Thanks And Acknowledgements

My thanks go to Kent Libraries and Archives - Folkestone Library and also to the archive of the Folkestone Herald. For articles from the Folkestone Observer, my thanks go to the Kent Messenger Group. Southeastern Gazette articles are from UKPress Online, and Kentish Gazette articles are from the British Newspaper Archive. See links below.

Paul Skelton`s great site for research on pubs in East Kent is also linked

Other sites which may be of interest are the Folkestone and District Local History Society, the Kent History Forum, Christine Warren`s fascinating site, Folkestone Then And Now, and Step Short, where I originally found the photo of the bomb-damaged former Langton`s Brewery, links also below.


Welcome to Even More Tales From The Tap Room.

Core dates and information on licensees tenure are taken from Martin Easdown and Eamonn Rooney`s two fine books on the pubs of Folkestone, Tales From The Tap Room and More Tales From The Tap Room - unfortunately now out of print. Dates for the tenure of licensees are taken from the very limited editions called Bastions Of The Bar and More Bastions Of The Bar, which were given free to very early purchasers of the books.

Contrast Note

Whilst the above-mentioned books and supplements represent an enormous amount of research over many years, it is almost inevitable that further research will throw up some differences to the published works. Where these have been found, I have noted them. This is not intended to detract in any way from previous research, but merely to indicate that (possible) new information is available.


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Friday, 11 March 2016

Clarendon Hotel 1950s

Folkestone Herald 28-8-1954

Local News

A former well-known Folkestone personality, Mr. Claude Garland, licensee of the Game­cock Inn, West Kingsdown, near Sevenoaks, died on Sunday. Mr. Garland, who was 79, took over the Gamecock Inn in Jan­uary 1942. For many years he was a committee member and Treasurer of Folkestone and District Licensed Victuallers’ Association. Mr. Garland became manager of the Clarendon Hotel. Folkestone, in 1914, and subsequently was the licensee of the London and Paris Hotel, Folkestone, from 1932 until he retired in 1940. After a period of retirement at Hawkhurst, he resumed his active life and became licensee of the Gamecock. In his younger days he was employed in the same trade at Victoria and Bromley. While at Folkestone he was one of the founders of the Brotherhood of Cheerful Sparrows and of the Ellanpee Golf Club. Mr. Garland leaves two sons and one daughter.

The funeral took place at Charing Crematorium on Thursday.

E-mail and photos:

I recently received an e-mail from the son of Colin Lerwill, licensee of the Clarendon from 1953-63. He has very kindly sent some photos, which are shared here.

Clarendon Hotel, date unknown, but probably 1950s. Photo kindly supplied by Bryn Lerwill

Clarendon Hotel, date unknown, but probably 1950s. Photo kindly supplied by Bryn Lerwill

Clarendon Hotel, date unknown, but probably 1950s. Photo kindly supplied by Bryn Lerwill

Clarendon Hotel, date unknown, but probably 1950s. Photo kindly supplied by Bryn Lerwill
Clarendon Hotel, January, 1959. Photo kindly supplied by Bryn Lerwill

Friday, 4 December 2015


4th December, 2015: Folkestone Herald Reports for 1999 Added.

I will now be taking a break from posting until the New Year


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