Page Updated:- Tuesday, 18 July, 2023.


Earliest 1790-

(Name from)

Three Colts

Latest 1870-

(Name to)

Upper Street



Originally built circa 1700 as two cottages.


According to Bob Hollingsbee, originally the pub was the "Blue Anchor" but after becoming the "Three Colts" during the 1800s later changed name to the "Three Ravens" and "Rice Arms" and eventually the "Ravens". I am unsure as to what dates the names changed at present.

The pub was sold along with another 11 public houses in neighbouring villages in 1826 for the sum of 500. It is not yet known who sold the pub or who purchased it.

The premises was owned in 1838 by Hannah Lawrence, and occupied then by William Carlton Junior, pork butcher and farmer here, who had a business in Dover before getting into debt and spending some time in the debtors' prison at Dover Castle. The census of 1851 also mentioned a Margaret Carlton aged 22 living in Upper Street and being a beer shop keeper. I am assuming the beer shop was this premises. Also living at the same premises was Thomas age 18 and Michael, age 16, along with their mother Ann age 53. No mention of William in the 1851 census though.


Kentish Gazette 26 June 1804.


On Monday the 2nd day of July, 1804, about four o'clock in the afternoon, at the "Three Colts," at Tilmanstone, Four Cottages, with a good garden to each; situated in Tilmanstone-street, and now in the occupation of Richard Rogers, Thomas Norris, Thomas Files, and Philip Danes, tenants from year to year.

The tenants will shew the premises; and particulars may be known by enquiring at Mrs. Keeler's, near the Church, Tilmanstone.


Conquer Ports Herald 19 February 1826.

Three Colts pub sold for 500 pounds.


Sussex Advertiser 20 February 1826.

At the sale of the public houses and other estates, situate in the eastern parts of the County of Kent, which took place at the "Bell Inn," Sandwich, on Monday last, Messrs. Pott and Denne knocked down the following lots, at the sums affixed to them, viz.:—

The "Bull," at Eastry, 1,190.

"Three Colts," Tilmanstone, 500.

"White Horse," Eythorne, 575.

"Red Lion," Frogham, 455.

"Rose and Crown," Womenswould, 166.

"Duke of Cumberland," Barham, 910.

"Charity," Woodnesborough, 710.

"Three Crowns," Goodnestone, 620.

"Admiral Harvey," Ramsgate, 1,150.

"Ship," Ramsgate, 1,250.

"Red Lion," St. Peters, 1,100.

"Crown and Thistle," St. Peters, 705.

"Crown, or Halfway-house," Sarr, 940.

"King's Head," Walmer Road, 425.

The "Duke of York," Walmer Road, 310.

The sale-room was most numerously attended.

We understand that the "Ship," at Ash, and "Crispin," at Worth, have since been sold by private contract, the former for 750, and the latter for five hundred guineas.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 18 November, 1843. Price 5d.


A "Monster Pig" supposed to be the largest in England - The word "monster" has been of late exceedingly useful. We have heard of "monster" meetings, "monster" indictments and so forth. Now it is our turn to record the existence of a "monster" pig, which weighs no less than 125 stone, of 8lbs. each, equal to 50 score, or one thousand pounds! This mammoth of a swing belongs to Mr. Carlton, of Tilmanstone, pork butcher, and is now to be seen at the "Three Colts" public house, in that place, whither we advise all admirers of fat stock to repair.


From the Dover Telegraph, Saturday 29 January 1848.

William CARLTON: "Pursuant to the Acts for the relief of Insolvent Debtors in England.

The County Court of Kent holden at Dover on the 22 February 1848. Upon the due filing of the Schedule of William CARLTON, formerly of the "Three Colts" public house, in the parish of Tilmanstone in the County of Kent, Licensed Victualler, Pork Butcher and farmer; afterwards of Tilmanstone aforesaid and of Snargate Street, Dovor, in the said County, Pork Butcher and Farmer; and after that of the Cross Stroudwater in the County of Gloucester, Pork Butcher; and of Basse Ville in Calais in France, Commission Agent and Pork Butcher; and lastly of Dovor aforesaid in lodgings at the "Dolphin" in Dolphin Lane, there out of business - a prisoner in the Gaol of Dovor Castle in the County of Kent, whose estate and effects have been vested in the provisional assignee by order duly made in that behalf; and upon reference of the Petition and schedule of the said prisoner for hearing made to this court by order of the Court for relief of Insolvent Debtors, pursuant to the said Acts; it is ordered and appointed that the said prisoner should be brought up, to be dealt with according to the provisions of the said Acts, before the Judge of the said County Court, at the New Sessions House, Dovor, in the said County on the 17 February next, at the hour of 10 in the morning precisely; of which all creditors and persons claiming to be creditors of the said prisoner, for the sum of Five Pounds or more, shall have notice by service of a copy of this order, made within such time and in such manner as is prescribed by the rule of Court in that behalf. By the Court, LEDGER clerk to the said Court. Take notice (rules, etc)


Kentish Gazette 7 March 1854.


At the Petty Sessions on Thursday, upon the information of Superintendent Stokes, James Hogben, of the "Three Colts," Tilmanstone, was fined 40s. and 13s. 9d. costs for having allowed disorderly conduct in his house; and Mary Castles, of Stourmouth, (I assume the "Rising Sun") was fined 20s.and 14s. costs, for keeping her house open after the proper time, on the 25th ult.


From the Dover telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 7 April 1855.

To Brickmakers and others.

Tilmanstone, Kent, to be sold by auction, by Mr. F. Culmer, at the "Three Colts Inn," Tilmanstone, on Thursday,, 12th April, 1855, at 2 o'clock precisely, in one lot.

All that very excellent piece of freehold land, containing 2a. or, 34p., adjoining lands of E. R. Rice, Esq., M.P., and Jesus Hospital; together with a Cottage and small Barn thereon, situate in the parish of Tilmanstone, partly in the occupation of Mr. W. Williams, and the remainder lately used as a Brickfield, now in hand.

The above offers a desirable opportunity for carrying on the Business of Brickmaking, the Earth being of first-rate quality.

Two-thirds of the purchase money may remain on mortgage.

For further particulars, apply to Messrs. Mercer and Edwards, solicitors, Deal, where a Map of the Estate may be seen.


Kentish Gazette 30 June 1857.


A man that understands making Heavy and Light Wheels and Carriage Work.

Apply to Mr. William Marsh, "Three Colts," Tilmanstone, near Sandwich.

Tilmanstone, June 23rd, 1857.


South Eastern Gazette 10 November 1857.


Monthly sessions were held on Thursday last, when Tapley Simmonds, applied to have the license of the "Three Colts, at Tilmanstone, transferred to him. - Granted.




CARLTON William pre 1846

CARLTON Margaret 1851 (beer-shop keeper, no name)

HOGBEN James 1851-Nov/57+ (age 50 in 1851Census) (From Godmersham)

SIMMONDS Tapley Nov/1857-61+ (age 54 in 1861Census) South Eastern Gazette (From Rainham)


James Hogben married aged 50 Victualler b Godmersham

Mary wife aged 50 b Tilmanstone

Elizabeth daughter unmarried aged 25 b Tilmanstone

Sarah daughter unmarried aged 18 b Tilmanstone

Hester daughter aged 14 b Tilmanstone

William son aged 10 b Tilmanstone

Kennet grandson aged 4 months b Tilmanstone

James and Mary Hogben are my 3xgrandparents.

James died in 1856, Mary died 1860.


Above information kindly supplied by Joyce Banks.


South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


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