Sort file:- Sandgate, September, 2022.

Page Updated:- Monday, 26 September, 2022.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton and Jan Pedersen

Earliest 1841


Latest 1869

Chapel Street



I have also seen this pub referred to as the "Duke of Wellington."


From the Folkestone Chronicle 10 September 1859.


At the Annual Licensing Day at Elham, on Monday last, the magistrates adjourned two cases for further consideration, to be decided at the Petty Sessions, at Hythe, on Thursday next. One was that of Mr. Offen, who keeps the "Duke of Wellington," at Sandgate, and against the renewal of whose licence a petition has been presented by some of the inhabitants of his neighbourhood; the other was that of the application for a licence by Mr. Groombridge, of the "Britannia," Horn Street, a rather thickly populated neighbourhood, where there is no licensed house within half a mile.


From the Folkestone Chronicle 17 September 1859.


Thursday September 15th:- Before Rev. Mr. Biron, chairman, Major General Sandilands, Dr. Gidley, and W.F. Browell esq.


Licencing Day. – The Wellington, Sandgate.

Mr. Offen applied for a transfer of the licence of this house from Baker who formerly kept it, the consideration of the case having been adjourned from the previous week at Elham.

Mr. Minter, solicitor of Folkestone, appeared for the applicant, and said that the house had always been conducted in a respectable manner since the present tenant had occupied it, and with regard to the memorial that had been presented to the magistrates at Elham, praying them not to grant the licence, one of the signatures was that of a person in the same line of business, and the letter of the clergyman, the Rev. Mr. Preston, was only from hearsay report, and not from his own personal knowledge, therefore he thought it should have some weight with the bench, particularly as he held another memorial in Mr. Offen's favour, more numerously and quite as respectably signed as the one against him, and from the absence of all complaints by the police against the house, he left it in the hands of the magistrates feeling satisfied in taking all things into consideration they would grant the licence.

Mr. Superintendent Weston, K.C.C., was then asked by the bench if he had any complaint to bring against Mr. Offen or the house, when he replied he had none to bring against Offen – the house had acquired a bad name under the late landlord, but was very well conducted now.

The bench consulted together, and the chairman said they had decided on granting the licence to the applicant; the house it appeared had a bad name from the last landlord, and through the beer shops in the neighbourhood, therefore he must be very circumspect in his conducting the house, or the licence would be taken away.

The licences for other houses in Sandgate were renewed without any opposition.


From the Dover Express, 22 October, 1869.

APPEALS. Charles Wells v. The Justices of Kent.

Mr. Barrow for the appellant, and Mr. Biron for the respondent.

From the opening statement of Mr. Barrow it appeared that the justices sitting at Hythe had declined to renew an ale-house license for a public house kept by the appellant called the "Wellington Inn," at Sandgate.

Mr. Wells had kept this house for ten years. He was a man of irreproachable character; and no reason had been alleged by the magistrates. In reality he (the learned councel) was fighting with a sham; and it was only a surmise that the course taken by the magistrates arose through their believing that a cottage which was attached to the inn was used for immoral purposes, and that this dwelling directly communicated with the "Wellington." In taking this view the justices had erred, as he should show by the clearest evidence. The appellant stated that his father had kept the "Star" at Newington for 50 years, and he was with him a great portion of that time, for ten years he (witness) had kept the "Wellington," at Sandgate, and during the whole of that time he had never been complained against as to the mode in which he conducted the "Wellington."

Br Mr. Biron:- The house and cottage are hired together, and the rent paid in a lump sum. He would not say that three women who lived in the cottage in July, 1866, were "camp prostitutes." The cottage was furnished and they paid him rent; also for the use of the furniture. He had never been cautioned by the magistrates at Hythe that if he did not keep his house better his house would not be reallowed. The military authorities had not complained against him, but his house had been "put out of bounds" by the direction of the commanding officer he presumed. He always know the character of any tenants, and if they did not behave themselves they would very soon have to turn out. He was master there. (laughter) The last tenant he had was a married woman; he knew her to be married because a he received a letter addressed to "Mrs. Bevan." There were some girls in the house just prior to the licensing day, and he gave them notice to quit because he had heard how other inn-keepers had been served about their license.

Re-examined:- The girls who hired the cottage acted as waitresses in his house.

Mr. Garrat, a baker, was called, and gave it as his opinion that the house had always been conducted in a quiet and respectable manner.

Cross-examined:- He used to keep the "Victoria'' beer-house, and continued to do so as long as it paid him. Two girls lived with him.

George Philpott, a shoemaker, who informed the Court that he lived "werry" near the "Wellington," gave it as his opinion that the house was conducted as respectably us others were.

At this point the Court stopped the case and dismissed the appeal, with costs.



KINNIBURGH 1841+ (age 35 in 1841Census)

SAXBY John 1858+

BAKER Mr to Sept/1859

OFFEN Mr Sept/1859+

WELLS Charles 1861-62+ (age 37 in 1861Census)


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