DOVER KENT ARCHIVES
PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1883

(Name from)

Granville Hotel

Latest Mar 1941

35 Townwall Street

Granville Hotel

Formally the "Angel" and in 1823 this was known as the "Eight Bells" and later became an outlet of Thompson and Sons, Walmer Brewery and known as the "Druid's Head" until changed by John Folwell in 1883.

 

Dover Express, Friday 28 September 1906.

"The depot in Dover for Whitbread's Celebrated Draught and Bottled Ales and Stout, in finest condition, is the "Granville Hotel," Townwall St., Dover, close to the Granville Gardens. Orders sent out to any part of town.

Mrs. John Ralph. (late of the "Wellington"), Proprietress.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 15 January, 1926. Price 1˝d.

LICENSING BUSINESS

Mr. H. A. Wright, of the "Granville," Townwall Street, was granted an occasional licence for the British legion Dinner at the Co-operative Restaurant, to-day.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 25 March, 1927. Price 1˝d.

THREE MEN AND THREE BOTTLES OF PORT

At the Dover Police Court on Friday before Dr. C. Wood, Alderman C. J. Sellens and Mr. S. Lewis.

Clifford Morris Cooper (crane driver), George Sydney Wilmot (caretaker), and John Sutton (chef), were charged with stealing on the 16th inst. three bottles of port wine, value 15s., the property of Arthur Aubrey Wright.

Mr. Wright, the licensee of the “Granville Hotel,” Townwall Street, said that the defendants were in the saloon bar, and he saw them leave to go out to the back one after the other. This made him suspicious, so he went out himself. When he returned they had gone. Half an hour later he found three bottles of port were missing from the passage. One he found in the lavatory. In the evening he informed the Police.

Detective Sergeant Cadman said that he interviewed Cooper, who said he put the one in the lavatory. Sutton pointed out a house which they had visited, and witness recovered one of the bottles from there.

The third bottle was found at Cooper's house.

Wilmot pleaded guilty, Cooper and Sutton not guilty.

Wilmot said he was under the influence of drink when he took it.

Sutton was discharged, the other two being fined 10s. each.

 

Dover Express, Friday 22 September 1939.

Breaches of Blackout Rules.

Eva Parks, the "Granville Hotel," Townwall Street, pleaded guilty, and was fined 10s., for a similar offence the same night.

Chief Inspector Saddleton said that when the bar doors were opened a strong light shone out, and was visible for a considerable distance. Defendant told P.C. Robinson, "My husband is ill, and I did my best to screen the lights and windows."

 

Another victim of world war two, it was seriously damaged by March 1941. Although rebuilding was out of the question at that time the licence was renewed in fairness to the owner.

 

Wal damage, Wellesley Road

Above shows the Granville Hotel left of picture. Kindly supplied by Dover library, ILL/3659. Showing war damage, Wellesley Road looking towards Townwall Street.

 

A compulsory purchase order was advised in January 1954 and confirmed in May 1955, for the former site of the hotel. The licence was held in suspense by the brewer and in 1953 agreement was reached between all parties as to its future. On 31 July 1957 it was transferred to Stembrook allowing the "Roman Quay" to open. The hotel remains were taken down in the second half of 1957.

 

The premises stood on or near the site of that monstrosity now called Burlington House.

Wellesley Road and Townwall Street

Above picture taken from Google Earth 2010. Burlington House is to the right of the label "The County."

 

LICENSEE LIST

Name from "Druid's Head"

Last pub licensee had FOLWELL John Denne 1883-1901+ Pikes 1895Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903

Last pub licensee had RALPH Mrs Eva Fanny 1903-20 end Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1913

SANDERS William Hewitt 1920-22 Post Office Directory 1922

WRIGHT Arthur A 1922-Apr/36 end Pikes 1924Post Office Directory 1930Dover Express

PARKES Walter Apr/1936-40 dec'd Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1938Pikes 1938-39

PARKES Mrs Eva (widow) June/1940 Dover Express

 

According to the Dover Express, 1936, Walter Parkes was from 18, East Cliff and a Club Steward.

 

Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Pikes 1938-39From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

 

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