1 London Road
Information taken from John Bavington-Jones' book "A Perambulation of
the Town, Port and Fortress of Dover", 1906. (Reprint in The South Kent
Gazette, March 4th, 1981.)
Once the site of a tollgate and a gatehouse this is the
London Road - Bridge Street junction with High Street and Tower Hamlets
Road, as it appeared about 1900. On the left at the corner of
Bridge Street is the old Falcon Hotel while on the right, on the High
Street corner is Coomber's fruit shop. On the fascia of this is a sign
announcing that the site had been acquired for the construction of OId
Buckland and Charlton branch of the National Provincial Bank - once the
National Westminster Bank. The sign gives the clue to the date of the
picture because the bank opened for business about 1901.
Another sign on the extreme right of the picture, is an advertisement
for the Dover Engineering Works Company (previously Thomas and Sons) - "Engineen
and Iron Founders, Dour Works, Bridge Street." In Bridge Street itself
is a line of terraced homes all of which have now disappeared, the site
having been taken over by the foundry.
Picture above shows the Falcon just before being demolished in 1970.
The first licensee on parade at the opening was Tucker in 1864. It
occupied the corner with Bridge Street following the removal of the toll
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
30 March, 1866.
Charles Foster, a flying dustman, was brought up for wilfully
breaking a pane of glass at the "Falcon Inn," Charlton. George Bush on
his oath said - I keep the "Falcon Inn" at Charlton. Last night at about
half-past eleven o'clock, the prisoner in company with another man
entered my house and asked for some beer. Seeing that he was intoxicated
I refused to serve him, when he became very abusive to my wife, and
sister and myself. As he refused to leave the house when I asked him, I
pushed him out, using no more than necessary violence. About three
minutes afterwards he threw a large stone through my window. Mr. Coram,
in reply to the Magistrates, said the prisoner had been previously
convicted for a similar offence. The Magistrates fined the prisoner 5s.
6s. costs, and 4s. the value of the window; in default, 14 days'
imprisonment. The prisoner said he had no money - he must "skid" it out.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 12 November, 1869. Price 1d.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A CHILD
Last evening the Borough Coroner, W. H. Payn, Esq., held a second
inquest, at the “Falcon Inn,” London Road, Charlton, on the body of a
female child named Catherine Celia Luland, the daughter of Mrs. Charles
Luland, a Bath-chair proprietor, which had dies whilst the mother was
nursing it, early the same morning.
Mr. R. W. Pepper was chosen foreman of the Jury; and the body having
been viewed, the following evidence was given:-
Charles Luland said he was a Bath-chair proprietor, residing in
Charlton, Dover. The deceased was his youngest child and was five months
old. The child had always been delicate. Deceased was fed upon the usual
diet of children of its age, and had seemed to thrive very well. He was
at work yesterday morning when intelligence was brought to him that the
child had been taken ill. He at once sent for Mr. Walter. And then went
home. Mr. Walter immediately attended; but on witness getting home he
saw that the child was quite lifeless. Witness had five other children
and they were all delicate.
Mr. John Walter said he was a surgeon residing and practising in Dover.
On the same morning, at twenty minutes past eight, a boy came to his
residence to request him to see the infant of the last witness who lived
in Colebran Street. He found the child in the mother’s arms. He examined
the body, and it seemed to have recently died. The mother told witness
that the last sign of life she had perceived in it was about half-past
six o’clock. She also said the child had suffered from a cough, and from
that circumstance, added to the appearance of the child, he should say
that it had died from consumption. There was nothing suspicious about
the appearance of the child.
The Jury returned a verdict of “Death from Natural Causes.”
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 14 January, 1876.
MYSTERIOUS DEATH AT DOVER
On Friday morning Police-sergeant Johnstone found the body of William
Tams, carrier, in a wet ditch near the Brookfield Cottages, Buckland. He
was quite dead. An inquest on the body of deceased was was held on
Saturday evening, at the “Falcon Inn,” before the Borough Coroner, W. H.
Payn, Esq., Mr. W. Mowll, solicitor, attended on behalf of the widow to
watch the case, and Mr. Philip Stiff and Mr. Farmar were also present
during the enquiry.
