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Notes of 1866


From the Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Mercury, 10 March 1866.


Amongst the many improvements that have taken place in the building of modern shop fronts we consider that of Mr Flanders, nearly opposite the brewery in Lower Street, the most tasteful design yet introduced into Deal, although but a limited frontage. The space for exhibiting is nearly doubled by the recess forming the entrance. This, in contrast with the old cooperage of Mr Marsh 40 years ago, which occupied the same site, must be very striking to those who recollect it.


From the Maidstone and Kentish Journal, Monday, 28 May, 1866.


Messrs. Cobb have received instructions from the Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Ashley, to sell by auction, in the month of June, at the "Sun Hotel," Chatham.

The Valuable Freehold and Leasehold Public Houses, Beer Houses, Trade Premises, Dwelling Houses, &c., viz:-

The "Cock" Public House, in the high Street, Rochester, with shop adjoining, and cottages and garden in the rear.

The "White Lion," High Street, Chatham.

The "Wellington," on the new road, Chatham.

The "Hen and Chickens," Luton, Chatham.

The "Hook and Hatchet," Chatham.

The "Three Brothers," Slickets Hill, Chatham.

The "Prince of Wales," Hards Town, Gillingham.

The "Lord Nelson," Brompton, Chatham.

The "Plough and Chequers," Gillingham.

The "Red Lion," Snodland.

The "White Horse" and land (at Poundgate), in the Parish of Luddesdown.

The residence of the late Mr. Ashley, with spacious trade premises in the High Street, Chatham, also an improved rent on leasehold property adjoining.

The dwelling house, No. 24, Gibralta Place, Chatham.

Two houses adjoining the Luton Road, called St. Leonards Ville.

Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 6 Bethesda Place, Henry Street, Chatham.

Nos. 1 and 2, Providence Place, Henry Street, Chatham.

Nos. 8, 40, and 41, Newnham Street, Chatham.

Leasehold shop and dwelling house, adjoining the "Wellington" public house, New Road, Chatham.


The "White Swan," High Street, Blue Town, Sheerness.

The "Crooked Billet," Eastchurch.

Further notice as to time, &c., of sale, will shortly be issued.

Particulars in the meantime may be obtained of Messrs. Acworth and Son, Solicitors, Star Hill, Rochester; of Messrs. Morris, Stone, Townson, and Morris, solicitors, Moorgate Street Chambers, Moorgate Street; and of Messrs. Cobb, surveyors and land agents, 26, Lincoln's-inn-fields, London, and Rochester, Kent.


Kentish Independent 25 August 1866.

Annual licensing day.

The meeting of the County Justice's for renewing licences to sell wine and spirits in the district of Blackheath was held on Wednesday, in the offices, Croom's Hill, Greenwich, which was crowded throughout the day by a throng of jolly looking old fellows, whose rosy faces and rounded white waistcoats betokened their association with the "genus pub."

Sir Thomas Wilson was chairman of the magistrates, and as he called out the name of each licensed victualler, the owner of the name replied "Here, Sir Thomas," and passed by with a bow to receive his new licence in another room.

In a few cases, the magistrates demurred to a renewal of the licences on account of the houses having back doors, which was supposed to produce to illegal acts, or on account of the proprietors having been under the notice of the police magistrates, but in no single instance was it thought necessary to adopt the ordinary course of suspending the licence until the adjourned day.

The number of licences renewed was 364, viz, in St. Nicholas, Deptford, 25; St. Paul, Deptford, 68; Greenwich, 92; Lewisham, 43; Lee, 7; Woolwich, 84; Charlton, 10; Plumstead, 32; Eltham, 8; Mottingham, 2.

The sign of the "New Tigers Head," Lee Green, Eltham, was altered, by request of the proprietor, to the "Tiger."


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 27 August 1866.


Aug 25. Before Sir P. H, Dyke, F. M Lewin, Esq., R. O. White, Esq., W. H. Dyke, Esq., M.P., and T. H, Fleet, Esq.

Today being the annual license day for this district, the Court commenced with that business, and as there was no complaints as to the manner in which the various houses were conducted, they were all renewed.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 8 September, 1866.


