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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1867

Grapes

Latest 1997

29 Winchelsea Street

Dover

Grapes date unknown

Above, date unknown.

Grapes locals

Not sure of the function or date here, but I am assuming the people in the picture are Grapes locals.

Grapes, Winchelsea

Photos kindly supplied by Barry Smith, circa 1980

Grapes 1986

Above photo, 1986, kindly supplied by Michael Lock.

Grapes Winchelsea date unknown Grapes sign 1993

Grapes, sign August 1993.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com

 

On the corner with Winchelsea Road, this changed from Whitbread to Shepherd Neame in July 1973. The street itself dates from 1866 and a predecessor of this stood on the opposite corner in 1867. The present house was being constructed in 1873 and the first establishment ceased trading so that this one could begin.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 10 December, 1869. Price 1d.

SUDDEN DEATH OF A CHILD

An inquest was held at the “Grapes Inn,” Winchelsea Street, on Saturday afternoon last, before the Borough Coroner, W. H. Payne, Esq., on the body of a child named Alma Tabitha Castle, the daughter of a warder at the Dover Prison.

The Jury, of whom Mr. John Morris was chosen the foreman, having been sworn, and the body viewed, the following evidence was adduced:-

Mrs. Ann Castle said: I am the wife of James William Castle, a warder at the Dover Gaol. The deceased was my forth child, and her age was two years and nine months. She has been delicate from her birth. The child was six weeks old when it was attended by Dr. Astley, and sometime after that it was attended by Dr. Baird. It was an out-patient at the Hospital at the time. It got better, and continued sometimes better and sometimes worse until Thursday last, when it appeared to have a cold, and seemed loaded in the chest. This morning, a few minutes before seven, I found it wheezing very much and called one of my daughters. I found some phlegm on one side of her mouth, which I wiped off. I think took her in my arms, and had scarcely done so when she expired. I sent for Mr. Walter, who soon attended; but the child was dead. I had not given it any medicine for about a week.

By the Jury: The child was not subject to fits.

Mr. John Walter said, I am a surgeon, residing and practising in Dover. Shortly before eight o'clock this morning I was called to see a child at No. 16, Winchelsea Terrace, and on going to the house I found the child dead. On examination I found no marks of violence upon it. I have no doubt the child died of bronchitis. The deceased was very delicate and small for its age. The glands of the throat were much enlarged. There was nothing suspicious about the appearance of the child. I could not tell the exact cause of death without a post mortem examination.

The Jury found the deceased child dies from “Natural Causes.”

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 1 April, 1881. Price 1d.

TO BE LET

The "Grapes Inn," Winchelsea Street, Folkestone Road, doing a large and very respectable trade; no premium; incoming by valuation about £300. The position of the house is very commanding, being free from competition, and advantageously placed for securing the trade to the Clarendon Estate.

Apply to

Messrs. Worsfold & Hayward

Auctioneers and Valuers,

Market Street, Dover.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 7 August, 1885.

INQUEST

An inquest was held this morning at the “Grapes,” Winchelsea Street, on the body of a married woman, Cowley, who died suddenly when alone in her house on Wednesday. A verdict of natural causes was returned.

 

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 30 August, 1889. Price 1d.

DOVER BREWSTER SESSIONS

THE GRAPES, WINCHELSEA

The landlord of the “Grapes Inn,” Winchelsea Street, was called up. The Chairman said that he had been fined for having his house open at improper hours. He must be careful not to offend again, or the license might be forfeited.

 

Dover Express 21st June 1918.

The Dover Tribunal 19th June 1918.

The N S R applied for the review of the case of Mr. J. H. Mellor who was placed in Grade on April 1st 1918. He was assisting his father at the “Grapes” Inn and had been granted 6 months exemption which did not expire until October. He was previously in grade 111.

Mr. Mellor, the father, said that his son was suffering from paralysis of the shoulder.

The N S R asked if the man had not improved in health.

Mr Mellor said that he had improved with the dry weather. He was in the volunteers, but could not drill properly. Dr. Elliot said that it would never be right.

Mr. Robson said that, after the London Board put him ciii for a physical disability from which no one could recover, he should move that the review be not considered and the appeal was dismissed.

 

Still with us in 1990 and a larger bar installed in 1987 by Gary Moffat in addition to a spotlighted stage, (to encourage local talent?).

 

It finally closed in 1997 and is now a private house. (2007).

 

From the Dover Express 30 September 1998.

Grapes 1998

THE GRAPES INN: Last orders were called in the bar in 1997.

Grapes Inn makes a very tasty home

A well known former public house is one of the more interesting properties on the market at Dover.

The Grapes Inn at Winchelsea Street has a charted history over many years and was delicenced last year.

