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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1600+

(Name from)

Flying Horse Tavern

Latest 1891

10 King Street


Flying Horse Tavern

Above photo kindly sent by Paul Wells showing the licensee James Ball (Sept 1871 - Jan 1889) on the building.

Dover map 1851

Above Public Health Map by Rowland Rees in 1851.

Flying Horse Tavern

Above postcard, date unknown.

Flying Horse site Flying Horse site

Above two photos taken by Paul Skelton, 28 October 2009, showing, not the "Flying Horse" but the building that replaced it. Notice the horse figurines on the top corners. This house, incidentally, was built in 1892 so the date sign says and was then a post office.

Flying Horse Tavern premises 1901

Photo taken 1901 showing Atkins & Son to the right of the former "Flying Horse Tavern" premises when it was the Post Office.

July 2010.

Now I have a decent camera I can take better shots and looking at the figurines, they look more like lions than horses.

Flying Horse building 2010 Left figurineRight figurine

Above photos by Paul Skelton 9 July 2010


The foundations of a tavern which had borne this title were found in King Street during a road widening early in the nineteenth century. One of the plots of void land was let on a 99 years' term to Thomas Dawkes, yeoman, on which probably he built the "Flying Horse" Inn. When first built about 1558 it had been called "Fleur de Lis".


That was its name in the reign of Elizabeth, and the title deeds, bearing date 1600, described it as the "Flower de Luce." The name was afterwards changed to the "Flying Horse," to suit its character as a posting house.

Further research sent to me from Mark Frost has found this passage, which suggests that there have been two pubs with this name, and that this one was called the "Sun" previous to 1746.


Kentish Weekly Post, 12 March, 1746.

William Clark, removed from the "Old Flying Horse," to the house known before by the sign of the "Sun," now the "Flying Horse," near the Market Place in Dover; gives notice to all Gentlemen and Others, that they will there find very good accommodation, having very good stabling; and all endeavours will be used to oblige his kind customers after the best manner.


The Dover Chronicles on 7 May 1842, printed a list of "Inns & Innkeepers of Dover A.D. 1713. Unfortunately no addresses were given.


From the Dover Chronicles, 7 May 1842.

Dover Innkeepers 1713


Thomas Dawkes, the yeoman, who leased this land and built the house, had made himself a considerable position in Dover. He was one of the two Commissioners appointed by deed to collect the subsidy, or benevolence, that Queen Mary granted for the Harbour; he was at one time the holder of the land attached to St. Martin's Church; later he is described as the Common Clerk.


Richard Dawkes is thought to have kept an inn hereabouts also, in the mid seventeenth century. That would have carried the "Flying Horse" sign. It still traded in 1805. (Benskin). Richard Dawkes who, during the Civil War, successfully conspired with others to seize Dover castle for the Parliament. The plot to seize the castle has always been said to have been hatched at the "Flying Horse." Taking with him 10 other men as daring as himself, they, in August, 1642, formed a plan to seize the castle for the Parliament.  It may be presumed that owing to the direct violation of the "service" clause of the lease, Richard Dawkes and the "Flying Horse" parted company.


By 1864, it was described as a commercial inn and tavern and in 1884 was named the "Flying Horseman". It was later described as the "Flying Horse Hotel", with stabling and lock up coach houses. Those coaches in fact ran to here from Canterbury every Friday, returning the same day.


8th September 1864 saw this public house auctioned at the "Royal Oak" as Lot 6 of 27 lots owned by the "Jeken, Coleman & Rutley" Brewery of Custom House Quay. The advert stated:-

"That well-known and old-established Inn, the "FLYING HORSE," situated in King Street, Market Place, Dover, with extensive and capacious stables, yards, lofts &c., attached, now in the occupation of Mr. J Birch.

This lot has recently undergone considerable alterations and improvements at a large outlay, and is now in full trade."


It was purchased by the government in 1891, subsequently being removed to make room for a new general post office. That opened on 2 October 1893 but it has been used for many varied activities since 1914 when the post office operated from a more central site in Priory Street.


I would have expected to find some evidence of rebuilding here prior to 1893 but the gods are not always kind. At the time of demolition the "Flying Horse Hotel" was said to be several centuries old.


From the Kentish Post or Canterbury News-Letter, October 26 to October 30, 1751.

This is to give Notice that William BADCOCK, Jun, late of Canterbury, hath taken the Oldest Flying Horse in Dover, lately kept by Mr. William Pitcher, deceased……."


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Saturday, 1 October, to Wednesday, 5 October, 1768. Price 2d.


On Tuesday the 18th Day of October Instant at Six o'Clock in the Evening, at Mrs. Pilcher's, at the “Flying Horse” in Dover.

A Toft of Ground, whereon a Messuage lately stood (Sometime called the “Flying Horse Inn") with the Backside, large garden Ground, and Appurtenances thereto belonging; situate at the lower End of St. James Street in Dover, now in the Occupation of Mr. James Tolputt, and Mr. John Robinson, Gardener.

For further Particulars, inquire of Mr. Latham, Merchant; or of Sampson Farbrace, Attorney, at Dover.


From the Kentish Gazette, December 30 to January 2, 1770. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

Meeting of a local political nature at the Flying-Horse in Dover, on Friday next.


Kentish Gazette 04 July 1788.


On Wednesday the 9th of July, 1788, at the Dwelling-house of the late Captain Robert Wellard, in Dover.

All sorts of genteel Household Furniture; consisting of Goose Feather-beds; Copper-plate and other Furniture; Mahogany Chests of Drawers, Tables, Chairs, and a Quantity of Plate, Linen, and China; and sundry Sorts of Kitchen Furniture.

The Sale to begin at Ten o'clock in the Forenoon, at Two in the Afternoon, and continue till all are sold.

The Goods to be viewed on Tuesday preceding the Sale; and Catalogues to be had at the King's Arms Printing-office, Canterbury; the "Three Kings," Deal; the "Bell" at Sandwich; the "Marquis of Granby," Folkestone; the "White Hart," at Hythe; at the Place of Sale; and at Edward Rutter's, Auctioneer.

