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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1506

Swan Commercial Inn

Open 2019+

59 (131) (33) High Street

Hythe

01303 267236

http://www.swanhotelhythe.com/

Swan Commercial Hotel

Above photo, circa 1904 showing George Elliott in the doorway, kindly sent by Basil Elliott.

Swan Commercial Hotel

Above photo, circa 1904 kindly sent by Basil Elliott.

Swan Inn 1983

Above photo taken 31 August 1983, kindly sent by Chris Excell.

Swan Hotel sign 1991

Swan Hotel sign March 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com

Swan Hotel 2013

Above photo, April 2013, by Trevor Hayman.

Swan Hotel 2017

Above photo, circa 2017.

Swan Hotel 2018

Above photo 2018.

 

Full name for this is the "Swan Commercial Inn, Family Hotel and Posting House."

The "Swan Hotel" was first mentioned in 1506, and was a popular coaching inn for many years. A milestone set into the wall of the inn informed coach travellers that it was 12 miles to Ashford and 71 miles to London from Hythe. At least, it was then, long before the M20 was built. The well-to-do may have steered clear of the "Swan" in the mid-nineteenth century, when the Inland Revenue Officer was accommodated at the inn. Pigot's Directory of 1832 says this was also the Excise Office.

The Census of 1891 stated that the stables were unoccupied.

By 2013 part of the building was operating as a Nepalese restaurant, the rest still being a hotel.

 

From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 14 September to Saturday, 17 September, 1768. Price 2d.

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION

On Thursday the 29th of Inst, about two o'Clock, at the “Swan” at Hythe.

Seven Acres of Pasture Land in the Parish of Salt Wood, about 2 Miles distant from Hythe; now in the Occupation of Mr. Knight Kennett.

 

From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 16 October, to Saturday, 22 October, 1768. Price 2d.

LOST

On Wednesday last the 19th Instant.

Between Folkestone and Brabourn.

A Snuff-coloured Coat, Two Waistcoats, Two Shirts, and a pair of Flannel Drawers, the whole tied up in a Sack, with the above Things therein contained, and will bring the same to Thomas Marsh, Patten-maker, at Sandwich, Edward Marsh at the “Rose and Crown,” Harbledown, or to the “Swan” at Hythe, shall receive Half a Guinea Reward.

 

From the Kentish Gazette, Friday 12 June, 1792.

Tuesday was married in the parish church of the versham, Mr. Howard, of the "Swan Inn," Hythe to Miss S. Sparks, gardener of Faversham.

 

From the Kentish Gazette, Friday 7 April, 1809.

TWENTY POUNDS REWARD.

Whereas, in the Night of the 25th January last a Stable, belonging to Mrs. Sarah Howard, at the "Swan Inn," in Hythe, in the County of Kent, was feloniously broken open, and a Horse, lately distained from William Beck, by George Clark, Officer of Excise, of Hythe, aforesaid, stolen therefrom:-

I hereby offer a Reward of Twenty Pounds for the discovery and apprehension of the person who stole the said Horse, to be paid by me on conviction.

Dover, Kent, 11th March 1809.

Isaac Broadhurst, Collector of Excise.

 

From an account dated 1814, kindly sent by Basil Elliott.

THE "Swan” Inn. (1814.)

Hythe, Sunday, 26th June, 1814.

THE expected arrival of the Royal Visitors of Old England, caused an assemblage of the most animated description, at Hythe, on Sunday. The houses were profusely decorated with oak boughs and laurels, and in several parts of the town, banners, flags, &c. were displayed. The “Swan” inn was particularly distinguished for its appearance in this respect, and exhibited a very large flag, made purposely of white, with a blue cross—also a motto, alluding to the present joyous occasion, environed by a wreath of oak, with flags, &c. Thirty pairs of post-horses were provided by Mr. Knott, who had also placed under his direction several sets of the Artillery Horses; and the promptitude with which the several carriages were forwarded from the Inn, excited admiration, from the excellent arrangement it developed. His Majesty, the King of Prussia, accompanied by his sons, in one of the royal carriages, arrived about half-past four, was loudly greeted, and proceeded in a few minutes without alighting.

