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Earliest 1636-

Dover Castle

Open 2020+

20 London Road

Green Street


01795 521214

Dover Castle

Above postcard, date unknown.

Dover Castle 1940s

Above photo, circa 1940s.

Dover Castle 2008

Above photo 2008 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Dover Castle Inn

Above image taken from Google maps, June 2009.

Dover Castle Inn sign 2013Dover Castle Inn sign 2018

Above photo showing the Inn sign in 2013. Sign right 2018.

With thanks from Roger Pester

Dover Castle Inn Sign passport 1982

Above card from the Shepherd Neame Inn Signs Passport 1982.

Above photo showing the pub in 1904.

Dover Castle business card

Date of card above unknown.


Built about 1640 on waste land by the Lord of the manor, the building was the old coaching inn and was sold to Samuel Shepherd (Shepherd Neame of Faversham) in 1752.

Research tells me the pub was up for sale in 1758.

The stables had large numbered stalls for the posthorses and there was a good drawing room and dining-room, with Chippendale chairs and sideboard still in them for the visitors. It is still labelled "Half-way House from Rochester to Canterbury".


From the Kentish Post, March 29 - April 1, 1758. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

To be Lett or Entere'd upon immediately, the "Dover-Castle" in Greenstreet, now in the occupation of John Unckles,


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday, 1 October, to Wednesday, 5 October, 1768. Price 2d.


A Good House and School, the late Master, Mr. Robert Evison, being dead, situate in Greenstreet, and no School within three Miles. A sober, married Man, that has Qualifications fit for a school, will meet with good Encouragement. Enquire at the “Dover Castle” in Greenstreet.


Kentish Gazette, or Canterbury Journal [one title]. February 22 to 25, 1769. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

Advert for a monthly meeting of Justices of the Peace on April 6, at the Dover-Castle in Green-street, Dover.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 16 October, to Saturday, 22 October, 1768. Price 2d.


Notice is hereby given to all the Members belonging to the said Society, that they are desired to meet at the House or Richard Pattenden, known by the “Sign of the Dover Castle,” in Greenstreet, on Monday November the 7th, 1768, by the Hour of Ten on the said Day, in order to go to the Parish Church of Linstead to hear Divine Service, and a Sermon on the Occasion, by the Rev. Mr. Fox, Vicar of the said Parish, then to adjourn to the aforesaid House to Dinner, and transact the Business of the Society with the Master and Trustees.

By Order of the Master and Trustees.

Henry Baker, Clerk to the Society.

N.B. Any Gentleman that likes to favour the Society with their Company to Dinner, will be agreeable. Dinner to be ready at two o'Clock.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday, 22 October, to Wednesday 26 October, 1768. Price 2d.


The next Monthly Meeting of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace, acting in and for the said Division, is adjourned to Thursday the 1st of December next, then to be holden at the “Dover Castle” at Greenstreet, in the Parish of Dinstead, and County of Kent.


26 March 1789.

Insured:- Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: The Dover Castle Inn, Green Street (Jno. Christophers, innholder).


26 March 1793.

Insured: Julius Shepherd, Faversham, Kent, brewer.

Other property or occupiers: Green Street, The Dover Castle Inn (Thomas Cawdell innholder);


Kentish Gazette 26 June 1801.

Dover Castle In, Greenstreet.

W. Hubbard takes this opportunity of informing his friends, that his home warming is fixed for Monday next, June 29th, when the company of any Gentleman will be thankfully received.

Dinner on table at 2 o'clock.

Carriages provided by Sankey and Miles, carriage free, from Canterbury.


Kentish Gazette 19 June 1801.

Sunday night died, Mr. Cordell, many years master of the "Dover Castle Inn", Greenstreet.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 5, October 1830.

Dover Castle Inn, Green Street and Half-Way House between Maidstone and Canterbury.

Henry Brett takes this opportunity to inform his friends and the public, that in consequence of the discontinuous of the Posting Business at Ospringe, he has made arrangements for a Posting Establishment at the above house; and from its central situation avoiding long and tedious stages, he trusts he shall be entitled to a share of their patronage.

Good horses and careful drivers may at all times be depended on, with constant opportunities for the metropolis and coast of Kent by Royal Mails and other well-regulated coaches.

