24 Cannon Street
1 Cannon Street
Mr Henry James Wells standing outside the Rose Inn where he stayed
from 1912 to 1916. (Obviously not outside for that time though).
A similar shot of The Rose Inn.
Rose Inn date unknown.
There have been many guesses concerning the origin of this one so let us
spend a minute looking at local history. We know that Challice kept a forge
on this corner, outside the town gate, up to 1613 when he moved to another
world. The gate itself was taken down in 1752 and some say that the "Rose"
was built or rebuilt after that removal. Part of the adjoining town wall
still standing in 1827, was removed that year. That led some to believe it
was done so that the "Rose" could be built. New Street dates from 1783.
It is also recorded that four years after the gate disappeared a stone
was inserted into the wall of the pub to mark the spot. There are prints in
possession of Dover Museum which give the impression that it was built on
'stilts' for want of a better word, with steps leading up to it.
When its successor closed in 1973 it was said to be nearly one hundred
and fifty years old.
So, having digested all that, I can now assure you that the pub was kept
by Cleveland in 1805. When auctioned, in May 1859, together with its so
described excellent yard and outbuildings, it realised £870. The house
number will vary over the years. The low numbers started from this end at
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 25 August, 1838.
Henry Cloke, labourer, aged 19, was charged on Tuesday, by Martha
Moore, a young woman of 18, servant at the "Rose Inn," with violently
assaulting her on Sunday night. It appeared that the prosecutrix,
accompanied by another young woman, was returning from Capel; and
between 8 and 9 o'clock, when within a quarter of a mile of Dover, the
prisoner, whom they had previously seen on the road, came up; and after
an observation or two, seized the prosecutrix; and throwing her down in
the hedge, proceeded to take liberties with her. She screamed murder; on
which he put his hand on her mouth, and swore he would cut her throat if
she did not hold her tongue. The prosecutrix, however, to use her own
words, was as strong as the prisoner, and scratched his face, the marks
of which were visible against him. Her companion, on his commencing the
attack, ran towards the town for assistance; and meeting two young men
who had heard the cries of murder, they hastened to the spot. As they
approached, the prisoner got up, and ran into a field of barley, out of
which he was seen to come next morning at half past five. The prisoner
admitted his being in the field at that hour; but said he was returning
from a walk. He also denied the charge, saying they were mistaken in the
person, and that he went to bed at home, on Mount Pleasant, at the time
stated. His witness failed to prove this; and after the bonnet, shawl,
&c. of the prosecutrix were produced as evidence of the outrage she had
been subjected to, he was committed for trial.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 24 February, 1844. Price 5d.
An inquest was held at the "Rose Inn" on Wednesday last, before G. T.
Thompson, Esq., coroner for the Borough, on the body of Judith Laws,
Mrs. Mary Austen being sworn, deposed - On the 19th of Dec. last,
about 6 o'clock in the morning, the deceased and Mrs. Stubbersfield and
myself were going along Folkestone Road, to work at Mr. Carter's, on
Priory Terrace. When opposite the New Church I heard deceased, who was a
few steps behind, call out, and saw that she was sitting on the bank. On
going to her she said she had hurt her foot, and I then discovered that
her leg was broken. I went and called my husband, and we removed her to
Mr. G. E. Rutley, surgeon, stated - I was called to attend the
deceased on the 19th of Dec., and found her leg fractured, attended by
great haemorrhage, which, after some hours, I succeeded in stopping. I
then dressed the leg, and attended her until her death on Sunday last. I
attributed her death to the injuries she received from the fall. The
jury returned a verdict to that effect, and stated that the footpath,
being dangerous, ought to be lowered and levelled.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 24 October, 1846. Price 5d.
DOVER PETTY SESSIONS
Permission was granted to Mr. Elias Coultard to carry on the "Rose
Inn" until transfer day.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 28
SMASHING A BAR WINDOW
Christopher Manson, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and
breaking a pane of glass, value 7s. 6d., the property of Mr. T. E. Petts,
the landlord of the "Rose Inn," Cannon Street.
