29 Council House Street and Commercial Quay
Much of the information I gathered concerning the "Providence Inn and
Tap" I had to discard because it might have referred to the house in Trevanion Street. I became so confused by my notes that I formed the opinion
that a single edifice had been cut down the middle to form numbers 29 and
I am assuming that prior to May 1835, licensee Thomas Walton had died as
the Dover Telegraph reported on 16 May 1835 (p.8 col.4) the marriage of Mr.
James Grange to Mrs. Walton of the "Crusader" public house. James Grange
later went on to become the licensee.
I have read that the "Crusader" was the former "Providence Hotel" but my
notes show both establishments functioning at the same time up to 1878 so
that discounts that. Towards the end of the nineteenth century the
"Crusader" was sometimes addressed Blenheim Square but likewise that proves
little. It had also traded, as early as 1792, and certainly in 1826, but not
after 1832, as "The Prince of Wales".
When auctioned in May 1859, it held a 61 year lease which had commenced
in April 1834. £400 was paid that time and at the next sale in 1881 it
passed to the Kingsford brothers for £610. A description at that time showed
four bedrooms and four attics. My notes also suggest that the licence was
dropped in 1880 but it must have been a temporary thing only.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 2 September, 1881. 1d.
WEST CLIFF BREWERY SALE
The “Crusader,” formerly licensed as the “Providence Hotel,” in Council
House Street, Dover. Containing bar, bar parlour, two sitting rooms,
smoking room, kitchen, four bedrooms, four attics and cellar, with yard;
and in the rear is three-roomed house with cellar, formerly used as a
tap, held under lease from the Dover Harbour Board for a term of 61
years, from the 6th April, 1834, at a ground rent of £3 10s., was
purchased at £610 by Messrs. Kingsford Bros.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 4
January, 1884. 1d.
An inquest was held on Monday afternoon at the “Crusader Inn,”
Council House Street, before the Borough Coroner, on the body of a child
The following gentlemen were on the Jury:- Mr. C. Adams (foreman) C.
Pettit, J. C. License, F. Gush, Cuff, J. Carpenter, J. Haseldine, D.
Dowle, D. Bishop, J. Emery, W. Oldfield, and J. Mynall.
Mary Cooper, the wife of William Cooper, a labourer living at Council
House Street, said : The body that the Jury have viewed is that of my
daughter Alice Cooper, three years of age. On Wednesday afternoon at
about two o’clock the deceased was playing in the upper room and sat in
mistake in a basin of hot water that I had placed in the corner, having
just strained some vegetables. I ran at once and lifted her out of the
water, and my husband fetched some flour from the cupboard. I did not
send for the doctor. She seemed to be getting along all right till
Friday morning at five o’clock, when she looked much worse, and I sent
for a doctor but at eight o’clock she died. There were no convulsions.
She had foam at her mouth just before dying, and her sister asked her to
spit it out, but she could not.
By the Jury: The child was quiet and did not seem to suffer. I
thought the remedies I could apply would be sufficient, so I did not
send for a doctor. She was badly scalded and blistered. My husband was
in the room with me.
Mr. Edwin Duke, surgeon, said: On Friday morning at about eight
o’clock I was asked to go and see a child that had been scalded, but I
could not do so then, and I advised them to get another medical man. I
told them what to do and told them that I would call later on if I
could. Shortly after someone came and said the child was dead. At about
one o’clock I went down to the house and examined the child, and found
it was dead. There were extensive burns over the legs, thighs, and back,
and it all had the appearances of being scalded, and with the shock to
the system would be sufficient to cause death. I am surprised that the
child lived as long as it did, and I do not think anything could have
The Recorder in his remarks to the Jury, expressed his regret that a
doctor was not sent for immediately after the accident.
The Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”
I suspect the Justices could make little sense of this one either. In
1895, when the licence of the "Trinity Pilot" was presented for renewal,
they only complied on condition that the "Crusader" closed once and for all
WALTON Thomas 1832-39
of date info)
GRANGE James 1838-47
SHARP Mrs Mary 1847-59
STANTON Robert Thomas 1871-83+ (Census 71 Inn keeper and sail maker)
STANTON Ann to Jan/1888
RANDALL James William Jan/1888-91+
RANDALL Mrs 1892
HOLT Isaac 1895 end
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895