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Keith Swallow

Keith Swallow, Appledore, Kent

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Victoria Inn & Appledore's Pubs

14th September 2014

Keith Swallow:

I am currently researching a book on the pubs of Romney Marsh and surrounding villages and would appreciate any information about the former Victoria Inn. Appledore has a rich pub heritage including the Queen's Arms, the Bell, Railway Hotel, Swan and Red / Black Lion. But I am struggling to find out much about the Victoria. I know that it opened some time between 1847 - 1897 and that it was still listed in a directory of 1982. I was originally assured that it was located on the junction with Kenardington Road and that it is still in use as a private dwelling. But others have told me that it was demolished to make way for new housing. I'd be very grateful if anyone could put me right on this.

Many thanks in anticipation,

Keith Swallow

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The Royal William

9th May 2014 / Posted on Camber message board

Keith Swallow:

(Very belated) thanks for this, Gill - I had lost the link to this site. My research has now got a lot further. The original building was constructed in 1807 but burned down in 1900. After being rebuilt it suffered another fire after which it was purchased by the golf club. The new pub was constructed on the Old Lydd Road in 1936/37 and was very successful in the 1960s. It closed in the early 2000s, with planning permission for change of use being granted in 2005. I hope to be publishing a book on the pubs of the Romney Marsh in a couple of years' time.

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The Royal William

16th May 2013 / Posted on Camber message board

Keith Swallow:

This is an interesting thread. I'm afraid I can't access the photo, but have been doing some research into Romney Marsh pubs and the Royal William puzzles me. I've seen photos of the "Old Billy" from the 1890s, where it is just a shack, located - seemingly - where Royal William Square now stands. But later photos show a much more substantial building which appears to be opposite the Golf Club on the Camber Road. I believe that the original burnt down, but wonder why it was seemingly rebuilt in a different location. I can only assume that proximity to the golf course HQ was the key factor.

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