Sort file:- Dover, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest May 1873

(Name from)

Jolly Sailor

Latest 1880

25 Commercial Quay Post Office Directory 1874



Another "Jolly Sailor" in the Pier District was operating from between 1791 and at least 1846, but this is not this one. This definitely changed name in November 1873 from the "Rodney" which in turn had only just been renamed from the "Princess Alexander" that same year in May.

This change of name being the only information I know about the premises at present, apart from the various licensees in the list below. I am hoping more will come to light, but 1880 is the last time I have found it mentioned.


I was sent this photo some time ago, and it was thought that it was of the Jolly Sailor at 25 Commercial Quay as John Gillham used to take a lot of photographs in the Dover area. Unfortunately with a little bit of research from Michael Mirams he has informed me that it is indeed the "Jolly Sailor" from Rye in East Sussex.

Ah well, the thought was there. I'm not going to delete it though but will add this to my outside of Kent list, just in case someone else should jump to the same conclusion, and I put it up again.


Jolly Sailor

Above photo from the John Gilham collection, date unknown.



BAKER George Jan/1874 end Post Office Directory 1874Dover Express

BAKER John Aug/1874+ Dover Express

KELLY William 1874-75 end

BAKER John or George 1875

WEAVER or WEBBER William 1875

BEDLINGTON Matthew to Jul/1880 Dover Express

WEBSTER Isaac Jul/1880+ Dover Express (Charlton, pensioner)


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-