DOVER KENT ARCHIVES
PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1100s

Annunciation or Angelus

Latest 1100s+

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Biggin Street

 

Now referred to as the "Salutation".

The original was said to exist with the nearby monastery, now Dover College in the twelfth century. One writer has suggested that the two were connected with a tunnel or passageway. The monastery (Priory) would have been much closer then than the few remaining portions of today so I find that suggestion easy to go along with. Its name before the Reformation was probably "Annunciation" or possibly "Angelus" if it was present then. The sign would have changed when the Priory met its demise with perhaps just the lily remaining. It has been reported that when the pub was called the "Annunciation" that the sign depicted the greeting of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the Angel Gabriel.

 

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