Mr. John Coulthard said he was at the "Rose" on Saturday night at 8
o'clock, awaiting the arrival of the omnibus, when the defendant, who
was drunk, came in and addressed two other men standing in the bar. He
appeared to know both men, as he called them by name, and, making use of
very bad language, asked them if they were not going to give him some
beer. The men he addressed said, "No, I won't give a blackguard like you
beer." After a few other words had passed between them a scuffle took
place, and the defendant, while in the set of striking one of the other
men, drew his hand back and ran his elbow through one of Mr. Petts's
By the defendant - I did not see the younger man first interfere with
you by striking you. I saw him go behind his father, but he did not
commence the affray.
Mr. T. K. Petts said he was landlord of the "Rose." He saw defendant
in his house on the preceding evening, but he did not see him break the
glass. The value of it was 7s. 6d.
The defendant, in answer to the charge, said he was first interfered
with by the other men, and as this was the cause of the accident he had
refused to bear the whole of the damage. At the time of the occurrence
he had offered to pay half; and he appealed to Mr. Petts for
confirmation of this statement.
Mr. Petts said he believed this was so; but he had declined taking
half the money, thinking that defendant was liable to pay the whole.
he Mayor confirmed this opinion, and said it was of no consequence
how the row commenced. Defendant's hand had broken the window, and his
common sense should have informed him that it would have been better to
pay the money. As it was he had incurred the costs of this proceeding.
Fined, the damage 7s. 6d., and in default commitment to prison for
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22 July, 1949.
STOLE PINT GLASS
When a local man was fined for stealing a glass from a public house,
Dover Magistrates on Friday complimented Sgt. Reid on his prompt action
on arresting the man after he noticed him carrying the glass in the man
street late at night.
The man, James Murray, of Squires Way, pleaded guilty to stealing a pint
glass mug from the “Rose Inn,” Cannon Street, the property of Herbert
Osbourne Morrison, on July 7th.
Inspector Piddock said that at 10.30 p.m. Sgt. Reid saw defendant who
was carrying something in his hand, with two other men in Cannon Street.
When the officer approached defendant turned away and when he turned
back he had nothing in his hands but there was a bulge in his coat. When
he was questioned he said he was taking the mug home for drinking
purposes, and indicated the “Rose Inn” as the public house from which he
had stolen it. The officer took him to the inn, where the licensee
identified the glass as his property as defendant as a man who had been
in the bar with two others. On defendant’s own behalf, said Inspector
Piddock, it was fair to say that although he was not drunk he had had “a
The Chairman (Mr. G. D. Clark) announcing a fine of £1 said the Bench
hoped it would teach defendant a lesson, and others as well.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
9 June, 1871. Price 1d.
George Clark, the landlord of the "Rose Inn," Canon Street, appeared
in answer to a summons which had been served on him for using
threatening language towards James Powell; but the complainant not
appearing, the Bench dismissed the case.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 September, 1873.
William Charles Wilson applied that the license of the “Rose” might be
transferred to him.
The Superintendent of Police said he believed the applicant was at one
time the landlord of the “Grapes;” and had been convicted for selling
liquor during prohibited hours.
It appeared that the conviction to which the Superintendent alluded
occurred some four years since, the Magistrates granted the transfer.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 15 May, 1885. Price 1d.
A PUBLICAN IN TROUBLE
John Hubert Parsons was charged with assaulting Albert Stokes on the 6th
of May, and also with breaking windows and doing damage to the amount of
The prosecutor, a poulterer, living in new Street, said: On Wednesday
evening last, about ten o’clock, I was in the “Rose” public-house, which
is kept by the defendant. I was talking to a woman, who said she was
born in Africa. A man said, “That is a lie,” I told her it was Mr.
