83 London Road
An outing from The Phough, after WW2, date unknown. Photo kindly supplied by
Harry Durrant. Third from left front row. Others identified are his
brother Ernie just behind the little girl. Sid Seger, back row fifth
from right and just in front of him Doris Kettle, one time landlady of
The Rose and Crown.
Another outing from The Plough date unknown, photo kindly supplied by Harry Durrant.
Above photo of an outing of Plough pub regulars, date unknown. Photo
kindly supplied by Harry Durrant.
Both photos of the former Plough Inn. Above circa 1990.
Flora Macdonald was here from 1850 to 1870 and she was followed by her
daughter Elizabeth. Flora also seemed to have an interest in the "Three
Compasses" at the same time. There is evidence of another "Plough". It was a beerhouse kept by Pain in 1839 and was addressed simply 'Charlton'.
Charlton is close enough to this establishment and so I am going to assume
they are one and the same. Indeed London Road was once referred to as
Charlton High Road.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 22 June, 1839. Price 5d
MONDAY - William Pain, landlord of the "Plough" Beer shop, at
Charlton, appeared to answer an information for keeping open his house
beyond the hour allowed.
The Rev. C. C. Snowden stated that on Saturday evening, the 8th
instant, at half-past eleven o'clock, he went to the "Plough" beer
shop, and found a number of persons creating a disturbance outside. He
immediately entered the house, and found only the brother of the
defendant there. Woodruff and Friend, then present, told him they were
ready to swear the men outside had not been outside of the house more
than five minutes. The Rev Gentleman was about to give a description of
the scenes of riot and disorder that often took place, and the general
notorious character of the house, when he was stopped by the
magistrates, as not being evidence in the present case.
Joseph Friend said that in the above evening, he saw several persons
come out of the Beer shop, five or ten minutes before Mr. Snowden
John Woodruff deposed, that at eleven o'clock in the evening in
question, he went into the "Plough" for some beer to take home, when he
saw several men in the house, who came out about twenty minutes
afterwards. The Magistrates having consulted for some time, dismissed
Mr. G. Jennings 0bserved that he was glad to find that Mr. Glover and
Mr. Snowden intended to look after beer shops; on which, Mr. Glover said
he was pleased to hear the Court express their approval of his
intentions; but was sorry to find their acts did not correspond with
those expression. It was very small encouragement for those who
undertook a most obnoxious duty, to find that a delinquent who had been
on a former occasion summoned for a similar offence, was thus allowed to
escape. For however the Magistrates had determined that it was not a
case for conviction, he contended that the case was proved, and that
they aught to have convicted accordingly. Mr. Jennings said he could not
allow such observations; it was a want of courtesy to the Bench, and he,
for one, would not sit there to be dictated to in that manner.
The following story is associated with the London Road property in 1845.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 30 August, 1845. Price 5d.
DOVER POLICE REPORT
Richard Lane, bricklayer, was fined 18s., including costs, for damaging
a pair of Wellington boots under the following circumstances:- It
appeared the boots were the property of Mr. R. Best, of Buckland, who
had sent them, on Sunday morning, to be repaired, by a man named
Prickett. He on his road stepped into the “Plough,” and had six quarts
of beer. When he got up to resume his errand, he found the boots with
the tops cut off, which was proved to have been done by the defendant.
The defendant was allowed a week to raise the money, or to be imprisoned
for 14 days.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 13 March, 1847. Price 5d.
DOVER PETTY SESSIONS
Charles Wellard, labourer, was committed for trial, charged with selling
a lime rake, the property of Mr. Parks, landlord of the “Plough,” at
Buckland. It appears that prisoner and a man named Lilley were seen on
the Buckland Road with the rake in their possession, which was
afterwards sold by Lilley to Mr. Berry, at Ewell for 6d., prisoner at
the same time waiting outside the forge. Lilley has absconded.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
22 July, 1870. Price 1d.
INFRINGEMENT OF LICENSE
Elizabeth Macdonald, the landlady of the "Plough," Buchland, was
charged with infringing her license on Sunday, the 10th instant.
The defendant was unable to appear, and proof of the service of the
summons was therefore given.
Police-constable George Baker: On Sunday morning week I visited the
house of the defendant about a quarter to twelve, in company with
police-constable Nash. I there saw, in the bar parlour, five men who are
residents in Dover. One was drinking from a full pint of beer when we
entered. Another had his hand up to receive a glass of spirits which the
son of the landlady had just poured out; as soon as the landlady's son
saw us he drank the spirits himself. He then turned round to the table,
and claimed as his the pint of beer the other man was drinking. (A
laugh.) Another pint pot, containing beer, and a glass were on the
table. The landlady told him that the men were not there with her
concurrences, but had entered by the back-way. The constable added that
there was somebody watching in the garden, so as to give a signal when
the constables appeared.
The landlady's son appeared on behalf; but there was no real defence
to the complaint.
In consideration of the general good conduct of the house (the last
conviction against it being nearly twenty years old) the Magistrates
inflicted the mitigating fine of 5s. and the costs 9s. 6d., which was
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 16 September, 1870. Price 1d.
THE ANNUAL LICENSING DAY
In the case of the “Plough,” in which a conviction for Sunday trading
had taken place, the son of the landlady (Mrs. Elizabeth Macdonald), who
attended on her behalf, was informed that another case of the same kind
would result in the loss of her licence. Mr. Macdonald remarked that the
house had been kept by his mother for twenty years, and this was the
first offence during the whole period. The Magistrates were aware that
the house had been previously well-conducted; but there were
circumstances in the conviction which induced them to give this caution.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 17 July, 1874. Price 1d.
