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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1819

Hope Inn

Latest 1913

2 Great Street Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1839Pigot's Directory 1840 and 15 Council House Street Post Office Directory 1874Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903


Hope Inn 1896

Above photo from the John Gilham collection 1896. Showing Louis Marbrook aged 18 standing outside, also man in bowler hat and London Guard Cummings.

Hope 1913

Above photo circa 1913, kindly sent by Graham Butterworth.

Hope Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

1872 map

Above map 1872, showing the location of the "Hope" in green.


Perhaps the address changed or maybe it had to addresses as it stood on the corner of the two streets.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 7 January, 1837.


A Free Public House, known by the Sign of the "Hope" in Dover. Enquire at the above house.


Southeastern Gazette, 1 March 1853.


Feb. 20, at the "Old Fountain," Caroline-place, Dover, Mr. Peter Symonds, aged 80 years, boatman, and for 40 years a licensed victualler. ("Hope Inn")



It was always Great Street up to 1856. Robinson was the patron in 1843 when he received notice to quit as the ground was needed by the approaching South Eastern Railway. He successfully obtained a licence for other premises in the same Square and was ready to move when the railway decided it did not require the site after all. The air was blue of course.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 23 January, 1874. Price 1d.


A sad case of suicide was investigated this morning by Mr. W. H. Payn, coroner, at the "Hope Inn," Council House Street. Ann Gillet, an elderly woman, living alone in Council House Street not having been seen for several days her house was broken open yesterday and she was found hanging to the bed post quite dead. The Jury having been sworn they went to the room where the poor woman was lying. It was a very small room, almost entirely occupied with a large four-post bed. From one of the posts she had hung herself with a cord and a sheet. The circumstances are detailed in the following evidence:-

Sarah Hogben sister of the deceased and the wife of Henry Hogben said: The deceased was my sister. Her name was Ann Hart Gilbert and she was the widow of John Gilbert, a mariner. She had general good health, but lately has been much distressed in mind respecting her daughter who has been in an asylum during the last six months. Last Friday the deceased was up at my house the whole day. She talked rather strange at times; I feared she would go out of her mind but I never thought she would have done this. On Friday she went home at about nine o'clock at night and I thought it strange that I did not see her again. I came down on Wednesday and found the door fast and left again. On Thursday the next door neighbour sent for me and the window was opened and I called, "Ann! Ann! will you answer me?" There was no reply, and a neighbour, Mr. Venner, came and an entrance having been effected by the window he went in and discovered my sister dead. She was 62 years of age.

Charles Venner, builder, said: Yesterday afternoon I was called by Mrs. Hogben to go upstairs to look for the deceased; they had not sufficient nerve to do so. I went and saw the deceased handing from the bedpost in the room where she now lies. She was suspended by a cord and a sheet rolled into a rope. I examined her, and being satisfied that she had been dead some time, I sent for a doctor and the police. Dr. Marshall came, and she was taken down. Dr. Colbeck was first sent for, but he did not come.

Harry Suter, police-constable said: I was called yesterday afternoon, about a quarter-past three. I was called to 66, Oxenden Street, and I found there, on the front room of the first-floor, the body of the deceased handing from the top of the bedpost. With the assistance of Mr. Venner, I untied the cord, and unloosed the sheet. The sheet was round her neck twice, and the cord tied under her ear. Her one foot nearly touching the floor and the other seemed to be caught on the chair. It was Dr. Colbeck who called my attention to the case. He was going up Snargate Street.

Dr. Marshall said: I was called by the police yesterday afternoon, to see the body of deceased. I examined the body, and in my opinion she had been dead two days. There was a deep and wide mark round the neck caused by the twisted sheet. I believe the cause of death to have been strangulation by hanging.

The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide," during temporary insanity. 



It was kept by Archer in 1819 but for many years the Marbrook's officiated, being associated with it in fact over two centuries. The next people to want the site were Dover Corporation who were trying to redevelop the district. They were happy to pay 1,947 for it with the knowledge that it would be more under the Compensation Scheme. The licence passed to them in 1913 and subsequently lapsed.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 October, 1913. Price 1d.


At the Dover Magistrates Court this (Friday) morning, before Messrs. M. Pepper and H. F. Edwin.

An application was made to the Town Clerk for a transfer of the “Hope Inn,” Great Street, from Mrs. A. Marbrook to the Town Clerk.

Mr. Reginald Knocker stated that he was instructed by the Corporation to apply for the transfer of the licence of the “Hope Inn” to himself, the Corporation having recently purchased the property. As the Magistrates were aware, the property in this neighbourhood was being demolished, and in due course this house would be pulled down. At the present moment it was not quite decided what course would be taken in regard to it, and as a temporary measure he was making this application. Id the Corporation decided to proceed further in the matter a further application would be necessary as it was not the intention of the Corporation that he should go into the house to carry on the business.

The Chairman: We were going to ask about that.

The Magistrates' Clerk: Have you any references? (Laughter).

The Town Clerk: I am prepared to find them if required.

The Chief Constable: I happen to have known the ingoing tenant for a good many years.

The Chairman: The house is still there?

The Town Clerk: Oh, yes.

Mr. Edwin: The windows and doors – are they still there?

The Town Clerk: I have no information about their removal.

The Chief Constable said that one window was removed to get out the furniture, and was not replaced.

In reply to the Chairman, Mr. Knocker said he was not prepared to carry on business.

The Chairman: Suppose a traveller comes, you are bound to serve him.

The Town Clerk: There is no one there to serve him.

The Chairman: You will have another writ then.

The Town Clerk: I hope not.

The application was granted.




ARCHER M 1819-23

SYMONDS Peter 1826-39 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

DOUSE George 1839-40+ Pigot's Directory 1840

ROBINSON William 1843-47 Bagshaw's Directory 1847


PREBBLE Thomas P 1851

TURNER George Henry Jan/1856+ Dover Express

STRAND John 1861+ (age 39 in 1861Census)

CULMER William Mar/1870-74+ Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1874

HOWE William July/1878+ Dover Express

HOWE Richard 1879-82 Post Office Directory 1882

MARBROOK Abraham B senior 1891-99+ Post Office Directory 1891Pikes 1895Kelly's Directory 1899

MARBROOK Abraham junior 1900-03+ Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

DREW M 1907

MARBROOK Mrs Elizh 1907-13 end Post Office Directory 1913

MARBROOK Mrs Ann Mary 1913

KNOCKER Reginald Oct/1913 Dover Express


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

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

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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