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Notes of 1924


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 11 January, 1924. Price 1d.


At the Dover Police Court on Monday, Mr. W. J. Barnes, Alderman Lewis and Alderman Bussey.

An extension was granted to Messrs. Igglesden and Graves for a supper in connection with the Royal Engineers' (T.) on January 9th. The supper was to have been held in the DrillHall, but owing to the fire there it was transferred to the Dovorian restaurant.

Extensions were granted to Mr. Clark on behalf of the St. Barnabas' Parish hall for private parties on January 17th and February 13th.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18 January, 1924. Price 1d.


The Supply Stores, Shepherdswell, was transferred from the executors of the late Walter Coppen to Ciril Stanley James Taylor.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 February, 1924. Price 1d.


The annual General Licensing Meeting of the Borough and Liberties of Dover was held in the Town Hall on Monday, at noon, before the Mayor (Alderman R. J. Barwick), Sir William Crundall, Messrs. W. J. Barnes, W. D. Atkins, W. J. Palmer, C. E. Beaufoy, W. Bradley, S. Lewis, A. Clark, J. W. Bussey, W. B. Brett, T. Francis, F. M. Worsfold, C. J. Sellens, T. A. Terson and E, Chitty, and Dr. C. Woods.


Mr. W. Evans, of the River and District Co-operative Society, asked for the renewal of the licence of the Co-operation Hall for music, singing and dancing; and this was granted.

Mr. Pearce, of the “Kingsgate Castle,” Kingsgate was granted a music, singing and dancing licence.


The Magistrates Clerk then read the report of the Chief Constable, which was as follows:-

“I have the honour to submit, for your information, my annual report under the Intoxicating Liquor Laws. I am pleased to inform you that the whole of the houses have been conducted without serious complaint during the year, with one exception, viz:- On the 20th July, four persons were summoned for consuming intoxicating liquor otherwise than during the permitted hour, viz., at 6.30 a.m., on July 10th, at the “Rose and Crown” public house, Clarence Place, and Charles Vaschel Pearson, the licensee, was summoned for aiding and abetting them. The case was proved against each of them, and they were each dismissed on payment of costs. 417 visits were made to licensed premises by the Police during the year. Seventy special orders of exemption, under section 57 of the Licensing Act, 1910, have been granted to licensed premises (including 19 clubs), and 11 occasional licenses, by the justices during the year. Last year, 75 and 17 respectively. Twenty three fully licensed premises and five shops have changed hands during the year; last year 33 fully licensed premises and two beer houses. The renewal of the “Two Brewers” public house, Limekiln Street, was not applied for at the last annual Licensing Sessions. There are in the Borough:- Fully licensed houses, 139; “on and off” beer-houses, 5; “off” beer-houses, 10; shops, 11; confectioners, 3; total 168. Drunkenness:- 1921, males 14, females 6, total 20; 1922, males 20, females 6, total 26; 1923, males 12, females 5, total 17. Of those proceeded against for drunkenness, six were residents, eight non-residents and three soldiers. I should like here to state that, with the exception of the year 1918 (when 16 persons were proceeded against), this is the lowest number ever proceeded against for drunkenness in this Borough. Population, Census 1921, 39,985; population to each licensed house, 238.1; drunkenness per 1,000 population, 0.42. With regards to the Standing general Orders of Exemption, granted under Section 55 of the Licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910, at the last annual Licensing Sessions, four were granted for licensed premises to open between half-past three and six o'clock in the morning, and four others to open between five and six o'clock in the morning, and from observations I have kept, none of them have availed themselves of the exemption, with one exception, the “Rose and Crown” public house, Clarence Place (and then only occasionally), and I respectfully recommend that these exemptions be not renewed. The under mentioned houses were closed on the 29th December last under the Licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910:- The “Providence Inn,” Trevanion Street, the “Marquis of Waterford” public house, Union Row. This makes a total of 42 houses having been closed by the Compensation Authority, and the renewal of 14 others not having been applied for, this makes a grand total of 56 licensed houses having been closed in this Borough since 1904. I have selected no licenses for compensation this year, but I respectfully suggest that the licenses of the “Harp Hotel, Strond Street, (which has been closed since 1904), the “Dover Castle Hotel,” Clarence Street (which has been closed since 1910), and Allsopp's Stores, Strond Street (which ahs been closed since 1920), be not renewed. The first two named are vacant premises, and owing to the great shortage of houses could well be turned into restoration flats, but Allsopp's Stores are now let, I believe on a three years' lease, to a foreign firm of sausage manufacturers, and the license is not being used.

