Page Updated:- Thursday, 20 December, 2018.


Earliest 1870-

(Name from)

Three Ravens

Latest 1937

(Name to)

Upper Street


Three Ravens, Tilmanstone, 1930

Above photograph kindly sent to me by Kathleen Hollingsbee of the "Three Ravens" in about 1930.


Information received from Bob Hollingsbee:- this pub was originally called the "Three Colts" but after being called the "Three Ravens" it later changed name again to the "Rice Arms" and latterly the "Ravens." I am unsure as to what dates the names changed at present.

The name "Three Ravens" stems from the fact that the Rice family, who had an interest in the property, had three ravens on their coat of arms, and so around about 1899 the Colts were transformed into Ravens. However, this changed again in 1937 to the "Rice Arms."


Kentish Gazette 14th June 1870.


On Thursday week John Perry, letter carrier between Sandwich and Eythorne, was passing near the “Three Ravens” public house, Tilmanstone, about six in the evening, where there was another man named George Hicks who was grinding a scythe. The two men commenced joking and scuffling in the course of which Hicks’s scythe accidentally cut Perry just above the right ear dividing the drum of it. The unfortunate man managed to reach Eastry, though suffering greatly from loss of blood, where Dr. Leggett bound up the wound. He was afterwards taken home to Sandwich in a fly and is now progressing favourably.


From the Whitstable Times, 12 November, 1870.

P. S. Alfred Maynard was summoned by Richard Chase for assaulting him at Tilmanstone on the 13th of October last.

Prosecutor stated that on 13th October he was at the “Three Ravens” public-house at about a quarter to eleven at night. He had been there since a quarter-past ten, and remained there until twenty minutes to two. Defendant was there the whole time, and was drinking with the others. When witness left, the defendant came out after him and accused him of saying something about him witness denied having said so, when defendant pulled out his staff and knocked him down senseless witness only fell down once, and that was when defendant knocked him down. Nobody picked him up.

Alfred Gambrill, for the defence, stated that prosecutor was very drunk, and that defendant did not strike him at all.

Thomas Gambrill corroborated.

The Bench dismissed the case.


From the Dover Express, 20 June,1902.


The County Petty Sessions were held on Thursday at Dover before Messrs. W. H.; Burch Kosher, J. L. Bradley, and T. A. Terson.


Applications were made by the landlords of the "Bell Inn," Lydden, "Three Ravens," Tilmanstone, and "Four Bells," East Langdon, for an extension on June 26th, Coronation night.

Superintendent Chaney said he had a very strong objection to this being granted, as it would cause a great deal of unnecessary drinking.

The Chairman said the Magistrates were unanimously of opinion that the occasion did not warrant the extension of the hours for the sale of intoxicants. There was ample time during which people who were celebrating the occasion could drink as much beer as was good for them. The applications would be all refused.


From the Dover Express, Friday 16 October, 1903.

(Before J. H. Monins, H. Hart, J. L. Bradley, W. H. Burch Rosher, W. J. Adcock, and E. Dawes, Esqrs., at Dover, yesterday.)


The Three Ravens, Tilmanstone, was temporarily transferred from Arthur. Funnel to A. E. Creswell.

It appeared that Creswell had been in occupation of the house since October 6th. The Chairman said that Creswell had been practically acting as holder of the licence for the period between October 6th and October 15th. He had been breaking the law in reality, and although the Bench would overlook it, they would not do so again.


Messrs, Beer and Co.’s representative asked whether the Bench would give a definite statement as to this procedure, as it had always been the custom to put the incoming tenant in in this way until the sitting at the Petty Sessions.

The Chairman said that the tenant must have the temporary transfer first, in future.

Mr. E. Dawes, J.P., speaking from the cross benches, pointed out to the Bench that it had been the invariable custom in the past in all parts of the county to sanction the tenant taking charge of the house until Petty Sessions Court day.

Mr. W. J. Adcock, who had come on the Bench after the case commenced, pointed out that in the event, of the landlord dying, It would be impossible, if the Bench’s ruling held good, to carry on the business of the house till the next Sessions day.

Mr. Dawes said that the Dover Borough Bench and the Deal Borough Bench never objected to the course that had been adopted in this case.

The Chairman said that the Bench would consider the matter in private, and announce their decision at a later period.


From the Dover Express, 19 December, 1914.

Reported the death of Emma Dennett, wife of the landlord of the "Three Raven's."


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 22 November, 1935. Price 1d.


The licence of the "Three Ravens," Tilmanstone, was granted an occasional licence in respect of Waldershare Park on November 29th, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., for the East Kent Hunt Ball.




KNOTT Richard 1814 Next pub licensee had

ATKINS George 1871-82 (also carpenter age 42 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

YOUNG George Henry 1891-99+ (also wheelwright age 25 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1899

ELGAR G to Jan/1902 Dover Express

DRAY Pearson H Jan/1902-03+ Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1903

FUNNALL Arthur Oct/1902-Oct/03 Next pub licensee had

CRESSWELL Alfred Ernest 6/Oct/03-Oct/1904 Dover Express

DENNETT Stephen Oct/1904-14 (age 64 in 1911Census) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1914

HORN John 1918 Post Office Directory 1918

HORN Charles 1922-Oct/29 Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930Dover Express

WOODHEAD Mr John Sidney Oct/1929-Feb/1936 Kelly's 1934Dover Express

SMITH Mr (W or N) E Feb/1936-Nov/1936 Dover Express

WEBB ex P.C. Nov/1936+ Dover Express


Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1914From the Post Office Directory 1914

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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