162 Snargate Street
Present in 1854 with Ferdinand Galanti in attendance, he
having moved here from the "Harbour Ale Shades". Its neighbour at one time
would have been the "William and John" beerhouse.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 9
DOVER POLICE COURT
The "ARMY AND NAVY":- This being a transfer day, the applicant, Mr.
John Glessing, obtained the transfer, but was informed by the Mayor
that if he did not conduct the house properly he would run the risk, at
the next licensing day, of having the license taken away.
Mr. Glessing said he hoped the magistrates would have no reason to
complain of the way in which the "Army and Navy" was conducted. He had
kept a public-house before, and never been the subject of any complaint.
The Mayor - Very well. I only say this to caution you. The name of
the house you are about to keep is -
Mr. Elsted (to the rescue) - Not very good!
No objection was taken to any other house.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 17
ASPASIA - AFTER SUPPER
Sarah Ann Hollingworth, a girl of the unfortunate class, was summoned
for assaulting another of the same profession, Lucy Whitnell.
The complainant, a powerfully-dressed young lady, said that on
Wednesday night she was at the "Army and Navy," in Snargate Street,
between 12 and 1 o'clock, taking a glass of porter and talking to a male
acquaintance, when "that person" (the defendant) commenced abusing her.
Witness said she did not wish to have anything to say to her, and
reminded her that on a former occasion she had been kind to her, having
treated her with supper and a glass of brandy. Upon that, the person
flew at her "like a tiger," pulling her hair out by handfuls, striking
her in the face, breaking the chain she was wearing round her neck and,
crumpling up her bonnet. Defendant also made use of very improper
language, which witness could not think of repeating. She also said that
she knew she would be summoned, and she therefore meant to have her
pennyworth out of the complainant. She (complainant) subsequently met
police-constable Faith, to whom she related her rencontre with
The defendant did not deny having slapped the complainant's face, but
she did so at complainant's particular request. (A laugh.) On being
reminded of her obligations to the complainant on account of the supper,
as complainant said, although it was not a supper at all, but only a
glass of brandy, she felt irritated and gave complainant a slap, when
complainant said "Now slap the other side," which she (defendant) did
immediately. (Laughter.) That was how it occurred, and if she had done
wrong she hoped their worships would deal leniently with her, as she had
The Bench fined her 1s., and the costs, 10s.
Just out of interest Apacia (470-400 b.c.)
was a Milesian (Turkey) born woman and friend of the Athenian statesman
Pericles. Little is known of her but the above title would suggest
reference to her being a brothel keeper and harlot, although modern
accounts dispute this fact.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 9
DOVER POLICE COURT
Henry Clark, Ebenezer Edwards and Francis Waylie, three men belonging
to the John Petley and Mystery steam-tugs, and Charles Webb, a wherryman,
were charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct in the streets and
with committing a violent assault on William Reynolds Marsh, landlord of
the "Army and Navy" public-house, Snargate Street.
The complainant, whose head was bound up, his face being horribly
disfigured by discolouration apparently from recent blows, made the
following statement:- I keep the "Army and Navy" public house in
Snargate Street. About one o'clock this morning, after the house was
closed, I heard a knocking at the door. My waiter answered the knock,
and asked who was there, when some person outside answered, "Police."
The waiter called me, and I also asked who was there, when the same
answer was returned. I half opened the door, without undoing the chain,
and then saw half a dozen men. They made as rush at the door as soon as
it was opened, one of them putting his foot in the doorway. In putting
the man out I put my head in the opening, when he struck me a blow in
the face. That was Edwards. I recognised him by his cap. I caught hold
of him, and while I was holding him the rest of the men hammered away at
the half of the door which remained closed until they succeeded in
pulling down the shutter, when they broke the entire sash - glass
framework, and all. So violent were the blows that three show glasses in
the confectioner's shop next door were thrown down from a shelf and
smashed. I then got out and held two of the men, Edwards and Clark, till
the police came up, an alarm having been previously given. Three of the
other men got away; but I gave the two men I had detained into custody,
together with Webb. I identified Waylie as one of the men who escaped.
While I was holding the two men I have named the rest were striking and
kicking me continually. I estimated the damage done to the door at £5.
The house belongs to Mr. R. Watson, solicitor, but it will be repaired
at my expense.
Henry Petts, waiter at the "Army and Navy," who had been out of
hearing while the landlord was examined, corroborated Marsh's evidence.
He identified Edwards as the man who tried to get in on the landlord
opening the door. When Marsh was struck witness was standing behind him,
and he could not therefore say who gave the blow. After the door was
opened witness was struck several times. There we six or seven men
creating a disturbance, and he identified Clark, Webb, and Edwards, as
three of them.
Police-constable James Joyce examined:- About five minutes before one
o'clock this morning I was on duty in Strond Street, when I heard a
noise near Mr. Court's in Snargate Street. On coming up I saw the
defendants Clark, Edwards, and Waylie, with three other men. They were
talking in a very loud key and making a great deal of noise. I told them
they must be less noisy, when Waylie replied, "All right, policeman."
They were then quiet, and walked up Snargate Street, in the direction of
Marsh's house. I passed them again near the London and County Bank as I
was going towards the police-station. On returning to Snargate Street I
heard a great noise as soon as I had turned the corner of the street. I
ran to the spot as quickly as possible, and while doing so I heard
"Police" shouted. Sergeant Barton and police-constable White joined me
before getting to the "Army and Navy," where we found Marsh holding
Edwards and another man. I cannot identify the other. I took Edwards
into custody. I recognise Clark as one of the other men present, and
also Webb, those two being taken by Sergeant Barton and White. All three
of the defendants were conveyed to the station-house, whither they went
quietly; and on the charge being taken down by Superintendent and read
over to them, Edwards offered to pay whatever damage had been done to
Marsh's premises if he as allowed to go.
In defence Webb said he was not with the other defendants, but was
standing in the road looking on at the fray when he was taken into
custody. He denied that he took part whatever in creating a disturbance.
The only defence offered by Clark was that what had been stated against
him a false. Edwards and Waylie made a similar defence, the latter
admitting that he certainly was in liquor, but denying any further
complicity in the offence. He heard that his mate was in custody, and on
going to the station-house to find him, he found himself in custody too.
Police-constable Faith, who had taken Waylie, met him in Bench
Street. With on oath, he said the police had got his mate in custody, and
that he meant to have him out again. Seeing he was the worse for liquor,
witness took him into custody. The man's face was bleeding when witness
After a private consultation.
The Magistrates said they considered the charge one of the most
aggravated that had been brought before them for years. Edwards and
Clark, as the principle offenders, would be fined £5 each and costs for
assault, or in default a month's imprisonment. For the other offences
all four defendants would be fined 10s. each and costs, or fourteen
In default all were committed.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 September, 1873.
The license of the “Army and Navy” was transferred from the present
tenant, the proprietor of the “Oxford Music
Hall,” to William Hobday.
The Shah of Persia, visiting this country, landed at Dover
in June 1873.
William Hobday, no doubt liking to keep abreast of events,
promptly changed the name to "Shah of Persia". Its former name would have
been equally apt in view of its position but it was said to be frequently at
variance with the law and it is a fact that a new name could work wonders
under those circumstances.
GALANTI Ferdinand 1854
GILES James 1857-58+
GLESSING John 1859+
MARSH William Reynolds 1861-Sept/73
HOBDAY William Sept/1873+ end
To "Shah of
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1862
From the Dover Express