79 Crabble Hill (Buckland Street)
Above photo of the "Gate" date unknown.
Gate Inn circa 1987 (Photo by Paul Skelton)
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
15 October, 1869.
John Golder, a farm servant, was summoned by James Thompson, a
gardener, for unlawfully assaulting him on the 1st of October.
The complainant said he was a gardener , living at Ash. On Friday
afternoon he met the defendant in the "Gate" public-house, at Buckland,
when they had some porter together. They afterwards started on their
journey, and witness and the defendant walked and chatted together.
After they had gone some distance they lay down on a bank. While they
were laying down on the bank, talking the defendant said he did not care
for anybody. He (witness) made the same remark, whereupon the defendant
got up and struck him several times. He had not struck defendant. The
defendant's mate was the only person present. The defendant afterwards
went on his journey, and on meeting witness again, asked him to make it
up, and witness shook hands with him, witness fearing that if he did not
do so he would be struck again by the defendant.
The defendant admitted striking the complainant, but said that he had
done so in self-defence.
He called William Cox, who said he lived at Wimbledon Oats and was
the defendant's mate on the day in question. he was on Whitfield Hill
near to defendant's waggon, when he heard the defendant and complainant
jeering at each other. he heard defendant say that he did not care for
anybody. He saw the complainant getting up, and heard him repeat the
same words used by the defendant, when the defendant went up and struck
complainant. They afterwards shook hands.
A letter was laid before the Bench written by the employer of the
defendant, giving him an excellent character.
The Magistrates considered the assault proved and fined defendant 2s.
6d., and costs 10s., which he paid.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
24 June, 1870.
COX v. QUESTED
This was a claim of £7 12s. 9d. for public-house fixtures, the
defendant having taken the "Gate Inn," at Buckland, from the plaintiff,
and undertaking to pay for the fixtures when he should have obtained his
Mr. Minter was for plaintiff.
Charles Cox: I formerly occupied the "Gate Inn" at Buckland, and gave
up possession to the defendant at Michaelmass last. On leaving the house
certain fixtures were left in the house, for which the defendant
undertook to pay when he should have obtained his beer license. The
undertaking was given in writing, and I produce it. The beer license was
obtained by the defendant in March last.
The defendant did not deny the agreement, and his only reply to the
case was that the license under which he was selling was only a
permissive one, and that he would pay as soon as it was made permanent.
The Judge considered that the license had been obtained within the
meaning of the agreement, and ordered the defendant to pay the amount in
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 16 September, 1870. Price 1d.
THE ANNUAL LICENSING DAY
A licence was granted to James Quested (supported by Mr. Lewis) for a
beer house at Crabble Hill.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 1
March, 1872. Price 1d.
Mr. Coleman applied for a license to sell beer at the "Gate"
public-house, Buckland, for Mr. Birch, the late landlord of the "Flying
Horse Inn," King Street, which was granted.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 6 September, 1872. Price 1d.
ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING
Application was made by
John Fenn for the licence of the “Gate,” Buckland, to be transferred to
him. In reply to the Magistrates, he said he had never kept a
public-house before, but had been employed as an engine-driver by Mr.
Robson, of Crabble. When asked by Mr. Stillwell if he had any
certificates to character, he produced a couple of papers, but the first
was only an approximate certificate, being a receipt for £18, and the
other was a circular the applicant had received from Mr. Stillwell. The
production of these “certificates” was hailed with considerable mirth by
the crowded Court; and as the applicant did not seem inclined to make a
further search among his papers, which appeared he kept promiscuously in
his pockets, he was told that he must make another application at the
adjourned meeting at Broadstairs, and then provide himself with the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 18 April, 1873.
PUBLIC HOUSE OFFENCES
John Finn, the landlord of the “Gate,” was charged with serving
intoxicating liquors during illegal hours, on the previous Sunday.
Police-sergeant Raymond deposed: I was on duty at Buckland on Sunday
morning last, and visited the “Gate” at 11.45. In the back part of the
premises I found three artillerymen, wearing the badge of military
police. One had a quart pot in his hand about three-quarters full of
beer. The landlord and landlady were both present. I asked the landlord
how this happened; and he said the men came to the door and asked for
beer, and he served them. I told him I should report the case.
The Magistrates fined him 20s. and 9s. 6d., the conviction to be
endorsed on his license.
Richard Harrison, John Malony, and James Cruckling, three artillerymen,
were charged with drinking on the premises of the “Gate” during illegal
hours, on the previous Sunday.