The Emperor of Russia, accompanied by the Duchess of Oldenburgh, did not arrive till past eight. The town’s people had made preparations for drawing his Majesty through the town, but the rapidity with which he travelled rendered their attempt fruitless. On arriving at the “Swan” Inn, the Emperor and the Duchess alighted from their travelling carriage, and were received by Richard Shipdem Esq., Mayor, and a number of ladies and gentlemen of the town and neighbourhood. They remained about an hour, during which time they took refreshments of tea, coffee, &c. Mrs. Nicolay did the honours of the tables, assisted by the fair and accomplished daughter of William Deedes, Esq. His Majesty and the Duchess shook hands, conversed familiarly with many persons, and left the town about a quarter-past nine, followed by the greetings of the people, to whom their free and affable deportment endeared them.

The King of Prussia reached the "York Hotel," Dover, at about six Sunday evening.

The Emperor of Russia about 11 o’clock.

 

From the Kentish Gazette 3 November 1846.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN.

That the Courts baron of the Guardians of Sir Courtenay Honywood (a minor), Baronet, Lord of the several Manors hereinafter named, will be holden on the days and places following, at the hour of 12 o'clock at noon:-

Bodsham, Clavertion and Elmsted:- On Monday, the 9th of November, at the "George Inn," Stone Street.

Ashenfield and Waltham:- On Wednesday, the 11th of November next, at the "Lord Nelson Inn," Waltham.

Blackhouse, Caseborne, Enbrook and Street:- On Thursday, the 12th of November next, at the "Swan Inn," Hythe.

When and where all persons owing suit and service to the said Courts are requested to make their personal appearance to do their suit and service, and pay their arrears of Quit Rent and relief, due to the Lord of the Manors.

Robert Furley, Steward.

Ashford, October 28th, 1846.

 

From South Eastern Gazette 13 April 1830.

DIED.

April 6, at Hythe, Mrs. Knott, wife of Mr. Knott, formerly of the "Swan Inn," in that town.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 6 July, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.

EAST KENT NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY.

The members of this association and their friends intend holding a meeting at Hythe on Friday, the 5th instant. They purpose meeting at Westenhanger (Hythe) station, at ten o’clock, and taking a ramble through Sandling Park, Brockly, and the Fish Ponds, thence to the “Swan Hotel,” Hythe, where a cold collation will be provided by Mr. George Cobay. After this they will adjourn to the Town Hall for a conversazione. The locality being unusually picturesque and beautiful, there will doubtless be a large number of the members and their friends present on the occasion. The Dean of Canterbury will preside.

 

From Kentish Chronicle 30 March 1867

TESTIMONIAL DINNER TO J. JONES, ESQ.

On Wednesday last a presentation dinner took place at the "Swan Hotel, Hythe, given to J. Jones, Esq., in acknowledgment of the support he has given to the sport of coursing for many years past. The chair was occupied by John Denne, Esq., who presented the testimonial, a splendid silver epergne, appropriately decorated with hares' "scuts," a heap of which was placed on the top of the epergne, to J. Jones, Esq. The inscription on the epergne was as follows:- "Presented to J. Jones, Esq., by his coursing friends, as a memento of their esteem, 1st March, 1867." We understand that the value of the testimonial was upwards of sixty pounds. Mr. Jones in responding said that he desired to thank them from his heart for the kind feeling which had prompted them to present him with such a valuable mark of their respect. He should never forget to prize the testimonial for which he most heartily thanked them.

 

Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 13 August 1898.

HYTHE & DISTRICT NOTES.

At the Police Court on Wednesday, before Mr. J. J. Jeal, Richard Charles Carlile was charged with obtaining by false pretences goods to the value of 14s. from Mr. Thomas Elliott, landlord of the "Swan Hotel," Hythe.

On three occasions prisoner, by means of written orders, purporting to be signed by J. Elgee, had delivered to him bottled beer, provisions, etc. Prisoner's father-in-law, on being called, repudiated the signatures. Prisoner was further charged with a like offence in respect of Daniel West, Hythe. The manager gave evidence that prisoner tendered an order signed E. Elgee for six bottles of Bass, value 7s 11d. Prisoner urged that this order was signed by his wife, with the authority of her father. Prisoner was committed to the Quarter Sessions.

 

From the transfer document dated 28 November 1904.