Ralph. Shortly after defendant came in. She told him what I had said,
and he came and struck me in the face. I went outside to my wife, and
defendant followed me up to my house. He broke all the windows at the
bottom of the house with his fist. He also broke the door post. I am
doubtful if 10s. will pay for all the damage done.
Defendant said that he did not break the windows, although he admitted
going to the house.
The Bench fined defendant 10s. for assault, 8s. 6d. costs, and 10s. for
damage done, and costs, amounting in all to £2 7s. The money was paid.
Road widening was spoken about in October, 1891 when a Common Hall called
on the town council to widen the main thoroughfare; and parliamentary power
for that purpose was obtained in 1892. In due course, negotiations were
entered into, and the property on the west side of the street was purchased
Corporation to purchase the property, including the stables, for £1,594.6s.
We know that following that widening, the pub was rebuilt on the corner with
New Street. Quite quickly too. Bourner was the licensee from 1895.
The widening of the road went from the "Rose" Inn down as far as
Bryson's Bakery, for which slice £24,201 28. 1d. was paid.
The new pub was fed latterly by Whitbread-Fremlin but closed finally on 13 January 1973.
The premises were then altered to accommodate a building society, another
stone concerning Biggin Gate taking its place in the side wall.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 24 August, 1900. Price 1d.
A QUICK RE-APPEARANCE
John Holmes was charged with being drunk and disorderly in the market
Square and in Cannon Street.
Acting Police Sergeant Scutt said that the prisoner, who was very drunk,
came up to witness who was in uniform ion the market Square, and asked
for a 1d. for half a pint of beer. Witness asked him if he took him for
a kitten, and told him to go off to his lodgings. He saw the defendant
stop two gentlemen afterwards, and witness told him if he did that again
he should take him into custody. He shouted very loud and went into the
“Rose Inn.” He was ejected from there, and was taken into custody.
The prisoner, who had been before the Magistrates the previous day, asked
the Magistrates to send him to Canterbury.
The magistrates decided to oblige the man, and sent him to Canterbury
Prison for seven days’ hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 7
October, 1904. Price 1d.
The plans of some small alterations to the "Rose Inn," Cannon Street,
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 27
ROBBERY IN PUBLIC HOUSE
At the Dover Police Court on Tuesday, before Messrs. W. W. Burkett
(in the chair) and J. Scott.
Albert Cansfield, of no fixed residence, was charged with stealing,
whilst in the public bar of the "Rose Inn," Cannon Street, from the
jacket pocket of Thomas Wakerall, 8, New Street, a purse containing
about 10s. in money, the property of Thomas Wakerall, fruit seller.
Thomas Wakerall, a fruit dealer, living at 8, New Street, said:
Yesterday afternoon between 1 and 1.30, I was in the public bar of the
"Rose Inn," Cannon Street. Here were four or five others in the bar and
the prisoner also came in. I was about to call for a drink and put my
hand into my left-hand pocket for my purse, but found that it had gone.
I had between 10s. and 15s. in silver and copper in the purse. I asked
the other chaps if they were having a joke with me, I had previously
been in conversation with them and the prisoner in te bar. "Sandy"
Allison said he had not been joking, but had suspicions. I left the bar
and went to the kitchen of the "Eight Bells" lodging house. I there saw
the prisoner who was asleep, I at once came to the Police Station,
reported the matter, and went back to the kitchen with P.C. Detective
Southey. He took prisoner into the yard, searched him, and found the
purse (produced) upon him. The purse was thus empty. Prisoner was under
the influence of drink when I saw him at the bar of the "Rose Inn." he
is a stranger to me. He was brought to the police station and charged.
