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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1858-

Londonderry Arms

Latest 1859+

Commercial Quay



Active in 1858-59 but regret no definite address found, although the following passage suggests it was in Commercial Quay.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 17 September, 1859.


James Cain, an excavator employed at the Citadel, was charged by police-constable Faith with being drunk and causing an obstruction on Commercial Quay, and with resisting him (the police constable) in the execution of his duty on Saturday evening.

Faith said that on Saturday evening, about half-past eleven o'clock, there was a great disturbance on Commercial Quay. On getting to the spot he found the prisoner trying to force his way into the "Londonderry Arms" public house. He was very violent and was kicking the door. A great crowd was collected. Witness led him away three times and persuaded him to go home; but prisoner persisted in returning, and witness was at length compelled to take him into custody. On doing so prisoner resisted and witness had to call to his assistance a sergeant of the 32nd who was near, in command of a picket. The landlord of the "Londonderry Arms" complained of the prisoner's conduct, and wished witness to remove him. Prisoner resisted all the way to the station, whither he was carried with the help of the picket.

The defendant denied resisting or striking the constable, or that he was drunk. He admitted that he was trying to force his way into the "Londonderry Arms" to find his cap, which somebody there had detained.

The landlord of the "Londonderry Arms" who was present, said the defendant was at his house on Saturday night, from ten o'clock until half-past 11. He had been drinking, and witness could not call him "sober." He was very talkative and noisy. Witness, at the hour last stated, requested the defendant and some other men to leave the house, as it was shutting-up time; but they refused to leave, and said they would see him ______ first. A scuffle ensued, and he succeeded in getting the men out, including the defendant. Defendant had his cap on then; but it was subsequently thrown into the window of an upstairs room, where witness found it on the following morning.

The defendant, who still persisted that he was not drunk, as he had had only three pints of ale, begged to be let off as leniently as possible.

The Magistrates fined him 3s. and 10s. costs, whereupon he asked their worships if they could not be so kind as to wait till Saturday night for the money? (Laughter.)

The Mayor replied emphatically that Justice could brook no such delay, and defendant then left the bar with the officer to endeavour to find "a friend in court," in which he was fortunately successful.




HAMMOND Eliza 1858-Jan/59+ Dover Express

LOWE Joseph 1859


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