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT made the 28th day of November One thousand nine hundred and seven BETWEEN THOMAS ELLIOTT of Osborne House Seabrook Road Hythe in the County Of Kent Gentleman of the one part and GEORGE EDWARD ELLIOTT of the Swan Hotel Hythe aforesaid Licensed Victualler (Son of the said Thomas Elliott) of the other part WHEREAS by an Indenture of Lease dated the twenty first day of March One thousand eight hundred and ninety two and made between Henry Bean Mackeson of Hythe in the County of Kent Brewer trading as "Mackeson and Company" of the one part and the said Thomas Elliott of the others part ALL THAT messuage Hotel and premises known by the name or sign of the "Swan Hotel" situate in the High Street at Hythe aforesaid AND ALSO all that yard situate opposite or near to the said Hotel and occupied and used in connection therewith TOGETHER with the Stables and Coach houses erected and standing upon the said yard were demised unto the said Thomas Elliott from the sixth day of April One thousand eight hundred and ninety two for the term of twenty one years at the yearly rent of One hundred and sixteen pounds ten shillings and subject to the covenants and conditions therein contained AND WHEREAS the freehold of the said premises is now vested subject to the said case in a Company called "Mackeson and Company (Limited) " AND WHEREAS the said George Edward Elliott has for the past five years with the consent of the said Thomas Elliott and with the knowledge and approbation of the Directors of Mackeson and Company limited applied for and at the present time holds all licenses for the sale of intoxicating liquors in force in respect of the said premises AND WHEREAS it has been agreed between the parties hereto that on the thirty first day of October last the value of the Stock in trade Furniture and Fixtures in the said Swan Hotel and premises and of the horses carts carriages harness implements stock of corn straw and fodder and all other chattels in or about the yard opposite or near to the said Swan Hotel and premises the whole of which are the personal property of the said Thomas Elliott was Two thousand five hundred pounds AND WHEREAS from the first November instant it has been agreed between the parties hereto that the said George Edward Elliott shall take and receive for his own benefit alone (subject to the terms herein contained) all the profits the said business of a Licensed Victualler Job Master and Livery Stable Keeper carried on upon the said premises or any part thereof or to be hereafter carried on upon the same up to and including the sixth day of April One thousand nine hundred and thirteen unless this Agreement is determined before that date in manner hereinafter provided.

NOW IT IS HEREBY AGREED between the parties hereto:-

1. THAT the said George Edward Elliott shall so long as this Agreement continues in existence pay to the said Thomas Elliott the sum of One hundred and twenty pounds per annum by equal quarterly payments on the first day of February the first day of May the first day of August and the first day of November clear of all deductions the first payment to be made on the first day of February next.

2. THAT the said George Edward Elliott shall pay all rent accruing due after the thirty first day of October last and payable under the conditions of the hereinbefore recited Indenture of Lease and will also pay and discharge (in addition) all rates taxes duties assessments and charges whatsoever whether parliamentary parochial or of any other description which now are or during the continuance of this Agreement shall be imposed or charged on the premises.

3. ALL book debts owing to the business up to the thirty first day of October last shall belong to and shall be collected by the said Thomas Elliott.

4. THE said Thomas Elliott having paid all sums due for the excise licenses which will expire on the tenth day of October One thousand nine hundred and eight the said George Edward Elliott shall repay to him on or before the (blank) day of (blank) next the sum of Twenty seven pounds fifteen shillings being the proportionate value of the same from the first day of January next up to the said tenth day of October One thousand nine hundred and eight but the said George Edward Elliott shall not be called upon to repay to the said Thomas Elliott any sums for Licenses in respect of carriages or menservants which will expire on the thirty first day of December next or any part of the premiums under the Workmens Compensation Acts, or any similar Acts and the said George Edward Elliott shall have the benefit as from the first day of November instant of all policies of insurance effected by the said Thomas Elliott under the said Workmens Compensation Acts and the said similar Acts.

5. AS and from the first day of November instant the said George Edward Elliott shall in addition to the payment of rent rates taxes or other outgoings as hereinbefore mentioned pay the wages and all general expenses of the business of a Licensed Victualler Job Master and Livery Stable Keeper incident to the said premises and in particular shall pay during the continuance of this Agreement to Edith Elliott a Daughter of the said Thomas Elliott as wages the sum of Two pounds ten shillings per month so long as she may during the continuance of this Agreement elect to continue in her present service and carry out her duties to the satisfaction of the said Thomas Elliott her Father and the said George Edward Elliott shall in addition during such continuance of such service provide her with Board and Lodging in the same manner as she was provided with the same by the said Thomas Elliott up to the thirty first day of October last.

6. UNTIL the said George Edward Elliott shall exercise the option of purchase hereinafter provided he shall keep the furniture and fixtures stock in trade both live and dead both of the Swan Hotel and premises and of the yard and Stables in good repair and condition and shall from time to time as the stock of wine spirits and liquors shall be reduced by sale replace the same to the satisfaction of the said Thomas Elliott and insured against loss by fire in some Office to be approved by the said Thomas Elliott and shall expend all sums of money received under such policy of insurance in replacing any of the chattels and effects which may be either partly or wholly destroyed by fire.

