Taking another look at the Folkestone pubs.  Some of these may not be there any more, but having just managed to get my hands on a photo, wanted to show you what used to be.  Some may be on the previous page, and we will take another look to see where they are today.  The pub situation changes so quickly these days, that it is impossible to keep up with it when there are so many other pages on this website to update.  So please forgive me if what I say about them is no longer the case.
Let's start off this page down on The Stade.  The Jubilee Inn was in operation for many years, and David Bail tells me he believes this photo shows an ancestor of his, one Mr. John Edwin Gales and his daughter.  Mr. Gales ran the Jubilee from 1906 to 1921.  That particular building was pulled down in the slum clearance of the mid 1930's, along with the Oddfellow's Arms and The Ship Inn.  They were all rebuilt, and the Jubilee remained under that name until sometime in the 1980's.  The building on the right was the Jubilee, but when I took the photo in 2014 it was operating under the name of The Mariner, and still is in 2019.  It's nice that the Jubilee once sold ale produced by Mackeson & Co of Hythe.  However, by the 1980's they were under the umbrella of Whitbread.
As mentioned above, The Oddfellow's Arms was another that was demolished and rebuilt in the slum clearance of 1935.  In the last few years however, it has undergone many different names as mentioned on the previous page.  Then, like so many other licenced premises, it has now become a café and coffee lounge called The Captain's Table.  I believe it is now owned by Rocksalt across the street, and serves very nice fish & chips.
I have hardly scratched the surface of pubs in Folkestone & district.  If you are curious about the others, I urge you to get your hands on a copy of 'More Tales from the Tap Room' by Martin Easdown and Eamonn Rooney.  It is the most comprehensive book I have found on the subject, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for all the extensive research they have done to produce it.  Without their information, I could never have put this page together.  (I only gleaned some of their information, not their photos!)  So if you would like to see lots of old photos of these pubs, again you will have to buy this book.
I wanted to complete the trio of demolished and rebuilt pubs from The Stade, so put out word that I needed a photo of the original Ship Inn, and lucky me - I got two exactly the same!  One thanks to Martin Easdown, sent by Jan Pedersen and the other from Alan Taylor.  Alan also gave me a bit of background:  "The first Ship Inn, in the company of licensee George Prior and family, decorated for the Silver Jubilee celebrations of George V in 1935. Later that year, the building was demolished and replaced with a new public house".

The 'new' public house can be seen in the 2014 photo on the right, and as of 2019, still operating as a pub.  Thank you Alan, Martin & Jan for your help.
I was very thrilled to get my hands on this photo, and wasn't sure at first where it was located.  However, I am thinking it might have been Fenchurch Street, as I know there was a Hope Inn there at that time.  If you are wondering where Fenchurch Street was, you can see it marked in yellow on the 1871 - 1890 Heritage map on the right.  I wonder what that huge pile of rubble inside the railings used to be?
Jan Pedersen, who owns the 'Even More Tales From the Tap Room' site, and knows more about Folkestone pubs than anyone I know, tells me this is not the Hope Inn that was in Fenchurch Street, but the hostelry at 15 Council House Street, or 2 Great Street, Dover, Kent.  Having read this page,
http://www.dover-kent.com/Hope-Inn.html?fbclid=IwAR0xUdCNvmBkWOXVn1Pz542FKaeL4n0KOthzucLDZ_Rhpmgv5OcNWjzI8fs   I absolutely agree with him, and apologise for misleading you!
The Central Hotel at the junction of Broadmead Road, Cheriton Road and Radnor Park Road now goes under the name of the Park Inn, and as you can see in the modern photo, it also now accommodates a restaurant called 'Radnor's Restaurant'.  This old hotel is also reputed to be haunted, have you stayed there?  Did you see or hear anything?
Now let's take a look at the Cherry Picker's in Cheriton
2009 Open for business
Not sure of the date, or who took this photo, but it was after a fire on the premises
2018 Demolished and gone
2019 Roma Homes, and the pub is just a distant memory for some.
There was a big uproar when it was decided to demolish the Gun Tavern.  The town centre was due for a total redevelopment in the 1970's, and before taking over The Gun, Mr. John Rogers checked with the council as to whether the pub would be demolished under the scheme.  He was told that although most of the houses in Gloucester Place would be coming down, the pub would be spared.  So he moved in and spent a lot of money refurbishing it, only to be told it was now part of the scheme, and would be demolished.  The patrons got up petitions etc to try to save it, but it fell on deaf ears, and down it came.  It used to be located on the corner of Cheriton Road, which is now Middleburg Square, and Gloucester Place.
Located next door to what is at the moment Gillespie's, which used to be the London & Paris in Harbour Street, the Harbour Hotel as it was used to occupy a fraction of the space it does now.  It too has undergone a lot of refurbishment over the years, along with several names, but in 2018 on the right, it was looking very smart.
Another view of the King's Arms Hotel on the corner of Sandgate Road - which used to be Cow Street - and Guildhall Street which was Shellons Lane until the Town Hall was finished in 1861.  It doesn't look open at this point does it?  Nor does Valyer's stables next door. 

