92 London Road (Buckland Street) by 1891
Also as 230 London Road.
From the Dover Mercury 26 September 2002
Report of cockfight at the Cherry Tree Inn
RIVERSIDE SCENE: The watercolour above is by James Tucker showing the River Dour flowing from Lorne Road to the bridge at Cherry Tree Lane.
Most of Mr Tucker's pictures seem to date from 1912 and could have been done from memory.
This one has the date of 1861 and he would have been 15 at that time.
Cherry Lane changed to Cherry Tree Avenue in 1895 when it was widened and trees were planted, but they were not the cherry variety.
The house could be one that shows up on old maps and would have been reached from what is now Balfour Road by Sedgemead House,
and was situated at the top of Millais Road.
On the right of the picture you can see a building which was most probably the original Cherry Tree Inn, which is known to have
been there from at least 1785, as a Canterbury newspaper reports a cockfight there.
By Joe Harman.
From the Kentish Gazette, March 20-23, 1776. Article kindly sent from
Advert for a cock fight, March 25, at the Cherry Tree, at Buckland, near
Looks like the above advert even pre-dates the other cock-fight, so
obviously that was a very popular sport in this pub at the time. (Paul
Date early 1900
Cherry Tree circa 1980 photo by Barry Smith.
Cherry Tree circa 1987 (Photo by Paul Skelton)
Above photo kindly sent and taken by John Fagg in the 1980s.
Celebrating 50th anniversary of V E Day (1995)
Cherry Tree circa 1997 photo by Barry Smith.
Earliest reference found so far is in the Wingham Division Ale Licence
list, which shows the "Cherry Tree," Buckland, to be re-licensed for the sum of 8 shillings in
1740 indicating that the pub was present before 1740.
This was said to be the first house in Buckland to be lit
by gas, in April 1847. A cherry tree had its place in the rear garden and
Cherry Tree Lane stood nearby. That became an avenue in 1895 when it was
widened by the Dover firm of Austin and Lewis at a cost of £1,129.
I would be reluctant to take sides in an argument but I
have read that this could be the only building between the "Black Horse" and
Buckland Bridge in 1801. It is known that cock fighting took place here,
under this sign, in 1785. I have now traced it back even further to 1771 as
shown in the passage from the Kentish Gazette, kindly sent to me from Alec
As an outlet of Whitbread it was enlarged by Sam Abbott in
the late nineteen seventies when he incorporated an adjoining property.
It was renovated in 2006 and changed its name to the
From the Kentish Gazette, April 27-30, 1771. Kindly
sent from Alec Hasenson.
This particular advert is worth quoting
practically in full because of its general interest says Alec Hasenson.
Amongst other things, it takes the date of the Cheery Tree much further
back than the one you have given.
William Sharp, removed from the Cherry Tree, in Buckland, near Dover,
begs leave to inform the Gentlemen, Farmers, and Others, that he hath
taken the "Saracen’s Head", in Dover, late in the occupation of Mary
Gibson, which is now fitting up in a commodious manner, and which he
intends to open on Saturday next, and to provide a good ordinary on that
day, and every following Saturday, at one o’clock.
He well knows that by Mrs. Gibson’s behaviour, in shutting up the said
House, many of her customers have followed her to the "Oak", but flatters
himself that great part of them have done so for want of the use of the
"Saracen’s Head", which for many years past hath been the principle
Market-house; and that therefore those Gentlemen will judiciously
reflect on such conduct, and not be biased to his prejudice…………….’
From the Kentish Gazette 10-13 Jan 1786 back page col.1
On Tuesday and Wednesday next 17th and 18th inst will be fought at Mr
DODD’s, the Cherry Tree near Dover.
A Main of Cocks between the Gentlemen of Dover and the Gentlemen of
For Two Guineas and a half a Battle and Ten Pounds the Odd Battle.
To shew 11 cocks each day. Good ordinary each day at one o’clock.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 15 July, 1837. Price 7d.
An inquest was held at the "Cherry Tree," Buckland, on Monday, before
G. T. Thompson, Esq., Coroner for this Borough, on the bodies of Ann
Fuller, aged 54, and Walter Avey, her grandson, an infant of two years
old, who were found on Sunday morning, by the sons of the deceased,
drowned in the rivulet running, by the willows, from the river Dour into
the canal behind Buckland Mills, in a depth of water not exceeding three
feet. It appeared by the evidence of different members of her family,
that Mrs. Fuller left her residence in Queen's Gardens, on Wednesday
evening, and took the child with her, saying she was going to the pier;
and not returning that night, next morning her husband proceeded to
Barham and to Bridge, and one of her daughters to St. Margaret's, to
seek for her among friends. Their enquiries were ineffectual; and it
being afterward ascertained that a clothes-line was missing from the
house, suspicion was aroused of her having committed some rash act; and
search was made accordingly. The child, to which the deceased was very
much attached, was illegitimate, and had always lived with her on an
allowance of two shillings per week; but the money was latterly unpaid,
their rent was in arrears, and the deceased who was consequently unhappy
in her mind, had been in grief throughout the day on Wednesday. She said
the child should never leave her while living.
Police constable Harman, who went to the sons' assistance when they
found the bodies, took them out of the water. They were bound together
by a line - that which was missing from the house. It passed around the
waist of each body, and they were about eight inches apart. Mr. Rutley
examined the bodies. There were no marks of violence on either of them.
Death had decidedly been caused by drowning.
Verdict - that deceased, Ann Fuller, destroyed the child and herself
in a fit of insanity.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 20 March, 1841. Price 5d.
On Tuesday afternoon, an inquest was held at the Dover Union
workhouse, before G. W. Ledger, Esq. and a respectable jury, touching
the death of Edward Dudley, one of the inmates, aged 56 years.
John Beutley, the master of the Union-house, deposed that the
deceased had been to Ashford at work during the past week. On Sunday
morning, Mr. Taylor, the landlord of the "Cherry Tree," Inn, came to him
and informed him that the deceased was at his house very ill. Witness
immediately sent a sedan-chair for him, and after the chaplain had
concluded the service, went and saw him, when he was lying in bed dead.
Witness perceived that he was attacked with the same complaint as many
of the other inmates at the Union were, viz. the Influenza. Witness then
administered to him some of the medicines prescribed by the medical
officer belonging to the Union, in case any of the inmates were
attacked, and sent him some mutton broth, in the evening, and some warm
gruel. At about half-past nine he went to see the deceased again. He
then said he was much better, and witness gave him another pill. He then
left him with a rush-light burning by his side, and Johnson Franks
sleeping in another bed in his room. At about twelve o'clock, think that
he heard a noise, he got out, when Richard McCartney told him that he
thought that the deceased was dead. Witness got up and found that such
was the case.
