1 West Street and Tower Street
The above photo was kindly sent to me via Joyce Banks. Circa 1910. More reading of Dover at
Charabanc outing, date unknown.
The photo above and is of the Tower, after it
ceased to be a public house of course, but I am unsure of the
dates for the photographs by Barry Smith.
Hodgson looks like being the first one here in 1866. Flint purchased from
Satchell in 1881 for £1,020 and previously Page had retailed from here. It
was permitted to open at five a.m. after 1900. Not the easiest of privileges
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
19 November, 1869. Price 1d.
Eight men were summoned charged with having been found on Sunday week
in the "Tower Inn" and the "Coach and Horses" public-houses, Tower
Hamlets, during prohibited hours.
These summonses were taken out under a new Act which has recently
been passes whereby persons found in a public-house during illegal hours
are liable to be punishes as well as the landlord.
The Magistrates said, it appeared that the object in issuing a
summons was not to punish the present defendants, but for the purpose of
making known to the public at large the scope of the act. All persons
found upon premises under circumstances similar to the present were
liable to a penalty of 40s. and on future occasions a penalty would in
all probabilities be enforced. In the present case, however, the charge
would not be pressed against the defendants, who might accordingly be
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
17 January, 1873. Price 1d.
CHARGE OF STEALING A FOWL
William Appleby, a resident of Brook Street, was charged with
stealing a live fowl, value 2s. 6d., the property of police-constable
Police-constable Ash deposed: On the 1st of January I brought a fowl
of Mr. Lamberton, the landlord of the "Tower Inn," Tower Hamlets. It was
a brown fowl, marked with dark spots. I gave Mr. Lamberton 2s. 6d. for
it, and I took it home on the same evening and put it in a pen, with
some other fowls at the rear of my premises. On the following morning I
told my daughter to separate the fowls, as they were fighting. I told
her to let all the fowls out of the pen except the one that I had bought
on the previous day; but it flew out with the rest as soon as the pen
was opened. When I went home on that day I found the new fowl gone. I
have since seen it in the prisoner's posession. Prisoner lives in Brook
Street. I told him it was my fowl, but he said it was his and that he
had brought it up. I am quite sure the fowl produced is mine.
By the prisoner: You did not tell me that the fowl flew into your
yard because it was yours. I remember taking the fowl to Mr. Lamberton's
and to Mr. Grimes's. Mr. Grimes said that the fowl he had sold Mr.
Lamberton was almost twp years old.
James Charles Lamberton deposed: I am a licensed victualler, and keep
the "Tower Inn," Tower Hamlets. The fowl produced by defendant is the
same one that I sold to Mr. Ash on the first of January. Mr. Ash gave me
2s. 6d., and immediately took it home with him. I recognise the fowl
again by the marking of its neck. It is a good deal more than seven
months old. O brought it in exchange from Mr. Grimes with another one of
the same kind.
The Magistrates thought the evidence of Mr. Lamberton was conclusive,
and recommended the prisoner to return the fowl to its rightful owner.
Prisoner refused to do this. He thought it impossible for Mr.
Lamberton to swear to the fowl by the marks on its neck. He could not
swear to it from any marks, but he felt certain it was a young bird he
had lost, as it had come back to his yard again.
In reply to the Bench, Mr. Lamberton said he was a poultry fancier on
a small scale, and he had no hesitation in saying that the bird produced
by the prisoner was quite an old one and not a young pullet.
Prisoner felt sure the bird was a pullet. He had bred it.
Mr. Grimes came forward, but said he could now swear that the fowl
produced was one of those that he had exchanged with Mr. Lamberton. He
had some more at home very much resembling it. The fowls he had given
Mr. Lamberton were eighteen months old.
The Magistrates, after a short consultation, said it seemed to be a
case of disputed ownership, and was therefore one for the County Court.
The charge would be dismissed.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 6 March, 1874. Price 1d.
IN LIQUIDATION, DOVER, KENT
Important sale of an old-established and well-arranged BREWERY, together
with 13 Freehold and Leasehold Public and Beer-houses, a Private
Residence, Malt-house, Stabling, &c.
WORSFOLD, HAYWARD, & Co. Have received instructions from the Trusteee of the Estate of Mr. G. S.
Page (in liquidation by arrangement, in connection with the Mortgagees,
to Sell by Auction, at the “Royal Oak Hotel,” Dover, on Tuesday, 24th
March, 1874, at three o’clock precisely, in one or right lots, the
following important and Valuable Property.
A Commanding Freehold Public-house, known as the “Tower Inn,” Tower
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 9 June, 1876. Price 1d.
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY CLASS
William Todd, labourer, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and
using obscene language in Tower Street, Tower Hamlets. He was also
charged with using obscene language at the Police-station.
Police-constable Prescott deposed: On Saturday evening at half-past
eight my attention was called to the “Tower Inn,” Tower Hamlets. I saw
prisoner outside the door trying to burst it open. He said if they did
not open the door he would smash all the windows. He was very drunk and
used obscene language. I told him to go away, but he refused. I took him
into custody. He was very violent, and I was obliged to get assistance.
