DOVER KENT ARCHIVES
PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1870

British Arms

Latest 1870

Address unknown

 

It looks as though this could have been reopened by Mrs. Little in 1870 when she received a new licence.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 6 May, 1870. Price 1d.

TRANSFER OF LICENSE

The following applications for the transfer of licenses were granted:-

A new license was also granted to Mrs. Little of the "British Arms."

 

 

At this stage and without an address I am wondering whether the pub actually existed at all. Reasons for this statement are that the "British Tar" at 27 Tower Hamlets Street had a James Joseph Little as licensee between 1853 and 1878 and she may well have taken over from her husband. Also the papers of the day could well have typed Arms instead of Tar, thus creating this confusion.

Speaking generally now and not referring to this or any other particular house, it might be appropriate to refer to the stricter laws now being enforced. Prostitutes were under constant surveillance and were shadowed by specially trained personnel connected with the Contagious Diseases Act. Further to that, persons caught drinking out of hours were now liable to prosecution and fines as well as the person who served them. Like the motorist in later years, the publican was governed by a totting up procedure.

 

LICENSEE LIST

LITTLE Mrs May/1870+ Dover Express

 

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

 

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