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Dover Castle

Latest Sept 1869

1 Richmond Terrace

Harvey Square


Former Dover Castle

Above photo shows the former Dover Castle, kindly sent by Jan Pedersen, 18 May 2011.


Opened as an inn and club house in April 1869 but closed again in September the same year.


Folkestone Express 6 March 1869.


Dover Castle Inn and Club House.

1, Richmond Terrace, Harvey Square, Folkestone.

Four minutes walk from the sea.

Hill Norris Begs to inform the public that he has opened the above premises for the sale of good Pale Ale, Mild and Bitter Ales, Double Stouts and Porter.

Beer and Porter 3d. per Quart.

In your own jug.

Well Aired Beds.


Folkestone Express 28 August 1869.

Beer Houses.

Wednesday, August 25th: Before Captain Kennicott R.N., W. Bateman. J. Tolputt, A.M. Leith, and J. Gambrill Esqs.

The following application was opposed:

Hill Norris, Dover Castle, Richmond Terrace. Some of the neighbours complained of the house, but they did not appear. Mr. Martin said the police had no complaint to make. The Magistrates, however, put off the hearing to the adjourned meeting.

Several other applications were adjourned owing to the applicants not being sufficiently acquainted with the requirements of the New Beerhouse Act, and for the information of those who wish to apply, it was stated that the applicants have to fill up a notice in proper form, and serve a copy on one of the Overseers, and another on the Police Superintendent twenty one days before the application is heard. A duplicate must be produced in Court, and the applicant has to swear to the service of the copies. He must also produce evidence that his house bears a respectable character. A personal attendance of the applicant is necessary.


Folkestone Chronicle 11 September 1869.

Licensing Day: At the adjourned licensing day, on Wednesday, the Bench refused to grant or renew a license to the Dover Castle, Harvey Square, and cautioned some of the other landlords.


Folkestone Observer 11 September 1869.

Beerhouse Licenses.

Wednesday, September 8th: Before Capt. Kennicott R.N., James Tolputt, A.M. Leith and W. Bateman Esqs.

A license was refused to the Castle Tavern, Harvey Square.


Folkestone Express 11 September 1869.

Adjourned Licensing Day.

Wednesday, September 8th: Before Captain Kennicott R.N., A.M. Leith and J. Tolputt Esqs.

The license of Mr. Hill Norris, the proprietor of the Dover Castle, Richmond Terrace, was opposed by some of the neighbours, on the ground that it injured their property, and that a lot of boys from fifteen to eighteen years of age frequented the house. A requisition was read, and Mr. Smith, of Cambridge Terrace attended, and gave evidence that several of his tenants promised to leave if this house was not closed. Mr. Thackeray also said that he had only let his apartments for one month during the season, owing to the house being opened next door. Mr. Norris put in a testimonial of good character and denied that his house was frequented by boys as stated, and as to it being objectionable to lodgers, he let a portion of his house out to respectable lodgers himself. The magistrates would not grant the license.


Southeastern Gazette 13 September 1869.

Local News.

On Wednesday last, the adjourned licensing meeting was held at the Town Hall, before W. Bateman, Esq., Captain Kennicott, R.N., J. Tolputt, Esq., and A.M. Leith, Esq.

The adjourned case of Hill Norris, of the Dover Castle, was gone into. Several of the neighbours, headed by a Mr. Smith, opposed the granting of this license on the ground of the house being a nuisance, and that there was sufficient accommodation in the neighbourhood without this house. There was no positive proof of its being disorderly, as neither of the parties who complained had been inside the house, but Mr. Smith said his tenants had told him they should leave if the house was kept open, and another person stepped forward and said he had not been able to let his apartments for more than a month during the season owing to living next door to the house.

The magistrates declined to renew the license, a decision that evidently surprised the applicant.


Folkestone Chronicle 27 November 1869.

Wednesday, November 23rd: Before W. Bateman, J. Tolputt, R.W. Boarer, and C.H. Dashwood Esqs.

This was a special sessions for the transfer of licenses.

Hill Norris, supported by Mr. Minter, applied for a license to sell beer by retail, not to be drunk on the premises, for his house in Richmond Terrace, Harvey Square, now occupied as a greengrocer's shop.

Mr. Minter said the application was made under the Beer House Act of last session, and handed in a memorial signed by persons living in the neighbourhood in favour of the application. Norris had used the house under the old Beer House Act, and the Bench refused to renew the license at their last annual licensing meeting.

Mr. Bradley (Magistrates' Clerk) said the Bench had no power, except at the annual licensing meeting or it's adjournment to grant any license other than wine and bottled beer (refreshments), Table beer, and what was called a Brewer's extra license.

The license was therefore refused, without going into the merits of the case, the Bench having no power.


Folkestone Express 27 November 1869.

Application for license.

Wednesday, November 24th: Before W. Bateman, R.W. Boarer, J. Tolputt and C. Dashwood Esqs.

The Dover Castle: Hill Norris applied for a license to sell beer not to be consumed on the premises. Mr. Minter supported the application. Applicant was sworn and deposed to serving duplicates of the notice on the Superintendent of the Police and Mr. Vaughan, the overseer, and affixing one to the Church door.

Mr. Minter put in a memorial from several respectable residents in the neighbourhood. He said the Magistrates at the Annual Licensing Meeting declined to renew the license, which had been given under the old Act of Parliament. It was not for him to complain of that decision, but he understood that this house was a nuisance to Mr. Smith's house, and also the large letters outside Mr. Thackeray's house. Mr. Norris had removed the objectionable letters, and there was no ground for opposition to the present application.

Mr. Bradley, the Magistrates' Clerk, said they were not empowered to grant any license of this description, except at the General Annual Licensing Meeting, and they must therefore refuse.


Southeastern Gazette 29 November 1869.

Licensing Sessions.

A special session was held on Wednesday, before W. Bateman, R. W. Boarer, J. Tolputt, and C. Dashwood, Esqrs.

Mr. Hill Norris applied for an out-door beer licence, and Mr. Minter appeared for the applicant. The licence was refused at the annual meeting, on the ground that the house was a nuisance to the neighbours. A memorial was put in, signed by several residents in the neighbourhood, and it was stated that those who formerly objected to the house had no wish to oppose the present application. Mr. Bateman said the magistrates were not empowered by the new Beerhouse Act to grant any fresh licenses, except at the annual licensing meeting. Mr. Minter said he was informed this was an adjourned meeting, but Mr. Bradley said that that meeting was held in September last.




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