138 Foord Road
Folkestone Chronicle 10 October 1857. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Thursday October 8th :- Before C. Harewood esq., Judge of the County
Court, the Mayor, W. Major, J. Kelcey, G. Kennicott and W. Bateman esqs.
John Leigh, carpenter, pleaded not guilty to a charge of breaking into
the "Red Cow" public house, and stealing some wearing apparel, on the 24th
July, the property of Mr. Prebble. The prisoner pleaded guilty to
another charge of stealing a pair of trousers, the property of Mr.
Harris, tailor, High Street.
The first case was as follows: - The prisoner offered a pair of trousers
and two pairs of boot for sale at a low price; this raised suspicion. It
was afterwards discovered that the "Red Cow" had been broken into, and the
property sold by the prisoner was identified by the prosecutor. The
prisoner was also seen about 3 o'clock in the morning, by a man who was
putting out the street lamps, going in the direction of the "Red Cow".
The jury returned a verdict of Guilty. The Recorder sentenced the
prisoner to 6 months hard labour for this offence, and 3 months hard
labour for stealing the trousers. This prisoner has since turned out to
be a ticket-of-leave man.
A ticket of leave was a document of parole issued to convicts who had
shown they could now be trusted with some freedoms. Originally the
ticket was issued in Britain and later adopted by the United States,
Canada and Ireland.
The ticket system began in 1853 when prisoners transported from the
United Kingdom to Australia, and subsequently other colonies, who had
served a period of probation and shown by their good behaviour that they
could be allowed certain freedoms. Once granted a ticket of leave, a
convict was permitted to seek employment within a specified district but
could not leave the district without the permission of the government or
the district's resident magistrate. Each change of employer or district
was recorded on the ticket.
From the Folkestone Chronicle 6 February 1858. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
Wednesday June 3rd:-
Extract from Town Council Meeting.
The Mayor alluded to a committee meeting which had taken place, and read
a report (which, although irregular, had been adopted), from the
surveyor respecting the costs for the improvements at Foord. The report
recommended the laying down a 14 inch drain, pulling down and widening
the bridge, and building a wall in lieu of the present fence near the
"Red Cow". The estimated cost was £23 11s.
Alderman Kennicott here said he had seen Mr. Poulter, the owner of the
"Red Cow", who had requested that he might have an additional wall in lieu
of the fence at present standing on the south side of his house; if that
was built for him, he should have no objection to the fence being
removed, nor of giving up the land required.
Mr. Jinkings observed that it appeared to him to be very selfish on the
part of Mr. Poulter; to ask for such an addition to the offer already
made him; the proposed alteration would be of great benefit to his
property, and he for one should not vote for anything of the kind.
Mr. Gambrill asked if the surveyor could tell him the cost of the bridge
and drain irrespective of the wall.
The surveyor in answer said the wall would be about £6.
Mr. Jinkings moved that the minutes of the committee be confirmed, thus
virtually negativing the proposal of Alderman Kennicott.
The Mayor then said he had caused tenders to be put in for the labour in
taking down and rebuilding the present bridge, laying the proposed
drain, and building the proposed wall – the parties tendering, to fin
mortar and the cement required. When opened, there appeared one from Mr.
C. Foreman £26; Mr. W Green £28 2s. 6d.; Mr. T. Field £40; Mr. Henry Unwin £24 11s. After the opening of the tenders, the discussion of the
question between Mr. Poulter and the Corporation was resumed. Mr. Tite
argued that Mr. Poulter`s offer was a liberal one and ought to be
Mr. Gambrill differed with Mr. Tite, and moved that Mr. Unwin`s offer be
accepted, but that the surveyor arrange with him respecting the
difference, supposing the wall was not built. Alderman Kennicott begged
them to consider that Mr. Poulter`s offer was a liberal one – he was of
opinion it ought to be accepted. After some further desultory
conversation, Mr. Cobb seconded Mr. Gambrill's motion, which was
“In the course of the discussion it came out, that the dispute was that
Mr. Poulter, not satisfied with having a new wall to his gardens in
front of the cottages parallel with the road, also required one in front
of the "Red Cow", in lieu of the wooden fence, which the Corporation, very
properly, did not think themselves justified in allowing”.
