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Earliest 1847-

Traveller's Rest

Latest 1848+




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.

Further research suggests it did.


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.


From the Kentish Gazette, 28 March 1848.

Robbery On The Person At Dover.

John Brown and James Lane, were indicted for assaulting and robbing Allen Colyer, of a 50 and a 30 Bank of England note, and a 5 note of the National Provincial Bank, Dover, his moneys, at St. James the Apostle, in the borough of Dover. Caroline Johnson was also charged with the same offence, and pleaded guilty.

Mr. Horn prosecuted, and Mr. Rose and Mr. Addison defended the prisoners.

Allen Colyer deposed that he was a watchmaker at Dover; in August last he went to London with some watches, which he pawned, and received one 50, one 30, and one 10 Bank of England note, and one 5 London and Provincial Bank, at Dover; the 30 was indorsed with the name of Kent, of Oxford-street; arrived from London at Dover on the afternoon of the 9th, and in the evening, at half-past nine, was near the Key, at Dover, when he had on his person 145; the prisoner Johnson came up to him and asked if he saw a vessel pass though the bridge; he answered "No—nor do I care;" the other two prisoners then sprang on him; Lane seized him by the collar, and said "I have caught you at last, old fellow;" Brown advised him to throw him (prosecutor) overboard, he being then near the water. Lane said, "Don't hurt him." And they continued pushing him about; saw the face of the prisoners distinctly by the gas lamp, and had no doubt they were the men. Brown was behind him; he (prosecutor) cried out "murder," and the men then released him, but the woman was gone; he then went in pursuit of the woman, but could not find her, and gave information to the police; he missed his money in about half a minute after he was released.

Cross examined:— Brown was behind him; the gas lamp was about fifty feet from him; was quite sober; Johnson was the first person he spoke to that evening; had never seen Lane before; had not said the men were foreigners.

Edward Birch deposed that he was near the Union bridge, Dover, on the above night, and saw a woman run away, and afterwards saw two men, whom he did not know, walk over the bridge.

Thos. Baker saw Brown between nine and ten o’clock in St. James’s-street, Dover, on the evening in question. Caroline Johnson and Brown lodged in the same house with him; on the 10th Brown came home between three and four o’clock in the morning, and at six he told witness he was going away.

By the Judge:— He lived nearly half a mile from the Union-bridge.
Charlotte Andrette deposed that her husband kept the "Traveller’s Rest" public house, at Canterbury, and on the night of the 10th August, the male prisoner slept at her house; he went out next morning, and brought back two females, one of whom was Johnson; soon after breakfast, the females went out, followed by the man; the females and Brown came back again about half-past one.

Wm. Clements, superintendent of police at Canterbury, stated that on the 10th he went to the house of the last witness, and found there the prisoners, and a female named Finn.

Susanna Ravenhill, a female turnkey at Maidstone gaol, stated that on the 29th of September a prisoner named Ann Caley was brought to gaol; on searching her, she found in her shoe one 50, one 30, and one 5 Bank of England notes, which she gave to Mr. Bone, the governor.

Mr. Bone produced the notes which he received from the last witness; the prisoner Caley made a statement to him; Johnson was brought into the Matron's room and shown the notes, in the presence of Caley.

The prisoner Johnson stated that she complained to Mr. Bone of having lost some notes; the 50, 30, and 5 notes produced, she believed were the same she lost.

Cross-examined:— Brown was not present when she stole the notes.

By Mr. Horn:— Did not remember saying that she should plead guilty to clear her brother Brown; she might have said so—she said that she stole the notes, and that the innocent should not suffer for the guilty.

At the conclusion of the evidence for the prosecution, his lordship said that there was not sufficient evidence as to Brown’s identity, and the jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

Mr. Addison then addressed the jury for Lane, and contended that the evidence of identity with respect to him was equally inconclusive.

His lordship having summed up, the jury immediately found Lane guilty.

Johnson and Lane were sentenced to be transported for seven years.

Ann Caley was tried upon a similar indictment.

Colyer identified the 30 note.

Guilty:— Nine months’ hard labour.



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