Dryden Road and Chaucer Crescent
Above photo by Barry Smith circa 1980.
Whelwrights Arms sign August 1992.
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
From the Dover Express, 2 December, 1998. By JOHN
LANDLORD FEARS FOR BABY GIRL IN SICKENING ATTACK
PUB RAIDERS SPLASH LICENSEE WITH PETROL OR WHITE
A DOVER pub landlord feared for his sleeping baby daughter after he
was attacked in a terrifying raid.
Licensee Michael Tucker's agony began when he answered a knock at the back door
of the Wheelwrights Arms at The Linces on the Buckland estate.
A man pushed Michael down on to the stairs and splashed him with a
substance, either petrol or white spirit, from a bottle.
He warned Michael, 39, to stay there as two other men ran into the
pub, one carrying a pickaxe and a large black holdall.
They broke open two fruit machines while the first man stood over
Michael, 39, warning him not to move.
He was content to stay there, effectively blocking the way upstairs
to a bedroom where his four-month-old daughter, Gina, was asleep in her
cot. No one else was in the building.
After about five minutes, the raiders fled with some £850 from the
machines and two tills, plus a bottle of whisky and two jars of cigars.
Michael, secretary of Dover Licensed Victuallers Association,
glimpsed their getaway car as it sped off from the back car park.
Then he dashed upstairs to check the baby was well - she was fast
asleep - before ringing the police.
An ambulance was called and Michael was treated by paramedics for
burns to his leg, hip and shoulder.
Michael refused to so to hospital because he didn't want to leave the
baby. He takes tablets for angina problems but didn't suffer an attack
during or after the attack.
The raid happened after Michael was cleaning the bar area of the pub
shortly after 6.15am on Friday.
His wife Susan and their other child, Michael, two, were in the
Republic of Ireland on a family visit.
Michael, who leases the Wheelwrights Arms from brewers Shepherd Neame
and has run the pub for six months, has put up a £1,000 reward of his
own money for information leading to the conviction of the raiders.
He said: "I wasn't so much concerned about my own safety as for the
baby. I just didn't want them to go upstairs, so I stayed where I was,
right across the stairs. The last thing I wanted was for them to be near
A barmaid contacted his wife and she flew back with their son from
Ireland next day.
One offender is 5ft 10in, about 29, of medium build with short, light
brown-ginger-blond hair. He had a northern accent and was right-handed.
He wore jeans and a grey bomber jacket.
The pickaxe was left at the scene and it is thought it may have been
used in a recent burglary. Police want anyone who has had a pick-axe
stolen to contact them.
The car was an estate, possibly a Vauxhall, with a sloping back. It
was white with a horizontal green stripe across the back, under the
Anyone with information is asked to call the police crime desk on
01303 289030 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.
Customers have cheered Michael up since the attack and he has also
received support from LVA colleagues.
He said: "Everyone has been marvellous. We'll certainly be staying
here - I won't let this deter us.
From the Dover Express, 30 May, 2002.
Good food and drink
IF YOU are looking for a pub with great food, a lively, friendly
atmosphere and good old fashioned hospitality, look no further than The
Wheelwright Arms in
Since July 2001 The Wheelwright Arms has been run by Barry Eassom and
I was lucky enough to be invited to try out their great
value Wednesday Steak Night for just £5. You get a steak, salad,
mushrooms and a more than generous portion of fries. Delicious and great
value for money.
Hot food is served daily from noon until 3pm and then
again between 7 until 9.30pm.
The menu includes good wholesome English
grub, a choice of fine curries, Sunday roasts from just £4.50 and food
for children and vegetarians.
As well as a great place to eat, The
Wheelwright prides itself on being a community pub. Together with help
from the NHS they have started up a club
called 'Fat Blokes' held on Monday nights, starting from 11 June. Come
and join and get advice on how to beat Heart disease. For those brave
few every Tuesday night there will be a circuit training workout at the
local Community Centre, supervised by the NHS. Everyone is welcome to
The Wheelwright Arms is
open throughout the World Cup and will be serving a full English
breakfast for those early games. They will also be joining in with the
Jubilee celebrations this weekend and next week (see advertisement for
details), with live entertainment and food.
For more details on any of
the above call 01304 822947. They look forward to meeting you.
From the Dover Express, 27 February, 2003.
A pub with a view...
IF YOU are looking for a traditional community pub, then you need look
no further than The Wheelwrights Arms. Situated in The Linces to the
north of Dover, this spacious pub has far reaching views across the valley.
Husband and wife team Barry and Pam Eassom have been licensees of the
Shepherd Neame house for 19 months and have already embarked upon a
major refurbishment and improvement programme.
Having been in the licensed trade for many years, the couple certainly know what
constitutes a good pub - a warm welcome, a good atmosphere, a well kept
cellar and excellent food.
Quality home cooked meals are served
lunchtimes and evenings. The menu includes such favourites as jacket
potatoes with a choice of fillings, scampi and fries served in a basket,
sausage and chips and a variety of freshly cut sandwiches.
is steak night, with a
sizzling sirloin cooked to order, fries and salad garnish at the very
reasonable price of £5. On Sundays, The Wheelwrights Arms offers
traditional English roasts at just £4.50. with your choice of delicious
dessert for £ 1.95. Of course there is a full range of wines, spirits
and soft drinks, fine ales and lagers.