AND on Monday, July 14, 1788, will be sold by Auction, at Six O'clock in the Evening, at the Sign of the "Flying Horse" in Dover, All that Freehold Messuage or Tenement, situate in Snargate Street, in Dover, and late in the Occupation of Captain Robert Wellard, deceased.

For Particulars enquire of Mess. Lane and Thompson, Attorneys at Law, Dover.


Kentish Gazette, June 5 – 9, 1789. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

House Auction, June 10, at the Flying Horse in Dover. NOTE: the Gazette goes on to speak of "Mr. Thomas Doorne's (note spelling), the sign of the Flying Horse in Dover." It is always possible of course that the paper misprinted the owner's name.


From the Kentish Gazette Apr 2 - 6 1790 p.1 col.2

Mr DOORNE of the "Flying Horse" Dover - the venue for a Polyanthus Feast.

[Polyanthus and Auricula Feasts were a kind of flower show -( plants originally brought by the Huguenots) - auriculas were especially prized and shown, in wooden structures called 'theatres' by local people, who celebrated with a feast or dinner at the same time]


From the Kentish Gazette, 20 October, 1797.

(Mr) Wm BENSKIN, master of the "Flying Horse Inn" married to Miss Maria BLACKMAN on Sunday at the church of St Mary Dover.


From the Dover Ref Library Voters lists, kindly sent by Kathleen Hollingsbee

Wm BENSKIN, Victualler (on Dover Electors 1802 hand written book listing voters (ie freemen of Dover) in election for two Dover MPs. Freemen at this time did not have to reside in Dover.

Wm BENSKIN, Victualler, on lists of electors for election of Dover Mayor, 1808, 1810, 1811. 1812: “late victualler”



In an advertisement published in the "Kentish Gazette" of February, 1800, Martin Windmill was offered for sale by auction at the "Flying Horse Inn,"  Dover, following the death of the late tenant, Mr. Thomas Whitehead. The description stated that the mill had lately been raised ten feet on substantial brickwork, comprised four floors, was 23ft. in diameter, 30ft. length of sail, and drove two pairs of 4ft. 4in. stones. The advertisement stated that an extensive trade was done by the mill.


From the Kentish Gazette, 23 February 1808.


AT the "Flying Horse Inn," in the town and port of Dovor, in the county of Kent, on Wednesday the 2nd day of March, 1808, at three o'clock in the after-noon, for a term of 21 years from Michaelmas next.

All those two Pieces or Parcels of Arable Land, belonging to the pariah of St. Mary the Virgin, in Dovor, containing by estimation seven acres more or less; one Piece thereof containing by estimation five acres, more or less, lying and being in the parish of Charlton, next Dovor aforesaid, at or near a place called Windless Down; and the other Piece or parcel thereof, containing by estimation, two acres, more or less, lying and being in the parish of Hougham, otherwise Huffam, in the said county of Kent, at or near a place called Gyles's Coombe, also within the liberty of Dovor.

For particulars, apply at the Office of G. W. Gravenver, attorney and solicitor to the parish of Saint Mary the the Virgin, in Dovor aforesaid.


Kentish Gazette 16 June 1812.


John Minter, from the "Ship Inn," Dymchurch, begs leave to inform Gentlemen, Farmers, and the Public, that he has taken the above old-accustomed Inn: and he has laid in a very choice stock of Wines, Liquors, Etc. hopes, by the most strict attention to their comfort and convenience, to merit their patronage and support.


Post or Canterbury Journal 17 August 1819.

Kentish Gazette 17 August 1819


August 10, dropped down suddenly and expired, Robert Webb, ostler of the "Flying Horse Inn," Dover, aged 50 years.


Kentish Gazette, 31 March 1820.


Last week, at Dover, Mr. William Benskin, formerly landlord of the "Flying Horse Inn."


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, 23 August, 1822.

A young man named Gilbert, formerly of Hythe, but late hostler at the "Flying Horse Inn," Dover, went on Friday se'nnight to witness the execution of Alex Spence. The shocking sight was too much for his feelings,—he was taken ill, and is now in a deranged state in consequence.

(Alex Spence was hung at Dover for the crime of shooting at someone.)


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 14 December, 1833. Price 7d.

The Dover Friendly Musical Society, having suspended their meetings after a continuance of 49 years, several of the members have formed a club to be held every Thursday evening, at the Flying Horse Inn. The first meeting was on Thursday, when a very numerous and highly respectable company kept up the evening with much harmony and good fellowship.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 15 February, 1834. Price 7d.

The Harmonic Meeting at the Flying Horse Inn, was numerously attended last Thursday evening last, and the conviviality of the company much enhanced by the vocal abilities of several amateurs. The society is most deservedly rising to that respectability which its modest pretensions so much deserve.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 20 May, 1837. Price 5d.


ALL Persons having any demand on the Estate of the late SARAH CHITTENDEN, of the "Flying HorseInn," Dovor, are requested to send the particulars thereof to my Office, on or before Tuesday next.

Dovor, 18th May, 1837.



Dover Chronicles, 9 April, 1842.

William Hogben, age 14, labourer, was charged with having, on the 16th of February, obtaining by false pretences, the sum of two shillings from Mr. Edward Charles Rayner, of the "Flying Horse Inn."

It appeared that prisoner went to Mr. Rayners house, and told him that Mr. Whelch, a brickmaker, had sent him for the loan of 2 shillings to buy some medicine for a colt that was very ill. He said Mr. Whelch should not come himself, as the colt was too ill to be left. Mr. Whelch denied having ever employed the boy on any previous occasions for any purpose whatsoever.

Guilty; sentenced to 6 months' hard labour.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 12 January, 1850.


On Monday evening at 7 o'clock, a jury were empanelled before G. T. Thomas, Esq., Coroner for the Borough, at the “Flying Horse Inn,” to investigate the circumstances attending the death of Thomas Frazer, aged 55 years, who died suddenly on the morning of the previous day. The Jury being sworn (Mr. W. Thistleton, foreman,) they proceeded to view the body, and on their return, the following evidence was elicited:-

Edward Carswell, labourer, residing in Townwall Lane:- Deceased was a relative of mine, and lived with me; he was a fisherman. On Saturday night, deceased and myself went home together from the “Good Intent;” I slept upstairs, and he in the room below. On Sunday morning, shortly before 7, I noticed that deceased was snoring very heavily and loudly. I shook him, but he did not answer me; upon which I told my wife that I thought something was the matter, and I left the house. On returning, about ten minutes to 8; one of the children said that deceased was dead. For the last three weeks, he has complained of the state of his bowels, but seemed well on Saturday night; he was then quite sober, and had not taken more than three pints of beer. I do not think he saw any medical man touching what he complained of about his inside.

