20 London Road
Above postcard, date unknown.
Above photo, circa 1940s.
Above photo 2008 by David Anstiss
Creative Commons Licence.
Above image taken from Google maps, June 2009.
Above photo showing the Inn sign in 2013.
Above photo showing the pub in 1904.
Date of card above unknown.
Built about 1640, the building was once owned by the Lord of the manor
and was sold to Shepherd Neame in the 1700's.
Research tells me the pub was up for sale in 1758.
From the Kentish Post, March 29 - April 1, 1758. Kindly
sent from Alec Hasenson.
To be Lett or Entere'd upon immediately, the "Dover-Castle" in
Greenstreet, now in the occupation of John Unckles,
From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday, 1 October, to Wednesday, 5 October, 1768. Price 2d.
TO BE LET IMMEDIATELY
A Good House and School, the late Master, Mr. Robert Evison, being dead,
situate in Greenstreet, and no School within three Miles. A sober,
married Man, that has Qualifications fit for a school, will meet with
good Encouragement. Enquire at the “Dover Castle” in Greenstreet.
Kentish Gazette, or Canterbury Journal [one title]. February 22 to 25, 1769. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.
Advert for a monthly meeting of Justices of the
Peace on April 6, at the Dover-Castle in Green-street, Dover.
From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 16 October, to Saturday, 22 October, 1768. Price 2d.
GREENSTREET BENEFIT CLUB
Notice is hereby given to all the Members belonging to the said Society,
that they are desired to meet at the House or Richard Pattenden, known
by the “Sign of the Dover Castle,” in Greenstreet, on Monday November
the 7th, 1768, by the Hour of Ten on the said Day, in order to go to
the Parish Church of Linstead to hear Divine Service, and a Sermon on
the Occasion, by the Rev. Mr. Fox, Vicar of the said Parish, then to
adjourn to the aforesaid House to Dinner, and transact the Business of
the Society with the Master and Trustees.
By Order of the Master and Trustees.
Henry Baker, Clerk to the Society.
N.B. Any Gentleman that likes to favour the Society with their Company
to Dinner, will be agreeable. Dinner to be ready at two o'Clock.
From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday, 22 October,
to Wednesday 26 October, 1768. Price 2d.
UPPER DIVISION OF THE LATH OF SCRAY
The next Monthly Meeting of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace, acting
in and for the said Division, is adjourned to Thursday the 1st of
December next, then to be holden at the “Dover Castle” at Greenstreet,
in the Parish of Dinstead, and County of Kent.
Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 25 June 1870.
ANNUAL FRUIT SALES.
Messrs. Minter and Son have held their annual sales of cherries, A&.,
during the past week. The first took place on Monday at the "Dover
Castle Inn," Greenstreet, when the cherries on the Noud’s Estate, the
property of Mr. P. Barling, were sold. The orchards comprise about 86
acres, and the cherries in them realised a total of £1,393 10s., a
larger sum than the fruit on this estate has ever fetched on any
previous occasion. The cherries on other estates in the neighbourhood
were also sold as follows:—In Barbary orchards, Norton, for £40;
Greenstreet Upper and Lower orchards, £88 and £60 respectively; Erriott
Wood orchards, £51; Ten Acre, Bumpit, and Loyderton orchards, £63;
Church orchard, Norton Court Estate, £38; Woodstack and Essex orchards,
on the same estate, £42; Mr. E. Blaxland’s orchards in Lynsted and
Doddington, £5; Mr. J. Sayer’a orchards at Rodmereham, £16 10s.; Dully
orchards, £71 10s.; and Homestall orchards, Doddington, £8. The cherries
and black currants on the Court Lodge Farm, Teynham, fetched £10 10s.
The Eastling sale took place on Thursday evening, and Ospringe on
Friday; the prices we shall publish next week.
Probate report 1924.
William Duffill formerly of the "Crown,"
Rochester, died in the "Dover Castle," Teynham in 1924.