Johnson Franks said, I went to bed in the same room with the deceased
at about eight o'clock in the evening of Sunday last. I' however, found
that he was very restless, and I went down and told master of it. He and
Kilroy then went up and saw the deceased. I remained in the room, and
then said that he was better. I did not sleep very soundly, and observed
him get out of bed. He still said that he was better, and I went off to
sleep for a few minutes. When I awoke I observed him lying partly out of
bed. I went to him and found that he was warm, and I went and laid down
again. Finding, however, that he did not move, I got up a second time,
when I found that he was dead; I immediately informed Mr. McCarthey, who
was lying in an adjoining room that the deceased was dead.
Richard Hope saw the deceased several times on Sunday last when he
appeared to be very ill; he however appeared to be better when he went
to bed between 6 and 7 o'clock in the evening. He did not consider him
to be dangerously ill.
Verdict - "Natural death."
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 27 January, 1855. Price 5d.
The enquiry before the Coroner, G. T. Thompson, Esq., at the "Cherry
Tree Inn," Buckland, on the body of a child named Caroline Tutt, aged 2
years and 3 months, and which had been adjourned for the attendance of a
material witness, closed on Thursday evening. It appears that at the
time of the accident, the deceased and three other children (the eldest
only 7 years of age) were sitting by the fire alone, the mother (who had
been confined only three days) and grandmother being up stairs. A scream
was heard, and on the grandmother going to the children, she found that
the contents of a kettle of boiling water, which had been placed on the
fire an hour previously, had fallen over deceased, but none of the
children could explain how the accident occurred. In taking off the
clothes of the little sufferer, the skin peeled off from the back, and
after lingering in great agony for nearly a fortnight, death terminated
deceased's sufferings. Mr. Joseph Burton was foreman of the jury, who
recorded that deceased died from being scalded, but how the accident
arose there was no evidence to say. The parents of deceased reside in
George Street, Buckland.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 18
A SINGLE YOUNG MAN LODGER
John Hannan, a wild young Irishman, whose eyes were bloodshot, his
dress disordered, and his whole manner betokening recent excess, was
placed at the bar handcuffed, by three constables, charged with creating
a disturbance at the "Cherry Tree Inn," Buckland, and menacing the
landlord, Mr. Taylor.
It appeared from the statement of Mr. Taylor, that the prisoner, who
is a workman employed by the Submarine Electric Telegraph Company, had
been lodging at his house for a short time past, having been at work in
this neighbourhood erecting telegraph posts, and that up to the previous
night he had conducted himself very well. On Friday night, however, he
went out in company of two artillerymen who were billeted at the "Cherry
Tree Inn," and none of them returned till one o'clock in the morning. It
was evident they had all been drinking, and the prisoner was very much
under the influence of liquor and inclined to be noisy. He had in his
company a young woman whom, as it subsequently turned out, he had
previously plied with drink; and he insisted that she should also enter
the "Cherry Tree" and finish up the night in his company. To this
arrangement, Mr. Taylor, the landlord, strenuously objected, and the
prisoner then became very violent. He rushed upstairs to his room, and
said he should take away his clothes, and as he passed the room occupied
by the soldiers he ran into it and seized hold of the sword of one of
them, which he flourished about in a very wild and threatening manner.
Two or three constables, who had noticed the conduct of the parties in
the street, had followed them up, and they were fortunate at hand, or
there is no knowing what mischief the prisoner, in his wild and excited
state, might have committed. Mr. Taylor called in the aid of the police,
and though there were three of them on the spot it was some time before
they could overpower the prisoner. This was at length done, and he was
handcuffed and marched to the station-house, the female in his company.
His wish was thus more nearly fulfilled than at one time seemed
probable, for although she did not finish the night exactly in his
company she was only in the adjoining cell. Her case was a hard one. It
transpired that she was a respectable girl, with whom the prisoner had
formed an acquaintance. She had fallen a victim to the blarney of Mr.
Hannan (not a bad-looking fellow), under whose persuasion she had taken
more refreshment than she could manage. The police, on going to her
cell, found her almost broken hearted, and the Magistrates, on learning
her circumstances of the case, at once discharged her.
The charge against Hannan, however, was fully entered into, the
statement of Mr. Taylor, embraced in the above particulars, being
corroborated by police-constable Williams, one of the policeman called
into Mr. Taylor's assistance.
Williams said that at about a quarter to one o'clock he was on duty
near the "Cherry Tree," when the daughter of Mr. Taylor rushed out of
the house, screaming that a man was murdering her father. He and two
other constables went into the house, and saw the defendant on the
stairs with the landlord. He was flourishing a sword about, and
threatened that he would do for any one who touched him. Defendant did
not threaten Mr. Taylor in witness's presence; but he flourished the
sword, and dared witness and the other constables to come near him.
Magistrate: With the sword in his hand?
Witness: Yes, sir.
Examination continued: As he saw us coming towards him he threw the
sword away. On being taken into custody he became violent, and it was
with great difficulty he was conveyed to the station-house. Prisoner was
under the influence of drink, but he must have known what he was about.
On being asked what he had to say in defence, prisoner said nothing,
except that he was drunk, and, if the Magistrates would believe him, did
not know what he was about.
The Bench said that the conduct of the prisoner had been very bad. He
had no right in the first place to take a woman to the house of Mr.
Taylor, which had always been respectably conducted, and then his
subsequent behaviour was unpardonable. He seemed to be a powerful
fellow, and had there not been plenty of assistance close at hand it was
likely he might have done mischief. He would be fined 20s. and costs.
The money was paid.
From the Dover Express and East Kent
News, Friday 5 March, 1869.
INFRINGEMENT OF LICENSE
Lewis Godden, landlord of the "Cherry Tree Inn," Buckland, summoned
fro infringing his license, was ordered to pay the costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent
News, Friday 18 June, 1869.
Frederick Clark, a boy 14 years of age, was summoned for trespassing
in a field in the parish of Buckland, and assaulting Lewis Godden, the
The prosecutor, who is landlord of the "Cherry Tree Inn," at
Buckland, said that he was in occupation of a meadow situated at the
back of his house. The meadow is fences round, and the gate is kept
locked. On the previous night, while a game of cricket was being played
in the meadow, the defendant with several other boys, obtained admission
and commenced climbing up a booth, which was created in the field. the
prosecutor ordered the boys out, and all of them left, with the
exception of the defendant, who refused. he told the defendant that he
should have to put him out, when the boy picked up a large stone and
threw it at him, striking him at the back of his head. As the defendant
continued to throw stones, the prosecutor called a policeman who took
him into custody. the prosecutor said the boys were frequently annoying
him by getting into the meadow, and that the defendant was the worst of
By the defendant: I have seen you there within a fortnight. i did not
Police-constable Nixon said he was called by the prosecutor to take
the boy who had assaulted him into custody. He saw some stones in the
boy's hand and the boy was in the meadow. he also saw that the
prosecutor was bleeding from the back of his head. He ran after the boy
and caught him in a meadow adjoining the prosecutor's. He had cautioned
the defendant for similar conduct on other occasions.
The defendant said that the prosecutor struck him first.