Ann Claw, residing in Townwall lane:- On Sunday morning, about 10 minutes to 7, I was called by one of Carswell's children, the child asked me to come into their house, “for Uncle Tom was dead.” I soon went in, and saw the deceased in bed, with his knees drawn up, and evidently dying. I heard him breath hard, and then expired. Mrs. Carswell was standing by the fire-place crying. I have seen deceased daily for some time past, and have heard him complain of his bowels, but nothing else.

Elizabeth Carswell, wife of Edward Carswell:- My little boy called me on Sunday morning, saying he could make nothing of his uncle, and that I had better come down stairs and see what was the matter. I did so, and on lifting deceased up he immediately fell forward. I at once sent for Mr. Tapley, surgeon, and for my neighbour, Mrs. Claw. When Mr. Tapley came, he opened a vein in deceased arm, but very little blood flowed. The surgeon was almost sure he was dead, that he might have died in an apoplectic fit; but Mr. Tapley was not positive as to the cause of death.

This forming the whole of the evidence to be obtained, the question of the necessity for a post-mortem examination was considered, which resulted in the Jury expressing themselves a s satisfied with the evidence already adduced; and the Coroner having summed up, a verdict of Death from Natural Causes was returned.


Kentish Gazette, 15 January 1850.

On Monday evening at 7 o’clock, a jury was empanelled before G. T. Thompson, Esq., Coroner for the Borough, at the "Flying Horse Inn," to investigate the circumstances attending the death of Thomas Frazer, aged 55 years, who died suddenly on the morning of the previous day.

A verdict of Death from Natural causes was returned.


Kentish Gazette, 17 August 1852.

Coroner's Inquest.

Friday afternoon a jury was enpannelled before G. T. Thompson, Esq., Coroner of the Borough, at the "Flying Horse Inn," to investigate the circumstance attending the death of Esther Betts, aged 18 years, whose death was said to have resulted from improper treatment on the part of her friends. Mr. G. Bennett was chosen foreman of the Jury. The body, lying in Townwall-lane, was then viewed. Externally, the corpse presented no other than appearances that could be satisfactorily accounted for, and of on ordinary character. On returning to the inquest room, the Coroner observed that he dad ordered the inquiry in consequence of strong rumours that deceased had met with ill usage from her family. He had not ordered the body to be opened, thinking it best to take evidence of age, identity, &c. The examination was then commenced.

Octavius Frederick Heritage, surgeon, residing and practising in Dover:— I was first called in to attend deceased on Sunday evening last, at the residence of her mother, Townwall-lane. She was in bed, and complained of a pain in the chest, and difficulty of breathing. The symptoms were those of inflammation of the lungs. I attended her from that time up to her death yesterday. She made no complaint of any ill treatment from her friends. I consider that her death resulted from inflammation of the lungs. She was nursed by her mother, whose conduct was as kind as I should expect from a woman of her character. Deceased told me she had gone out and taken cold. As far an I observed the body previous to death, no marks of violence were seen by me—no bruises to account for the symptoms under which deceased suffered.

A discussion as to the necessity of any further investigation took place, several of the jury expressing themselves as satisfied with the conclusive evidence of the surgeon, and others thinking that a further examination of witnesses was necessary to fully satisfy the public mind. The latter course was decided on, and Jane Woodcock was called, who deposed:— I reside with the mother of deceased, and have done so since January last. Deceased and two other daughters lived there also, one of whom, Charlotte, aged 23 years, returned only a fortnight ago. Last Tuesday week, at eight in the evening, I saw deceased beaten by her mother on the back with her fist. She did not strike very hard, and I did not see her give more than 5 or 6 blows. Deceased crouched against the wall as if to avoid the blows; she cried out, but I did not know what she said. The row lasted about 10 minutes, and was stopped in consequence of a policeman coming. Deceased lay in bed the next day till night, when she went out. On Thursday morning, the 5th, she took a chair, and sat outside the door without shoes or stockings until it rained. On Friday she took to her bed, and never got up again, I saw her on Sunday last, and on Wednesday. She made no complaints to me of ill usage. I have not seen deceased beaten or ill-used since the Tuesday I have spoken of.

Ann Doughty:— I lived next door to Mrs. Betts, and have done so for two years. On the 3rd instant, at 10 at night, I was alarmed by cries of murder from deceased. I, my husband, and a lodger of ours got up, and on going to the door saw deceased crying in the street, and her father with her. The door of Betts's house was locked. Deceased was dressed with an old gown only, and had no shoes or stockings on. A policeman came shortly after, the door was open, and deceased and her father went in. For two hours afterwards we heard her crying as if in pain. The next morning she sat at the door, but was dressed, and in the evening went out into the town—to the "play" I believe.

Jane Solly fully corroborated the evidence of Mrs. Doughty, with whom she lodged. Deceased told witness on the 4th that her mother kicked her in the side, and had beaten her about the head.

Police-sergeant Burridge:— On the night of the 3rd, at a quarter past nine, from information received I proceeded to a crowd in Townwall Lane, among whom I saw deceased; but before I reached the door she went in. On getting to the house, I heard the cry of murder, and went in, where I saw deceased, her parents, and a young woman said to be her sister. In answer to my enquiry who had cried murder, the mother replied "It was my daughter sitting there"—pointing to deceased; who said, "And I will again, if you kick and knock me about as you have done." She had a slight mark over the left eye, and complained that her sister had kicked her in the back. The mother said it arose from deceased taking some edging belonging to her sister. Deceased said her mother was always beating her about, but her father never touched her. They promised to be quiet, and I left them. Deceased pressed her side and cried, as if in pain.

At this stage of the proceedings a post mortem examination was decided on, and the inquiry adjourned to Monday afternoon.


Kentish Gazette, 24 August 1852.

Coroner's Inquest.