Prisoner said that when he got his liberty again he would smash me. He
continued to use most obscene language all the time.
Prisoner was sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment.
The Bench expressed their satisfaction to the landlord of the “Tower
Inn” for not allowing the ruffian to enter his house.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 2 September, 1881. 1d.
WEST CLIFF BREWERY SALE
A corner public-house, known as the “Tower Inn,” Tower Hamlets,
Charlton, in the Borough of Dover, containing attractive bar, bar
parlour, public parlour, tap room, wash-house, three good bedrooms,
sitting room, and cellar, let to Mr. George Long, at the yearly rent of
£25, was put up at £300, and was rapidly run up to £1,020, at which sum
it was bought by Mr. Flint, of Canterbury.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 27 February, 1914. Price 1½d.
Plans were approved for the alteration of a window at the “Tower Inn”
into a door for entrance to the jug and bottle department.
From the Dover Express, 22 November 1946.
Above shows the presentation of the Dover Licensed Victuallers' Darts
Trophy for this year to the "Tower" Inn by Mr. George Watson (Chairman
of the Association), at the "Tower" Inn, on Thursday last week. Mr.
Watson is in the centre, and Mr. Fred Merricks (the "Tower" captain) is
on his left. The "Tower" also hold the Dover and District Darts League
Plans for structural alterations were approved in 1951 but I have no
The name itself was derived from the water tower on Priory Hill above
which once dominated the whole.
My father, Mr. Donald Skelton told me that on a couple of occasions when
he frequented the place, the landlord of the time would pace up and down the
bar playing the bagpipes; presumably at last orders to drive the customers
out. Looking at the licensees lists that would tie up nicely around about
the 1950s when Malcolm McLeod was landlord.
This one just faded away. Butterworth served in 1965 but how long he
stayed after that I know not. The property was otherwise disposed in 1974
but I do note that a wine licence was sought in 1982.
From an email received 11 February, 2011
I was surprised to read your 'history' on the Tower Inn, Tower
Hamlets, Dover, Kent.
I lived there with my Mother & Father from 1957 to March 1962 when I
went off to join the Army.
I am trying to find out the exact year when my mother & father left
(They retired), but as I recall the brewers decided not to renew the
lease as they were closing the pub down.
I also recall that the lease was a very good lease as far as my
parents were concerned because the rent was set up on takeover (1957) at
a fixed price of 10/- per week, without annual review, and the lease had
no set term, so they stayed in house as long as they were able to, it
was a great relief to the brewers when my parents finely could no longer
run the pub.
I would be very grateful if you could advise of any other information
that you might have concerning the pub. The last time I saw it c1980, it
was split into a few 'flatlets' which were rented out, but I do not have
any other detail.
David A. Butterworth.
A follow up email from David Butterworth say that the tradition of seeing
the customers off at last orders with "music" was continued when his father
took over as licensee. Being a military man who had previously served 32
years in the army, Henry Butterworth would play a recording of the Last
Post, on the dot, to highlight that it was time for his customers to go
home, and he did this every evening till his very last night in the pub,
some 8 years later.
HODGSON Thomas 1866
PHELPS Thomas 1866 end
MORRIS John or Joseph May/1870+
THOMPSON Peter July/1871-Jan/73
LAMBERTON James Charles Jan/1873-74
NEAME William 1874-75 end
PEIRCE Richard 1875
BAKER Charles 1876
BAKER George 1879 dec'd
BAKER George jun. Jan/1880+ (executor of the deceased)
WALLIS Frederick Jul/1880
LONG George Jul/1880-82+
(late of Ramsgate, cellarman)
MARTIN William 1886-Nov/87
BURDEN Thomas Nov/1887-Aug/88
victualler of Luddlesdown)
MANN William Osborn Aug/1888+
BLAKE Charles 1891
NIGHTINGALE Harry 1895
PRYER senior 1898 end
PRYER Mr R W A junior 1898-Mar/1901
CHANDLER William George Mar/1901-Dec/03
GREEN Mr W C Dec/1903+
GREEN Edward Carey 1907-09+
MARSH James 1910-Jan/14
MACKELLOW/MACHTELOW Mr E W Jan/1914-Oct/14
DOBSON William Oct/1914-24+
DOBSON Mrs Anne J 1917-Apr/36
ROGERS Elvey Thomas Samuel Apr/1936-42 dec'd (Elvery)
ROGERS Mrs Alice Jane 19 Jun 1942-43 end
WHALE Albert John 1943-47 end
McLEOD Malcolm 1947-56+
BUTTERWORTH Henry 1957-65
According to the Dover Express, 1936, Elvey Thomas Samuel Roberts, was
from 35, Tower Hamlets Rd., Newsagent.
From the Kelly's Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Post Office Directory 1901
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 Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
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