Sort file:- Dover, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 27 September, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1854

(Name from)

Brussels Inn

Latest 1914

3 Beach Street


Brussels Inn 1900

The east end of Beach Street, opposite the terminus of the South Eastern Railway, with the "Terminus Hotel" in the centre, offering Pale and Strong's ales, and, next door, the "Brussels Inn" (licensee C. G. Deverson), selling George Beer & Co's pale ales. Just off the picture to the left is "Sceptre Inn". Further on were the "Miners' Arms", "Deal Cutter Inn", and "Railway Bell" and, at the opposite end of the street the "Pier Inn" and "Lord Warden Hotel".


About 1848 it was known as "Hotel de Brussels" and by 1854 as the "Bruxelles Inn". It already opened at three thirty a.m. by 1874 but after 1900 that became five a.m. Henry Pay received a new licence here in 1845 under the name of "Hotel de Brussels".

For photo of Beach Street click here.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 3 October, 1863.


Fanny Lechmore, the landlady of the "Brussels Inn," was charged with having her house open at a quarter past eleven on Sunday morning last; but was dismissed on paying the costs, 7s. 6d.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 2 September, 1870.


Samuel Kemp was charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct, using obscene language, and obstructing the landlord of the “Brussels Hotel,” Mr. John Hussey, in his business.

It appeared that the prisoner had gone to the “Brussels Hotel” in a state of drunkenness on the previous night, and instead of leaving, when requested, became very violent and abusive; so that the landlord was obliged to give him into the custody of Police-constable Campany, who had considerable difficulty in getting him to the Police Station.

The Magistrates sent the prisoner to gaol for fourteen days without the option of fine.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 23 August, 1872. Price 1d.


Mr. Fox made application on behalf of the landlord of the “Brussels Inn,” Beach Street, that he might keep open his house until one o'clock in the morning.

The applications were ordered to stand over till the next licensing day.


5,690 was spent on the acquisition of licensed property in 1914. Unfortunately the electorate, and indeed many of the councillors themselves, were not well informed, so we can only guess that the "Brussels Inn" was included in that figure. The same reasoning would apply to the "Sceptre" and the "Lion" being involved.


Obviously not the whole sum but compensation of 187.10s. was proposed for this inn but a later reappraisal raised that to 200.


It was fully licensed and the last tenant was Gilbert Deverson, originally from Wingham, who had served since 1907 and moved after the closure to the "Shakespeare Inn"; The licence was allowed to lapse.


Brussels Inn Pewter Mug

Above is shown a Pewter Mug engraved with the words, "Brussels Inn, Dover".

The photo was kindly sent to me from Alan Hardcastle from Birchington who informs me he recently bought it on Ebay.

Brussels Inn Pewter JugBrussels Inn Pewter Jug

From an email sent 9 February 2019.

Brussels Inn pewter mug

Above mug, kindly sent by Candice Borrett.

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 12 June 1914.


The Town Clerk said that, with regard to the Pier Improvement sub Committee and the question of the "Brussels" and "Sceptre" Inns, the application to determine the amount of compensation to be paid to the tenants was to be made to the Justices on Friday (to-day), at 3 p.m.



PAY Mary Ann 1847 Bagshaw's Directory 1847

LECHMORE Fanny 1863+ Dover Express

HUSSEY John 1870-71 (age 38 in 1871Census)

HUSSEY Mrs 1872

PHIPPS James Jan/1874-78 end Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1874

SNELLER Robert Thomas 1881-July/83 (age 63 in 1881Census) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1882

MILLER Alfred William July/1883-1901+ (late in the employ of Mr. Stiff, builder) Post Office Directory 1891Pikes 1895Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903

MILLER Emily & Elizabeth Emily Mar/1902 Dover Express

GATES George Austin Mar/1902-05 dec'd Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903 (Dover Post office Clerk)

GATES Mrs Helen 1905-06 end

MARSH William John 1906-07 end

DEVERSON Gilbert Charles 1907-14 end Next pub licensee had (age 38 in 1911Census) Pikes 1909Post Office Directory 1913


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

Kelly's Directory 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Pikes 1909From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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