The enquiry touching the death of Esther Betts, was resumed on Friday, before G. T. Thompson. Esq., coroner. On the jury reassembling, the surgeon, Octavius Frederick Heritage, who attended deceased, was recalled, when he deposed:— On Saturday afternoon last assisted by Dr. Astley. I made a post-mortum examination of the body of deceased. We found no bruises externally, nor any marks of violence whatever. There was a slight abrasion of the skin on the right side from the application of a blister. On opening the chest we found the right lung consolidated, and adheving to the right pleura. There was a slight effusion it the cavity of the chest. The heart, liver, kidneys, and other viscera were healthy; and the mucus was unimpregnated. By the term consolidated, I mean a high state of inflammatory action. The effusion was recent. I attribute the whole appearances to exposure on the part of deceased to cold; and to the best of my judgment I should think the cold had been contracted about a week. At the close of the surgeon's examination, the Coroner observed that if the jury required further evidence the enquiry would be continued. The jury expressed themselves as fully satisfied with the conclusive character of the deposition made by Mr. Heritage, and after a brief consultation returned the following verdict:—

That the deceased, Esther Betts, died from inflammation of the lungs, caused by cold.


South Eastern Gazette 18 November 1856.


At the Police Court, on Tuesday last, while a charge was being heard against a young man named Adam Austen, for creating an obstruction on the pavement near the "Flying Horse Inn," it transpired that he had treated the policeman Collard, who took him into custody, with a glass of rum. The magistrates enquired of Collard if this assertion was true, when the constable positively denied it. The barmaid of the "Flying Horse" was then sent for, and proved that she had served Collard with the glass of rum alluded to at the defendant's expense; on which the Bench instantly dismissed Collard from the police force.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 20 November, 1858.



John Crick, a coach driver, was placed at the bar by Sergeant Back, who charged him with being drunk and disorderly, and resisting him in the execution of his duty, on the preceding Saturday.

Back, on being sworn, said he was called to the "Flying Horse Inn" on Saturday evening about five o'clock and there found the defendant, in a state of intoxication, hanging about the premises, and very abusive in his language. Witness tried to persuade him to go home, but he would not take his councel, and he therefore took him into custody and conveyed him to the station-house. On his way thither the defendant threatened to "knock his eye out." He was informed that Crick had been abusive to the landlord of the "Flying Horse."

Mr. Mee said he appeared on behalf of Mr. Ellenger, who was prevented by physical infirmity from being present, to represent to their worships the very great annoyance the man at the bar had occasioned to Mr. Ellinger, and to request them to afford him what protection they could from its repetition. From what he had been informed by Mr. Ellinger, it appeared that Crick frequently, when under the influence of intoxication, mad his appearance at the "Flying Horse" and indulged himself in giving utterance to the foulest epithets, which were directed towards Mr. Ellenger and the members of his family. In support of this assertion he called:-

Robert Ellinger, the son of the proprietor of the "Flying Horse," who said that Crick came to his father's house on Saturday afternoon about five o'clock, in a state of intoxication. Defendant wanted to go into the parlour, but witness told him he could not go there, as it was always reserved on Saturdays for farmers. He prevented the defendant from entering  by standing against the doorway, but defendant endeavoured to push him away. Crick remained near the entrance of the house, making use of very foul and abusive language towards witness's father, and it was at last found necessary to send for a policeman. Defendant had acted in a similar manner on several previous occasions, when under the influence of intoxication.

Crick, in defence, denied resisting the policeman, declaring that he knew better.

The Magistrates fined him 5s. and the costs, and in default of payment he was committed to prison for seven days.

Mr. Mee said he was instructed by Mr. Ellenger to prefer a charge of assault against Crick, who had pushed the witness Robert Ellenger away from the parlour-door, as stated in his evidence. Mr. Ellenger was not influenced by any vindictive feeling towards the defendant, but felt compelled to adopt the course he was now pursuing, to save himself from a repetition of the annoyance occasioned him by the defendant.

The Bench said the proper way of proceeding in a case of assault was by summons, and that if application was made in the usual way a summons would be granted; unless indeed, the defendant liked to have the case proceeded with at once.

The defendant said that he should object most decidedly to such a course, " being unprepared with witnesses and everything;" and the matter was therefore left to take the ordinary course.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 20 November, 1858.


Two men named Jones and Atherton were brought up by police-sergeant Barton for drunken and riotous conduct on the streets early on Sunday morning, but were each let off on paying the hearing fines.


A tall respectably-dressed man named Pilcher was then charged with a similar offence.

Police constable Campany stated that the defendant collected a crowd outside the "Flying Horse Inn," by calling out that the landlord had murdered two men and cut them up, and that he would give 100 to be locked up, for he would then divulge the whole.

Mr. Birch, the proprietor of the "Flying Horse," attended to make a complaint against the man for his repeated annoyances; but as his complaint did not refer specifically to the present case, it was not inquired into.

Defendant declared that he had done this because he had been treated as an outcast. The fact was three men had been murdered - Rolfe, Huntley-Spencer, and Godden, - and he saw on of them at the "Flying Horse" shortly before it occurred.

The policemen remarked that from the man's manner since he had been in custody, he believed he was of unsound mind.

The Magistrates discharged the defendant on his paying 2d. for the hearing, informing him that he must not annoy Mr. Birch again.



Joseph C Birch Returns his sincere thanks for the very liberal patronage he has received during his Proprietorship of the "Princess Alice Inn" Snargate Street, for the past 8-years, and begs respectfully to inform his patrons and friends, that he has now taken the "Flying Horse Inn," (Vice Ellinger-Retired), King Street, Market Square, Dover.

Where he hopes, by strict attention, and well selected to fly first class wines, spirits, etc, to insure a continuance of favours, and merit support from the surrounding neighbourhood.

A commodious coffee room open from 5 a.m., for the convenience of persons frequenting Dover Markets and others.


From the Dover Telegraph April 1864.


A narrow escape from fire was experienced at the "Flying Horse Inn," King Street, Dover, on Tuesday, arising from the heat of the sun strengthened by glass. A table in one of the rooms in that establishment was strewed with newspapers, and a decanter which had been removed for some purpose was unwarily placed upon one of the local newspapers. The sun was then shining through the window on to the table; and its power being redoubled by the action of the glass decanter, the newspaper took fire, a timely discovery, however, fortunately preventing any great mischief from the flames.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 20 May, 1865.



