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Notes of 1859


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday, 19 April, 1859.


Important, Valuable, and Extensive Sale of Freehold and Leasehold Estates.


Brewery, Thirty PUBLIC-HOUSES, Malthouse, Genteel Family Residence, and several Cottages and Storehouses &c. &c.

Mr. THOMAS R0BINS0N IS honoured with instructions from the Trustees of the late Thomas Walker, Esq., to submit for SALE by PUBLIC AUCTION, at the "Ship Hotel, in Dover, on Tuesday, the 24th day of May, 1859, at Twelve for One o'clock in the afternoon precisely, the following valuable FREEHOLD and LEASEHOLD INNS, PUBLIC HOUSES, capacious and extensive BREWERY (in full trade,) malthouse, coachhouse, stabling, and yards, and premises contiguous.


Lot 1.— The well-known FREEHOLD ROADSIDE INN, known as the "Bull," in the parish of Eastry, with commodious stabling, coachhouses, large yard and premises therewith, now in the occupation of Mr. Charles Lepine. Together with a messuage, shop, and premises adjoining, occupied by the undertenant of Mr. Lepine.


Lot 2.— The old-established FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, known as the "White Horse," at Lower Eythorne, with stable, yard, and garden, now in the occupation of Joseph Higgins.


Lot 3.— The eligible and well-frequented FREEHOLD INN, known as the "Halfway House," on the Canterbury-road, in the parish of Womensweuld, together with cottage, extensive stabling, yard, garden, and five acres of Pasture Land, with the grove of trees in front of the house, now in the occupslion of Mr. Edward Arter, or his undertenants.

The grove of trees is held on lease for 500 years, from April, 1776, at the yearly rent of 1d.


Lot 4.— The old-established ROADSIDE FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, known as the "George and Dragon." At Temple Ewell, near Dover, together with the commodious stabling, yard, and promises, and about 1 acre and three roods of Pasture Land, now in the occupation of Mr. William Luscombe.


Lot 5.— The old-established FREEHOLD INN, in the town of Folkestone, known as the "Chequers," with large yard, stabling, lofts, &c.

These premises stand on an extensive area of ground, are contiguous to the harbour, possess two extensive frontages in the principal thoroughfares, and are now in the occupation of Mr. Henry Mercer.


Lot 6.— The well-frequented and eligible FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, known by the sign of the “Chequers," with garden, stabling, and about 7 1/4 acres of Pasture and Wood Land, situate in West Hougham, in the parishes of Hougham and Poulton, in the occupation of Miss Ann White.


Lot 7.— The ROADSIDE FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, doing an extensive trade, known as the "Bull" in Buckland, next Dover, together with the yard, gardens, stables, and outbuildings, now in the occupation of Mr. George Brett.


Lot 8.— The old-established FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, lately rebuilt, known as the "Red Lion" near Charlton church, in Dover, together with tea-gardens, outbuildings, and large stable, now in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Horn.


Lot 9.— A FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate at the Tower Hamlets, in Charlton, known as the "Paul Pry," with yard, and garden belonging thereto. This is a very desirable lot, being in proximity to the extensive tunnelling of the East Kent Railway, and is in the occupation of Mr. William Jesse Clemments.


Lot 10.— The old-established FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, known as the "Fox," in St. James'-street, Dover, with yard and outbuildings, now in the occupation of Mr. William Wickham.


Lot 11.— A most desirable and valuable FREEHOLD INN, situate at Guilford-terrace, in Dover, known as the "Four Porters" in the occupation of Mr. William, Pentecost.


Lot 12.— A FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate at East Cliffe, in Dover, known at the "Albion," in the occupation of Mr. John Cashman.


Lot 13.— A FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Queen-street, Dover, known as the "Ordnance Arms," in the occupation of John Pine.


Lot 14.— A FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, in Queen-street aforesaid, known at the "Cause is Altered," in the occupation of the Widow Bourn, together with the Freehold House adjoining, in the occupation of the Widow Johnson.


Lot 15.— A FREEHOLD STOREHOUSE, in Prince's-street, in the occupation of John Hawkins.


Lot 16.— A FREEHOLD STOREHOUSE, adjoining the last lot, in the occupation of Mr. John Bourn.


Lot 17.— A FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Portland-place, Dover, known by the sign of the "King Alfred," in the occupation of Mr. John Williams.


Lot 19.— All that FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOU8E, situate in Worthington's-lane, Dover, in the occupation of Mr. George Phillips, and known an the "Olive Branch."


Lot 20.— The FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate near the Maison Dieu Hall, Biggin-street, Dover, in a very eligible and commanding locality, known at the "Prince Albert" in the occupation of Mr. John Forster.

N.B. The Weighbridge is the property of the tenant.


Lot 20.— The FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, in Biggin-street aforesaid, known as the "Queen's Head," in the occupation of Mr. George Whiting, together with the yard, garden, and outbuildings belonging thereto.


Lot 21.— The desirable and well-frequented FREEHOLD INN, known as the "Rose" situate in Cannon-street, Dover, together with excellent yard and outbuildings, being contiguous to the market, and deriving considerable advantages from the passenger traffic between Dover and Canterbury, in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Edward Petts.


