Elvey's Lane in 1833
44 Bridge Street
A beerhouse of Leney which opened at some time between 1823 and 1869. I
believe it must have opened after 1839 as surely there wouldn't have been
two houses with the same name at the same time less than 100 yards apart. It
was mentioned in Pigot's Directories as having the address of just Charlton,
but that's close enough for me to believe it is this house in Bridge Street
they are referring to.
Travelling towards Charlton from Tower Hamlets the house would be on your
right. Previous to 1916 the number was 44. The site remained the same. It
was an effort on the part of somebody to improve the street numbering.
Unfortunately its new denomination proved unlucky. Before the paint was dry
it had been declared redundant and compensation was paid in 1915 as follows.
Sarah Dennis the owner got £698.10s. Leney and Company got £109 and the
tenant, Harry Clark, got £95.10s.
From the Dover Telegraph. price 7d. 23 November 1833.
The Royal Cinque Ports Assembly Booth.
Will be open during the Fair, at the tea-gardens and bowling-green of
the Black Horse, Charlton, on which occasion there will be a GRAND FANCY
DRESS BALL each evening.
An excellent and efficient band will perform every evening, and the
booth will be brilliantly illuminated with variegated lamps.
S Clarke, proprietor of the above booth, which he has erected at the
request of his numerous friends, most respectfully begs leave to state
that every arrangement has been made to ensure the accommodation of all
who may be pleased to humour him with their company. He also begs to
leave to mention that he not only deals with the tradesmen of Dover for
goods, &c but he also employs Dover mechanics and labourers to erect
booths, &c, &c.
Tickets may be had at the Black Horse Tavern, Elvey's Lane, for the
above booth, at 6d each, for the evening.
S. C. wishes it to be understood that no noisy, or otherwise
objectionable character, will be admitted; as it is his determination to
preserve the order so essential to the well being of respectable
(At present I am not sure where Elvey's Lane
Bridge Street is part of an ancient road running from Charlton to Hougham,
which continued on up Black Horse Lane (now Tower Hamlets Road) and is
obviously where the pub gained its name, although there is listing of
another Black Horse, now the "Eagle" on he
corner of Tower Hamlets Road. That Black Horse was demolished on 4 September
1839 and I assume the one in nearby Bridge Street took its name and the
new building became what is now the "Eagle".
Although Bridge Street itself probably got its name in 1829 when a brick
bridge was built across the river Dour. Originally the road was crossed by a
ford, with a wooden bridge for pedestrians.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22 February, 1901. Price 1d.
Richard Beer, dealer, of Bridge Street, Dover, was charged with stealing
two ferrets, value 10s., the property of Henry Newman, farm steward, of
St. Radigundís Abbey.
For the prosecution evidence showed that P.C. Blair ascertained
defendant had a ferret for sale, and went to see it, and finding it
answered the description he had of one of the stolen ferrets, he took a
labourer, Arthur Appleton, to see it, who identified it, having been in
the habit of feeding it. The explanation given by defendant was that he
bought it for 3s. from an unknown navvy.
For the defence Mr. Watson called a number of witnesses in proof of
defendantís assertion that he bought the ferret from the navvy, who was
directed to defendant from the ďBlack Horse,Ē Peter Street, kept by the
The Bench decided to dissolve the case, although they thought it was
suspicious. Defendant was ordered to pay the hearing fees, 6s.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 5 February, 1915.
ANNUAL LICENSING METING
The licence of the "Black Horse," Bridge Street, was next considered.
The Chief Constable said the "Black Horse" was a beer house, situate
in Bridge Street, the owner was Mrs. Dennis and the Brewers Messrs. A.
Leney and Co., Ltd. The present tenant, Mr. H. Clark had had the licence
transferred to him in December, 1914, and the previous transfer was in
1911. A Committee of the Justices visited the area, and after inspection
of the houses in the immediate vicinity, instructed him to oppose this
Inspector Lockwood stated that on Friday, January 22nd, at 10.35
a.m., there were no customers; on Sunday, 23rd January, at 3.55 p.m.,
four customers; on Monday, 25th inst., at 5.10 p.m., no customers; on
Thursday 28th inst., at 8.10 p.m., two customers.
Mr. Clark made no opposition to the proceedings and the Magistrates
reserved their judgment.
THE MAGISTRATES DECISION
The Magistrates then retired to consider their
decision, and on returning the Chairman said that the Magistrates had
decided to give a licence to the "Town Hall" for both music and singing
on condition that free admission was given. The licence of the "Gothic"
and "White Lion" would be renewed. The "Silver Lion," the "Black Horse,"
and the "Grand Sultan" would have to go to Canterbury.
DENNIS George 1858
MARBROOK John (Black Horse Bridge St?) 1882
DENNIS Joseph (Black Horse Bridge St?) 1895
BEER Thomas 1897-Feb/1911
GANN James Feb/1911-Dec/13
CLARK Harry Dec/1913-15 end
James Gann had been previously employed by a Mr. Nash as a cab driver for
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Melville's Directory 1858
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909
From the Dover Express