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Notes of 1884


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 9 May, 1884. 1d.

The Buckland Brewery, Dover, has been purchased by the Dover Brewery Co., and has been considerably extended and re-modelled by Messrs. Llewellins and James, of Bristol, a new wing having been built.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 September, 1884. 1d.


Monday last was the day fixed for the annual renewals of the public house licenses in Dover and the liberties. The session was the lightest that has been known in Dover within the memory of the oldest inhabitant, and the Superintendent of Police was heard to observe that if the Blue Ribbon Army continued its existence there would be no need of a licensing day at all. There were no applications for new licenses, nor had the Superintendent of the Police any objection to make against any existing house, so that the proceeding were confined to the reading over of the names of the several houses, varied at intervals by the friendly but firm warning to those who had broken the law by selling during prohibited hours, that if they did it again they would be licensed to sell wine, beer, and spirits no longer.

The Magistrates on the Bench, technically known as the Licensing Committee (or rather part of it), consisted of Dr. Astley, F. S. Peirce, A. Bottle, T. V. Brown, and W. J. Adcock, Esqrs.

The Buckland houses were quickly run of the reel, commencing with the “Bull” and ending with the “Volunteer”, thirteen in all, and there was no black mark against any of the landlords.

The Charlton houses show a much longer list, numbering altogether about thirty. In running them through the Clerk had to make one stop, when Mrs. Apps, of the “Town Arms,” Biggin Street, was called up, and Dr. Astley said: I see, Mrs. Apps, that in December, 1883, you were convicted of having your house open on Sunday morning, and were fined forty shillings and costs. Now it is my duty to tell you that if there be any complaints of the manner in which you conduct your house for the future, in all probability your license will be taken away from you. On the present occasion it will be granted.

The East Cliff list is a short one, but there was a pause at the first name, when Mrs. Ball, of the “Albion,” was called up, and Dr. Astley said: I see according to this list you were convicted in August last for having your house open for the sale of beer at twenty minutes past three on Sunday afternoon, and you were fined for so doing. If you are not cautious as to the manner I which you conduct your house for the future, the probability is that if there be another complaint the license will not be granted again. Take care for the future.

The Hougham list, containing eleven houses, was passed over without remark. Two of these are for the sale of beer off the premises, for the special convenience of Clarendon Place.

St. James' list, containing twenty-seven licensed holders, would have passed entirely without remark but for the “Imperial Hotel” calling for the enquiry why the long dried up source of beverage was kept on the list, and was remarked that the license was still kept alive in the name of Mr. Licence, who had charge of it.

In the long list of 126 license holders in St. Mary's parish there was not any complaints, but there were a few incidents as the names were called over. In the case of the “Deal Cutter” it was stated the license had been granted three years in succession in the name of a dead man. This had been discovered by the widow applying for the license to be transferred to a man named Wilson, whom she was going to marry. It was now granted to the widow on the understanding that the application for a transfer to Mr. Wilson should be subsequently made.

Mr. Coleman applied on behalf of the landlord of the “Great Gun,” Adrian Street, for the name to be changed to the “Nottingham Castle,” as the house had rather bad character, and he wished to get rid of the old name. It was granted.

Mr. Vernon Knocker applied for the transfer of the license of the “Greyhound” to the Brewer's Clerk, the license to be retained by the Clerk to the Magistrates until a tenant was found. There was no legal evidence that the former tenant had given up the house, therefore the Chairman ruled that the matter should stand over and be dealt with at Broadstairs.

With regard to the “Neptune Arms” it was stated that no other tenant had been found, therefore the license was renewed in the name of Bailey.

With regard to the Ringwould list there was only one complaint. That was of Mr. Goozie, of the “Five Bells.” He was called up and cautioned. The Chairman said he was convicted or permitting drunkenness on the 17th of September of last year, and was fined, but since then the Police reported that his house had been well conducted. Subsequently Mr. Goozie asked for permission to keep his house open on Saturday night next till eleven o'clock for a club supper, and it was granted.

