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Earliest 1819-

Sign of Dover

Latest 1913+

35 Old Dover Road


Former Sign of Dover

Above image from Google, July 2009, showing the former "Sign of Dover" now known as Sundial House


I also have reference to a "Dover Castle" also situated along the Old Dover Road, which may well be the same house as this.

In 1819, the brewery that supplied the house was auctioned for sale, and at the time time house was referred to as the "Town of Dover."

Pigot's directories of 1828 and 1832 referred to this house as the "Dover Castle." This is indeed the same pub as the Surnames of the licensees are either Dodds or Dobbs.

The building was re-addresses as number 79 Sundial House in about 1927.


From the Kentish Gazette, 24 February 1846.

On Wednesday an inquest was held before Mr. Delasaux, at the sign of the "Town of Dover," Old Dover-road, Canterbury, on the body of James George Rogers, aged seven years, whose clothes accidentally caught fire on the 2nd inst., from which period he lingered till Tuesday last when death terminated his sufferings. He was much burnt about the chest and other parts of the body.

A verdict of "Accidental death by burning," was returned.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 21 March, 1863.


On the evening of the 10th inst. Edward Fisher was dancing with others in a public house called “The Sign of Dover,” Canterbury, when his foot slipped, and he fell on his leg with such force as to fracture it. He received prompt attendance at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital.


From the Whitstable Times, 13 August, 1870.


The Surveyor reported that a survey committee of the board had since their last meeting visited the chalk pit in the Old Dover Road, and had there discussed with him what alterations should be carried out. Mr. Cozens had then explained what was required to be done, and the committee agreed that the works as recommended by the Surveyor should be carried out on condition that Mr. Cozens allowed a drain which discharges at a point near the chalk-pit to remain in its present position, and that he take down the existing fence from the railway bridge to the “Dover Inn,” and replace it with a new one. Mr. Cozens was willing to comply with the conditions, and the Surveyor now recommended the execution of the works, the cost of which he estimated at 8.

The Committee confirmed the report, and it was decided that Mr. Cozens should sign an agreement setting forth the above stated conditions.


From the Whitstable Times, 31 December, 1870.


A memorial was read from the inhabitants of the Old Dover-road, requesting the board to fix lamps in that locality. The memorial stated, that in 1868, two lamps were recommended to be fixed near the “Sign of Dover” public-house, but they had never been put up.

The board determined not to grant the request.



DODDS Charles 1819+

DOBBS Sarah 1828-38+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34(Stapletons Guide "Town of Dover")

STOKES Thomas Greenstreet 3/July/1840-April/58+ Historic Canterbury web siteMelville's 1858 (Bagshaw's Directory 1847"Town of Dover")

MAY John 1861-62+ (age 48 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862

SAYER Thomas 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

RICHARDS William 1878-81+ Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Census

ROGERS William 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

JARVIS John 1889-91+ (age 41 in 1891Census) Historic Canterbury web sitePost Office Directory 1891

MOCKETT Jane A 1901-03+ (widow age 48 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

ROGERS T 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Greens Canterbury Directory 1868Greens Canterbury Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Historic Canterbury web siteHistoric Canterbury web site


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