Over the past year it has been renovated and now offers a very spacious four bedroom family home for an asking price of £65,000.

The ground floor is particularly extensive, retaining the open plan aspects of the original bars formed around a central counter console.

These could be divided into four separate rooms if required, but subject to any necessary consents.

Saloon

A particular feature is a floor to ceiling natural brick chimney breast in the saloon area having a living flame log effect gas fire.

From behind the counter steps lead to two cellar rooms, one offering trap door access from the pavement, originally used to import beer barrels.

Upstairs there are four bedrooms, a bathroom with shower over the bath and a kitchen/dining room with a range of units and separate utility room leading off.

The property is heated by a gas system extending to radiators, and carpets as fitted are included in the sale.

At the rear is an enclosed walled garden with rear pedestrian access into Winchelsea Road.

Black Horse Agencies Gearing & Colyer are agents for the sale.

 

From the Dover Express 21 May 1998

ONE of Dover's oldest pubs is up for sale as a four bedroom house for £65,000.

The Grapes in Winchelsea Street, off Folkestone Road, was once one of two pubs in Dover with that name.

Agents for the sale, Black Horse Agencies, say that over the past year the property has been subject to improvements.

"The ground floor retains the open plan aspect of the original bars formed around a central counter console.

"From behind the counter steps lead to two cellar rooms with one offering trapdoor access to the pavement."

From advertisement by Black Horse Agencies Geering & Colyer 1997.

Grapes

Price £65,000.

FRESHLY DECORATED

GAS HEATING SYSTEM

FOUR FORMER BAR RECEPTION AREAS

FOUR BEDROOMS

KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

UTILITY ROOM

BATHROOM

TWO CLOAKROOMS

WALLED REAR GARDEN

"The Grapes Inn", one of Dover's more interesting properties, is a former Shepherd Inn public house, but now de-licensed. Over the past year the property has been the subject to general improvement and we believe it now offers the potential for a very spacious four bedroom family home.

The ground floor is particularly extensive, retaining the open plan aspects of the original bars formed around a central counter console. These could be divided into four separate rooms if required but subject to any necessary consents.

A particular feature is a floor to ceiling natural brick chimney breast in the saloon area having a living flame log effect gas fire. From behind the counter steps lead to two cellar rooms, one offering trap door access from the pavement, originally used to import beer barrels.

The first floor is arranged to four bedrooms; a bathroom; with Dolphin shower over the bath; and a very spacious kitchen/dining room 4.47m x 3.76m (14'8" x 12'4") having a range of units and a separate utility room leading off. The property is heated by a gas system extending to radiators, and carpets as fitted are to be included in the sale.

At the rear is an enclosed walled garden with rear pedestrian access into Winchelsea Road. Situated within 100 yards of an en-route bus service at Folkestone Road, the town centre shops and Priory mainline railway station are within half a mile, and the seafront and docks within one mile.

Grapes bar area Grapes lounge

From the East Kent Mercury, 9 April 2015. Former Grapes 2015

Above photo 2015, by Phil Medgett.

 

LICENSEE LIST

PARCE J 1867

WILSON William Charles 1867

WILSON C 1870

HALKE John 1871-Jan/80 (age 44 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874Dover Express

ALLRIGHT Jesse Toop Jan./1880-81+ Dover ExpressCensus (Buckland coachman)

THOMPSON William 1882 Post Office Directory 1882

MACKEY James Robert 1889-91+ Post Office Directory 1891

JOHNSON Richard James 1895-1901 Pikes 1895Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903

MELLOR James R 1903-08+ Post Office Directory 1903

MELLOR Mrs Edith Eliza 1913-Mar/33 Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922Pikes 1924Post Office Directory 1930Pikes 1932-33Dover Express

Last pub licensee had KENNARD Harry Mar/1933-34 Dover Express

MERRYMAN George 1934-May/35 Dover Express

OXENHAM John May/1935-36 Dover Express

JAMES Frederick Charles 1937-62 Post Office Directory 1938Pikes 1938-39Pikes 48-49Kelly's Directory 1950Kelly's Directory 1953Kelly's Directory 1956

WHEELAGHAN John Next pub licensee had 1969-83 end Library archives 1974 Whitbread Fremlins

MOFFATT Gary 1984-87 Shepherd Neame

PRITCHARD Stephen Grapes 1990

 

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

Kelly's Directory 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

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

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Pikes 1932-33From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

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

Pikes 48-49From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49

Kelly's Directory 1950From the Kelly's Directory 1950

Kelly's Directory 1953From the Kelly's Directory 1953

Kelly's Directory 1956From the Kelly's Directory 1956

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

CensusCensus 1881

 

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