The Tavern department will be conducted with economy and comfort - Good beds and choice wines may be relied on.

Private Stall stabling and Lock up Coach-houses.

Dover Castle, Green Street. September 22nd, 1830.


Kentish Gazette, 2 August, 1836.

A very numerous circle of friends met at the "Dover Castle," Greenstreet, on Thursday evening last, to testify their respect to the worthy hosts, Mr. Brett, who is about leaving the neighbourhood. During a period of 14 years he gained, as landlord, universal respect and esteem, by his courteous and obliging manners. The health of the worthy host was proposed, and drank in the most enthusiastic manner; after which he returned thanks. The health of his successor, Mr. Cobb, was then drunk with the warmest applause. Several excellent songs were sung one composed for the occasion, which our limits will not permit us to insert. The day was spent in the greatest good humour and conviviality.


Kentish Gazette, 2 August, 1836.

Commercial house and Inn, "Dover Castle," Greenstreet.

Henry Brett, in taking leave of his numerous friends and supporters, who for the last 14 years have so liberally bestowed their kind patronage on him, begs most respectfully and cordially to return his heartfelt and sincere thanks for the same, and to inform them that he has disposed of his business to Mr. R. S. Cobb, of Strood, and whom he hopes they will continue to support in the same manner.


Commercial house and Inn, "Dover Castle," Greenstreet.

R. S. Cobb begs most respectfully to inform the newest friends of Mr. Brett, and the public generally, that he has taken the above house, where he hopes, by his most assiduous attention, moderate charges, and excellent accommodation, to merit a continuance of those favours so liberally bestowed on his predecessor. Greenstreet, July 30, 1836.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 January 1842.



TAKES this opportunity of returning her most grateful thanks to her Friends and the Public for their kind patronage afforded to her late lamented husband, and begs to inform them it is her intention (with proper assistance) to carry on the business; and trusts, by assiduity and attention, combined with moderate charges, to merit a continuance of their favors.

N.B. Orders for Wine or Spirits thankfully received, and strictly attended to.

Good Stabling and lock-up Coach-houses.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 25 September 1855.

Sittingbourne. Greenstreet Horticultural and Floral Society.

The annual show of this excellent Society was held at the "Dover Castle Inn," on Friday last. The attendance of the neighbouring gentry and their families was very numerous. Many beautiful and choice specimens of fruit, flowers, and vegetables were exhibited, and the arrangement of the whole was greatly to the credit of the managers, who were indefatigable in their exertions to render the exhibition worthy of the patronage so liberally bestowed upon it. The judges on the occasion were Messrs. Masters, Turley, and Moneylaws.


Faversham Gazette, 8 November, 1856.

LYNSTED: Inquests.

An inquest was held by Mr. Hills, on Thursday, the 27th ult., at the "Dover Castle," on the body of William Brown, a navigator, who was killed whilst employed on the works of the East Kent Rail way. The deceased was at work at the Barrow-green cutting, when a fall of earth suddenly took place, by which he was buried. On being disinterred, in a short time he was found to be much injured, and death endued.

An inquest was also held by Mr. Hills, on the body of Thomas Evans, aged 18, who was also killed on the East Kent Railway, near Newington. The deceased was employed to drill one of the horses at work on the line, and whilst so engaged, very improperly rode. A slip of earth took place caused by the late heavy rains, and the deceased was thrown off, and received such injuries that he shortly afterwards died.

The jury, in each of the above cases, returned a verdict of "Accidental death."


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 25 June 1870.


Messrs. Minter and Son have held their annual sales of cherries, A&., during the past week. The first took place on Monday at the "Dover Castle Inn," Greenstreet, when the cherries on the Noud’s Estate, the property of Mr. P. Barling, were sold. The orchards comprise about 86 acres, and the cherries in them realised a total of 1,393 10s., a larger sum than the fruit on this estate has ever fetched on any previous occasion. The cherries on other estates in the neighbourhood were also sold as follows:—In Barbary orchards, Norton, for 40; Greenstreet Upper and Lower orchards, 88 and 60 respectively; Erriott Wood orchards, 51; Ten Acre, Bumpit, and Loyderton orchards, 63; Church orchard, Norton Court Estate, 38; Woodstack and Essex orchards, on the same estate, 42; Mr. E. Blaxland’s orchards in Lynsted and Doddington, 5; Mr. J. Sayer’a orchards at Rodmereham, 16 10s.; Dully orchards, 71 10s.; and Homestall orchards, Doddington, 8. The cherries and black currants on the Court Lodge Farm, Teynham, fetched 10 10s. The Eastling sale took place on Thursday evening, and Ospringe on Friday; the prices we shall publish next week.