On Saturday, at noon, the borough coroner, W. H. Payne, Esq., held an inquest at the "Flying Horse In," on the body of Richard Taylor, a man between 50 and 60 years of age, who had been in the employ of Messrs. Leney and Evenden, the extensive brewers of this town, and who had met with his death on the previous afternoon from suffocation, having been found in the malt bin of the brewery, where he had been placed to "tread" the malt about an hour previously. The receptacle in which the deceased was found is called a "skry," the malt passing from a bin above through a small aperture. Simultaneously with the process a workmen is employed to tread it down in the skry, and it is feared that the deceased either lay down to sleep or was seized in a fit, and was thus by a slow process buried alive, although within reach of his fellow workmen, who were pursuing their vocation unconscious of his fate.

Mr. Fox, solicitor, attended with Mr. Evenden, one of the principles of the firm, and before the coroner opened the proceedings said that he did so to state on behalf of Messrs. Leney and Evenden, that they were desirous of affording every facility to the jury in making the necessary enquiry. They were also anxious that the jury should view the place of the accident, in order that they might be quiet satisfied that this untoward occurrence was not owing to any want of precaution on the part of Messrs. Leney and Evenden.

Mr. Iggulden was appointed foreman of the jury, and after the body and the locus in quo had been viewed, the following evidence was adduced:-

Thomas Chalkley deposed: I am maltster in the employ of Messrs. Leney and Evenden, brewers, of this town. I knew the deceased, Richard Taylor. He was a horse-keeper in the same employ as myself. He was at times employed to assist in getting in the malt, and in getting it ready. Yesterday morning deceased was engaged with me in shifting coals. In the afternoon, about three o'clock, I went up into the malt bin with him, to set him to work, to tread the malt and trim it. I left him at work, and went down to set the skry going. I remained at work below, and observed nothing to lead me to suppose that the deceased was not working. About an hour and a half after I had left the deceased at work in the bin, I knocked for him to come down. Finding he did not come nor answer, I went up and called him. I obtained no reply, and I opened the kiln window and again called. I then crossed the kiln, and opened the window that looks into the bin, when I heard the deceased making a noise - a sort of snore. I thought he was asleep; and on going into the bin I found the deceased buried in the malt. Only one hand was visible. I attempted to draw him out, but could not. I obtained assistance, and we ultimately succeeded in extracting the deceased. I think about twenty minutes elapsed from the time of my finding deceased until he was got out. A surgeon was in attendance before we had rescued him. Deceased had been in the employ of Messrs. Leney and Evenden for three or four years. He had been engaged upon the same work before. He was perfectly sober when I left him at three o'clock, and he had no means of getting drunk afterwards. The work was in no way dangerous, and deceased must have been asleep, or in a fit, or he would not have been drawn down as he was.

By Mr. Fox, I know that deceased was ill about this time last year, and was obliged to go into the hospital. I heard he was suffering from delirium tremens. After discovering the deceased I found that some one had opened a slide below, which caused a faster run of malt, and rendered it more difficult to extricate deceased. The hole from which the malt passes, from the bin into the skry, is about three or four inches square, and at the rate the malt was then going it took an hour and a half to run through sixteen quarters.

Dr. Marshall, M.R.C.S. Castle Street, deposed: Yesterday afternoon, about a quarter-past four, I was sent for to attend at the malt house of Messrs. Leney and Evenden, where, I was informed, an accident had occurred, I was taken into the malt bin, and found a number of men engaged with shovels in extricating deceased from the malt, in which he was buried, his face alone being visible. I suggested a rope being placed under his arms, as the malt was sliding down as fast as it was shovelled out, and so again burying the deceased. This was done, and deceased was soon extricated. I examined the body. It was pulse-less, and I soon found that deceased was quite dead. Efforts were made to restore animation, but without success. The appearance of the face was that usually presented by death from suffocation. A previous attack of delirium tremens would predispose a man to fits.

This being the whole of the evidence, the coroner summed up, observing that no blame appeared attributed to anyone, and the jury then returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."


From the Whitstable Times, 29 October, 1870.


Another inquest was held, on Wednesday afternoon, at the “Flying Horse,” King-street, on the body of Alfred Wakely, tailor, aged 28 years. Deceased had been in Dover for 16 months, during which period he worked for Mr. W. P. Mummery. He was of intemperate habits. At half-past ten on Tuesday night he (the worse for drink) and his wife went to bed. His wife woke at half-past five and called deceased, who lay on the edge of the bed, but received no reply. She touched his arm, and felt it was cold. Dr. Gill quickly arrived at deceased’s residence, Chapel-lane, and found he had been dead some time. The week previous Dr. Gill told deceased’s wife that if he continued to drink excessively it would be the cause of his death. The verdict was to the effect that death was caused by sudden failure of the vital powers, produced by excessive drinking.


(Taken from booklet: "The True History of the Life and Times of Charles Norris Becker Town Crier for Dover (born Feb 27 1834) written and published in January 1912 when he was aged 78, publ. by Dover Express. (some time after c.1870)....

“One night I left my cart out, in order to make an early start the next morning with election bills in the County for Major Dickson. I found some foolish persons had painted my cart all over with blue paint. it took me three hours to get it off, for they had been very liberal with their blue paint. On another occasion I hired the hoarding outside the London and County Bank. I had posted it full of red bills in the night. The posters for the other side covered it with blue bills. As I had sole right to it, I covered their bills up again. Old Mr Rutley and two more friends waited at the "Flying Horse" Hotel, and about twelve o'clock at night the "Blue" men began to cover up my bills again. My friends went across, got hold of their paste-can (about two gallons of paste) and emptied it all over them! My word! There was a set out; but it put a stop to them, for they hired the upper part on the scaffolding and made a show on their own account.

On another occasion I had a country journey for the County Election. I had got as far as Swingate, and made a good display, when a friend came along and said, "Charlie, old friend; are you going to have a glass?" In we went, and on my return to my work I found, to my dismay, the pony had drank every drop of the paste! His mouth was all over froth. I suppose the pony thought that as I was having refreshment, he would have some too.

