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Earliest 1776

Royal Oak

Latest 1973+



Royal Oak, Newingreen

The Royal Oak, Newingreen, date unknown.

Royal Oak circa 2009

Above photo of the closed Royal Oak, circa 2009.

Royal Oak 2016

Above Google image, August 2016.

Awaiting picture of Whitbread sign.

Above card issued March 1955. Sign series 4 number 36.

Graham Lyon Motel leaflet Graham Lyon Motel leafletGraham Lyon Motel leaflet Graham Lyon Motel leaflet

Above pictures kindly sent by Sjef van Eijk from the Netherlands and was taken from a 1950s leaflet advertising the Graham Lyon motels.

Royal Oak card 1973

Above Whitbread card, 1973 and series unknown.



Originally one of the tied houses to Mackeson, now unfortunately closed and at one time Motel and restaurant, just off Stone Street who back looks over the Folkestone racecourse. The building is now the home of Oak Creative, a web design company.

This inn known by the name and sign of The Royal Oak was built in the 2nd year of Elizabeth I, in 1560. Though much of this original structure having been altered and modified during the reign of George III, is now engulfed in the present day building.

When first built the property was a farm dwelling and drovers cottage, owned by the estate of one Thomas Finch of Canterbury, who possessed lands and properties in that city, and the parishes of Stanford, Lympne, Hythe and Waltham. He possessed of this property as part of his estate with a farmer in occupation until his death in 1587, whereupon by the terms of his will, his estate passed to his son William, who possessed of the estate until his death in 1618, where after the property and his estate passed to his son Thomas. He, in the year 1627 disposed of certain parts of his fathers estate, including this property to one Richard Flynn of Hythe.

In the year 1630, there resided here, bound to the estate of Flynn, one Jeremiah Swyffte, shepherd and drover of Stanford, who resided here with his wife Eliza and six children between 1630 and 1647. Following this period there lived here one Edgar Datchett, farmer and grazier with his wife Mary and Four sons until 1653. In 1672, there resided here one Thomas Wyffen, farmer and drover and his family. By this date Richard Flynn, had died and the property with the residue of his estate had passed to his children Robert and Elinor, in whose descendents it continued down until at length it came into the possession by marriage of Geoffrey Symons esq. of Hythe, in 1708.

In 1715, Geoffrey Symons sold off part of the estate, including this house and its land, which then totalled 12 acres, to one Philip Marsh of Stanford. In that same year Marsh disposed of eight acres of land belonging to the house to Reuben Black, yeoman of Stanford, and in 1721, he sold the house and its land with two cottages at Newingreen and three at Hythe to one Amos Farley, yeoman of Hythe. He in 1730 transferred the deeds to his property and others to one Michael Dormans, a nephew by his sisters marriage, who possessed it until his death in 1761, where after it passed to his son, also Michael. He in 1775 sold this house to one Caleb Buss, a farmer and brewer of Hythe.

In 1776, Buss was granted a licence to sell ales and ciders from the premises on certain days and between certain hours. The ale that buss sold was probably his own home brewed beverage. The house at this date remained an untitled beer house with Buss registered as its keeper, or beer seller or tapster. He died in 1789, whereupon his wife Anne was granted the licence. She ran the house until her death in 1797, whereupon her son Thomas took over the house, and upon doing so, applied for a wine licence which he was granted in August of that year. He then registered the house under the title of the “Royal Oak” the origin of which dates back to the reign of Charles II, and the restoration of the crown, and his escape from the parliamentarians by hiding in an Oak Tree.

Thomas Buss died in 1823, whereupon the executors of his will sold the inn to the Hythe Brewery. In that same year William Rigden took over the licence of the Inn. He stayed until 1838 when one Thomas Barley took over, who upon his death in 1845, was succeeded by his wife Martha, who remained here until her death in 1866, when in that year one John Casey took over the house. In 1873, one Thomas Divers came here to keep the Inn. During the whole of the period he was here, until his death in 1902, he carried on his original trade of a coal merchant as well as running the inn. Upon his death his wife Jane took over the house, she left in 1908 and was replaced by William Tunbridge, and in 1918 by Edward John Carrington Russell, and in 1922, by Ernest H. Cox, hereby Herbert E. Tree in 1929 and in 1936 one Edward Robert Auckland held the licence and continued to do so for the duration of the war years.


Kentish Gazette, 30 April 1844.


TO BE LET, with Immediate Possession, THE "ROYAL OAK inn," Newing Green, near HYTHE with capital Stabling and Coach-house, and 4 1/2 Acres of very productive PASTURE LAND.

