Photo showing Bricklayers Arms, date circa 1950?
Apologies for quality of above picture, should anyone have a better one
please let me know. Date unknown.
Above photo by Paul Skelton 4 August 2007.
Above photograph by Paul Skelton 1 May 2010.
Sign right February 1994 with thanks from Brian Curtis
Painting above by Rose McPhee, date unknown.
Kentish Chronicle 12 September 1863.
WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS.
Mr. Greenhow, solicitor, of Dover, applied to the Bench to grant a spirit
licence to Mr. John Knott, of the "Whitehall Inn," Shepherdswell. He presented
a petition in favour of the application, signed by the vicar, churchwardens,
and overseers of the parish, and stated that the inn was in close proximity
to the railway station and was much used by travellers. No one appeared
substantially to oppose the application, but the landlord of the
"Bricklayers' Arms" was questioned by the magistrates, and stated that no
other licensed house was required, for he could do more business if he had
it. The application, however, was granted.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
23 July, 1869.
Henry Couchman, William Dale, and Charles baker, three farm
labourers, were charged with being drunk and disorderly early on the
previous (Sunday) morning.
Police-constable Seager, of the Kent County Constabulary, stationed
at Shepherdswell, said that on Sunday morning last, at half-past twelve,
he saw the prisoners coming out of the "Bricklayer's Arms" public-house,
Shepherdswell. They were singing and making a great noise. he requested
them to go home quietly, but they refused, and made use of very obscene
and abusive language. he did all he could to persuade them to go home,
but they persisted in refusing. he caught hold of the prisoner
Couchman's arm, when the other two came up. Couchman then struck him on
the side of the face, while one of the other prisoners said, Smash the
_____, there is only one here." Neither of the others struck witness;
but they all turned up their shirt sleeves apparently with intention of
doing so. The constable asked them to give him their names, but they
refused, and he then, with assistance, apprehended them, and brought
them to Dover. They all came along the road quietly enough.
The Magistrates fined the defendants 15s. 6d. each, including the
costs; in default, seven days.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 22
December, 1922. Price 1½d.
The licensee of the "Bricklayer's Arms," Shepherdswell was granted an
extension for the Sick and Benefit Club dinner that evening, till 11.30
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22
PUBLIC HOUSE ALTERATIONS
Plans for converting two bars into one and enlarging the private bar of
the "Bricklayers Arms," Shepherdswell, were approved by the magistrates at
the County Petty Sessions, held at Dover on Thursday.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18
WINGHAM PETTY SESSIONS
The licensee of the "Bricklayers Arms," Shepherdswell, was granted an
extension till 10.30 p.m. on December 3rd, for a boxing tournament.
From the Dover Express, 4 October 2001.
Day of fun honours Stuart's fund.
A FUNDRAISING day at the
Bricklayers Arms pub in Shepherdswell on Saturday was in aid of the
Stuart Clarke Orphanage Fund. It also commemorated 22-year-old-Stuart,
who was killed in a car accident while serving with the British Army in
Kenya. His sister, Cara Bywater,
"During the final week of his life he helped build two classrooms at
Nanyuki Children's Home and these have since been dedicated in his
memory. "We have now sent in excess of £4,000 to help provide food and
education for the children."
Left picture shows fun and games with Karen, Naiomi and landlady Cara in fancy dress, plus
above, some odd skittle tactics at the Bricklayers Arm.
Seymour Photographic Service.
From the Dover Express, 17 March 2007. By Jonathan Holden.
After pub lock-in.
THE landlord of a Shepherdswell pub has been given a police warning
after up to 30 people were found boozing after hours.
of the Brickmakers Arms in Cox Hill, was present when police and
licensing officers visited his pub at 12.15am on Saturday morning.
Between 20 and 30 people were found inside the pub and loud music could
be heard from outside.
It followed a string of complaints to Shepherdswell's rural warden from residents unhappy about noise and
other disturbance during the early hours.
Some drinkers grew agitated
when police asked them to leave and Mr Ervine was also warned about
allowing drunkenness on the premises.
Using the example of one
patron, PC Hayden Kemp told him he was concerned about what would happen
when the drinkers headed out into the night.
