54 High Street
Above photograph by Paul Skelton, 5 April 2010, shows the approximate
place where I believe the "Angel" once stood.
The house now under discussion can be traced to 1862,
(Robert Stone). Closed in 1940 but reopened in 1942 by William Dinnage. It
closed finally on 3 May 1969, the property itself disappearing in September
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 10
A CHILD BURNT TO DEATH
An inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon by the borough coroner, W.
H. Payn, Esq., on the body of a child between three and four years of
age named Michael Neale, whose parents, the father being a labourer,
reside in Barwick's Alley, Charlton. The inquest was held at the "Angel
Inn," Mr. Christie being sworn as foreman. The following was the
evidence adduced, from which it would appear that the child was left
alone a short time by its mother, while she went into the house of a
neighbour, and that he must have approached too near the fire in her
Emily White: I live in Barwick's Alley, and am the wife of Thomas
White, who is a labourer employed in the oil-mills. I knew the deceased
child, who was the son of Simon Neal, also a labourer and a resident of
Barwick's Alley. The age of the child was three years and four months.
On Saturday evening I was outside my house, when I saw the mother of the
deceased leave her house and go into that of Mrs. Sullivan, a neighbour,
with a teapot in her hand. During the time she was talking to Mrs.
Sullivan I heard the child cry. I called to the mother, who ran up the
steps leading to her house, and I followed soon afterwards. I found that
the child was on fire, and I saw the mother wrap some clothing around
it, to put out the flames, which she succeeded in doing. She then went
away, saying she was going to take the child to hospital. I saw the
deceased again on Monday, when I took it an orange. It died on Monday
Catherine Neal: I am the wife of Simon Neal, and mother of the
deceased. As soon as I was called by the last witness on Saturday
afternoon, I went up the steps into my room, where I saw the child
burning, his pinafore being on fire at the side. He screamed very much.
I wrapped my gown around him, and extinguished the fire, after which I
ran with him immediately to the hospital. On getting to the hospital I
saw a woman. I do not remember what she said, except that the doctor was
not within. The neighbour who accompanied me said that it was no use
stopping there, and I then left the hospital in her company and took the
child to Mr. Walter's. Mr. Walter was not at home, but his assistant
applied flour to the burns. I took the child home, and afterwards got
from Mr. Bourner, the relieving officer, an order for the attendance of
the parish surgeon. Mr. Long, the surgeon, attended the child up to the
time of his death, which occurred on Monday night. I went to the
hospital twice after first taking the child there. The last time, late
at night, I saw the house-surgeon, and told him that Mr. Long was in
attendance on the child; but I desired him to come and see deceased. He
declined because Mr. Long was in attendance.
Arthur Long, surgeon, residing and practising in Dover: About six
o'clock on Saturday evening I received an order from the relieving
officer to attend the deceased child, who, I was told had been burnt. I
reached Barwick's Alley a little after seven. I found the burns had been
dressed. I looked at the extent of the burns as well as I could without
disturbing the dressings, and ordered that the deceased should be kept
quiet. I saw the child again the next morning, and found that the
persons attending it had dressed the burns in the meantime. I told the
parents that from the nature of the injuries the child had sustained, it
could not recover, and it died three hours afterwards. I attributed
death to inflammation of the lung, caused by the serious nature of the
Sarah Horn: I am a widow, and live in Barwick's Alley. I knew the
deceased child. I went with Mrs. Neal to the Hospital. The woman
belonging to the hospital said she would go and see whether the house
surgeon was within. She soon returned and said he was not in the house.
I then suggested that the child should be taken to Mr. Walter's, which
The jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death." It transpired,
during the enquiry, that there had been current a rumour to the effect
that the little sufferer had been refused admittance at the Hospital;
but the gentleman of the jury expressed themselves fully satisfied, from
the evidence, that there had been no grounds for such an impression.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 10
DISMISSAL OF A CONSTABLE FROM THE POLICE FORCE
Thomas Connors, a constable in the borough police-force, was charged
with assisting Thomas Hunt, marine-store dealer, Charlton.
Complainant said that on the morning of the 7th inst., about one
o'clock, he was at the "Angel Inn," Charlton. Defendant came there and
had a glass of beer. He stood at the bar a minute or two, and in
consequence of some "chaff," defendant offered to box complainant and
another person who stood at the bar. They got to rather high words, and
defendant then took him by the collar and bundled him out of the door.
On getting outside defendant struck him several times.
Mary Stone, daughter of the landlady of the "Angel Inn," said she saw
the defendant come into her house on the morning in question. He had a
glass of beer. He stood at the bar, and shortly afterwards some
disturbance occurred between him and complainant, when defendant took
complainant by the collar and put him outside the door. She did not see
what occurred afterwards.
This was the whole of the evidence, and Connors in his defence then
said that he did put the complainant out of the door, but he denied
assaulting him. He pleaded, in extenuation of his conduct, that
complainant threatened to report him, as he was on duty at the time of
entering the public-house.
The Mayor, after consulting for a few minutes with the other
Justices, said the Bench had determined to dismiss defendant from the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 25 October, 1871.
Vincent Davidson, a labourer in the employ of Mr. Crundall, was charged
with assaulting a man named bean, another labourer, at the “Angel Inn,”
on the previous Friday.
George Bean, the complainant, said that, on the previous Friday night,
at about half-past seven, he went to the “Angel Inn.” The defendant was
there, and they had some words. The defendant said he would knock his
(the complainant’s) eye out, and struck him several times. He did not
give him any provocation.
The defendant said he was rather the worse for drink when the assault
took place. He was very sorry that he had struck the complainant.
The Magistrates fined him 2s. 6d., and the costs, 10s. which he paid.
Victor Williams the last licensee.
GREEN William 1545 (Unknown address)
SERLIS Francis 1545 (St James' Street)
MATTHEW George 1545 (Chapel Street)
OLIVER Robert 1811
STONE Robert 1862-64
STONE Mary Bateman (daughter of above) 1869 end
GEORGE William 1869-78
GEORGE Catherine dec'd to Aug/1881
HARRIS Mrs Ann Aug/1881+
(executrix to above and widow)
HARRIS Edward 1882
TOPPING John 1891
SARTAIN Peter 1895-96 dec'd
SARTAIN Mrs Myra Leila 1896-1903
Out dated info?)
WIDGEON Edward John 1902-08
MEAD T 1911 end
HOBSON H 1911-12
KNIGHT Henry Edward senior 1913-31 dec'd
KNIGHT Henry L junior
NORRIS Oscar Augustus Jan/1938-39 end
PENROSE Frank Dobell 1939-40 end
MARTIN W 1940
DINNAGE William Marcus 1942
DINNAGE Mrs C K 1945
BYRNE A 1948
SMITH William Charlie June/1948-50+
PETTET Thomas J 1953-54 end
WILLIAMS Victor R 1954-69 end
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 1918
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
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
From the Dover Express