We came back, and made another start the next day, and in driving along the road I overtook old Mr Faith the policeman. I said "Jump up." We had not gone far on the road when down went the pony, and bundled us out. We were not hurt, and having got the pony up, I said to Faith, "Jump up; we will have another try!" "Not me" he said, I told him I thought a policeman had more pluck. Then off he went, safe and sound.”


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 7 July, 1871.


Mr. E. R. Mowll, one of the trustees in the bankruptcy of Mr. Birch, applied for a new license for the "Flying Horse," King Street.

It was granted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 5 January, 1872. Price 1d.


James William Parker, a mechanic, Harriet Parker, his wife, Thomas Lads, a private in the 2nd Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, and stationed at Shorncliffe, and Harriet Wale, a middle-aged woman, were charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct, and with driving in such a manner as to endanger the lives of the public in Snargate Street and bench Street, on the previous evening, between seven and eight o'clock.

Police-constable Corrie said that, on the previous evening, at about twenty minutes to eight, he was on duty at the top of Snargate Street, when he saw a pony and phaeton, coming up the street at full gallop. The four defendants were seated inside. They were all drunk, and the defendant William Parker was driving. He seemed to have sufficient control over the horse; but the witness saw him whip it severely when he turned into Beach Street. The phaeton almost ran over a lady opposite Mr. Lester's shop. Parker pulled up at the "Flying Horse." One of the woman and the rifleman were making a great disturbance. Witness did not know Lade was a rifleman when he saw him in the phaeton, as he was wearing a felt hat, and had a large rug wrapped round him, over his uniform.

By Mr. Smith: The defendants were making an extraordinary noise. About fifty or sixty boys followed the phaeton up Snargate Street, as far as the Market Square. I unbuckled the reins at the "Flying Horse," and took the phaeton to the Police-station. The defendants had to be dragged out of the trap into the station-house.

Parker, on being asked by Mr. Stilwell if he had any questions to put to his witness, denied whipping the horse, and said he could not have done so, as the whip was broken long before the phaeton reached Bench Street.

Sergeant James Johnstone corroborated Corrie's evidence, and said that, on arriving at the "Flying Horse," Corrie was holding the reins. Parker was drunk, so also were the rest of the prisoners.

In answer to a question put my Mr. Smith, Johnstone said that neither of the prisoners said anything at the police-station when the charge was read over to them.

The defendant Parker, who acted as spokesman for the party, said it was the first time they had been in such a disgraceful position, and he would assure the Magistrates that it would be the last. It was Christmas time; and on that account, he hoped the Magistrates would be inclined to deal leniently with them.

Mr. Smith (addressing Parker): This is a most disgraceful offence on the part of all of you. We will discharge your three companions; but you, as the driver, and person responsible for the furious driving, will be fined 10s., and the costs, 16s. in all, 26s.

Parker paid the fine.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 2 March, 1877. Price 1d.


James John Piggott, formerly clerk at the London and County Bank, was charged with being drunk and incapable on horseback, thereby endangering the safety of the public.

Police-constable Suters said: On Saturday afternoon, about five o'clock, I was on duty at Snargate Street. I saw the defendant thetre on horseback. he was drunk, riding from one side of the road to the other, and everyone had to get out of his way. he trotted till he got as far as Bench Street; he then drove the horse on the footway in front of the "Flying Horse Inn." I went up to him and told him I was a police-officer and that I did not consider he was capable of taking care of either the horse or himself. A gentleman offered to take the horse from him if he would get down, but he refused and I took him into custody. I believe the horse belonged to Mr. Packham. My attention was called to the defendant previous to my interfering by several persons.

The defendant said he was very sorry to think what had happened.

The Bench said now the defendant was sober, no doubt, he felt the disgraceful position he was in; they should fine him 10s. and 6d. costs.

The money was paid.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 23 January, 1880. Price 1d.


Thomas Thorne and Frederick Hill were charged with stealing a live fowl, value of 2s. 6d., at Wetersend, the property of Mr. Stephen Dale, on the 19th inst.

Mr. Worsfold Mowll prosecuted, and Mr. Collard of Canterbury, defended.

Lewis pain said: I am boy in the employ of Mr. Dale, at Watersend Farm. The day before yesterday I saw the two prisoners come to Mr. Dale's farm in a cart. It was before dinner, and they left the horse and cart in front of the granary. About one o'clock the horse and cart were still in front. The men had all gone to work, and I was in the cow-house having my dinner. I heard the fowls make a noise, and went and looked out of the window. I saw two men go in to where the fowls were, in the cart-lodge. The fowl all flew out and their horse started to run off. Hill held it, and the other men stayed in the cart-lodge. He presently came out with something in a dark cloth, and I heard the cry come from it os a fowl. He put it in the cart under the straw, and then took the horse and cart into a meadow where Mr. Bean, one of my master's men, was minding some sheep. I told Mr. Bean what I had seen yesterday morning.

Cross-examined: I didn't like to tell anyone that day what I had seen because I thought the men would say something to me. I don't know if the prisoners had dinner with Mr. Dale. The cart lodge, the granary and cow house are close together. The height of the window I looked out of was nearly 5ft. I saw the prisoners go in the cart lodge with a sack cloth, but I didn't see anything put in the cloth. I heard something which I am certain was in the sack make a noise like a fowl.

By the prosecution: After the fowls made a noise and flew about, the prisoner came out with the sack from the lodge.

Charles Hubbard, ostler at the “Flying Horse,” in Dover, said: On Monday afternoon the prisoners both came into our place in a cart about 2 o'clock. The cart contained also 4 sheep, a whip, and a sack with a dead speckled fowl in it. Hills asked me to take careof the sack with the fowl in it till he went home. It was not picked and the feathers were still on it. The other man saw and heard what took place. I took care of it by putting it in the corn bin until they left at six o'clock, when I handed it back to Hills. There was no other conversation about the fowl.

By the defence: The fowl was in the rug or sack when they arrived. I am certain it was near two o'clock when they came in.

