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Notes of 1929


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1 February, 1929.



The houses which the Police will ask the Magistrates to send to the East Kent Quarter Sessions with a view to the licences being withdrawn on the payment of compensation on the ground of redundancy are the "Eagle," London Road; the "Marquis of Anglesey," York Street; the "Prince of Orange," New Street; and the "Burlington Inn," Castle Street. It is understood that the Magistrates only decided to select these houses to be brought before them after long consideration, it being suggested that the houses that are to be closed on Commercial Quay should be dealt with this year, but the majority of the Magistrates declined to help the Harbour Board in this respect.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1 February, 1929.



At the Dover Borough Licensing Sessions, which will be held on Monday, the licences of a number of Dover public houses will be objected to on the ground of redundancy, i.e., that a levy on other houses in East Kent shall provide compensations for closing the houses.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 February, 1929.


The Annual Licensing meeting was held and very satisfactory reports were received from Supts. Lane, Ford and Golding.

All the licenses were renewed.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 February, 1929.




The general annual licensing meeting was held on Monday at the "Town Hall." The Magistrates sitting were the Mayor (alderman H. E. Russell,) Sir Edwin Farley, Sir William Crundall, Messrs. W. J. Barnes, J. W. Bussey, T. A. Terson, G. D. Clark, W. L. Law, C. Chitty, G. Golding, H. J. Barton, S. J. Livings, W. J. Palmer, C. E. Beaufoy, W. B. Brett, T. Francis, E. M. Worsfold, C. J. Sellons, W. Bradley, and Dr. C. Wood.

The report of the Chief Constable stated:- I am pleased to state that the whole of the houses have been well conducted during the past year. There are in the Borough; Fully licensed houses, 136; "on and off" beer houses, 5; "off" beer houses, 9; shops, 11; confectioners, 8; total 164. Drunkenness: 1926, males 28, females 9, total 37; 1927, males 26, females 6, total 32; 1928, males 33, females 5, total 38. Of the total persons proceeded against for drunkenness, 11 were residents, 27 non-residents and two soldiers. I beg further to report that the Licensing Sun Committee appointed by the Justices at their last annual meeting, to consider the abolition of redundant licenses, met on Wednesday, 9th January, and I am instructed by them to report that they desire to recommend that the under-mentioned houses be referred for compensation: "Burlington Inn," Church Street; "Prince of Orange," New Street; "Marquis of Anglesey," York Street; "Friend in Need," Peter Street; and the "Eagle Hotel," London Road.

The following license transfers were confirmed:- .... Wine "off", 58 Biggin Street, Timothy White, from F. Forse, Secretary to A. F. Herne, Assistant Secretary to the Company.

The music, singing and dancing licence held by Mr. H. R. Geddes for the King's Hall, was transferred to Miss Marion head, Secretary of the King's Hall, (Dover) Ltd.

A movie and singing licence was granted to Mr. Fitzgerald for the "Clarendon," Snargate Street, there being no objections.

the Dover Labour and Trade Union Club, through Mr. Little, applied for a music, singing and dancing licence, but the Police had received no notification of the application and it was adjourned until March 4th for an inspection to be made.


the Magistrates' Clerk said that the licenses would be renewed except those licensees who had no notice.

Mr. Bradley: What about the alteration made at our meeting?

The magistrates' Clerk: That is only the Chief Constable's report. They have had notice to attend.

The Magistrates subsequently dealt with the licensees they had not renewed.

The first case taken was that of the "Barley Mow," Strond Street. Mr. and Mrs. Hunt applied personally for the renewal of the licence.

Inspector Leeming said that in eight visits he found a total of 83 customers. The licence had been held by the licensee since 1906. It was one of Messrs. George Beer's houses, their nearest after being the "Gothis Inn" in Snargate Street. There were seven other houses within 300 yards, not including those to be demolished.

Mrs. Hunt said that trade had been quieter since Christmas.

Sir William Crundall: Won't it be quieter still when all those houses are pulled down?

Mrs. Hunt: I am willing to chance it. I know what the sea brings.

Mr. James Hawkins applied for the renewal of the licence of the "New Commercial Quay Inn," 25, Commercial Quay.

