14 Seven Star Street
Always a beerhouse and I would suggest George Beer as the last brewer.
Found sometimes as number 7 and sometimes as 14 and found also addressed
Oxenden Street Perhaps a change of site on the cards.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
31 December, 1869.
William Langridge, landlord of the beer-shop "William and Albert,"
was summoned on the information of Police-sergeant Barton, for having
his house open on Sunday last, at 11.45 a.m. and he was fined 1s., and
the costs, 9s. 6d.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 16 September, 1870. Price 1d.
THE ANNUAL LICENSING DAY
George Dennis, W. T. Bond, and W. Langridge, who had been convicted
for some infringement of their license, were severely cautioned.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
20 January, 1871. Price 1d.
INFRINGEMENT OF LICENSE
William Langridge, landlord of the "William Albert" public-house,
Seven Star Street, was fined £1 and 9s. 6d., costs, for an infringement
of his license.
This was obviously a step too far for the Kingsford Brewery as the in
June 1871 the premises was being advertised for letting.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
23 June, 1871. Price 1d.
PUBLIC HOUSE TO LET
The "Yew Tree" public-house, and cottage, situated at Barfreston;
also, the "William Albert," Seven-star Street, Dover. Apply to Alfred
Kingsford, Buckland Brewery, Dover.
I am not certain who took it at the time, but by 1885 it was being
supplied by the Dover Brewery Company who were prepared to surrender this licence in 1885 so
they could open another in Clarendon Street but it was not permitted. Other
attempts by Elvey in 1887 and George Beer in 1892 were also shelved.
Beer was obtainable here in 1864 then I next heard of it in 1889 when it
was said to have been shut for several years.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 30 August, 1889. Price 1d.
DOVER BREWSTER SESSIONS
THE WILLIAM AND ALBERT
This house has been closed for want of a tenant, and the application of
the license was at the request of Mr. Mowll, adjourned to Broadstairs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 13 September, 1889. Price 1d.
DOVER LICENSING SESSIONS
At the adjourned meeting at Broadstairs on Wednesday, Sir Richard
Dickeson was in the chair, and the other Magistrates present were F. S.
Pierce, T. V. Brown, J. L. Bradley, and A. Bottle, Esqrs.
The licence of the “William and Albert,” Seven Stars Street, was
granted to J. T. Tyler.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 28 February, 1902. Price 1d.
WHERE DID HE GET IT
John Main was charged with having in his possession on the Crosswall,
four pint bottles of ale and not giving a satisfactory account of how he
became possessed of them.
Police-sergeant Morris said that at 10.15 on Sunday morning his
attention was called by police-constable Southey to the prisoner, who
came along Clarence Place having something bulky under his shirt, his
coat and vest thing open. On being questioned the prisoner said he had
nothing particular. Witness opened his shirt and found the four pint
bottles produced. The seal of one was broken. The prisoner said he had
been round to Dick Gillman’s house to fetch them, and that Gillman was
working in the coal yard. He took the prisoner round to Round Tower
Street, where he said Dick Gillman’s house was, but he was unable to
show it to him, although he pointed out an unoccupied house. He said he
had been sleeping in the coal yard, but often stopped at the “William
and Albert,” Seven Star Street. Witness took him there, and he was shown
a case of ale from which four bottles were missing. The landlady said
she could only account for one of these. She said the prisoner slept at
the house on Saturday, and left early on Sunday morning. He took the
prisoner into custody for being in possession of the ale and not being
able to account for having possession of the same.
The Magistrates’ Clerk asked witness the value of the ale, and the
Sergeant replied that he generally paid 3d for his. (Laughter.) he
afterwards found on making enquiries that a man named Jones gave the
prisoner 2/- to get some ale. The prisoner, however, never mentioned his
In reply to the Magistrates, the prisoner said he had the beer
The landlord of the “William and Albert” was called, and on being asked
if he knew anything about the beer, replied that he thought it belonged
to Mr. Beer. (Laughter.)
The Chairman said the charge would be dismissed. They were not by any
means satisfied with the explanation, but there was no evidence to
DOVER EXPRESS first week OCTOBER 1906 reported the following:- Canterbury
Sessions decided to close, under the Compensation Act, six Dover pubs
including the "William and Albert", "Three
Compasses", "Duke of York", The "Wellesley",
The "Old Commercial Quay" and the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 February, 1906. Price 1d.
OBJECTION TO THE WILLIAM AND ALBERT
The next objection taken was that against the license of the “William
and Albert,” Seven Star Street, the landlady of which was Mrs. Martha
Lafevre. Mr. Mowll appeared for the owner and tenant. The ground of the
objection was that the licence was not necessary.
Inspector Fox said that the licence was transferred to the present
tenant on the 4th August 1905, and had changed hands three times in the
last two years, and eight times in the last 20. There were 16 licensed
premises in the vicinity the premises of the Railway Station buffet and
the “Lord Warden Hotel.”
Mr. Mowll: A serious competition. (Laughter.)
THE MAGISTRATES DECISION
After a short consultation in private, the Magistrates turned to the
Bench. The Chairman said “The following houses will be referred to the
Kent Compensation Committee of the Quarter Sessions in due form: The
“William and Albert,” The “Three Compasses,” the “Wellesley Inn,” the
“Old Commercial Quay,” the “Duke of York,” and the “Half Moon.” The
licenses for these houses will run until the time when the compensation
is paid, and then the licences will cease. With respect to the
“Devonshire Arms” and the “Lord Roberts,” and the “Nottingham Castle,”
they will be withdrawn from the list.- These licences will be renewed in
the ordinary way.
was compensated with £188 and the tenant £15. It must have belonged to the
town in 1914 when demolition was authorised, although some parts of Seven
Star Street were still being removed in 1934.
Of a like name, the "William and John" beerhouse shows in Snargate Street
in 1871. It was next door to the "Army and Navy". There is also evidence of
a "William and Mary", which was said to pass from Woodhams, (probably
Wittams), to Philpott in 1903. That could be my error and it might well be
this one, the "William and Albert".
LANGRIDGE William 1869-71
THOMPSON Zacharia 1874
RUTTER Mark 1875
TYLER George Townsend Sept/1889+
WITTAMS Charles 1899-1901+
(Referred to as beer retailer 1899
WOODHAM Mr C to Dec/1903
PHILPOTT Mr George Dec/1903-Oct/04
BROWN Mrs Louisa (Widow) Oct/1904-05 end
LE FEVRE Mrs Martha 1905-06 end
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Dover Express