47 Snargate Street
Above photo kindly sent by Leighton Radford who says he believes the
gentleman in the picture is James Sampson Torr who was married to his
great grandmothers sister Elizabeth Hill. The picture must have been
taken during his reign at the pub circa 1895.
The previous landlady Sarah Torr was the sister of James.
Sarah married a George Philpott and by 1911 they and James were
living at 2 Tavistock Villa, Cherry Tree Avenue, Dover.
Above photo shows the Clarendon Hotel 1950, just before demolition. The White Cliffs Cafe is shown on the left.
Before 1862, 47 Snargate Street was titled the "True Briton." This pub
closed in that year and I am going to assume changed name to the "Clarendon
Hotel," the dates certainly match.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
1 October, 1880. Price 1d.
TRANSFER OF LICENSE
The license of the "Clarendon" public-house was transferred from Mr.
Birch to Mr. John Pope, of the "Officer's Club," Liverpool Street.
In answer to the Bench, Mr. Pope stated he should still keep on at
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 1 February, 1895. Price 1d.
STEALING A WALKING STICK
George Richards was charged with stealing from the “Clarendon”
public-house, a silver mounted walking stick.
Arthur George Rowlands, living with his friends at Snargate Street,
Dover, said the stick produced was the property of his father. Witness
had it in his possession on Saturday evening when he went to the
“Clarendon Hotel.” Witness placed the stick in the corner of the bottom
bar and went into the other bar. He stopped there two minutes and
hearing the door click he returned, but found the stick gone. He did not
see it again till now. Its value was 7s. 6d.
Elizabeth Torr, wife of the landlord of the “Clarendon Hotel,” said she
saw the prisoner come in on Saturday evening between eight and nine. At
the same time she saw the prisoner in one of the bars offering songs for
G. Phillips, landlord of Common Lodging house, 41, Adrian Street, said
the prisoner had paid for lodgings at his house on Saturday. About 10.30
he handed the stick (produced) to witness and asked him to take care of
it. He subsequently gave the stick to the Police.
Police-constable Reilly said he went to the last witness’ house and the
stick was handed to him and the prisoner who was in the house was taken
into custody. He said he found it in a passage by the quayside.
The prisoner was sent to prison for 14 days’ hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22 February, 1901. Price 1d.
A FLEMISH SAILOR
A Belgian seaman named Kettle, belonging to the smack Record was charged
with being drunk and disorderly in Snargate Street.
The prisoner was asked if he understood English, and at once replied
that he did not.
The Superintendent remarked that he had when below understood what was
said to him.
Police Constable Husk said that on Saturday night at 10.35 he was called
by the landlord of the “Clarendon Hotel” to eject the prisoner and
another man who were behaving disorderly. He found the prisoner, who was
drunk, and two others quarrelling. The landlord requested them to leave.
The prisoner did not go, and witness ejected him. The prisoner refused
to go away when outside, and made use of very filthy remarks in broken
English. He twice struck at witness, who closed him with handcuffed
prisoner. He was very rough, but with assistance got him to the Station.
The prisoner was asked if he understood the evidence. He replied in
Flemish that he did not understand.
The Magistrates asked what the prisoner said.
Sergeant Cadman said the prisoner said “East Cliff.” (Loud laughter.)
Rowland Huggett, landlord of the “Clarendon Hotel,” said that about
10.30 the prisoner came in and had half a pint of beer. Another man came
in afterwards and stared quarrelling with him. The prisoner got excited,
and witness ordered them both out, and the constable, at witness’
request, put them out. There was a disturbance outside, and the
Constable took the prisoner into custody. Witness could not say the
prisoner was drunk. He thought the other man caused the disturbance, and
the prisoner became excited, like a foreigner does.
The master of the “Record” gave the prisoner an excellent character, and
the Magistrates discharged him on a fine of 2s. 6d. being paid.
On the corner with Snargate Street and Northampton Street and well
established by 1879. Reports of the last century usually refer to it as an
inn. The singing and dancing licence was granted in 1929 and a lease dated
February 1923 for 21 years, was made between the Harbour Board and Nalder
and Collyer's Brewery of Croyden. Another lease in 1942, was held by Ind Coope and
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 4 September, 1931. Price 1½d.
