132 London Road
Above photo of where New Endeavour used to be circa 1995.
One time New Endeavour in 2003.
Above photo by Paul Skelton 6 Oct 2007.
Above photograph by Paul Skelton, 9 April 2010.
An outlet of Gardner which passed to Whitbread. The spirit licence was
issued in 1863.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 12
A spirit license was granted to Charles Eastes, of the "New
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
1 May, 1868.
James Barton was charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct at
the "New Endeavour Inn," Buckland, and with wilfully breaking the panel
of a door, value 5s.
Mr. East said: Yesterday afternoon prisoner and several others came
to my house and began to be very noisy. I ordered them out, and they
broke the door. Prisoner came back and offered to pay for it.
The prisoner was fined 5s. for being drunk and disorderly, and
ordered to pay 5s. for the damage, with costs; amounting in all to 16s.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 23 August, 1878
Charles Foster and James Gammon, privates belonging to the 2nd
Battalion, 6th Regiment, were charged with stealing from a shop, No. 7,
London Road, Buckland, 20lbs. of cheese, of the value 10s., the property
of James Frederick Howard.
James Frederick Howard said: I am a grocer, carrying on business in
London Road, Buckland. The piece of cheese now produced is my property.
It was lying on the counter. Last night, about five minutes to ten, I
was behind my counter writing, when I heard a noise and on looking up I
saw the prisoner Foster in the act of taking the piece of cheese away,
and directly he saw me he walked out of the shop taking it with him. I
went after him and he put the piece of cheese on the ground close by the
shop. I gave information to the Police and afterwards saw the two
prisoners at the Police-station where I preferred the charge. There was
another piece of cheese missing but I did not miss that at first. The
two pieces of cheese weighed about 20lbs., and the value is 10s. I am
sure Foster was the man I saw in my shop. The other prisoner was
outside, and they both went away together up the road.
William Frederick East said: I live at the “New Endeavour,” Buckland,
which is kept by my father. Last night, about ten minutes past ten, the
two prisoners came into the bar. Foster had a piece of cheese weighing
about 12lbs., and asked me if I would buy it. I told him I did not want
his cheese and he had better go out. Foster then asked me to give him
some beer for it. I refused to do so and the prisoners went away taking
the cheese with them. About a quarter-of-an-hour later they returned.
They had no cheese then. They called for some beer, but my father – who
was behind the bar at the time – refused to serve them. Just then
Police-constable Cadman came in and charged them with breaking some
windows. He took their belts and they went away. I saw them again
outside when they where charged with stealing the cheese. Foster went
quietly, but I saw Gammon kick and strike at one of the Constables who
Police-constable Cadman said: last night, about 10 o’clock, I was on
duty in the London Road, when my attention was called to Mr. Howard, the
grocer, who told me that two soldiers had stolen some cheese from his
shop. I went after them and met the two prisoners coming down the road
by the “Bull Inn.” I let them pass and then I followed them and saw
Gammon put his stick through two panes of glass at Mrs. Harman’s. They
then went into Mr. East’s, the “New Endeavour,” where I stopped them and
took their belts and charged them with breaking the glass. They went
back with me to Mrs. Harman’s and paid her for the windows in my
presence, and in consequence I gave them back their belts. Mr. East
afterwards told me that the prisoners had been offering a piece of
cheese at his house, and in consequence of that I went after the
prisoners and told them I should take them into custody on suspicion of
stealing a piece of cheese from Mr. Howard’s. they refused to go and I
sent for assistance, and Police-constable Edmunds and Blakely came and
we took them to the Police-station. Gammon was very violent and kicked
Edmunds in the back six or seven times. On the way to the Station Foster
said to Gammon, “Never mind chum, we had a good gut full of cheese, and
sold the rest for a shilling.”
The Officer in attendance said Foster bore a fait character and Gammon a
Prisoner pleaded “Guilty” to the charge, and the bench sentenced them to
three months’ imprisonment with hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 15 September, 1882. Price 1d.