The first witness examined was Mary Tams, widow of the deceased, who
deposed that his health had not been very good. He frequently complained
of headache. She last saw him alive on Thursday evening at about six
o’clock, when he had tea as usual. He left the house to go to Buckland
to make enquiries after a coat which he had lost. She saw nothing more
of him until he was brought home dead, at half-past one the next
morning. Did not observe any marks of violence on him. In the afternoon
he had a watch with him and some loose silver. Did not know what had
become of his watch or the money. Was certain he would not have given
his watch away. Never heard him utter anything which would indicate that
he contemplated self-destruction.
In answer to question by Mr. Mowll, the witness said that deceased’s
silk watch-guard was round his neck when he was brought home, but it was
broken and had the appearance as if the watch had been violently
snatched from him. When he left home he was in seeming good health and
George Pryor, a gardener, deposed that he saw deceased on Thursday, at
about twelve o’clock, when he passed his garden on his way to Buckland.
He was quite sober, and there was nothing remarkable in his appearance.
He said he thought that a man who worked for Mr. Finnis had picked his
coat up. He saw him coming back, when he remarked that he had found out
where the man lived, and he had been to his house, but he was not at
home and would not be until seven and eight that evening. He did not
mention the name of the man.
Sarah Foster, daughter of the deceased, said that he was a steady man
and never said anything which would indicate that he contemplated
Henry terry, a carrier, in deceased’s employ, deposed: I last saw
deceased a little before six on Thursday. When I returned from work he
told me he felt rather queer. He had only carted one load of bricks from
Mr. Finnis’s brickyard, at Buckland, to the Priory. I did not see him
after this all day until the evening. There was nothing particular in
his manner. He seemed in a hurry to get us out to go home to tea. He
asked me whether the moon was up. It must have been about six o’clock. I
showed him the moon, and he remarked that it looked bright, and he hoped
the days would soon draw out longer. He said he would go to Buckland
after tea to look for his coat, and would not mind giving someone 2s. or
2s 6d. if they could find it. He had been told where he thought he could
get it. He said, “You go to tea, and I’ll go to mine. Good night.”
Police-sergeant James Johnstone said: On Friday morning, about a quarter
to one, in consequence of information I received, accompanied by
Police-constables Pilcher and Stevens, I went in search of deceased. We
commenced at Charlton Church, and searched the river up to the furthest
most end of Mr. Robinson’s meadow, at Cherry Tree Lane. We then went
along the back-way of Buckland to the end of Mr. Prior’s garden. We went
down a little footway there that leads to Model Cottages, at the back of
the “Bull” public-house, and at the end of Mr. Pryor’s garden, where
there is a wet ditch, and about six or eight yards from Mr. Pryor’s
fencing we found the body of deceased in the water face downwards.
Pilcher and Stevens took the body out, and I told them to turn it on the
back. I saw it was Mr. Toms, and told Pilcher to take charge of the body
while I went with Police-constable Stevens to get a doctor and tell the
relatives. On the London Road I met Police-constable Edmunds, and sent
him for Mr. Long. Stevens and I went to the friends. I saw the wife and
daughter of deceased, and they wished the body to be removed to his own
home. Deceased’s son-in-law procured a barrow and removed the body home.
I sent Mr. Long and accompanied him to where the body was lying. He
examined the body, and pronounced it dead. I observed some blood smeared
on the deceased’s temple and some bruises on the right cheek. The body
was searched in my presence. We found a book containing various
memorandums, a pair of spectacles, a pipe and tobacco pouch, and a silk
watch guard, which was round the neck. There was no money or watch. The
depth of the water where deceased was found was about 18 inches.
Yesterday I made a house to house enquiry to see if any person had found
the coat. The river has been dragged to find his watch, but it could not
be found. There were no signs of the deceased having struggled.
Mr. Arthur Long, surgeon, said: between one and two on Friday morning, I
was called to see the body of a man found drowned in a ditch by the
Model Cottages. I saw the body lying on its back. Life was extinct. I
next accompanied it to Tower Hamlets, and there made a careful
examination of the body. On the right temple and cheek there were slight
blood stains and a mark as if grazed. These marks I believe were done
during life. I could find no other marks of injury on the body whatever.
These injuries, in my opinion, were not sufficient to cause death. There
are no marks to account for murder. The probably cause of death was
The Coroner then briefly summed up, and the Jury returned a verdict of
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 16 March, 1877.
