Sort file:- Dover, September, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 21 September, 2023.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1901


26 Aug 2023

79 Heathfield Avenue


01304 204527

Diamond circa 1987

Diamond circa 1987 (Photo by Paul Skelton)

Diamond sign 1991

Diamond sign August 1991.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Diamond day out 1961

Diamond outing, date 1961, kindly supplied by Glynn Virtue and  Stuart Kinnon who says his uncle, Rod Withers, stood second left, third row up, next to the old gentleman leaning on the car.

Diamond Hotel 1920

Diamond Hotel taken circa 1920. Picture from the John Gillham collection.

Diamond Hotel circa 1980

Above, Diamond Hotel circa 1980 photo by Barry Smith.


E. Dawes and Sons were apparently faced by an obliging Bench when they asked for a licence in 1896. It was for a house they intended building here. As a sweetener they offered to surrender the "Grand Shaft Inn" and under those circumstances any opposition must have melted.


At that time Dawes and Sons ran the "Diamond Brewery" at Maxton where their KK ale was supplied to the public at one shilling per gallon. The pub obviously perpetuates the name.


W. Baker the first licensee and a Whitbread-Fremlin house serving us to-day.


Dover Express 24 January 1902.


On January 22nd, at the "Diamond Hotel," Barton-Road, Dover, after a long and patient illness, Jane, the beloved wife of W. B. Baker, aged 56 years.


From the Dover Express, Friday 20 August, 1926.

Special Sessions for the transfer of licences were held at the Dover Police Court on Friday, before Messrs. W. B. Brett, T. Francis, H. J, Burton, and S. Lewis, when the following transfers were made:-

The “Diamond Hotel," Heathfield Avenue, from Mr. Edwin George Alexander to Mr. George Thomas Tasker, late of the “Town Arms," Bridge Street, Dover.

From the Dover Express. 18 June 1948.


Dover Magistrates on Friday approved the following applications for alterations to licensed premises:-

The enlargement of public bar by removal of partition; conversion of passage way at the "Diamond Hotel" into a jug and bottle department, and to remove a partition from existing jug and bottle department to enlarge the public bar.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 November, 1965.

Diamond skittle team 1965

No wonder they look happy - members of the Diamond Skittle Club who collected a lion's share of the trophies at the Dover League's presentation night at Folkestone on Friday.

Names, unfortunately as yet unknown.


From the Dover Express 6 February 2003. By Nadine Miller.

Landlords will unite

Fears of red-tape as council takes over licensing.

PUB landlords in Dover have formed a pressure group over new laws they claim will bankrupt bars, clubs and restaurants.

The local Licensed Victuallers' Association estimates administration costs will increase by 15,000 when Dover District Council takes over, largely due to increased red tape.

Peter Docherty, 49, the chairman of the LVA and landlord of The Diamond in Beaconsfield Road, said: "Businesses will go to the wall unless everyone acts.

"To get a licence a person will have to present a business plan drawn up by a solicitor.

"We agree with these sort of details in principle but it's the red tape and cost which will hit every pub, club and restaurant in the district." Mr Docherty added his association estimated the cost to each business at 15,000, including lawyers fees and new licence applications, while pubs and social clubs would have to pay for a performing licence even though some of them did not play live music.

As chairman of the LVA in Dover Mr Docherty wants to get involved at local council level to help the steering group which will finalise the changes to the law and is urging other local businesses to get behind him.

DDC's Mark Pledger said: "We're awaiting the outcome of the legislation policies.

"Until we know the full ramifications of the act we cannot really say one way or another except to say we will be working as part of the Kent working licence forum which will cover the implications."

To join the LVA campaign please call Mr Docherty on 01304 240527.


From the Dover Express, February 27 2003.

Diamond landlady Mo Docherty

PARCELS for troop fighting in Iraq have been pouring into the Dover Express office.

Many people around the town are not only donating goods but organising events to make sure the soldiers are supported.

Members of many regiments, including the Dover Paras, will be sent the-gift boxes. The Diamond Pub will host a Troops Day on Saturday to raise money. The pubs manager Mo Docherty's daughter, Rayna, is stationed in the Gulf. A collection will be taken for the children of Iraq for after the conflict.

Churches and military organisations have come forward to help with the appeal.


From the Dover Express, 3 March 2003.

Diamond 2003 appeal

APPEAL: The Diamond organised a Troops Day

Readers' donations flooding in.

GENEROUS donations have flooded into the Dover Express office and The Diamond pub in Dover to help the troops in the war.

The appeal to send vital supplies such as baby wipes, eye-drops and treats to the men and women fighting in Iraq began two weeks ago.

One reader moved to donating a parcel to the Express office is 42-year old housewife Ann Stepney. She said: "We're an ex-Army family and it brings back a lot of memories. My husband served but I was lucky because he never saw anything like the war in Iraq. Making a donation is just our way of helping out in a small way from the family."

