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Earliest 1863-

Prince of Wales

Latest 1970+

Bekesbourne Hill


Prince of Wales 1908

Above photo, 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prince of Wales 1950

Above photo, 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prince of Wales 1960

Above photo 25 August 1960, kindly sent by Clive Bowley.

Prince of Wales sign 1960

Above photo 25 August 1960, kindly sent by Clive Bowley.

Prince of Wales sign 1960

Above photo 25 August 1960, kindly sent by Clive Bowley.

Prince of Wales 1962

Above photo 13 March 1962, kindly sent by Clive Bowley.

Prince of Wales sign 1963

Above photo 12 March 1963, kindly sent by Clive Bowley.

Prince of Wales 2011

Above photo 2011.

Prince of Wales dustbin 2011

Above photos kindly sent by Chris Saville on 5 October 2011, who says the following:- "Went past the old Prince of Wales, Bekesbourne a couple of days ago. It's down a path that leads to Bekesbourne Station. The building looks semi derelict and the only evidence that it was formerly the pub is the dustbin! The sign that still hung over the car park a few years ago has gone.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 September, 1863.


The magistrates granted an application made to them to permit the sale of spirits, &c., at the “Prince of Wales Inn,” near the railway station at Bekesbourne.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 16 February 1901. Price 1d.



On Thursday night the body of George Burchett, a farm labourer, living at Moat Hill, Fordwich, was found lying on the railway 1,150 yards up the line from Bekesbourne station. The man was quite dead and his body was removed to an outhouse at the “Prince of Wales Inn,” close to the station.

The East Kent Coroner (Mr. R. M. Mercer) held an inquest on the body at the “Prince of Wales Inn” on Saturday afternoon.

Emma Burchett, the widow stated that deceased was aged 49, and was a labourer at Heath Farm, St Martin's, Canterbury. She last saw him alive on Thursday evening, when he put on his cap and went out, saying, “You will have Fred here soon.” Deceased was a very sober man, and had been in his situation 13 years. He had given notice to leave his cottage because it was not put into repair. She thought this might have worried him. She had five children. She noticed a few weeks ago that the deceased rolled his eyes about.

The Coroner said there was nothing in that.

Elwin Walter George, porter at Bekesbourne station, deposed that at 8 p.m. on the 7th inst., in consequence of information received, he went up the line 1,150 yards from the station, and found the body of deceased lying on the outside of the down line. He was lying flat on his face with his head close to the rail. The head had been cut, but was not severed much. There were marks of blood on the outside rail of the down line. It looked as if deceased had laid his head on the rail and that it was struck by the guard and the body thrown on one aide. There was no public footpath near.

P.C. Wells said that the driver on the train to Canterbury reported by wire to the signalman at Bekesbourne that he noticed a bundle of rags lying on the down rail and it was in consequence of this that the witness George went up the line.

Sergt. Heard said that deceased had a daughter employed at the “Old Palace,” Bekesbourne.

The jury returned a verdict of “Suicide whilst temporarily insane.”


From Dover Express 19 August 1921.


At the Faversham County Police Court on Tuesday, before Mr. J. Burton (in the chair) and Mr. E. Jenkins (Mayor), George Henry Philpott, landlord of the "Prince of Wales." Bekesbourne, was charged with being drunk and disorderly in the High St. Boughton, on the previous night.

Prisoner, whose face was badly damaged, pleaded guilty.

Police Sergeant Brenchley stated that just before 11 p.m. he received a complaint about prisoner, who was very drunk. He advised him to go home, and he became very abusive. When witness took hold of him he became very violent, and snatched himself away from him and fell on his face. He was carrying a music case in his hand, and could not save himself.

Prisoner said he took the 'bus to Dunkirk, and that was how he got there.

Police Sergeant Hayward informed the Bench that prisoner had been a license holder for the last eight years.

The Chairman said that, being a licence holder, prisoner ought to know better. He would be fined 40s., or one month's imprisonment.

Prisoner asked for time to get the money, and was granted a week.

On being told that he could send it to the Faversham Police Station, prisoner looked very surprised, and said "Faversham! I thought it was Canterbury." (Laughter.)


More information will be added as soon as I find it.



WHALE William 1871+ (age 52 in 1871Census)

PILCHER William 1874-82+ (also carpenter age 67 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

SPILLETT Reuben 1891+ (age 41 in 1891Census)

LILLEY Charles 1899-1903+ (age 42 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

HALLIDAY James Edward 1911+ (also retired sail maker age 41 in 1911Census)

COLLINGWOOD Edmund John Next pub licensee had to Nov/1913 Post Office Directory 1913Whitstable Times

PHILPOTT George Henry Nov/1913-1921+ Whitstable TimesDover Express

MEASDAY William 1934-39+ (age 53 in 1939) Kelly's 1934

MILES Derek and Barbara late 1970s Next pub licensee had


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald



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