The defendants Harrison and Malony pleaded guilty, and Cruckling not
The Magistrates fined defendants 1s. and costs, 9s. 6d; to be paid on
the following Monday morning, with the alternative of seven days’
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 6
The landlord of the "gate Inn" applied for an extension of an hour on
the occasion of a Slate Club dinner on the 4th, which was granted.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 5
CHILDREN IN BARS
NOVEL METHOD OF EVADING THE LAW
At the Dover Police Court on Friday morning, an application was made
by Mr. Lister, from Messrs. Gardner and Co. for leave to build a porch
the the "Gate Inn," at Crabble Hill. It was stated that the porch was
being made in order to serve children under the age of 14 in jugs or
bottles, they, by the Children's Act not being allowed to go into a bar.
It was stated that the children would be served through a window.
There would be no entrance into the house.
Mr. Bradley said that as it was to carry on the legitimate business
of the house, he thought it should be granted. As to the question of
serving children, that would be left to the applicant's own
responsibility. There must be no drinking from the window.
Mr. Lister said that they would see that it was not, as it
would defeat their ends.
From the Dover Chronicle, 6 Mar, 1909.
CHILDREN IN PUBLIC HOUSES
At the Dover Police Court, on Friday, Mr. Lister, of Messrs. Gardner
and Co., asked for leave to build a porch at the "Gate Inn," Crabble-hill.
Mr. Lister stated that the porch was being made in order to serve
children under the age of 14, in jugs and bottles, they being, by the "Childrens'"
Act, not allowed to go into the bar.
Mr. Bradley said that as it was to carry on a proper and legitimate
business of the house, the application would be granted.
The picture, above, is a water colour by James H. Tucker showing Crabble
Hill in 1869 with the old tollgate some distance away from the Gate Inn.
The picture is owned by former ambulance driver Mr Joe Harman who also
has a copy of a picture by the same artist depicting the old windmill
and Kingsford's brewery at the foot of Coombe Valley Road.
Colin Kingsnorth stands beneath his historically inaccurate pub sign and
the actual sign in question. 5 August 1983.
From the Adscene Thursday 5 August 1983
Pub sign on wrong track.
Road to Rail - thanks to brewery
SHARP eyed passers-by on Crabble Hill, Dover, were surprised to see
rail bad taken over from road.
The new inn sign at The Gate shows a steam train being held up by the
gate on a railway crossing.
But The Gate Inn, at the corner of Pioneer Road, got its name from
the highway tollgate that stood close by until about 1871
For years successive inn signs have shown a gate on a road. Landlord
Colin Kingsnorth, in his fifth year at The Gate, says customers have
told him it's been changed three or four times in their lifetime.
One sign, of a five bar road gate, read: This gate hangs well and
hinders none, refresh and pay and travel on.
Mr Kingsnorth says: "This change of sign has nothing to do with me.
It's been a talking point among customers."
Pub owners Shepherd Neame decided the inn sign needed a repaint so
they put up the new one showing the wrong kind of gate.
Jonathan Leach, surveyor with the brewers and responsible for signs
says: "There's no reason for the change. We are in the middle of a three
year programme replacing the signs on nearly 400 pubs.
"I personally did not know the reason why this pub was called The
Gate but the research would have been left to consultants who would have
submitted their proposals to us.
"Often we replace signs like-for-like but not always. This change to
a railway scene was not done purposely."
Said a customer in the bar: "Perhaps they know something we don't.
Perhaps they are planning a railway crossing on Crabble HiII!"
Gate correct sign November 1993.
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
On the corner with Pioneer Road and retailing in 1868. The name was
derived from the toll gate which stood close by to late 1871, the sign amply
demonstrating the fact. It had been a private residence before entering the
trade. I mention a licence refusal in 1869 because Quested was granted one
in 1870. That was for a beerhouse on Crabble Hill. It suggests he may have
reopened here but it is possible that a "Liberty" retailed lower down the
Dover Mercury 30/Oct/2003
Where collectors would take a toll
A PUBLIC house which marks the spot where tolls were once collected on
the main road from Dover to Canterbury is up for house.
The Gate Inn, at Crabble Hill, is among the lots going under the
hammer at Clive Emson's auction at the Ramada Hotel, Hollingbourne, next
Thursday, October 30 2003.
Tolls towards the cost of maintaining the roads were collected until
the middle of the 19th century.
The Corporation bought the rights and used the gate to collect the
dues for coal coming into the town. A policeman who was near retirement
was lodged in the Tollhouse to man the gate.
Planning permission has now been given for the conversion of the
building into two three-bedroom houses.
From the website
November 14, 2008.
TRIBUTES TO RAIL DEATH DAD
TRIBUTES have been paid to local footballer and dad-of-two Carl
Dancer who died after being hit by a train near Dover Priory Station
The 30-year-old, of Lowther Road, was spotted on the track at
Buckland Junction by the driver of the 9.18pm Faversham to Dover train
at 10.05pm on November 5.
The driver is understood to have sounded his horn after seeing Mr
Dancer but could not avoid striking him.