Detective P.C. Southey said: Yesterday, about 4 p.m. I accompanied
the last witness to the "Eight Bells" lodging house, 8 New Street. I
there saw prisoner, who was asleep in the kitchen and the last witness
pointed him out to me as the person who he suspected of having stolen
his purse. I aroused prisoner, called him into the yard, told him I was
a police officer, cautioned him and told him that he was suspected of
having stolen the purse containing about 15s., the property of Thomas
Wakerall. I asked him what money he had about him, and he put his hand
into his jacket pocket and produced five-pence in coppers. Not feeling
satisfied I put my hand into his watch pocket and pulled out 9s. 6d. in
silver. He previously put his hand into that pocket before he produced
the five-pence, and I heard the money rattle. In another waistcoat
pocket I found the purse (produced) which Wakerall identified as his
property. I told prisoner I should take him into custody, and then I
brought him to the Police Station. At the Police Station I found another
penny and a farthing, on the prisoner, making 10s. 0½d.
He was charged with stealing a purse and about 10s., and in reply said
"On the face of it I am not guilty, and that's done with it."
Prisoner on formally being charged, said he wished
the case to be dealt with summarily, and pleaded guilty. He said he was
under the influence of drink at the time, or he should not have done
such a thing. He had no other excuse to make. He did not want money, as
he had some.
The Chairman said he saw prisoner was
classed as an orderly.
Prisoner: I am really a ship's steward. I have no fixed residence. I
come from York, and came straight from Folkestone to Dover on Friday. I
last sailed in March at Liverpool.
Detective P.C. Southey said in the morning prisoner had been seen
with hand in handkerchief selling postcards. There was nothing the
matter with prisoner's hand.
Prisoner said there was something the matter with it.
The Magistrates committed prisoner to three weeks' hard labour, and
ordered the purse and money to be returned to Wakerall.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 12
Eight thousand six hundred and forty pennies came tumbling down at
the "Rose Inn," Cannon Street on Friday - to help the Senior Citizens
It happened on Friday when Alderman Arthur Husk vice-chairman of the
Trust committee and Mr. Wilf Farringdon the organiser were invited to
demolish the pile.
The final count was £36.
Alderman Husk thanked the landlord and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. John
Hutley and their customers for their generosity. He said the cash would
buy extra tables.
Above photo by Paul Skelton, 19 August 2009, showing the "Rose" as it is today.
CLEVELAND William 1823-28+
WRATTON Richard 1832-39+
COULTHARD Elias Nov/1846-48
CLARK Werter 1856
PETTS Thomas Edward 1858-60
FENIMORE T 1864-July/68 dec'd
FENIMORE Mrs July/1868+
WILSON Henry Charles Sept/1873+
CLARK George Hurst 1871-74+
BINFIELD/BURFIELD William July/1878-Jan/80
SMITH Alfred Jan/1880+
Snargate near Romney)
CASH John William 1882
BAYNTON F T 1883
BIRCH Joseph John 1883 end
PARSONS John Hubert or C 1884-Sept/85
BIRCH Joseph George Sept/1885+
BOURNER William John 1895-1903
WALTON John William 1903-04 end
GRINDELL Henry 1904-Nov/08
KIDD/KEMP Frank Beecher Nov/1908-Jan/12
WELLS Henry James Jan/1912-16 end
HILTON Thomas 1916-28 end
YOUNG Henry James 1928-June/29
HARRIS William June/1929-30 end?
MARTIN Wilfred 1930-44
MORISON Herbert O 1944-54 end
BRIGHTWELL Charles S 1954
WILLIS Frederick H G 1955-56 end
NOAKES H R 1956
???? DENNIS or Dennis ???? 1959
KELLY or Kerry F P 1961-62 end
KERRY Frederick P or Kelly 1961-62 end
GARTON Arthur Edward 1962-67
HUTLEY John C M 1967-73 end
It was reported by the Dover Express 1908 that when the transfer from
Henry Grindle to Frank Kemp(Kidd?) was applied for at the magistrates court,
it was stated by Mr. K. A. K. Mowll that the outgoing tenant was too ill to
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
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 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 1948-49
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956
From the Dover Telegraph
From the Dover Express