Sort file:- Dover, July, 2020.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 22 July, 2020.


Earliest 1966-

Hotel St. James

Latest 1990

Harold Street


St James church

Above engraving, date unknown, showing the Hotel St James on the right under the castle. Originally this was the vicarage to St James church which is now the playing fields for St Mary's school.

Hotel St. James

Above photo, date unknown, again showing the New St. James Church and what later became the Hotel St. James to the left of the photo.

Hotel St James advert

Above advert, date unknown. Kindly supplied by Paul Wells.

Hotel St James

Above photo shows the Hotel St James 2 April 1994.

From the Dover Express 27 May 1994.

Fire hit hotel for sale.


A FORMER Dover hotel is coming up for sale at an auction next month and could be demolished.

The Hotel St James, in 'Harold Street, was badly damaged by fire a few years ago and has not opened since.

The hotel had 16 bedrooms, a main bar, residents' lounge, committee room, restaurant and health club.

Planning permission - has been given for the hotel to be demolished and for 14 flats to be built on the site.

The property comes up for sale at Clive Emson's auction at the Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone, on June 6.


From the Dover Express 28 June 1994

Blaze Hotel unsold

A FORMER Dover hotel, severely damaged In a fire a few years ago, has failed to sell at auction.

Hotel St James, in Harold Street, was among the properties at Clive Emson's auction at Maidstone.

"The auction produced some notable results despite one building society's prediction that house prices had started going down again," said Mr Emson.

But the hotel was among the lots that did not sell. A spokesman for the auctioneers said the 16-bedroom hotel was still available at about 90,000.

Planning permission has been given for the demolition of the building and the redevelopment of the site with 14 flats.


Hotel St James

COMING DOWN: The former Hotel St James being demolished.

From the Dover Express 16 July 1998.

Disappearing Landmark


ANOTHER well-known building is disappearing in Dover.

The former Hotel St James at the end of Harold Street is being knocked gown to make way for new homes.

Fire swept through it in the early 1990 and despite hopes that it might be restored to its former glory, it has remained derelict.

Planning permission was given for the hotel to be demolished and for 14 flats to be built on the site and in June 1994 it was put up for sale with an asking "price of about 90,000. But it failed to sell.

The demolition men have now moved in and started pulling it down. A doctors' surgery is now planned for the site.


Hotel St James site 2014

Above image from Google 2014, showing the site today.


The hotel was certainly operating in 1966 when Chloe Scamp says she had her Wedding Reception held there.

I have heard the name Mrs Karmy and also the Bellone family mentioned as being the proprietors, but dates unfortunately known.



KARMY Mrs ????

BELLONE family ????


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