3 Adrian Street
8 Adrian Street
A fully licensed house and an outlet of the East Kent
Brewery Company, Sandwich.
James Middleton present in 1883.
Disraeli, the Earl of Beaconsfield, returned to England
via Dover in 1878 which may have influenced the title.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 30 August, 1889. Price 1d.
DOVER BREWSTER SESSIONS
THE BEACONSFIELD ARMS
In this case there was no tenant available to take out the license, and
it was 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 license of the “Beaconsfield Arms” was granted to the widow of
the late Robert Mills, who was the chairman at the “Phoenix
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1 March, 1901. Price 1d.
A PUBLIC HOUSE AND DRUNKENNESS
Patrick Lawless, one of Messrs. Pearson’s labourers, was charged with
being drunk and disorderly in Adrian Street.
Police Constable Prescott said that on Sunday evening about 9.30 the
landlady of the “Beaconsfield Arms,” Adrian Street, asked witness to
remove the prisoner and another man. They were both drunk and
quarrelling. The bar was full of men and women, and they were all more
or less drunk. The landlady requested the two men to go, and they
refused to go. Witness ejected the prisoner and the other men. Outside
the prisoner fell down, and witness took him into custody.
Police Constable Mount said he was on special duty near the
“Beaconsfield Arms.” About 7.30 he saw the prisoner and two other
navvies go into the house. They were apparently sober then, and he saw
no more of them till 9.30, when P.C. Prescott was called to eject the
prisoner and one of the other navvies who went in with the prisoner. The
men had never left the house from that time until they were ejected. The
bar was full of soldiers and navvies, and several of them were the worse
for drink. There was a disturbance inside the house before Prescott went
A fine of 5/-, or in default seven days’, was inflicted.
The landlord of the house called forward. In reply to the Magistrates,
he said he had kept the house since the beginning of December. He made
an excuse for the state of affairs on Sunday, that he was ill in bed.
The Magistrates said that they could not accept that as a proper excuse.
The house should have been in a proper charge.
The landlord said that he had got rid of all the bad characters. The
house was dreadful when he took it.
The Magistrates remarked that the conduct on Sunday also seemed to be
dreadful. The case would be reported to the Watch Committee, and they
would take such steps as they thought necessary.
It was considered surplus to requirements in 1910,
together with the "Milestone", "Pier Inn" and "Neptune Hall". During that
year, £2,373 was paid in compensation but this survived a little longer. Its
licence was not renewed in June 1911 and the brewer, who was the lessee, was
eventually compensated with £603. Fred Sawkins the keeper got £20 and the
freehold owner, £141. The street was rebuilt completely in 1937.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 26 January, 1906. Price 1d.
Plans for alterations to the “Walmer Castle” so that a door might be
made for the private portion of the house were approved and also for the
construction of a club room at the “Beaconsfield Arms,” Adrian Street.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 1 January, 1909.
FIRE AT BEACONSFIELD ARMS
A fire broke out at one o'clock on Tuesday at the Beaconsfield Arms
public house, Adrian Street, but it was fortunately extinguished before
very great damage was done. Some clothes, which were left to dry in
front of a fire became ignited, and set fire to the woodwork of the
mantel, and the hearthrug. Mr. Moore, the landlord, with the help of
some customers attacked the flames, and the alarm was given at the Queen
Street Police Station. P.C.'s Smithen, Southey, and Brown turned out
with the fire hose, but on their arrival the flames had been
extinguished. The only damage done was to the clothes, woodwork of the
fireplace, and rug.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 11 February, 1910.
DOVER LICENSING SESSIONS
THE BEACONSFIELD ARMS.
The licence of the "Beaconsfield Arms," Adrian Street, was also
opposed on the instructions of the Magistrates on the grounds of
No one appeared to legally represent the tenant or owner, but the
Secretary of the East Kent Brewers Company and the leaseholder
were in Court.
Chief Constable Fox said that the "Beaconsfield Arms" was a fully
licensed house situated in Adrian Street. The owners were the East Kent
Brewery Company, Sandwich, and the tenant was Horton Walter Moore, and
it was transferred to him on October 2nd, 1908. There had been five
changes in nine years. The rateable value was £40 gross, net £32. The
licensed houses in the immediate neighbourhood were the "Liberty," 11
yards, the "Trocadero," 29 yards, the "Prince Louis," 40 yards, the "New
Mogul," 51 yards, and the "Criterion," 74 yards. The frontage was 27ft.
