Sort file:- Dover, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1834-

British Tar

Latest 1836

Mount Pleasant

New Street



This is another public house that wasn't found in Barry Smith's original works, and had it not have been mentioned as being in Mount Pleasant, I may have assumed it was the "British Tar" he did find in Tower Hamlets Street.

Unfortunately the following passages, taken from the Dover Telegraph are the only instants this pub has been mentioned to date.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 2 August, 1834. Price 7d.

John Cleeve was indicted for keeping a disorderly house, the "British Tar," at Mount Pleasant. The deposition of several individuals in support of the indictment, having been read, Mr. Brett, who appeared for the prosecution, commented at length thereon, and detailed many instances of riot an disorder said to have occurred at, or near defendant's house. The learned gentleman concluded by observing that the defendant had abused the lenience shewn towards him at the last sessions, and trusted the court would now convince him, that it was his duty to support his family by honest labour, rather than by the wages of infamy and immorality.

Mr. T. B. Bass, Solicitor for the defendant, remarked on the peculiar disadvantage under which his individuals had been put. The defendant had been summoned to almost every adjournment, since the last sessions, and he trusted the court would view the numerous documents in favour of the defendant, as well as those in aggravation of his cause. The prosecution would not have been got up, but for the purpose of the Landlord's obtaining possession of the house, sooner than the regular course of the law would admit. He maintained, that the defendant had not infringed the engagement he entered into last Sessions. Should the court think otherwise, he trusted to its lenient consideration of the statements in his favour.

Guilty - fined 20s.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 30 April, 1836. Price 7d.


John Cleave was indicted on the prosecution of the late overseers of the Parish of Saint Mary, for keeping a disorderly house, the "British Tar," in New Street.


The Recorder, addressing the prisoner, said, he had been found guilty of a similar offence on a former occasion, and not punished, on his undertaking to abate the nuisance. His repetition was therefore punished by a sentence of Two months' imprisonment.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 2 August, 1836. Price 7d.

John CLEEVE, the "British Tar," Mount Pleasant, at Dover General Sessions, fined for keeping a disorderly house.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 12 August, 1837.


The principle case before the Magistrates yesterday was a charge of assault preferred by Eliza Wells, an aimable attaché to the "British Tar," in New Street, against Thomas Hicks, the landlord of that house. The row, according to the defendant and his wife's statement, arose from the complainant's abusing a customer of the house, who chose to underrate her attractions; and she was expelled in consequence. The complainants face, however, and the testimony of a witness, proved that the expulsion had been effected with unnecessary violence; and the defendant was accordingly convicted in the penalty of 20 shillings.




CLEEVE/CLEAVE John 1834-36

HICKS Thomas 1837+


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