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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1832-

(Name from)


Latest 1895

29 Council House Street and Commercial Quay Post Office Directory 1874



Much of the information I gathered concerning the "Providence Inn and Tap" I had to discard because it might have referred to the house in Trevanion Street. I became so confused by my notes that I formed the opinion that a single edifice had been cut down the middle to form numbers 29 and 31.


I am assuming that prior to May 1835, licensee Thomas Walton had died as the Dover Telegraph reported on 16 May 1835 (p.8 col.4) the marriage of Mr. James Grange to Mrs. Walton of the "Crusader" public house. James Grange later went on to become the licensee.


I have read that the "Crusader" was the former "Providence Hotel" but my notes show both establishments functioning at the same timePigot's Directory 1832-34 up to 1878 so that discounts that. Towards the end of the nineteenth century the "Crusader" was sometimes addressed Blenheim Square but likewise that proves little. It had also traded, as early as 1792, and certainly in 1826, but not after 1832, as "The Prince of Wales".


When auctioned in May 1859, it held a 61 year lease which had commenced in April 1834. 400 was paid that time and at the next sale in 1881 it passed to the Kingsford brothers for 610. A description at that time showed four bedrooms and four attics. My notes also suggest that the licence was dropped in 1880 but it must have been a temporary thing only.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 05 August 1834.


Aug. 3, in his 36th year, Mr. Thomas Walton, landlord of the "Crusader," public house, Dover.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 2 September, 1881. 1d.


The “Crusader,” formerly licensed as the “Providence Hotel,” in Council House Street, Dover. Containing bar, bar parlour, two sitting rooms, smoking room, kitchen, four bedrooms, four attics and cellar, with yard; and in the rear is three-roomed house with cellar, formerly used as a tap, held under lease from the Dover Harbour Board for a term of 61 years, from the 6th April, 1834, at a ground rent of 3 10s., was purchased at 610 by Messrs. Kingsford Bros.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 4 January, 1884. 1d.


An inquest was held on Monday afternoon at the “Crusader Inn,” Council House Street, before the Borough Coroner, on the body of a child named Cooper.

The following gentlemen were on the Jury:- Mr. C. Adams (foreman) C. Pettit, J. C. License, F. Gush, Cuff, J. Carpenter, J. Haseldine, D. Dowle, D. Bishop, J. Emery, W. Oldfield, and J. Mynall.

Mary Cooper, the wife of William Cooper, a labourer living at Council House Street, said : The body that the Jury have viewed is that of my daughter Alice Cooper, three years of age. On Wednesday afternoon at about two o'clock the deceased was playing in the upper room and sat in mistake in a basin of hot water that I had placed in the corner, having just strained some vegetables. I ran at once and lifted her out of the water, and my husband fetched some flour from the cupboard. I did not send for the doctor. She seemed to be getting along all right till Friday morning at five o'clock, when she looked much worse, and I sent for a doctor but at eight o'clock she died. There were no convulsions. She had foam at her mouth just before dying, and her sister asked her to spit it out, but she could not.

By the Jury: The child was quiet and did not seem to suffer. I thought the remedies I could apply would be sufficient, so I did not send for a doctor. She was badly scalded and blistered. My husband was in the room with me.

Mr. Edwin Duke, surgeon, said: On Friday morning at about eight o'clock I was asked to go and see a child that had been scalded, but I could not do so then, and I advised them to get another medical man. I told them what to do and told them that I would call later on if I could. Shortly after someone came and said the child was dead. At about one o'clock I went down to the house and examined the child, and found it was dead. There were extensive burns over the legs, thighs, and back, and it all had the appearances of being scalded, and with the shock to the system would be sufficient to cause death. I am surprised that the child lived as long as it did, and I do not think anything could have saved it.

The Recorder in his remarks to the Jury, expressed his regret that a doctor was not sent for immediately after the accident.

The Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”



I suspect the Justices could make little sense of this one either. In 1895, when the licence of the "Trinity Pilot" was presented for renewal, they only complied on condition that the "Crusader" closed once and for all time.



WALTON Thomas 1832-Aug/34 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1832-34(Pigot's Directory 1839Out of date info)

GRANGE James 1838-47 Next pub licensee had

SHARP Mrs Mary 1847-61 Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858 (age 58 in 1861Census)

Last pub licensee had STANTON Robert Thomas 1871-83+  (Census 71 Inn keeper and sail maker)Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

STANTON Ann to Jan/1888 Dover Express

Last pub licensee had RANDALL James William Jan/1888-91+ Post Office Directory 1891

RANDALL Mrs 1892

HOLT Isaac 1895 end Pikes 1895


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

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



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