The father of the boy was present, and said he could bring several
witnesses to prove that the prosecutor was the first to commit an
assault, and desired that the case might be adjourned in order that they
might be called.
The Magistrates thereupon adjourned the case till Friday (this day).
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
15 July, 1870. Price 1d.
STEALING A WHIP
William Godden, a lad belonging to Charlton, was charged with
stealing from a cart in the London Road, a driving-whip, the property of
William White, a carter, living in Bridge Street.
The prosecutor identified the whip produced by the police. He had
last seen it at half-past eleven on the previous morning. He was then
driving his cart along the London Road. He stopped beside the "Cherry
Tree Inn," and stuck the whip in the whip-holder at the corner of the
cart. He crossed over to the other side of the road, and remained
talking to another man, with his back towards the cart, for about five
minutes. When he returned the whip was gone; and he gave information to
Police-constable Corrie said he took the prisoner into custody at the
"Wheelwrights' Arms" public-house, in Bridge Street, Charlton. He found
him standing at the bar, with the whip beside him. On charging him with
stealing the whip, he said he was going to take it back. He had been
drinking, but knew what he was about.
The prisoner said he had taken the whip, not with the intention of
stealing it, but only for a lark.
The Magistrates remarked that larks of this kind were dangerous, and
sent the prisoner to gaol for twenty-one days, with hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 4 November, 1870.
ASSAULT ON THE MASTER OF THE UNION
Richard Tenney, a middle-aged man, an inmate of the Dover Union, was
charged with being drunk and assaulting the Master of the Union on the
previous afternoon on the Buckland Road.
Mr. George Thurlow, having been sworn, said: I am Master of the Dover
Union. The prisoner is an inmate. Yesterday afternoon about half-past
four I was returning from the town and was passing the “Cherry Tree”
public-house at Buckland, when I saw four of the inmates of the Dover
Union in front of that house. I knew they ought to be at work and so I
ordered them to go home. They had no business to be where I saw them.
Two of the men went home in front of me. When I got to Mr. Bussey’s farm
I heard some men running behind me, and I was thrown down from behind,
and one fell on me, and struck me. I found it to be a man named Henry
Birch. I got up and then both Birch and Tenney came up to me and struck
me several times. They continued striking me till Mr. Penn and another
person came to my assistance. Birch is an inmate of the Union. Birch has
not yet been apprehended.
The prisoners had no questions to ask this witness.
Mr. Charles Penn said: I am an upholsterer residing in Biggin Street. I
was in Buckland Road yesterday afternoon, about half-past four o’clock,
when I saw two men go up to the last witness, and assault him from
behind. One man seized him by the collar of his coat and threw him down,
and the other came up and struck him. Both men afterwards struck him.
The prisoner is one of the men. They struck him several times. I
assisted in detaining prisoner. The other man made his escape.
By the prisoner: You struck him several times.
Prisoner said he went to the assistance of the Master, and not to
assault him. He was some distance from the man Birch when the prosecutor
was knocked down.
Superintendent Coram, in reply to the Magistrates, said he did not know
that the prisoner had been before the Bench before.
Mr. Thurlow said he was an idle man, and was frequently an inmate of the
The prisoner was sent to gaol for a month with hard labour.
A warrant was ordered to be issued for the apprehension of the man
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 25 October, 1871. Price 1d.
The Borough Coroner, W. H. Payn, Esq., held an inquest on Saturday
afternoon last, at the “Cherry Tree Inn,” Buckland, on the body of
Thomas Greenland, for many years in the employ of Messrs. Court, wine
merchant, Dover, who had committed suicide at his residence, London
Road, early on the same evening. Mr. John Rowe Adams was chosen foreman
of the Jury, and the Coroner and Jury then proceeded to deceased’s
residence to view the body and to take the evidence of Mrs. Greenland.
The body, which still remained in the kitchen where the suicide had
taken place, having been viewed.
The deceased’s wife, Sarah Vinall Greenland, gave the following
evidence: The deceased, Thomas Greenland, was my husband. We had been
married thirty-seven years. He was a cellar-man to Messrs. Court, wine
merchant. He had been in their service thirty-five years. He had
recently been pensioned off by the firm. The deceased would have been
sixty on the 22nd of next month. He was always a very sober and
temperate man, and he has been especially so during the last few months.
The deceased left the services of Messrs. Court in July last, in
consequence of illness. His legs and back have troubled him lately, and
he has been very unwell. I told him last night that I should send for
Dr. Duke; but he said he did not require him. The deceased has recently
been very low-spirited. I last saw him alive last night, on retiring to
bed, somewhere about ten. I awoke this morning just as the clock was
striking six, and I directly missed deceased from the bed. I had not
heard him move, so I went down stairs partly dressed to look for him. On
reaching the kitchen I saw him lying there in a pool of blood. I
immediately rushed to the front door, and alarmed the neighbourhood. I
never heard deceased say that he would kill himself. He has recently
been anxious about his children. I should not have been at all surprised
to have found deceased in a fit, as I know he is subject to fits.
Deceased was not at all in want; his pecuniary circumstances were very
The Coroner then returned to the “Cherry Tree,” where the two following
depositions were taken:
John Reid, having been sworn, said: I am a bricklayer and builder,
residing at 65, High Street. I was called to deceased’s house this
morning at about twenty minutes past six. I was engaged in a small job
in the neighbourhood. Mrs. Greenland was standing at the gate, and she
told me that her husband was in the kitchen, and that I had better go
through. I went through into the kitchen and found the deceased lying on
his face in a pool of blood. Mrs. Greenland asked me to lift him up and
see if he was dead. I did so, and on turning him round I found that he
had cut his throat. I saw the razor produced lying on the sink, and
judging from the position of the deceased I should think he must have
used it with his right hand. The deceased was quite dead, but I could b
not tell how long he had been so. He was warm when I lifted him up. I
advised Mrs. Greenland to send for a doctor immediately, and shortly
afterwards Dr. Long came. He at once pronounced deceased to be dead.
Arthur Long, having been sworn, said: I am a surgeon, residing and
practising in Dover. I was called at about half-past six this morning to
deceased’s house. I went through into the kitchen, where I found the
deceased lying on his back, quite dead. I examined the body, and found
his throat to have been severed completely through the windpipe. The
cause of death I believe to have been suffocation from blood in the
windpipe. I believe the deceased used his right hand, judging from the
spot in which I saw the razor lying. It was lying in the sink as if it
had been put down with the right hand. The deceased had been dead less
than an hour.
The Coroner briefly summed up, and the Jury returned a verdict of
“Suicide while in a state of temporary insanity.”
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 28 September, 1877. Price 1d.
CHARGE AGAINST THE LANDLORD OF THE CHERRY TREE
Percy Vyvyan kemp, landlord of the “Cherry Tree,” was summoned for
selling intoxicating liquors to a drunken person, on the 16th inst.
Mr. Worsfold Mowll defended.
