83 Biggin Street
84 Biggin Street
86 Biggin Street in 1899
Above photo is of the Prince Albert in 1964
Above photograph shows the "Prince Albert" 1970.
From an article in the Dover Mercury 7 January 1999 by Joe Harman.
False rumour of flowing beer in 1889
THE Prince Albert public house in Dover seems to have been listed since
1847, but I have not been able to find an earlier name.
I have found a
licensed victualler in the 1841 census in Biggin Street whom I cannot
relate to any hostelry.
However we do know that a Mr Walker, a local
brewer, lived in a house here and moved away about 1840.
In July 1879,
when it was
being rebuilt, the workmen found complete skeletons which may have
related to the nearby St Edmund's Chapel or an earlier building in this
In October 1889 there was a gas explosion in the cellar which did
considerable damage to the contents but no injury to the staff or
customers apart from shock.
They all piled out into the street and a
gathered. Someone started a rumour that beer was running down the street
but it was untrue.
The building was immediately closed for the insurance
agents to come and assess the damage.
The present building seems to date
from the rebuild of 1879 as the cast iron lintels over the upstairs
windows would be of that period.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 4 October, 1889. Price 1d.
GAS EXPLOSION IN BIGGIN STREET
THE PRINCE ALBERT BAR WRECKED
On Wednesday evening about six o’clock, the inhabitants of Biggin Street
were startled by an explosion of gas which took place in the cellar of
the “Prince Albert Inn,” at the junction of Biggin Street and Priory
Road. The noise made by the explosion is variously described. One
person, who was standing by the “Red Cow” in Folkestone Road, said it
sounded like a cart load of crockery ware being upset. In the Police
station it sounded as though the Salvation Army drum had a smart blow in
front of the door. The neighbours opposite in Biggin Street, said it was
louder than the guns of the Royal salute which had been fired just
before, while others thought it was an earthquake. What it seemed like
to those in the house would be difficult to describe; for they were
rather too alarmed to collect their thoughts for a while. Miss Burden
and the two barmaids were standing where the greatest wreck occurred,
the shock, which they felt was terrific, but, fortunately, with the
exception of a cut in the face received by Miss Burton, they sustained
no injury. The cause of the explosion seems to have been in the cellar
right under the private part of the bar, where there comes up a pipe to
heat a beer muller. It seems that in putting barrels the connecting pipe
had been disturbed. A strong escape of gas was noticed shortly before
six, and Mr. R. Adams was sent for and asked if he would see what was
the matter. He went down into the cellar and temporarily stopped the
leak with soap, and then he lighted the gas, whereupon there was a
terrific explosion, which blew him across the cellar. Fortunately he
fell easily and was not hurt. The force of the explosion seemed to go
upwards, for the bar overhead and the little parlour at the back were
literally wrecked. The people in front of the bar as well as the
barmaids rushed for the street, where a large crowd immediately
collected, and very soon the most alarming rumours prevailed, it being
reported down the town that the wine, spirits, and beer were running
down the gutter in the street. The outside crowd had not so much to see,
with the exception of a window looking on Priory Road being broken, and
the deluge of liquor in the street was pure fiction. The house was
immediately shut up and everything was allowed to remain as the
explosion left it, until it had been inspected by the insurance agent.
We had a look inside before anything had been disturbed. The bar which
faces the junction of the two roads is horse-shoe shaped, and a part
next Priory Road is partitioned off as the jug and bottle department.
With the exception of this latter, the front of the bar did not seem to
have suffered much, but here the glass and white porcelain jars were
blown about in a manner that must have startled the jug and bottle
customers much more than it did if the explosion had occurred at the
time of serving out the supper beer. In looking over into the private
part of the bar the floor seemed to be heaped up with the debris of
broken bottles, decanters, cigar boxes, and large ornamental jars. The
effect of the explosion seems to have been peculiar. In one case half a
bottle of ginger beer was left standing on the inner edge of the bar,
the top half having been cut off clean, leaving the lower part quite
full. The heads of decanters were blown off, the remainder left
standing. The greatest wreck was in the little private room behind the
bar. The partition wall was ripped up and stripped of the plaster as
though it had been struck by lightening; all the furniture was blown
into confusion, pewter pots, silver coffee services, and glass ware lay
on the floor amongst a mass of laths and plaster, umbrellas, walking
sticks, and wearing apparel. The greatest wonder of all is that in such
an explosion there should have been the three bar attendants right in
the midst of it escaping comparatively unhurt.
