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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1826

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Druid's Head

Latest 1883

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35 Townwall Street



Formerly the "Angel" and the "Eight Bells", Williams served here in 1826. Following his demise in 1855, his daughter Margaret continued for at least another twenty three years. John Folwell was the patron when it changed once more to the "Granville Hotel" in 1883.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 11 April, 1846. Price 5d.


Last evening, about eight o'clock, the body of a female was seen in the water opposite Waterloo Crescent by a gentleman passing the spot, who, with the assistance of a coast-guardsman on duty near the place, succeeded in dragging it on shore. Information was then sent to the Police, and the body was conveyed to the “Druid's Head,” in Townwall Street, and is supposed to be that of a woman who, about four months since, attempted self-destruction by precipitating herself into the harbour near the Swing Bridge. From the appearance of the body, on which an inquest will be held this day at 12 o'clock, it could not have been any great length of time in the water.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 18 April, 1846. Price 5d.



On Saturday last an inquest was held at the "Druid's Head," before G. T. Thompson, Esq., Coroner for the Borough, on the body found on the shore, opposite Waterloo Crescent, the previous evening. The jury having appointed Mr. S. F. Martin foreman, proceeded to view the body. It was stated by the police that the body was that of a woman who had attempted suicide some time since, by jumping into the harbour. This, on enquiry, was found to be incorrect, as that person was still in the union. No person being able to identify the body, the inquest was held on the body of a woman unknown, and, on the return of the jury, the following evidence was adduced:-

William Henry Haines, of 45, Jermyn Street, London, clerk in the Parliament Office, House of Lords, deposed: On Friday evening, shortly after eight o'clock, while walking on the shore opposite Waterloo Crescent, I saw something in the water, about four yards from the shore, which at first I though was chalk covered with sea-weed, but on closer inspection, the moon shining brightly, I felt satisfied it was a human being. I then ran to the walk, where I met a gentleman, who returned with me to the spot, and pulled out the body of a woman. I left in about half an hour, when the body was removed by the police. I had passed the spot about ten minutes before, and then saw no body, or any person walking on the shingles.

Robert Norman Baker deposed: Last evening the previous witness met me on Waterloo Crescent, and, saying there was a woman in the sea, requested I would go with him. I went down to the shore, and there saw a body floating, which I succeeded in dragging to the beach. It was the body of a woman, quite cold. I left the body in charge of two gentlemen, and went to the police-station, where I gave information to the inspector of what I had done.

Henry Hartley deposed: I am in charge of the "Horse and Jockey" beer-shop in New Street. I have viewed the body, which I think is that of a woman who came in on Wednesday or Thursday evening last, and sat in the kitchen for nearly two hours, when she went away. She had nothing in the house, and remained silent the whole time. One of the lodgers asked if she would have something to eat, but she made no reply.

At this stage of the enquiry it was announced that the body had been identified by Mr. G. Bennett, hatter, in Cannon Street, as that of his mother. After the lapse of a few minutes Mr. Bennett entered the room, and, although evidently much distressed at the sudden discovery, gave the following evidence. I identified the body as that of my mother, Ann Bennett, 47 years of age. I last saw her alive yesterday noon. She had been assisting me in clearing up the shop, and then said, as it was a fine day, she should go out for a walk, and should not return till eight or nine in the evening. She then dressed and left the house. She has lately complained to my wife of pains in her head, saying she was sure she should go out of her mind. She appeared much better yesterday. I never heard her threaten suicide. She had for some years been afflicted by a discharge from sores in her legs, which a few weeks ago had been stopped, since which time she had often complained of the pains in her head.

E. C. Corral, Superintendent of police, deposed: Last evening I saw the body of deceased after it was taken out of the water. It was quite cold, and there were no marks of violence.

Mr. Bennett was then recalled, and, in reply to a question from the jury, said that his mother went to Custom-house on Wednesday, to receive her pensions as the widow of a purser in the Navy. She was at home in the evening, and did not again leave the house till Friday noon.

The Coroner said these were the whole of the witnesses he had to call. There was no evidence to show how the deceased came into the water, or whether by accident or otherwise. It was for the jury to say whether they would adjourn the inquest to obtain evidence on this point, or return an open verdict on what they had already heard.

The jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict of "Found Drowned."


