155 Snargate Street
Above photo circa 1960, kindly supplied by Terry Wheeler of the Ramsgate
Above picture by kind regards Chris Byrne, son of landlord Tom.
Gardner once had an outlet on this site known as the "Warrior". It was
still being reported there in 1895 but on the other hand, according to my
notes, Paramour had the "Invicta" there in 1887. That is probably an error
on my part which I mention to avoid arguments.
The above picture gives a date of 1761 as to the age of the building. I
have no information to doubt or confirm that, but the earliest I have for
the building being a licensed premises is 1870, but my research is far from
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 29 January, 1886. 1d.
The Dover carnival Society had their annual dinner on Wednesday evening
last, at their club house, the “Invicta Inn.”
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
10 March, 1933. Price 1½d.
DOVER ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING
A music and singing licence was granted to Mr. Lewis Carver in respect of
the "Invicta," Snargate Street. Plans for alterations to the premises,
including the removal of an unwanted staircase, were approved.
In 1908, the doors of the pub were set back three feet from the pavement,
making the bar smaller. That does not suggest a busy time but perhaps things
were better in 1950, when an application was made for the floor and frontage
of number 156 to be added.
The rear of these premises were destroyed by fire on 24 June 1972. A
further fire broke out on the derelict premises at a later date, and
although it was still standing in March 1973, it was only prevented from
collapse by the use of beams and scaffolding and was taken down shortly
A Whitbread House.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 11 June, 1937.
DOVER DART CHAMPIONS
The "Invicta" dart team, which won the Dover Licensed Victuallers'
Dart Championship. Reading from left to right:-
Back Row: A. Ross, G. Lodder and P. Nicks.
Sitting: D. Chapman, F. Lewis, H. Marklow (captain), J. Berry and R.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 12 February 1954.
DRUNKS WENT UP THE CLIFF
Police had to get them down.
Police were called to Snargate Street just before midnight on
Saturday when two men were found stuck on the cliff face. When the
police eventually brought them down to the road it was found that they
They were going over the cliff, they said, for a short cut to
On Monday, 22 year old David James Mold, of 34, Beaufoy Road, and
David Robert Page, age 19 years, of 70 Limekiln Street, both seamen,
pleaded guilty at Dover Magistrates' Court to being drunk and disorderly
on Sunday. They were each fined 10s.
Inspector Wilkinson told the court that the police were called by
phone on Saturday. Sergeant Forsyth and other officers answered the call
and on the cliffs behind Snargate Street were found the defendants.
They were twelve feet up the cliff face at the back of the "Invicta"
public house, and both were drunk.
Sgt. Forsyth was able to get Mold to the ground, but not Page, who
was staggering on the cliff over a sheer drop of eight feet. Other
officers managed to lead Page to safety.
It was Sunday by the time they got down again to Snargate Street when
both men began to be disorderly.
There were no previous convictions against either defendant.
"Thank your lucky stars that they police were able to rescue you,"
said Mr. Golding (Chairman of the Magistrates) announcing the fine of
Above photo kindly sent by Chris Byrne, showing Mrs. Terry Byrne and
daughter Yvonne circa 1970.
From the Dover Express, 4 September, 1970
'Drink's driver had given his customers a lift.
A Dover licensee - described as a "well-known and popular man - was
disqualified from driving for 11 months by Dover magistrates on Friday.
Thomas Byrne of the "Invicta" public house, Snargate Street, pleaded
guilty to driving with excessive alcohol in the blood.
He was fined £40, banned from driving and ordered to pay an £8
Byrne was stopped by a police officer in Charlton Green early one
morning in June, after being followed from Buckland Avenue, long Barton
Road and down Frith Road.
At the junction of Barton Road and Frith Road, and Frith Road with
Charlton Green, Bryne made several corrective movements with the car to
negotiate the corners.
He was stopped and a breath test proved positive.
A sample of blood sent for analysis to New Scotland Yard showed that
there was 224 milligrams of alcohol to every 100 millilitres of blood,
three times the prescribed limit.
Defending solicitor, Mr. Richard Stuart told the magistrates: "It is
an occupational hazard for licensees."
"There were three people in the public house at closing time, with no
way of getting home."
Byrne had had some drinks during the evening with the customers.
He then took the three people home in his car, and stayed at their
home for some time to have some coffee.
It was on the way back that he was stopped.
"At the end of the enquiry at the police station he was invited to
drive his own car home, said Mr. Stuart.
"He thought this was strange, and said he would rather walk. The
police drove his car to his home.
The magistrates were told that Bryne had been in the Army for
26 years, leaving as a Regimental Sergeant Major, he had been driving
for over 30 years without any previous trouble.
"He has already sold his car because he knew he would be
disqualified," said Mr. Stuart.
From an email by Derek Yeomans. (11 Feb 2008).
As a young boy I used to live in the Invicta Inn in Snargate St.
1948/1952. This was the period that Les Pearce was the landlord, he also
was a well-known inshore fisherman, during this time his mother would
take on the running of the pub. Regarding the fishing, he would sell his
catch to the White Cliffs Hotel then run by a Mr Boiardini this is only
a snippet of information but it does show a link between the Invicta
Inn and the White Cliffs Hotel if only on a commercial basis.
From an email by Maggie Stevenson-Knight. (1 September 2007).
We've just been talking to the son of the woman who used to run
the Invicta. He says that he doesn't have any photos, but that his sister up in
Scotland might, as she took the family album after his mum died.
So he's going to 'phone them and see, and will let us know. Wouldn't it
be great if he did come up with a picture. Fingers crossed. He did say that
when he lived in it, it was badly bomb damaged upstairs, and the whole
upstairs was bent and buckled and it all creaked. Also, when the
Hippodrome was blown up it blew in the doors of the pub, which was almost
opposite, he says.
PARAMOR William R Apr/1887-Nov/87
MARTIN George Nov/1888+
licensed victualler of Blean)
POULSON Henry Albert 1895
WILLIAMS William Jn 1899-1901
HARLAND Bert Henry 1901-05 end
BUCKINGHAM Frederick 1905-07 end
READER John 1907-08 end
GILLESPIE Frederick John 1908-11
BAKER Josiah B 1911-Jan/14
WHITING Walter Jan/1914+
DAVIS Alfred 1917-22
FORSYTHE Edward P 1922
LOTINGA Philip 1923-24 end
ASKIE Frederick John 1924-Feb/31
SMITH George Robert Feb/1931+
HUGHES C H 1932
CARVER William Edward to Sept/1933
LEVEY Bert Barnett Sept/1933-May/35
at "Queen's Head," Hoxton.)
LEWIS Frederick Charles Victor May/1935-Oct/40
Of Kensington, London)
CLINCH Ernest William Oct/1940 (Secretary to Gardener & Co.)
PEARCE Mr Les 1941-48
PEARCE Mrs Lillian 1948-50
THOMAS John Beresford 1953-56 end
FRANCE Albert James 1956-67
BYRNE Thomas 1967-72
COOMBER John F A 1974
Gardner & Co
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956
Library archives 1974
From the Dover Express