Prince Albert circa 1987 (Photo by Paul Skelton)
Prince Albert circa 1980 (Photo by Barry Smith)
Prince Albert sign October 1991.
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
IN these, troubled times, a police-officer is delegated to watch over
the Remembrance Service from a vantage point on the Prince Albert.
Certainly present in 1847 when it was under offer to let and it was also said to be there, at the top of
the street, in 1764, but I do not possess any concrete evidence to show this
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 17 July, 1847. Price 5d.
To be Let, with immediate possession, THE PRINCE ALBERT INN, Near the
With all the STABLING, LOFTS, &c., and the PATENT WEIGHING MACHINE, now
doing a good trade. For particulars enquire of the Premises.
The number varies over the years as some of the
properties were rebuilt. That applied to this inn when it was purchased by
Burden from Barnett in July 1879. I am also under the impression that it was
rebuilt again in 1907 but my notes do nothing to confirm that.
From information I have received from Malcolm Kidby:- "In November 1842
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Walmer Castle and stayed for
sometime and visited the surrounding area including Dover. There were many
celebrations and salutes not just on land, but by the Royal Navy and
fisherman private yachts etc. who were sheltering from a great storm at the
time which lasted for a number of days. To celebrate the unexpected visit
many townspeople decorated their properties and although there is no
specific mention this could well be the reason the Prince Albert was thus
named." That would infer that the house is even older, and would
have had another name then. I always keep an open mind. There was a pub
called the "Evening Star" that I have traced
from 1838 but no trace after 1842, operating from address of 50 Biggin
Street. Perhaps this was indeed this pub. The address of 50 Biggin Street
was also listed as being the "Three Tuns"
between 1792 to 1854. There is an error here somewhere that I haven't quite
got to the bottom of yet.
I have also been informed, but alas no proof, that prior to the pub being
called the "Prince Albert" it was known as the "Cross Roads." I am not sure
about the name of this as the roads are not quite what I would envisage as a
cross as one would depict it, and the name of "Cross Roads" most certainly
hasn't been found to date in the Dover area, or indeed to date on this web
site. Closest to that name I do know about is the "Cross
Keys" but that was on Custom House Quay. If the name Cross does come
into it at all, I would suggest that perhaps it was the "St.
Andrew's Cross" which is listed as being in Biggin Street in the 1545
records when Andrew Davey was licensee, but the building is certainly not
the same one we see today.
The executors of Walker sold for £800 in May 1859. A bit of local
excitement worth Mentioning on 2 October 1889 when the bar was wrecked by an
explosion in the cellar.
Serving Whitbread today, (1989) from one large bar which was the inspiration of
William Hagger in 1978.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 9
DRUNK AND DESTRUCTIVE
Joseph Gambrell, a gunner in the 2nd Brigade Royal Artillery, was
charged with breaking two squares of glass at the "Prince Albert"
public-house, Biggin Street, and also with destroying a bed and rug at
Joseph Wellard, the landlord of the "Prince Albert", said, about nine
the previous evening the prisoner came to his house and called for a
glass of porter. He served him, and the prisoner (who was then too all
appearances sober) stood in front of the bar about half-an-hour smoking
his pipe. On going out, he fell against the window and broke two panes
of glass - not designedly, he thought, but through intoxication; an on
asking him if he were going to pay for the damage he had done, he said
he was not. He then put him out of the house, and in doing so the
prisoner slipped down on to the road. This seemed to exasperate him very
much; for he abused him (complainant) in a "tremendous" manner, and
afterwards wilfully broke three panes either with his fist or stick. He
was then given into custody of the police. The amount of damage
committed was 4s.
