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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1874

(Name from)

Duke of Connaught

Latest 1901

21 Oxenden Street

27 Oxenden Street



Previously "The Pimlico Tavern", the name changed around October 1874. The lease between Lane and the Harbour Board was for eighty one years and six months commencing April 1813. Flint purchased the property in 1881 for 500. At that time it had four bedrooms.

The Duke and Duchess did visit the town in 1883 to open the new town hall but the title refers specifically to the Duke and was perhaps because of his time spent here with the garrison. He resided then in Waterloo Crescent.

This licence changed hands frequently and it was surrendered finally in 1901 so that the "Crown and Sceptre" might open. The Corporation of the day, sold the licence back to the brewer for 1,000.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 17 August, 1877. Price 1d.


To the editor of the "Dover Express."

Sir, Monday next is fixed as a Special Sessions for the transfer of licenses. There are 17 applications, among which are the following:-

"Duke of Connaught," another empty house; a gentleman residing at 32, Marine Parade (a brewer's clerk) desires to have a license to re-open this place......

Six brewers' houses empty! Will any of the six gentlemen who are applying for these licenses live on the premises to conduct the houses themselves? and, if not, should the magistrate grant the transfers?

Yours &c.,



From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 1 February, 1878. Price 1d.


Mr. Henry Hunt came up, and on the application of Mr. Coleman obtained permission to draw at the "Duke of Connaught," Oxenden Street. Mr. Hunt produced a very good character, having previously kept the "Black Boy," Canterbury.

The "Duke of Connaught" has been closed since the last annual licensing meeting in the absence of a tenant.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 26 April, 1878


Alexander Poltier was charged with assaulting W. Hunt, at the “Duke of Connaught Inn.”

The complainant did not appear, and the prisoner was discharged.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 16 August, 1878


Henry Hart, landlord of the “Duke of Connaught,” was summoned on the information of the Superintendent of Police, for selling intoxicating liquor during prohibited hours, on the 11th inst., and Dennis Lynch, a private in the 58th Regiment, was also summoned for being on the said premises at the same time, drinking.

Mr. Worsfold Mowll appeared for the defence.

After hearing the evidence of Superintendent Sanders, the case was adjourned till Friday week.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 23 August, 1878


The adjourned case against the landlord of the “Duke of Connaught” for having his house open during illegal hours was heard, and as it appeared that the landlord was ill, he was fined in the mitigating penalty of 5s. and costs.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 6 September, 1878


The annual sitting of the Dover Magistrates Licensing Committee took place on Monday at Dover, for the purpose of renewing public-house licenses, and hearing applications for new ones. The Licensing Committee consists of E. F. Astley, S. Finnis, R. Dickeson, T. E. Black, R. Rees, W. R. Mowll, and C. Stein, Esqrs. They were all present except Mr. Dickeson, who is in Cumberland.


Mr. Stilwell said that the tenant of this house being now dead, it might be desirable to adjourn the case.

Mr. Worsfold Mowll said it was true that the landlord was lying dead on the premises. The tenant had made a will assigning the property to his widow, who would sign the necessary authority for the licence to be handed over to the landlord, and the application would be that the licence should be renewed in the landlord's name.

The Bench said in consequence of the death of the landlord they would adjourn the case to Broadstairs, with the determination of again adjourning it back so that Mr. Mowll might not be compelled to take his witnesses there.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 2 September, 1881. 1d.


The “Duke of Connaught,” in Oxenden Street, containing bar, bar parlour, tap-room, kitchen, scullery, large club room, four bedrooms, and good cellarage, let to Mr. William Thomas Lane at 30 per annum, including fixtures, and held under lease from the Dover Harbour Board for 81 years and six months, from the 6th April, 1813, at the annual ground rent of 1 8s. 8d., was bought for 500 by Mr. Flint of Canterbury.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 27 July, 1888. Price 1d.


Jane Cranmer, was charged with wilfully damaging a growing crop of potatoes, at Haycliffe Farm, in the parish of Hougham, to the amount of 2s. 6d. the property of Thomas Flint, farmer.

