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Earliest 1841-

(Name from)

Royal George

Latest 1974+

(Name to)

Sandwich Road

Waldershare (Minacre)


Royal George

Above photo, date unknown. Kindly submitted by Colin Varrall of the Elvington and Eythorne Heritage Centre.

Royal George

Royal George circa 1961. Kindly supplied by Philip French, grandson of Ernie and Joice French, licensees 1961-66.


Originally called the "Guildford Arms" as far back as 1800. I do not yet know when it change to the "Royal George" but changed it's name not before 1974 to The "High and Dry".

King George IV died on 26 June 1830, so the name may have changed shortly after.

Another pub that used to have a skittle alley in the garden.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 23 April, 1965.

Royal George Skittle Datrs 1965

Jim Howells, captain of the Royal George team being presented with the Skittles Association Darts League Cup by Mr. Len Latcham on Saturday. Ernie French, the licensee is peering over Len Latcham's shoulder to the right of the photo.

Royal George skittle alley circa 1961

Above photograph shows the skittle alley in the 1960s. Kindly sent by Philip French.

Ernie and Joice French

Ernie and Joice French behind the bar circa 1961. Kindly sent by Philip French.

Joice and customer circa 1961

Joice and customer (unknown) behind the bar circa 1961. Kindly supplied by Philip French.

Joice French and twins circa 1961

Joice and twins behind bar, circa 1961. Kindly supplied by Philip French.

Royal George sign

The removal of the porch in June 2010 now shows the sign over the door from between 1961-66.

From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 16 July, 1869. Price 1d.


 An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon at Whitfield before the County Coroner, T. T. Delasaux, Esq., on the body of Edward Clover, a labourer, aged 32 years, who committed suicide  by shooting himself.

Mary Clover, wife of Joseph Clover, deposed: The deceased was my son. Yesterday morning, about half-past eight, I went into the shop and there found the deceased lying in a pool of blood on the floor, and a gun which belonged to the deceased was in the room. The last time I saw him alive was about a quarter to nine on Thursday evening. I have fancied him to have been a little strange in his behaviour. The gun was always kept in the room in which he lived, and was there on Thursday evening. It has been shot off, but I do not know that it has been loaded with anything else beyond powder. He has also been low spirited since the death of his uncle, who poisoned himself a few weeks ago, and upon whom I heard an inquest was holden at the "Royal George."

This was all the evidence, and the Jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased had shot himself whilst in  a state of temporary insanity.


From the Whitstable Times, 30 June, 1900.


The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer, Esq.) held an inquest at the "Royal George, Northbourne, on Tuesday, respecting the death of Alfred William Holbrook.

Frederick Libby, of 20, Union Row, Dover, stated that he was driving a brake on the previous Sunday. He left the "Fountain Hotel," Market Square, Dover, at 2 30 p.m.. with seventeen persons. They drove to Eythorne, a distance of about seven miles, when they stopped at the "Bell" at Lydden for refreshments. They then went on to the "Crown" at Eythorne where they stopped again. Then they went to Dover without further stoppage.

At about five o’clock he was driving past the "Royal George," Northbourne. Deceased was riding a bicycle. He had followed them on the bicycle from Dover, and in passing on the near side his shoulder touched the near side cob on the nose. Witness pulled over to the offside. Deceased seemed to go straight for three or four yards—then he took his right hand off the handle bar to waive it and the bicycle turned right over. Deceased fell against the horse and he went under both near side wheels before witness could do anything. He pulled up in sixty yards which was owing to the horses becoming frightened and becoming unmanageable.

Several passengers on the brake also gave evidence.

According to the evidence of Dr. James Gordan, of Eythorne, who was called to see the deceased, death was due to the brake passing over the deceased's chest.

The Coroner summed up and the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death and added the following rider:- We would further add that the time has arrived for protesting against the driving of brakes on Sundays and the general disturbance of the peace of our roads and villages.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 August, 1914. Price 1d.


At the Wingham Petty Sessions yesterday, before Mr. Plumptre (in the chair), and Messrs. W. O. Chandler and H. E. R. Rye. Celia Berry was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Waldershare the previous day, August 5th.

Police Sergeant Ford, K.C.C. said: About 7.45 last night I was on duty on the high road near the “Royal George,” with P.C. Hawkins, when I saw the defendant coming along in a cart with her husband. She got out of the cart and came to us and commenced shouting and swearing, and said, “Have you freezed the tap on me?” I said I had because I considered she had had enough, and advised her to go away. I tried to get her away, as I was very busy with P.C. Hawkins, to whom I was giving special instructions. She then started swearing, and said “I _____ pay 2 licence to keep such as you.” I advised her to go away, but she would not, and she persisted in shouting, I took her across the road to her trap, but she refused to get in it. She threw herself on the ground and tried to bite me on the leg. She was very violent, and I was compelled to arrest her. I had previously warned defendant at Whitfield.

P.C. Hawkins gave corroborative evidence.

Superintendent Stone said when the defendant was brought to the Police Station she asked to see a doctor, and Dr. Anderson came at 9.20, and he certified that she was not sober.

Defendant was fined 10s. to go towards the costs.