Mr. H. H. Jones said: I am one of the Magistrates of the borough. On
Sunday, the 16th inst., about seven minutes past one, I was coming
towards Dover, and when opposite the “Endeavour” public-house I saw
three labouring men passing towards Dover, conducting themselves in a
notorious manner, and shouting after a female who was ahead of them. I
watched them five or six minutes. When I arrived in the vicinity of the
Cherry Tree Lane I passed them. I then met Mr. Parker Ayres coming up
the road towards me and he directed my attention ton the men. Mr. Ayres
said it was a shame to see the men like them drunk and swearing as they
were on a Sunday.
Mr. Mowll: Any observation which passed between Mr. Jones and Mr. Ayres,
in the absence of the defendant, cannot be evidence.
Mr. Jones continued: We watched the three men who went into the
“Fountain” public-house and were immediately ejected there-from. They
were then very noisy, and made a remark to a man that was passing them
that they could not get any beer there.
Mr. Mowll: That again is not evidence.
Mr. Jones: The men then passed towards Dover, and in a minute or two
afterwards, as I was passing the “Cherry Tree” public-house, I heard
loud talking and looking in at the bar, I saw the three men there with
the defendant, who was on the other side of the counter. The man nearest
to me had a glass of beer in his hand. I then remarked to Mr. Kemp that
he was selling beer to drunken men. He replied that he was serving one
of the men – the furthest man from him – whom he alleged was not drunk,
and who had passed the beer on to the man who had the glass in his hand.
Mr. Parker Ayres stepped inside the bar and saw the men standing there
with the defendant as I have described. Mr. Ayres and I came towards
Dover and I saw the three men afterwards going down the road noisy.
By the Bench: To the best of my belief the three men were drunk.
Mr. Mowll (in cross-examination): I believe I may take it that you are a
Mr. Jones: You may take it as such if you please.
Mr. Mowll: Exactly, and that you take a very warm interest in the total
Mr. Jones: I take an interest in that and other matters for the
prevention of crime, and as a Magistrate I feel it my duty to do so.
Mr. Mowll: now you were coming down the Buckland Road on Sunday morning?
Mr. Jones: Yes. I first saw the men by the “Old Endeavour” public-house,
a little nearer Dover than the Buckland schools. They all reeled along
the middle of the road. They all three reeled to some extent. They went
into the “Fountain” public-house. I met Mr. Ayres before they went into
the “Fountain.” He called my attention to the three men. I did not
notice that one of them was very much intoxicated, I thought there was
not very much difference between them all. They proceeded together in
company to the “Cherry Tree.” I did not see them go in. I lost sight of
them for about two minutes. Mr. Ayers turned back and walked down the
road with me. We both lost sight of them for two minutes.
Mr. Mowll: Now when you got to the “Cherry Tree” I understand you looked
through the glass window of the bar?
Mr. Jones: I went in. The door was open.
Mr. Mowll: Did you go in for the purpose of refreshment?
Mr. Jones: I did not; I looked in at the door in consequence of the
noise I heard.
Mr. Mowll: I must ask you again if you went in there for the purpose of
Mr. Jones: Certainly not.
Mr. Mowll: By what authority did you go there?
Mr. Jones: On my own authority.
Mr. Mowll: Did Mr. Ayres go in with you?
Mr. Jones; No, he stayed outside.
Mr. Mowll: He was wisest, I think. Who did you see inside?
Mr. Jones: I saw the three men that I had seen in the road. I saw Mr.
Kemp there and he was behind the bar and the men in front of it.
Mr. Mowll; Did you say to him “Are you serving these men with beer,
Mr. Jones: I daresay I said something of the kind.
Mr. Mowll: Did you not say, “Are you serving these men with beer, Kemp?”
Mr. Jones: I would not swear to the particular words. I called his
attention to it.
Mr. Mowll: I must ask you to answer me definitely; if you cannot answer,
Mr. Jones: Mr. Kemp said to me, “I am serving these two, but not this
one who has the glass of beer in his hand.” He did not tell me that he
had requested the man who had the beer to leave, but before he had time
to do anything the other man gave him a glass of beer. Mr. Ayres was
standing just outside the bar, and I asked him to step in. Mr. Ayres did
not go in for the purpose of refreshment.
Mr. Mowll: I believe Mr. Ayres is not a total abstainer?
Mr. Jones; I cannot say.
Mr. Mowll: I must ask you to be particular to this. Did you not say to
Mr. Ayres, pointing to the man who had the glass of beer in his hand,
“Isn’t this man drunk?”
Mr. Jones: Yes.
Mr. Stilwell: Was there much difference in the state of these three men?
Mr. Jones; I don’t think so.
Mr. Stilwell: There was six of one and half a dozen of the other?
Mr. Jones: yes, I think so.
Mr. Parker Ayres said: I was in the London Road on the day in question
and I met Mr. Jones there, just this side of the Cherry Tree Lane. I
called his attention to three drunken men in the street, who were all
reeling in the road. They were very noisy. While we were speaking I saw
them enter or attempt to enter the “Fountain Inn,” but they were
immediately bundled out altogether. We went down Cherry Tree Lane about
a couple of minutes, and on passing the defendant’s house I heard loud
talking. Mr. Jones walked in and said something to the landlord. Mr.
Jones asked me to step in. I did so, and saw the three whom I had seen
previously. The one next to the door had a glass of beer in his hand.
The further one of the three put himself in an extraordinary attitude
and asked me if I called him drunk. I did not answer him. I did not
speak to the landlord or the landlord to me. The men were fearfully
drunk about three or four minutes before they entered the “Cherry Tree.”
Cross-examined by Mr. Mowll: I lost sight of the men after they had got
out of the “Fountain.”
As I understand you, you went into the “Cherry Tree” at the invitation
of Mr. Jones?
Mr. Jones asked me to step in.
I also understand you, the one nearest the door had the glass of beer in
Could you tell, from his position, if he was the last man who entered
No, I could not.
How long were you watching them?
Only a minute or two.
Mr. Mowll made an able speech for the defence, and concluded it by
asking the Bench to dismiss the case on the grounds that Mr. kemp was
suddenly called from the back part of his premises, where the family had
just sat down to dinner, to serve two of these men, one of whom would
swear that they were not drunk, having done so the third who was
intoxicated came in, and when Mr. Kemp told him he did not want any
noise in his house and to go out one of the others handed him the glass
of beer Mr. Jones saw in his hand. The question for them to decide was
whether Kemp had proper opportunities of seeing the state of the men.]
Percy Vyvyan Kemp, the defendant said: I am the landlord of the “Cherry
Tree” which I have kept three years. I have never been summoned before
the Bench, or cautioned by the Police. On the 16th of this month,
between half-past one and two, as I was sitting down to dinner, I heard
the front door of the house open. I cannot see from my living room into
the bar. I went to the bar and saw a man named Ballard and another man.
