Above photos taken by Paul Skelton, 26 July 2009.
Above photos and sign left taken by Paul Skelton 2007.
Sign right October 1991 with thanks from Brian Curtis
Above photo kindly sent and taken by John Fagg in the 1980s.
Red Lion at Wingham, 1960, from WHLS Collection.
Red Lion date unknown.
Outside the Red Lion, circa 1860.
Above photograph circa 1960, kindly supplied by Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate
During the 17th century an The Civil War, the Palmers and the Oxendens,
two great families of Wingham were deciding whether to follow the King or
Parliament in the Civil War. However, John Boys of Trapham, a member of
Parliamentary Committee which governed the district under the rule of
Cromwell, sat at the Red Lion, where they held their meetings, to the
embarrassment of Thomas Palmer, an avowed Royalist, who lived opposite. It
was the Oxenden family who managed to keep the temperature down and the
community alive and the village remained neutral.
Right up until 1886 the Petty Constables responsible for public order,
served writs and escorted offenders to Petty Sessions held at the Red Lion.
The houses between the Old Canonry and the Red Lion are the only visible
remains of the houses occupied by the canons. They were erected in the 14th
Century or 15th Century as residences for the canons. Hence, in the 19th
Century they were called Canon Row.
Kelly's Directory 1899 referred to the "Red Lion" as a family &
commercial hotel & posting house, with billiards.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 3 May, 1878
WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS
These monthly sessions were held at the “Red Lion Inn,” Wingham on
Thursday last, before J. Henderson, Esq., (in the chair), W. H. James,
Esq., M.P., C. J. Plumptre, Esq., G. E. Toomer, Esq., J. J. Harvey,
Esq., F. Phillips, Esq., and Major Dyson.
Mr. George Regis, of Denton, was summoned for allowing a nuisance to
exist at the rear of two cottages owned by him, so as to be injurious to
the public health.
The prosecutor was instituted by the district sanitary authorities, for
whom Mr. Carder, solicitor, of Dover, appeared.
Evidence was adduced, showing that there was a pit containing
objectionable matter in close proximity to the property in question, and
an order to remove the nuisance was made.
THE EFFECTS OF DRINK
George Coombs and James Sutton were charged with assaulting and robbing
David Claringbould and Thomas browning on the highway leading from
Wingham to Ash. The prosecutors had been drinking in a public-house in
Wingham, and on leaving took a bottle of beer away with them. They
rested on the homeward journey when the two defendants rushed from a
hedge upon them, knocking them about, and took possession of the bottle
of beer. The Bench, dismissed the charge of felony, but for the assault,
which was a bad one, ordered each of the men to undergo two months hard
labour in St. Augustine’s Gaol.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 19 September, 1884. Price 1d.
The annual licensing sessions were taken in the Town Hall, on Thursday.
There was a serious complaint against Mr. Orgar of the “Red Lion,”
Wingham, which was adjourned from the Sessions, held at Wingham, on the
14th September, for further consideration. It appears from the evidence
that there was some singing upstairs about 8 o’clock on Sunday evening.
Mr. Mercer of Canterbury appeared on behalf of Mr. Orgar, and said that
he was sorry for what had happened. Mr. Mercer stated that he had a
witness to prove that there was no disturbance, but the singing was from
hymn books, which he had asked for an hour before the policeman came in.
Mr. mercer proved very plainly that there was no disturbance, only the
singing upstairs which he said should not occur again.
The Magistrates renewed the license.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 21 August, 1891. Price 1d.
LICENSED VICTUALLERS’ OUTING
The Dover Licenses Victuallers’ and their friends had their annual drive
in the country on Monday. Leaving the Market Place, Dover, in a number
of carriages which were added to on the way, they drove through Eastry
and Ash to the “Lion Inn,” Wingham, where an excellent spread was put on
the tables by Mrs. Hobbs. Mr. Alderman Birch, of Dover, occupied the
chair, supported by Mr. Wiggins, Mr. Elms, and Mr. Arnold.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22
February, 1895. Price 1d.
Permission was granted to the landlady of the "Lion," Wingham, to
keep open after eleven on the occasion of the annual Volunteer Smoking
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 8
J. W. Clarke of the "Red Lion," Wingham, was granted an occasional
licence to sell at Waterlock Farm, Stourmouth, from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
on November 8th, on the occasion of a farm sale.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 19
An application was made by J. W. Clark, of the "Red Lion," Wingham,
for permission to sell at a farm sale at Great Mongeham on January24th.
Mr. Edward Chitty objected, as there were several public houses
adjoining. It was pointed out that the proposal was to supply a lunch in
arrangement with the auctioneers, and the application was granted.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 17 January, 1913. Price 1d.
