Sort file:- Dover, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1842

King William

Latest 1893

22 Woolcomber Street



Police reports mention it in 1843. There is also a report of a great storm that year when it was used to house shipwrecked mariners. I was never able to connect a brewer with this one.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 30 July 1844.


On Tuesday evening, an inquest was held at the "King William," Woolcomber Street, before G. T. Thomson, Esq., on the body of William Wood, mariner, of Kingsdown, aged 34, who died in a fit whilst out at sea in a mackerel boat.

Verdict, "Died by the visitation of God."


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 July, 1860.


A person named Cole, the proprietor of the "King William" public house, Woolcomber Street, was summonsed for an infringement of license; but the magistrates being satisfied that the summons had been rendered necessary from oversight on the part of the defendant rather than from any desire to evade the law, dismissed the case on defendant paying the costs, 6s. 6d.



The Census of 1891 called the pub the "King William 4th" for some reason.

The West side of the street had to be demolished in 1893-94 to widen the road.

By arrangement with Dover Corporation, the owner received 1,005, the lessee, 318.19s and the occupier 108.5s.



TERRY Charles 1847-58+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Dover Telegraph

COLE 1860

MUNRO Henry 1861+ (age 44 in 1861Census)

MUNRO Mrs Charlotte Sept/1870+ Dover Express

REED/READ James July/1871-Nov/80 Post Office Directory 1874Dover Express

MANSER Thomas Nov/1880-82 (also shipwright age 36 in 1881Census) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1882

Last pub licensee had BUSHELL George Aug/1884-Sept/85 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

HOLT Mrs Elizabeth 1891 (widow age 49 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

JAMES Mrs King William 1890-92


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Dover TelegraphFrom the Dover Telegraph

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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