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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1856

(Name from)

Lord Raglan

Latest 1873

(Name to)

50 Biggin Street



Known as the "Three Tuns" when kept by Hawkins in 1792, the name probably altering during, or after the Crimean war (1853-56). Certainly, several regiments from that campaign returned to Dover at the peace.


8th September 1864 saw this public house auctioned at the "Royal Oak" as Lot 5 of 27 lots owned by the "Jeken, Coleman & Rutley" Brewery of Custom House Quay. The advert stated:-

"A valuable Freehold Public-house situated in Biggin Street, and known as the "LORD RAGLAND," now in the occupation of Widow Wilkins."

This is a well known house of business, situated in the most commanding thoroughfare of Dover, and from its extensive area, it having a frontage in Queen's Gardens, is invaluable for any trade purposes requiring spacious premises."


Positioned between New Street and Worthington Street, on that side, the "Folkestone Arms" it was suggested by Barry Smith that this was also that pub but he says he has no evidence. I (Paul Skelton) believe the "Folkestone Arms" to be yet another pub operating at the same time as this when it was the "Three Tuns".


Richard Howland Butcher's son Henry Finn Butcher became the licensee of the "Boars Head" in 1904.

It may be of interest to say that William Terry saw the closure here in 1873 and a William Terry also kept the "Alma" some thirty years later.


The building disappeared during the street widening of 1893 and the "Central Hotel" was built over the foundations.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 1 October, 1869. Price 1d.


John Dowlen and William Prescott, two labourers, were charged with being drunk and disorderly in Biggin Street, and Dowlen was further charged with having assaulted Police-constable Williams while in the execution of his duty.

It appeared from the evidence of the police-constable that when he was on duty in Biggin Street on the previous afternoon, about three o'clock, the landlord of the "Lord Raglan" public-house called his attention to the prisoners, who were fighting in his house. The constable entered his house, and succeeded in getting the prisoner out, when they were very violent, and the prisoner Dowlen assaulted him.

The magistrates sent Dowlen to goal for fourteen days, and Prescott to seven days.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 27 May, 1870.


Thomas Hayward a tramp, was charged with being drunk and disorderly and assaulting the landlord of the "Lord Raglan," in Biggin Street, and also with assaulting a police constable in the execution of his duty.

Thomas Butcher the landlord of the "Lord Raglan" said the prisoner came to his house about seven o'clock the previous Saturday evening very drunk, and struck him in the face. He also struck one of his lodgers.

Jane Boyne, an old woman, said she lodged at the "Lord Raglan," in Biggin Street. The previous Saturday evening she was sitting down in the bar, when the prisoner came in very drunk, and, without any provocation whatever, struck her in the face and about the head.

P.C. Mick said he was called to the "Lord Raglan" on Saturday evening and took the prisoner into custody. The prisoner was very violent and struck him repeatedly in the chest with his fist. He was obliged to put the handcuffs on, but even then, on his way to the Police Station, prisoner caught hold of his thigh and attempted to bite him. He was so violent that the witness was obliged to get the assistance of three soldiers to carry him to the station.

Prisoner said he recollected nothing whatever about the matter.

The Magistrates fined him 5s. and costs in the first case, or seven days' imprisonment; 5s. and costs in the second, or seven days' imprisonment; and seven days imprisonment, without the option of a fine, for the assault on the police, each period to be accompanied by hard labour; in all 21 days. He went to gaol for the whole term.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 10 February, 1871. Price 1d.


George brown, who was charged with committing a violent assault on his wife and threatening to take her life, at the residence of Ezekiel Simons, a lodging-house keeper residing in St. James's Lane, and with assaulting a policeman in the execution of his duty, at the same place, was sentenced to one month's imprisonment with hard labour.

John Goggling was charged with a similar assault at the "Lord Raglan" public-house, and with assaulting police-constable Geddes at the police-station, when in custody, and was sentenced to two months' imprisonment for the former, and to one month's for the latter.




WILKINS James 1856-61 dec'd before 1864 (age 57 in 1861Census) Dover Express

WILKINS Mrs 1864 Dover Express

BUTCHER Thomas 1870

BUTCHER Richard Howland 1871+ (age 61 in 1871Census)

TERRY Christopher 1873 end

TERRY William 1873 end Next pub licensee had


Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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