Dover Express 19th June 1942.

Waldershare Funeral of Mr. W. E. Lincoln.

The funeral took place on June 13th of Mr. William Edward Lincoln of the “Royal George”, Waldershare, who died on June 10th, aged 81 years. Deceased was born at Church Hougham where he eventually became the licensee of the “Horseshoes Inn. After 15 years at the “Horseshoes”, he took over the “Royal George” where he has been for 37 years. The Rev. H. Saumerez Smith officiated and the mourners present were:- Mrs. Lincoln (Widow), Mr. & Mrs W. Lincoln, Mr. & Mrs. P. Lincoln, Mr. & Mrs. C. Lincoln (sons and daughters-in-law), Mr. & Mrs. H. Hobbs (son-in-law & daughter), Mrs. D. Laker (daughter), Mr. & Mrs. H. Brisley, Mr. & Mrs. A. R. Hambrook (sons-in-law and daughters), Mr. A. Grainger (son-in-law), Mrs. R. Waterhouse (granddaughter), Mr. Cyril Lincoln (grandson). The funeral arrangements were by Mr. F. R. Gosby.


Dover Express 3rd September 1943.


Plans for alterations at the “Royal George”, Waldershaare, were approved.


Dover Express 17th May 1946.

Wingham Petty Sessions.

The Wingham Petty Sessions were held at Dover on Thursday before Viscount Hawarden, Messrs T. G. Elphinston, F. P. King and F. Turner and Mrs. Crookenden.

A Family Quarrel.

John Howard Gerry of Wandsworth was summoned for assaulting Herbert Walker at the “Royal George” public house, Waldershare on 21st April.

Mr. J. H. Mowll appeared for defendant who pleaded not guilty. Mr. P. A. G. Aldington appeared for complainant.

Herbert Walker, a miner, living at Woodbank Cottages, Shepherdswell, said that he was in the “Royal George” speaking to a Mr. Epps when defendant entered and struck witness in the neck. He lost three shifts as the result of the blow.

In reply to Mr. Mowll, witness said that he was defendant’s stepson. The blow was not the result of what he said about someone and he did not stick out his jaw to defendant and say “Hit me”.

Frederick William Epps, a gardener, of Providence Cottage, Whitfield, said that he was talking to Walker when a man who looked like defendant said something about “not being in the Navy now” and hit Walker. It was done so quickly that he did not see the man who struck the blow very clearly.

Edward William Alfred Marsh, licensee of the “Royal George”, Waldershare, said he saw defendant strike Walker. It happened very quickly.

Mr. Mowll said that it was a family quarrel which had been going on over a number of years Walker provoked the assault by a sarcastic remark to a man who was a lodger at Walker’s house.

Defendant, giving evidence, said that he had been in the “Royal George” for about half an hour with his wife and a Mr. Russell. When Russell got up to go outside, Walker made a nasty remark. Witness went into the bar parlour and said to Walker “I’m in company now and don’t want any more of your nonsense. I’m out of the Navy so watch your step”. Walker put out his chin and witness gave him a back-hander.

Cross examined he said he was younger and bigger than his stepson.

Bound over for twelve months.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 21 January, 1949.



TO: The Clerk to the Justices of the said division.

The Superintendent of Police of the said Division.

The Clerk to the Rating Authority.

And to all whom it may concern.

I EDWARD WILLIAM ALFRED MARSH now residing at the "Royal George," Waldershare in the County of Kent Licensed Victualler DO HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that it is my intention to apply at the General Annual Licensing Meeting for the said Division to be holden at Canterbury at the hour of 10.30 a.m. in the forenoon on the 10th day of February next for the grant to me of a justices’ licence authorising me to apply for and hold an excise licence to sell by retail the following intoxicating liquor namely wines for consumption on the premises situate at Waldershare aforesaid and known by the sign of the "Royal George" of which premises Flint and Co. Limited of Maidstone in the County of Kent is the owner and of which Company I rent them.

Given under my hand this Twelfth day of January 1949.



From the Dover Express 15 January, 1971

West Street Hunt 1971

Despite cold and fog there was a large turn out for the West Street Hunt at the "Royal George," Waldershare on Saturday. Leading the hounds in our picture after the traditional stirrup cup is Mr. John Barton. There is another meet tomorrow (Saturday) from the "Plough Inn," Church Hougham. The East Kent Hunt also meet tomorrow (Saturday) at the "Black Bull" Newchurch.



The Dover Express inaccurately addressed this as in Minster in a licensee list of 1942.



KEMBER Stephen 1841+ (also farmer age 40 in 1871Census)

KEMBER John 1871+

CHAPMAN Ellen Mrs to Nov/1903 Whitstable Times

Last pub licensee had WRAIGHT William Nov/1903+ Whitstable Times

Last pub licensee had LINCOLN William Edward 1905-10/June/1942 (dec'd age 81) Dover Express

LINCOLN Annie Sophie Sept/1942-May/43 Dover Express

MARSH Edward William Alfred May/1943-49+

Last pub licensee had PEPPER George Sen 1950s

FRENCH Ernest J J 1961-66 Next pub licensee had

WELLS Robert H 1974+ Library archives 1974


Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974


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