Sort file:- Dover, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 29 September, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1864

Hand and Sceptre

Latest Feb 1961

8 London Road Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1922Pikes 1932-33

9 London Road in 1899


Hand and Sceptre
Hand and Sceptre
Hand and Sceptre

The former Hand and Sceptre circa 1995

Former Hand and Sceptre 2010

Photograph by Paul Skelton, 9 April 2010.


Earliest date found so far is 1864 when Edmund Anscombe was charged with infringing his license.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 17 December, 1864.


Edmund Anscombe, landlord of the "Hand and Sceptre" public-house, Charlton, was charged with an infringement of his license by serving at half-past one o'clock on Monday morning; but there were some mitigating circumstances in the case, and the Magistrates dismissed the defendant with a caution on his paying the costs of the hearing.



It was rebuilt for 1,200 in 1903 when its previous ninety nine year lease expired. It was fully licensed by 1916 when it sold the products of Phillips and Company. Unsuccessful attempts were made that year to have it declared redundant.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 15 April, 1927. Price 1d.


Plans for slight alterations to the "Hand and Sceptre," London Road, were approved.


Dover Express, Friday 20 January 1928.

At the Dover Police Court on Monday, the licence of the "Globe Inn," Peter Street, was transferred from Mr. George James Bond to Mr. Percy James Lewis, previously licensee of the "Hand and Sceptre."



World war two saw the suspension of the licence in 1940 and although it reopened post war, it had ceased functioning as a pub in February 1961 and the premises have since been used as a retail shop for toys.



ANSCOMBE Edmund 1864+

BOWLES Mrs Jane 1874-82+ (age 56 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

Last pub licensee had BOWLES William 1891-95 (age 59 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891Pikes 1895

BRUMBY John H 1899-1901 Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903

WIDGEON Edward John to Dec/1902 Next pub licensee had Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

Last pub licensee had WELLS John William Dec/1902+ Dover Express


HARRIS Frederick Alfred to May/1907 Dover Express

HARVEY Harold May/1907-July/12 Pikes 1909Dover Express (age 28 in 1911Census) (Of New Brompton)

BEST Joseph July/1912-Jan/14 end Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1913

CRITTENDEN WaIter Jan/1914-20 end Dover Express (Of Walmer)

MACKENZIE Alexander 1920


LEWIS Percy Louis George 1922-26? Next pub licensee had Post Office Directory 1922

SANDIFORD J 1922-25 Pikes 1924

MUMBRAY Robert Fred 1926-30 Post Office Directory 1930

TOMLINSON Harold 1930-32+ Pikes 1932-33

ABRAMS John H 1930 end

REED Herbert Edgar 1933-Aug/41 Post Office Directory 1938Pikes 1938-39

MARTIN Mr W (Secretary to brewers) Aug/1941+ Dover Express

FRANCIS Horace 1948-2-Mar-51+ Next pub licensee had Pikes 48-49Kelly's 1950Dover Express

STEPHEN Frederick John 2-Mar-1951-53+ Kelly's 1953Dover Express

ELLINGFORD R 1956-61 endKelly's 1956


The Dover Express reported Joseph Best as formerly a Dover grocer.


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

Kelly's Directory 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Pikes 1909From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Pikes 1932-33From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Pikes 1938-39From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39

Pikes 48-49From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49

Kelly's 1950From the Kelly's Directory 1950

Kelly's 1953From the Kelly's Directory 1953

Kelly's 1956From the Kelly's Directory 1956

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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