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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1841-

Exeter Arms

Latest 1924

77 Limekiln Street (77 in 1901)


The original was removed in 1859 by requirement of the South Eastern and Chatham Railway. The address was then Strond Street, with John Dunn the host. He promptly packed his bag and moved along the street to number 83 and "Exeter Arms" number two. The origin of the first house is not known, but a new licence was granted to Jane Ball in 1845. The third house in another street may suggest entrances from two thoroughfares. (Original info.)


Dover Corporation had sought to buy this pub in 1913 but it was 1924 before those negotiations came to fruition. 400 was then paid for the property and the tenant was offered 200 provided he vacated the place in two weeks. Perhaps understandably, some members of the Council questioned the authority for that payment. After all, he had occupied the premises knowing full well that their life was limited. The point was taken and the compensation to William Simmonds was decreased to 150. He meanwhile had left on the original understanding. His reaction is easy to contemplate. Apparently the air was blue at the time. The argument went on for weeks, months, probably years. I never came to the end of it.

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From Kentish Gazette 28 Jan 1845.

"BALE - 21 Jan, at the Middlesex Hospital, London, aged 55, Mr H Bale, landlord of the "Exeter Arms," Limekiln-street, Dover."


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5 September, 1873.


The “Exeter Arms” was transferred from Mrs. Sayers, who had held the license of the house for the past nine years, to her son, a steward in the mail-packet service, who handed in a testimonial from the chief magistrate of the steamer to which he belonged.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 11 March, 1887. Price 1d.


John Walsh, a private in the East Kent Regiment, was summoned for breaking a pane of glass at the “Exeter Arms,” Limekiln Street, the property of the landlord, Mr. Moore.

Mr. Moore, landlord, stated in his evidence that on Tuesday night, about 11.40, he was going upstairs to bed, when he heard a crash of glass and someone running away. He ran downstairs and saw that the pane of glass in the door had been broken. He opened the door and went out to see if he could find who had done it. He saw Mr. Powell, and from what he said he went up to Fort Hill to the South Front entrance. He ascertained that defendant had just gone into barracks.

Mr. Powell, a grocer, said: On the 1st March, about 11,40, I was standing at my shop door, which is about fifty yards from the “Exeter Arms,” when I heard a crash of glass. Immediately afterwards a soldier came running past as fast as he could. I then went up to the “Exeter Arms” and found that it was a pane of glass in the door which had been broken. Mrs. Moore came out by the side door whilst I was there. I went home again and Mr. Moore came by my shop about ten minutes after. I told him what I had seen and the direction which the soldier had gone. Mr. Moore then went in the same direction, which was up Fort Hill. I cannot swear to the man, as it was foggy. I only know that the facings of the tunic were white. Another soldier came along before Mr. Moore, but the facings of his tunic were dark.

Lance-corporal Hollis, of the same regiment, stated that whilst returning to barracks on pass last Tuesday night at 11.40, he heard a crash of glass when opposite the “Kent Arms,” which is about fifty yards from the prosecutor's house. When he got to the “Exeter Arms” he saw Mr. Moore come out and run up the street and stop two civilians. He afterwards saw Mr. Moore standing at the bottom of Archcliffe Fort Hill. Witness did not see the defendant until he got into the barracks, and he saw him going to bed about fifteen minutes to twelve.

Lance-corporal Hobson, who was corporal of the guard that night, stated that he saw the defendant come into barracks about 11.30 on Tuesday evening last. Witness said the defendant did not seem to have been running, and he would have had no need to do so, as he was on pass till twelve p.m. Corporal Hollis came in after defendant, and was the only person who came in before Mr. Moore.

The Chairman stated that there was not the slightest evidence to show that defendant was the man who was guilty of breaking the glass, therefore the case would be dismissed.



It only remains to say in summing up that it was demolished in 1924, that it was an outlet of George Beer and that five a.m. opening was permitted there from 1897 but probably ended in 1906 when an order was given for the lavatorial accommodation should be improved, else the license would not be renewed.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 28 February, 1902. Price 1d.


George Edward Jarvis, landlord of the “Exeter Arms,” was charged with assaulting Charles Martin in King's Passage by striking him in the face and kicking him in the side.

Charles martin, a labourer living at King's Passage, said that on Saturday evening he was standing in Clarence place talking to a friend, when defendant flew out of the “Rose and Crown” public house and without a word struck witness in the eye and knocked him down. He struck witness several times when on the ground, and also kicked him. Defendant was taken into custody, and witness went to the Hospital. The previous evening they were both in the “Rose and Crown,” and on that occasion defendant pushed him out of the house. There had been no quarrel between them on that occasion. He returned to the “Rose and Crown,” and the landlord refused to admit him.

By the defendant: What did you say in the “Rose and Crown?”


Defendant said plaintiff whispered I his ear an insult, and he put him out of the house.

Paulo Harrel, an hotel porter, said he saw defendant strike Martin on Saturday afternoon. He went up and interfered, and defendant was subsequently taken into custody.

Defendant: Did you see me kick him?


Defendant; then you are a liar!

The Chairman cautioned the defendant.

Defendant remarked that perhaps it would cover it if he were to say the witness was telling an untruth. (Laughter.)

Police Constable Roberts said that he found complainant sitting on the curb bleeding from the head and defendant being held back by Dr. Carson. He took defendant into custody.

Defendant, in reply to the charge, said he could not stand an insult from any man, and admitted that he knocked complainant down, saying that he picked him up two or three times and knocked him down again.

The Chairman said that as far as the evidence went it appeared to be an unprovoked assault, and a most serious one. Defendant was the landlord of the “Exeter Arms,” which made his offence much worse, and he had certainly gone very far in striking this man in the manner ha had done. A fine of 2 and 8/- would be inflicted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 February, 1906. Price 1d.


The Chairman announced that in respect of the “Mariner's Arms,” Strond Street, the “Exeter Arms,” Limekiln Street, and the “Sceptre Inn,” the lavatory accommodation was inadequate, and the licenses were granted on the understanding that the owners gave an undertaking to put them in the shortest possibly term in a satisfactory state.

The undertakings were given.

The Magistrates Clerk announced that the ordinary licenses would then be renewed except in the cases where notice had been given by the Police, and which are dealt with in this report.



The census of 1851 shows at 77 Limekiln and the name "Medway" a licensee called John Bloen.



BAIL Henry Mr 1841-Jan/45 dec'd (age 45 in 1841Census)

BALL/BAIL Jane Jan/1845-47+ Next pub licensee had Bagshaw's Directory 1847

SILK William 1851 (age 46 in 1851Census)

DUNN John 1851-61+ (age 51 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858

DUNN Ann Mrs 186-71+ (age 56 in 1871Census)

SAYER Mrs 1864-July/73 Dover Express

SAYER Joseph Benjamin (son) July/1873-84 (age 33 in 1881Census) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

BOOTH Mr to June/1885 Dover Express

TYLER George June/1885+ Dover Express

MOORE William 1888

JARVIS Harriett 1891+ (age 47 in 1891Census)

JARVIS Thomas 1891-95+ Post Office Directory 1891

JARVIS Mrs 1895 Pikes 1895

JARVIS George Edward 1897-1901 Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

LANDREY Charles 1901-11+ (age 42 in 1901Census)

LANDREY Frederick William 1906-Dec/21 Post Office Directory 1913Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1922

SIMMONDS William Dec/1921-24 end Dover ExpressPikes 1923Pikes 1924


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

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

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Pikes 1923From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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