7. THE said George Edward Elliott shall have the option at any time during the continuance of this Agreement of purchasing from the said Thomas Elliott the stock in trade furniture and fixtures in the said Swan Hotel and premises and also the horses carts carriages harness implements and all other chattels in or about the yard opposite or near to the said Swan Hotel and premises at the sum of Two thousand five hundred pounds and on such, payment the said Thomas Elliott shall transfer to the said George Edward Elliott the whole of the said Chattels.

8. THE said George Edward Elliott hereby agrees with the said Thomas Elliott that he will strictly conform with all the covenants and conditions on the Lessee's part contained in the said Indenture of Lessee hereinbefore recited and will hold the said Thomas Elliott indemnified in damages for any loss to be sustained by the said Thomas Elliott from any breach of the said covenants and conditions.
9. IF the said George Edward Elliott shall commit or permit any breach of any of the covenants and conditions contained in the said Indenture of Lease or if there shall be any breach of any of the conditions of this Agreement to be observed or performed by the said George Edward Elliott then it shall be lawful for the said Thomas Elliott by notice in writing to the said George Edward Elliott to forthwith terminate this Agreement in which event the said George Edward Elliott shall forthwith transfer to the said Thomas Elliott or has nominee all licenses relating to the said premises and clause 17 of the said Indenture of Lease and all the conditions and penalties thereof shall apply to this Agreement as if in the place of the Lessor therein mentioned the name of the said Thomas Elliott were inserted therein and in place of the Lessee therein mentioned the name of the said George Edward Elliott were inserted there in AS WITNESS the hands of the said parties the day and year first above writees to the signature of the said George Edward Elliott.

Elliott signatures

From the https://localrags.co.uk  13 September 2018.

Hythe landlord's licence relaxed after hotel 'revolution'.

Councillors have praised a hotel landlord for transforming his High Street business ‘from an ugly duckling to a beautiful swan’.

Mihirbhal Patel, landlord of the "Swan Hotel" in Hythe, appeared before Folkestone & Hythe District Council’s licensing sub-committee on Monday (September 10) to appeal for one of the tough conditions on his licence to be relaxed.

They were imposed after a hearing in June was told of allegations including underage drinking, noise, violent disturbances, and drunken staff behind the bar.

But at Monday’s meeting the panel, made up of Councillors Russell Tillson, Michael Lyons and Susie Govett, heard there had been a raft of changes since then.

A report from the council’s licensing team said the venue was now “well-managed, quiet and calm.”

Outstanding improvement.

Cllr Lyons said the improvement had been “outstanding”, adding: “You have made every effort to conform to what you are doing.

“I have no qualms in saying that you are turning the whole thing around.”

Mr Patel said he had more plans for improvements, including creating a sports bar and grill for the bar area. He asked the panel to remove the condition forcing him to have licensed door staff on every day of the week.

Cllr Tillson said the venue must never again be allowed to get out of control.

He said: “The premises is now a sharp contrast to what it was in the middle of June.

“I said there needed to be a revolution and there has been.

Ugly duckling has turned into a beautiful swan.

“Obviously it’s much better that money is spent on improving the business rather than bouncers and it just may be that the ugly duckling has turned into a beautiful swan.”

Mr Patel said: “I have been humbled by the experience of the licence review but found it to be a positive experience.

“I am thankful for the support of the police and the licensing department.”

The panel agreed to remove the condition about door staff, but Mr Patel said he would employ them when events were taking place at the hotel, and for Bank Holiday weekends.

 

LICENSEE LIST

HOWARD Mr 1792+

HOWARD Sarah 1808+

KNOTT William 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PILCHER George 1832+ (also excise officer) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PILCHER John 1839+

CLARKE Robert 1847-51+ (age 41 in 1851Census)

BRAYNE Benjamin 1858+

COBAY George 1862+

OVENDEN George Henry 1871-82+ (age 38 in 1871Census)

ELLIOTT Thomas 1889-99+

ELLIOTT George E 1901-04+ (age 25 in 1901Census)

KENT Laurence Percy 1934-39+ (age 60 in 1939)

PATEL Mihirbhal 2018+

http://pubshistory.com/Swan.shtml

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Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

CensusCensus

 

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