Earliest 1848-


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Folkestone Road (Hougham)

Plough matchbox 1974

Above matchbox, circa 1974, kindly sent by John Gladish.

Plough postcard 1975

Above taken from a postcard dated 1975.

Plough Hougham

Plough on outskirts of Hougham at harvest time, date circa 1960. Photo kindly supplied by Gary Stokes. As you can see there's been quite a lot of building work done since this photo was taken.

Plough 1976

Above photo, 1976, kindly sent by Willem Homelop.

Plough Folkestone Road
Plough Inn sign 1976

Above sign 1976, kindly sent by Willem Hemelop.

Plough Sign 2006Plough Sign 2007

Sign on left was in 2006. On right 2007. I know which ones I prefer.


Advert below from the Dover Express, 27 February 2003.

Plough Advert 2003
Plough (Hougham) 2007

Above photo by Paul Skelton (15 Sept 2007)


From an email received 25 April, 2010.

Hi, My name is Caroline I have been researching my family history for many years. My Great Great Great Grandparents, Richard Constable and Mary Ann Barton use to live at "Plough Inn," Folkestone Road according to the 1851 census although it is not named on the census it says that Richard Constable is a Publican and Farmer of 23 Acres, also with him is his wife Mary 32, daughters Sarah 10, Julia 3 sons John 8 and Thomas 5 (who is my Great Great Grandfather.)

By 1861 Richard is still living at "Plough Inn" with his 2nd wife Susannah. (Mary had died in 1855). Richard is 46 a Farmer 30 Acres, employing 1 boy, his wife Susannah is 35 and her occupation is Beer Shop so I believe she was looking after the "Plough Inn" also there is Julia 13, daughter (by his first wife), daughters (by his 2nd wife) Louisa Jane 4, Charlotte 2 and Eliza 4 months.

By 1871 they had moved to Hougham Lodge Hougham. So I assume they sold "Plough Inn" but I have no info on this.

I am sorry but I have no photos of the Plough Inn at this time.

I was very interested in your web page about the Pubs. I hope this information has helped and please if you find any pictures of the "Plough Inn" at this time I would be very interested.


Caroline Bailey (nee Constable.)


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 2 February, 1848. Price 5d.



On Tuesday afternoon an inquest was held at the "Plough Inn," Church Hougham, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., Coroner for the Eastern division of the County, upon the bodies of Thomas Chatwin, aged 34, and Richard Betts, aged 17 years, mariners, who lost their lives by the upsetting of their boats on Monday morning, close to the Lydden Spout Station.

The jury were then sworn, and Mr. Daniel Tapley being appointed foreman, they proceeded to view the bodies, and on their return the enquiry was proceeded with, and the following evidence adduced:-

John Thomas Baker, mariner: I left Dover on Monday morning, at six o'clock, I the company of the deceased, in a fishing boat. We finished between Abbot's Cliff and Shakespeare Tunnels. About eight o'clock we ceased fishing, intending to return to shore. Betts and myself were rowing, and Chatwin steered the boat. Shortly after a sea struck the boat on the starboard bow, and a succeeding one struck her on the larboard, when she filled, and sunk directly. She went down head foremost: Chatwin jumped overboard on the boat being struck, but Betts and myself were caught under her. I did not see Batts afterwards, but recognised Chatwin endeavouring to swim to the shore, I swam to his assistance, but found him quite exhausted, and was compelled to leave him to save my own life, and he shortly afterwards went down. There was no one near, and it was not till I reached Dover that I could give an alarm. The upsetting of the boat was purely accidental. The bodies were found by Preventive men, who conveyed them to the "Plough." There was a heavy sea at the time of the accident.

The above being the whole of the evidence, the Coroner then summed up; the jury having deliberated for a short time, returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 17 February, 1882. Price 1d.


John Brooks, landlord of the "Plough Inn," beer-house, Hougham, was charged with allowing skittles to be played at his premises.

The defendant pleaded "guilty" but said that at that time he was ignorant that he was doing wrong.

