26-27 Tower Hamlets Street
The street itself materialised about 1866 and number 27 was previously
known as the "British Tar" in 1871. The name had changed by 1874.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 27 September, 1878
A RAID ON PUBLIC HOUSES
Robert Russell and James Webb were summoned, the former for having his
house, the “Dew Drop,” open at twenty-five minutes past ten on Sunday
morning, and the latter for being on the premises.
Police-constable Corrie said: On Sunday morning I went with
Police-constable Baker and visited the “Dew Drop” public-house. I went
to the front and Police-constable baker to the back. I heard someone
walking in the house. I knocked at the door twice and the landlord
opened it. I told him who I was and went in and found a glass with fresh
beer in it. I went through to the back and found Police-constable Baker
talking to the other defendant. I spoke to the landlord and he said
“Don’t take any notice of this for my wife’s ill upstairs.” I saw the
man off the premises, after taken his address.
After hearing Mr. Worsfold Mowll and witnesses for the defence the Bench
fined Russell 40s. and 12s. 6d. costs, and Webb 2s. 6d. and 12s. 6d.
Plans for rebuilding were presented by the brewer, Phillips and Company,
in 1902. In 1908 it was described as being recently rebuilt.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 6
The "Dewdrop Inn" was transferred from G. Swain, who held the license
for 23 years 7 months, to W. Castle, a retired sergeant of the Buffs.
James Robinson Cairns, landlord 1924-29 & 1944 was the longest serving
Mayor of Dover in the 20th century. (See
This Fremlin outlet was seriously damaged by a storm in October 1987,
part of the frontage collapsing into the road. (The frontage is shown
still in the photo taken just before the storms, above) Satisfactorily repaired
however and still active today.
The above photograph, kindly sent to me by Stuart Kinnon, was taken from
Wyndham Road in 1919 and shows the Dew Drop in the distance.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22 September, 1933. Price 1½d.
BEER THROWN AT TOWER HAMLETS
At the Dover Police Court on Friday, before Messrs. C. J. Sellens, W. S.
Lee, W. B. Brett, T. Francis, S. Lewis and F. R. Powell.
Matilda Coade was summoned by Annie Agnes Holland for assault.
Defendant pleaded not guilty.
Mrs. Holland said that on the 8th September she was coming from the
“Dewdop Inn” at 10.45 a.m. with a pint of beer in her hand, and Mrs.
Coade came along with her sister and pulled witness down to the ground
by her hair, so witness threw the beer over her. Defendant called
witness names, and said her children were brats. Defendant was her
sister-in-law, and witness would not have summoned her if she had not
threatened. There have been several scenes in Tower Hamlets Street over
family affairs. Witness’s children could not walk down the street
without the other children spitting at them. She could not summon both
the women as her husband was on the relief.
Fined 2s. 6d. and bound over for 12 months.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
16 June, 1935. Price 1½d.
TOWER HAMLETS STREET JUBILEE TEA.
The residents of Tower Hamlets Street provided a Jubilee tea on
Monday afternoon for the children in the street. At 2.30 p.m. the
children, numbering 170, assembled outside the "Dewdrop Inn", and
marched through Tower Hamlets, headed by Mr. and Mrs. Turner's band.
Most of the children were in fancy dress. At 5 o'clock, tea was
provided, and a telegram from the King was read to the children. After
tea, there was another march through the streets with the band and a
party of nigger minstrels, who caused a great deal of amusement. The
entertainment finished at 9.30 p.m., when each child received a present
of fruit and sweets. Mrs. Cadman and Mrs. McKeen wish to thank all who
assisted in the organisation of the treat.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 20 January 1939.
Royal Navy Old Comrades Association-
Next meeting, Saturday 21st, Dewdrop Inn, Tower Hamlet, at 8 p.m.:
all ranks and ratings R.N. and R.M. (Past and Present) invited.
Also Saturday, August 5th, 8 p.m.
From an email received 15 December, 2012
I've just had some info given to me, and it contains reports that
Reginald Maltby, (Jan/1940-1943) who was the landlord of the "Dew Drop Inn," and before
that the "Five Alls," was awarded the George Cross (he was originally
awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal, in 1926, for saving a little girl
from drowning in a well while he was serving in the forces in India, and
later this was swapped for a George Cross). It was Mrs Beatrice Maltby,
his wife, who took over the licenseeship of the "Dew Drop Inn" after her
husband died. Reginald was born in Fulham on 24 January 182 and died in
Dover, at the "Dew Drop Inn," on 17 December 1943. The family had moved to
Dover in 1939.