Police-constable Johnson proved the damage committed at the
police-station. When the prisoner was locked in his cell, there was in
it a bed and rug in good condition. About twelve o'clock the witness had
occasion to lock another prisoner in the same cell, when he found the
bed and rug torn to pieces. That morning the Superintendent asked the
prisoner why he did it, and he replied that they had no business to put
a drunken man in a place where there was anything destructible. The
prisoner was not so drunk when he was brought in as not to know what he
was about. He appeared more agitated than drunk. He was in the same
state when he awoke that morning and would have destroyed the iron
bedstead had he been able. The value of the bed and rug, which were the
property of the Corporation, was 5s.
The prisoner had nothing to say in answer to the charge.
The Bench fined him 16s. (including damages and costs) in respect to
the first charge, and 16s. (including damages and costs) in respect to
the second charge. In default he was committed to 28 days' hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 23
Yesterday (Friday) morning Mr. Wellard, the landlord of the "Prince
Albert Inn," Biggin Street, was found suspended in a loft at the rear of
his premises, life being extinct. An inquest was to be held last evening
by the borough coroner, W. H. Payr, Esq., but we publish too early to
give a report of the proceedings in our present issue.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
18 September, 1868.
William Crawford was charged with being drunk and disorderly, and
assaulting the police in the execution of their duty on the previous
day. The prisoner was brought up handcuffed; but on being placed before
the Magistrates the handcuffs were removed.
Police-constable William Corrie: Yesterday, about half-past twelve
o'clock, the prisoner was on the pavement in Biggin Street, opposite the
"Prince Albert." he was quarrelling with his wife. I told him to go away
several times, as a crowd was collecting; but he refused, and on my
getting near him, he struck me in the breast. People were just leaving
church at the time, and the disturbance was very disgraceful. The
prisoner, though drunk, knew what he was about. With the assistance of
Sergeant Barton I took him to the police-station.
The prisoner had no questions to ask the policeman, and excused
himself on the grounds of having had an interview with his brother, a
soldier in the 4th, on the previous night. His brother had just come
home from Abyssinia, and as he (prisoner) had not seen him for eight
years, "of course" it was natural they should have some drink, and he
indulged rather too freely. He was making his way to Folkestone, when
his wife, who had also been drinking, became "outlandish," and he was
endeavouring to bring her to reason when the policeman interfered.
The Magistrates sent Crawford to prison for seven days, in default of
his paying a fine of 5s. and costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 23 June, 1871. Price 1d.
Benjamin Burville, a boatman, was summoned by Mary Ann Clark for
unlawfully assaulting her on the 16th inst.
Mary Ann Clark deposed: My husband is a boatman. Between one and two
o’clock last Friday I went to the “Prince Albert” public-house for my
husband. Defendant and my husband were disputing about a boat, when
defendant hit my husband, and a scuffle ensued. In the scuffle I pushed
the defendant, and then he struck me.
Prisoner: Did you not scratch my face first?
Witness: No, I only pushed you.
The husband of the plaintiff corroborated his wife’s evidence. He said
that it was he himself who scratched the defendant’s face, in his own
Prisoner: You called my mother a sot and all kinds of things.
William Burville, brother of the defendant, deposed: I was in the
“Prince Albert” with my brother last Friday, and I saw Clark there. He
was aggravating my brother, and he afterwards gave him a slap on the
face. Mrs. Clark called my mother a sot, and I am sure she was never a
Defendant was fined 2s. 6d. and costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 25 April, 1873.
ASSAULT – ISSUE OF A WARRANT
A summons had been issued charging a man named John Stokes with
assaulting Mrs. Barnes, the landlady of the “Prince Albert Inn,” Biggin
Street, on the 16th April; and as he did not appear, a warrant was
issued for his apprehension.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
6 July, 1877. Price 1d.
CHARGE OF ASSAULT
George Thomas Bartholomew was summoned for assaulting William Jarvis,
of Folkestone, by knocking him down and striking him in the face, on the
30th June, at the "Prince Albert" public-house, in Biggin Street.