Barry said: "The Wheelwrights
Arms attracts all age groups, it is once again a good community pub."
There is a separate games room where darts and pool are played, and
which often plays host to live music evenings. The Wheelwrights Arms has
ample parking and is open all day from 11 am to 11 pm on Monday to
Saturday and noon to 10.30pm on Sunday.
From the Dover Mercury 6 December 2007.
This was an outlet of Bass Charrington as was the third house also. It
was built as a temporary pub only and was being constructed in January 1948.
The builder's instructions were to erect so that the building could later be
converted to two private dwellings. The licence from the demolished "Wheelwright's
Arms" pub in Bridge Street was transferred here on 1st March 1948. I
believe the pub had already opened in February.
Above shows the temporary building that acted as the "Wheelwrights"
under construction. Date of photo 23 Jan 1948. The premises is at Dryden
Road on the Green Lane Valley Estate. When the permanent public house
was built these premises were converted into two dwelling houses.
From the Dover Express, 9 January 1948.
THE "WHEELWRIGHTS ARMS"
The opening of the "Wheelwrights Arms" public house on the Buckland
Valley Estate, took the form of an informal private cocktail party on
Friday evening, when a number of prominent townspeople had an
opportunity of looking over the premises and of meeting Mr. and Mrs. F.
Howard, the licensees. The house opened t the public on Saturday
evening. The licence had been transferred from the war-destroyed "Wheelwrights
Arms," in bridge Street.
That temporary licence ended on 1st March 1953 and a permanent one was
then transferred from the derelict "Golden Cross" in St. James' Street. That
licence in turn, went to the third "Wheelwright's Arms" which was erected on
a permanent basis and which stood in Chaucer Crescent, opening in June 1956.
It passed to Shepherd Neame in February 1991.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 27
Old and New.
The "Wheelwrights' Arms," on Buckland Estate - which was granted a
temporary licence three years ago - was given the permanent licence of
the derelict "Golden Cross," St. James'
Street, at the Adjourned Brewster Sessions, at Dover on Monday. The
licence of the "Golden Cross" has been
held in suspense since the war.
I have recently heard that the pub has closed due to electrical problems
and no one wishing to take responsibility. The licensee has now moved and is
running the "Sir John Falstaff".
From the Dover Express, 4 September, 2008.
Pubs: The Wheelwright’s in Chaucer Crescent is soon to re-open.
It is open again 2009.
From the website
February 11, 2009.
SIGN UP FOR POOL TOURNAMENT IN MEMORY OF TEEN CASEY.
POOL mad youngsters and adults are being challenged to take part in
Buckland estate's newest tournament.
Big-hearted dad-of-three John
Ashman is hoping to launch the Cagney O'Brien pool trophy challenge in
memory of the young teenager who tragically died last September.
The 13-year-old, from The Linces, suffered fatal injuries after falling 40
feet from a rope swing in Monk's Way.
Railway site supervisor John,
42, is looking to hold the competition at the Wheelwright's pub, in The
Linces, and says a trophy and cash prize will go to the winner but he
needs people to sign up for the contest to go ahead.
He said: "We have
lived here for a long time and my daughter and Cagney were quite sweet
on each other. He was such a good lad, a cheeky so and so at times but
good, and it was such a shock how he lost his life.
"My daughter took
a long time to get over it because they grew up together and I used to
take them fishing. I even did his eulogy at the funeral and so many kids
"It has really affected the street. It is so quiet and just
not the same without him.
"I wanted to do something for the kids and
have something to remember Cagney so I thought of doing the pool
competition and the landlord at the Wheelwright's is happy to have it."
The competition was originally planned for under-18s to take part on
February 20, 21 and 22 but John says it will now be from March 13 to
He added: "We are going to make it an open tournament for
Cagney's Mum Danielle, 47, said: "It is a nice thing to do
and I hope to go at the end when my mum will hand over the cup."
An entrance fee will be charged with all money going to the Rhodes Minnis
Cat Sanctuary near Folkestone. The charity was chosen because of the
popular teenager's love for cats and the family have already donated it
£1,158 which was collected at the time of Cagney's funeral.
out more or to sign up give John a call on 07976337829 or pop into the
Danielle and niece Naomi Fidge, 25, launched an online
petition last October to turn the area where Cagney died into a park for
youngsters to enjoy biking and skating safely.
Some 839 people have
signed the petition so far.
Danielle said: "We need everyone to sign.
We can't do it without support."
To sign go to
From the Dover Express, 18 March 2010.
"USE US OR LOSE US" LANDLORD PLEADS.
Report by Yamural Zendera
Craig Hopkins and Hayley Bennett.
Despite makeover business at pub is not picking up.
THE leaseholder of Buckland estate's only
pub is urging people to use it or lose it.
The Wheelwrights Arms on the Linces was taken on by Craig Hopkins in June last year.