The County Magistrates renewed the publicans' spirit licenses to-day. Applications were also heard for new licenses, and, as will be seen by the following list, the majority of these were granted:-

Licenses granted:- Herbert Ellis, "Dog and Bear," Harbledown;

E. W. Harris, "Hampton Ostery," Herne;

Elizabeth Holness, "Queen's Head," Herne;

William Kennett, "Railway Hotel," Herne;

J. Vinter, the "Gate," Hoath;

W. Appleton, the "Sovereign," Sturry;

George Elliott, "George and Dragon," Sturry;

Edward Kemp, the "Fountain," Sturry;

and Isaac Stupple, "Rising Sun," Whitstable.

Licenses Refused:- Frederick George, "Welsh Harp," Sturry;

W. J. Wetherby, "Royal Native," Whitstable;

John Wheeler, "Spread Eagle," Whitstable.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 8 September 1866.

Sandwich. Annual Licensing Sessions.

The Justices for the Port and Borough held their annual general meeting for the renewal and granting of hotel and public house licences within the Borough of Sandwich and the Liberties of Ramsgate, Walmer, and Sarre, on Monday last, at 10 o'clock in the morning. The Mayor (James Dorman Esq,. presided, the other magistrates being F. A. Tomlin, Esq., J. C. Drayson, Esq., and R. L. Harrison, Esq. The business of renewing the licences occupied considerably over 2 hours; there were, however, comparatively few complaints made against landlords as to the manner of conducting their houses. There were 9 applications for licences for new houses. Six at Ramsgate, two at Walmer, and one at Sandwich. Five of which were opposed.


Maidstone Telegraph 29 September 1866.


There were no less than six applications from beer sellers for spirit licenses.

The first was that of Mr C. Howe, of the "Greyhound," Scrubs lane.

Mr J. Monckton appeared for the applicant, and said that as there were several magistrates on the bench that day who were not present on a previous occasion, he would briefly detail the facts in connection with the application. In 1862, on the application of Mr Whitehead, a license was granted to the "Greyhound" which was renewed in 1863, but in the following year Mr Whitehead died. At the end of 1861 the widow of Mr Whitehead had the license renewed in the name of her husband, but he being then dead the license could not be acted upon, she was then compelled to sell under her beer license alone. The house was subsequently let to another landlord, whose application for the renewal of the license last year was refused. He then could not understand upon what grounds; he, however, had ascertained since that the magistrates had decided in consequence of various circumstances which were in their possession. He trusted, however, now that the house was tenanted by a most respectable landlord, and no complaints alleged against it, that they would be pleased to grant a renewal of the licence. Mr Monckton then read a memorial signed by the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.

Mr G. B. Mitchell applied in person for a licence to his house, the "Target," Stone-street, setting forth the accommodation his house afforded and the convenience of stabling, and supporting his application by a memorial from the inhabitants.

Mr J. Monckton applied for a licence on behalf of Mr W. Young, for the "Artillery Arms." Thornhilis. He Thought the house was situated in an increasing neighbourhood, that it had been built for a public house, and no opposition offered to the applicant. It was but just that his claims should be taken into their consideration.

Mr T. Goodwin appeared to support the application of Mr T. Bodkin, for a license to the "Ten Bells," Stone-street, and stated that Mr Bodkin had carried on the business of a beer seller for twenty years, and had applied no less than a dozen times for a license. The house afforded every accommodation for an inn, and no opposition was offered by the publicans in the district. Another fact was the peculiar night occupation of Mr Bodkin's men rendered it often necessary that they should partake of a little spirits.

Mr John Caleb Clarke applied for a license for the "Spread Eagle," beer house, Wheeler-street and Brewer-Street. Mr. T. Goodwin appeared for Mr Clarke, and Mr J. Monckton opposed the application on the part of the "Ancient Druids Inn."

Mr K. J. Farrant applied personally for a license to his house, the "Phoenix Concert Hall," Sandling-road. Mr T. Goodwin opposed the application on the part of the landlady of the "Grasshopper Inn," and on the part of the landlord of the "New Inn." The application of Mr Farrant was supported by a memorial from the inhabitants of the neighbourhood, testifying to the orderly manner in which the house was conducted.

The magistrates then retired to consult in private upon the implications, and upon their return the Mayor said that they had decided upon granting the license to the "Greyhound," Scrubs-lane, only.