Extensions of one hour were granted to Mr. Clark, of the “Red Lion,”
Wingham, on Friday, January 31st; and to Mr. Cullen, of the “Charity,” Woodnesborough, on the 21st inst., on the occasion of Conservative
Association smoking concerts.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7
November, 1913. Price 1d.
The licence of the "Red Lion," Wingham was granted an extension from
10 to 11 p.m. on November 14th, for the annual smoking concert of the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 9
May, 1914. Price 1d.
The licensee of the "Red Lion," Wingham, was granted an occasional
licence to sell refreshments at a stock sale at Reed Farm, Kingston,
from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on May 14th.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18
December, 1914. Price 1d.
An application was granted to the licensee of the "Red Lion," Wingham,
for one hour's extension for a dinner of the special constables of the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 2
November, 1923. Price 1˝d.
An occasional licence was granted to Mr. Burton, of the "Red Lion,"
Wingham, at the sale by auction of the Wingham Colliery plant on November
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 May, 1924. Price 1˝d.
Plans of alterations to the "Lion," Wingham, were approved. The licensee
could not be present as he is seriously ill suffering from blood poisoning.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 3
October, 1924. Price 1˝d.
The "Red Lion," Wingham, was granted an occasional licence for a
ploughing match at Wingham on November 6th.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18
August, 1933. Price 1˝d.
FIRE BRIGADE DINNER
The licence of the "Red Lion," Wingham, was granted an extension until
10.30 p.m. on December 30th, the occasion of the Fire Brigade Dinner.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 11 October, 1935. Price 1˝d.
The licensee of the "Red Lion," Wingham was granted an extension from
10 to 11 p.m. on November 13th for a British Legion dinner and concert.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7
An extension was granted at the "Red Lion," Wingham, from 3 p.m. to
5 p.m. on August 8th, for a wedding reception.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 15
An extension was granted at the "Red Lion," Wingham, to 11 p.m. on
January 20th for the annual dinner and concert of the Deal and District
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 12
The licensee of the "Red Lion," Wingham, was granted an extension on
March 18th for an East Kent Cricketers' dinner.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 7 January 1938.
An extension was granted to the "Red Lion," Wingham till 10.30 p.m.
on 12th January, for a dinner and concert organised by Tapley's Motor
From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 13 January 1939.
The license of the "Red Lion," Wingham, was granted an extension
until 11 p.m., on January 20th, for a social dance organised by the St.
John Ambulance A.R.P.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 29 September 1939.
The "Red Lion," Wingham, was granted an occasional license for stock
sales at Wingham Court, on 4th October.
From the Dover Express, 25 April, 1980.
THE, Dover contingent of the Ancient Order of Druids, a friendly
society with two lodges in the town in the 1920s - Lodge, 491, which met
at the Prince of Orange," New Street, and Lodge 38, which held meetings
at the Oddfellows headquarters in Pencester Road - pictured in the yard
of the Red Lion at Wingham.
They met in Wingham in the early 1920s when a bid was made by Frank
Aubrey Dunford, - pictured fifth from right in the second row, to set up
a village branch.
Mr Dunford, who lived, at Waterlock Nursery, Wingham, was the father
of Mr Bob Dunford, of Crabble Hill, whose wife, Sylvia, brought the
picture to the Dover Express office.
"I wonder how many of those in the picture are I still alive," says
From the Dover Express, Friday, 1 January, 1971.
NEW LANDLORD IS NO STRANGER TO KENT
When the wind whistles in from the North sea at Richborough you realise
that there's precious little between you and Siberia.
But this does not deter Mr. Jim Betts (above) and his wife Ivy who have
just moved in to the "Red Lion" public house.
This has the distinction of being the only pub under the sign of the
Wingham and Sandwich magistrates on the left bank of the river Stour.
It seems a long way from home for Worcestershire born Jim who has worked
for over 30 years with oil companies starting with the old Russian Oil
Products company a tax that often had turn chased off garage forecourts in
pre war days.
But it's not so strange when you know that his wife was born Ivy Shilling
in primrose Road, Dover and that Jim spent his war years serving in
minesweepers based on Dover.
POWELL James 1740+
WHITE Thomas 1839+
WHITE Harriett 1840-58+
ANDREWS George 1874+
ANDREWS Elizabeth Mrs 1882+
ORGER Mr 1884-85+
MOBBS Mrs Jane 1899+
MOBBS Ethel M (Late administratrix) to May/1906
CLARK Joseph W May/1906-14+
BUNTON/BURTON Owen to Aug/1925
OVENDEN Stanley John Aug/1925-Sept/31
ALEXANDER Albert Percy Sept/1931-34+
BETTS Jim 1971+
AMIES Beatrice G 1974+
Gardner & Co
EVANS John Apr/2003+
Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Dover Express