Superintendent Maxted said that the defendant had been cautioned twice, but from the information he received he sent a constable in private clothes to the premises, who saw eleven games played, the losers having to pay for beer.

The Bench fined the defendant £1 and costs.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 16 November, 1883. 1d.

Mr. Brooks, of the “Plough Inn,” Folkestone Road, has a pear tree in his garden now in full bloom.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 22 September 1900. Price 1d.


The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer. Esq.) held an inquest in the "Plough Inn," Hougham on Tuesday touching the death of an unknown man, aged about 40. The deceased was a tramping labourer and was about five feet nine inches in height. He was found dead at 5.50 a.m., on Monday the 17th, on the top of a brick kiln where he had apparently gone to have a sleep. When found by George T. Read, foreman at Mr. Stiffs' brickfield at Hougham, the deceased appeared to have been dead some hours.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death," adding that the deceased was suffocated by the fumes arising from the kiln on which he went to sleep.


From the Dover Express, 1 January, 1915.

War death. William Albert Golds, (Sapper), son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Golds of the "Plough," Church Hougham.


 Justices approved for plans for alterations to the "Plough" Inn, Hougham, the alterations including the provision of new conveniences and an entrance at the front to the tea rooms.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 18 September, 1925. Price 1½d.


A sitting of the Dover petty Sessions was held at the Dover Police Court on Thursday, before Lord Fitzwalter, Sir Robert McCall, Messrs. A. M. Evanson, H. J. May and P. Hinds.

John Frederick Sayer, of the “Plough Inn,” Hougham, was summoned for selling intoxicating liquor during prohibited hours; and John Green, James Reader, Thomas Hopkins, Sidney Hopkins and Frederick Perry were summoned for consuming intoxicating liquor during prohibited hours.

P.S. Fry said: I saw a light in the public bar of the “Plough” at 10.45 p.m. on September 5th and heard voices. I looked through the window and saw Perry, Hopkins, and Reader. Hawkings and Green had glasses of ale and stout, from which they were drinking. Green took the glasses and refilled them. I entered the bar and some of the beer was tasted by P.C. Clark. Sayer said, “The bar would have been cleared but for the circus man coming in.” As I left the premises, continued witness, I heard Mrs. Sayer say, “This is all your fault. I've always told you about drawing that b_____ blind.”

In reply to Mr. Mowll, witness said that the defendant Sayer did not say anything to him about Green staying the night.

Mr. Mowll: As a matter of fact, Green did stay at the house, and they did not know whether Green was entitled to treat the men as his friends. In fact, he was not.

Defendant was fined 10s.

The other four defendants were bound over for 12 months, Green being fined 5s.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 22 April, 1927. Price 1½d.


Last Thursday morning, the 14th inst, a robbery took place at the “Plough Inn,” on the Folkestone Road, Hougham, which in many ways resembled two previous burglaries that have taken place at the house. During the night of Wednesday-Thursday, an entry was effected by means of the private Bar window, the catch being reached by removing a mica covered window. A quantity of ale and stout were taken, as well as biscuits and cigarettes and tobacco. A quantity of liquor was drunk in the bar, and the empty bottles put back on the shelves. The landlord is Mr. Bowll, who was formerly Cadet Corps Instructor at Dover College. The house was entered twice before during the tenancy of two previous landlords, and almost the same sort of robbery took place, although on one occasion some coins were taken.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 4 January, 1935. Price 1½d.


Albert Edward Chapman, licensee of the "Plough Inn," Hougham, was granted a licence to sell wines off the premises. Mr. Chapman said that he turned hundreds of people away last season because he was unable to supply wines with meals.

Mr. Rutley Mowll appeared for Mr. Fermor and Mr. Chapman.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 20 September, 1935. Price 1½d.


The Magistrates approved plans for slight alterations to the exterior of the "Plough Inn," Hougham.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 28 April 1939.

The license of the "Plough" Inn, Hougham, was granted an extension till 11 p.m., on Wednesday, May 3rd for a supper and smoking concert, arranged by the Folkestone Rowing Club.


