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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1871

Hope and Anchor

Latest 1880

Blucher Row


Picture from the Dover Express and East Kent News, 16 August, 1939.

Blucher Row

Blucher Row (date unknown), on Durham Hill, now the site of the Corporation flats. The name dates the property to about 1815. It was cleared under slum clearance in the mid-1930s. It is not known whether the Hope and Anchor is in this picture.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 June, 1872. Price 1d.


Mr. Coleman made an application for the transfer of license in the case of the "Hope and Anchor" public-house, at the top of Durham Hill, the present landlord being Mr. Joseph Burkett, and the applicant in this instant being a pensioner.

Superintendent Sanders could give the Magistrates no information in this case, and the Bench thereupon adopted to suspend the decision for a week in order that the Superintendent might have an opportunity or making enquiries respecting the way in which the house in question had been conducted and as to the character of the applicant.

Dr. Astley said he thought that, in future, in order to save time and trouble, Mr. Coleman had better communicate with the Police before making these applications to the Bench.



An outlet of Page, the Archcliffe brewer and situated at the top of Durham Hill, above York Street. His executors sold to Satchell in 1874. This held a beer license in 1872.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 6 March, 1874. Price 1d.


Important sale of an old-established and well-arranged BREWERY, together with 13 Freehold and Leasehold Public and Beer-houses, a Private Residence, Malt-house, Stabling, &c.

WORSFOLD, HAYWARD, & Co. Have received instructions from the Trusteee of the Estate of Mr. G. S. Page (in liquidation by arrangement, in connection with the Mortgagees, to Sell by Auction, at the “Royal Oak Hotel,” Dover, on Tuesday, 24th March, 1874, at three o'clock precisely, in one or right lots, the following important and Valuable Property.

LOT 8.

Five fully licensed Public-houses, all situate in the Borough of Dover, comprising the “Lion,” Elizabeth Street, the “Sportsman,” Charlton Green, the “Northampton Arms,” Northampton Street, the “Three Compasses,” Finnis' Hill, and the “Spotted Cow,” Durham Place. Also two good beer-houses, the “Plough,” Laurestone Place, and the “Hope and Anchor,” Blucher Row. These houses are held upon leases having from 12 to 20 years to run, and present at first-rate opportunity to any brewer wishing to open or extend a connection in Dover.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 11 April, 1873.


Ann McGillian, a daughter of Erin, was charged with wilfully breaking two panes of glass, value 2s., the property of Henry Pilcher, at the “Hope and Anchor” public-house.

Defendant pleaded guilty.

Maria Pilcher deposed: I reside at the “Hope and Anchor,” Blucher Row. At about five o'clock on the evening of the 1st instant, defendant came in and asked me for some beer. I told her I thought she had had enough. She was drunk. She then began to abuse me. I called my husband into the bar, and defendant then commenced abusing him. When my husband put defendant out, she continued using very bad language, collecting a large mob round the doorway. I went upstairs; and when defendant saw me, she endeavoured to throw a brick at me. She afterwards aimed a glass which she had in her hand at me. Defendant came into the house a second time; and when my husband put her out again, she staggered on the steps and fell into a yard outside. When defendant got up again she came across and put her hands through two panes of glass, the value of which is 1s. 6d.

Defendant said witness's husband had abused her by calling her an Old Irishwoman; and afterwards provoked her anger by knocking her down into a yard, rendering her almost insensible. Mrs. P had added “fuel to the fire by” throwing a quantity of dirty water on her.

Witness denied defendant's statements.

Superintendent Sanders said defendant had been convicted once before, of felony.

The bench fined defendant 12s., 9s. 6d. costs, and the damage to the window, 1s. 6d.; in all 23s., which she paid.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 18 July, 1873.


Henry Pilcher, the landlord of the “Hope and Anchor,” Blucher Row, was charged with having his house open during prohibited hours on Sunday, and a man named Johnson was charged with drinking in the house at the time; but it transpired that Johnson had taken a letter to the “Hope and Anchor” and that Mrs. Pilcher had given him a pint of beer for his trouble. The Magistrates therefore, dismissed the case.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 May, 1874. Price 1d.


Thomas Pilcher, for whom his wife appeared, was summoned for having his house open for the sale of beer on a Sunday morning at one o'clock and Ellen Richards was charged with fetching a gallon of beer at that house.

William Corrie, police-constable, said: On Sunday morning, about one o'clock, I was in Blucher Row and saw Mrs. Richards go to the door of the "Hope and Anchor" public-house, of which Thomas Pilcher is the landlord. She knocked and the door was opened to her. I listened and heard the beer engine drawing beer. Mrs. Richards opened the door and said "good night." She had a can of beer. I think it was a gallon can. The landlady said to me "You are just in time, what are you going to have to drink?" I said "nothing," and she replied "Do have something to drink." I said I should report the case.

Mrs. Richards said she lived next door to the "Hope and Anchor" and her son, who had come home from the Ashantee war, lodged at the public-house. He was having fits and she was going to see him.

Police-constable Corrie: The woman was drunk.

Mrs. Richards: That I was not. I have been a teetotaler since Christmas.

A man named Shilito was called and stated that the young man who lodged at the public-house was in fits at eleven o'clock.

James Richards, of the 2nd Rifles, said: Last Saturday night I had fits. I have had fits ever since I was wounded. I am stopping at the "Hope and Anchor." I cannot recollect what took place on Saturday night.

Mr. Richards here appealed to the Magistrates and asked if it were not a hard thing if a mother could not get in to see her child without a policeman interfering.

The Magistrates said they were quite satisfied that the offence was committed and the landlord would have to pay 1 and costs, and Mrs. Richards 1s. and costs.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 4 October, 1878


Was granted to Mr. Annett at the “Hope and Anchor” on the receipt of good testimonials.


The circumstances in 1881, at which time the house had been closed for nine months, was that the Superintendent of Police was recommending that it should not be allowed to reopen.


In September 1881 it passed to Barker of Loose near Maidstone, together with ten other licensed houses of the town for 610. (Click here.) Perhaps he was lucky but I never came across it again.



Unknown to Nov/1871 Dover Express

BURKETT Joseph Nov/1871-July/72 Dover Express (Beer house)

PILCHER Henry July/1872-75 Dover Express

SCOTT Joseph 1875



FASSUM/FASSON Henry Mar/1877+ Dover Express

Last pub licensee had HANNING 1878

Last pub licensee had ANNETT William Enos Oct/1878-Nov/79 Dover Express

HOOD/FLOOD William Nov/1879-80 Dover Express

WELLARD Edward May/1880+ Dover Express (Council House Street, dealer)


Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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