SHOCKING SUICIDE IN DOVER
On Wednesday last an inquest was held at the “Falcon Inn,” Dover, before
the Borough Coroner (William Henry Payn, Esq.), on the body of the wife
of Jamed Fielder, who had got out of bed rather suddenly in the night,
and, addressing her husband with the words “I am going, Jim; good bye,”
immediately cut her throat with a razor. The following was the evidence
taken before the Jury:-
James Fielder said: I am a mariner, living at 10, De Burgh Street,
Charlton. The deceased, Anne Fielder, was my wife. Her age was
twenty-nine years. Her health previous to this occasion had been bad.
She had been attended by Dr. Clement Walter, for what he termed
rheumatic gout in the left leg. Last night I went to bed with her about
nine o’clock. We had our supper, which consisted of bread and cheese and
a pint of beer between us. About one o’clock I heard her say, “I am
going, Jim; good bye.” She was then out of bed. I immediately got out
and procured a light. I saw my wife sitting on the floor in her
night-dress. I saw that her throat was cut. I was asleep when she called
out to me. I did not see her do the act as it was quite dark. While I
was procuring the light I heard a trickling sound, which I supposed to
be her vomiting as though she were taken sick. I never heard a single
word uttered by her except those words I have stated. We had no quarrel,
but were both on friendly terms and have been ever since we were
married. I never struck her at any time. We have had a family of five
children. The youngest is two years old. My razor was lying in a bag
which was hanging up near the wash-stand, and was quite easy for her to
take. She has appeared rather depressed the last few months. I had been
disqualified on board the cutter to which I belong. Finding my wife in
the position I did, I called my daughter, whose age is twelve years,
and, warning her not to be frightened, I told her her mother was dying.
I took her to the side of her mother, who was still living. I asked my
wife to tell the child who did the deed. She was unable to speak, but
nodded her head two or three times, and motioned her hand across her
throat. I told my daughter to remain in the room until I called a
Policeman. I left the house and returned with a Policeman. We arrived
before my wife died, and on the Policeman going up to where she was
lying, I asked her who had done it and she motioned as before. She died
in about twenty minutes after that.
Police-constable William Bailey, said: This morning I was on duty in
High Street, Charlton, when Mr. Fielder came running down the High
Street to me and told me that his wife had cut her throat with a razor.
I went at once with him to his house. When I got there I saw deceased
lying on the floor in the bedroom beside the bed. I saw that her throat
was cut, but she was still alive. I asked her who had cut her throat,
and she tried to move her hand towards her throat. I heard her say “I,”
and she made a motion with her two hands towards her throat. I looked
around and saw a razor on the wash-stand open. I ran downstairs and blew
my whistle for assistance, and having obtained assistance I sent for a
doctor, and Dr. Osborn attended in about a quarter of an hour. He
pronounced her dead when he arrived. The husband was there all the time.
Police-sergeant Charles Hemmings said: I was on duty in High Street
yesterday morning, about half-past one. I heard cries of “murder” from
the direction of De Burgh Street. I went towards the street, and there
saw a female in her night-dress running and shouting, “Do not let him
touch me,” She took hold of my arm, and I said, “Let who touch you?” She
replied, “My husband; he has sharpened his knife, he swears he will cut
my throat.” I asked her husband’s name, and where he lived, she said,
“Fielder, 10, De Burgh Street.” I took her to the house, and told her
she would catch cold in her night-dress. She refused to go in, and I
made a search everywhere round the house, and amongst the timber, but
could not find anyone. At last she contended to go in and put clothes
on, if I would conduct her to Tower Hamlets to a friend of hers. When
she came down she said her husband had been fighting and rowing at Mr.
Mackie’s opposite, and I sent her by a constable to Tower Hamlets. I met
her husband coming up High Street Charlton, by himself. I called him by
his name, and asked him what was the matter between him and his wife. He
said, Nothing, that I am aware of; why do you ask?” I said, “because she
was running about in her night-dress, saying that you had sworn to cut
the throat.” He said, “Where is she? I have not been home since
half-past seven.” I told him I had sent her to Tower Hamlets to a
friend’s house and a constable with her. I then sent a constable with
him to Tower Hamlets. I have since ascertained that the time of his
leaving home and between seven and eight, and did not return until I met
him which was about two o’clock. I also ascertained that her statement
about the rowing at Mr. Mackie’s was not correct. I took charge of the
keys of the room and the razor. The deceased seemed very mild in her
Mr Ashby Greenhow Osborn, surgeon, residing and practising at Dover,
said: this morning I was called at two o’clock to 10, De Burgh Street,
by a Policeman. I attended immediately and found the deceased lying in a
bedroom, between the wall and the bedstead, in her night-dress, with a
large wound in her throat, and a quantity of blood on the floor. The
body was warm and had not been long dead. The wound in her throat
appeared to have been done twice, which had divided her right jugular
vein, and the cartilage at the top of the windpipe. Death had resulted
from loss of blood, and the blood getting into the windpipe. The razor
produced might have inflicted such a wound. I know nothing of the state
of her mind, only what has been produced in evidence. I saw no evidence
of a struggle having taken place.
