Sort file:- Dover, May, 2019.

Page Updated Dover:- Wednesday, 29 May, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1862


Latest 1969

54 High Street


Angel Inn
Former Angel

Above photograph by Paul Skelton, 5 April 2010, shows the approximate place where I believe the "Angel" once stood.


The house now under discussion can be traced to 1862, (Robert Stone). Closed in 1940 but reopened in 1942 by William Dinnage. It closed finally on 3 May 1969, the property itself disappearing in September 1981.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 10 September, 1864.


An inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon by the borough coroner, W. H. Payn, Esq., on the body of a child between three and four years of age named Michael Neale, whose parents, the father being a labourer, reside in Barwick's Alley, Charlton. The inquest was held at the "Angel Inn," Mr. Christie being sworn as foreman. The following was the evidence adduced, from which it would appear that the child was left alone a short time by its mother, while she went into the house of a neighbour, and that he must have approached too near the fire in her absence:-

Emily White: I live in Barwick's Alley, and am the wife of Thomas White, who is a labourer employed in the oil-mills. I knew the deceased child, who was the son of Simon Neal, also a labourer and a resident of Barwick's Alley. The age of the child was three years and four months. On Saturday evening I was outside my house, when I saw the mother of the deceased leave her house and go into that of Mrs. Sullivan, a neighbour, with a teapot in her hand. During the time she was talking to Mrs. Sullivan I heard the child cry. I called to the mother, who ran up the steps leading to her house, and I followed soon afterwards. I found that the child was on fire, and I saw the mother wrap some clothing around it, to put out the flames, which she succeeded in doing. She then went away, saying she was going to take the child to hospital. I saw the deceased again on Monday, when I took it an orange. It died on Monday night.

Catherine Neal: I am the wife of Simon Neal, and mother of the deceased. As soon as I was called by the last witness on Saturday afternoon, I went up the steps into my room, where I saw the child burning, his pinafore being on fire at the side. He screamed very much. I wrapped my gown around him, and extinguished the fire, after which I ran with him immediately to the hospital. On getting to the hospital I saw a woman. I do not remember what she said, except that the doctor was not within. The neighbour who accompanied me said that it was no use stopping there, and I then left the hospital in her company and took the child to Mr. Walter's. Mr. Walter was not at home, but his assistant applied flour to the burns. I took the child home, and afterwards got from Mr. Bourner, the relieving officer, an order for the attendance of the parish surgeon. Mr. Long, the surgeon, attended the child up to the time of his death, which occurred on Monday night. I went to the hospital twice after first taking the child there. The last time, late at night, I saw the house-surgeon, and told him that Mr. Long was in attendance on the child; but I desired him to come and see deceased. He declined because Mr. Long was in attendance.

Arthur Long, surgeon, residing and practising in Dover: About six o'clock on Saturday evening I received an order from the relieving officer to attend the deceased child, who, I was told had been burnt. I reached Barwick's Alley a little after seven. I found the burns had been dressed. I looked at the extent of the burns as well as I could without disturbing the dressings, and ordered that the deceased should be kept quiet. I saw the child again the next morning, and found that the persons attending it had dressed the burns in the meantime. I told the parents that from the nature of the injuries the child had sustained, it could not recover, and it died three hours afterwards. I attributed death to inflammation of the lung, caused by the serious nature of the burns.

Sarah Horn: I am a widow, and live in Barwick's Alley. I knew the deceased child. I went with Mrs. Neal to the Hospital. The woman belonging to the hospital said she would go and see whether the house surgeon was within. She soon returned and said he was not in the house. I then suggested that the child should be taken to Mr. Walter's, which was done.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death." It transpired, during the enquiry, that there had been current a rumour to the effect that the little sufferer had been refused admittance at the Hospital; but the gentleman of the jury expressed themselves fully satisfied, from the evidence, that there had been no grounds for such an impression.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 10 September, 1864.


Thomas Connors, a constable in the borough police-force, was charged with assisting Thomas Hunt, marine-store dealer, Charlton.

Complainant said that on the morning of the 7th inst., about one o'clock, he was at the "Angel Inn," Charlton. Defendant came there and had a glass of beer. He stood at the bar a minute or two, and in consequence of some "chaff," defendant offered to box complainant and another person who stood at the bar. They got to rather high words, and defendant then took him by the collar and bundled him out of the door. On getting outside defendant struck him several times.

Mary Stone, daughter of the landlady of the "Angel Inn," said she saw the defendant come into her house on the morning in question. He had a glass of beer. He stood at the bar, and shortly afterwards some disturbance occurred between him and complainant, when defendant took complainant by the collar and put him outside the door. She did not see what occurred afterwards.

This was the whole of the evidence, and Connors in his defence then said that he did put the complainant out of the door, but he denied assaulting him. He pleaded, in extenuation of his conduct, that complainant threatened to report him, as he was on duty at the time of entering the public-house.

The Mayor, after consulting for a few minutes with the other Justices, said the Bench had determined to dismiss defendant from the force.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 25 October, 1871.


Vincent Davidson, a labourer in the employ of Mr. Crundall, was charged with assaulting a man named bean, another labourer, at the “Angel Inn,” on the previous Friday.