Dover Express 10th May 1946.

Town, Port & Garrison.

The engagement is announced between Alice Elizabeth Verona, only daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Chapman “The Plough”, Folkestone Road, near Dover and Capt. R. Haydn Wright RASC, elder son of Mr. & Mrs. R. Wright of Moorside House, Honbley, Huddersfield, Yorkshire.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 11 January 1952.

A Licensee for 18 years.

Death of Mr. A. E. Chapman.

His many friends in Dover will regret to learn of the death, which occurred at his residence, London House, Capel, on Thursday last week, of Mr. Albert Edward Chapman, licensee of the Plough Inn, Hougham, for nearly eighteen years, until retiring three years ago.

Mr. Chapman, who was 62, was born in the Clarendon district of Dover and served in the 2nd Life Guards during the first world war.

The funeral took place at Capel on Monday, the Rev. G. R. S. Clack, an old friend, officiating. The mourners present were:- Mrs. A. E. Chapman (widow), Captain and Mrs. Peter Anthony Hughes (son-in-law and daughter), Mr. D. V. Barnes (sister-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. E. Attack, (brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Mrs. A. Mitchell (sister-in-law), and Mrs. Philip Woods and Kitty Woods (nieces).


From the Dover Express, 1 January, 2003.


CHRIS Accolla of The Plough Beefeater at Hougham is celebrating the fact that the company has been voted number one in a reader survey carried out by national women's magazine Best.

Readers were invited to complete a consumer survey nominating Britain's best value shops, restaurants and services. Beefeater came joint top in the Best Chain for Eating Out category.


From the Dover Express, 22 March 2007. Report by Yamurai Zendera.

More jobs on the menu.

A DOVER restaurant which has undergone a £600,000 makeover has guaranteed more jobs will follow soon. The Plough Beefeater in Folkestone Road near Church Hougham was transformed when it reopened three weeks after it closed for refurbishment in January.

As part of the update, 15 new jobs, including chefs, hosts, bar staff, cleaners, reception and restaurant staff, were added to an existing workforce of 35. And as the restaurant gears up for the summer season, general manager Simon Mukhtar says the time had come to employ more staff.

Plough licensee 2007He said: "We expect increased trade during the summer as Dover is a very seasonal town. As we are a country pub we expect to grow by 20 to 30 per cent from the end of May through to September. We will certainly be looking for more seasonal staff in the bar, restaurant and kitchen."

Mr Mukhtar, general manager for the last 15 years, said a key focus of the firm was to invest heavily in new and existing employees to drive up standards and customer satisfaction.

The Plough now boasts a modem interior with "comfort seating" areas and a new £160,000 kitchen featuring a char grill.

The menu has also been given an overhaul. As well as the traditional range of steaks and burgers, there are a number of tasty lamb, chicken and fish dishes available, as well as a variety of pastas and salads.

The Premier Travel Inn Dover West hotel, part of the Beefeater group, has also reopened after a £400,000 refurbishment.



Fully refurbished in February 2007.



CONSTABLE Richard 1851-61+ (age 36 in 1851Census)

BROOKS John 1882-Nov/96 (age 50 in 1891Census) Dover Express

GOLDS William Albert Nov/1896-1914+ (age 46 in 1901Census) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1914

BOORNE John Wittington 1899+ Kelly's 1899?

PILCHER Henry John 1921-Mar/1924 Dover Express

SAYER Frederick Mar/1924-Nov/25 Dover Express (Late Chief Officer of Coastguards)

POWELL/BOWLL Hiram George Nov/1925-27 Dover Express

PILCHER Minnie to Oct/1932 Dover Express

CHAPMAN Albert Edward Oct/1932-49+ Dover Express

PARR James F 1974+ Library archives 1974 Fremlins

ACCOLLA Chris 2003+

MUKHTAR Simon 1992-2007+ (General manager)


Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1914From the Post Office Directory 1914

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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