Sort file:- Dover, October, 2023.

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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1860

New Commercial Quay Inn

Latest 1929

25 Commercial Quay (Pentside)

22 Commercial Quay Post Office Directory 1874


New Commercial Quay Inn

The photograph above shows, to the left, The "New Commercial Quay Inn," and, after the gap where stood the "Grand Shaft Inn", houses occupied in 1900 by Mrs. Boulter, W. Martin, and Mr. W. T. Hughes, a baker, next comes the "Standard Inn" and the premises of Sharp and Enright the ship-chandlers, beyond which is the "Old Commercial Quay Inn."

New Commercial Quay Inn 1920

Above photo from the John Gilham collection, circa 1920.

New Commercial Quay Inn

Picture above kindly sent by Paul Wells. Date unknown.

New Commercial Quay perter mug

Pewter mug, date circa 1850, kindly sent by Susan Arbios. Inside there was a makers mark of John Warne, Blackfriar Road, London (1850-1900).

New Commercial Quay perter mug

Pewter mug, date c1rca 1850, kindly sent by Susan Arbios. With the words, J B Downing, New Commercial Quay, Dover.

New Commercial Quay perter mug

Pewter mug, date circa 1850, kindly sent by Susan Arbios. Showing the stamp Pint and a horse/17.


The number read 22 in 1874 & 82 and 15 in 1911. It faced the dockside and opened at five a.m. from 1876. It was taken down with the rest of the Quay properties in 1929. Dover Harbour Board were the owners and George Beer and Rigden the lessees. A "Commercial Quay Inn" had the sign since at least 1832. (Jackson). But I believe this to be the "Old Commercial Quay Inn" before it was given the prefix Old to differentiate it from the New.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 26 November, 1864.


John Price, landlord of the "New Commercial Quay," was summoned for an infringement of his license, but was dismissed with a caution.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 16 September, 1870. Price 1d.



The applications of James Watson, for the “Commercial Quay” was refused.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 25 October, 1871.


David Brockham, charged with disorderly conduct at the “New Commercial Quay Inn,” Commercial Quay, obstructing the complainant, Bradley paramour, in his business, and with breaking a pane of glass, value 8d., his property, was dismissed, the complainant desiring to withdraw the summons.



A compensation figure of 3,475 was made but I know not how it was divided.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 7 June 1912.


The funeral of Mr. H. J. Howard, the licensee of the "New Commercial Quay Inn," Commercial Quay, and a member of the Dover and District Licensed Victuallers' Protection Society, who died on Thursday, after several weeks illness took place on Friday afternoon at St. Mary's cemetery, Copt Hill. The first part of the service was held at Holy Trinity Church, where Mr. Dibley, assistant organist, played the Dead March from "Saul." The service was conducted by the Rev. J. H. Batten, and the chief mourners present were the widow: Mr. Adams (brother-in-law); Mrs. Ward (sister-in-law) and Mr. Ward, and, Messrs. Claret, Miles, Rogersand Dibley (representing the Dover and District Licensed Victualler's Protection Society). The inscription upon the coffin was "Harry John Howard, died May 28th, 1912, aged 42 years.

Mr. J. Parsons was the undertaker.


From the Dover Express, Friday 20 August, 1926.

Special Sessions for the transfer of licences were held at the Dover Police Court on Friday, before Messrs. W. B. Brett, T. Francis, H. J, Burton, and S. Lewis, when the following transfers were made:-

"New Commercial Quay," from Mr. Francis Albert Martin to Mr. Henry James King, of 16 Widred Rd., Dover, timber yard employee.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 17 May, 1929. Price 1d.


The licence of the "New Commercial Quay" which is to be demolished, was transferred to Mr. Harris, Secretary of George Beer and Rigden Ltd.


From the Dover Express, 29 November 1929.

Compensation to the Commercial Quay public houses.

The following shares in the compensation awards where agreed:-

"New Commercial Quay," Dover 3,475, all to Dover Harbour Board, licensee being a manager.



PARAMOUR Bradley 1860's-1874 Post Office Directory 1874 (age 37 in 1871Census)

PRICE John 1864

ROSE James Collier 1875

DUNN Leonard Edward 1881-95 (age 42 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891

REDMAN William S 1897

TORR David 1897-1903 (age 56 in 1901Census) Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

Last pub licensee had CURLING William 1903-05 end Next pub licensee had


DODD William Henry Sept/1906-08 end (Formerly in the Army, and acting as "Canteen" Steward) Dover Express

Last pub licensee had AUSTEN George 1908-09 end Pikes 1909

HOWARD Harry John 1909-May/12 dec'd (age 42 in 1911Census) Dover Express

HOWARD Mrs Lottie May May/1912 Dover Express

HOWARD John 1913 Post Office Directory 1913

HARTREE Mrs Lottie May 1917-21 end Post Office Directory 1922

WHITE W G 1921

MARTIN Francis Albert Aug/1923-Aug/26 Pikes 1924 Next pub licensee had

KING Henry James junior Aug/1926-Aug/27 Dover Express (Late paper mill worker from Sittingbourne)

HAWKINS James Frederick Aug/1927-29 end Dover Express Next pub licensee had

HARRIS Mr (Secretary to George Beer and Rigden Ltd) May/1929 Dover Express


HIGGINS J date unknown (Commercial Quay)


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

Kelly's Directory 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Pikes 1909From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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