DOVER KENT ARCHIVES

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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 3 Aug 1878

Graville Hall

Latest 14 Aug 1940

Granville Gardens

Marine Parade

Dover

Granville Hall

Above photo kindly supplied by Paul Wells.

Granville Bar

Above photo kindly supplied by Paul Wells.

Granville Gardens 1830

Above picture showing the vicinity where the Granville Gardens and Camden Crescent stand in 1830. Although of course not yet built.

Granville Restaurant

Bottom left of the above photograph shows the "Granville Restaurant" that held the "Granville Bars." Date of photo unknown.

Granville Gardens circa 1905

Above shows the Granville Gardens and what I believe to be the Granville Bars, circa 1905.

Band stand and Granville Hotel circa 1910

Above shows Band stand and "Grand Hotel" on the left, circa 1910. The right I believe to be the Granville Bars.

Granville Gardens and Gateway Flats where the Granville Hotel used to stand. 1965.

Above shows the Granville Gardens and Gateway Flats where the "Grand Hotel" used to stand. 1965.

 

 

Granville was Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports from 1866-91 which fact would obviously have influenced the name.

 

The gardens were opened on 3 August 1878 when the wine licence of the old bathing rooms was transferred to Camden Lawn Refreshment Rooms. The early licensees were Caterina and Volma Semadini.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 10 May, 1878

TRANSFERS

Mrs. Cullen Marsh applied for the wine license of the old Bathing-rooms to be transferred to the “Camden Lawn Refreshment Rooms.”
Mr. Stilwell said that under the provision of the Act George IV., with which the Wine License Act was incorporated, it was lawful where a house had been pulled down for any public purpose or destroyed by fire to grant a new license for the sale of Exercisable liquors.

Mr. Jones said this license should be transferred to the New Bathing premises and not the Camden Garden Establishment. Before it was a different state of things to now. When the license was originally granted there was no bandstand there, and now it was intended a promenade band should play in these gardens. Their sons and daughters went there and would be exposed to this temptation to drink wine.

Mr. Stilwell explained that there was no communication between the refreshment-room and the garden. Persons wishing refreshment would have to go out of the grounds to go into the refreshment-room.

Mr. Jones said he should have liked to have seen it renewed to the new premises at East Cliff instead of there. It would be much more beneficial.

The license was then granted, Mr. Jones intimating that he did not now concur in granting it for the reasons he had stated.

 

Old Bathing Rooms

Above shows Old Bathing Rooms.

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 26 August, 1887. Price 1d.

APPLICATION

Mr. Volmar Semadeni applied for a license for a ball to be held on Friday night.

Application was granted.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 6 April, 1888.

EXTENSION OF TIME

Mr. Schudmacher, manager to Mr. Semadent, applied for an extension of time on Thursday, on the occasion of a ball being held at the “Granville Hall.”

The application was granted.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 23 November, 1888. Price 1d.

APPLICATION

Mr. Semandini's manager applied for an extension of time on Wednesday, on the occasion of a soirée being held at the “Granville Hall.”

The application was granted.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 14 December, 1888.

EXTENSION OF TIME

Mr. Volmar Semadeni's manager applied for permission to keep open till five o'clock at the "Granville Hall," on Tuesday morning on the occasion of a ball.

The application was granted.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 25 January, 1889. Price 1d.

EXTENSION

Mr. Semandeni's manager applied for an extension of time on Wednesday night till five o'clock the following morning, on the occasion of a ball being held at the “Granville Hall.”

The Bench granted the application.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 29 November, 1889. Price 1d.

BALL PERMIT

On Monday, Mr. Semadeni's manager, applied for a license to supply refreshment for a ball, to be held at the “Granville Hall,” on Tuesday by the Officers of the Irish Fusiliers. The application was granted, and the ball was held last Tuesday evening.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 11 September, 1891. Price 1d.

APPLICATIONS

Mr. Semadeni's manager applied for an extension of time on Tuesday night at the “Granville Hall,” on the occasion of a ball. The application was granted.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 25 August, 1893. 1d.

DOVER BREWSTER SESSIONS

The tenant of the “Granville Hall” and refreshment rooms stated that as the term was nearly up they wished to drop the wine license and continue with singing and dancing license.

