Sort file:- Dover, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1649-

Grocer's Arms

Latest 1649+

Address unknown



Possibly a pub. A token of Edward Chambers once circulated showing that he lived in such a house in 1649. Another token, of Richard Cullen dated 1656, also carried the name but stated categorically that he was a grocer of Dover.


From Williamson Dover Trade Tokens.

Listed as 208:- O. RICHARD. CVLLEN= The Grocers' Arms.

R. GROCER. IN. DOVER. 1665= R.F.C. A merchant's mark.

Richard Cullen, by will, in 1696, gave a house and land, the yearly income to be distributed every Sunday evening to twenty poor widows of St. Mary's, Dover. he likewise gave another small cottage, the rent of it to be distributed in bread.



Further research tells me it would appear that the catalogue reference to "Grocers Arms" refers to the armorial emblem on the token and not to a public house. This was something similar to the Livery Companies that exist in the City of London today, perhaps.


Grocers coat of arms

Above picture showing the City of London Grocers Livery Company coat of arms.

Grocer's Arms coin obverseGrocer's Arms reverse

Above left showing the obverse, right the reverse of the coin. Both images have been digitally enhanced to highlight the detail.



CHAMBERS Edward 1649


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