The accommodation was the front bar, side bar, small kitchen on the
ground floor, and upstairs a club room used also as a dining room
(private), and there were four bedrooms. It was visited at 11.50 a.m. on
Thursday, January 20th, and there were two customers; at 3.50 p.m. on
Monday, January 24th, one customer; at 10.05 a.m. on Saturday, January
29th, no customers; at 7.47 p.m. on Thursday, February 3rd, three
The Secretary of the Brewery Company said that they were not asking
The Mayor at once said: The Bench have come to the conclusion that
the four licenses ought to go forward. Of course we quite appreciate the
eloquence of our friend, Mr. Mowll, and if it were a question of dealing
with a matter from one of sentiment, it might have been decided
otherwise. We have a very difficult question to deal with, and the
decision we have come to must have regard to the question of redundancy
in the neighbourhood. before even this case went to Court great care was
taken that those houses which we really believed are redundant, are
those that come before the Court, and I think the Bench in this case are
of the opinion that all these houses are in that category, and that it
is important to do otherwise than to send the four cases to be dealt
with by the Quarter Sessions.
The licenses were provisionally renewed pending the decision of
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 22 April, 1910.
DOVER POLICE COURT.
SCENE AT A PUBLIC HOUSE. James McCullish a private in the 2nd Battn.
5th Fusiliers was charged with wilfully breaking a plate glass panel in
the bar door of the "Beaconsfield Arms" public house, Adrian Street.
The witnesses in the case were entered out of Court.
Frederick Dawkins said: I keep the "Beaconsfield Arms," Adrian
Street. Last night about 9.45 the prisoner came into my house and called
for a drink. There being other soldiers in the bar at the time. I
refused to serve the prisoner as I considered he had had enough. He then
began to quarrel with another soldier in the bar, and I told him to quit
the premises. He went outside, and some of the others also went out, and
they began fighting. I cannot say who fought, as I did not go outside.
When the fighting was over prisoner was about to re-enter the bar when I
stopped him at the door. He tried to force me out of the way to get in,
and then said, "Take that," and broke the glass panel of the door with
his fist and ran away. There were other soldiers outside, and others at
the bar. I have no doubt prisoner is the culprit. I subsequently
informed a police-sergeant, and went with him to the guard room at the
Citadel Barracks. The prisoner was there, and I recognised him. Prisoner
was only in my house about five or ten minutes, and had not been in
previously that evening. The damage done has been estimated by Mr.
Rickon glazier, at 30s.
The prisoner said that he was in the house for about half an hour,
and had four drinks while he was there.
The landlord denied this.
P.S. Fox said: About 10.10 last night I was on duty in the Market
Square, when, from what I was told, I went to the "Beaconsfield Arms,"
in Adrian Street. The landlord showed me a plate glass panel broken in
the bar door. From what he said I went with him in search of the
prisoner, and found him detained in the guard room of the Citadel
Barracks. The last witness pointed to the prisoner and said "That's the
man." There were some others in the guard room. prisoner was then
charged, and in reply said that a civilian with whom he was quarrelling
did the damage. The knuckles of the prisoner's right hand were cut and
bleeding, and when I asked him how he did it he said it was in warding
off a blow from a civilian after the window was broken. prisoner, when
charged at the police station with breaking the window, said, "I refuse
the charge," and wished witness to be called. At prisoner's request a
doctor as fetched to dress his hand.
Prisoner, in his defence, called the following witnesses:-
Private E. Tierney, of "H" Co. 2nd Battn. Northumberland Fusiliers,
said: I was in the "Beaconsfield Arms" last night about 9.45. There were
several soldiers, some woman, and a civilian in the bar. Prisoner was
there when I arrived, and I was talking to him when the civilian came up
and agued the point about being in the Navy, and wanted to fight. I got
the prisoner outside, and the civilian struck him. The prisoner turned
round to return the blow, when the landlord or someone closed the door
and the prisoner's fist went through the window. The piquet came along
and ordered us to get to the barracks. I was in the house for about
twenty minutes, and the prisoner was there before me. The prisoner had
a glass of stout, and also stood me a drink.
The landlord: You say the prisoner had something to drink in my
house? - He had some stout.
The landlord: - I say he had nothing.
Private C. Thompson, 2nd Batt. 5th Fusiliers said, I was in the
"Beaconsfield Arms" last night when the prisoner was there. He was under
the influence of drink. He had an argument with a civilian, and they
went outside to settle it. The prisoner tried to strike the civilian,
when the landlord closed the door, and prisoner's fist went through the
window. It was quite an accident, and not wilfully done.
Private Frederick Bolton also corroborated, and prisoner said he had
still several more witnesses.
The Chairman said they would give the prisoner the benefit of the
doubt, and the case would be dismissed. He hoped it would be a caution
to him in the future to behave himself like a soldier.
The prisoner was ordered to pay the doctor's fee of 3/6.
MIDDLETON James 1883-Sept/89 dec'd
MILLS Mrs A Sept/1889+
STANLEY Thomas William 1895-98
FRENCH Henry John 1899-1901+
WARINGTON T to Apr/1901
WRIGHT William Henry Apr/1901+
WOOD M to Dec/1903
BAKER Edward Hyram Dec/1903-08 end
BAKER W J 1907
MOORE Horton WaIter 1908-June/10
S(D)AWKINS Frederick June/1910+
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Dover Express