The Jury returned a verdict that “The deceased committed suicide while
in a state of temporary insanity.”
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
8 June, 1877. Price 1d.
Alic Cars, Richard Wilson, and William Mears, were charged with
deserting from the Royal Marines at Walmer.
Police-constable Nash said he met the three men about half-past nine
that morning in London Road, near the "Falcon" and asked them if they
were on pass. At first they said "No" and afterwards contradicted
themselves. Failing to produce passes, the constable took them into
The prisoners were sent back to their headquarters at Walmer.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 11 February, 1881. Price 1d.
DEATH BY BURNING
An inquest was held on Wednesday evening at the “Falcon” public-house,
Charlton, on the body of child named Acord, who had died on the previous
Mr. J. R. Adams was chosen foreman, and the Jury having viewed the body
of the child, the following evidence was taken:-
Isabella Acors, wife of Edward Acors, residing at 58, Peter Street,
said: The deceased, Harold Ernest Acors was my second child, his age
being one year and eight months. On the first of the month, before
breakfast, the deceased was sitting on the floor in the room with his
brother, who is about three years old. I left the room for about five
minutes when I heard the deceased cry. I ran downstairs and found him
sitting in the same place, but with him pinafore burning. I immediately
put the flames out, and took the deceased to the Dover Hospital. I found
a piece of newspaper, all burnt, lying close to the child. There was no
guard on the fire. I believe my other little boy must have got the paper
and set light to it. The House Surgeon attended the child until its
A verdict that the child died from the effects of the burns were
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22 May, 1885. Price 1d.
A large meeting of the Licensed Victuallers Association was held on
Monday last at the “Falcon Hotel.” Councillor G. Birch presided.
Resolutions were passed, protested against the Provision inserted in the
chancellors of Exchequer’s Budget for raising the duties on Beer and
Spirits; and also that a copy of the Resolutions be sent to the members
for the Borough and County.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 24 July, 1885.
Mr. Councillor Birch, of the “Falcon Hotel,” gave a pic-nic to 130
juveniles and other friends on Wednesday last in a field belonging to
Mr. Leney, at Crabble. The party were conveyed in omnibuses to and from
the meadow, and on their return spent a musical evening at the “Falcon.”
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 26 March, 1886.
SUDDEN DEATH AT TOWER HAMLETS
An inquest was held by Sydenham Payn, Esq., (Borough Coroner), at the
“Falcon Hotel,” on the body of John Attwood, who met with his death
suddenly on Monday morning. The deceased was found dead in bed on Monday
morning. He had previously enjoyed good health; but on Sunday morning he
complained of having a slight headache. The following gentlemen were on
the Jury:- Mr. A. Ayers (foreman), Messrs. A. Bayley, G. Penn, G.
Illenden, E. Harris, J. Halke, T. Sneller, W. Richards, E. Pilcher, J.
Young, W. Earl, G. Gillman, H. Foreward, and H. Blackman.
Adfter the Jury had viewed the body, the following evidence was taken:-
Mary Matilda Beer, wife of James Beer, a sailor, said: The body the Jury
have viewed is that of me father, he lived with me, and was a labourer.
He worked at Coombe Farm. He was 68 years of age last birthday. I last
saw him alive about half-past nine on Sunday night. He went to bed then
along with my little boy. About six o’clock on the following morning I
called my little boy. He tried to wake the deceased but could not. I
then went up stairs and touched the deceased. I found that he was cold
and dead. I at once sent for my brother, and he went for the doctor. The
doctor came at once. Deceased was always in good health. He complained
on Sunday morning that he had a slight headache, and took two pills.
