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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1783-

Noah's Ark

Latest 1871

Union Row



A beerhouse situated on the land above York Street. Its keeper was fined 5 in 1856 for doing the wrong thing and that sounds too much for a first offence. It probably meant the end. I never heard of it after that date. (Barry Smith)


Kentish Gazette 19 February 1783.


The Creditors of Mr. Robert Banks, of Dover, Butcher, are desired to meet at the "Noah's Ark," in Dover aforesaid, on Thursday the 20th Day of this instant February, at Two o'clock in the Afternoon, to take into Consideration the State of his Affairs; and, in the mean Time, Applications may be made to James Gravener, Attorney at Law.


From Kentish Gazette, February 23rd to February 27th 1787.

Notice is hereby given, that the "Noah's Ark" public house featured at the Pier Dover and which was to be sold on Tuesday 13th of February, stands now for private contract, owing to the auctioneer not appearing at the place of sale till 2 hours after the time appointed by public advertisement, when the company which had assembled was nearly all dispersed.

Mr Edward Rutter is now called upon publicly to give his reasons for not attending to sell the said house at the time of pointed and specified to the advertisement; and likewise to give his reasons for perceiving so long to sell the house, when there was not more than five or six persons left in the room, so repeatedly requested to defer the sale by

Dover, February 26th, 1787.

Ann Star.


From the Kentish Gazette, September 4 – 8, 1789. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

Ship auction, September 10, at the Noah's Ark, Dover (in Union Row).


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 20 August, 1842. Price 5d.


Francis Gaffrey, a private of the 6th Regt. charged with stealing a silver watch belonging to Goldsack, landlord of the "Noah's Ark." It appeared that the prisoner was, with three others, billeted at the Noah's Ark, and that the watch, which was stolen from the bed-room of the landlord, had been offered for sale by a soldier to Messrs. Leplastirer and Smithett, neither of whom could identify the prisoner as the person.



From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 9 February, 1856. Price 4d.


A young woman, named Cree, a prostitute, was placed at the bar under the following circumstances:- Last night, at a quarter before twelve, police-constable Bayley found Cree on the Union Bridge crying. On his asking what she did there, she said she was going to throw herself into the water, as her landlady had turned her out of doors because she did not bring men enough to the house. In reply to the Bench, the girl reiterated  the statement made by Bayley, and said that the house was a beer shop in Union Row, Military Road, called the "Noah's Ark."




Further investigation and research though has turned up a newspaper article from 1871. However, it doesn't make it clear whether the premises was still functioning as a public house or not. I am going to assume that it was. (Paul Skelton.)


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 16 June, 1871. Price 1d.


William Beer, charged with doing damage to some grass near to "Noah's Ark," the property of Mr. Gorely, was fined 5s., and the costs, in all 14s. 6d., and in default of payment was sent to gaol for seven days, with hard labour.




DUKE John 1791-92+ Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792

GOLDSACK 1842+ Dover Telegraph



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