Inspector Leeming said that in eight visits he found a total of 61 customers. It was another of Messrs. George Beer's houses. There had been three licensees since 1922 the present one being there since August 1927.

Mr. Charles S. Pearce, of the "Union Hotel," 32, Commercial Quay, applied for renewal.

Inspector Leeming said that there was a total of 47 customers for eight visits. The house belonged to Messrs. Fremlins, had been held by the licensee since 1921.

Mr. Pearce said that he did a lot of letting.

Mr. G. W. Hardman, on behalf of Messrs. Mackeson and Co., owners of the "Golden Anchor," Commercial Quay, said that they did not oppose it being referred.

Mrs. mead, the licensee, asked for renewal.

Inspector Leeming said that there were only 15 customers in eight visits. The licence had not changed since 1915.

Mr. G. P. Wood, of Messrs. Leney and Co. applied for the renewal of the license of the "Marquis of Anglesey," York Street.

Inspector Leeming said that the total customers in eight visits was 39. The licence had not changed hands since 1923, and there was a manager in residence. There were eight other houses within 200 yards.

Mr. Mowll appeared to ask for the renewal of the "Burlington," Castle Street.

Inspector Leeming said that on one visit there were 56 customers present. There were 118 present altogether for eight visits.

Mr. Mowll said that the owners, Messrs. George Beer, had made no objections to the "Barley Mow," but in this case they did for the number of customers had increased considerably during the six months the present licensee had been there and was now doing six barrels a week. It would make a large inroad on the compensation fund and prevent it being used for houses that need extinguishing.

After the Magistrates had been absent about ten minutes the Magistrates' Clerk said that the Justices had decided to renew the licence of the "Burlington" and to send for compensation the "Barley Mow," "New Commercial Quay," "Union," "Golden Anchor," and the "Marquis of Anglesey."

The following dates were fixed for transferring and granting licenses; April 12th, June 7th, August 9th, October 4th, December 6th, and January 10th.


Mr. Rutley Mowll on behalf of the licensed victuallers of Doverapplied for the hour of closing to be made until 10.30 for all the year round. For years the Magistrates granted that, but last year the extension was limited to summer time only. The licensed victuallers would be perfectly satisfied if the half-hour was cut off the opening time and they were allowed to open from 6.30 to 10.30 p.m., instead of from 6 to 10 p.m. as now.

The Rev. W. Holyoak said he appeared for the Dover Free Church Council and the Dover Temperance Council. he said that there was no representation from the Liberties who appeared perfectly satisfied and if the Magistrates agreed to continue the present arrangement whilst not regarding it as ideal, they were prepared to regard it as tolerable. In regard to the suggestion that there might be a difference made in the hours of opening in the evening, the oblation he offered was heard on Mr. Mowll's own reference that the half hour was very little use to the publicans. he was offering to exchange something of little value for something of considerable value to his clients.

The Magistrates, without retiring, decided to make the hours as last year, i.e., an extra half hour for the summer time only.


Subsequently the Licensing Committee dealt with several applications.

Jesse Pilcher, of the "Mitre Inn," 77, Snargate Street, Dover, licensed victualler, for a provisional order sanctioning the removal of this licence to premises known as 92 and 93, Snargate Street, Dover.

Mr. R. Mowll appeared for the application.

Mr. Thomas Drury apposed on behalf of licensees of the "Gothic," "Granville" and the "Shakespeare."

Mr. G. W. Hardman appeared to oppose for Messrs. Mackeson and Co., and for the licensees of the "Prince Imperial," and "York House Inn."

Mr. R. Mowll said that this was one of the houses to be pulled down under the Harbour improvements and Messrs. Fremlin Bros were asking for the licence of the "Mitre" to be moved to premises almost immediately opposite. Messrs. Fremlin had three licences with which they were concerned that day. The "Union" and the "Marquis of Anglesey" they had offered no objection to and this one they asked to be allowed to remove.