A DISORDERLY CUSTOMER
Henry Clark was summoned for assaulting Edward McDonald, landlord of the
“Plough Inn,” on the 11th July. Mr Carder appeared for the complainant.
It appeared, from the evidence of McDonald and another man named
Groombridge, that Clark used abusive language and that when he was
remonstrated with he took hold of a quart pot and knocked the landlord
on the head, whereupon the landlord gave him a blow in self-defence.
Clark denied being abusive and said that the landlord began it.
Mr. Stein said the Magistrates were convinced that the case was proved
and as publicans were liable to heavy penalties for keeping disorderly
houses they must be protected. A fine of £1 11s. 2d. including costs
would be inflicted or in default of payment seven days’ imprisonment.
The old man said he must go to prison for he could not pay, but his
daughter, who was in Court, called out “Father, you shall not go to
prison,” and immediately came forward and paid the money.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 18 January, 1907. Price 1d.
TRANSFER OF THE PLOUGH REFUSED
An application was made for the transfer of the license of the “Plough
Inn,” London Road, from J. J. Lutwyche to J. Dolbear.
Mr. Rutley Mowll pointed out to the Magistrates that at a recent hearing
two summonses were taken out against Mr. Lutwyche, but he was only
convicted upon the small summons of allowing some raffling. At the time
he (Mr. Mowll) gave an undertaking that Mr. Lutwyche would have the
house, and he was now leaving. The proposed new tenant was Mr. Dolbear
who had held licenses in the town for many years past, and he thought
the Magistrates would find that he was immensely a satisfactory person
to hold a license.
The Bench then retired to consider the application, and on returning
Captain Cay said: This case will stand over till the next transfer day,
Mr. Mowll: You will then hear the evidence, I take it, on that occasion?
Capt. Cay: I can’t say that the Magistrates will do. There will be a
Mr. Mowll: I take it that no decision would be made until they have
heard the whole of the evidence. I gather you were not making a decision
to day because you had not heard the evidence?
Mr. Vidler: The Magistrates thought it would be no great hardship to
allow the case to stand over for twelve days.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 25 January, 1907. Price 1d.
LICENSING TRANSFER DAY. THE PLOUGH TRANSFERRED
The Magistrates met at the Police Court this morning to hear
applications for the transfers of the licences. Mr. M. Pepper was in the
Chair, and those present were Capt. R. B. Cay, R.N. Messrs. R. G. C. Rubie,
F. G. Wright, W. J. Barnes, F. W. Prescott, J. Scott, and E. Chitty.
Mr. A. K. Mowll appeared to apply for the transfer of the licence of the
“Plough,” London Road, from Mr. Lutwyche who was recently convicted for
permitting a raffle to Mr. Dolbear. It will be remembered that ten days
ago when an application was made for a temporary transfer, it was
refused, and the applicant told to apply on Transfer Day.
Mr. Mowll offered to call the Superintendent of the Police as a witness
to Mr. Dolbear’s character.
The Chairman said that he thought that most of them knew Mr. Dolbear,
and that was not necessary. Had Mr. Mowll anything further to say?
Mr. Mowll: Only if you wish to hear evidence about his character or
about the house.
The Chairman: We know all about the house.
After a consultation, the Chairman said the transfer was granted.
Mr. Mowll: Look here Dolbear, we all recognise you as an old customer. I
wonder how many public houses you have had in your time?
Mr. Dolbear: Seven.
The Chairman: And make a fortune in each. (Laughter.) Take care and do
not allow any betting up there. (Laughter.)
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 9 July, 1915. Price 1d.
At the Dover Police Court on Monday, before Messrs. M. Pepper (in the
chair), Edward Chitty, G. C. Rubie, and H. Hobday.
An application was made by Mr. Rutley Mowll for the transfer of the
licence of the “Plough Inn,” London Road, from Mr. Sidney Hoare, who had
gone into the Army Service Corps, to Mrs. Hoare. Mr. Mowll stated that
Mrs. Hoare had, during the previous eighteen months, been managing the
house, and it was very desirable that, under the circumstances, she
should carry on the business.
The application was granted for the period of the War.
This pub closed from lack of trade some time after June 1969 and by late
1971 became a retail outlet for the car trade. It is now a Chinese
restaurant called the "Oriental Express."
Above photograph by Paul Skelton, 9 April 2010.
PAIN William 1839 (Charlton)
PARKS Edward 1847+
McDONALD William 1858+
MACDONALD Mrs Elizabeth Flora senior 1862-74
MACDONALD Elizabeth junior 1870-88
MACDONALD Edward 1882-May/88
TUNBRIDGE Thomas May/1888+
an hotel in South Africa for 16½ years)
SCOTT James 1895
STANLEY Thomas Charles 1896
ROBINSON George 1899-May/1901
ROGERS William Henry G
WARD Alfred E Dec/1901-Oct/04
LUTWYCHE J J Oct/1904-07 end
DOLBEAR Albert Victor 1907
DOLBEAR James 1907-09+
HOWLAND George T 1913 end
CARDEN Mr J 1913
CARDEN Mrs Elizabeth 1913-Jan/14
HOARE Mr S Jan/1914-July/15
HOARE Mrs July/1915+
MURLAND/MARTIN/MURTON Edward 1915-Apr/22
MORRIS Joseph Apr/1922-Aug/31
SEAGER Sidney Thomas Aug/1931-49 end
MARTIN Thomas James 1949-50+
TURNER Frank J W 1953-56+
DEWING William F 1958-59
FLOYDD John W 1962-69
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1862
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956
From the Dover Express