Mary Elizabeth Dale, wife of Stephen Dale, of Ewell said: On Monday morning a little before 10, I saw the two prisoners come to the house in a cart. They asked for Mr. Dale, who I told them was unwell. They said they were sent for four sheep for Mr. Aggar, of Canterbury. They saw my husband and tried to make a deal with him for a horse and two pigs, but he refused. We have a very large quantity of fowls in the yard. After the two prisoners had got the sheep in their cart they drove towards Dover. The same night as when the prisoners came to the farm we also missed two breeding cows, and one bushel and a half of oats. The two pigs stolen were the same as the prisoners wanted to bargain for with my husband.
By the defence: The two prisoners had some food in the kitchen about half-past 12. The fowls generally get round near the cart lodge about midday as they are fed at this time.

George Ross, Instructor-constable stationed at Alkham, said: From information I received I went yesterday with two constables to Sturry to the house of prisoner Thorner, who keeps a beer shop. I saw him and whilst talking the other prisoner Hills, who is a lodger stopping there, came into the room. I then charged Thorner with stealing a live tame fowl, value of 2s. 6d., the property of Stephen Dale, on the 10th inst., and also charged Hills with assisting the prisoner Thorner. They both said they knew nothing about it. I left them in custody of the other constables and began at once to search the house. I found a quantity of fowls' feathers in a basket in the kitchen. Those produced are the same. I brought them to Dover.

By the defence: I received the information about one o'clock. They gave me no trouble nor did they seem at all confused.

The bench adjourned the case to the Wingham Sessions on the 5th of February to be holden at Wingham. Bail allowed from Friday.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 11 March, 1881. Price 1d.


An inquest was held on Saturday afternoon last, at the “Flying Horse Inn,” King Street, before the Deputy Coroner (S. Payn, Esq.), on the body of Mr. John Pankhurst, who died from injuries received, while hunting by a fall from his horse.

The following were the Jury: Mr. Bacon (foreman), Messrs. Middleton, Chapman, Welck, Lukey, Crosoer, Packham, Bridges, prior, Joyce, J. Taylor, A. J. Smith, Philpott, and Mate. The body having been viewed at the deceased's residence in Flying Horse Lane, the evidence as follows was taken.

Henry Pankhurst, fly proprietor, said: The deceased John Pankhurst was my father, and in the same business as myself. He was 71 years of age. On Monday last I saw him alive and well when he was going hunting on one of his own horses which was very quiet and a good hunter. I know nothing of the circumstances attending his death except what I have heard.

Henry Mullin, horse dealer, living at 9, Mill Lane, said: I was riding on Monday last with the East Kent Fox Hounds, having met at the kennels. The deceased was also there, and we rode together for nearly an hour and a half, the deceased's horse going very quietly and he appeared to be all right. We arrived at a field near Knapchester, and were going at a brisk canter, when the deceased branched off to go through a gateway by the right and I turned to the left to pass by another corner. I was about 500 yards off when I saw the deceased and his horse rolling in the field. I should think the cause of the accident was that on the horse going up the bank and getting on to soft ploughed ground had tried to start off again, but had completely turned over through the forefeet sinking in the ground. From what I could see at a distance the horse appeared to fall completely on the deceased. There were several gentleman near, one being, it saw said, a doctor. I then came on to Dover for a fly as requested, but I did not return to the field again. I have since heard that a carriage belonging to Mr. Packham, fly proprietor, was near at hand.

In answer to the Superintendent of Police, witness further said: The deceased spoke to me about two minutes before the accident, and that he had enjoyed himself more that day than he had for some time, and also remarked that the mare he was riding went beautifully.

Dr. Marshall, residing at 13, Liverpool Street, said: On Monday afternoon I was sent for to see the deceased, who I was told had just been brought home. I found he was suffering from great pain in the lower part of the abdomen. He was perfectly conscious, and told me how the accident occurred. I advised him to put to bed at once, and gave the necessary treatment. He continued in great pain for two days after, when bronchitis set in, and he eventually sank, and died on Tuesday evening. The cause of death was internal haemorrhage caused by the fall from his horse. The deceased told me the horse had fallen down, and rolled over him. I didn't trouble him with any questions.

By the Jury: The injuries received by the fall were sufficient to cause death. He lost a great deal of blood.

The Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental Death.”


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22 August, 1884. 1d.

Mr. Ball, of the “Flying Horse Inn,” wishes to say it was not from his yard the men who were fined last week took the load of manure, as he always has his removed early in the morning.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 22 June, 1886.


On Friday afternoon last an inquest was held by the Borough Coroner (Sydenham Payn, Esq.), on the body of a child three years of age named Walter Richard Linscott, at the “Flying Horse Hotel,” King Street. Mr. Hogben was chosen foreman of the Jury. It appeared from the evidence that was taken, that the deceased, who was the son of Mr. Linscott, waiter at the “Royal Oak Hotel,” met with his death, through the effects of a fall whilst, playing and trying to get on the back of another boy.

The Jury after hearing the whole of the evidence, returned the following verdict, “That the deceased died from injuries to the head caused by a fall.”


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 11 January, 1889.


On Monday at the Police Court, before S. F. Pierce and G. R. Killock Esqs., Mr. Spain applied on behalf of Mr. G. Tompkins, for permission to draw at the "Flying Horse Inn," the out-going tenant being Mr. James Ball. Mr. Tompkins, who has served 22 years in the army, has lately been mess steward at the Offices' Quarters' Dover Castle.

The application was granted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 11 January, 1889. Price 1d.


On Monday night an interesting ceremony took place at the “Flying Horse Hotel,” Bench Street. This was the presentation of a handsome souvenir to the assistant in the bar, Mrs. Flannan, on the occasion of her relinquishing the host which she had held for the past nine years. The gift which took the shape of a handsome diamond ring (supplied by Mr. Igglesden, Snargate Street) was presented by Mr. R. H. Foster, who, in doing so, made a few well chosen remarks. A pleasant hour was afterwards spent by those present, songs and harmony being the order of the evening. As the house has now changed hands, the healths of the outgoing landlord (Mr. Ball) and the incoming one (Mr. Tomkins) were duly honoured. The remarks made of the former were of a most flattering nature, and regret was expressed that he was not present at the gathering. The new tenant of the “Flying Horse” is Mr. Tomkins, for many years caterer to the R.A. Mess, Dover castle.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22 March, 1889. Price 1d.


