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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1893+

(Name from)

Central Hotel

Latest 1970+

50 51 Biggin Street

51a Kelly's 1965

Central Hotel 1920s

Above photo kindly sent by Paul Wells, from his book, "Dover Then and Now" by Paul Wells and Jeff Howe. Showing the hotel as being upstairs, photo circa 1920-30. Downstairs showing Britcher's Bon March, the ladies outfitters.

Central Hotel refronting circa 1980's
Central Hotel

Above photo kindly supplied by Paul Wells.

Central Hotel showing the re-fronting that took place in the mid 1980's.

Central Hotel advert 1970s

Above advert from 1970-1 kindly sent by Paul Wells.

 

I'm afraid that this wasn't originally listed in Barry Smith's research as it was more a hotel than an Inn.

 

The number 50 Biggin Street was also the "Three Tuns" and later the "Evening Star." It is unknown as yet when the premises was converted into the hotel, but it was certainly after 1896 as street widening demolished many houses in this area that year including what was previously here, I believe it to be the former "Lord Raglan".

 

From the Dover Express, 1 September 1899.

Henry McGrath was charged with begging and violence.

Mr. R. J. Johnson, a private gentleman living at Mr. Lefevres "Central Hotel" in Biggin Street, said that on Monday night he was coming out of the Hotel and met the prisoner, who began begging in a blustering way. Soon afterwards he gave witness a blow on the arm. he gave prisoner in charge who in the constable's presence rushed at witness, hitting him so hard as to send him against the wall and make his nose bleed.

Police Sergeant Fogg said he had seen the prisoner begging, and when arrested he was very violent. He kicked witness and a man-of-war's man who was passing.

Sentenced to 14 days imprisonment.

 

Further information tells me that from 1912 to about 1921 the hotel was also known as the "Central Temperance Hotel." So no beer here between those dates I'm afraid.

The above passage from the Dover Express dated 1899 mentions that it was called "Lefevres Central Hotel." So I am led to believe that it was probably a temperance hotel then, and the Lefevres was probably the same who previously had the former "Saracen's Head" before it was demolished around 1895.

 

LICENSEE LIST

Last pub licensee had LEFEVRE ???? 1899 (probably Thomas)

WATTS C 1924 Pikes 1924

DIXON C 1932-38 Pikes 1932-33Pikes 1938-39

 

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

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

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

Kelly's 1965From the Kelly's Directory 1965

 

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