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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1900

Westbury Hotel

Latest 1991?

1 Westbury Road


Westbury 1957

Above photo circa 1957, showing Frank & Vi Sewell, kindly sent by her daughter Val.

Westbury back garden 1957

Above photo 1957 showing, Vi Sewell, Frank Sewell, (Nan) Lillian Sewell nee Lamoon, and me daughter Val at the front with Truda the dog, in the back garden. Kindly sent by Val.

From the Dover Express, 15 July, 1977.

H C Simmons busses

Above photo, showing a fleet of H. C. Simmons busses above the "Westbury Hotel." These busses gave transport for the miners to Tilmanstone Colliery.

Westbury circa 1980

Above and below, Westbury circa 1980. Photos by Barry Smith.

Westbury circa 1980
Westbury 1986

Above photo, circa 1986, kindly sent by Michael Lock.

Westbury circa 1987

Westbury circa 1987 (Photo by Paul Skelton)

Westbury inside 1995

Above photo, mid 1990s, kindly sent by Michael Lock.


Quite a lot of spadework had to be done before the opening was achieved here.


Dover Brewery Company wanted a licence in 1885 for a house which they intended building in Clarendon Street. They offered to surrender the "William and Albert" but were not entertained.


George Beer and Company tried in 1892, for a house which they would have built at the top of Clarendon Street. They not only offered to surrender the "Rose" in Charlton Green, but also the ground on which it stood, the Council being anxious to widen the road at that point. A hesitant Bench thought on that occasion it would be too close to Belgrave school.


Edward Dawes next entered the scene in 1897 with plans for an 'off' licence at 1 Longfield Road. He was quite prepared to sacrifice the "Wellesley" but he was also shown the door.


1898 saw a third attempt by George Beer. His proposed site was now on the corner of Westbury and Belgrave Road and he was prepared to invest 2,000 on the new building. Agreement was reached all round and the pub opened by August 1900. The licence of the "Rose" was allowed to lapse in 1898.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 2 December, 1904. Price 1d.


The application for the "Westbury" extension was refused.

Dover Express, Friday 15 November 1918.

Funeral of Miss. Quartermaine.

The funeral took place on Monday, at Charlton Cemetery, of Miss Ethel Quartermain, youngest daughter of Mrs. S. Quartermaine, of 67, Wyndham Road, who died on November 5th, at the "Westbury Hotel," Dover, at the age of 26 years. The Rev. W. Wells was the officiating clergyman.

Above photo shows who I believe may be the licensee, Leonard Wenham and his son in the back garden of the Westbury, 1948.

From the Dover Express, 19 January 1951.

Westbury Darts 1951

Westbury Darts Club third annual party, at the Westbury Hotel, on Saturday. [Kent Photo.]

From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 15 February, 1963.

Westbury Hotel children 1963

Children of members of the Westbury Hotel Darts and Social club, on Saturday, had a party at the Priory Hall.


Passing through the years to Fremlin and still setting them up today (1991). Perhaps sharing with Whitbread. It is a time of many changes.


From the Dover Mercury, 25 March 2006.

Pub conversion delayed again.

REVISED plans to convert the former Westbury pub into flats have been put on hold again by the district planners.

In January, the councillors deferred a decision to see if better flats could be provided, and if parking could be improved.

Members were told on Thursday that the new proposals still did not fully meet guidelines.

Fears had been expressed that the eight small flats being proposed would attract the wrong type of people to an area that was already in the top three wards for crime levels and suffered high numbers of drug and criminal damage offences.

“If there were fewer, bigger flats, in an attempt to provide quality accommodation I could vote for it,” said Cllr Roger Walkden.


It has now closed and has remained boarded up and empty for a good number of years (2007).



SUTER(S) Harry 1901-Oct/04 Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Dover Express

Last pub licensee had GILLESPIE Frederick John Oct/1904-06 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

Last pub licensee had BRENCHLEY Henry J 1906-Aug/10 Dover Express

Last pub licensee had SUMMERS Frederick William Aug/1910-13 dec'd Dover Express

SUMMERS Fred J 1911 (age 57 in 1911Census)

SUMMERS Mrs June/1913 Dover Express

Last pub licensee had CLARETT George Celistin June/1913-24 Next pub licensee had Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1922Pikes 1923Pikes 1924

PAGE Albert Victor 1924-25 end

RICHARDS Ernest William 1925-28 end

WHYMAN Victor Herbert 1928-Feb/32 Post Office Directory 1930Dover Express

TERRY Victor Charles Feb/1932-Dec/33 Dover ExpressPikes 1932-33 (Former Hotel manager of the "Cross Keys Hotel," Walsham)

HENCHINGTON Herbert James Dec/1933-Apr/36 Dover Express (Of Henchington stores, Forest Row, London, grocer and wine merchant.)

Last pub licensee had SUTTON Henry William Apr/1936-Oct/1938 Next pub licensee had Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1938Pikes 1938-39

SWIFT Sidney Goodwin Oct/1938-45 end Dover Express

WENHAM Leonard S 1945-52+ Pikes 48-49Kelly's Directory 1950(1948 & 52 telephone directory 1206)

CARLEY Eric W G 1953 Kelly's Directory 1953

COLEBY-CLARK John H C 1955-56+ Kelly's Directory 1956

SEWELL Frank & Vi 1955-65


PLAYER George E W 1973-78 end Library archives 1974 Whitbread Fremlins


THOMPSON James R 1985

THOMPSON Julien 1991+


According to the Dover Express, 1936, Henry William Sutton came from the "Wheatsheaf" Inn, Warden, Isle of Sheppy and Sidney Swift from 2, Worcester Court, Dawes Gate, Headstone Drive, Harrow, Middlesex, licensed victualler.


Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Pikes 1923From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Pikes 1932-33From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Pikes 1938-39From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39

Pikes 48-49From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49

Kelly's Directory 1950From the Kelly's Directory 1950

Kelly's Directory 1953From the Kelly's Directory 1953

Kelly's Directory 1956From the Kelly's Directory 1956

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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