HORRIBLE SUICIDE AT BUCKLAND
Considerable excitement occurred at Buckland on Saturday afternoon last
by the report of a horrible and shocking case of suicide, that had taken
place. Report of firearms were heard in the direction of the Old Park
Road, and on proceeding there it was found that a man, afterwards
described as being an officer’s servant, of the name of John West, was
lying in a pool of blood under an elderberry tree, with a pistol firmly
clasped in his right hand, and with every appearance of having committed
suicide by shooting himself in the head. A constable arrived shortly
after the discovery of the body, and on examining it he found that the
right side of the head, including the ear, had been completely blown
away, apparently by the pistol which was so firmly clasped in the right
hand of the deceased. Lying on the side of the deceased was a pistol
case, containing several bullets and a quantity of powder and caps. The
first notice that was taken of the man was at the “New Endeavour,” where
he called for refreshment, remaining about three quarters of an hour,
and during that time it is supposed that he loaded the pistol, some
powder being afterwards found on the ground near where he sat. The
manager of the “New Endeavour” spoke to the deceased, who seemed very
depressed in spirits, and answered in a very low tone, but kept
continually turning over and over a case which he had in a red
handkerchief. He was seen to leave the house quite sober, and then
proceeded to the Old Park Road, and on arriving near a large tree he sat
down. The deceased was next seen by a greengrocer who was driving by the
tree, when he saw the deceased fire the pistol downwards, as if he were
testing it. The greengrocer took no particular notice, but drove on and
saw no more of the deceased. A second shot was heard shortly after, but
no notice was taken of it. A few minutes later the deceased was found by
a waggoner’s mate, who was riding home to dinner, and on assistance
arriving the body was taken to the dead-house.
On Monday afternoon at four o’clock an inquest was held at the “Union
Hotel,” Commercial Quay, before the Borough Surveyor (S. Payne, Esq.)
The Jury consisted of the following gentleman:-Messrs. T. Holloway
(foreman), A. Laird, W. Tutt, W. Young, E. Groombridge, W. Hard, H. F.
Edwin, R. Easton, C. Hatton, J. R. Geddes, J. Ralph, B. Simmonds, W.
Webb, J. Baker, and D. Hambrook.
The body, the head of which was a horrible sight to see, having been
viewed at the dead-house, the following evidence was taken.
Colour-sergeant James Loma, of the Royal Irish Rifles, said: I have seen
the body of the deceased at the dead-house, and identify it as the body
of a private in H Company of Royal Irish Rifles, and his name is John
West. He was 38 years of age. I last saw him alive at about eight
o’clock on the 5th instant. His health was generally good, and he did
not seem in any way depressed. At the latter part of last month he was
in hospital, having injured his arm. He had been twenty years in the
services. He has been a married man for about fifteen years, and I have
never heard of him quarrelling with his wife or anyone.
By the Jury: It is twelve years ago since he was taken before an officer
for any crime whatever. He was a very steady sober man.
George Alfred East, said: I manage the business of the “New Endeavour”
public-house, Buckland, for my sister. I have been to the dead-house and
have seen the body of the deceased, and I recognise it as that of a man
who came to my house on Saturday at about one o’clock. He called for a
pint of beer and something to eat. I served him and gave him some bread
and cheese, and he ate the latter but left half the beer. He remained in
the house for about three-quarters of an hour. He looked very pale and
low in spirits, and seemed depressed. When I returned to the bar to give
the deceased the change for a two shilling piece I saw that he had a red
coloured handkerchief, which contained a box, and which he turned over
and over in his hands. The box produced appears to be the same. The
deceased left my house, and about twenty-five minutes after a man came
running down the street and said that the man who had been in my house
had shot himself. I ran further up the road, and saw the deceased in a
cart near Mr. Brett’s farm. I went back to the tap-room and saw on the
ground near where the deceased had sat a small quantity of powder.
By the Jury: The deceased was perfectly sober when I served him, and
also when he left. He spoke in a very low tone, and as if he were
suffering from some trouble.
James Pilgrim, greengrocer and coal dealer, carrying on business at St.
Radigund’s Road, said: On Saturday, at about a quarter to two o’clock, I
was going round the houses at the rear of the “Three Cups Inn,”
Buckland, and about fifty yards distance I saw a man sitting down on the
grass under a tree in the Old Park Road, and on approaching him he fired
a pistol off, which frightened my horse. I drove on and on passing him
he was loading it again, ramming it down as fast as he could. I never
heard another report. I went on with my horse and cart and served my
customers. There was only a little child near, and that was along the
road some yards near Mr. Coleman’s garden wall.
By the Jury: I had no idea of his shooting although the pistol was
pointed down the road towards me, but it was pointed to the ground. I
saw that he had something like bullets or marbles.
