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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1862-

London Tavern

Latest 1863+

Market Place



I only saw this mentioned once when Clarke kept it in 1862. That year Worsfold and Hayward would have acquired the building or site.


From Kent Messenger 2 October 1989

London Tavern

ANOTHER piece of Dover history - comparatively recent - was uncovered this week when painters burnt off several layers of paint from a Market Square estate agents' office, Worsfold and Hayward.

They found the original wall advertisement when the building was the famous London Tavern, a well-know hostelry during the last century.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 23 May, 1863.


Henry Clark, landlord of the "London Tavern," Market Place, was charged with unlawfully suffering gaming to be carried on in his house, contrary to the provisions of his license.

The charge arose out of the assault case before the Magistrates on Friday, when it appeared that beer had been gambled for with dice at the house in question, and in consequence of a misunderstanding taking place a fierce brawl ensued.

The defendant now denied that he knew the dice were used, and stated most positively that they did not belong to him, and the evidence did not conflict with this defence. It also appeared that the house was generally well-conducted.

The Magistrates, however, were of opinion, that whoever had charge of the house on the defendant's behalf - his wife, as it appeared, - must have been very remiss if the gambling went on unknown; but bearing in mind the good character of the house hitherto, they find him only the mitigating penalty of 1 including costs.


Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 23 May 1863.

Caution to Publicans.

Henry Clark, the landlord of the "London Tavern," was charged with unlawfully and knowingly suffering gaming to be carried on at his house.

William Barclay (the man who was convicted on Friday last for assaulting Henry Smith) was brought up from prison, and he, having been sworn deposed:- I was at the "London Tavern" on Wednesday night. There was a dice box and dice there which stood upon the bar counter. I raffled for 4 pints of beer with them. I do not know whether Mr. Clark was there or not.

The Bench:- If he had been there would you have seen him?

Witness:- Very likely.

Henry Smith said:- I raffled for some beer with the last witness on Wednesday nights at the "London Tavern." The dice were produced, I believe, by a hawker, named Pritchards, who took them from his pocket. The defendant Clark was not present; but Mrs. Clark was occasionally, although I do not believe she knew anything about the raffling, as there were some cigar boxes, about the yard and a half long, which screened the dies from her view, and there was no noise made by them.

The Bench said that although this raffling at his house led to a very desperate assault, they would, in consideration of its being defendants first offence, mitigates in the fine of 1, inclusive of costs.



CLARK Henry 1862-63+ Dover Express


Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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