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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1748-

King's Arms

Latest 1855+

Over the Sluice in 1823 Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Snargate StreetPigot's Directory 1839



 Police reports mention a pub with the sign in Limekiln Street in 1844 and it is known that Tom Williams served from such a house in Snargate Street in 1855. Another traded from Union Street 1792-1838 and Easton served from another in 1805 but I have no address, it could have been any of the above or indeed another as yet unknown.


Kentish Post or Canterbury News, Dec. 7 to 10. 1748. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

Sale of a privateer at Mr. Thomas Allen's, at the King's Arms in Dover, December 19. 1748.


I can only assume that the above is from this pub, but with others of the same name in the same area, or indeed the same pub but with differing addresses through the time, this certainly pre-dates any other mention I have of this establishment, so far.


From an email received 17 February 2008.

I can add something on the 'King Arms' pub, from a ship sale reported in the Kentish Gazette, this was published in their issue of Friday March 31 to Tuesday, April 4, 1786, (it was published every four days). It states that the sale took place on Thursday, the 6th of April at four o'clock in the afternoon at Mr. Robert Sims's, at the sign of the King's Arms in Dover, of a cutter called the Two Brothers. The auctioneer was Edward Rutter, Bench Street, Dover.

I will no doubt find more for you, either in one of my many notes books or transcripts, or as I go along with my researches, which primarily concern Dover Harbour and its shipping, and anything related to it.

Best wishes


Alec Hasenson


From the Kentish Gazette, 14 January 1834. Price 7d.


ABOUT a fortnight since a NEWFOUNDLAND DOG followed a Stage Coach from Dartford, or its neighbourhood, to Dover, whoever has lost the same may have it again by describing it and paying the expenses of keep, &c. on applying at the “King's Arms Inn,” Dover.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 27 January, 1855. Price 5d.

Thomas Williams, of the "King's Arms," Snargate Street, was summoned for keeping his house open at an hour on Sunday not allowed by law; but the evidence was not sufficiently conclusive, and the case was dismissed




ALLEN Thomas 1748+

SIMMS Robert 1786-93 Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792


WILLIAMS Thomas 1823-55+ Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1828-29


Different pub I think

CANNABY John 1832-39 Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839 ?

HOUGHTON Isaac 1838?


Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792

Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839


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