Alfred Deprose, said: “I am landlord of the “Duke of Connaught” public house, Oxenden Street. On Saturday last, about half past four o'clock in the afternoon, I was coming along the Old Folkestone Road in a pony trap, when I saw the prisoner pulling up potatoes out of a field, close to the road. I knew they belonged to Mr. Flint, baker and farmer, of Strond Street. I spoke to her and asked her if she knew the potatoes did not belong to her. She replied, “what is that to do with you?” I detained her and she said she had a lit of little children and lived at Folkestone. I took her up to the farm, but Mr. Flint was not there. He afterwards came along and the prisoner was given into custody. I counted twenty-one roots pulled up, on the ground.

Thomas Flint, living at 36, Strond Street, Dover, said: I am a baker and farmer, and I have a field of potatoes at Haycliffe Farm, along the Old Folkestone Road, and in the borough. On Saturday afternoon I went to the farm and found the prisoner detained there by the last witness. From what he told me I brought the prisoner into Dover, and gave her into custody. The potatoes (produced) are similar to those in the field. I saw a large number of roots pulled up. The amount of damage done is about 2s. 6d.

The Bench sentenced the prisoner to one month's hard labour for this offence.

There was another charge preferred against the prisoner by Superintendent Sanders, for wilfully damaging a rug in the police cell, to the amount of 7s. 6d., the property of the Corporation.

P.C. Stevens said: I had charge of the Police Station yesterday (Sunday) afternoon, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The prisoner was confined in a cell. About ten minutes past four o'clock, I looked in the prisoner's cell. It was in very good condition on the Saturday afternoon. This morning I found the closet in the cell where the prisoner was confined, was stopped up. I afterward found a portion of the rug pushed down the closet. The piece (produced) was lying on the bed.

Superintendent Sanders said the damage done was 7s. 6d. The prisoner had been convicted over a dozen times at Folkestone, and was sentenced to one months imprisonment at Dover a short time ago. She was a confirmed thief, and there was property found in her possession, that there was very little doubt but that it was stolen from different places. Amongst the articles found in her possession was a wreath, with the words “Gone to Rest” on it, which no doubt had been stolen from a cemetery.

The Magistrates sentenced the prisoner to one month's hard labour. The sentence to run on, at the expiration of the former sentence.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 January, 1890. Price 5d.


Mr. Hatton Brown on behalf of Mr. J. Smith, of the “Duke of Connaught,” for extension of time on the 1st. of January till 3 o'clock the next morning, on the occasion of a ball supper. The application was granted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 20 November, 1891. Price 1d.


A blacksmith, named George John Ewell, living at 47, Oxenden Street, on Monday last, while engaged in repairing some chimneys at the “Duke of Connaught” public house, fell from a ladder and was most seriously injured. It appeared that during the gale the chimneys became unsafe, and Ewell, who had made three bands to hold them together, had been on the ladder driving in the bolts, when he fell. Dr. Best, who examined Ewell, telephoned to the Police Station for the ambulance, and the unfortunate man was conveyed to the Hospital, where it was found that he had broken three ribs and fractured his skull. Ewell is in a very precarious state, but we are glad to hear that his condition had improved.




HARRIS Thomas 1858-62?


GRAEME William Oct/1874+ Dover Express

LARNER 1875?

PAYNE 1875?

ONION Henry to Jan/1875 Dover Express

GRAY William Jan/1875+ Dover Express (Late of Sandwich)

PHILLIPS William Feb/1877 Dover Express

HUNT/HART Henry Jan/1878-Aug/78+ dec'd Dover Express

LANE Thomas William 1878-May/83 Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1882

SOUTER Mr May/1883+ (ginger beer manufacturer) Dover Express

BENTON Alfred Isaac 1884

CLINGE William 1885

DIPROSE Alfred to Jan/1889 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

BALLARD L W Jan/1889+ Dover Express

SMITH John J 1890-91 Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1891

CUNNINGTON H 1891-July/1894 (also auctioneer and valuer age 57 in 1891Dover Express)

STROUD Henry July/1894-95 Dover ExpressPikes 1895

CUNNINGTON William 1895

HOSKINS H 1896-1901 end Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

Kelly's Directory 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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