Mr. Sanders said it was a very bad assault, but the prosecutor was
Charles Handsall, private in the 10th Regt., said: On Saturday
evening, about a quarter past ten, I was at the "Prince Albert," in
Biggin Street. The prisoner was there with several others. As I was
standing in front of the bar, a disturbance arose, and I saw the
prisoner strike another man in the eye, causing blood to flow. The other
man had not provoked him in any way. The prisoner apologised to the man
for striking him when they were outside. The man gave him into custody.
Mr. Supt. Sanders said: On Saturday night the prisoner was brought to
the station with Police-constable Bailey, about 20 minutes past ten, and
charged with assaulting William Jarvis, who came with him to the
station, and signed the charge. He said, in the presence of the
prisoner, that he went to the back way of the "Prince Albert" from
Priory Street. He was first of all knocked down by a little tinkerman,
and on his return to the house the prisoner struck him in the face. The
prosecutor was bleeding from a cut over the right eye, his lip was very
much swollen inside, evidently from a blow in the teeth. The prisoner
admitted striking the man. Prosecutor signed the charge and promised to
attend here this morning. He is not in attendance.
The prisoner had been charged on similar offences before.
The Bench thought the prosecutor should be summoned to attend, the
Court could not be trifled with. The case was remanded until Friday.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 19 October, 1877. Price 1d.
A HUSBAND CHARGED WITH THREATENING TO MURDER HIS WIFE
Charles Parfett, landlord of the “Prince Albert,” was charged with
threatening to stab his wife, Charlotte Parfett, on the 14th inst., with
a knife which he then and there had in his hand.
Charlotte Parfett said: I am the wife of the defendant. I have been
married to him 14 years. We keep the “Prince Albert” public-house,
Biggin Street. On Sunday night a little past ten we went to bed. The
defendant was the worse for liquor. Between eleven and twelve o’clock he
became very restless and got out of bed three or four times. I obtained
a light to see what he wanted. I left the light burning. He got into bed
again and seemed quieter. Shortly after, he jumped up in the bed with
the knife produced in his hand and said “It has come to a crisis now.” I
snatched the knife from him and he fell back. The blade was open. I am
afraid from what he did on that occasion and from his previous threats
that he will do me some bodily harm.
Emma Parfett, daughter of the complainant, said since her father had
been home he had threatened to knock her mother’s brain out, and they
were obliged to watch him, or they believed he would do her some injury.
In reply to Dr. Astley, the witness said her father had been home about
a fortnight. He had threatened her mother before, and they had been
obliged to send for the Police. He was drunk at the time.
By the defendant: I am sure you threatened mother.
The defendant said he had never threatened his wife, it was a great
story. He had the knife in his hand, but it was to cut some tobacco
with, and because his wife happened to see it she snatched it away and
ran into her daughter’s bedroom, and said he was going to cut her
throat. The knife was only part of the way open.
Dr. Astley: Are you in the habit of smoking a pipe in the middle of the
Defendant: Well, I am, if I cannot get to sleep.
Dr. Astley: There’s another thing, according to your daughter’s
evidence, you are in the habit of getting intoxicated?
Defendant: I do get a little worse for drink sometimes.
Dr. Astley: When you are in such a state do you know what you are doing?
Defendant: Sometimes I might not, but I am quite satisfied I did on this
night; I was not incapable.
The Bench said the defendant would have to find two sureties in the sum
of £50 each, to keep the peace between his wife for sixth months, and be
bound over in his own recognizance’s of £100, if failing to find these
sureties, he would have to go below until he did.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 21 December, 1878
DRUNK AND INCAPABLE
Elizabeth Amos was charged with being drunk and incapable, and with
causing an obstruction on the footway in Biggin Street.
Police-constable Bath said: I was on duty in Biggin Street about 20
minutes past 11 on Saturday night. I saw the prisoner there with a crowd
of about 30 young men. She was holding on the fence of the “Prince
Albert.” As I was dispersing the crowd, she fell, and struck herself on
the head, from which blood ran freely. I took her to Dr. Long’s surgery,
where her wounds were dressed twice, but she tore the bandages and strap
off. I then took her into custody.