There is the name of Medhurst over one of the doors, but that doesn't help date it because William Medhurst was landlord 1846-1878 and Richard Medhurst was 1878-1881.  However, I suspect the picture is from around 1882.  The Council had approached Mr. R. Medhurst and Mr. Valyer indicating they wished to buy these two buildings in 1880 as they wanted to widen both Sandgate Road and Guildhall Street.  It then took three years to reach an agreement with umpteen Council meetings and costs going up and the condition of the buildings going down.  Finally settled, the buildings came down, the roads were widened and the rest of the plots were sold to the Queen's Hotel.  Incidentally, while digging out the foundation for the Queen's, they found a huge animal bone - much larger than an elephant's bone, which was given to the Museum.  I wonder if they still have it? 

The information in the last paragraph was taken from 'Even More Tales From The Tap Room' owned by Jan Pedersen.

On the right is the building that replaced the beautiful Queen's Hotel.
Update on the Morehall on Cheriton Road.  It is now flats, and it looks as if they have their own parking lot with a barrier to keep non-residents out.
Update on the Princess Royal, located just behind Gillespie's in Harbour Street.  On the previous page I showed you it was boarded up, then I saw on Google Streetview in 2018 that it was covered in scaffolding.  So it looks as if it is not going to be demolished, is it now flats perhaps?  (Is this a new craze?  You see the Google van, and you have to stand up and raise your arms?  Two of them are doing it!
Popping out of town a little way, these fabulous photos of the Royal Oak in Newingreen were sent to me by James Morris.  Still called the Royal Oak in 2016, but it is now a company that does creative advertising and design.  See below.
While we are talking about pubs called The Royal Oak, here is another one.  Amazingly you can still sup at this one, it's along the Folkestone Road, almost into Dover.  Hasn't changed a lot on the outside has it?
As you can see, we can't say the same about this one.  It was the Old Rose, 152 Sandgate High Street.  Now a couple of homes.
Same fate for this one.  It was the Richmond Tavern, 1 Margaret Street, now private residences.
The Royal Standard on the corner of Canterbury Rd and Bridge Street hung on valiantly, and still looked to be in business when the photo on the right was taken in 2018.  However, I am pretty sure I heard it had closed recently.  If I am wrong, please let me know.
All I hope is that the owners don't let it get into the same state as the Two Bells across the street.  This one has been closed for several years now, why doesn't the owner convert it into flats before it reaches such a state it has to be demolished?  Or is it there already?
Now, let's see what's happened to that nice little Castle Inn, 77 Foord Rd.
Picture courtesy Even More Tales from the Tap Room
2018 - Oh dear.....
Oh dear oh dear....
The Railway Tavern, 119 Dover Road, was another pub that was in business for many years.  When this photo was taken, and I thank Even More Tales from the Tap Room for it, Thomas Southall was in charge, so it dates from between 1899 and 1926.
The Railway Tavern is now somewhere under this building, or the dust from it is, and has been since 1971.
Remember The Raglan from the previous page?  They too were hanging on valiantly, however in 2018 it was up for auction, and I don't think it sold, so has been standing empty ever since.
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Page updated January 2020