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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1764

New Inn

Latest 1875

Woolcomber' s Lane



Earliest mention of a "New Inn" and I am assuming that it is indeed this one, was a mention in the Kent Post of 5-9 May 1764:- "Auction sale of a cutter at Mr. Michael Jones's, the "New Inn" and coffee house, 12th May 1764."


Active in 1847 and continuing to 1875 when the licence was forfeited. There had been previous convictions and on this occasion it was out of hours drinking.


Added to that, the house was said to be badly conducted and had become the resort of low women. What more could be said? A new tenant was not allowed.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 7 October, 1870. Price 1d.


James Hartley, a man of good address, belonging to the 17th Brigade Royal Artillery, was charged with unlawfully entering the premises of Mr. McSwaine, the proprietor of the "New Inn," Woolcomber Lane, breaking some glass, and doing other damage, amounting to 5s.

It appeared that a young woman with whom the defendant had been acquainted was lodging in the house, and that he had attempted to get into the house for the purpose of seeing her.

The prosecutor said: I am a pensioner and the proprietor of the "New Inn," Woolcomber Lane. I have seen the prisoner in my house on two or three occasions; and this morning he came and knocked at the door between 1 and 2 o'clock. Admittance was refused him; but ha came again between the hours of 2 and 3. He then got over the wall at the back of the house, and onto a veranda, communicating with a bed room. A lodger and his family were sleeping in the bedroom. They raised an alarm, and I heard the smashing of glass. I went to look for a constable, and on returning I found the prisoner standing in front of the bar in the custody of police-constable Nixon. The damage done by the prisoner amounts to 5s.

Catherine McSwain, wife of the last witness, said she answered the first knock at the door, between 1 and 2 o'clock. On opening the window she saw the prisoner, who asked if he might come in. She told him she would not let him in after hours for 5. Some time afterwards she was aroused by the shouting of a lodger, who called for a light. She took him one, and when entering the room saw half the body of the prisoner inside the window. She told him that if he did not go away she would report him to the commanding officer in the morning, and he then disappeared. She afterwards went down stairs to fasten up the doors; and found prisoner in the yard. He again persisted in coming into the house, and she then looked out and seeing police-constable Nixon she gave him into custody.

By the Bench: One of the rooms in my house is occupied by a young woman to who the prisoner at one time was about to get married. The young woman in the Court, with the baby, is the same. The prisoner has been in my house occasionally in the evening times, and has stayed as late as 11 o'clock, but has never been permitted to remain in the house all night, nor has he been let out in the middle of the night.

It was not thought necessary to examine the young woman with the baby; but Mrs. McSwaine volunteered a good deal of information respecting the prisoner's relations both to the young woman and to the baby. She said that the prisoner aught to have married her; and now that the young woman was going to get married to someone else - this event being fixed for Saturday, as she testified, by documentary evidence relative to the banns - the prisoner could do nothing better than annoy her.

The prisoner, in his defence, said he was the worse for liquor and did not know what occurred. He could only say that he had no intention of doing any harm.

McSwaine said he believed this, and was only anxious to have the damage which the prisoner had done made good.

The Magistrates said that, under the circumstances, they would order him to pay only the amount of the damage and the costs. He must understand, however, that he could not be permitted to break into another person's home simply because he had friends lodging there.

The captain of the prisoner's company, who was present and who gave the man a good character, paid the money on his behalf.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 September, 1871. Price 1d.



There appeared to be some objection to a renewal of the license of this house to the present holder.

Mr. Fox, on behalf of the owners, asked that the granting of the license might be allowed to stand over till the adjourned meeting at Broadstairs, in order that a tenant might be provided, if the Bench should determine to refuse the present applicant.

The Magistrates said that perhaps this would be the better way. The present applicant must understand that his license was in great jeopardy, for although there had been only one conviction, there had been a great number of complaints.




JONES Michael 1764+

MILLS Mr C 1845+ Dover Telegraph

BOOTLAND George 1870

McSWAIN/SWAIN Dane Mr 1870-71 (age 42 in 1871Census) Dover Express

PETERS Lewis 1873

WARNER Miss Ann Jan/1874 Dover Express

WARNER Georgina Jan/1874-75 end Dover Express


Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

Dover TelegraphFrom the Dover Telegraph


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