By the prisoner: You did not have a woman there who fell and broke her
leg. You were not capable of taking care of herself.
The Superintendent stated that 7s. 6d. had been incurred at the station
for doctor’s fees, &c.
The bench fined her 10s. and the costs which, included the expenses
incurred, amounting to £1 3s. 6d.
The money was paid.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 7 January, 1881. Price 1d.
DEATH BY SUFFOCATION
An inquest was held on Thursday afternoon at the “Prince Albert”
public-house, Biggin Street, before the Borough Coroner (W. H. Payne,
Esq.), on the body of a woman named Ann Young.
Mr. Burt was foreman of the Jury, and the body having been viewed, the
following evidence was adduced:-
George Young, labourer, of 2, Queen’s Court, Biggin Street, said: The
deceased, Ann Young, was my wife, her age being 63 years. Her health had
not been good, having been under the doctor for the last 20 years, and
in the hospital nine months out of the twelve for the last six years.
She has been subject to dropsy. It is quite two months since we had a
doctor to her. I wished her to have the parish doctor, or go in
hospital, but she said she would not but would sooner jump out of the
window, and was determined to lie and die where she was. On Tuesday
morning I left the house about half-past five, giving her first cup of
tea, putting the food she would need during the day in the room, and
setting the fire, as she was unable to leave the house but could cross
the room and light it when she wanted it. I went to Waldershare to work,
and returned at night about half-past seven, and on going upstairs into
the bedroom, I found her kneeling beside the bed with her face buried in
the clothes, quite dead and cold. I went for a doctor who came shortly
after and said she was quite dead, but didn’t tell me the cause of
By the Foreman: She suffered through a very weak stomach, and the food
left for her was seldom eaten.
Dr. Simpson said: On Tuesday, evening about a quarter to eight, I was
called to see the deceased by the last witness, and found her in the
bedroom in a half kneeling position before the bed, her face being
buried in the bed-clothes, quite dead and cold. There were no marks of
violence, so I came to the conclusion that she had fallen through
weakness into that position, and was unable to move herself, and so
became accidentally suffocated. She smelt strongly of spirits, and there
was an empty bottle lying beside the bed which had contained whisky.
By the Foreman: There was nothing suspicious whatever about the body.
The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased accidentally died through
being suffocated in the bed-clothes while in a very weak state.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
3 June, 1881. Price 1d.
An application was made for an extension of time at the "prince
Albert" public-house, Biggin Street, for a dinner.
The Bench would not grant the application, as it was a rule to allow
extensions for balls, &c., but not for dinners.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News,
15 January, 1937. Price 1½d.
PRACTICAL JOKE'S SERIOUS END
A practical joke by one of the guests at the Town Hall last Friday led
to his appearance at the Police Court on Monday on a charge of stealing a
bell, value 1s., from the "Prince Albert Hotel." The Chief Constable
stated that when the defendant came out of the public house he was seen
by P.C. Turner to take the bell out of his pocket and commence ringing it
and as a result of interrogation he was arrested for its theft but
admitted to bail. The Chairman of the bench, Mr. W. J. Barnes, told
defendant that he had acted very foolishly but the Magistrates were going
to be lenient and dismiss the case.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 26 January 1940.
BIGGIN STREET BUS SKID.
There was an alarming accident in Biggin Street on Wednesday, shortly
before 1 p.m. when an East Kent bus being driven towards the Post Office
got into a skid near the "Prince Albert" Hotel, in pulling out to avoid
obstructions. It slid across and mounted the pavement, the off-side
scraping along the wall of the "Prince Albert," but the driver Mr. J
Hatton, managed to turn it back into the road. Mrs. Watkins, of 29, Noah's
Ark Road, who was on the pavement walking towards the Town Hall, had a
remarkable escape from serious injury, although unfortunately, her left
wrist was fractured.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 2 January 1942.
FIFTEEN BOTTLES OF BEER.