Ballard asked for as put of beer and porter. He paid for it with a
sixpence and I gave him two-pence change. After them had drunk some of
the beer another man came blundering in the door, and I immediately
requested him to go out. He was very abusive. Mr. Ballard said to him
“be quiet, old fellow,” and gave him a glass of beer, out of the pot he
had ordered. Just at that moment Mr. Jones came in and said “Are you
serving the men with beer, Kemp?” I said “I am serving these two men,
but not the man that’s drunk.” I told him the glass of beer had been
given the man. Mr. Ayres then came in. I did not consider Ballard and
the man who came in with him drunk. I should not think of serving them
if I thought they were not sober.
William Ballard said: I am in the employ of the London, Chatham and
Dover Railway, and have been eleven years. On Sunday morning, the 16th
inst., I left work about nine o’clock. I had been clearing out the ashes
from the Samphire. I went to work again about three in the afternoon. I
fell in with the two men at the “Denmark Arms” and they asked me to have
a stroll along with them out Buckland. We did not go into any house till
half-past 12, and then we went into the “Cups” with three more. We had about a pint and a half or beer each. When we left the house we came
down Buckland. One of the men’s name was Ballard and the other Richards.
Ballard, who was drunk, went to the “Fountain,” but I did not go. I
should have gone if the landlord had let him in. Richards and I went to
the “Cherry Tree” and Ballard followed us. We called for a pot of beer
and porter and paid for it. After we had drank some beer, Ballard came
in, and kemp tried to coax him out. I said “Here you are, Dick, be
quiet, here’s a drop of beer for you.”
By Mr. Stilwell: We are sitting on a bank while waiting for the
public-house to open. We remained about 10 minutes in there “Three
Cups.” We did not go into any house between the “Three Cups” and the
The Magistrates retired for a few minutes and on returning to the Bench
Mr. back said: We have given this case our careful consideration. We
have no doubt from the evidence before us that the men were intoxicated,
or at least one of them very much so. At the same time we think, from
the circumstances in which Kemp was, being suddenly called out to the
bar he was not aware of the state of intoxication in which these men
were. Therefore the summons will be dismissed.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 19 October, 1877.
CHARGED ON SUSPICION
James Edward Clark was charged on suspicion with stealing a piece of
pork, value 3s., from the “Cherry Tree Inn,” the property of Percy
The prosecutor did not appear.
Police-constable Bailey said: Last evening, about a quarter to ten, I
was in the London Road, and was called by the landlord of the “Cherry
Tree Inn.” I went to the house and saw the prisoner by the side of the
bar, in the passage. Mr. Kemp said, in the prisoner’s presence, that he
had lost a piece of pork from the kitchen at the back of the house, and
that there was no one in there about the time it was missing but the
prisoner, and for that reason he gave the man into custody on suspicion
of stealing it. The man admitted that he had been in the kitchen, but
denied that he had touched the pork. He has had access to the place as
he has been working for Mr. Kemp. There was nothing found upon him. I
searched the premises and could not find anything. Mr. Kemp said the
prisoner had not left the house.
By the Bench: The kitchen is open to others besides the prisoner. There
is access from the stables to the kitchen.
The Bench said as they thought there was no other evidence against the
prisoner in reference to the charge they must dismiss him.
Prisoner said he had not seen anything of the pork.
The Bench said as far as that went it had been stated that other persons
seemed to have access to the kitchen. At the same time Mr. Kemp ought to
have been present.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 July, 1878
John Ladd was charged with being drunk and incapable on the London Road
on Saturday night.
Police-constable Blakely deposed to being on duty on Saturday evening
about eight o’clock when he saw the prisoner drunk and disorderly on the
London Road. He had been turned out of the “Cherry Tree Inn.” When the
Constable went to the house Mr. Kemp told him to get the prisoner away,
as he had been making a noise.
Dismissed with a caution, on paying for the hearing.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 28 November, 1884. 1d.
The Prussian Hermits had a convivial meeting at the “Cherry Tree Inn,”
Buckland, last Thursday when about two dozen hermits joined them from
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 2 April, 1886.
SUICIDE AT BUCKLAND
An inquest was held at the “Cherry Tree” public-house, London Road, on
Thursday afternoon by the Borough Coroner (Sydenham Payn. Esq.), on the
body of Stephen Read Elms, Jun., a young man 22 years of age, who met
with his death early on Wednesday morning by taking poison. Mr. A. W.
Adams was foreman of the Jury. After the Jury had viewed the body the
following evidence was taken:-
Stephen Read Elms, landlord of the “Cherry Tree” public-house, London
Road, said: The body the Jury have viewed is that of my son, Stephen
Read Elms. He was 22 years of age next birthday. He had been a clerk,
but was living at home. He had been suffering very acute of late from
face-ache. Deceased has never been down to the bar at night for any
spirits. The bar was locked. I have had a small quantity of essence of
almonds for a number of years. The bottle of essence of almonds
produced I have had for twelve years. It was kept in the bar parlour
cupboard. There were three other bottles in the same cupboard,
camphorated brandy, aniseed, and some other essence. The deceased has
used the camphorated brandy. Deceased had never intimated taking his
life. I last saw him alive on the Monday before I went to Canterbury. He
was then all right.
By a Juror: Deceased had left the Prudential Assurance Company for some
Mary Elms said: I am the wife of the last witness. The deceased is my
eldest son. I last saw him alive about half-past twelve o’clock on
Tuesday evening. He was about the house all the evening. He was at the
club meeting in his room of the Prussian Hermits. He was then quite
well. I noticed nothing different with him during the evening. There
seemed to be a little unpleasantness. I went to be at twenty minutes to
one and deceased went to bed at the same time. I heard him shut the
bedroom door. About a quarter of an hour after I had been in bed I heard
a noise. It was very windy and I listened for the sound again. I then
heard groaning proceeding from the deceased’s room. I went upstairs and
found the deceased undressed with his head lying over on the floor. I
picked him up and placed him on the bed. There was a very strong smell
of almonds. I asked him what he had been doing. He did not speak, he
appeared too far gone. I then called my daughter. She came. Mr. Beechy,
one of our lodgers, came to my assistance, I administered an emetic of
mustard and water. I believe he had been sick before I went to him. Mr.
Osborn was at once sent for. He came at once. On Monday night he said he
had the toothache enough to make him mad. He was talking on Tuesday
night, after the meeting with Mr. Clark, about the club matters. On
Wednesday morning I went to the cupboard in the bar parlour after Mt.
Osborn had said that the deceased must have taken something from a
bottle or glass. I found the bottle (produced) there. I could not say if
any has gone. My son had been bottling some port wine in the cellar that
day. I have never heard him complain of anything. I found the tumbler
produced on the bar parlour table, and a water bottle was also there. I
smelt the glass, it smelt strong of the essence of almonds.
By a Juror: The deceased’s brother slept in the same room.
By a Juror: The Prussian Hermits meeting broke up about 11 o’clock. I
did not hear the deceased go downstairs.