 

 

Applications for a beer licence were refused in 1894 and 1895 but success came in 1896. Hobday was fortunate enough to get the full licence in 1899 but for the restaurant only. Consequently, we then had the "Granville Hall Restaurant" with its wines and spirits, adjoining the Granville Gardens and facing the sea.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 12 February, 1904. Price 1d.

LICENCES

At application was heard from the son of the late Mr. Hobday, of the “Granville Restaurant,” for an extension of time on the occasion of a dance.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 12 May, 1905. Price 1d.

LICENSING BUSINESS

An application was granted for an extension till 2 a.m. at the "Granville Restaurant" on the occasion of a dance.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 24 March, 1911.

SALE BY AUCTION.

Lot 3.—Those desirable and well-arranged Fully Licensed Premises, known as THE GRANVILLE RESTAURANT AND ASSEMBLY ROOMS, situate Marine Parade, Let to Messrs. Lukey & Sons, Ltd., on Lease for 7 years, from 29th September, 1910, (determinable by the Lessees in 1912) at the yearly rent of £80 rising to £100. The premises comprise large bar and lounge, sitting room, kitchen lavatory, cellars and other offices, with two large rooms over, and Large Ball or Assembly Room, with veranda opening on to the Sea Front. These premises occupy the most central position on the Sea Front, and offer an unusual opportunity to Restaurant Proprietors and others.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 10 February, 1922. Price 1½d.

ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING

On June 3rd, 1921, Thomas Henry Baldry Tiffin, licensee of the “Granville Restaurant,” Marine Parade was summoned for permitting intoxicating liquor to be consumed on his premises after closing time, and he was fined £5.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 10 February, 1922. Price 1½d.

EXTENSIONS

Mr. Fuller Hazelden of the "Granville Hotel" (I believe this was of the Granville Bars due to the name of the licensee) applied for the following extensions:- Wednesday, February 8th for Woolworth's social, Thursday, February 9th, for a private party given by Mr. McQuire, chief mate on one of the London tugs, on leaving to take up other duties in London.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 17 February, 1922. Price 1½d.

LICENSING BUSINESS

Mr. Fuller Hazelden of the "Granville Hall" applied for an extension from 5.30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, when the Folkestone and Dartford football players would be entertained to tea.

The Chairman said that the bench thought by the time tea was finished it would be practically opening time, and they could not create a precedent by granting the extra half hour.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 31 March, 1922. Price 1½d.

LICENSING BUSINESS

The license of the “Granville Hall” was granted an extension for a private party on Thursday, given by Mrs. Howgego.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 14 April, 1922. Price 1½d.

LICENSING BUSINESS

The "Granville Hall" was granted an extension for a smoker in connection with the Customs on April 12th, and for a dance on Easter Monday.

 

Dover Express, Friday 22 September 1939.

Breaches of Blackout Rules.

Scene on the seafront.

Thomas William Spooner, of the "Granville Bars and Restaurants," denied a similar offence at 9:40 p.m. on Saturday 3rd.

Mr. Aldington appeared for defendant.

P.C. Cook said that when a customer entered the saloon bar door a strong ray of light shone across the Sea Front. Defendant said that he was sorry.

Mr. Aldington:- On the previous evening did you notice the condition of the premises?

I was not there.

Just before this happened did you know a car had run into the railings down there?

No.

Did you notice whether there were a number of soldiers trying to get in?

No.

You didn't see them assault Mr. Spooner, I suppose?

No.

Chief Inspector Aldington said that he could help Mr. Aldington about the previous evening. Defendant was then cautioned by the Chief Constable for a similar offence.

Mr. Aldington:- That is quite out of order.

Defendant said that the previous morning he sent for a builder and had his premises completely blacked out. On the Sunday night conditions on the Sea Front were appalling. Girls were being dragged about all over the place and molested. He stood at the door trying to keep men out, and he was struck across the face with an army cane. The men surrounded him and knocked him into the road. His wife fainted behind the bar, and when he went to attend to her someone must have switched on the lights behind the bar. He had since had the builder in and made elaborate arrangements at the door. After the affair he shut his premises; that was all he could do. He had previously are someone to shut the door, but they were all in a "Mafeking" state.

