90 Limekiln Street
Above photo of Kent Arms before Limekiln Street as widened in 1926.
Photo by kind permission of Dover Library ILL/2408
Earliest I have seen this pub to date is a mention in the Trade Directory
of 1792 under Victuallers, and the name Robert Simms is mentioned, but
nothing more found to date till 1862.
Kemp officiated in 1862 and Hyman saw the close in 1913. The town paid
£500 for it that year but the Harbour Board still seemed to have an interest
after that. I note that a payment of £640.17s. was made to them in 1922 but
that would also have related to 84-89 Limekiln Street. The evidence suggests
that would still not necessarily have been the last payment.
One side of the street had been removed by 1935. It was then renumbered
and Council flats were erected.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
4 January, 1867. Price 1d.
INFRINGEMENT OF LICENSE
John Tomlin, the landlord of the "Kent Arms," pleaded guilty to a
charge preferred against him by Sergeant Barton, for opening his house
at prohibited hours. He said that he was not aware that he was
infringing his licence.
Mr. Latham said that was no excuse, and fined the defendant 2s.
6d. and 9s. 6d. costs. The money was paid.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 28 February, 1881. Price 1d.
An inquest was held on Tuesday afternoon at the “Kent Arms”, Limekiln
Street, before the Deputy Coroner (S. Payne, Esq.), on the body of a
woman found dead in her bed at No.6, Limekiln Street.
After the body had been viewed, the following evidence was taken:-
Stephen Norwood Larkins, an old retired pilot, living at 6, Limekiln
Street, said: The deceased, Ruth Gold, was my housekeeper, and had been
for 7 or 8 years. She was about 38 years of age. The deceased went to
bed on Saturday evening at eleven o’clock, and feeling unwell on Sunday
did not get up all day. On Monday morning, about eight o’clock, while
lying on the couch downstairs, I heard the deceased call out that she
was cold, and I then lighted the fire. In about a quarter of an hour I
went up to see her and found that she was dead and quite cold. The
deceased slept alone. I immediately sent for Dr. Colbeck, who came in
about half-an-hour. She had been giving way to drink lately but was
quite sober on the Saturday evening. There was no one else but the
deceased and myself in the house.
By the Jury: It might have been a quarter of an hour or more when the
deceased called before I went up to her. She had lately been suffering
from delirium tremens. There are bottles of spirits in the house. The
deceased would not eat any solid food, and has not for sometime. During
Sunday I believe she only had some rum and water, but she could get at
the spirits if she wished to.
Dr. Thomas William Colbeck said: Yesterday morning the 14th inst. At
about quarter to eight, I was called to No. 6, Limekiln Street to see
the deceased, and arrived there at eight o’clock. I found her lying upon
the bed quite dead. There were no marks of violence or anything
suspicious. My knowledge of her case goes back to the date of the 30th
December, 1879, when I was called to see her, as she had fallen down on
the back of her hard, and had accidentally run a hairpin into an artery,
from which she lost much blood. She was then intoxicated. I attended her
till the 17th February, 1880, and during that period she suffered from
congestion of the kidneys and from irregular action of the heart, and
had also attacks of delirium tremens. There was no doubt that the
condition of her kidneys was caused through excessive drinking. I should
think death was caused through the failure of the heart’s action,
brought on by excessive drinking. I have not seen her professionally
since the 17th of February, 1880. The last witness must have meant seven
o’clock when he was called, instead of eight o’clock, as I was at the
house by that time.
By the Jury: The deceased hadn’t been dead more than an hour, I should
Police-constable Charles Baker said: About nine o’clock yesterday
morning, I was called and saw the deceased, quite dead, lying in bed. I
saw nothing at all suspicious, the bed-clothing being all right and the
room in perfect order. Mr. Larkins told me she had complained to him of
pains in the back the previous evening at eight o’clock when he was
talking to her, and the next morning he went up and found her quite
Mr. Larkins, recalled, said: The deceased hardly ever ate and solid
food, but lived nearly on spirits. She had done so for a long time. On
the Sunday she had some rum but no food.
The Jury returned a verdict according to the doctor’s evidence, that the
deceased died through the failure of the heart’s action, caused by
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 12 April 1935.
THE LIMEKILN STREET FLATS
Considerable progress has been made by Messrs. G. Lewis
and Sons (Dover), Ltd., with the erection of the 36 flats at Limekiln
Street, to house persons displaced under the Slum Clearance schemes.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 30 August 1935.
THE LIMEKILN STREET NEW FLATS
These houses are now almost complete, and will be used to accommodate
tenants from St. John's Place, Chapel Court and Seven Stars Street,
displaced under the Slum Clearance scheme. The corner site is
approximately where the old "Kent Arms" stood.
The licence lapsed in 1914.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Arms. 16 October, 1908.
FIRE AT THE KENT ARMS.
On Sunday night at five minutes past eleven the Kent Arms, Elizabeth
Street, had a very narrow escape from being burnt down. The fire
originated in a cupboard in a room over the bar of a house, which is
very largely constructed of wood, and there was considerable peril of it
extending. A military policeman blew the fire alarm, Police Constable
Hicks being first on the scene. Meantime the Military Police and some
railway officials took prompt steps to stop the outbreak with buckets of
water with the result that the fire was extinguished. The hose reel from
Elizabeth Street and the Queen Street Fire Station in charge of Chief
Constable Fox arrived just as this was accomplished but their aid was
not required. That stop was considered a very good one by the police in
view of the inflammable nature of the spot where the fire originated.
The landlady Mrs Oram stated that she went to the cupboard during the
evening and struck a match to see if a considerable sum of money, which
she kept there was safe and it doubtless due to this that the fire
originated. The damage done was to the door of the cupboard, contents,
carpet etc. Several bank notes were burned. The members of the Fire
Brigade were Chief Constable Fox, Inspector Lockwood, Scutt with seven
or eight firemen and ten or eleven volunteers.
Information kindly supplied by Joyce Banks.
More reading of Dover at
Article from Dover Mercury 28 August 2003.
Complaints over 'long pull' of ale.
THE Kent Arms traded in Limekiln Street in 1908.
That was the year in which the local Inspector of Weights and Measures
expressed his concern about the practice of selling what was known as
"Two of Ale" by landlords in the town.
It appears to have been in quantity about two thirds of a pint, and one
way of serving it was by drawing off half a pint and tipping it into a
pint pot, and then adding some more ale. It had other names including "a
long pull", "half pint and a dash", and "a schooner".
It seems that some landlords were giving extra to attract custom.
It was agreed that competition should be in quality and not quantity.
KEMP Isaac 1862+
TOMLIN John 1866-76
ERBY John 1878-93 dec'd
ERBY Mrs Ann 1895 end
LAWRENCE Walter Thomas 1895-Jan/1900+
WARKWICK Stephen Jan/1900-02
(Formerly of L.C.D. railway)
KING Joseph 1902-Feb/04
HUTCHINS Mr G T Feb/1904-07 end
ORAM Mrs Florence Minnie 1907-08 end
BAKER Edward Hyram 1908-13
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1878
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Dover Express