At the Dover Police Court on Saturday before Mr. W. B. Brett and Mrs.
Douglass Clapper (21) and Charles William Yarrington (21) soldiers,
were charged with being concerned together in stealing fifteen bottles of
beer, valued 13s. 6d., the property of Richard George Porter, from the
"Prince Albert" public house, on 26th December.
On application from an officer, defendants were handed over to be
dealt with by the Military Authorities.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 29 January 1954.
Well-known Licensee Retires
"Prince Albert" Changes Hands.
After 24 years as licensee of the "Prince Albert" public house, in
Biggin Street, Mr. Richard George Porter has retired. Dover magistrates
on Monday agreed to the temporary transfer of the house to Mr. William
Mr. Porter - who is well-known in the town especially for his work in
helping the former ex-Servicemen's Club - will continue to live in the
Mr. Scotcher and his wife will not be unknown in Dover. Mrs. Scotcher
- before she married she was Miss Kathleen Tandy - lived for a number of
years in Dover, and when she was about nine resided in the house next
door to the "Prince Albert." Mr. Scotcher's mother was also a Dover
woman. For the past 18 years Mr. Scotcher has been carrying on business
as a fishmonger in Clapham.
From the Dover Express, 1st April 1999. By Peter Preston.
Police use spy cameras to trap thieving barman.
A DOVER barman caught stealing from the pub where he worked has been
jailed for nine months.
Court ordered the sentence should run consecutively to a 15-month term
Anthony Green is already serving for stealing money from a building
society account belonging to Harry Cross, the man he was once employed
to look after.
Green, 33, appeared in court on Tuesday and
admitted stealing £100 from Roy Gilham at the Prince Albert, Dover, in
June last year.
Andrew Collins, prosecuting, said that soon after Green,
of Weavers Way, began working at the Prince Albert money began to go
missing. A surveillance camera was
installed in a cupboard where the till tray was put at night and Green
was filmed taking money.
When questioned he said he sometime took subs
in lieu of wages and said he had taken £10 for a taxi.
Mr Gilham said he
would not have loaned Green, who earned £74 a week, the £100.
Peter Alcock, for Green, said he regretted the way he treated Mr Cross
and admitted the theft.
Green had financial difficulties and there was
a system in the pub where employees could get money from the till in
lieu of wages and it was a temptation.
From the YourDover 17 November 2010
LIVE MUSIC ON OFFER AT TOWN CENTRE PUB.
THE Prince Albert, in Dover, is a small town centre pub selling
beers, wine, spirits, cider, coffee etc.
We sell food, which is all home made on the premises, using fresh and
The property is situated at the end of the precinct, opposite the
town council offices.
There is pavement on all sides, so we don't have the pleasure of a
garden or car park, but there are a couple of car parks in very easy
walking distance, 200 metres away at the most.
We were recently granted planning permission and installed a large
awning to one side of the pub, offering shelter for smokers.
Food on offer includes homemade soup of the day, with a fresh roll,
fresh fish in beer batter with hand-cut chips, rump or sirloin steak,
homemade burgers and cheesecake.
The pub is open in winter from 9am, usually until 11.30pm, but we are
licensed from 8 am until 2am, seven days a week. We serve food from 9am
to 9pm, seven days a week.
We are expecting to open at 8am in the summer and maybe serve food a
bit later, perhaps to 10pm.
Our staff are all dressed in uniform - dark green polo shirt with
their name on the front and Prince Albert on the back, along with black
trousers or skirt and black shoes.
We have table service, which is rare in pubs in this area, and is
usually reserved for restaurants or wine bars.
We have live music from 8.30pm every Sunday, and sometimes on a
Friday or Saturday evening as well.
For details of all our gigs, go to
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 10 February, 2011. 60p
REVISITING OUR NEGLECTED SITES
Pub stages interactive exhibition
Report by Kathy Bailes
A PHOTOGRAPHIC tour of forgotten sites in Dover is to be displayed
in a town centre pub.