William Booth, waggoner’s mate in the employ of Mr. Brett, of Buckland
Farm, said: I was riding down the Old park Road at about five minutes
past two o’clock, when I saw at the top of the new cross road leading to
Old Park a man lying on the bank dead. He had a pistol clasped in his
right hand, and as someone came along I told them to fetch assistance. I
saw that the back of his head was blown away. I had come from the
fields, and when by horse saw the body it threw me off its back, and
would not keep near it. I went on, and after giving information, went
Police-constable D. Fox, said: I was on duty in the London Road,
Buckland, at about a quarter past two o’clock on Saturday last, when
from information I received I went to the old Park Road and saw the
deceased, who was lying on his back, with his legs crossed, and a pistol
in his right hand, which was on his breast. He was lying in a pool of
blood, and the back of his head was completely blown away, and I sent
for a doctor, obtaining a cart, and brought the body to the dead-house.
The box produced laid near his feet, and it contained four bullets, some
loose powder, gun caps, and other articles. I searched the body and
found 5s. 8½d. in money, two sick reports and bill, and a lawn ticket
for a watch and chain pledged on the same day for 12s. at Messrs. Hart
and Co. pawnbrokers.
By the Jury: A gentleman in a cab gave me the information of the
deceased’s death. I don’t know where the pistol was obtained, no one
appears to have missed one. It is a very old fashioned pistol.
Mr. Clement Walter, surgeon to the Police, said: I was called on
Saturday last at a few minutes before three o’clock to go and see the
body of the deceased at the dead-house. I found that the deceased had
sustained a frightful wound in the head, which must have caused
instantaneous death. I know the deceased very well, and he was under my
care in the military hospital through a broken arm. It was about a month
ago, and he was discharged cured, apparently very well, and that was
about a week before this occurred. He was always a silent man. He was
the servant to the colonel, and did not lose his place on account of the
accident. He had four good conduct stripes, and his wife did the
regimental washing, and appeared to be better off than the majority of
the soldiers’ wives. The colonel liked the man very much. I believe the
wound might have been inflicted by the deceased himself. He must have
put the pistol close to his ear, for the ear was blown entirely away,
and there was a large hole on the side of his head. He has left five
The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased committed suicide while in
an unsound mind.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 22 July, 1910.
ALLEGED ADVERTISING FRAUD
DOVER PUBLICAN GIVES EVIDENCE
At the Croyden Borough Police Court on Saturday, before Dr. S.
Parsons Smith (in the chair), Dr. H. G. Thompson and Alderman H. K.
Moore, Charles Sleigh, alias Leigh, (46), of 6, Culvert Road, Tottenham,
a sign painter, and Herbert Henry Marriott (31), of Oakwood Road,
Croyden, a carpenter, were brought up in custody charged on remand with
obtaining by false pretence a cheque for 25s., from Miss Fanny Bateson,
a lady residing at Godalming, and with obtaining a cheque value 30s., of
William Walter Wall, licensee of the "New Endeavour Inn," London Road,
Mr. Wall said that on July 1st he advertised in he Feathered World
for 25 turkey poults. He received a reply on paper headed "Memorandum
from M. McQue, contractor for removal by road or rail, 17, Oakwood Road,
West Croyden. Furniture warehouse." This read: "Dear Sir, - Turkey
poults hatched April 3rd for £3. I can warrant them most healthy. On
receipt of half cash I will forward on and you can forward balance on
receipt. Yours truly, H. McQue." He sent a cheque for 30s., and in reply
received a postcard in these terms: "Dear Sir, - I beg to acknowledge
receipt of your letter and cheque for turkey poults. The matter receives
my best attention. - Yours truly, H. McQue." He had not seen either of
the prisoners, and had not received any poults.
Marriott said he had not had time to send the poults before he was
Evidence was called to show that the cheque was cashed at Tottenham
by Mrs. Sleigh, who said that Marriott gave it to her to cash.
Detective-sergeant Storey and Detective-sergeant Webber arrested the
prisoners one in a Post Office and the other at the house. In the house,
which contained not a stick of furniture, was found a number of letters
from persons who had replied to advertisements in The Feathered World"
for poults, asking the advertiser to supply them with turkey poults,
kennels, and fanciers' requisites.
The prisoners, on the application of the police, were remanded in
custody for a week.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 24 October, 1911.
CORPORATION WORKMEN IN PUBLIC-HOUSE
EXTRAORDINARY STATEMENT IN CASE TO-DAY
At the Dover Police Court this morning, before Messrs. J. L. Bradley
(in the chair) and T. A. Terson.
