Sort file:- Dover, September, 2022.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 08 September, 2022.


Earliest 1832-

Duke of York

Latest 1841+

Shooters Hill



I am beginning to believe that the information below is for the "Duke of York" at Snargate Street, and that this mention of Shooters Hill is incorrect.

Jan Pedersen though tells me he's found mention in an 1839 paper for the sale of a pub located at Buckland, of which Shooters Hill is certainly part of, called the "Duke of York."


Often is the case that certain information regarding a public house is found, but no specific location given, although the name mentioned. This house, believed in Barry Smith's original work was under the charge of Durtnall as early as 1832, and this information certainly backed up by his obituary that appeared in the Dover Telegraph of 1838. However, the same paper of 1841 mentions a beer-house of the same name in Shooters Hill and being passed on from a Mrs. Durtnall. Mr. Durtnall having passed away in July 1838.

Errors often occur in local papers and it is difficult sieving out the correct information until further comes to light. I am going to assume that the original mention in the paper having reported the location as Snargate Street to be correct, and so this public house being a new one to Barry's research. On the other hand though, John Durtnall originally came from the "Plume of Feathers" in Limekiln Street, which was close to Snargate Street. Shooter's Hill being about two miles away in Buckland. Perhaps the writer was confused with the "Prince of Wales" listed as Shooter's Hill, although the earliest mention of this house is only 1859.

Unfortunately Pigot's directory doesn't show the true location of this house, but of course, I could be wrong and the error could be with the paper of 1841. It's often difficult picking out the truths from the errors.


From The Dover Telegraph, 28 July, 1838. p.8 col.4

DURTNALL, John, Mr. died 27 July at Dover of the "Duke of York," Snargate Street.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 2 January, 1841. Price 5d.


Henry Older was charged by Mr. R. Payne, an excise-man with selling beer without a licence. It appeared that the defendant took the "Duke of York" beer-shop, Shooter's Hill, a short time since of a Mrs. Durtnall; and being ignorant of the law of the case in such matters, sold beer under her licence. Information bearing of this, went to the house and called for a glass of beer, which he drank and paid for. The magistrates thinking it a somewhat hard case, fined the defendant in the lowest mitigating penalty allowed, 5., and recommended that the board do further mitigate the penalty, or altogether remit it.




OLDER/HOLDER Henry 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)


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

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



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