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Dover Notes of 1836



From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 27 April, 1836. Price 7d.


A short time since, a female, respectably attired, engaged apartments at a Mrs. Prescott's in Trevanion Street, for a few weeks - having arrived at Dover, as she stated, for the "change of air." She resided there very comfortably some days; but, at last, found it very troublesome, being alone, to board herself, and requested to be admitted to the table of the family. This was granted with the understanding that she was "to pay" for what she had. Having conveniently domesticated herself several days, she was "found wanting" one afternoon; and surprise at her non-appearance at least excited suspicion, when a young man, a lodger in the house, examined his box, and found himself minus of four sovereigns, which the same morning were safely deposited there. This lady-lodger had also taken a suit of clothes from the box; but, it is supposed, did not find them so suited for travelling as the gold. Information of the robbery was given to the police, when they traced hr to the railway station, which place she had departed, per train, about an hour before. We also hear that the landlady, besides losing the payment for board and lodging, was also eased of about 30 shillings. This aught to prove as a caution to Lodging-House Keepers, as this is not the first time a similar trick has been played off upon them in Dover. The facility of railway travelling is now such as to afford these "birds of prey" every opportunity to "take wing," and fly to distant shores, where they subsist upon their ill-gotten gain.


From the Kentish Gazette, 20 September 1836.

Licensing of Public Houses.

The Magistrates of this city appear determined to put a stop to all monopoly in the sale of spirits. On Thursday last, the day for granting licenses, sixteen applications were made, which, with one exception, were granted. The excepted house stands at the Burgate end of the Butchers’ Market. The license of the "Globe Tavern," in St. George’s, was suspended, upon the ground, we hear, that the part which projects into the street had not been removed, to widen the carriage road, as stipulated. Whether the cause ascribed is the right one or not we cannot pretend to say, nor shall we enter into the matter, as we understand the decision of the Magistrates will be appealed against at the sessions.

There are now about seventy-two beer-shops in Canterbury, all of whom, we understand, will at the proper time make application for retailing "wine and spirituous liquors."

The following are those which received licenses on Thursday:—
Aiano Charles, the "Provident," Northgate-street; Bassett John, "Black Horse," Orchard-street, St. Dunstan's; Deakney John, "Navy Arms," Ivy-Iane; Field Henry Patrick, "Union Castle," Union-street, St. Gregory; Goodban George, "Bee Hive," Dover-street; Harris John, "Bricklayer’s Arms," Church Lane, St. Mildred; Hooper James William, "Steam Packet," North-lane; Hubble John, "White Horse," High-street; Irons William Cullen, "Malt Shovel Tavern," Broad-street; Kidman George, "Builder’s Arms," Church and Cross-street; St. Dunstan; Laming John, "Citizen of the World," Artillery-street, St. Gregory; Moore Richard, "Odd Fellows’ Arms," St. Peter's-place; Parnell John Ratcliff, "Carpenter’s Arms," Black Griffin-lane; Penny Thomas, "Three Stags," corner of Monastery-street; Whiting George, "Gun," St. Dunstan’s-st.


KENTISH GAZETTE November 1836.

Canterbury, Tuesday, November 29th, 1836.

FAVERSHAM, Nov. 25. – On Sunday last between the hours of two and three o’clock in the afternoon, the house of Mrs. Broadbridge, situate on the high road, near the middle of Boughton Street, was broken into during the absence of Mrs. B. and her maid-servant. The draws up-stairs, and every part of the house, were ransacked, evidently in search for money; and about eight pounds, in Silver and copper, were taken from the cash-box and money drawer in the shop; but not the slightest article besides has been missed. Suspicion fell on a young man named Rook, a Bricklayer at Boughton, who was seen near the premises previous, and subsequent to the robbery, and who, no doubt, had been watching the absence of the maid-servant. He had also exhibited a number of half-crowns, at Public Houses in Boughton, the same afternoon, where he spent money very freely, and got some persons to assist him in counting it. It appears he accompanied a female to Faversham, and having drunk a considerable amount of spirits, he became so intoxicated that the girl took the money from his pockets, so that when apprehended, none was found in his possession. The girl, however, admitted having taken it from him, and delivered six pounds eleven shillings to the constable. The prisoner has been examined, and committed for trial.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 10 December 1836.

Monday 5th Dec Mr Morris Strong eldest surviving son of Mrs Strong, many years landlady of the New Inn, High Street.

Not sure what town this is yet, don't think it's Canterbury. Paul Skelton.