29 Winchelsea Street
Above, date unknown.
Photos kindly supplied by Barry Smith, circa 1980
Grapes, sign August 1993.
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
On the corner with Winchelsea Road, this changed from
Whitbread to Shepherd Neame in July 1973. The street itself dates from 1866
and a predecessor of this stood on the opposite corner in 1867. The present
house was being constructed in 1873 and the first establishment ceased
trading so that this one could begin.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 10 December, 1869. Price 1d.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A CHILD
An inquest was held at the “Grapes Inn,” Winchelsea Street, on Saturday
afternoon last, before the Borough Coroner, W. H. Payne, Esq., on the
body of a child named Alma Tabitha Castle, the daughter of a warder at
the Dover Prison.
The Jury, of whom Mr. John Morris was chosen the foreman, having been
sworn, and the body viewed, the following evidence was adduced:-
Mrs. Ann Castle said: I am the wife of James William Castle, a warder at
the Dover Gaol. The deceased was my forth child, and her age was two
years and nine months. She has been delicate from her birth. The child
was six weeks old when it was attended by Dr. Astley, and sometime after
that it was attended by Dr. Baird. It was an out-patient at the Hospital
at the time. It got better, and continued sometimes better and sometimes
worse until Thursday last, when it appeared to have a cold, and seemed
loaded in the chest. This morning, a few minutes before seven, I found
it wheezing very much and called one of my daughters. I found some
phlegm on one side of her mouth, which I wiped off. I think took her in
my arms, and had scarcely done so when she expired. I sent for Mr.
Walter, who soon attended; but the child was dead. I had not given it
any medicine for about a week.
By the Jury: The child was not subject to fits.
Mr. John Walter said, I am a surgeon, residing and practising in Dover.
Shortly before eight o’clock this morning I was called to see a child at
No. 16, Winchelsea Terrace, and on going to the house I found the child
dead. On examination I found no marks of violence upon it. I have no
doubt the child died of bronchitis. The deceased was very delicate and
small for its age. The glands of the throat were much enlarged. There
was nothing suspicious about the appearance of the child. I could not
tell the exact cause of death without a post mortem examination.
The Jury found the deceased child dies from “Natural Causes.”
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
1 April, 1881. Price 1d.
TO BE LET
The "Grapes Inn," Winchelsea Street, Folkestone Road, doing a large
and very respectable trade; no premium; incoming by valuation about
£300. The position of the house is very commanding, being free from
competition, and advantageously placed for securing the trade to the
Messrs. Worsfold & Hayward
Auctioneers and Valuers,
Market Street, Dover.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 7 August, 1885.
An inquest was held this morning at the “Grapes,” Winchelsea Street, on
the body of a married woman, Cowley, who died suddenly when alone in her
house on Wednesday. A verdict of natural causes was returned.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 30 August, 1889. Price 1d.
DOVER BREWSTER SESSIONS
THE GRAPES, WINCHELSEA
The landlord of the “Grapes Inn,” Winchelsea Street, was called up.
The Chairman said that he had been fined for having his house open at
improper hours. He must be careful not to offend again, or the license
might be forfeited.
Still with us in 1990 and a larger bar installed in 1987
by Gary Moffat in addition to a spotlighted stage, (to encourage local
It finally closed in 1997 and is
now a private house. (2007).
From the Dover Express 30 September 1998.
THE GRAPES INN: Last orders were called in the bar in 1997.
Grapes Inn makes a very tasty home
A well known former public house is one of the more interesting
properties on the market at Dover.
The Grapes Inn at Winchelsea Street
has a charted history over many years and was delicenced last year.
Over the past year it has been renovated and now offers a very spacious four
bedroom family home for an asking price of £65,000.
The ground floor is
particularly extensive, retaining the open plan aspects of the original
bars formed around a central counter console.
These could be divided
into four separate rooms if required, but subject to any necessary
A particular feature is a floor to ceiling natural
brick chimney breast in the saloon area having a living flame log effect
From behind the counter steps lead to two cellar rooms, one
offering trap door access from the pavement, originally used to import
Upstairs there are four bedrooms, a bathroom with shower
over the bath and a kitchen/dining room with a range of units and
separate utility room leading off.
The property is heated by a gas
system extending to radiators, and carpets as fitted are included in the
At the rear is an enclosed walled garden with rear pedestrian
access into Winchelsea Road.
Black Horse Agencies Gearing & Colyer are
agents for the sale.
From the Dover Express 21 May 1998
ONE of Dover's oldest pubs is up
for sale as a four bedroom house for £65,000.
in Winchelsea Street, off Folkestone Road, was once one of two pubs in
Dover with that name.
Agents for the sale, Black Horse Agencies, say
that over the past year the property has been subject to improvements.
"The ground floor retains the open plan aspect of the original bars
formed around a central counter console.
"From behind the counter steps
lead to two cellar rooms with one offering trapdoor access to the
From advertisement by Black Horse Agencies Geering & Colyer
GAS HEATING SYSTEM
FOUR FORMER BAR RECEPTION AREAS
WALLED REAR GARDEN
"The Grapes Inn", one of Dover's more interesting properties, is a former Shepherd Inn public house, but now de-licensed. Over the past year the property has been the subject to general improvement and we believe it now offers the potential for a very spacious four bedroom family home.
The ground floor is particularly extensive, retaining the open plan
aspects of the original bars formed around a central counter console.
These could be divided into four separate rooms if required but subject
to any necessary consents.
A particular feature is a floor to ceiling natural brick chimney
breast in the saloon area having a living flame log effect gas fire.
From behind the counter steps lead to two cellar rooms, one offering
trap door access from the pavement, originally used to import beer
The first floor is arranged to four bedrooms; a bathroom; with
Dolphin shower over the bath; and a very spacious kitchen/dining room
4.47m x 3.76m (14'8" x 12'4") having a range of units and a separate
utility room leading off. The property is heated by a gas system
extending to radiators, and carpets as fitted are to be included in the
At the rear is an enclosed walled garden with rear pedestrian access
into Winchelsea Road. Situated within 100 yards of an en-route bus
service at Folkestone Road, the town centre shops and Priory mainline
railway station are within half a mile, and the seafront and docks
within one mile.
PARCE J 1867
WILSON William Charles 1867
WILSON C 1870
HALKE John 1873-Jan/80
ALLRIGHT Jesse Toop Jan./1880-81+
THOMPSON William 1882
MACKEY James Robert 1889-91+
JOHNSON Richard James 1895-1901
MELLOR James R 1903-08+
MELLOR Mrs Edith Eliza 1913-Mar/33
KENNARD Harry Mar/1933-34
MERRYMAN George 1934-May/35
OXENHAM John May/1935-36
JAMES Frederick Charles 1937-62
MOFFATT Gary 1984-87 Shepherd Neame
PRITCHARD Stephen Grapes 1990
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