SCENE AT THE CLARENDON HOTEL
On Friday night, extraordinary scenes took place at the “Clarendon
Hotel,” Snargate Street. The landlord saw a light flickering in the
bedrooms and on going to the rooms found a man in one of the bedrooms
and the room in disorder. He called for assistance and the man made for
the window. The landlady, who rushed into the room, caught hold of his
hands as he was dropping out of the window, but failing to hold them,
grabbed his cap. The man dropped into the street, but a passer-by – a
railway man going to work on his cycle – saw him come out of the window
and followed him up Northampton Street. At the top he called on the
Constable to arrest the man, but whilst the matter was being explained
the man bolted, but was again pursued by the cyclist, and after a
struggle a man alleged to be the one who dropped out of the window, was
arrested. The sequel occurred at the Dover Police Court on Saturday,
when the man alleged to be the individual who dropped out of the window
The Magistrates were Messrs. W. B. Brett and T. Francis.
Private Walter Donaldson, 1st Battalion the Royal Sussex Regiment, was
charged with stealing from a bedroom at the “Clarendon hotel,” Snargate
Street, on August 28th, a lady’s diamond ring and a string of pearls,
the property of Miss Peggy Courtney, an actress, values £31, with
stealing a lady’s gold ring, a metal necklace and part of a manicure
set, the property of Miss betty Theedon, 1, Winchelsea Street, barmaid,
value £3 10s.; with stealing two rows of pearls, four rosaries and a
packet of playing cards, the property of miss Joan Fitzwalter, a
shorthand typist, valued £3.
P.C. Datlen said: At 10.15 last evening, in consequence of information
received, I went to the “Clarendon Hotel,” Snargate Street, and saw the
proprietor, Mr. Fitzgerald, who made a complaint to me. I also saw the
prisoner detained in the kitchen. I made an examination of the premises
and found various drawers in four bedrooms had been turned over. On a
bed in the bedroom on the first floor I found a metal necklace and two
pieces of a manicure set which had been taken from a bedroom on the
second floor, occupied by Miss Betty Theedon. Also two rows of pearls,
four rosaries and a set of playing cards, which had been taken from a
chest of drawers in the bedroom. Also a military plain-clothes pass in
favour of No. 6395224, Private Donaldson. I then saw the prisoner and
told him I was a Police Officer and cautioned him. I told him that he
would be charged with stealing various articles of jewellery. He
replied, “Why should I be?” I searched the prisoner at the hotel and
among his property I found in the right hand pocket of his jacket, two
pearls, which he stated he got at the barracks. The prisoner was then
taken to the Police Station. This morning the prisoner was cautioned and
charged and made no reply. I also took possession of a cap found in the
dining room of the hotel.
The Chief Constable asked for a remand till next Friday in order to
complete the enquiries in this case.
The Chairman ordered the prisoner to be remanded in custody till next
This licence was suspended for the duration of the war in September 1940
and it never reopened to my knowledge. If it did it would have closed again
by the beginning of August 1950. Demolition took place in September that
year and was complete by November. The last licensee was Archibald Hopper.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22
Work on the widening of Snargate Street, which is to
replace Northampton Street as the main thoroughfare to the Pier
District, is expected to begin at the end of the year or early next
This week workmen have resumed operations on the
demolition of properties on the south side of the street. Lorry loads of
lead have been salvaged from the buildings, few of which are now
It is expected that the whole of the remaining premises
from Wellington Passage to the Clarendon Hotel, at the corner of
Northampton Street, will be demolished in the near future.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 29
SNARGATE STREET CHANGES
Demolition work has begun on property on the seaward side of Snargate
Street in preparation for the closing of Northampton Street to make quay
space and the provision of a widened Snargate Street. At the corner of
Northampton Street stood the Sailors Bethel, and adjoining is the
Clarendon Hotel in process of disappearance.
STONE James 1862+
BROWNING Charles Grist Nov/1871-Nov/1879
BROWNING Ewell Nov/1879+
BIRCH Joseph or John Charles Oct/1880
POPE John Oct/1880-July/83
CLARKSON Henry George July/1883-85 (late of "Swan Inn" Walton on Thames)
TORR Miss Sarah 1889-91+
TORR James Sampson 1895
HUGGETT Rowland 1901-Mar/02 dec'd
HUGGETT Mrs Martha (widow) Mar/1902-03+
CADOGAN Mrs M 1907-19 end
PAMPLIN Sidney R 1919-Aug/22
HERBERT Mr C W Aug/1922+
HERBERT S 1923-24+
TWIDLE Benjamin W 1925-June/26
FITZGERALD Arthur Horace June/1926-Dec/31
(Electrical engineer of Wimbledon)
MOON Alexander Meckliff Dec/1931-Apr/33
TURNER Ernest Apr/1933+
the "Earl of Devonshire," Bow.)
TURNER Frances J S 1936-50 end
HOPPER Archibald Henry 1950 end
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1889
From the Post Office Directory 1891
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From the Post Office Directory 1903
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Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49
From the Dover Express