The House is in an excellent situation for business, on the road between Ashford and Hythe, only two miles from Hythe, and a quarter of a mile from the Westenhanger and Hythe Station of the South Eastern Railway. Omnibuses call at the house every train to convey passengers to and from the Railway Station.

Apply to Mr. Fred. Neame, Hothe Court, Blean, near Canterbury.

29th April, 1844.


From the Kentish Gazette, 28 March 1848.


March 24, in his 28th year, Mr. George Morley, landlord of the "Royal Oak Inn," at Newingreen, Sandford, near Hythe.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 8 March 1859.


A few nights since, as Mr. Richards, late of the "Drum Inn," Stanford, Mr. Roalfe, miller, Stanford, and Mr. Dyason, of the "Royal Oak Inn," Newingreen, were proceeding home in a fly from a concert at Sandgate, the fly came in violent collisions with the corner of the barracks, at the west end. Both of the hind wheels were broken from the vehicle, which was also otherwise damaged. The occupants were very much shaken by the fall, and one was with great difficulty extricated from his uncomfortable position, but fortunately no serious consequences ensued.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 12 July 1884.


On Thursday James Smith, a labouring man, was arrested at Petham by Police-constable Bevan on a charge of stealing a German silver watch and imitation gold chain, the property of George Velvick. It appeared that the watch and chain were stolen from the harness room at the "Royal Oak Inn" Newingreen. Prisoner had been handed over to Superintendent Maxted, and will be dealt with by the magistrates of the Elham Division.


From the Kenilworth Weekly News 5 August 1955, kindly sent by Robin D Leach.


How the American motel fits admirably into an English setting is seen at the Kenilworth Auto Villas, opened a few years ago, comments the Road Campaign Council, a national organisation dedicated to the improvement of road and attendant facilities.

Of the Motel, better known I locally as Rouncil Towers, the Council adds: "Here, at the heart of England, the up-to-date motel chalets stand in the grounds of a large Victorian mansion which contains a modem restaurant, cocktail bar, lounge and television viewing room. All the facilities of the house are included in the fixed nightly accommodation charge."

The Council continues: "There is no doubt that motels are here to stay and have a great future in serving the dollar-earning tourist industry of this country. At present there are about half a dozen operating in the South of England, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Scotland. Many others are planned.


"For the touring motorist and business man alike, the motel offers very real advantages over the ordinary hotel. You can arrive or leave at any hour of the day or night, and snacks or full meals are available all round the clock. You sleep in a comfortable chalet with up-to-date amenities, parking your car in an adjoining lock-up garage to which there is direct access from the bedroom.

"The motel idea began in a humble way in America in the early nineteen-thirties. The first were no more than wooden shacks, styled  'tourist cabins.' which were attached to wayside filling stations. They provided a minimum of comfort with a bed, chair and portable oil or spirit stove for coking food.

"American motels have developed a long way since those days. They vary a good deal in size, but the service for motorists is generally excellent. Many are of the luxury type with dance halls, swimming pools and sometimes private bathing beaches attached.


"But practically all the motels of the States are situated on the great trunk road to serve the needs of long-distance travellers. Indeed, the motel and motor road are complementary to each other and have both grown up together in America.

"Graham Lyon, a British hotel-keeper who is a leading pioneer of motels in this country, sees no limit to their development here if we can get new roads built to put them on. But at present it's not easy to find suitable sites.

"Just after the war, so many American visitors remarked on the lack of Motels in England that Lyon felt something should be done about it. Determined to learn all he could about the subject at first hand he made a long tour through the United States, motoring some 15,000 miles and visiting about 2,000 motels of all sorts.

"As a result of that trip, Graham Lyon look over a village inn on the London-Folkestone road at Newingreen, within a few miles of the Channel ports. Here he designed a motel incorporating the best American features, yet with a distinctly English atmosphere. The old coaching inn was modernised within to provide first-class catering facilities.




BUSS Thomas 1776-1823

RIGDEN William 1823-38

BARLEY Thomas 1838-45

BARLEY Martha 1845-66

MORLEY Martha 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

MORLEY George to Mar/1848 dec'd

DYASON John 1858-59+

CASEY John 1866-73

DIVERS Thomas 1873-1902+ Kelly's 1899 (also coal-merchant)

DIVERS Jane Mrs 1902-08 Kelly's 1903

TUNBRIDGE William 1908-18

RUSSELL Edward John Currington 1911-22 (age 48 in 1911Census)

COX Edward 1922-29

TREE Herbert E 1929-34

AUCKLAND Robert Edward 1934-45+ Kelly's 1934

Last pub licensee had LYON George Ernest Graham Next pub licensee had 1955-57


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934



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