From the Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 18 January 1842.

Dover Castle Inn, Greenstreet.

Mrs. Jane Goulden takes this opportunity of returning her most grateful thanks to her friends and the public for their kind patronage affording to her late lamented husband, and begs to inform them it is her intention (with proper assistance) to carry on the business; and trusts, the assiduity and attention, combined with moderate charges, to merit a continuance of their favours.

N.B. Orders for Wine or Spirits thankfully received, and strictly attended to.

Good Stabling and look up Coach-houses.


Probate report 1924.

William Duffill formerly of the "Crown," Rochester, died in the "Dover Castle," Teynham in 1924.

Probate:- of "Dover Castle," Green Street, Teynham, Kent to Edward David Duffill and David James Duffill Licensed Victuallers.

The assumption could be made that his two sons were the Publicans of that establishment – however, I have no proof other than this Probate record.


Whitstable Times and Tankerton Press, Saturday, 26th January, 1946.



At the Faversham County Petty Sessions on Thursday Mr. W. H. Wilson (in the chair) Mr. P. Johnson, Mr. S. Dixon, Major Stanley Berry, Mr. F. I. Neame, Mrs. J. H. Johnson. William Richard Baxter, landlord of the “Dover Castle,” Lynsted, was summoned for selling gin not of the quality demanded by the purchaser on November 20th.

Mr. G. S. Wilkinson appeared for the prosecution and Mr. Gerald Thesiger was counsel for the defendant, who pleaded guilty, but said he did not know there was anything wrong with the gin.

Mr. Wilkinson said that Mr. Merryfield, an inspector of the County Council, went to the “Dover Castle” and asked for some whiskey. Defendant said he was sorry he had not got any, but he could have some gin. After he had served it defendant's wife said “I hope you have not served from my bottle because it is watered.” Defendant said it was quite without his knowledge that the gin had been watered and he certainly would not have supplied a stranger had he known. Mrs. Baxter said that some American officers had drinks and they asked her to have some. As she did not drink much some of the drinks they gave her were left over and she pitched them back into the bottle which she intended to keep for her own use. The analysis showed that the gin contained 57.05 true spirit and 42.95 of water, but it should not be more than 35 underproof. He thought the Bench would consider that there had been a certain amount of carelessness on the part of Mrs. Baxter in pitching the gin back into the bottle.

Mr. Thesiger said he must admit that Mrs. Baxter was most unfortunate in what she did. She was in the private bar and four American officers treated her, but as she did not take much she put her gins aside and when they left she thought it would be a pity to waste what had been put by and she poured it into the bottle. She was then called into the public bar and afterwards went to attend to her dinner. Mr. Baxter then came in and served the two officials, but he had not the slightest idea that anything was wrong. He asked the Bench to take the view that it was quite unintentional. It was a most serious matter for him. He had been a trusted licensee for no less than 25 years, the last 17 years being at the “Dover Castle.” His landlords might take a serious view of this case and it would be hanging over him until they came to a decision.

Mrs. Brenda Baxter stated that one of the American officers was a friend of hers and he knew that her daughter had married one of their boys. She was giving him messages to take to her daughter. The officers asked her to have a drink, but it was very seldom she drank anything and she did not take any notice of the drinks piling up. After the officers had gone she thought it a pity to waste them and put them back in the bottle, which she was going to keep for her own use. She put the bottle down while she went to serve another customer and forgot to take it with her.

Mrs. Jean Henderson, of Whitstable, a niece of Mr. and Mrs. Baxter, stated that on November 20th she visited her uncle and aunt. She arrived when her aunt was in the private bar with some American officers. There were several drinks on the counter and her aunt said that it was a pity to waste them so she would put them in the bottle and keep it for her own use.