Charles Green, Chief Constable.”

Councillor Barnes: A very satisfactory report, Mr. Mayor.

The Mayor: Yes. I think it speaks well for the town.

The Magistrates' Clerk said that the report had been adopted at the meeting of Magistrates, and all the licences would be renewed except the “Harp Hotel,” “Dover Castle Hotel,” and Allsopp's Stores. No application was made for the renewal of those licences.

Certificates, fixing the rate at one third, were granted to the Admiralty and the Prince of Wales Pier refreshment rooms, on the application of Mr. Mowll, and also special certificates for an extra hour in which intoxicating liquors could be consumed with meals to the “Lord Warden Hotel,” the “Burlington Hotel,” and Messrs. Igglesden and Graves.

The special facilities granted to the “Lord Warden Hotel” and the “King's Head Hotel,” to supply cross-Channel passengers with refreshments, were renewed.


The Magistrates then heard arguments for and against the re-granting of an extra hour after 10 p.m.

The Rev. W. Holyoak spoke on behalf of the Dover Free Churches and also presented a petition, signed by 65 persons in Broadstairs, against the extensions of the hour to 10.30 p.m. Dealing with the arguments which had been used in favour of the extension, the case of the motorist had been mentioned, but he was sure there were none who would not sooner be driven by a driver who had not been drinking late. The Summer Time Act had been mentioned as a reason for the extension of the hour, but if that argument was continued, by the time they arrived in the land of the Midnight Sun there would be no closing hours at all. (Laughter, and hear, hear). The need of those leaving places of entertainment had also been used in support of the extension, but he had often presided at a deacons' meeting which had lasted from 7 to 10 o'clock, and he had never known it to cause any of then to turn into a restaurant afterwards. (Laughter.) The Borough was to be congratulated on the decline in drunkenness, but he submitted that it was largely due to unemployment, and the decrease would have been far greater had the half-hour been knocked off. Posterity would rub its eyes and wonder that there had ever been drunken people, or the necessity for him to come and address intelligent Magistrates, as he had that morning. He hoped they would consider the matter in the interests of the public, and not the publican.

Mr. Shea, on behalf of the licensed victuallers of the Liberties, asked for the continuance of the extra half-hour. As a life long teetotaller, he thoroughly disagreed with the previous speaker. (Laughter.) People could not be made sober by Act of Parliament, but by precept and example.

Mr. R. Mowll, on behalf of the Dover Licensed Victuallers protection Society, also asked for the continuance of the extra half hour, and urged, in support, the special circumstances connected with the large numbers engaged in Continental traffic coming off work at 10 o'clock, and that the privilege granted last year had not been abused. Speaking of the Rev. W. Holyoak's remarks about deacons' meetings, he said that he could hardly imagine one of those officials getting up and asking to be excused to go and get a whisky and soda, and he was afraid if one did that gentleman would not be very long in office. (Laughter.)

The Magistrates retired, and were absent ten minutes.

The Mayor, on returning, said: The decision is 10.30 p.m.

The following dates were fixed as special sessions for transfers:- April 4th, June 6th, August 15th, October 3rd, December 5th, 1924, and January 9th, 1925.

The adjourned meetings were fixed for February 20th at Broadstairs, and March 3rd at Dover.

The Licensing Committee then sat to hear applications for removals and new licenses.