Mr. Ashby Osborn, surgeon, residing and practising at Dover, said: I was
sent for about half-past six o’clock yesterday morning to see the
deceased. I went immediately and found him in bed lying upon his back.
His left leg was bent. Death had taken place some hours. I examined the
body and found no marks of violence. I am of opinion that the deceased
died, while asleep, from the failure of the heart’s action. This
complaint runs in families.
The Coroner stated that he had held an inquest on the death of
deceased’s brother some time ago, who died from the failure of the
The Jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased died from
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 January, 1890. Price 5d.
KILLED ON BOXING NIGHT
A woman named Sarak Ballard, about 78 years of age lodging at 16, Tower
Street, Tower Hamlets, had on Boxing day been with some relatives in the
same street, Alfred and Emily Marsh. They saw her home about 6.30 that
evening, and as she was rather infirm, they went with her to her room
upstairs. She said she did not know whether the people she lodged with
would come home that night, and if they did not she would go down and
lock the door. No more was seen of her till the next morning, when about
nine o’clock Emily Marsh went to the house and found the door unlocked,
and the poor old woman lying dead in the passage at the foot of the
stairs. It is believed that in coming down to lock the door she fell. An
inquest was held at the “Falcon Hotel,” on Saturday afternoon, before
Sydenham Payn, Esq., Coroner, when the medical man, Mr. Arthur Long said
there was a severe cut over the left eye. He supposed that death must
have taken place about nine or ten o’clock in the evening. A verdict of
accidental death was returned.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 31
A special sessions of the Licensing Magistrates was held to grant as
license for music, singing, and dancing to Mr. Birch of the "Falcon."
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
3 November, 1900. 1d.
DEATH AT A FUNERAL
An inquest on Mr. George Gilham, the old gentleman who died suddenly
at St. James' Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, whilst attending the
funeral obsequies of Sir R. Dickeson, was held at the "Falcon Hotel,"
before Mr. Sydenham Payn, on Friday evening.
Mr. J. Simmons was chosen foreman of the jury.
William George Prescott, schoolmaster, of Guildford, identified the
body, which was lying at the residence, 56, London Road, as that of
George Gilham, whose age was 73 years. He was a retired prison warden.
About two years ago he had a severe stroke, and he had had a milder one
since, and this left had left a trembling, and his left eye was slightly
affected. He left home alone on Tuesday about one o'clock, to attend the
funeral of Sir Richard Dickeson, who had been a good friend to the
deceased, and the latter had felt his death very keenly. Deceased ate a
hearty dinner before starting. Witness believed his father and sister
died very suddenly.
James William Parker, mariner, of 76, Wyndham Road, stated that
whilst waiting in St. James' Cemetery on Thursday afternoon, he saw the
deceased while walking down on the grass, and he came and sat down on a
tomb beside witness. Witness asked the deceased the age of Sir Richard,
and directly he had answered, his head dropped forward on his chest, and
he began groaning. deceased lifted his head, and started, and then fell
back. Witness called a constable, who loosened his clothing at the neck,
but deceased only groaned twice after that, and turned purple.
Police-Sergt. Danson stated he was called to deceased about 2.30, and
he went to him and bathed his forehead. Deceased was only just alive,
and after drawing two or three breaths, he died. Dr. Bird was summoned,
and the body was removed to the home of the deceased.
Dr. W. E. F. Bird stated that he examined the body at the cemetery,
and found life was extinct. Death was due to apoplexy, no doubt caused
The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical testimony.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 October, 1903. Price 1d.
AN OLD MAN’S STRANGE DEATH
DANGER OF SLEEPING ON THE LEFT SIDE
An inquest was held on Friday afternoon last at the “Falcon Hotel,”
London Road, by the Borough Coroner (Sydenham Payn, Esq.), on the body
of an elderly man, named George Staveley, living at Alexander Terrace,
Chapel Hill, who had been in the employ of Messrs. Coulthard and Wilson
as a bootmaker for more than twenty years, and who died suddenly in bed
whilst sleeping on his left side, to which the doctor attributed the
cause of death.
The following were the Jury: Messrs. E. C. Simpson (foreman), W. Coles,
E. Fry, W. Newing, G. Ravenhill, H. Hayward, A. R. Terry, T. Stone, J.
Day, W. Wright, C. Simms, A. Wright, A. Ward, H. Meadows, R. H. Hadlow.