The "Prince Albert" has commissioned Urban Decay, a trio of local
photographers dedicated to discovering the history of forgotten places,
to host an exhibition of photographs of hidden parts of Dover and the
Spokesman Grog Mckenzie said; "All these pictures will leave you
wondering where they could be located. Many are walked past each day and
lay in silent memory to a courageous era in Dover's history.
"Some have fallen so far into neglect that not even being on the
Buildings at Risk Register can save them. They are gradually being
reclaimed by mother nature, end may soon be lost forever.
"This photographic tour will highlight just a small part of what is
hidden beneath your feel, and make you open your eyes to the lost parts
of your town."
During the showing of Abandoned Dover, from April 9 to April 16,
people will be able to view the photos both inside and outside the pub.
Much of the work on show will also be in themed frames, some made
from abandoned materials, others put in shapes by laser work at Sandwich
At the end of the week there will be a live graffiti demonstration at
which a local artist will produce an 8ft by 4ft picture of Dover castle.
The event is free.
Above shows Urban Decay's stunning shot of the Admiralty Pier
walkway, which used to be the entrance to Western Docks station.
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 14 April, 2011. 60p
PHOTOS REVEAL THE FORGOTTEN SIDE OF DOVER
Report by Yamurai Zendera
A PHOTOGRAPHIC exhibition of forgotten sites in Dover has begun at
the "Prince Albert."
The Biggin Street pub is displaying the work of three Kent based
photographers known collectively as Urban Decay.
All this year, pals Greg Mckenzie, Tony Pullen and Daniel Yeates have
been taking pictures of old sites across the town.
When publican Steve Davies saw their work, he asked if they would like
to use the "Prince Albert" as a gallery.
Abandoned Dover features 37 pictures on display inside and outside the
pub. Some have been framed using driftwood and materials from charity
shops and rubbish skips.
Former St Edmund's pupil Greg said the aim is to show an alternative
view of Dover other than the port and castle.
He said: "There's lots of history hidden away. I'm not really interested
in taking countryside views, I'm more interested in capturing things
that are about to be pulled down or been left to rot.
The picture of the Admiralty Pier walkway has aroused most
interest, Greg added.
"People think it's all shut yet it's still open if you want to
there," he said.
Greg is keen for people to contribute their own photographs to the
He said: "The pub is an open gallery. People should come down
and use it as their canvas."
Steve said he would like themed exhibitions to continue after this one ends
He said: "Abandoned Dover is brilliant but I would like to see more
artists who are interested in putting some shows together. It would be
nice to have them running through the summer. It can be on anything."
Above shows the roof of the old Army Recruiting Offices in Townwall
NIBLETT R B 1847
FORSTER John 1858-59+
WELLARD Joseph to Apr/1864 dec'd
WILLIAMS Daniel 1866-Oct/67
WELLARD George Oct/1867 (Of Canterbury)
BARNES William 1874
PARFITT Charles 1876
BURDEN John William 1882-88
WRAIGHT G to Mar/1893
CROFT George Lawrence Mar/1893-Feb/97
APPLETON Thomas Feb/1897-1901 and 1912
CONE J 1907
APPLETON (Councillor) Thomas Nov/1912
WOOD Mr G Nov/1912+
NOAKES H 1914 end
PENNINGTON F C 1914-16
WARNER Walter B 1919-25 end
WILSON William George 1925-Aug/27
STEVENS Samuel Aug/1927+
PORTER Richard George 1930-Feb/54 end
SCOTCHER William Albert Feb/1954-57 end
MILLINGTON Edward Wilson 1957-62
POPPLE W 1964+
RICH Kenneth J 1971-77 end
HAGGER William 1977-83 end
BURR Peter 1983-84 end
GILHAM Ronald G 1984-2002+
DAVIES Steven 2010+
New licensee, name unknown as yet Nov/2011+
The Dover Express reported that the temporary transfer from Councillor T.
Appleton to Mr. G. Wood, of Messrs. Leney and Co. would subsequently be
taken over by Mr. A. E. Ward.
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From Melville's Directory 1858
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 Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49
From the Dover Express