Last evening about 9.30 a fire broke out in a one story building used as a bedroom, opening on to the back yard of the “Flying Horse Inn.” The Police, directed by Sergeant Barton, were quickly on the spot and extinguished the fire, but not until the contents of the room had been damaged or destroyed.


From Dover Express 26th July 1889.

Sudden Death of a Little Boy.

An inquest was held on Monday afternoon at the "Flying Horse Hotel" by the Coroner (Sydenham Payn, Esq.) on the body of Thomas Edward Calver, a little boy of about four and a half years, the son of Mr. Calver, who died at his father’s residence in the Market-square suddenly, about five o’clock on Sunday morning.

Mr. E. J. Dane was chosen foreman of the jury. Angela P. Calver, the mother of the child, was the first witness called. She said that the little boy when he came home from school on Saturday morning complained of a headache. He lay down on his bed till about three o’clock when he was very sick; he also had diarrhoea; after having a warm bath. After that he slept to near five the next morning, during that time he was watched by her servant. At that time witness was called, and he died about five o’clock. Last Easter he had a fall, and hurt his head against the fender; he has complained about the place being sore. She thought that the smell of paint which was about the house during the past week was the cause of him being taken ill.

Sarah Rye, the servant, was next called. She said she watched the deceased all night. About four o’clock he woke up and she gave him a drink of water. About five when she was getting into bed she heard him making a noise, and on going to him found him in a fit. Mrs. Calver who had also heard the noise came upstairs, and after a little time Mr. Calver went for Dr. Fenn, but before he came the deceased was dead.

Dr. Fenn said he was called about five o’clock on Sunday morning to go to Mr. Calver’s house. When he arrived the deceased was dead. It was of his opinion that the death was due to a fit caused by a disordered stomach. He thought that the smell of the new paint was very likely the cause of the disorder.

A. L. Day said she was a teacher at Mr. Pay’s in Castle-street. The little boy Calver was at school on Saturday morning. Just as the children were leaving she noticed he was very pale, and asked him what was the matter. He said he had a headache. He had not been hurt by any of the children during the morning.

The jury returned a verdict of “Death frress and East Kent News, Friday, 13 December, 1889. Price 1d.


On Monday, the adjourned charge against Edward Barton Rutley, with being drunk and disorderly in Market Street, was heard. Mr. F. Hicks, fly-proprietor, said: last Saturday week about half-past seven he was in the smoking room of the “Flying Horse,” when Mr. Rutley came in drunk, and got hold of Mr. Jones Ashley, and they commenced swearing so much, that three or more persons left the room. The landlord asked Mr. Rutley to go out, and Mr. Rutley then used bad language, and whilst the landlord went for a Policeman, Mr. Rutley went. After some time he returned to the bar, and witness heard him make use of bad language because they would not serve him with a glass of ale. The landlord was perfectly sober. Mr. A. H. Peake, gas and water fitter, living at Queen Street, said he was in the “Flying Horse” bar about a quarter-past seven on Saturday week, when he saw defendant come in. he was intoxicated, and he went into the smoking room, and Mr. Tompkins ordered him out. Witness did not hear what took place, but Mr. Tompkins was sober. When they came out of the room Mr. Rutley asked for a glass of ale, he refused to serve him. He did not see the defendant come in again. Mr. F. Dixon, living at 8, Saxon Street, tailor, corroborated the foregoing statements. The defendant was fined 20s. and costs 18s.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 28 August, 1891. Price 1d.



On the name of the “Flying Horse,” King Street, being called, the Magistrates' Clerk mentioned that the house had been purchased by the Government for the site of a post office, hence there was no application for the renewal of this license.



The premises again reopened as a licensed premises called the "Rhino and Bull's" on 15 November 2019.



RICHARDSON William 1713+

CLARKE William 1746+

PITCHER/PILCHER William dec'd 1751

BADCOCK William jun. 1751+

PILCHER Mrs 1768+ Kentish Gazette

DOORNE Thomas 1789-92+ Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792

BENSKIN William 1797-1805+ Historical Sketch 1799

Last pub licensee had MINTER John 1812-23 Pigot's Directory 1823

Last pub licensee had CHITTENDEN Mrs D 1830 ?

CHITTENDEN Sarah 1828-20/May/37 dec'd Batchellor 1828Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34(Pigot's Directory 1839 out of date info)

ELLDEN William May?1837-40+ (Kent Directory 1837)Pigot's Directory 1840

RAYNER Edward Charles 1842+

ELLENGER John 1847-Oct/63 (age 64 in 1861Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Dover Express

Last pub licensee had BIRCH Joseph George Oct/1863-71Next pub licensee had (age 51 in 1871Census) Dover Express

MOWLL E R July/1871 Dover Express

BALL James Sept/1871-Jan/89 (age 52 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Pikes 1889Dover Express

TOMKINS George Jan/1889-91+ (age 29 in 1891Census) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1891

Last pub licensee had BAILEY C A 1880s?


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792

Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Batchellor 1828From Batchellor's New Dover Guide 1828

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

Pikes 1889From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1889

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express

Historical Sketch 1799Historical Sketch of the Town of Dover 1799 by G Ledger



Information taken from John Bavington-Jones' book "A Perambulation of the Town, Port and Fortress of Dover", 1906. (Reprint in The South Kent Gazette, August 15th, 1979.)

Some traces of ancient buildings, which probably belonged to the monastery, were found in King Street when it was widened at the beginning of the last century. Under the houses on the western side, which would be about the middle of the present street, was discovered an ancient crypt, or undercroft. It extended from the southern end of King Street about half way towards the Market Place, and parts of it still remain under the road, and below the ruins of the burnt-out Crypt Restaurant. Upon this foundation there remained standing a part of a wall and two Gothic arches, rising 20ft. above the surface, facing north. There was ample evidence that the "Flying Horse" Inn, that formerly stood there (and on the site of which was built the Post Office, now the Employment Exchange) had been to a great extent built out of these ruins. A block of solid masonry, from 7 ft, to 8ft. thick, had to be tunnelled through towards the end of the 19th century, in making a connection with the main sewer from 15, King Street. This, too, must have been an ancient building connected with St. Martin-le-Grand.


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