The Diamond pub is run by Peter and Mo Docherty, whose daughter Rayna is serving in the Gulf with the Black Watch. They decided to organise a Troops Day at the weekend for customers to donate presents for the soldiers and to collect gifts for the children of Iraq once the fighting stops.


From the Dover mercury 21 May 2009.

Hitting the target with donations for hospice

Diamond charity cheque

Sue Chaplin, NigeI Donkin and Bev Chaplin with the 716 cheque for the Pilgrims Hospice from the Diamond pub.


MONEY raised by local darts players has been presented to the Pilgrims Hospice.

Sue Chaplin and her daughter Bev, from the Diamond pub in Dover, handed over a cheque for 716 on behalf of the Dover Darts League. The money had been raised during the winter season in charity box collections.

The Pilgrims Hospice was chosen as the league's charity for the year after one of Dover's greatest-ever dart players, Sue's husband Calvin Chaplin, lost his battle against cancer. The Diamond raised 98 of the winter total, a great effort by the team.

Mrs Chaplin said: "I would like to thank all the darts players of Dover for supporting the Pilgrims Hospice in memory of Calvin. They deserve every Penny."

Nigel Donkin, who received the cheque for the hospice, also thanked the league players.

Organisers of the dart league are hoping the total will reach 1,500 by the end of the summer.


From a posting on Facebook, received 17 September 2018.

It's with a sad heart that I write that my father in law ex police superintendent John Wallace passed away on Thursday 13 the September 2018.

John Wallace

He was a CID officer and then uniform superintendent for Dover division and responsible for many royal visits.

He recalled fondly his memories and responsibility during the Queen Mother's installation as Lord Warden of the Cinque ports and other visits.

Stephen Rebbeck.


Pamela Buddle says:- I remember John. He was very friendly with Pat and Arther in the "Fox" at Temple Ewell; spent many a good night there with them. He went on to run the Diamond in Heathfield.


John Barrington says:- So sorry to hear that. He was a lovely man. I used to enjoy having a drink in "Churchills" club with him years back. I could spend an evening just listening. A very nice man with a fascinating past in the police. Sad to hear of his passing.


Maureen Rebbeck says:- He left the diamond in 1991 and moved to Cumbria for about 10 years before returning to Dover.


Closed on Saturday 26th August 2023. Sold by the brewery for redevelopment. Another locals pub gone forever.


From the By Millie Bowles, 18 September 2023.


The Diamond pub in Dover’s Heathfield Avenue goes on the market.

A 122-year-old hilltop pub which “could be considered for development” is on the market.

The Diamond in Dover has been listed for 250,000 after the owners packed up and pulled the last pint on August 26.

In 1901, the boozer in Heathfield Avenue was opened by a brewery of the same name and originally had hotel rooms as well as a bar.

The inn is set over three floors and has views of Dover Castle.

Estate agent Everard Cole said: “The main garden is extensive and consists of a smoking shed, games room and allotment. There is a large area laid to grass, which could comfortably seat 100 customers on bench-style seating, which looks up to the pub on the hill.

“Alternatively the area could be considered for development, subject to planning.”

The building is “traditionally decorated” with a basement cellar and private kitchen.

Diamond garden 2023

The garden of The Diamond in Dover. Picture: Rightmove.

There are three bedrooms upstairs along with a lounge and bathroom.

As well as this there is a decking area to the front of the tavern with bench seating and to the side is a gate leading down steps to the rear.

Halfway down these steps is a small paved area with views across the town’s hills and suburbs.



BAKER Mr William B 1901-Apr/03 (age 53 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Dover Express

BAKER William George Arthur (nephew) Apr/1903-13 (age 40 in 1911Census) Dover Express

ALEXANDER Edwin George 1913-July/26 Pikes 1923Pikes 1924Dover Express

Last pub licensee had TASKER George Thomas June/1926-June/34 Dover ExpressPikes 1932-33

BICKER Henry June/1934-Mar/38 Dover Express

MOORE Sidney Stuart Mar/1938-48 Dover ExpressPikes 1938-39 (Of Ramsgate late licensed victualler.)

WALSH John June/1948+ Dover ExpressPikes 48-49

DINAGE William M 5/Feb/1954  Dover Express

BEER Frank George 5/Feb/1954-56 end Dover Express

GOLDING Frederick W 1959-63 end

GOLDING William 1963 end

SIMPSON Malcomb J 1963-64

LAZELL Reginald G 1967-74+ Library archives 1974 Fremlins

DORLING Richard 1975-79 dec'd

DORLING Carole 1979-80 end

WALLACE John Crawford 1980-91

Last pub licensee had ABBOTT Rick 1993-96

Last pub licensee had VIRTUE Glen 1996+

DOCHERTY Peter 2003+

SALMONS Doug Dec/2010-11+


Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Pikes 1923From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

Pikes 1932-33From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33

Pikes 1938-39From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39

Pikes 48-49From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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