Sort file:- Dover, November, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 12 November, 2022.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1713+


Latest 1791-

Market Place



A business with Dolphin as the sign had once traded from the Market Square and that later became the "Walmer Castle". Even before that it was known as the "Hare and Hounds".

Listed from 1791, there is a "Dolphin" in Dolphin Lane. I am wondering whether confusion between the two could indicate that the two are one and the same as evidentially I have heard that this "Dolphin" in Market Place, (relatively close to Dolphin Lane) changed name to the "Hare and Hounds" the same year.


The Dover Chronicles on 7 May 1842, printed a list of "Inns & Innkeepers of Dover A.D. 1713. Unfortunately no addresses were given.


Kentish Weekly Post 30 September 1747.

To be sold publicly to the highest bidder, at the Guildhall in Dover, on Wednesday the 14th day of October, at three of the clock in the afternoon, a messuage late the "Dolphin Inn" now in two tenements, with a workshop and large yard behind the same and a stable adjoining, situate in the Market Place in Dover, and very convenient for trade.


From the Dover Chronicles, 7 May 1842.

Dover Innkeepers 1713


From the Kentish Gazette, October 3-6 1786. p.1 col.2


This is to give notice that there is to be seen at the Dolphin in Dover a very surprising Fat Hog… he is allowed to be the largest in the kingdom at this time … he is 8 feet long, 7 feet in girth and 10 hands high; and is promising at present as if he would come to 40 score in a short time.

All persons who come to see this noble sight, the lowest price is 1d; gentlemen and ladies, not under 2d… so remarkable the sight of this kind has not been seen in this county for many years.

Likewise there is a stock of good beer in the house.




SLATER George 1713+


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