Asked why she watered the gins if she did not intend to drink them, witness said the Americans poured the water in.

Defendant, who prior to going to the “Dover Castle” kept the “Smack” beer-house at Whitstable, stated that he had no knowledge that his wife had put water in the gin. When she asked him if he had served from that bottle was the first time that he knew anything about it. He had been down the garden all the morning.

The Bench were of opinion that no jury would convict and they dismissed the case under the Probation of Offenders’ Act.


From the By Andy Gray, 16 January 2014.

Pub landlord Phil Clements calls time on his reign at the Dover Castle Inn in Teynham.

Phil Clements 2014

Phil Clements pictured outside the Dover Castle Inn, Teynham, in 2011 after being mistaken for a tabloid journalist.

A landlord ended his near-20 stewardship of a popular Teynham pub in style at the weekend.

Singers and bands rocked up at the Dover Castle to give Phil Clements a sensational send-off.

Phil, 55, took over the London Road venue in September 1994 – now he’s decided it’s time to say goodbye.

He said: “I’ve been here a long time. Much as I like this job, there’s other things I want to do in life.”

Phil ran the pub with Paul Gunner and James Roberts, both 39.

Paul said, together, they transformed it into the thriving business it is today.

He said: “When we took over, the pub’s upstairs was a bed and breakfast and there was stable attached to the downstairs part. We turned both into a restaurant, serving top quality local cuisine.”

Phil has enjoyed a number of highlights during his reign.

In 2011, he was inundated with calls from the world’s media who mistakenly believed the pub to be run by former News of the World journalist Paul McMullen, a reporter who spoke on TV about the phone-hacking scandal and landlord of the "Castle Inn," Dover.

An Elvis tribute band, Taking Care of Vegas and Sittingbourne pop veterans Jel were among the live musical treats served up at Saturday night’s leaving party.

The long goodbye continued on Sunday courtesy of the Remedy and singer Nic Bennett.

Phil said his post-pub career plan involves travelling and visiting family all over the world.

His immediate future will see him run the catering operation at Woodstock Park FC, near Kent Science Park.

Mel Hatchard, landlord of the "Railway Hotel" in Faversham, will fill his shoes at the "Dover Castle."

He will hand the day-to-day running of the pub to Phil Hope and his partner Rebecca, both of whom have plenty of pub management experience.

He said they will continue to run the Dover in the same format.

Phil said: “I’ve been self-employed for 20 years, so now when I get my pay packet I can relax.

"I’ve met some lovely people during my time at the Dover and I’ll be visiting the pub for a drink. But when I do pop in, I’ll be able to go home without having all the hassle the next day.”


From the By Luke May, 20 June 2019.

 The "Walnut Tree," East Farleigh was named Turnaround Pub of the Year.

 Elsewhere in Kent, the "Walnut Tree Inn" in Aldington won the Heart of the Community award, Dargate's the "Dove" scooped the Pub Food gong, New Licensee went to Joe and Jane Mullane of the "Four Fathoms," Herne Bay, "Dover Castle" in Teynham won Tenanted Pub of the Year, the "Alma" in Painters Forstal had the Best Floral Display, and Nick Kings-Kemsley of the "Marine Hotel," Tankerton was named Manager of the Year.

Meanwhile, The "Green Man" in Hernogate, Essex, won the Best Hero award.



UNCKLES John 1758+

PATTENDEN Richard 1768+ Kentish Gazette


CAWDWELL/CORDELL Thomas 1793-1801 dec'd


BRETT Henry 1822-Jul/36 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Kentish Gazette

COBB R S Mr Aug/1836+ Kentish Gazette

GOULDEN Richard Wastell to Dec/1841 dec'd (age 25 in 1841Census) Kent and Sussex Courier

GOULDEN Jane (widow) Dec/1841-42+ (age 25 in 1841Census) Kent and Sussex Courier

FAIRBEARD William H 1851-58+ (age 32 in 1851Census)

CURRY Harry W 1901-03+ (age 40 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

Last pub licensee had BAXTER William Richard 1929-46+ (age 42 in 1939)

CLEMENTS Phil Sept/1994-Jan/2014

Last pub licensee had HATCHARD Mal to Jan 2014


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Kent and Sussex CourierKent and Sussex Courier


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