Mr. Thora Drury, opposing, said that by reason of the demolition being carried out by the Harbour Board, all the licenses would be extinguished and he thought it was material to ask why the "Mitre" was to be preserved from the wreck whilst its neighbours were reported on the grounds of redundancy. He considered the whole of them should have gone to the East Kent Compensation authorities for them to discriminate. Had this been a new application, would even Mr. Mowll have been able to satisfy the Magistrates it was required? There were eight houses in the street, two of them belonging to Messrs. Fremlin. This was tantamount to an application for a new licence. He asked that the application he refused as no monopoly value would be paid and they would be putting the owners and tenant in a position far more advantageous than that of their trade competitors.

The application was granted.

Cecil Stanley Jamed Taylor, manager of Messrs. Vye and Sons, Queen Street, Ramsgate, Kent, provisions merchant, asked for an order sanctioning the removal of the licence (late Messrs. Richard Dickeson and Co. Ltd.) for the sale of wine, spirits and beer, to be consumed off the premises at Market Lane, Dover, to their shop at No. 32, Biggin Street, Dover.

Mr. R. Mowll, who appeared for Mr. Taylor, said that there were multiple shops close by which had similar facilities to that asked for here.

Mr. W. G. Hardman apposed for Messrs. Mackeson who have a wine and spirit shop nearly opposite.

Mr. Taylor gave evidence and said they had continual applications for the facility they wished to give their customers. He handed in a petition with 303 signatures obtained in six days.

The application was granted.

The Licensing Committee also approved the application of Thomas Payn, of the Stores, Northdown Hill, Broadstairs, for a licence to sell by retail beer and wine for consumption off the premises.

The meeting was adjourned until February 20th at Broadstairs and March 4th at Dover.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22 February, 1929.


Dover Clounty Petty Sessions were held on Thursday afternoon at the Town Hall, when Lord Fitzwalter presided. Others present were Col. Cavenagh, Miss Bomford, Messrs. H. J. May, A. T. Goodfellow, T. A. Terson and E. Bradley.


The report of the Police on the conduct of licensed premises was presented, this being the adjourned annual licensing meeting. There were no convictions for drunkenness in two of the three divisions, and in the Wingham Division there were two persons proceeded against, both non residents. This was an increase of two on the previous year.

The Chairman said that all the licences would be renewed, and the Bench were very glad to note the excellent report.

Extensions were granted to the "Station Hotel," Martin Mill, for the stock sale on March 17th; "Black Horse," Swingfield, teg and bullock sale on March 21st; and the "Bell Inn," Lydden, for sheep sales on March 7th and 28th.

An occasional licence was granted to the "Coach and Horses," Sholden, for the Whitfield point to point races on March 13th.


Mr. R. Mowll applied for a hotel licence for the Knoll Hotel, St. Margaret's.

Mr. E. Chitty opposed on behalf of a number of residents and property owners in the immediate neighbourhood. Asked by Mr. Mowll to state the names, Mr. Chitty mentioned the names of Miss Powll, of Greenway opposite, Miss C. L. Walton, of the Nursing Home and Rest next door, Miss Molesworth, Miss Bakewell, Miss Onslow, Commander Henry Leyland, Miss Collins and others.

Mr. G. Hardman said he opposed for Mr. Spencer, the owner and licensee of the "Granville Hotel," Capt. Watkins, of the "St. Margaret's Bay Hotel." and the licensees of the three public houses, the "Red Lion," "Hope Inn," and "Green Man."

Mr. Mowll in outlining the application said that Mrs. Nicholson, who was a widow with two children, had conducted the hotel for three or four years. Its gross assessment was 150, rateable 120, and there was an annexe which it was not intended should be licensed. It was a first class little hotel, the dining room having accommodation for 60. The nearest licensed premises were the "Hope Inn," but without disrespect to the "Hope Inn," they could hardly expect it to compete with the "Knoll." The monopoly value had been agreed at 40 a year. There would be no bar in the hotel, in fact such a thing was certainly contrary to the spirit of the premises. He thought the most fastidious of teetotallers would find nothing in the application to wound their susceptibilities.

Colonel Hayward gave evidence as to the  accommodations at the hotel.

Mrs. Nicholson said that between 3000 and 4000 was spent on the hotel and alterations. She was an appointed hotel for motorists the only one in St. Margaret's. At present if a visitor required intoxicants she had to send into Dover or get it from the "Cliff Hotel," or the "Granville."

