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Earliest 1847-

Traveller's Rest

Latest 1847+




I have only found the one mention of this establishment at present and that was in the Dover Telegraph of 1847 and do not have an address for it. Although this was obviously a place to find lodgings I am not totally certain whether they had a drinks licence.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 14 August, 1847. Price 5d.


James Lanes, John Brown, Caroline Johnson, and Margaret Finn, were charged with assaulting and stealing from Mr. A. Colyer, jun., watchmaker, the sum of £145.

Mr. A Colyer deposed: While passing Wellington Bridge on Monday evening, at half-past nine o'clock, the female prisoner (Johnson) accosted me, and asked me if I saw the vessel passing through the bridge-way. I replied, no; nor did I want to see it. The two men then instantly jumped upon me – Lane in front, and brown behind me – Lane said, “You, rascal, I have caught you at last; you have been taking liberties with my wife.” I said, what do you want, you rascal? And cried “murder!” Lane then said, “Don't hurt him;” and they let me go, and ran away. I immediately searched my pockets, and I found I had lost my purse, which contained £145 – one £50, one £30, one £10, and two £5 bank of England notes, and one £5 note (No. 3038) of the National Provincial bank; the remainder was in gold. Seeing Birch near, (the man who swung the bridge,) I communicated to him what had transpired, when he told me that he had just seen a woman run up the Barley Mow Lane, and saw the men pass over the bridge directly after me. I can positively swear to the parties. Both the money and purse were taken from me, by the prisoners, in the scuffle.

Birch corroborated the foregoing evidence as far as referred to himself. He could not identify the parties, as he was the length of the bridge from them; he, however, could see that one man was tall, and the other short – which corresponded with the height of the prisoners.

Charlotte Andriette, landlady of the “Travellers' Rest,” in Canterbury, deposed: On Tuesday evening the two male prisoners came to my house, where they slept that night. Before going to bed, they asked if they could have beds on the following night for themselves and two females. They left in the morning about eight o'clock, and returned in about half an hour with the two female prisoners, and all four had breakfast together. They then left, and returned in the afternoon, when Superintendent Clements, and two Policemen, came and took them into custody.

James Timan, landlord of the “Three Tuns,” Dover, deposed: The prisoners, Lanes and Finn, have been lodging at my house about a fortnight. I first saw them on Monday night, about 12 o'clock, when they went to bed. After they left I locked the kitchen door. On my coming down in the morning, I found they were gone. They must have got out of the window, as the kitchen door was not unlocked. The prisoner Brown came in on Tuesday morning, and asked if Lanes was there. I told him he was gone in a very unhandsome manner. He then asked what I would take, and I replied a little rum and milk. He then ordered two glasses, which he paid for, and then left, saying, he was in a hurry, as he was going to Canterbury.

Longley, landlord of the “Rising Sun,” deposed that prisoner Brown and Johnson had been lodging at his house for some time, and passed as brother and sister.

The prisoner brown said he could prove that he was not near the Wellington Bridge on Monday evening, in proof of which he called James Haddock, who stated that he lodged opposite the “Rising Sun,” and was acquainted with Brown. That he met him opposite the “Rising Sun” on Monday evening, about half-past eight, when they walked together towards East-cliff jetty. They then returned to the bathing rooms, and sat for some time on one of the seats, till half-past ten, when they returned to their lodgings. He was positive they did not go towards the pier that evening, further than the bathing machines.

Thomas Baker, paper-hanger, was then called, and deposed: I lodge in the same house with Brown and Johnson. I saw him on Monday evening, about half-past nine or a quarter to ten o'clock, opposite the house, talking to Haddock. They said they were going for a walk, and I left them. Brown did not come home till three and four o'clock in the morning, when I went down stairs and unlocked the door for him.

Superintendent Clements produced three bundles containing dresses and various other articles, which he said he could prove had been purchased, together with other property to the amount of more then £5, in Canterbury, by the prisoners on Tuesday, and if they were remanded, he had no doubt of being able to obtain further evidence.

The prisoners (together with the witness Haddock, who from his evidence appeared to be a party concerned,) were then remanded for further examination on Monday next.

Mr. Colyer has since ascertained the number of the £50 note to be 32,140, dated May 6, 1847.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 21 August, 1847. Price 5d.


MONDAY: Lanes, Brown, Johnson, and Finn, the parties remanded on Thursday, for assaulting and robbing Mr. A. Colyer of £145, near the Wellington Bridge, were this day brought up for further examination, when the following additional evidence was adduced:-

Superintendent Clements, of the Canterbury Police, deposed : I received information of the robbery, and a description of the prisoner Johnson, as being one of the parties suspected, and seeing the two females together on Wednesday, I followed them to the “Traveller's Rest” public-house. I went in, and saw Finn alone, and I asked her where her companion was. She denied having any companion, and I said I meant the woman she had been walking with. I then saw Johnson come down stairs, and I took them into custody, together with Lanes and Brown, who denied all knowledge of the females when I told them they were in custody on a charge of robbery. On searching prisoners, 1s. 4d. was found on Lanes, 1s. 6d. and some coppers on Brown, a sovereign and some coppers on Johnson, in a purse, together with a bill for linen-drapery, &c., amounting to £3 12s., purchased at Mr. Carter's shop that day by the female prisoner together, and which was paid for in gold. I also found a bill on Lanes for cutlery, bought by him that day, amounting to £1 2s.

The prisoners, after being duly cautioned, were called on for their answer to the charge, when Johnson stated – I met prosecutor on Monday evening, near Wellington Bridge, and after a few minutes conversation, we went round Latham's quay. In about five minutes two men came up, one of whom took hold of prosecutor, saying, “What do you want here, you _____ I've caught you with my wife at last, and I'll throw you overboard.” I said, let him go, we're doing no harm. I then ran across the bridge and went into the town towards the pier. I went into Peake's and several other public-houses during the night, and in the morning had breakfast in a coffee house on the Cross-wall. I don't know anything of the men who came up to us. The other prisoner denied all knowledge of the robbery, and after a short consultation the Mayor said the decision of the Bench was that Lanes, Brown, and Johnson, should be committed to take their trial for the robbery at the ensuing Maidstone Assizes, and that Finn and Haddock be discharged.



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