Arthur Edward Clark, 48, George Street, was summoned by Alfred Thomas
Cook, 34, Eaton Road, for assault. Defendant pleaded guilty.
Complainant stated that he was a ganger in the employ of the Dover
Corporation, and on November 18 was engaged working on the tram lines in
London Road. The defendant and another man named Kinch went into a
public house about 10.50, and between that time and 12 o'clock Kinch
went there four times. Eventually he told him hoe would have to knock
off work for the remainder of the day as he was getting in such a state
that he could not carry on his work. Kinch made use of filthy language,
and he said he would go across to his mate, Clark, in a public house.
About 12.45 Clark came to where witness was bending down working.
Defendant said "What sort of a _____ man do you call yourself." Seeing
that although not drunk he was the worse for drink, witness told him he
did not want to talk to him, whereupon defendant gave him an uppercut in
the mouth, loosening a toooth and knocking it through his lip. He also
struck him on the nose twice, and so dazed him that he hardly knew what
he was doing. Clark made another rush at him, but witness warded off his
blows and he fell down. Defendant got up and went for him again, and so
to gave further trouble he fetched a constable, and gave defendant in
In answer to the Chairman, the witness said the defendant had been in
the public house since 10.30. It was not his business to fetch him out,
but to report it to the foreman.
The Chairman said that was a serious statement to go forth to the
public respecting a Corporation servant, and would like to go a little
further into the case.
Thomas File, a labourer in the gang employed on the work,
corroborated as to the assault. He saw the defendant come down the road
from the public house and strike Cook, but he did not know the name of
Complainant, re-called, said Clark was in the "New Endeavour" from
10.30 to 12.45.
The Chairman: You are quite sure of that? One wants to be very
careful, because further questioning may take place. You are quite
prepared to prove that he was in the public house from 10.30 to the time
you mentioned? - Yes, as far as I know.
You must know whether he was there or not. - He was absent from work,
and after he went there I never saw any more of him till a quarter to 1.
Are these men allowed to go into a public house like this? - No.
How is it that this man was not stopped? - No notice is taken of a
man provided he goes and gets a drink and comes back at once. I did not
see Clark from 10.30 to 12.30, and it is not my business to go to a
public house to find him.
In answer to Clark, witness said he reported defendant's absence to
the foreman at 12 o'clock.
Defendant said he met a friend and got a glass too much. Kinch told
him what Cook had said, and he suppose that aggravated him. He was sorry
for what occurred.
The Chairman: Were you in the public house during the time that was
mentioned? - I was in the "Old Endeavour," but not from 10.30 to 12.45.
I came out at intervals.
P.C. M. Taylor stated that about 12.55 on November 18 he was called
by the ganger, who complained of having been assaulted by the defendant.
He was bleeding from the mouth. Defendant was very excited and had
evidently been drinking.
It was stated there were previous convictions against the defendant,
the last being in 1906.
Defendant, answering the Magistrates, said he had a wife and three
children, and had been working for the Corporation for seven months. He
earnt on average 23s. a week. He had been discharged from his work and
was now carting for Mr. Dennis.
The Chairman said it was a very bad case. Defendant was in good
employment, and yet he would get that horrid drink and make himself go
muddled that he assaulted the ganger. His conduct was disgraceful. He
was liable to imprisonment, but the Bench had decided to fine him £1
including costs, with a fortnight to pay it. He hoped it would be a
caution to him, and if the defendant came before the Magistrates again
he would not be so leniently dealt with.
Subsequently the Chairman and whether the public house in question
was "Old" or "New Endeavour," he would like the Police to give the
people a word. This kind of thing must be stopped.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 January, 1931. Price 1½d.
THE NEW ENDEAVOUR CASE
(To the Editor of the Dover Express)
Sir,- My attention has been called to your issue of the 9th instant, in
which there appears a report of the proceedings before the Magistrates
at the prosecution of our late tenant of the “New Endeavour,” on 2nd
inst. In that report Mr. De Wet says that “the Brewers well knew that
this Club had been in existence for years.” Mr. De Wet evidently
misunderstood out conversation on the telephone on the previous evening,
as his statement is not true.
W. R. Lister, Managing Director
Gardner & Co., The Brewery.
Ash, near Canterbury.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 23 January, 1931. Price 1½d.