Mr. Rutley Mowll applied, on behalf of Messrs. A. C. Leney and Co., for the removal of the licence of the “Archliffe Fort Inn" from one side of the spur at the Viaduct to the other, rendered necessary by the arrangement of the railway services at the Pier.

There was no opposition; and the application was granted, and plans approved.

Mr. Rutley Mowll applied for a licence, on behalf of Mr. A. B. C. Wilson, Secretary to Messrs. A. C. Leney and Co., to sell spirits etc., from their offices. It was a formal application. No Magistrates' Licence was required if the premises were used solely for the sale of spirits, but the Excise Authorities objected as “grains” were also sold there. The application was granted.


Mr. John Bramley, grocer, of Westgate-on-Sea, applied for an off-licence to sell beer, a similar application having been refused last year.

Applicant stated that the nearest licensed premises were three quarters of a mile away, and this was to serve a “little colony” outside Westgate. Mr. Milner Pugh opposed on behalf of the “Station Hotel;” but there were no Police objections.

The application was not granted, the Magistrates considering that the time was not opportune.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 February, 1924. Price 1d.


A sitting of the Wingham Petty Sessions was held at the Court House, Wingham, on Thursday, before Mr. H. Firzwalter Plumptre, Lord Northbourne, Sir H. Henderson, Messrs. A. H. Godfrey, W. Chandler, W. Fagg, H. J. May, W. P. Matthews, G. F. Raggett and H. W. Plumptre.


Supt. Barton, Wingham Division, in his annual report, stated that only one license had been proceeded against during the year. Two females, non-residents had been convicted for drunkenness, one from drinking methylated spirits.

Supt. Ford, Home Division, reported that there had been one conviction against a licensee and one non-resident female convicted for drunkenness (consuming methylated spirits), this being the first conviction for eight years. He had been instructed by the Chief Constable of Kent to oppose the renewal of the licence of the “Forester's Arms,” Littlebourne.

Supt. Russell, Elham division, stated that there had been no proceedings against licensees, but one conviction had been recorded against, a non-resident for being drunk whilst in charge of a horse and cart.

The Chairman said that he was pleased at the satisfactory reports from the Police. The licenses would all be renewed with the exception of the “Forester's Arms,” Littlebourne, to which the Police were objecting.

Supt. Ford contended that the licence was not required. The house was 103yds. from a beer house and 600yds. From a fully licensed house. The licence was continually changing hands. When he served the notice on the licence, he said that trade was very bad. He was losing money, and he had to go out to work when he could get it.

The licence was refused.


Mr. G. W. Hardman, of Messrs. Hardman and Sons appeared on behalf of the licensed victuallers in the Wingham district to ask for the modification of the permitted hours of, on week days 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., to 10. a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sundays, instead of 12.30 to 2.30 p.m., 12 noon to 2 p.m. No change was desired in the evening.

The Chairman said that the Bench had agreed to hear arguments at Wingham next month.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 29 November 1924.

Compensation for extinguished licences.

A meeting of the East Kent Compensation Authority was held at the Sessions House, Longport Street, Canterbury on November 17th to approve the awards agreed as regards three houses which have been referred for compensation.

Lord FitzWalter presided and was supported by Messrs. W. A. Lochee, C. E. Bass, N. A. Poole, A.G. Iggulden, C. Igglesden, and A. H. Godfrey.

The following were the awards "Foresters Arms," Littlebourne (beer house,) 405, in the proportion of 355 to Messrs. Mackeson and Co., Ltd., Hythe and 50 to the tenant, James Payne.

"Odd Fellows," Dover Street, Folkestone (publican's,) 1,525 - 1,314 1s. 1d. to Messrs. Alfred Leney and Co., Ltd., Dover, and 210 18s. and 11d. to Clement Augustus Woodley, the tenant.

"Bellevue Hotel," St. John's Street, Folkestone (publican's) 1,320 - 1,071 18s 6d. to Mrs Messrs. Mackeson and Co., Ltd., and 248 1s. 6d to Frederick John Taylor, the tenant.