7a Priory Street
Known earlier as the "Royal George", that licence was
withheld in 1859 but George Baker impressed the Bench sufficiently the
following year to effect a reopening.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 9
DOVER POLICE COURT
The "Anglesey Arms" - This being a transfer day, Mr. James Pincher
applied for the transfer of the "Anglesey Arms," formerly the "Royal
The May read a memorial address to the magistrates from the residents
of Priory Street and the vicinity, calling their worship's attention to
the fact that the memorialists were continually subject to annoyance
from the drunken and disorderly assemblages at the "Anglesey Arms,"
formerly the notorious "Royal George," after the hour of midnight, and
by such drunkards and disorderlies, after being ejected from the house,
remaining in the street, quarrelling and fighting, and crying "murder!"
as was the case (a report in our last) on the night of the 25th June.
The memorialists concluded by requesting that their worships would cause
such enquiries to be made and such instructions given as would abate the
nuisance. The memorial was signed by thirteen persons.
The application denied that the house was conducted in a disorderly
The Mayor, however, said the magistrate had taken pains to enquire
into the point, and as the result of their investigations they had
determined not to transfer the license.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 10
The "Anglesea Arms," formerly he notorious "Royal George," in Priory
Street, a petition against the renewal of the license, signed by thirty
residence of that street and its neighbourhood, was read. It spoke of the
frequent midnight broils created by disorderly persons who were turned out
of the house, accompanied by fighting and screaming and cries of "Murder,"
awakening the petitioners from their slumbers and alarming them; and they
therefore desired that such instructions should be given as would lead to
the abatement of the nuisance. The Superintendent, in reply to questions by
the Bench, said he had received no reports against the house since June
last, when some parties were brought up who had created a disturbance and
sentenced to 14 days' imprisonment; but the Town Sergeant (Frowe), who lived
next door, stated that even since June the house had been very badly
conducted and that he had reason to believe prostitutes were harboured
The landlord said that the women who lived there at his house were merely
lodgers and gained their livelihood by taking in needlework.
The Mayor told him the Magistrates had determined, whenever complaints
against a house had been received, as in this case, to withhold the license.
"The Duke of Cornwall," in Oxenden Street, shared a similar fate.
The name would have changed at that
time and the public still drank there in 1866. My searches never revealed it
again after that year although I did find mention of an "Anglesey Arms" in
York Street in 1870. I have presumed that to be the "Marquis of Anglesey".
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 7 May, 1859.
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
Charles Elton and Esther Elton were brought up by police-constable
Faith, the first charge with being drunk and disorderly in Priory
Street, and the woman, with abetting him in his violence.
From the evidence of the constable it appeared that he was called in
to clear the "Anglesey Arms" public-house, Priory Street, shortly before
12 o'clock on Saturday night, the landlord being desirous of closing the
house. The defendant's were two of the noisiest of a very noisy party in
the taproom, an it was with great difficulty they were got out of the
house. After the emerged into the street they were very abusive, and the
man, who had in his possession a stick as thick as a constable's staff,
struck the officer a blow on the arm, by which he was completely
stunned. He still felt the effects of the blow, he said, and was unable
to raise his arm to his head. The woman clung to her husband and
prevented him from being taken into custody for some time; but further
assistance was obtained by the constable, and the defendants were
ultimately conveyed to the station-house.
The female defendant was discharged, but the man was committed for
seven days in default of paying 1s. and 6s. costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 2
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
Helen Fitzpatrick, an Irishwoman, was brought up by the
police-constable Bowles charged with being drunk, using obscene
language, and causing an obstruction of the footway in Priory Street
early on Sunday morning.
Bowles said that about half-past 12 o'clock on Sunday morning he met
a man who told him there was a "jolly row" in Priory Street; and hearing
cries of murder he hastened to the spot, where he found the prisoner
with her back against the wall and surrounded by about a hundred
persons, each and all of whom she was challenging to fight. She actually
wanted to fight him (the constable) when he made his appearance on the
scene. She obstinately refused to go to the station-house, and expressed
her intention of returning to the "Anglesey Arms," where she had been
staying, and of breaking every ------- thing in the house. It was not
without considerable difficulty she was conveyed to the police-station.
Mr. Coram said the conduct of the prisoner at the station was
considerably bad. She had three young children with her, one of whom
fainted at the police-station. He had since had them conveyed to the
Mr. Stride said he could answer for the cries of "murder," as he was
alarmed and got up to see what was the matter.
In defence the prisoner said she was on the road to Folkestone, where
her late husband had died, with the view of getting to the Union there.
She protested that she did not occasion the disturbance, but that it was
caused by another Irish family who were turned out of the "Anglesey
Arms" about the same time.
Mr. Coram said the eldest of the prisoner's children was a girl
twelve years of age.
Capt. Knocker - Ah! Already "on the town," I suppose?
The prisoner indignantly repudiated his worship's charitable
assumption, saying that her children, although poor, were honest. She
was then committed for seven days' hard labour, in default of paying a
fine of 10s., including costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
20 April, 1866.
ROBBERY FROM A COACH-HOUSE
Charles Hammond, a powerful looking labourer, was charged with
stealing from a coach-house in Townwall Street, one coat of the value of
5s., the property of Richard Shilling, fly driver.
The prosecutor said he lived in Woolcomber Lane, and was in the
employ of Mr. Laws, fly proprietor, of Townwall Street. On the previous
morning the door of the coach-house was left partially open, and a coat
belonging to him was lying in a pony carriage. He left it there between
nine and ten o'clock, and when he wanted to put it on, between twelve
and one, he discovered that it had gone. The coat produced by
police-sergeant Stevens was the same. He valued it at 5s.
George baker, the landlord of the "Anglesey Arms," priory Street,
said he saw the coat produced on the previous morning, when it was
brought to his house, about eleven o'clock, by the prisoner. He said he
was going to work at the "Clarence Hotel" next day, and he asked witness
if he would let him have a shilling on the jacket till Monday or
Tuesday, as he wanted to get some food. Witness asked him if it was his
own, and on his saying that it was, he let him have a shilling, and
prisoner left the jacket. He then went away - to get something to eat,
he said. At one o'clock, when the house was opened, the police came in,
and in consequence of their enquiries witness gave the jacket up to
Police-sergeant Stevens said that on the previous day he went into
the "Anglesey Arms," and the landlord gave up to him the coat produced.
Police-constable Corrie took the prisoner into custody in High
Street, Charlton, on the previous evening. On being told what he was
charged with, he said he knew nothing about it.
The prisoner, who did not desire to put any questions to any of the
witnesses, begged that the case might be dealt with by the Magistrates,
and pleaded guilty.
The bench sent him to prison, with hard labour, for one month.
BAKER George 1860-66+