The evidence was as follows:-
Henry Staveley identified the body as that of his father, George
Staveley, whose age, he thought, was 70. he was a shoemaker employed by
Messrs. Coulthard and Wilson. Witness’s father had always had good
health. Witness was staying at his father’s house about 9.30 on
Wednesday evening and the deceased was in the back room. Witness had
been with him, and had left him in the back room. About half past ten
the housekeeper called witness. When he went to see what was the matter
he found his father in bed and apparently dead.
Elizabeth Ann Dean, housekeeper for Mr. Staveley, said that about half
past seven the deceased came home and he seemed as usual. She had never
heard him complain of his health except as to his leg, for which he had
a lotion. He ate a hearty supper, and he went to bed about ten minutes
to ten. He slept on his left side. About a quarter past ten she heard
him scream awfully, and she called for help, and also went for a doctor.
Witness thought he died about twenty five minutes past ten.
Dr. Maurice Koettlitz said he was called soon after ten on Wednesday
night. Witness found the deceased in his bedroom, and he was dead when
he arrived. Death had taken place quite recently. There were no marks of
violence. He had never seen the deceased before. His opinion was that
the deceased having had a good supper and turning over on his left side,
it stopped the heart’s action, and the screaming was due to the stomach
being full and perhaps a little wind in it.
A verdict in accordance with the doctor’s evidence was returned.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 27 May, 1904. Price 1d.
TRAGIC DEATH AT CHARLTON
An inquest was held at the “Falcon Hotel” yesterday afternoon by the
Borough Coroner, Mr. Sydenham Payn, on Arthur William Adams, who died
suddenly under somewhat tragic circumstances on Tuesday evening. He was
chastising one of his children when he suddenly fell down dead. Mr. G.
Wallis was the foreman of the Jury.
Mrs. Adams said: The deceased was my husband, and his name was Arthur
William Adams. He was outside foreman carpenter to Mr. Bromley. He was
41 years of age, and lived at 35, Granville Street. Lately he had been
working at Langdon Farm, walking to the top of Chalky Lane, and then
driving to the farm. On Whit Monday and Tuesday he was at home, and did
not go to work. He seemed quite well but for a pain in the back under
the shoulder blade. For a long time he complained of his chest, and
could not eat frequently. On Tuesday he, however, had a hearty dinner.
After tea he sat downstairs. The four children went to bed about 20
minutes to seven. Afterwards they began to quarrel. He had called out to
them to be quiet, but they would not do so, and he went up. I also went
up. He took a cane with him and tapped one of the children, who said to
him, “Who are you hitting of?” This boy was 12 years of age. His father
said, “Do not speak to me like that, Jack.” He then sat down on the edge
of the bed and swayed to and fro, and then fell. I caught him and laid
him down on the floor. He appeared to die at once. I screamed for
assistance, and a neighbour came. He has not been treated by a medical
man, but had suffered a good deal from shortness of breath. He said he
had a great difficulty in getting up the hill to Chalky Lane.
Mrs. S. Terry, 34, Granville Street, said that on Tuesday night about
ten minutes to seven she was called. She went to the children’s bedroom
at the top of the house. Mr. Adams was lying on the floor, and was quite
Dr. Koettlitz said that he was called after seven o’clock. He went at
once, and found the body lying in the upper room where the children
slept. Death had quite recently taken place and appeared quite natural.
From the evidence he should imagine that the deceased suffered from
chronic disease of the heart, which was accompanied by indigestion, and
this with the excitement of correcting his children reacted on the weak
heart and caused fatal syncope. The walking up the steep hill and the
hard work he did no doubt accelerated the disease.
The Jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes, in accordance
with the doctor’s evidence.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 2
December, 1904. Price 1d.
DOVER BREWSTER BUSINESS
Alteration in the bar were allowed at the "falcon Inn," London Road
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 13 January, 1905. Price 1d.
A message of a fire was received by the Police on Saturday, about 12.55,
from Mr. P. Wraith, of the Falcon Hotel,” that a fire had broken out.
The reel was dispatched, and on arriving it was found that the chimney
was on fire. This was extinguished by throwing salt and water on the
fire. Miss Hicks, the barmaid informed the Police that some shavings had
been thrown into the fireplace by a carpenter, and this was probably the
cause of the conflagration.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 February, 1913. Price 1d.
