23 Commercial Quay and 74 Snargate Street
The western docks, in 1880, with Snargate Street in the
foreground showing some of the properties swept away when Commercial
Quay was enlarged. The buildings now gone include those of the Duke of
Cambridge Inn, left, The Grand Shaft Inn (marked with XX), the "Mitre Hotel" and Bishop,
An outlet of Dover Brewery Company in 1868. The pub was situated next
the "United Stores."
Shaft tunnel leading to the barracks above had opened in 1802.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
4 December, 1868. Price 1d.
Mary Anne Barton, married and unfortunate, was charged with
obstructing the thoroughfare in Snargate Street, on the previous night,
in a state of drunkenness.
Police-constable Bath said he saw the prisoner in front of the "Grand
Shaft Inn," about twenty minutes past eleven on the previous night. She
was very much the worse for liquor, and was making use of the most
abusive terms towards the landlady of the "Grand Shaft Inn." Her
language and demeanour occasioned a mob of people to assemble, and as
she refused to go away or to desist, he was obliged to take her into
Mrs. Elizabeth Bailey, wife of Thomas Bailey, landlord of the "Grand
Shaft Inn," appeared to complain against the prisoner. Since she came
out of the "United Stores," another
public house adjoining the one witness kept, and on seeing her at her
bar, called her a filthy name. Her conduct caused a mob to assemble,
and she would not go away till the policeman interfered.
By prisoner: I did not call you a married ______, or say you aught to
be ashamed of yourself to draw your husband's half-pay while living a
life of a prostitute.
The prisoner said she was sorry for having caused a disturbance; but
that no disturbance would have been caused but for the conduct of the
woman Bailey, who, she sarcastically remarked, remained perfectly
unconscious of her (prisoner's) improprieties as a married woman all the
while they were carried on in her house and she derived some benefit
The Magistrates fined her 5s. and 7s, costs, which she paid.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday
29 January, 1869.
Charles Bayley, landlord of the "Grand Shaft Inn" was summoned
for an assault on Mrs. Evans, landlady of the "United
Stores," and was fined 10s., and costs, which he paid.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 15 September, 1871. Price 1d.
A TROUBLESOME FATHER-IN-LAW
Henry Cox, an aged man, was charged with being drunk and obstructing his
son-in-law in his business, at the “Grand Shaft Inn,” Snargate Street.
The Magistrates enquired whether, before proceeding with the evidence,
the complainant wished to press the charge.
The complainant said he did not wish to do so. His only object was to
put a stop to defendant’s coming to his house (the “Grand Shaft Inn”).
On these occasions the defendant was frequently the worse for liquor,
and by his abuse of witness and his wife, he obstructed them in their
business. The defendant continually came, and on each occasion did more
or less damage to their property.
The Magistrates told the defendant that such conduct as this towards his
son-in-law could not be tolerated, and enquired whether he would make a
promise to abstain from doing so in future.
The defendant: I have not annoyed the complainant; but, on the contrary,
it was the complainant who annoyed me.
The Magistrate: If you persist on saying so, we must go into the case.
The defendant, after some little hesitation, promised not to go to the
complainant’s house any more, and the Magistrates, upon this
understanding, dismissed him.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 December, 1875. Price 1d.
John Pucknell, a labourer, was summoned for leaving his horse and cart
with no one in charge.
Mr. Wollaston Knocker, the Town Clerk, prosecuted.
Police-constable Walker deposed: Last Wednesday evening I was on duty at
the Commercial Quay. I found a horse and cart standing in the middle of
the road, so as to stop any carriage traffic. I took it to the side of
the road and watched for ten minutes, when defendant came out from the
backdoor of the “Shaft Inn.” I remonstrated with him for leaving his
horse, and told him it was not my duty to mind it. He said, “It is a
______ lie. It has not been here any time.” I said it had been there ten
minutes, and he made the same reply, and added, “You can do what you
like.” I then took his name and address.
The Bench discharged the prisoner after cautioning him severely.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 September, 1882. Price 1d.
SUSPENSION FOR CONSIDERATION
The landlord of the “Grand Shaft Inn” was called up and told that there
had been a conviction a few days ago with respect to this house, and
there was a question as to the way the house was conducted; therefore
the question of renewing this licence would stand over to the adjourned
meeting at Broadstairs.
The landlord wished to address the Bench.
The Chairman said the report on the case was not yet before them,
therefore he would not go into it until the adjourned meeting.
Mr. Worsfold Mowll said he was instructed to appear on behalf of the
landlord, but if the Bench were decided not to go into the matter he
would say no more.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 3 September, 1886. 1d.
DOVER LICENSING SESSIONS
In the case of the “Shaft” the tenant had left and given up possession
to the Dover Brewery Company. The case being out of order was ordered to
stand over. Ultimately the license was granted to the tenant.
By 1896 Dawes and Son sought a new licence for premises
they were about to erect in Heathfield Avenue. (The "Diamond
Hotel") It was only issued with the
proviso that this one be surrendered. These premises then continued as tea
BAILEY Thomas 1868
BAYLEY Charles 1869
MARTIN Charles 1871
MARTIN Mrs Harriet May/1873-77
DAWSON Thomas T H J Mar/1877+
WING Michael to Jan/1880
BRYNE James Owen Jan/1880+
POWELL Henry 1882
BROWN Mr E Cornelius 1888-98
HAMMOND T C 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Post Office Directory 1901