If you happen to be around the library, there's a funeral report for him
in the Dover Express of 31 December 1943 (he's buried in Charlton SJ 14), and also a death announcement in that paper. There are also a couple
of reports in local papers (sorry, not exactly sure which ones, but one
may be the Dover Express of 8 January 1998) of a headstone being placed
on his grave on 6 January 1998, with funds raised from his Regimental
Association. I'm sorry, I haven't got the copies, otherwise I'd send
them to you, but I hope this might be of some interest/help!
All the best, and Happy Christmas!
From the Dover Express. 18 June 1948.
Dover Magistrates on Friday approved the following applications for
alterations to licensed premises:-
The removal of the partition separating the jug and bottle and the
private bar at the "Dewdrop Inn," Tower Hamlets Street.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1
Customers at the "Dew Drop," at Tower Hamlets, held their annual
harvest festival at the week end.
Derek Imrie emailed me on 12 December 2007 with the
following recollections of his time in the pub.
My father, William Imrie was a retired
naval officer who became licensee of the Dewdrop with his wife Lily
Patience and his in-laws. E. A. Elliott and wife.
On the outbreak of
war he intended to return to the navy, but unfortunately became ill
with TB, from which he died in Feb. 1940.
Although I was only 4 in
1940, I do have some vivid memories of the pub, particularly my
brother Frazer and I riding our bikes and toy cars around the first
floor Clubroom, but not on those days when the room used for meetings
of either the Ancient Order of the Buffaloes or Ladies Glade.
Bunk beds were built for my brother and I
in the cellar, amongst the beer crates, and when there was an air raid
warning we had to sleep done there.
We moved towards the end of 1940
to Heathfield Avenue on the other side of Town. My mother spent the
war driving an ambulance for the Civil Defence, by brother went with
the Grammar school to Wales, and when Barton Road school reopened in
1942 I went there and subsequently joined my brother at the Grammar
I trust this information is useful, I have plenty more
memories, so do come back to me if you need help. Regards Derek Imrie.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 22 October, 1965.
A record £43 5s. 5d. was raised for the Kent Blind at the annual
Harvest Festival at the Dew Drop Inn in Tower Hamlets on Sunday.
Customers and local tradesmen gave the produce which was auctioned.
Raffles were also held.
From the Dover Mercury, 8 September, 2011.
YABBA DABBA DOO! THE DEWDROP WINS AT WALK
PUB landlords and customers raised money at the 38th annual Dover
Lions Club Publicans Walk on the seafront. Seven pubs took part, with
teams going up and down the seafront three times, a distance of three
Sponsorship money will help organise the club's Christmas dinner for
the elderly, held at "Club Dover" (formerly the "Harbour Board Club") on
Saturday December 3.
Winner of this year's fancy dress was the Flintstone family, complete
with a Flintmobile, from the "Dewdrop Inn." The "Park Inn" took second
place with its 'Nauticoo' theme and the "White Horse" came third as the
Trophy for the best individual entry went to Betty Rubble from the
"Dewdrop," Popeye and the Mermaid from the "Park Inn" were awarded
second and third places respectively.
The "Carpenters Arms," Coldred, the "Flotilla," "Dover Sea
Angling Club" and the "Bull" also supported the event.
Sponsorship money is still coming in a trophy will be awarded for the
most money raised.
• For more information about Dover Lions Club and its fundraising and
community service activities, call 0845 8339908.
RUSSELL John Robert Jan/1874-79+
SWAIN George May/1881-Jan/1905+
CASTLE William Frederick Jan/1905-17 end
CASTLE Mrs E J to Apr/1917
MANTELL/MANTEL Charles Apr/1917-June/24
late of Dover Engineering Works.
CAIRNS James Robinson June/1924-May/29
HAWKINS James Frederick May/1929-32+
HAWKINS Mrs Henrietta M 1936-7 end
IMRIE Lieut. William Alexander Richie 1937-40 dec'd
ELLIOT E A 1940
IMRIE Mrs Lily Patience 1940 end
MALTBY Reginald Jan/1940-1943 dec'd
MALTBY Mrs B M 1943+
CAIRNS James Robinson 1944
CAIRNS Albert 1948-50
McPHERSON John Robertson 1953
MATTHEWS William John or J W 1953-56 dec'd
MATTHEWS Mrs Lavinia Jean 1955-78 end
BALDWIN M W P 1958-71 end
MARSHALL Joseph N 1971-84
WARR R 1987
GIORDANI Caspare 1992
From an email from Anthony "Tosh" Marshall, 9 December 2009.
My father was indeed Joseph Marshall, landlord of the "Dewdrop
Inn," Tower Hamlets Street, where he was landlord from 1971 to 1984 when
he retired. He passed away in Worksop in 1990.
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