He said: "If he walks out
into the street and somebody tells him and his mates to be quiet he's
going to cause trouble because of the state he's in."
claimed the lock-in was a private birthday party while others said it
was part of a golf tournament.
Mr Ervine was told no further action
would be taken on this occasion, but it would be taken into
consideration when his licence came up for renewal.
However, PC Kemp
told him it was unlikely to affect future applications - provided there
were no more breaches.
The visit by police and district council
licensing and environmental health staff was part of an antisocial behaviour crackdown called Operation Detour.
The officers visited
pubs and clubs as well as carrying out vehicle checks in Dover and Deal.
The landlord of the "Roman Quay" in Stembrook, Dover, will also get a
warning after police found under-age drinkers in the pub.
Visits to the
"Eight Bells", in Cannon Street, the
"Louis Armstrong", in Maison Dieu Road,
and the "Prince of Orange", in New Street, found no problems.
One" nightclub in Adrian Street also met police approval for its improved
Soon after 10pm on Saturday, door staff apprehended a
woman suspected of carrying ecstasy and she was handed over to police.
The operation also saw warnings and fixed penalties given to motorists
for speeding, driving without seatbelts and, in one case, playing loud
music during the early hours.
From the Dover Express, 24 July 2008.
Above showing the pub in 2008.
From the East Kent Mercury, 16 April 2015.
Did ghost hurl pint glass across bar of busy pub?
Staff and regulars left spooked by inexplicable occurrence.
A COUPLE were left stunned after a pint glass flew from the middle of a
pub table, seemingly of its own accord, Spooky CCTV footage from the
"Bricklayers Arms" in Shepherdswell showed
the drink move, prompting petrified punters to jump out of their chairs
The pub's landlady of three years, Anne Hurst, told the Express that the
table was dry, very sturdy, and there were no arms or legs near the pint.
She said: "We were all very freaked out as the pint was in the middle of
"We all stopped talking and could hear the glass grinding on the table,"
Her partner, a former solider, was reportedly so petrified that he
returned home and slept night with the lights and the television on all
The eerie event joins a host supernatural wonders that have haunted
locations in Dover over the past year.
In September 2014, a chilling video of a "ghost" at Dover Castle
emerged. The creepy clip revealed a shadowy spectre appearing to walk
across an entrance to the historic site before disappearing.
A viewer of the frightening foot age, Louise Hampton, said: "This is
great! It looks like it tried to manifest. You can see the legs are
In January 2014, a Dovorian believed he had caught ghost on camera when
he took a picture of
the seafront lights on Marine Parade.
Paul Boland, of the Gateway flats, took the spooky snap in the early
hours of the morning when the streets were "completely deserted". He
later noticed a mysterious man on the right hand side of the photograph.
He told the Express: "It looks like an image of an old seafarer with a
sou'wester. There was nobody about anywhere at the time, the streets
were completely deserted. The camera was set to maximum sensitivity, it
wasn't a long exposure either so nothing blurred.
Above photo kindly sent by Billy Roberts who tells me the pub closed on
21 September 2015.
I am informed that of 14 May 2016 the pub was sold at auction for £195,000.
PENFOLD Henry 1874-82+
PENFOLD Mrs 1901-Jan/05
WILLIAMS Thomas J Jan/1905-Jan/27
MOORE Mark Jan/1927-32+
FLETCHER John W Aug/1948-56+
KNIGHT Ray & Sheila 1964-Oct/68
BROWN ???? Oct/1968-70
BARRETT Keith 1970-77
Shepherd Neame Ltd
SCOTT Dennis 1977-1990
HAWKINS Jim early 1900-Spring/1995
ONIONS Colin 1995-2000
???? George (manager) 2000
KOLHOFF Stuart Spring 2000-Spring/2003
ERVIN Nick 31/Apr/2003-21/Apr/08
HAMMOND Nick & Rebecca Apr/2008-Apr/2009
MOLLOY Paul 2009-30/Mar/2010
WHITE Deborah Mar/2010+
HUTSON Robert Sept/2011-Apr/12
HURST Anna Apr/2012-21/Sept/2015
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1914
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express