The houses which usually open early renewed their licenses, and an application was made for the “Flying Horse,” St. James' Street, and the “Fountain” in the Market Place to open at five a.m. No evidence of necessity for it being offered, it being stated there was three early houses in the Market Place now, the Chairman said that if the landlord would attend at Broadstairs and show the necessity of the early opening it would be granted.

The Sessions were the adjourned to Broadstairs on the 16th, and it was also fixed that the transfer days at Dover for the ensuing year should be on the following Fridays:- 7th Nov., 2nd January, 5th March, 2nd May, 3rd July, and the 28th August.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 September, 1884. 1d.


The following report were received from the Superintendents of the three districts of the division.


I have the honour to report that the ale and beer houses which are in the Elham section of Wingham Division have been very well conducted during the past year, the ale and beer house license has been transferred, and two persons were proceeded against and convicted of drunkenness, one resident and one non resident, being a decrease of 4 on present year. Ale houses, 13, beer houses 8, brewers to sell bottle beer, &c.

Stephen Maxted, Superintendent.


Appended here is a list of ale and beer houses licensed within the Wingham section of the Home Division, and under my superintendence, I am pleased to report that they have all been well conducted during the past year. There are 15 ale houses, and 9 beer houses. During the year there have been four persons proceeded against for drunkenness, within the above district 3 only being residence.

J. Wood, Superintendent.

The Chairman at the opening of the Court, said all the licenses would be renewed, and they had been generally well conducted during the past year, with the exception there were serious complaints against Mr. Orger, landlord of the “Red Lion,” and the renewal of his license would be adjourned till Thursday fortnight for consideration.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 13 September 1884.


Before F. Philips, Esq., (chairman), Major Lawes, and W. O. Hammond, Esq.

This being the annual licensing day the following reports were received respecting the various districts in the division.

Superintendent Kewell stated:— Appended hereto is a list of Alehouses, beerhouses, and grocers within that part of the division, under my superintendence, and I beg respectfully to report that with two exceptions they have been well conducted during the past year. The exceptions are: the "Ship Inn," Ash, kept by Alfred Wilkinson, who was fined 2 and costs on the 18th May, 1881, for permitting drunkenness; his license was also endorsed. The owners of this house promptly got rid of Wilkinson, and a temporary authority to draw was granted to Walter Thomas Gifford, who has conducted it very satisfactorily. The other house is the "Lion Inn," Wingham, kept by Alfred Orger, who I have found it necessary to caution for keeping open his premises after 10 pm. I have also received a report, that on Sunday last a party of men sang songs in a room facing the highway from about 7.30 till 8.30 p m. The window of this room was open and a crowd gathered outside. I do not think that such conduct should be permitted on licensed premises on the Sabbath. There are 49 alehouses, 38 beerhouses, and six grocers and others licensed to sell spirits, wine and beer. During the year 20 males and two females have been proceeded against for drunkenness and drunk and disorderly conduct. This is the same number that was proceeded against last year although the convictions are five more this year, one person having been convicted four times and one person three times. Satisfactory reports were also received from Superintendents Wood and Maxted in reference to the Home and Elham sections of the Division.

The Chairman stated that the whole of the renewals would be granted with one exception. There were a few trifling complaints, and one serious one against Mr. Orger, of the "Red Lion," for keeping a disorderly house on Sundays. The Bench would decline to grant this renewal for the present, and the case would be further considered that day fortnight.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 19 September, 1884. 1d.


At the Brewster Sessions held at Broadstairs, on Tuesday, the 16th, before Sir R. Dickeson, A. Bottle, T. V. Brown, and W. J. Adcock, the whole of the licenses were renewed. Edward Dyson of the “Railway Hotel,” Broadstairs, was reminded that he was convicted about a month ago for allowing gambling in his house, and he was fined 5. Mr. Armstrong, of London, appeared for Mr. Dyson. The licenses of the “Greyhound Inn,” Union Road, Dover, was granted to G. W. Castle, for many years at the Dover Chronicle, and W. J. Filmer, of the “Fountain Inn,” Market Square, Dover, and C. Young, of the “Regent Inn,” Market Square, Dover, applied for permission to open at half past three in the morning. Both applications were granted.