Mr. Aldington said he thought that was a case which the Magistrates could very well dismiss.

The Chairman said that although defendant was responsible they will give him the benefit of the doubt and the case would be dismissed.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 October, 1932. Price 1½d.

THE GRANVILLE PAVILION AND LICENCES PREMISES

At the Dover Police Court on Monday, before Messrs. W. J. Barnes, S. J. Livings and J. W. Bussey.

Mr. J. H. Mowll applied on behalf of Mr. Fuller Hazelden, proprietor of the Granville Restaurant, for an extension of hours from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight on the occasion of dances on Friday, October 7th, Wednesday, November 2nd and Wednesday December 7th. He also applied for an occasional licence on these dates from 6 p.m. to midnight in respect of the Granville Gardens Pavilion which adjoins the premises. Mr. Mowll said that under the Licensing Act it was not possible for licensed premises to have internal communication with any other premises. Mr. Hazelden had communicating doors between the premises and the Pavilion which were normally closed although not fixed. In order to enlarge his business Mr. Hazelden was running this series of dance and the Mayor and Entertainments Committee had agreed to him having the Pavilion. There was lavatory accommodation inside the premises, but unless the door was open it would not be available and people would have to go right round to the Corporation lavatories. On a wet night this was an impossible state of things. He would do all he could to discourage drinks being taken into the Pavilion and the entrances on the Sea Front would be closed. There was no suggestion of boxing in fact he did not think the application would be approved if it were for boxing.

The Magistrates' Clerk read a letter to the Bench from the Town Clerk stating that the Mayor and the Chairman of the Entertainment Committee had no objection to Mr. Hazelden's application for the occasional licence.

The application was granted.

 

 

When the title "Granville Bars" first appeared I never discovered. It is doubtful if the premises were Open 2014+ at the time because by then the gardens were the site of a barrage balloon, but the bars are known to have suffered bomb damage on 14 August 1940 and were granted permission to close for the duration of the war in September 1940. Unfortunately never to open again.

 

From the Dover Express, 13 September, 1940.

MORE PUBLIC HOUSES CLOSING

At the Dover Licensing Sessions on Friday last, the licensees of the following public houses were granted permission to close for the duration of the war:- "Carriers Arms," West Street; the "Royal Standard," London Road; and the "Granville Bars," Marine Parade. On Monday similar permission was given in respect of the "Admiral Harvey," Bridge Street.

 

Barage balloon at Granville Gardens

Barrage balloon at Granville Gardens circa 1940.

 

Post war, the area was grassed over.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 25 January 1952.

Licensee's 31st Anniversary.

Their many friends in Dover will be glad to hear the news of Mr. and Mrs. Fuller Hazelden, formerly of the Granville Bars, who have recently celebrated their 31st anniversary as licensees.

Now at the "Corner Pin", Clerkenwell, London, they celebrated the anniversary by taking a party of 40 children to a pantomime, returning for a party at the "Corner Pin", attended by a large number of friends, Mrs. Hazelden was presented with a beautiful bouquet by the children.

"We would love to have had some of our Dover friends with us," writes Mrs. Hazelden.

 

 

LICENSEE LIST

MARSH Colin to Nov/1879 Dover Express

SEMADENI Catterina Nov/1879-88+ Dover Express

SEMADINA Caterina and Volma 1878-78

HOBDAY Mr 1899-1904 dec'd Dover Express

HOBDAY Mr jun. 1904+ Dover Express

MOWLL George Henry to Jan/1905 Dover Express

BOWER Frank Jan/1905+ Dover Express (Late victualler of Faversham)

TIFFIN Thomas Henry Baldry to Oct/1921

HAZELDEN Arthur Fuller B 1922-Aug/33 Dover Express

SPOONER Tommy William Aug/1933-39 Dover Express (Of "Golden Fleece Hotel," Chelmsford.)

 

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

 

Matt cartoon 1937

Above shows Tommy Spooner (centre), from part of a cartoon by MATT that appeared in the Sunday Graphic 20 June 1937. Courtesy of Dover Library.

 

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