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Earliest 1545

Cock Inn

Latest 1650

Strond Street

 

A "Cock Victualling House" in Biggin Street in 1545, was kept by Thomas Jaxon and offered 9 beds.

 

The Strond Street pub was built on reclaimed land and another inn, possibly the same, was established in the pier district during the reign of James 1st. (1603-25).

 

A William and Alice Wellard owned the "Cock Brewhouse" and the "Cock Inn", which in 1650 stood in Strond Street where later Trinity Church was erected. Both establishments seem to have prospered and the pub issued its own copper tokens of which there are some still existing, having in the centre a rose, and round the rose is "Will Wellard at"; and on the back, "W.W.A., The Cock Inn, Dover." Both buildings were taken down in 1835 when the site sold for 1,000 and a church took their place. That was not in use during world war two and it made way for dockside improvements in 1949.

Cock Inn copper tokens

Above is an engraving of the front and reverse of one of the copper tokens issued by William and AIice Wellard, of the old Cock Inn.

Cock Inn tokens

Above photo, shows the actual coins.

William Wellard, son of William Wellard of Dover Beerbrewer, by Ind dated 9 April 1662, of his own free will and with the consent of his friends, appr to William Wellard his father for 7 years from Indenture date and the master to teach his apprentice the misterie of a brewer. Inr 14 November 1662 (fol. 71)

 

LICENSEE LIST

JAXON Thomas 1545

 

WELLARD William and Alice 1650 (Cock Brewhouse)

 

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