From the Folkestone Observer 29
October, 1864. Transcribed by Jan Pedersen.
STEALING A BLANKET
Friday October 28th:- Before Captain Kennicott R.N. and James Tolputt,
Louisa Austin, the dissipated wife of a barrister, was place in the
dock charged with stealing a blanket, value 5s.
William Fordred, labourer, living near the "Black
Bull" in Foord Lane, said the prisoner was a lodger in his house.
Yesterday, between three and four o'clock in the afternoon, a policeman
brought a blanket to him – the blanket now produced, and marked W.F. –
which was his property. He did not authorise the prisoner to get the
blanket washed, or to do anything with it. She took it away without his
Jane Down, wife of Henry Down, residing at the "Black
Bull" cottage, saw prisoner yesterday afternoon, shortly after two
o'clock, turn from the road into Mr. Jinkings' meadow, and there pull up
her dress and take something from underneath it. She then left the
field, and went into witness's garden to fetch her hat, which had blown
off. Witness went up to her and told her to go out of the garden, and
then she saw that prisoner had a blanket, and said to her “You have a
blanket”. Prisoner said “No. I have a petticoat”. Witness repeated “It
is a blanket”. Prisoner put the blanket under her arm and went down the
road, away from prosecutor's house.
Cross-examined: You did not say it was a blanket, and you were going
to get it washed.
Patrick Holtum, K.C.C., yesterday afternoon, about two o'clock,
returning to his station at Swingfield Minnis, was told by several
persons that a woman in the "Red Cow" had stolen a blanket. Witness went
to the inn, and found the prisoner there, and charged her with the
theft. The prisoner had the blanket, produced, under her left arm, and
said she only brought it out to be washed. He took the prisoner to the
prosecutor's house, and he identified the same as his property.
Cross-examined: You did not say to Mrs. Prebble in my presence “How
could I steal the blanket when I asked you to get it washed?”
William Fordred re-examined: Prisoner had been exactly a month with
him. He never authorised her to get it washed, and he never sent her
with anything to get washed.
Prisoner: I told him I would get it washed, and he said “Never mind.
Keep the money in your pocket”.
Fordred: She took it without my knowledge.
Captain Kennicott: How many times has the prisoner been before the
The Clerk: I think this is the ninth time within the year. (To
prisoner) The charge against you is that you took one blanket, the
property of William Fordred, of the value of 5s.
Prisoner: I have to say that two more witnesses are to come before I
am tried. There are two witnesses to come here – Mrs. Prebble, and the
woman I asked to dry it. I have been living long enough in that man's
house to have taken his mark out if I had wanted to steal it. There are
two more witnesses to come, and I must have them. I am not going to be
branded as a thief.
Captain Kennicott: You are an incorrigible character and we can't
correct you. We will send you for trial.
Mr. Tolputt: You have been already a great expense to the town.
Prisoner: I don't mind going for trial. I am not afraid.
The Bench then committed her for trial at the Quarter Sessions.
Information received from Steve says December 2012 says the premises is
being operated as an Enterprise Tenancy to Joseph Daniels, a Dover man,
former Eurotunnel employee.
Chief Cleaner is currently Alexandra Rose.
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QUESTED James 1823+
GOODBURN Richard 1840-47+
PREBBLE William to Dec/1857
PREBBLE Mrs Charlotte Dec/1857-74
JORDAN Alfred 1891
JORDAN Mrs Mary Ann 1899-1903+
SUMMERFIELD George 1913
COLLAR William Henry 1917-22+
CORK Hy Wm 1934-38+
BENNETT Louis Snr 1997-2001
BENNETT Louis Jun 2001-2012
DANIELS Joseph & JONES Teresa 2012+
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