By the Coroner: There was a light in the bar parlour when I went down
for the mustard after I heard the deceased groan. I had put the light
out before I went to bed.
Arthur James Elms, brother to the deceased, said: I went to bed about
half-past ten on Tuesday night. I sleep in the same room a deceased, but
not in the same bed. I did not hear him come to bed. I had just
previously heard a groan as my mother came into the room. I took no
notice at first, as I have sometimes heard the same noise when the
deceased has been intoxicated. He generally makes the noise about once a
week. I saw the deceased about a quarter to ten. He seemed a little
excited. He was groaning louder this night than usual. I did not hear
him get up. I know of no trouble to rest upon his mind.
John Hudson Clark, in the employ of the Dover brewery Co., said: I
belong to the Company of Prussian Hermits. We had a meeting here on
Tuesday night. There was a little unpleasantness. There was a discussion
of the question of felony and misdemeanour. He used some high words. I
was chairman, and called him to order. We do not allow swearing. He was
fined 2d. he paid it and we were all right again. He looked rather
different than usual. There was no bad feeling about the discussion.
Something was said by the deceased, and he apologised for what he had
said. I thought the deceased seemed rather excited. I left the house
about twelve o’clock, the other members left at eleven o’clock. The
deceased wanted me to stop. I went into the room at the back of the bar.
We parted good friends. He did not complain of face-ache. He did not
seem vexed at what had taken place upstairs. He was rather out of temper
at first. The ill-feeling was because we thought one of the members
ought to be expelled from the club for felony, but the deceased did not
Harry Beechy, an ironmonger’s assistant, said: I have been lodging at
the “Cherry Tree” since Saturday. I knew the deceased well for the last
twelve months. I went to bed about half-past eleven. He looked into the
kitchen while we were having supper. He looked rather out of temper. I
heard the deceased groaning about a quarter past one. He was groaning
rather loudly when I jumped out of bed. I heard Mrs. Elms. I went into
the deceased’s bedroom. He was lying on the bed and was quite
insensible. I could smell the essence of almonds just as I left my room.
He remained insensible. I held the deceased up until the doctor came. I
am quite sure he was alive when I went into the room. We poured down
some mustard and water. He vomited slightly. I thought he was dead a few
minutes before the doctor came.
By a Juror: I should think he lived about twenty minutes after I saw
Mr. Ashby Osborne, surgeon, residing and practising at Dover, said: I
was sent for about five and twenty minutes past one on Wednesday
morning. I attended the deceased immediately. I perceived a strong smell
of bitter almonds on entering the house, and also in going into the
deceased’s bedroom. I found deceased lying upon his back on the bed
supported by the last witness and one of deceased’s sisters. Breathing
and the heart’s action had ceased. The body was quite warm. Death had
recently taken place. I had the chest dashed with cold water and
endeavoured to restore animation. I pumped some brandy and water into
the stomach and pumped it out again. There was some effluvia of almonds
then but not very strong. I found that life was quite extinct. I then
commenced searching the room to see if I could find the vessel from
which the deceased took the almonds. Mrs. Elms then brought up the
tumbler produced. It smelt very strong of the almonds, and also the
bottle about half full of essence of almonds. I should think the
deceased had taken about a tablespoon of the liquid. A person might go
down stairs, take a spoonful of the liquid, and get to his room again.
From ten to thirty drops of the essence of almonds would be fatal. I
noticed a small of the almonds in the bar parlour. If the deceased had
taken essential oil of almonds it would have produced the symptoms as
described by the previous witness. I am of opinion that death was due to
poisoning by essential oil of bitter almonds.
After the Coroner had summed up, the Jury were left alone to consider
the verdict, and after a lapse of about ten minutes they returned a
verdict to the effect that “the deceased committed suicide by taking a
dose of essential oil of almonds whilst in a state of temporary
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 January, 1890. Price 5d.
SUDDEN DEATH AT BUCKLAND
A man named Spencer Dawes was taken suddenly ill yesterday morning at
Buckland, and before a doctor was sent for, arrived, he died. An inquest
will be held at the “Cherry Tree Inn” at three o’clock this afternoon.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 10 January, 1890. Price 5d.
REFUSED TO SEE A DOCTOR
An inquest was held at the “Cherry Tree Inn” last Friday afternoon, on
the body of a man named Spencer Dawes, residing at 15, Union Road, who
died on the previous day. The Coroner (Sydenham Payn, Esq.) was unable
to be present through undisposition, and Mr. T. Lewis acted as Deputy
Alfred Dawes, son of the deceased’s said that his father had been unwell
since the previous Sunday, but he refused to see a doctor. On Wednesday
afternoon he grew gradually worse, and witness telegraphed for his
mother who was away on a visit. When she arrived a doctor was sent for
immediately, but before he came death occurred.
Mr. A. Long said he believed Dawes died from syncope brought on by
general debility. If he had been attended to sooner his life might have
The Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 20 June, 1890.
Alfred Kent was summoned by Mary Kent his wife for threatening to do her
bodily harm. Complainant said she had been married to her husband 21
years; she had not been living with him for some time, he having left
her and gone into the workhouse. Last Wednesday evening, at her lodgings
in Victoria Street, he threatened to take her life, followed her down,
and on the terrace on London Road, near the “Cherry Tree” he took a
stone and said he would put it in her forehead and knock her over the
wall. He did not carry out his threat. Her husband was a pensioner, and
had £6 a quarter, he went to places where she works and annoys her. The
defendant was also summoned by Caroline Mills for using threatening
language to her on the same day, whereby she was afraid he would do her
some bodily harm. The accused was bound over in the sum of £5 in each
case, to keep the peace for 6 months the costs amounting to 18s.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 20 July, 1900.
Albert Gatehouse, Henry Gatehouse, and John Sharp were summoned for
using obscene language on July 8th in London Road.
Mr. R. Knocker appeared to prosecute.
Police Constable Southey said he was on duty in London Road on July 8th.
He was near the “Cherry Tree” public house and saw the three defendants.
Sharp was on the opposite side of the road and the two gatehouse’s on
the other side. They were all intoxicated. A man who was with them used
obscene language. Witness asked them to get away up the hill, the
occupier opposite whose house they stood having complained of the use of
bad language. The gatehouse’s then made use of bad language, and Henry
began to take off his coat. Witness advised them to go away, but they
remained there for five or ten minutes, and witness told them if they
did not go he should take them into custody. Shortly afterwards Sharp
came over to witness and made use of bad language towards him, and
tapped him on the nose. There was a great crowd, and witness did not
take him into custody because he knew the crowd would set on to him.
There had been a wedding at the “Cherry Tree.”
The men were each fined 5s.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 February, 1902. Price 1d.
THE SEALED BOTTLE
Martha Elizabeth George, landlady of the “Cherry Tree Inn,” was summoned
for on February 9th, having supplied intoxicating liquor to James
Sutton, under the age of 14, for consumption off the premises, such
liquor not being in a corked and sealed vessel.