Probate:- of "Dover Castle," Green Street, Teynham, Kent to Edward David
Duffill and David James Duffill Licensed Victuallers.
The assumption could be made that his two sons were the Publicans of that
establishment – however, I have no proof other than this Probate record.
Whitstable Times and Tankerton Press, Saturday, 26th January, 1946.
LYNSTED PUBLICAN’S WIFE’S UNFORTUNATE MISTAKE.
POURS WATERED GIN BACK INTO BOTTLE.
At the Faversham County Petty Sessions on Thursday Mr. W. H. Wilson (in the
chair) Mr. P. Johnson, Mr. S. Dixon, Major Stanley Berry, Mr. F. I. Neame,
Mrs. J. H. Johnson. William Richard Baxter, landlord of the “Dover Castle,”
Lynsted, was summoned for selling gin not of the quality demanded by the
purchaser on November 20th.
Mr. G. S. Wilkinson appeared for the prosecution and Mr. Gerald Thesiger was
counsel for the defendant, who pleaded guilty, but said he did not know
there was anything wrong with the gin.
Mr. Wilkinson said that Mr. Merryfield, an inspector of the County Council,
went to the “Dover Castle” and asked for some whiskey. Defendant said he was
sorry he had not got any, but he could have some gin. After he had served it
defendant's wife said “I hope you have not served from my bottle because it
is watered.” Defendant said it was quite without his knowledge that the gin
had been watered and he certainly would not have supplied a stranger had he
known. Mrs. Baxter said that some American officers had drinks and they
asked her to have some. As she did not drink much some of the drinks they
gave her were left over and she pitched them back into the bottle which she
intended to keep for her own use. The analysis showed that the gin contained
57.05 true spirit and 42.95 of water, but it should not be more than 35
underproof. He thought the Bench would consider that there had been a
certain amount of carelessness on the part of Mrs. Baxter in pitching the
gin back into the bottle.
Mr. Thesiger said he must admit that Mrs. Baxter was most unfortunate in
what she did. She was in the private bar and four American officers treated
her, but as she did not take much she put her gins aside and when they left
she thought it would be a pity to waste what had been put by and she poured
it into the bottle. She was then called into the public bar and afterwards
went to attend to her dinner. Mr. Baxter then came in and served the two
officials, but he had not the slightest idea that anything was wrong. He
asked the Bench to take the view that it was quite unintentional. It was a
most serious matter for him. He had been a trusted licensee for no less than
25 years, the last 17 years being at the “Dover Castle.” His landlords might
take a serious view of this case and it would be hanging over him until they
came to a decision.
Mrs. Brenda Baxter stated that one of the American officers was a friend of
hers and he knew that her daughter had married one of their boys. She was
giving him messages to take to her daughter. The officers asked her to have
a drink, but it was very seldom she drank anything and she did not take any
notice of the drinks piling up. After the officers had gone she thought it a
pity to waste them and put them back in the bottle, which she was going to
keep for her own use. She put the bottle down while she went to serve
another customer and forgot to take it with her.
Mrs. Jean Henderson, of Whitstable, a niece of Mr. and Mrs. Baxter, stated
that on November 20th she visited her uncle and aunt. She arrived when her
aunt was in the private bar with some American officers. There were several
drinks on the counter and her aunt said that it was a pity to waste them so
she would put them in the bottle and keep it for her own use.
Asked why she watered the gins if she did not intend to drink them, witness
said the Americans poured the water in.
Defendant, who prior to going to the “Dover Castle” kept the “Smack”
beer-house at Whitstable, stated that he had no knowledge that his wife had
put water in the gin. When she asked him if he had served from that bottle
was the first time that he knew anything about it. He had been down the
garden all the morning.
The Bench were of opinion that no jury would convict and they dismissed the
case under the Probation of Offenders’ Act.
UNCKLES John 1758+
PATTENDEN Richard 1768+
BRETT Henry 1828-32+
BAXTER William Richard 1929-46+ (age 42 in 1939)
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34