Sort file:- Folkestone, September, 2022.

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Earliest 1717-

Red Lion (In the fields)

Latest 1765+

 Address unknown



There is a possibility that this house changed name to the one we know today now at 70 Cheriton High Street and called the "White Lion." If this is so it would obviously be a new building today.


Folkestone Sessions Books 1765 – 1779 & 1792 - 1811.

General Sessions 23 July 1765. Red Lyon.

Ann Gittens, of the Town of Folkestone, in the County of Kent, victualler, Neat Ladd, of the same place, victualler, and Jacob Boxer, of the same place, victualler, came before me, John Hague Esq., Mayor, and other, the Jurats of the said town, and acknowledged themselves indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the manner following (that is to say): the said Ann Gittens in ten pounds and both the aforesaid Neat Ladd and Jacob Boxer in five pounds apiece as sureties for the said Ann Gittens, to be levied on each and every of their goods and chattels, lands and tenements, to and for the only proper use and behove of our said Lord the King, his heirs and successors.

The condition of this recognisance is such that whereas the above bound Ann Gittens is by the above named Mayor and Jurats licensed and allowed to keep a common inn or victualling house wherein she now dwells commonly called or known by the sign of the Red Lyon in Folkestone aforesaid from the date hereof for one whole year next ensuing or until the next General Licensing of Victuallers of the said town and no longer, if the said Ann Gittens shall keep the due assize of bread and beer and shall not suffer any unlawful game or games, drunkenness or any other disorder in his (sic) said house, yard, garden or backside, but shall and do in all things govern the said house in accordance with the laws of this Realm, that then this recognisance shall be void, otherwise remain in full force or virtue.

The mark of Ann Gittens,

Neat Ladd,

Jacob Boxer.




FIELDS Thomas 1717+

HANCOCK William 1741+

GITTENS Anne 1765+


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