In reply to Mr. Chitty, witness said that she was doing very well. She started with one private house and now had three private houses and annexe. The number of visitors increased every year.

Mr. Chitty: Despite the fact that you have not these facilities.

Cross-examined: The Gables next door was a nursing home. There was no place of business in the Droveway beyond her own. She had not ascertained the views of residents there because she did not think it affected them.

In reply to Mr. Hardman, witness said that she believed the population was about 1280 and there were seven licences in the village. The garage accommodation they had for 30 cars belonging to Mr. Harby.

Your visitors have been coming every year despite the fact you have not this licence?

Yes, but keep grumbling about it all the time. (Laughter.)

In reply to further questions, Mrs. Nicholson said that she did not contemplate selling the business. She had mentioned going to Mombasson, but not permanently.

Mr. Travers Harby said that he was the trustee of the estate, having been a friend of the late Mr. Nicholson for 30 or 40 years. The garage he erected in order to help Mrs. Nicholson.

Mr. Hardman: It means she has put up a brave struggle to make a living and this will considerably help her?


In reply to the Chairman, Mr. Harby said that people came to the hotel because of the attractions and Mrs. Nicholson had a considerable connection with East Africa. Questioned as to the amount of motor traffic in St. Margaret's he said that the roads were overcrowded with cars, in fact the R.A.C. were probably going to provide an R.A.C. park for motors.

Evidence was given in support of the application by Mr. H. G. Tweedy, and advertising agent, living at Twickenham, a constant visitor, and Mr. A. Gilbert, a guest at the hotel for four months.

There were no objections by the Police.

Mr. Chitty called Miss Temple, of the White House, The Droveway, to hand in a petition of 17 persons, owners and residents in the immediate neighbourhood, and said five others had authorised their signatures, including Sir Forbes Robertson. They objected to a licence in this quiet and select road.

Mr. Mowll: I believe you are a total abstainer?

Yes, I have a branch of the British Woman's Total Abstainers.

Do you appreciate the fact that they are able to have the intoxicants there now?

No. I do not appreciate it. (Laughter.)

Mr. Chitty said that if they accepted the argument in this case, they would have to licence every other house in St. Margaret's, as nearly every one took in boarders.

The application was refused.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 5 April, 1929. Price 1d.


At the Dover Police Court on Friday the annual adjourned general licensing meeting was held. The Mayor (Alderman H. F. Russell) was in the chair, and the other Magistrates present were Sir William Crundall, Sir E. W. T. Farley, Dr. Wood, Messrs. T. A. Terson, W. Bradley, W. J. Barnes, T. Francis, G. Golding, W. Hollis, C. E. Beaufoy, G. D. Clark, S. J. Livings, W. B. Brett, A. Clark, W. J. Palmer and F. Finnis.

The business was the confirmation of licenses recommended by the Licensing Committee.

Mr. Rutley Mowll said he appeared for Mr. Jesse Pilcher, to ask them to confirm the removal of the licence of the “Mitre” from one side of Snargate Street to the other. Messrs. Fremlin had surrendered two licenses, “The Union,” and “Marquis of Anglesey.” There was no opposition.

Mr. W. Bradley: Some of us are opposed to it. Mr. Mayor.

The Mayor, after the Magistrates had voted on paper, said it was granted.

Mr. Mowll also appeared on behalf of Mr. Cecil Stanley James Taylor, manager of Messrs. Vye and Son. This was an application for the removal of a license that was held for many years by Messrs. Richard Dickeson and Co., in the Lanes, to the premises in Biggin Street. When the matter came before the Licensing Committee a petition was received, signed by 300 customers of the firm telling of the inconvenience caused by ordering groceries in Biggin Street and having to go by the Lanes for their other requirements. There was a strong opposition then, but he was now glad to say that had disappeared and he suspected that the only opponents he had were those on the Bench, whose views he knew were divided.

The Mayor: In this case the application will be refused.