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 10 April, 1847. Price 5d.


Henry Johnson, charged with an assault on Henry Knock, who stated that as he and another “young gent” were walking up Townwall Street, Johnson, who was standing on the pavement with two others, said, “Why you are drunk;” and then followed him up to the “Druid's Head,” when he struck a blow, which knocked complainant down, to prove which he called the “young gent” with whom he was walking. Johnson, in his defence, said that Knock pushed rudely against him, when he made use of the observation stated. Knock then followed up the street, holding up a stick, saying he would knock his head off, when he (Johnson) turned round, and pushed him away, telling him to be off. Knock then fell down, saying, “This is enough; I will have you up.” This being corroborated by two witnesses, the charged was dismissed on each paying 4s. costs, the Mayor observing that he supposed the Commissioners would soon be called upon to widen the pavement for the accommodation of “young gents.”


Kentish Gazette, 20 April 1852.


Williams:— April 12, at Dover, the wife of Mr. John Williams, landlord of the "Druid's Head."



In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 22 April, 1871. 1d.


A rather serious accident occurred in Snargate Street on Tuesday evening week. Mr. J. G. Captain, and Miss Chruchward had been conveyed to the ball at the "Apollonian Hall" in the brougham, drawn by a valuable roan mare, and driven by Mr. Churchward's coachman, Stokes. The coachman was driving up Snargate Street, in order to put up until the ball was over, when the mare, frightened by a pin snapping in the shafts, bolted, Stokes found her quite unmanageable, but kept his seat. Neat the top of Snargate Street the brougham came into collision with a fly belonging to Mr. Pannett, which was much damaged, and the mare, having got free from the carriage, rushed down Townwall Street, broke a window at the "Druid's Head," and was afterwards secured with some difficulty. The animal was very seriously injured, being dreadfully cut about the head, neck, and legs. Mr. Cooper, veterinary surgeon, was soon in attendance, and the mare is now getting on favourably. The coachman, who escaped miraculously, was only slightly bruised.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 12 March, 1875. Price 1d.


Samuel Wyatt and J. Mackenzie, privates in the 7th Fusiliers, were charged with wilfully breaking a piece of plate glass and stealing a bottle from the “Druid's Head,” Townwall Street.

John Williams of the “Druid's Head,” Townwall Street, said: On Saturday evening I heard a smash in front of the bar about 1.20 this morning. I got up and heard someone run towards the seafront. Before I got downstairs a Policeman was bringing a soldier back. It was Wyatt. 3 is the damage done. An empty bottle was stolen.

Police-constable David Cook said: I was on duty in Camden Crescent this morning. I heard a smashing of glass, and almost immediately after I saw the prisoner Wyatt running in the direction of the Parade. I pursued him, and when he saw me pretty close to him he threw a bottle away. I took him to the “Druid's Head.” I had seen the two prisoner's about an hour before. Mackenzie says he did not break the window, but he was in company with the other when it was done.

Wyatt said he was very sorry, and hoped the bench would be lenient.

The officer in charge said that both men bore bad characters.

The prisoner Wyatt was fined 21s. and ordered to pay the damage to the window, 3, or in default to go to prison for 3 months with hard labour. The other prisoner was discharged.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 10 May, 1878


Mr. P. B. Claris made an application for a transfer of the “Druid's Head,” Townwall Street, from John Williams, deceased, to Margaret Amy Williams, daughter and executrix of the deceased. The application was granted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 July, 1878


Permission to draw was granted to Mr. Folwell at the “Druid's Head,” Townwall Street.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 7 September, 1883. 1d.



Mr. Edwin Coleman, agent, applied on behalf of Mr. Folwell, landlord of the “Druid's Head,” Townwall Street, for permission to alter the name of the house to the “Granville Hotel.”

The Magistrates' Clerk: There is already one Granville, the “Granville Arms.” There are now two “Fountains,” two “Granvilles,” and two “Shakespeares.”

The application was granted.




WILLIAMS John 1826-47 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847

WILLIAMS John junior 1847-May/78 Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1874

WILLIAMS Miss Margaret Amy (daughter) May/78+

FOLWELL John Denne July/1878-83 Next pub licensee had (age 52 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

To The "Granville Hotel"


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Dover TelegraphFrom the Dover Telegraph



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