At the time it
appeared a dream move for Craig, 24, who gave up work as a roofer to
throw himself into his first business.He was joined by girlfriend Hayley Bennett, 23.
But almost a year on, Craig says trade has not
picked up as expected.
He said: "My dad had his own pub in the past, so
I've been brought up in pubs. He was offered this pub but he's retired
now so he didn't really fancy it. I said I would give it a go.
until the business hopefully picks up. If it doesn't I will have to come
out. It's a case of use it or lose it."
Craig said the pub has
been refurbished and new events and nights put on to try and pull in
He said: "I think it had a bad reputation before, so I've
tried to make it a nice friendly atmosphere inside the pub. I have
brought in a chef from Canterbury, Khalid Hamed, for curry nights on
Mondays and Thursdays. There's a darts team and pool team, and during
Easter there will be live bands. We need people to come in and give us a
Dover Business Support manager Roger Walkden, who represents the
interests of local firms, said he is willing to help Craig turn things
He said: "I would certainly encourage him to contact me. There
are a range of initiatives and ways I can help to promote the business
and encourage people to visit his pub. The fact that it's under new
management should help if people had a problem with it before."
The Express has passed on Roger's details to Craig.
The CAMRA branch meeting of September 2008 reported that the
"Wheelwrights" had closed.
It is open again now 2010.
Above photographs by Paul Skelton, 6 November 2010.
Following a closure in 2008 the pub is again open (2011) and is
contemplating rejoining the darts and skittles leagues.
I am informed that the pub is operating as a Freehold.
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 25
August, 2011. 60p
PUB TAKEN ON BY INN CROWD
Cousins become its new owners
Report by Yamurai Zendera
Employees Chris Honey and Georgie MacKenzie with new co-owner Wendy
NEW owners have taken over the "Wheelwrights Arms" in Dover.
The freehold on the Buckland estate pub has been bought by cousins Ralph
and Wendy Beharry.
They were living in Swansea just three weeks ago but have moved to Dover
for a fresh business challenge.
Father of six Ralph, 60, feels there is a big enough market for the pub
to thrive, even though the previous owners failed to last a year.
He said: "Both Wendy and I have lots of experience in the industry. We
think its a good opportunity. Firstly, we have found that the people are
"We spoke to the licensing officer, Sieve Alexander, before we bought
it. It was a troubled pub, what we found out was that it did not sell
brands like Carling and Worthington's and 1664.
"The products it did sell were not very popular, but because we are a
freehold pub we are not tied
to a brewery, so can stock and sell what the customer wants.
"There's always something in the market for someone who is willing to
Ralph and Wendy have taken on Chris Honey and Georgie MacKenzie from
the "Castle" pub to be in charge of entertainment and food respectively.
They also plan to employ two part-time workers.
There are also other reasons for them moving to Dover.
Ralph said: "I really wanted to be closer to Europe. I'm hoping
in the next few years to travel around Europe.
"Plus, my niece does a lot of swimming and will be doing a Channel swim
on September 23."
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 8 September, 2011. 60p
PUB STAFF'S BARROOM RUMPUS
Police were called to a tussle between the owner of the "Wheelwright
Arms" and one of his bar managers on Saturday.
A complaint of assault was made against new owner Ralph Beharry who
bought the Linces pub last month, by new bar manager Chris Honey and his
partner Georgia MacKenzie at Ham.
CCTV images at the pub showed the fracas but not how it started.
Mr Beharry claimed he was the one who had been attacked and a bruise
on the bar manager's torso must have occurred when Mr Honey was holding
him in a headlock.
Bar manager Miss MacKezie and Mr Honey told police they had been
scratched with car keys by Mr Beharry and that Mr Honey had been
Mr Honey also later claimed he had been bitten.
Miss MacKenzie, 24, the former landlady of the "Castle
Inn" in Russell Street, Dover, believed she she was scratched by a
set of keys held in Mr Beharry's hand as she waded in to try to separate
the two men.
Mr Honey also suffered similar injuries to the left side or his face.
The incident was recorded on the pub's own CCTV cameras.
A police spokesman confirmed that officers had attended the
"Wheelwright Arms" following a report of assault but no further action
is being taken after the complainant declined to give police more
It is believed the row was caused by a dispute over wages.
Neither Miss MacKenzie nor Mr Honey now work at the pub.
Latest news I have heard 14 February 2012, the Council have decided upon
change of use and conversion to four flats has been approved.
June 2012 saw the pub sold at auction for £130,000, use as yet unknown.
HOWARD Fred C W 1948-50+
CHARLESWORTH Thomas Frederick 1953
LLOYD William 1955-56
SHEARING Jack William 1956-59
PARKER Frederick T 1966-77 end
Charrington & Co
WELLS Donald 1977-78
WELLS J D O 1987
WHITMAN David 1989
TUCKER Mike 1998+
EASOM Barry July 2001-03+
WATSON Ms K 2007-May/2008
HOPKING Craig June/2009+
BEHARRY Ralph & Wendy Aug/2011+
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
Library archives 1974