Sort file:- Sandwich, June, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 26 June, 2021.


Earliest 1638-



1874+ (Name to)

Latest ????

32 Strand Street


Dolphin, Sandwich

Photo left, shows the old "Dolphin"

Dolphin area 2009

Above showing the same area in July 2009 from Google.


From 1638 or possibly previous.


In 1642, at the beginning of the Civil War, The Town Cryer declared that men should report to The Three Kings, the Fleur de Lys, The Dolphin, and The Black Bear, if they were willing to take employment under the command of the Earl of Essex, in defence of His Majesty Charles I. Only Three recruits came forward! The people seemed more interested in coastal defence.

According to historian David G Collier, in 1648 it was also used by Captain Thomas Boys as well for a Royalist Army recruiting centre, and in 1682 it hosted a meeting of prominent townsfolk who were concerned by the growing number of Protestant dissenters who were settling in Sandwich, but whether their concerns were on religious grounds, or lack of employment for locals, is not clear.

The inn may have a French connection through its name, as "Dolphin" may be a corruption of the French 'Deaufin' a title given to the eldest son of the French king in the Middle Ages, when every English monarch too considered himself king of France - thus the Deaufin was also the Prince of Wales.

The pub changed name to the "Bricklayers Arms" and later, date unknown, back to the "Dolphin again.


From the

March 1638 - February 1639.

William Argent of Eastry, co. Kent, esq v William Crayford of London and Mongeham, co. Kent, gent.

Argent complained that around March 1636, at the "Pelican Inn" in Sandwich, Kent, at 'an ordinary where gentlemen meete' on a market-day Saturday, Crayford had insulted him by taking the place above him at the table and then declaring that 'I was a base fellow and no gentleman, and that none of my ancestors were gentlemen, and that he would prove me so whensoever he met me, that he would kill me or I him, and badd some or one present tell me so to my face.' Crayford was married to the daughter of Argent's wife, 'Lady Mary Nevinson' [sic], widow of Sir Roger Nevinson. In his defence he claimed to have been systematically vilified by 'Lady Mary' whilst staying in Argent's house at Eastry during his wife's pregnancy. 'Lady Mary' told him that 'he came sneaking up and down the country till she took him in and married her daughter to him', persistently called him 'Will foole' and tried to bar him from his wife's bedroom. About a month before the incident in Sandwich, Argent had assaulted him in the house, leaving him with a bloody nose. He therefore insisted that his action had been provoked, although Argent claimed in interrogatories for Ann Price in Crayford's counter suit that the local minister had reconciled this quarrel and the two men had 'received the sacrament of the Lord's Supper together.'

The commissioners, led by Sir Edward Boyes, took depositions on Argent's behalf at the "Dolphin Inn," Sandwich, on 17 May 1638, with the witnesses including Thomas Blechenden, esq, Edward Boyes, esq, and John Gookin, gent, all of whom, had been present at the original dinner. Depositions for the defence were taken at the "Chequer Inn," Canterbury, on 17 August 1638, with the commission led by Sir Edward Master and the witnesses including Argent's former butler and Mrs Crayford's nurse. The result of the case does not survive, but despite late efforts at arbitration, the sentence was ordered to be heard on 23 February 1639.


Kentish Gazette, 26 June, 1792.

To be sold by auction. At the "Rose Inn," in Sandwich, on Monday the 2nd day of July next, about 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

Unless in the meantime disposed off by private contract.

All that freehold messuage or tenement formerly called or known by the name or sign of the "Dolphin" with the buildings, cellars, ground and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate near the Bridge, in the parish of St. Clement, in the town and port of Sandwich, and now in the several occupations of Mark Westol and James Abbott, or their undertenants.

For particulars enquire of J. Solly, Attorney-at-Law, Sandwich.


Kentish Gazette, 29 June, 1792.


The public is respectfully informed, that the sale of the Messuage, formerly called the "Dolphin," in St. Clements, Sandwich, advertised for Monday next, is postponed until further notice.




MILES William 1823+ Pigot's Directory 1823


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823


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