Sort file:- Dover, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 31 August, 2023.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1847-

Harbour Ale Shades

Latest 1852+

Snargate Street and Crosswall

Five Post Lane



I have also heard this referred to as the "Harbour Shades Inn". Adamson kept such a house from 1847-1864. Adams and Company also kept one called "The Ale Shades" in the 1880's. Sometimes the address was Snargate Street and sometimes Five Post Lane. I am content to regard that as the property which later became the "Trocadero Bars".


Concerning the Crosswall. An "Ale Shades" was reported there in 1863 but a new licence went to Cook, for the "Wine Shades" at the Crosswall in 1864.

Bagshaw Directory 1847 described the premises as one of the 29  "Beerhouses" listed in that directory.


Southeastern Gazette, 16 August 1853.

Atrocious Assault.

At Dover police court on Tuesday last, a well-dressed Frenchman, named Adolphe Robert, was charged with a criminal assault on Harriet Upton, servant to Mr. Adamson, of the "Harbour Shades," Cross Wall. She had been engaged in the washhouse on the previous day, when the prisoner went there and commenced a series of indecent liberties. She called for assistance, and struggled with him, which rendered him more violent to overcome her resistance, but eventually her partially stifled screams were heard, and John Prebble, a blacksmith, coming to her assistance, the ruffian decamped. The injuries she sustained may be judged from the fact that she required assisting up stairs, and vomited blood, besides bleeding from the nose. Prebble pursued the Frenchman, who was captured by Mr. Adamson, the landlord of the "Shades." He (the prisoner) then offered 4 to settle the matter amicably, but the proposal was declined, as M. Adolphe Robert was deemed a proper person to be made a public example of. The magistrates, however, seem to have been of opinion that the affair might be dealt with very leniently, and they therefore fined the prisoner 60s. only, including costs, just 30s. less than the ruffian himself had set the indulgence of his brutality at. The money was paid.




ADAMSON George 1847-64 Next pub licensee had (age 50 in 1861Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

Last pub licensee had GALANTI Ferdinand 1852 Next pub licensee had


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862


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