Mr. R. E. Knocker appeared on behalf of the Watch Committee to
prosecute, and Mr. Rutley Mowll to defend.
Mr. R. Mowll pleaded, on behalf of his client, Guilty.
Rose Holmes, 65, Park Road, was summoned for having, on February 9th,
unlawfully and knowingly sent a certain person under the age of 14 to a
certain place where intoxicating liquors were sold, for the purpose of
obtaining certain intoxicating liquors for consumption, without being
corked and sealed.
The defendant pleased Not Guilty.
Police Sergeant Palmer said: On Sunday, 9th ist., my attention was
called by Police Constable Fox to a boy named James Sutton. It was at
7.30 p.m., and I was in Cherry Tree Avenue. The boy’s age, I
ascertained, was 8 years and 11 months, and he lived at 67, Park Road.
From what Police Constable Fox told me, I took the boy back to the
“Cherry Tree” public house, kept by the defendant, Mrs. George. When I
met the boy he had a bottle containing malt liquor. On getting to the
house, I saw the defendant, and said, “This boy has been seen to leave
here with this bottle not securely labelled.” The bottle is in the
condition as it now appears. The paper label over the cork was gummed
down, but only one end was attached to the bottle. That, however, could
have been pulled off, as it was wet. Mrs. George said, “I have not
served him.” The boy pointed to the landlady’s daughter, Mrs. Lever, and
said, “that is the lady that served me.” Mrs. George then looked to her
daughter, and said, “You must be more careful in future.” I told her I
should report the matter. I then went with the boy to No. 65 Park Road,
where the other defendant lived. I saw her there, and pointed out the
label to her. She said, “It is not as it should be. It is different to
what it is when I sent him to the “Diamond Hotel.” After I took the
bottle to the Police Station.
Police Constable Fox said: On the evening of the 9th inst., about 7.45 I
saw the boy coming up Cherry Tree Avenue, with the bottle in his pocket,
apparently empty. I was standing at the top of the Avenue, and I saw him
go into the bottle and jug department of the “Cherry Tree” public house.
I waited till he came out. He was then carrying the bottle. I stopped
the boy, and took the bottle from him and examined the label. It was
wet, and on putting my glove to it, one end came off the bottle. It
would have come off the other side if I had not prevented it, as it was
very wet. I was then joined by Police Sergeant Palmer, and corroborated
the evidence he has given as to what occurred subsequently.
Mr. Knocker said this was, he believed, the first case to come under
their notice, and the defendant appeared to be liable under Section 2 of
the Intoxicating Liquors Sale to Children Act, 1901, for serving this
boy under the age of 14 years with a bottle containing more than one
reputed pint. With regard to the other defendant, she appeared to be
liable for sending the boy to this public house for this amount of
liquor, provided it was not served in the way it should be. He did not
press for any heavy penalties, probably the payment of the costs if the
Bench thought fit, as they desired this case to act as a warning to
tenants of houses and other people in the town who were in the habit of
sending children to public houses to obtain liquors.
The Magistrates’ Clerk: Do you suggest that the person sending the child
has to supply the child with something to seal the cork as well?
Mr. R. Knocker said he did not suggest that, but if a child were sent to
a public house and it was under the age of 14, the chance had to be run
of it being supplied with liquor in a bottle not properly sealed.
Mr. Mowll said a very few words would suffice from him. It was quite
clear that there was an intention to comply with the Act. But, however
good was that intention, acting for the landlady, he had to admit that
in his opinion an offence had been committed, and therefore to save
time, he thought it better in this case to plead Guilty. He need hardly
remind them that the Act had only been in force since the 1st of
January, and as Mr. Reginald Knocker had fairly remarked, this was the
first case under the Act, and was, no doubt, brought forward with a view
to showing that bottles must be more securely sealed than he could claim
that the one in Court had been sealed. It was a fallacy amongst licensed
victuallers that sticking a label over the top of a cork secured it
within the meaning of the Act, but it did not do anything of the sort.
If a little time had been allowed to elapse so that the gum had dried,
then there might be perhaps a very nice question raised. Therefore, he
admitted a technical offence had been committed, and pleaded Guilty. In
doing so, he was fortified by the fact that Mrs. George had been at the
house for 13 years, and, he believed, bore a most excellent character.
He therefore hoped that the suggestion of the prosecution would be
followed, and the case dismissed on the payment of the costs.
The Chairman said he should like to ask Mr. Knocker for a little more
elucidation in the case where the defendant sent the child to the public
Mr. Knocker replied that if a woman sent a boy to a public house she
could not know whether the liquor would be delivered in a vessel
properly corked and sealed, and the Section making it an offence to send
a child under the age of 14 years applied.
The Magistrates’ Clerk: But on whom is the onus to see that the bottle
is properly sealed? Is the onus on the person who sends, or on the
Mr. Knocker said he took it that if anyone sent a child to a public
house they should instruct it not to accept the bottle unless it was
properly corked and sealed.
The Magistrates, after come consideration, said they had decided to
convict Mrs. George. The penalty would be very light, 10/- including
costs. In the case of Mrs. Rose Holness they had been at some little
difficulty, but seemed that the Act intends that these children should
not be sent to public-houses, and she would have to pay the costs, 6/-.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 17
February, 1922. Price 1½d.
Mr. Kenton, of the "Cherry Tree" applied for an extension for an hour
on February 23rd for a smoking concert in connection with the R.A.O.B.
The Bench granted the extension for half an hour (until 11 p.m.)
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 26
November, 1937. Price 1½d.
GAS TRAGEDY AT BUCKLAND
The licensee of the "Cherry Tree Inn", London Road, Dover, Mr. Alfred
Thomas Curd, aged 41 years was found dead on Wednesday morning with his head
in the gas oven in the scullery at the rear of 61, London Road where he had
a tobacconist shop. As he had not returned to the "Cherry Tree Inn" to sleep
on Tuesday night, his wife became concerned, and on Wednesday morning mr.
Hutchingson of 94, London Road, went to the premises at 61, London Road,
and, getting by the back, made the discovery.
An inquest will be held this (Friday) morning by the Borough Coroner.
Mr. Curd leaves a wife and five children.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3
LICENSEE TRAGIC END
The Borough Coroner (Mr. E. T. Lambert) held an inquest at the Town Hall
on Friday, on Alfred Thomas Curd (41), the licensee of the "Cherry Tree"
Inn, London Road, who was found dead at 61, London Road, on November 24th.
