a full bottle of sherry in the parlour cupboard, and witness found that about a pint of it was gone; deceased was kept before the fire until about 10 o'clock rubbing his feet; he was insensible the whole time; witness then called in Mr. Hooper, a medical man in the neighbourhood; deceased died on Monday, between 11 and 12 o'clock.

Edward Evan Hooper deposed he was a surgeon residing in Folkestone; he was called to see deceased by the last witness on Sunday night about a quarter past ten; he found deceased lying in his mother's lap insensible; the symptoms exhibited by the deceased showed a pressure on the brain; witness applied the stomach pump in consequence of being told that he had drunk a quantity of sherry wine; that which came from his stomach smelt strongly of wine. Witness used various remedies and remained with him until 12 o'clock – deceased remained insensible, but his pulse got better; saw him again on Monday morning when he appeared much the same; there appeared symptoms of congestion of the brain, and he gradually sank and died. Witness considered deceased's death to be caused by taking an excessive quantity of wine.

A verdict in accordance with the above medical evidence was returned.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 28 February, 1863.


An inquest was held last week at the “Martello Tavern,” on the body of William Mercer, nine years of age. Richard Mercer, carpenter, of Martello-terrace, the father, sent deceased to his bed-room on Sunday, for punishment. It seemed that at half-past seven the lad was found in bed, and his mother discovered that he had been drinking. A bottle of sherry had been kept in the front parlour, and that bottle had been moved, and a pint of the wine was missing. A nail was found close to the bed, with which deceased had apparently drawn the cork. Mr. Hooper, surgeon, was called in at 10 o'clock, and found deceased suffering from symptoms that indicated pressure on the brain, and applied the stomach pump, and brought off some liquid smelling very strongly of wine. The next day the boy died of congestion of the brain.

The result of the drink he had taken.

Verdict accordingly.


From the Folkestone Observer 21 February, 1863. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.


An inquest was held before J. Minter Esq., borough coroner, on Wednesday evening, at the "Martello Tavern," on the body of William Mercer, nine years of age.

Richard Mercer, carpenter, Martello Terrace, the father, sent deceased to his bedroom on Sunday, for punishment, and he was kept without his dinner, but at 5 o'clock some bread and butter were sent to him, which he ate. At half past 7 witness's daughter Elizabeth took her youngest sister to bed and witness heard her calling to her brother to get up, and then she called to witness that she could not wake him. Witness went upstairs and found the deceased lying on his side by the bed, and took him up and tried to awake him, but he was insensible, and witness took him downstairs and laid him before the fire, and his mother putting her face by the side of his discovered that he had been drinking. A bottle of sherry had been kept in the front parlour, and that bottle had been moved, and a pint of wine was missing. A nail was found close to the bed, with which deceased had apparently drawn the cork. Mr. Hooper, surgeon, was called in at 10 o'clock, and about 10 the next day the boy died.

Mr. Emanuel Evance Hooper, when called in, found deceased suffering from symptoms that indicated pressure on the brain, and being told that he had drunk a quantity of wine, he applied the stomach pump, and brought off some liquid smelling very strongly of wine. Deceased also threw up some liquid smelling of wine. He applied the usual restoratives, but soon after ten the next day he died of congestion of the brain caused by taking an excessive quantity of wine.

Verdict accordingly.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 31 August 1867. Price 1d.


On Monday last, a shocking death occurred to a young man, who was passing from the tram-road to East-cliff, by the harbour engine that was passing on the line, whereby he was instantly crushed, and killed on the spot. An inquest was held on Tuesday, at the "Martello Tavern," before J. Minter, Esq., Coroner, who after hearing evidence at some length summed up and the jury returned a verdict that deceased was accidentally killed, and that no blame was due to anyone.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald, Saturday 24 March 1917.

Alteration of Premises. Military Requirements.

At the Folkestone Police Court, yesterday, before Mr. G. I. Swoffer (in the chair) and other magistrates, Albert William Bridges, licensee of the "Martello," Dover Road, was summoned for having made an alteration in his premises without permission of the licensed authority.

Mr. R. Arrowsmith, representing defendant, said he had to admit that the alteration was made. It consisted of making a door in one of the bars, opening into the street. The military required that a separate room should be kept for women, with a door opening into the street, and sent defendant a peremptory order that if such a door was not made they would put it the house out of bounds. The owner's, Messrs. Ash and Co., at once sent an order to a local builder to do the work. The mistake arose owing to the owner presuming that the builder would get the necessary authority from the magistrates, whilst the builder presumed that it had already been obtained by the owner's. Plans of the alteration had now been submitted for approval, and he suggested that the case be adjourned till the next transfer day, when the plans might be approved.

The Chief Constable said as plans had already been submitted he would acquiesce in the course being adopted.

The adjournment was granted on condition that the door was fastened up and not used till authority was given by the magistrates.


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COBB Thomas 1865-68 Bastions

COOMBER R 1868-69 Bastions

BENNETT William 1869-72 Bastions

BARHAM George 1872-74 Bastions

SUTTON Henry 1874-79 Post Office Directory 1874Bastions

WHITE Richard 1882-1900 Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891Kelly's 1899Bastions

WHITE Alfred 1900-09 Bastions

WHITE Ada 1909-13 Bastions

TAYLOR Herbert 1913-14 Bastions

BRIDGES Albert William 1914-37 Post Office Directory 1922Kelly's 1934Bastions

CHAPMAN Ronald Lewis 1937-40 Post Office Directory 1938Bastions

WOOTTEN Percy 1940-43 Bastions

Last pub licensee had OFFEN George 1943-59 (age 52 in 1939) Bastions

OFFEN Thomas 1959-72 Bastions

WARD Brian 1972-84 Bastions

ELLENDER Albert 1984-88 Bastions

PORTER Brian 1988-89 Bastions

POLLOCK David 1989-93 Bastions

HYHAM Paul 1993-94 Bastions

DEACON Lee and SADLER David & Jacqueline 1994-97 Bastions

DEACON Lee and MUSK Barry 1997-99 Bastions

HALL Janice and TIERNEY Richard and ALKADI Shereen 1999- 2000 Bastions

WILLINGHAM Keith & Jane 2000-03 Bastions

WILLINGHAM Keith & Jane and ARCHIBALD James 2003-04+ Bastions


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

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