LICENSED VICTUALLER’S PROTECTION SOCIETY
The annual general meeting of the Dover and District Licenses
Victualler’s Society was held at the “Falcon Hotel,” London Road, on
Thursday afternoon. The chair was taken by Mr. T. M. Miles, supported by
Mr. Panter (Vice-president), Mr. Dibley (Secretary), and a large number
The following new members were elected:- W. H. Lynx and Mr. Gilbert
The Secretary read the annual report, in which he stated that the
balance showed a slight increase, amounting to £35 9s., as compared with
£34 12s. 6d. in the previous year. He expressed regret at the death of
two of their former members, Mr. Vass of the “King William,” and Mr.
Howard, formerly of the “New Commercial Inn.”
On the proposition of Mr. T. Miles, Mr. Panter was unanimously elected
chairman. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the outgoing chairman
for his excellent services.
Mr. Miles briefly responded, assuring them of his continued interest in
Mr. Panter briefly returned thanks for the election, and proposed the
election of Mr. J. Lewis as vice-chairman. – Mr. Clarett seconded, and
the motion was carried unanimously.
Mr. M. T. Miles said that the former Treasurer, Mr. J. Ward, had left
the trade, and they therefore had to elect a new treasurer. They were
all very sorry to lose Mr. Ward. He proposed Mr. J. F. Caspell as their
new treasurer. – On being seconded by Mr. Groombridge, the motion was
On the proposition of Mr. Panter, Mr. Dubrey was re-elected secretary.
The following gentlemen were elected on the committee, on the
proposition of Mr. Miles, seconded by Mr. Lewis:- Messrs. C. G. Clarett,
Waterhouse, Groombridge, Summers, Stanley, Kemp, J. Corless, Norris, H.
Maslin, W. G. White, W. Whiting, G. A. Hinks, and J. B. Baker.
Mr. Miles said that he was sorry to inform them that Mr. Summers was
seriously ill. – It was decided to send a letter of sympathy to his
On the proposition of Mr. Miles, seconded by Mr. Clarett, it was
unanimously decided to hold an annual dinner during the ensuing year. A
sub-committee consisting of the officers of the Society and Messrs.
Clarett and Kemp were appointed to make the necessary arrangements with
regard to the date and place.
At the conclusion of the meeting, an illuminated address, which was
presented to the Chairman of the Society in the year 1879, in
appreciation of their kindness to the children of the Licensed
Victualler’s School on the occasion of their visit to Dover, and which
has been retained by each successive chairman, was handed over to Mr.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 21 January, 1921.
The "Falcon" was granted an extension for the annual supper of the
Tunbridge Wells Equitable Friendly Society on Wednesday evening.
At the other extreme, Nadin, 1964-69, saw the property sold to the town
Bridge Street was widened at this point early in 1970 and the necessary
removal of the hotel took place to make that possible.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 17 March 1939.
There was a serious accident outside the "Falcon," London Road, on
Saturday night. Mrs. Gamble, of 8, Bridge Street, being knocked down by
a motor car driven by Mr. L Pearce, of 69, Folkestone Road. Mrs. Gamble
was taken to the Hospital with a fractured left leg, abrasions to the
right leg and suffering from shock.
TUCKER S C 1864+
BIRCH George 1872-1891
BIRCH Edwin Mead 1892-99
(Also hired out tents and marquees for parties)
NEWING William Henry 1901-Oct/04
WRAITH Mrs Phyllis E Oct/1904-07 end
MILES Tom M 1906-07
MILES Mrs Mary Jane 1907-20 end
HALL Edwin Thomas senior 1920-Mar/22
WARDELL George W Mar-Aug/1922
BECKETT Edward Albert Aug/1922-24 end
CLARK Herbert 1924-31 end
ASKIE Frederick John 1931-Jan/33
MARTIN Wilfred (Secretary to Messrs. George Beer & Rigden.) Jan/1933+
McDINE J 1933
TURNER Harold Leslie 1933-June/38
BEER Edward John Frank June/1938-June/49
CAIRNS James F R June/1949-53 end
MOUNT Edward Latimer 1953-54 end
PARKER Frank 1954-56 end
GREEN Thomas 1956
BROWN Kenneth M 1959-60 end
SALMON Arthur T 1960
NADIN Walter 1964-69 end
Herbert Clark also ran the "Trocadero"
between 1919 and 1934.
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From the Dover Express