George Bean, the complainant, said that, on the previous Friday night, at about half-past seven, he went to the “Angel Inn.” The defendant was there, and they had some words. The defendant said he would knock his (the complainant's) eye out, and struck him several times. He did not give him any provocation.

The defendant said he was rather the worse for drink when the assault took place. He was very sorry that he had struck the complainant.

The Magistrates fined him 2s. 6d., and the costs, 10s. which he paid.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 14 September, 1888. Price 1d.


Timothy Keene, and William Cebury, two privates in the Royal Munster Fusiliers, were charged with breaking a pane of plate glass, value 1 17s., and stealing one bottle, value 1d., the property of Edward Harris. The prisoner Cebury, was further charged with being a deserter.

P.C. Lockwood said that morning about one o'clock he was on duty in Bridge Street, when he saw the prisoners. Witness followed them and they went down High Street, and when they got to the “Angel Inn,” he saw the prisoner Cebury break the window with a thistle spud, which he was carrying. He ran after them, and the prisoners were caught by Mr. Harris and P.C. Danson, and were taken to the Police Station.

P.C. Reuben Danson said he was on duty in High Street, about one o'clock that morning, when he heard a smash of glass. He ran up the street and when he got to Wood Street, saw the two prisoners come running down toward him. Someone shouted “Stop them, police,” and he caught hold of prisoner Keene. Mr. Harris then came up and took hold of the other prisoner. When witness took hold of Keene, he asked the other prisoner to give him a stick, and the prisoner Cebury gave him the bottle produced. Keene tried to strike him over the head with the bottle but he took it away. Both of the prisoners had been drinking.

Edward Harris, landlord of the “Angel Inn,” High Street, said he was upstairs about one o'clock that morning when he heard a smash of glass. He hurried downstairs and opened the front door, and the two prisoners were running down the street. He called out “stop them,” and P.C. Danson stopped the two prisoners. The front plate glass window was smashed, and several bottles in the window were broken. The bottle produced was his property and was in the window on Monday. The value of the window was 1 17s., and the bottle 1d.

The Bench fined the prisoners 18s. damages, 5s. fine, and 10s. 6d. costs, in all 1 14ss. Each, or in default 14 day's hard labour.

The prisoner Cedbury, was further charged with being a deserter from the 1st Battallion, Royal Munster Fusiliers.

P.C. Lockwood proved the charge.

The prisoner was ordered to be sent back to his regiment.


From the Dover Express, 12 December, 1930.

The "Angel," London Road, was granted an hour's extension for the Slate Club Share Out on December 20th.


Dover Express, Friday 22 September 1939.

Breaches of Blackout Rules.

Frank Doble Penrose, "Angel Inn," High Street, pleaded guilty, and was fined 10s., for allowing a light to be seen at 10.20 p.m. on September 6th.

Chief Inspector Saddleton said that Police Sergeant Dawkins and P.C. Miller saw a strong light coming from the ground floor at the rear of the "Angel Inn." They scaled the wall knocked on the open back door. No one came, so they entered, and found the room empty. They went upstairs, and saw the licensee, who said that a customer went downstairs and must have put the light on.

Defendant said that the customer had no right to go downstairs, but he now drew the curtains before opening in the evening.


Victor Williams the last licensee.



GREEN William 1545 (Unknown address)

SERLIS Francis 1545 (St James' Street)

MATTHEW George 1545 (Chapel Street)


OLIVER Robert 1811

STONE Robert 1862-64

STONE Mary Bateman (daughter of above) 1869 end

Last pub licensee had GEORGE William 1869-78 Post Office Directory 1874

GEORGE Catherine dec'd to Aug/1881 Dover Express

HARRIS Mrs Ann Aug/1881+ Dover Express (executrix to above and widow)

HARRIS Edward 1882-88+ Post Office Directory 1882Dover Express

TOPPING John 1891 Post Office Directory 1891

SARTAIN Peter 1895-96 dec'd Pikes 1895

SARTAIN/HARMER Myra Leila Mrs 1896-Dec/1902  (widow age 40 in 1901Census) Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903Dover Express(Post Office Directory 1903 Out dated info?)

Last pub licensee had WIDGEON Edward John Dec/1902-08 Dover Express

MEAD T 1911 end

HOBSON H 1911-12

KNIGHT Henry Edward senior 1913-31 dec'd Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922Pikes 1923Pikes 1924Post Office Directory 1930

KNIGHT Henry L junior Next pub licensee had 1932-Jan/38 Pikes 1932-33Dover Express

Last pub licensee had NORRIS Oscar Augustus Jan/1938-Apr/39 Post Office Directory 1938Pikes 1938-39

PENROSE Frank Dobell Apr/1939-40 (age 64 in 1939)


DINNAGE William Marcus 1942

DINNAGE Mrs C K 1945

BYRNE A 1948 Pikes 48-49

SMITH William Charlie June/1948-50+ Dover ExpressKelly's Directory 1950

PETTET Thomas J 1953-54 end Kelly's Directory 1953

WILLIAMS Victor R 1954-69 end Kelly's Directory 1956


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

Kelly's Directory 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Pikes 1923From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Pikes 1932-33From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Pikes 1938-39From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39

Pikes 48-49From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49

Kelly's Directory 1950From the Kelly's Directory 1950

Kelly's Directory 1953From the Kelly's Directory 1953

Kelly's Directory 1956From the Kelly's Directory 1956

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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