The Magistrates granted the application of Thonas Payn, a grocer and provision merchant, for a licence to sell by retail beer in sealed vessels and wine at the “Stores,” Northdown Hill, Broadstairs, and also granted a provisional licence to Mabel Rowan, the “Ingleton Hotel,” Sea Road, Westgate to sell spirits, wine and beer for consumption on the premises.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7 June, 1929.


The "Bay Hotel," Birchington on Sea, was transferred from Thomas Warrington to Paul Deschamps, Levershulme, Manchester, a manager of a licensed restaurant.

The beer, wine and spirit licence, 1a, The Broadway, Broadstairs, from Eustace E. Easlea to Harry John Malcolm Wilson, Mistletoe Cottage, Pluckley, brewer's manager.

The dancing, singing, and music licence of the garden and grounds at the "Chandos," Broadstairs, from Ernest P. Owen, Clerk to the Broadstairs U.D.C., to Harry Fowler, Providence House, Broadstairs, the U.D.C. having discontinued its use.



From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 9 August, 1929.


A wine, beer and spirits off-licence at 11, Market Square, was transferred from George Arthur Sparrow, to Michael Simeon Parnell Smith, H. and G. Watts (1929) Ltd., Sandwich, Kent.

The following applications for licenses for music, singing and dancing: The "Drill Hall," East Cliff, Lt. J. Sherwood, "D" Co., The Buffs; The Garden Hall, Cherry Tree Avenue, Wallace E. Carter, Secretary, Palmers (Dover) Ltd.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 9 August, 1929.


"West Cliff Hotel," Westgate-on-Sea was transferred from John Alfred Mercer to Thomas William Shepherd Stratton, "West Cliff Hotel," Westgate-on-Sea.

The "Prince Albert," Broadstairs, from Henry William Spratley to Arthur Gibson, the "Forester's Arms," Ramsgate.

The "Callis Court Hotel," Broadstairs, from Edward John Widgeon to Arthur William Plummer, retired licensed victualler, Park Hill, Carshalton, Surrey.

The "Co-operative Hall and Co-operative Restaurant," Biggin Street (music, dancing, etc.) from William Evans (late Secretary) to Arthur S. Haines, Secretary, River and District Co-operative Society, Ltd.

In the case of the "West Cliff Hotel," Westgate, the police objected on the ground that there had been a conviction for drunkenness and assault in 1924, but after hearing Mr. Maughan, who appeared for the applicant, and several testimonials, the Magistrates granted the transfer by a majority.

Mr. George Aubrey Clarke applied for a music, singing and dancing licence for a room over No. 2, Cannon Street (over Lipton's).

Chief Constable Bind said that the room was about 70ft. by 30ft. and was formerly used as a church institute. There was separate lavatory accommodation but only one exit, a fairly wide staircase that came out into the lane. The applicant had used the place for private dancing, but now desired to let it for parties.

The Clerk said that about 60 or 70 could dance there.

Adjourned for a fortnight, the Magistrates' Clerk stating that in the meantime the Magistrates would form their opinion.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 10 October, 1929.


At the Dover Police Court this morning before Messrs. W. J. Barnes, and S. J. Livings.

the adjourned application by Mr. A Clark for a dancing licence for the premises over Lipton's, Cannon Street, was considered but the Magistrates' Clerk said that the Magistrates did not think the premises suitable.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 November, 1929.


The "Billiard Hall," Eythorne, was transferred from William Ernest Williams to George Isaiah Bradley.


From the Dover Express, 29 November 1929.

Compensation to the Commercial Quay public houses.

East Kent licensing authorities insufficient funds.

The compensations that are payable in respect to the four public houses which are being destroyed on the Commercial Quay are so heavy that the compensation authority are without sufficient funds to meet the compensation. This was revealed at the meeting of the East Kent Compensation authority held at St Augustine Sessions House, Canterbury, on Monday, to settle shares in compensation money in respect of five houses which have been referred at Dover. The Justices deliberated in private for over an hour.

