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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1860-

Havelock Arms

Latest June 1975

69 Tower Street

35-36 Tower Street Pikes 1924


Havelock Arms 1920

Above photo from the John Gilham collection, circa 1920.

Havelock Arms

Above photo by Barry Smith circa 1980.


Buildings began to appear on this side of the street about 1850. Although Sneller served here in 1860 he may not have been the first.


Havelock commanded the troops who were sent to relieve the besieged garrison at Lucknow in 1857. His forces did achieve that object but became a part of the garrison themselves consequently as they were unable to break out. Havelock himself died shortly afterwards of dysentery. All of which perhaps may have something to do with the origin or the title.


The number prior to 1939 read 35-36. I never discovered the answer to that. It only remains to say that this Whitbread outlet had closed by June 1975.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 5 January, 1861.


Stephen Sneller, landlord of the Havelock Arms, Tower Hamlets Charlton, was charged with infringing his license by having his house open for the sale of beer at ten minutes to four o'clock on the afternoon of Sunday December 23rd.

It appeared from the statement of Superintendent Coram that the police visiting the house in question, which is situated at Tower Hamlets, on the morning of Sunday week they were met when near to it, by a man named Feakin's who returned by a short cut and warned some persons who were assembled there that the police were coming. By the time the constable arrived therefore they found the house cleared.

Feakin's and some of his companions meeting them at the entrance and one of the men remarking to the police, “we've beaten you this time.” This happened during the hours of Divine Service. On the circumstances being reported to him he (the superintendent) directed the constables to visit the Havelock Arms again in the afternoon, which they did at the house named, and found several persons assembled including the scout of the morning the man Feakin's. Geddes said that on entering the house at ten minutes to four o'clock he found six men in one of the rooms with pots and glasses before them.

He (witness) was accompanied by P.C. Corrie. Sneller in defence said he had endeavoured to clear the house at church time but he had been unable. The beer the men were drinking had been drawn previous to the time of Divine Service. The men refused to go till they had drunk their beer and when five or six men positively declared they would not move it was a difficult thing for a man to make them. The only thing a landlord could do was to refuse to draw any more beer and that he did. Superintendent Coram in reply to questions put by the magistrates said that although the defendant had not previously been summoned before the Bench for an offence of this nature there had been several complaints by the neighbours of the manner in which the Havelock Arms had been conducted. The defendant was fined 20s. including costs.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 December, 1861.


Stephen Sneller, landlord of the Havelock Arms, Tower Hamlets, was charged with infringing his license by opening his house for the sale of beer before half-past 12 o'clock on Sunday morning, but it appeared that there were mitigating circumstances in the case he was fined in the low penalty of one shilling and costs ten shillings which he paid.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 19 April, 1864.

Stephen Sneller, landlord of the "Havelock Arms" public house, was fined 10s, and costs, for opening his house during prohibited hours on Sunday week.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 24 June, 1870. Price 1d.


Stephen Sneller, landlord of the "Havelock Arms," Tower Hamlets, summoned for having his house open on Sunday morning last, was fined 1 and costs, this being his second offence.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 July, 1870. Price 1d.


Thomas Blackman and William Brenchley, a couple of labourers were brought up, charged with being in a public-house  on a Sunday morning during prohibited hours. It appeared that they had been found on the same Sunday morning at the "Havelock Arms," Tower Hamlets, the landlord of which (Stephen Sneller), like the landlord of the "Canterbury Bell," had been convicted.

In this case Corrie said he visited the "Havelock Arms" at 11.20, on Sunday morning, June the 19th. The two defendants were there and Blackman had a quart of beer in his hand. The two drank in beer in front of the bar, and then went out.

The defendants had no excuse to offer. They were out for a walk, and the house being open they walked in.

The Magistrates said the case must be treated like the last; but the Bench hoped that the proceedings of that morning would have a beneficial effect, and that there would be no repetition of offences of this sort. The defendants would each be fined 1s. and 9s. 6d. costs.

Brenchly paid the fine; but Blackman said he had no money, and all he could do was to "stamp it out." At the same time he devoutly congratulated himself on having a good pair of shoes.

The Magistrates said the decision of the Bench was final. The defendant was liable to a fine of 40s. and they had reduced it to 1s; and if he could not pay the penalty, he must take the alternative.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 19 June, 1908.


On Friday night, about 11.45, a report was received of a fire at the Havelock Arms, Tower Street, the landlord of which is Mr. E. W. Smith. Police Sergeant Hambrook, who received the alarm, at once went to the house, and found a large wooden building in the rear, and detached from the house by a few feet, with the roof alight. The curricle from the Town Hall, in charge of Chief Constable Fox, was quickly on the scene an a large number of firemen attended. A good supply of water was obtained and the fire soon extinguished. The damage to the building, which was originally a skittle alley, was confined to the roof, caused by the fire and breaking away.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 21 December, 1923. Price 1d.


At the Dover Police Court of Monday an extension was granted until 11 p.m. for the “Havelock Arms.” Share Out on Friday evening, and to Mr. Clark, churchwarden, on behalf of St. Barnabas' Parish hall, for a New Year's dance on December 31st.




SNELLER Stephen 1860-1871+ (age 55 in 1871Census)

TRITTON William 1877

RATCLIFFE Alfred 1881+ (also carpenter age 34 in 1881Census)

BANKS William 1882 Post Office Directory 1882

TAYLOR Cornelius E 1882-Apr/1905 Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Dover Express

Last pub licensee had SMITH Edward William Apr/1905-Apr/22 dec'd (age 39 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922Dover Express

SMITH Mrs Rosa (widow) Feb/1922-38+ Pikes 1924Post Office Directory 1930Pikes 1932-33Post Office Directory 1938Pikes 1938-39

SMITH Albert F 1948-74 Pikes 48-49Kelly's Directory 1950Kelly's Directory 1953Kelly's Directory 1956Library archives 1974 Whitbread Fremlins


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's 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

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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