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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1837-

White Swan

Latest 1922+

 

Preston

White Swan

Above photo, date unknown, kindly supplied by Ian Murray of https://www.geographyphotos.com/index

White Swan

Above photo, date unknown, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

White Swan 2009

Above photo 2009, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

 

Was referred to simply as the "Swan" in the Post Office Directory 1874.

 

Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tuesday 8 August 1837.

Preston next Wingham, Kent.

Freehold Cottages and Land, to be sold by auction buy Mr. R. Wild, at the "Swan" public house, in Preston, on Thursday, 10th day of August, at 12 o'clock at noon precisely, by order of the Poor Law Commissioners for England and Wales, and under the direction of the Guardians of the Poor of the Eastry Union, subject to such conditions of sale as will then be there produced, in two lots.

Lot 1. Comprising one House, situated on Preston Forstall, formerly the parish workhouse, but now divided into four Dwellings, together with three other Cottages adjoining, and one acre of land, little more or less.

Lot 2. Comprising Two Cottages adjoining each other, situated also on Preston Forstal, with about 30 perches of Garden Ground.

The property may be viewed on application to Mr. John Knight, Grocer, Preston.

 

From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 September, 1863.

WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS. THURSDAY.

This being the annual licensing day, the landlords of the various inns within this district were in attendance to get their licenses renewed. No opposition was offered in any case, but Supt. Stokes reminded the magistrates that Mr. Turnstone, of the “Ship Inn,” at Ash, and Mr. Sayer, of the “Swan,” Preston, had during the year been fined for keeping open their houses during prohibited hours. Both were cautioned by the magistrates, but with the other applicants had their licenses renewed.

 

Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 31 July 1886.

Preston next Wingham. Found drowned.

The East Kent Coroner (R. M. Mercer Esq.) held an inquest yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon at the "Swan Inn," Preston next Wingham, on the body of a woman named Caroline Gibbs, aged 65, an unmarried woman, keeping a house having an off licence to sell beer. ("Cotton Breeches".) Deceased was found at about 9:30 on the previous morning lying on her back in a dyke which runs close to her house, her face was about 2 inches under the water.

The same morning she had said that she felt very giddy. Deceased was infirm and had fallen down several times lately. She lived quite alone, but a girl slept in her house at night.

The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned."

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 4 March, 1921.

WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS

OBJECTIONS TO PUBLIC HOUSE LICENCES

Dr. Hardman applied for the renewal of the "White Swan," Preston fully licensed house owned by Cobb and Co., Margate.

Dr. Hardman submitted that the need of the district were likely to increase on account of the nearness of the Collieries. The house now did a considerable trade.

Mr. Piddock, who was granted the transfer at the last Sessions, said that he was satisfied that a living could be made at the house.

Mr Chandler (a Magistrate) asked if he did not give away free beer when he opened the house?

Witness denied this.

Mr. Chandler said that he had heard a different story.

Mr. Rook, manager to Messrs. Cobb and Co. said they were satisfied with the result of the first month's recoups run by the new tenant.

The house was referred.

 

Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 30 July 1921.

MORE EAST KENT LICENSES TO BE EXTINGUISHED.

COMPENSATION AUTHORITY GRANT ONE RENEWAL AND REFUSE SIX.

Lord Harris presided, on Saturday, at the Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury, over the "Principal" meeting of the East Kent Compensation Authority, the other members of the Committee present being Messrs. W. A. Lochee, C. J. Burgess, Alec Baird, G. F. Raggett, H. H. Green, and A. G. Iggulden.

The following houses came before the Committee for consideration:-

Wingham Division: "White Swan," Preston, licensee, William Pidduck; registered owners, Cobb and Co., Margate......

After hearing at length arguments by counsel for the retention of these houses the Committee decided that the whole of them must go for compensation.

 

In 1840 the property was owned and supplied by Cobb and Sons, but was referred to as simply the "Swan."

 

LICENSEE LIST

HILLS John 1840+

SAYER John sen 1847-23/Sept/87 dec'd (also agricultural labourer age 66 in 1881Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882 (Swan Bagshaw's Directory 1847)

SAYER Mrs Caroline 1891-99+ Kelly's 1899

SAYER John jun 1901-03+ (age 44 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

SAYER James Edward 1911-Feb/1921 Dover Express

PIDDOCK William Feb/1921-22+ Dover Express

 

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

CensusCensus

 

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