The chairman (Lord Harris) stated that they had been engaged in business of an entirely novel character. They had not got sufficient to the credit to enable them to satisfy the compensated people. Their system have been to defer their decision as to the amount of levy until they know what actually the evaluation was; or rather to levy such an amount as they considered from their previous experience would be sufficient to satisfy all the claims. That arrangement had worked very well so far, but had not work satisfactorily on this occasion. In consequence of that they were short of funds to satisfy the people entitled to compensation. They have been considerably startled by the amounts that have been valued as the proper compensation for those houses. They differed very materially from the average of all houses all over the country which had been de-licensed during the working of the Act. They were very much in excess of evaluations put on houses in the same neighbourhood and the Justice's were advised that it was largely due to the fact - which was novel to the valuer - that the class of beer drank in those houses was far superior to the class of beer ordinarily drunk in houses which had so far come before the Justice's.

What happens in those cases. The local licensing authority have referral those houses. There had been no appeal against there being de-licensed and they had come up to the Justice's at that meeting. It was quite a novel occurrence. They had got that very large amount to settle, and had made no provision for it. He did not think the licensing authority were to blame for being in that position, as they had proceeded on their previous experiences. The positions at the moment was that there was required as sum of 12,822 as compensation for those referred houses and they had only funds enough to settle the amount in the cases of three of the houses. The justices had passed the following resolution:- The report of the value of having been considered, it appears that the balance to credit, plus the amount receivable, only suffice to pay compensation to the amount of 4,958. Thereupon it was moved, seconded and carried unanimously that the amount agreed in the cases of the "Golden Anchor," the "Union Tavern" and the "Marquess of Anglesey" be paid; and that the amounts due on the "Barley Mow" and the "New Commercial Quay" stand over until sufficient funds accrue to the credit of the Compensation Authority for the satisfaction of those Awards, viz., 8,498.

Lord Harris mention that they could borrow, if necessary but he did not know whether there was any urgent necessity to borrow. If not, the parties to be compensated could wait until the levy could be made next year. The Act did provide that they can borrow, but they would have to go to the Secretary of State for approval. Mr. Rutley Mowll emphasize that if the payments were held over it would mean stopping improvements at the Harbour which were taking place in conjunction with the Town Council.

In reply to Mr. Mowll, Lord Harris said he saw no reason why, if application were made to the Clerk of the Peace, they should hesitate to approach the Secretary of State. He added that there would be an estimated amount of 925 to come in next May.

The matter was left with the understanding that this course would be taken.

The other justices present were Lord FitzWalter, Sir Crundall, Messrs. G. K. Anderson, C. J. Burgess, G. A. Watson and R. G. Wood.

The following shares in the compensation awards where agreed:-
"Golden Anchor," Commercial Quay, Dover - 980, being 815 to the brewers, Mackeson and Co., Ltd, Hythe, Nil to Dover Harbour Board; and 165 to Harriet Mead, licensee.

"New Commercial Quay," Dover 3,475, all to Dover Harbour Board, licensee being a manager.

"Union Tavern," Commercial Quay, Dover - 2,094, being 1,694 to Alfred Leney and Co., Ltd, Dover; and 400 to Charles Stephen Pearce, licensee.

"Marquess of Anglesey," York Street, Dover - 1,250, all to Flint and Co., Ltd, Dover, the licensee, who will receive 25 from the brewers, being a manager.

In the case of the "Barley Mow Inn," the shares were not agreed. Mr. C. E. T. Rogers (Rogers and Stevens, Rochester), for Mrs. Mary Ann Hunt, the licensee, set out figures as to trade and profits, upon which he claim 571, including 100 in respect of good conduct and long tenancy. Mr Rutley Mowll, for George Beer and Rigden Ltd, Faversham, put the Company's Chairman, Mr Jennings, in the box and he quoted figures upon which was based on offer of 870, including the 100 mentioned. After retirement the Justices awarded 475 to Mrs. Hunt and 4,548 to the brewers.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 20 December, 1929.


"Snowdown Colliery Institute" December 23rd, till 10.30 p.m. supper and social.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 20 December, 1929.


At the Dover Police Court last Friday, a number of licensees who had not previously applied for the Christmas extensions appeared, and they were automatically granted. Other extensions for dancing, etc., were granted, the business taking, in all, about twenty minutes. The fees for the three extensions to each public house amounted to 6s. each application.