67 Limekiln Street
Dover Mercury 20 July 2000
Pub. landlady was
remembered in a song
THIS pub, which used to stand in Limekiln Street, was originally known
as the "Brewers Arms".
The landlady was Kate Sandford and she is mentioned in a song sung at
theatre in 1805.
In 1823 she was still in charge, and it was then known as the Two
Brewers when, I assume, another brewer came to join Kingsfords.
I notice that it was very keen on supplying "cyder", which is advertised
in the windows.
Archcliffe Fort Brewery occupied one end of the street and
Brewery the other. Which offers a reason for the name or perhaps they had a
At one time called simple the "Brewers Arms" I am not certain when the
name changed. Perhaps it didn't, and the "Two Brewer's" was just
colloquially referred to as the "Brewers," as although I have two separate
pages for both pubs, the licensee lists somewhat overlaps each other.
Traceable to 1791. (Coxen), and kept by Fred Cole from 1913. He
supplemented his income by pursuing the trade of carpenter and undertaker
and used the "Kent Arms" as a workshop after its closure. He also used this
one for the same purpose after it closed on 22 March 1922.
Negotiations for its sale had started with Dover Corporation in 1913 but
the war delayed any decision. By September 1921 the brewer wanted
confirmation one way or the other. Fred Cole had seen enough by 1923 when he
ended his own life.
The licence renewal was not applied for in 1923 or 1924.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 8 April, 1837. Price 5d.
An inquest was held before Mr. G. T. Thompson, the Coroner for this
Borough, on Wednesday, at the "Two Brewers," in Limekiln Street, on the
body of Mary Ann, the infant daughter of Robert Kemp, who was burnt to
death on the preceding evening. Both the parents were employed from home
all day, and their eldest daughter was left in charge of the house, with
two other children and the deceased, who was about two years of age. The
girl, who had occasion to go on an errand at six o'clock, stated that
she cautioned the children not to go near the fire, but that on her
return she found her sister lying beneath the wire guard, with her
clothes burning. She immediately took her up and on giving the alarm,
the neighbours came in and the flames were extinguished with the door
mat. Surgical aid was promptly given, but the poor infant was so
dreadfully burned as to cause its death within an hour. There was some
contradiction in the evidence of the parties who entered the house and
applied the mat, but there could be no question of the child's clothes
having become ignited by its getting into the fire; and the jury
returned a verdict of accidental death.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 31 July, 1847. Price 5d.
An inquest was held on Monday, at the “Two Brewers,” Limekiln Street,
before G. T. Thompson, Esq., on the body of Thomas Allen, a retired
rope-maker, of Dover, who committed suicide on the previous day by
hanging himself in his bed-room. It appeared from the evidence of Thomas
Hall, nephew of the deceased, that he had for some time been in a low
desponding way, and the Jury returned a verdict of “Temporary insanity.”
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 August, 1858.
DOVER POLICE COURT
LIQUORING AND ITS EFFECTS
William Reid, a mariner, was charged with drunkenness and obstructing
the footway, and assaulting police-constable Barton, on the preceding
From the constable's statement it appeared that between eleven and
twelve o'clock on Sunday morning he found the defendant near the "Two
Brewers" public house, Limekiln Street, intoxicated and using obscene
language. Barton recommended him to go home; but the defendant, instead
of following this reasonable advise, placed himself in a fighting
attitude, with the imprecations on the officer, inviting a disturbance.
The constable then took him into custody and conveyed him in the
direction of the stationhouse, but on reaching Walton's Lane the
defendant laid himself down, and absolutely refused to go another step
towards his vile destination. He struck and kicked the policeman who had
taken him into custody and on police-constable Offin and Sergeant Geddes
appearing on the scene he served them in a similar manner.
Ultimately he was conveyed to the stationhouse on a stretcher.
Defendant said he had been overcome by a glass of liquor he had taken
on Sunday morning. He had no other excuse to offer.
The Magistrates fined him £2 and the costs, 6s.; and in default of
payment he was committed to prison for one month.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 23
December, 1870. Price 1d.
DOVER POLICE COURT
John Marten, landlord of the "Two Brewers," charged with infringing
his license, was fined £1, including costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 September, 1871. Price 1d.
ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING
THE TWO BREWERS
In the case of Mr. John Martin, who applied for a renewal of the license
of the “Two Brewers,” the applicant was cautioned in a similar way. It
appeared there had only been one conviction; but a memorandum would be
made of this, and the Magistrates might as well let it be understood
that a second infringement of the terms of a license, whenever it might
occur, would be treated as if it had happened in the same year.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 December, 1875. Price 1d.
ALLEGED THEFT BY A SEAMAN
John Cannan was charged with stealing wearing apparel.
Superintendent Saunsers said: I apprehended the prisoner at the “Two
Brewers,” Limekiln Street, on a charge of stealing two shirts, and other
clothing from a man named Dunn, at Folkestone, and I ask for his removal
to Folkestone. He was so remanded.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
3 March, 1876. 1d
On Thursday, March 9th, 1876, at three o'clock precisely, in Thirteen
Lots, at the "Shakespeare Hotel," Dover, the undermentioned Freehold and
LOT 2. THE FREE PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Limekiln Street, and known
as the "Two Brewers," containing bar, bar-parlour, tap-room,
smoking-room, 3 bed-rooms, double attic, wash-house, good cellar and
store, let to Mr. John Martin, at £23 a year.
It is held on lease from the Dover Harbour Board, for a term of 61
years, from the 6th of April, 1831, at a ground rent of £3 0s. 6d.
COXEN Francis 1791-92+
SANDFORD Catherine 1823
ROBBINS Jacob 1839
WANDBY M 1847?
WAUDBY Matthew 1847?
CULLEN James 1840-58+
MARTIN John 1871-76
PHIPPS James May/1879
WHITE Roger Birch May/1879-82+
WHITE Mrs Sarah Anne 1885 end
DONLEY William 1885-95
DAVIE George 1899-1903 end
GILLESPIE Frederick John 1903-Oct/04
PACKHAM G W Oct/1904-11 end
DEVERSON Daniel J 1911-June/12
FRENCH James Percy June/1912-Jan/13
COLE Frederick Richard Jan/1913-22 end
Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9
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 1862
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 Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From the Dover Telegraph
From the Dover Express