British Transport Police said his death is not being treated as
Mr Dancer, a railway maintenance man, was well known in Sunday League
football circles, playing for Gate FC before his untimely death.
He was father to 18-month old, Mia, with partner Charley Dryden, 18,
also of Lowther Road and son Jordan, eight, from a previous
Former Astor College pupil Carl had three brothers: David, 34, Matt,
32 and Steven, 29. His parents Timothy, 57, and Diane, 53, live in
Elder brother Matt, of London Road, Dover, paid tribute to Carl on
behalf of the family.
He said: "He was a charmer. He knew how to talk to the ladies. He had
the words. He was one of the funniest people you could find. He knew how
to make you laugh. He loved his football. We just miss him."
London Fancy box worker Matt said Carl had visited his house at 9pm
Wednesday last week, the night he died.
He said: "He just came up to see me and borrow something. He was only
here for a couple of minutes."
Charley's grandmother June McTaggart, 69, of Chamberlain Road, said
grieving Charley is still coming to terms with Carl's tragic death.
She said: "You just don't know. Different people take it in different
ways. You can be devastated to hear the news and then all of a sudden
there's a blockage like it's not happened. It's a tragic thing."
After Charley was told of Carl's death she went to stay at her mum
Sheree's, Monins Road home to be comforted.
For the last five years Everton fan Carl played for Sunday League
side Gate FC, winning four Premier Division titles and at least eight
cup winners' medals.
Gate FC joint manager Gary Spiers said his teammates are "devastated"
by the news.
He said: "They are just completely gutted. Carl was a smashing lad,
very quiet. I can't speak any higher of him."
The incident caused major delays to the network with some trains
terminated early at Folkestone, Ashford and Canterbury, and the 10.54pm
Dover to Ramsgate train called back to the station. The 750 volts
conductor rail had to be shut down until the following morning while
police cordoned off the platform.
*Carl's funeral is at Barham Crematorium tomorrow from 1.20pm. The
dress code is informal with an Everton FC theme. Messages of condolence
will be read out at the service. A wake follows at The "Sportsman" pub
in London Road, Dover.
This number will vary over the years. A road widening was effected lower
down in when some properties disappeared but the project was not
finalised until post war. An outlet of Shepherd Neame that was serving
till 2006 when it ceased trading and is now a Chinese Takeaway titled "Yummy".
Photo above by Paul Skelton 8th Sept 2007. Now closed Gate Inn, now
Chinese takeaway called Yummy.
( Closed web http://www.doverpages.co.uk) 26th October 2003
The "Gate Inn" Public House first became a public house in 1868 the first
landlord then being C Pryor. Previous to becoming a public house the
building was a foremans cottage from Crabble Mill. This historic
building has been sold by the owners Shepherd Neame. It closed as a
public house on Sunday 26th October 2003.
Just below the building stood the old toll gate from which the pub takes
it name in the 18th & 19th century this was one of the main gates into
Dover from places such as Canterbury and London. After going through
this tollgate travellers would then go down the hill to what is now
Buckland Bridge where they would go through a weir crossing the river
Dour and on into Dover.
The pub nearest to Crabble Tollgate was the 'Liberty Inn' just up from
the "Three Cups" this pub dated from 1861.
An eight ton lorry loaded with crates of tinned foods crashed into the
side of the "Gate Inn" on Crabble Hill 17th September 1957 and completely
demolished the bottle and jug bar. Fortunately the crash happened just
after opening and there were no customers in the bar.
The lorry owned by a Bermondsey haulage contractor was driven by
51-year-old Mr. Walter Davis, of Camberwell.
Mrs. Eames. the wife of licensee Mr. Sam Eames who was taken to
hospital, said "she was serving a customer in the saloon bar when
there was a sudden crash, I thought the whole house was coming down on
top of me.
PRYOR C Jan/1868
CURTIS Thomas Jan/1868-Sep/68
COX Charles Sep/1868-Sept/69
QUESTED James Sept/1869-70+
BIRCH Joseph George Feb/1872
FINN, FLYNN or FENN Johnathan Sept/1872-73+
FLYNN James Andrew 1879-82+
NORRIS William 1895-1902 end
CASTLE Edward 1902-Oct/22
(PRITCHARD William Frederick 1930
KENNEDY Robert Charlie William Oct/1922-50 dec'd
KENNEDY Mrs Louisa 8/Dec/1950-51 end
TROWBRIDGE P Albert 1951-June/54
EMES Leonard Douglas June/1954-57 dec'd
HOLLAND Frank 1964-72 end
HUTCHINSON William C 1972-82
NEWMAN John 1982-87
KINGSNORTH Colin 1989-96
DAVEY C 1996-99
???? Colin & Sandra 1999-26/Oct/2003
Pub closed 26/Oct/2003
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express