THE NEW ENDEAVOUR CASE - FURTHER LETTERS
(To the Editor of the Dover Express)
Dear Sir, - I was more than surprised to read in your to-day’s issue the
letter of Mr. W. R. Lister relative to his recent prosecution, but in
justice to myself and the 70 unlucky members of the “New Endeavour”
Christmas Club, I feel I must answer it. Appearing for the members
through the Informant, I thought it was only justice that the brewers
(Messrs. Gardner & Co., of Ash) should know that their tenant had that
day been arrested and would come up before the Magistrates the next
morning, and so I telephoned them. I am sorry that Mr. Lister had not
the same courtesy to inform me he was writing to you so that I could
have made a reply in your same issue. However, I am now sending Mr.
Lister a copy of this letter so that his Brewery can (if they so desire)
have a reply and in which event I hope they will send me a copy of the
same day of the dispatch to you. I deny that my statement to the
Magistrates “is not true” nor did I misunderstand “our conversation” on
the telephone. Even from Mr. Frost’s evidence the Club had been in
existence for over seven years, and it is strange and incredible that
Messrs. Gardner and Co., and their representatives and collector should
be “in the dark” about the existence of a “Xmas Club” of which, if
necessary, I should have been able to prove their knowledge through
their agents. The judicial proceedings are now ended and I can only hope
that Mr. Lister, on behalf of his Brewery, will see that the members of
this Club will be repaid their contributions in full out of the
Inventory due to his Company from the “Luckless” Tenant.
V. Douglass De Wet.
22, Castle Street.
(To the Editor of the Dover Express)
Sir, - Our attention has been called to your issue of the 9th inst.
under the heading “New Endeavour Case.” In his opening statement Mr. De
Wet said that one of his witnesses attended at the house to meet the
Valuer and that the Valuer made various promises to the members of the
Club. We do not think Mr. De Wet has wilfully misunderstood the position
but his statement is not exactly correct. Our Junior Partner was seeing
Mr. Luck with regard to the valuations when various members of the Club
were brought into the room to ask his advice concerning the club money,
when it was arranged that any sum over and above the amount owing to the
Brewers would be handed to the Club Secretary. It so happens there was
nothing in excess of the Brewers’ account.
C. Hebden Phillips & Son,
Sun Buildings, Canterbury.
World war two saw it closed in October 1940 and the reopening came in
From the Dover Express, 9 January 1948.
The "New Endeavour" Darts Team, which won the Gardner's Cup with an
unbeaten record in twenty games.
Front Row:- W. White, F. G. A. Bowley (Manager Messrs. Gardner and
Co.) J. Chayney (Captain), H. Vyse (Licensee), and A. White.
Back Row:- Robert Ward, F. Freeman, S. Jackson, W. Hopley, E. Champion,
M. Longley and P. O'Neill.
From the Dover Express, 19 January 1951.
A Tramps' Supper is becoming a popular idea. This one was held at the
"New Endeavour," London Road, on Saturday. [Photo: Hudson.]
Unfortunately, so far, people in photograph, unknown.
An email from Allan Ward (28 July 2012) says he has spotted his uncle
in the photo above on the left with glasses and bow tie. It's Robert
Ward, who came from Ashford and lodged in Dover. He worked on the
railway and unfortunately died in the 1970s.
From an email received 9 July 2012.
I am attaching a photo of the dart team of the new endeavour which
includes my granddad Charlie Clapson, sitting far left, who was the last
landlord of the pub. I do not have a date for this picture unfortunately
but it was given to me by Alf White, the greengrocer's, sister.
Charles Clapson retired from here in October 1969 and there is no
evidence of a successor. After 1971, the premises catered for the
do-it-yourself enthusiast up to 1989 and then upholstery.
EASTES Charles Sept/1863-78+
STEVENS Fred George 1882
STEVENS Mrs Mary 1883
CLAYSON Issac Stephen 1886
PENNAL Frederick 1891-95 (PENNEL)
WALL William WaIter 1898-1926
NEWBURY Leoniel 1926-28 end
LUCK William Frank 1928-Jan/31
CARTER Lionel John Jan/1931+
PICKARD/PICKUP William 1932-Aug/33
FELLOWS John William Aug/1933+
PHILLIPS John Charles 1936-Oct/40
CLINCH Ernest William Oct/1940+
HUTCHINS Mrs M A 1945
VYSE Harry A 1948
BOWLEY Alfred William Philip to Dec/1949
VYSE Harry A Dec/1948-1953+
MILLER William Frederick 1956 end
CLAPSON Charles William 1956-Oct/69
Ernest William Clinch was of the Brewery, Ash, Secretary to Gardner and
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