Mrs. Beatrice Alice Curd, who was in great distress, said she was a widow
of deceased, who was licensee of the "Cherry Tree" Inn, and carried on a
confectionery business at 61, London Road. The last time she saw her husband
alive was on November 23rd, at about 2.15 p.m., when he left the public
house to go to the shop, as he often did. He seemed as usual, and asked her
to send his tea, which she did, at about 4.45 p.m. when her children left
school. They said, on returning, that he was in the shop. He generally
closed the shop at 8 p.m., but he did not always return immediately. Hen he
did not come home by 11 p.m. that night she went to Mrs. Hutchinson, at 94,
London Road, because she was worried. She thought perhaps her husband was
chatting with the licensee of the "Hand and Sceptre," or the "Red Lion"
public houses, but he was not there, so they went to the shop. The key was
not in the lock, and the door was locked, so they went home, and she sat up
to 3 p.m. Next morning she told Mrs. Hutchinson that her husband had not
returned, and they went to the shop at about 9.45 a.m. and Mr. Hutchinson
forced a window and entered the premises. Her husband had no serious
business troubles, but was anxious to sell the shop, and could not do so;
she knew of nothing else to depress him. His health was good, and he was
always cheerful and happy. She had no idea why he had acted as he did.
Alfred Hutchinson said he carried on a cooked meat business at 94, London
Road. He had known the deceased for about two years and, he always struck
him as a normal man. He did not appear to be worried. He last saw him on
Sunday night in the bar of the "Cherry Tree" public house. On Tuesday, Mrs
Curd came to his house at 11.20 p.m. and asked him if he had seen her
husband. At her request he went with her to 61, London Road. They knocked,
and rattled the door, and came to the conclusion that deceased was not
there. It was a lock-up shop. Mrs. Curd then went home and the following
morning he accompanied her to the shop. He entered the premises by the
scullery window. Directly he got in he noticed a strong smell of gas, and
went and turned it off. Mr. Curd was lying with his head in the gas oven and
his legs curled up. He touched him, and found he was dead, so he told Mrs.
Curd, and went to inform the Police.
Dr. J. R. W. Richardson, Police Surgeon said that at 10.15 a.m. on the
previous Wednesday, as a result of a Police message, he went to 61, London
Road, and in a scullery at the back of the premises he saw deceased lying
near a gas oven. He had been dead about ten hours. Death was due to
asphyxia, caused by coal gas poisoning. He had not previously known the
Margaret Ivy Kennet, 143, London Road, Dover, said that for some months
until the previous Saturday she was in the employ of the deceased, and
served in the shop at 61, London Road. She saw Mr. Curd every day, and he
always appeared cheerful. He never mentioned any troubles, and she had no
idea why he did what he had done.
Norah Goldfinch, Clerk to Messrs. Carder and Carder, solicitors, said her
firm acted for a creditor of deceased to whom he owed a considerable sum,
running into hundreds .She had reason to believe there were several other
debts outstanding. She had seen deceased several times during the past year. He seemed anxious that the debt should be paid off, but not unduly worried.
He appeared a cheerful man. Last January he signed an undertaking to pay off
the money by instalments. He had kept up fairly well. He was pressed to pay
at the beginning of the year, but not recently. His last payment was smaller
than it should have been, and he explained that he could not pay more as he
had several other things to pay. A letter was sent the deceased on 25th
October in acknowledgement of £5 he had paid.
The Coroner said that was all the evidence available. There was nothing,
so far as the deceased's state of mind was concerned, to show he was not
perfectly normal and cheerful. He thought it very possible that deceased had
worried considerably privately. He was indebted to one creditor for hundreds
Mrs. Curd: Yes, but when he sold the shop we could have wiped out the
The Coroner: Quite so, but he was anxious because he could not sell the
shop, and that, no doubt, temporarily upset the balance of his mind and
caused him to act as he did. I therefore find he died from asphyxia, caused
by coal gas poisoning, which he administered himself, at a time when the
balance of his mind was disturbed. I should like to express my sympathy with
Mrs. Curd said her husband had been worried about the takings of the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 21
Plans of proposed alterations to the "Cherry Tree" Inn, London Road,
Dover, were approved.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
Cups won by members of the Dover Darts League were presented at the
"Cherry Tree" on Monday evening. Holding cup is Jack Evans, captain of the
"Grapes" team, which won the League. In the picture (left to right) are A.
Clayson (Chairman), Mrs. Curd ("Cherry Tree," runner-up), V. Godden,
("Grapes" vice-captain), J. Howard (individual runner-up), J. Evans, A.
Fernehough (captain, "Cherry Tree"), J. Wainwright (individual winner) and
T. Hogg (The "Grapes").
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 27
CHERRY TREE DARTS AND SOCIAL CLUB
Winners of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes Cup, Deal; winners
of Elvington Club Competition; runners-up of Dover and District Dart league;
runners-up of Lesser Cup (St. Dunstan's); "A" Team, winners of Dover Working
men's Club Cup; "B" Team, runners-up of Dover Working men's Club Cup.
Left to right - F. Austin, E. Rolfe, J Allmark, Mrs. Curd, A. Ferneyhough,
J. Knott, F. Carter, R. Wicks, T. Edgar, M. Longley, P. Nox, S. Matcham, R.
Doel, T. Allison, J. Abbott, J. Ricketts
From the Dover Express, Thursday, 14
February, 2013. 70p.
GAMBLING AT THE CHERRY TREE
RE: CLOSED pubs in Dover. The following was seen at 7pm on a Saturday
night in the "Cherry Tree" pub which is now the William Hill shop. In
1960 five men, as normal, eat at a table playing a game of cards for
money and naturally against the house. One of those men was this
writer’s eldest brother and when four men walked in smartly dressed with
suits and ties, immediately the table was covered. All the four men had
to drink was a half pint of beer each and, as the saying goes, “the
usual patter” with the five men at the table. They did not stay long,
about 20 minutes, and then as they left the last man laughed and said:
“OK, you can continue now - we’re off-duty policemen going to the other
side of Folkestone for our yearly dinner and dance.” The following year
I was invited to play the drums in the four-piece dance band for the
event of policemen passing their examinations.
D J Gatehouse, Herbert Street, Dover.
BAKER Thomas 1740+
SHARP William 1771 May+
DODDS Mr 1786+
MUTTON John 1823-39+
TAYLOR Thomas 1840-1864+
GODDEN Lewis 1869
BANKS Charles 1873-Nov/74
HOBBS Henry A Nov/1873+
KEMP Vyvian Percy 1874-79
(also agent for all the American line of steamers, (name spelt Vyvyan
ELMS Stephen Read junior 1882-Jule/86
FILMER Mr J James July/1886+
GEORGE William James 1886-96 dec'd
GEORGE Mrs Martha Elizabeth 1897-Dec/1903 (Mary)
CROUCHER William Dec/1903-Apr/14
KENTON Ernest R Apr/1914-23
(Former steward of Folkestone)
LEWIS David 1923-32
CURD Alfred Thomas 1932-Jan/38 dec'd
CURD Mrs Beatrice Alice Jan/1938-74 end
ABBOTT R T S (Samuel) 1974-81 end
ABBOTT Rick 1981-89 end
SYLVESTER S P 1987
From Wingham Division Ale Licences 1740 Ref: KAO - QRLV 3/1
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49
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