Lot 22.— The valuable and well-frequented FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Snargate-street, Dover, and known as the "Wellington," in the occupation of Mr. John H. Culmer.


Lot 23.— The valuable LEASEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Snargate-street aforesaid, known as the "Bee Hive," in the occupation of Mr. George Eastman, held under a lease from Dover Harbour, at a ground rent of 2 16s. per annum.


Lot 24.— A very valuable LEASEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate at the corner of Commercial Quay, known as the "True Briton" in the occupation of Mr. John Lewis Willis. This lot is in a commanding situation, and is importance will be considerably increased by the erection of the new Post-office on the opposite side of the road. It is held under a like lease, at a ground rent of 4.


Lot 25.— The valuable LEASEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Union-street, known by the sign of the "Three Kings," undeniably one of the best houses in Dover, contiguous to the harbour, and in the occupation of Mr. Leonard Epps. It is held under a like lease, at a ground rent of 17s. 6d.


Lot 26.— The desirable well-frequented LEASEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Council-house-street, Dover, known as the "Fleur de Lis" with yard and outbuildings, now in the occupation of Mr. George Ransley. Held under a like lease, at a ground rent of 5.


Lot 27.— The old-established LEASEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Council-house-street aforesaid, known aa the "Crusader" in the occupation of Mrs. Mary Sharp. Held under a like lease, at a ground rent of 3 10s.


Lot 28.— The well-known LEASEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, knows as the "Cinque Ports Arms," situate in Clarence-place, Dover, contiguous to the harbour and terminus of the South Eastern Railway, together with yard and stabling, now in the occupation of Mr. Richard Thomas Fletcher. Held under a like lease, at a ground rent of 2 9s.


Lot 29.— A LEASEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSE, situate in Bulwark-street, Dover, formerly known as the "Steam Boat," now under lease for a term of seven years from 13th August, 1855, at a reserved rent of 20. Held under a like harbour lease at a ground rent of 2 19s. 6d.


Lot 30.— The old-established and well-known LEASEHOLD INN, situate in Strond-street, Dover, known as the "Packet Boat," together with the extensive yard, stabling, and coachhouses, in the occupation of Mr. John Newing, held under a like lease, at a ground rent of 3 10.


N.B. Lots 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31, are held for a term of 61 years, from 6th April, 1846. And lot 26 is held for a term of 80 years, from 5th April, 1846.


Lot 31.— A FREEHOLD DWELLING-HOUSE, out-buildings, and ground, situate in Townwall-street, in the occupation of the Widow Gregory.



Lot 32.— All that extensive and valuable FREEHOLD BREWERY, known as the Dolphin-Lane Brewery, malthouse, coachhouse, stabling, yards, cooperage, and garden, together with the counting-house, and store adjoining.

This Brewery is extensive, replete with every convenience, well adapted for carrying on a very extensive business, being filled up regardless of expense, with all the modem improvements, is situate in the centre of the town, and commands some of the most prominent thoroughfares, and has been doing an extensive as well as a successful business for more than a century.


Lot 33:— A desirable genteel FREEHOLD RESIDENCE, with large walled garden, and out-buildings, situate in Saint Jame's-street, Dover, late the residence of Thomas Walker, Esq.. deceased.


Lot 34.— A FREEHOLD PUBLIC-HOUSE, known as the "Red Lion" situate in St. Jame’s-street with yard and outbuildings, in the occupation of Mr. William B. Whiting.


Lot 35.— The old-established PUBLIC-HOUSE known as the "Dolphin" in Dolphin-lane, with all the extensive stabling, lofts, blacksmith's forge, and yard, in the occupation of Mr. George Townsend Tyler.


Lot 36.—A FREEHOLD HOUSE, adjoining the above, in the occupation lately of Mr. Reader, and now of Mr. Joseph Hunt.


Lot 37.— A FREEHOLD COTTAGE, also adjoining the "Dolphin," on the other side, in the occupation of Mr. William Nazer.


Lot 38.— A FREEHOLD HOUSE, in Dolphin-lane, in the occupation of the Widow Sutton.


Lot 39.— A FREEHOLD COTTAGE, adjoining in the occupation of Mr. Charles Winter.


N.B. Should lot 32 not be sold at this sale, the vendors reserve to themselves the right of withdrawing lots 33 to 39, both inclusive, from the sale. And the vendors also reserve the right of selling any of the 39 lots by private contract, giving notice of any sales being effected.

Part of the purchase money may remain on mortgage.

Printed particulars and conditions of sale maybe had seven days prior to the sale, at the "Rose Hotel," Canterbury; "Saracen's Head Inn," Ashford; "Swan Inn," Hythe; "Rose Inn," Folkestone; "Black Horse Inn," Deal, and "Bell Inn," Sandwich; and for further particulars, and to treat for the purchase, apply to the Auctioneer, 19, Bench-street, or to EDWARD KNOCKER, Esq.
Solicitor, Castle-hill, Dover.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 10 September, 1859.


This being the annual licensing day the Bench were occupied during the remainder of the sitting in disposing of the applications. Among the new licenses granted to persons whose present premises are about to be pulled down to make way for the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway, and who have received notice to quit the same by the 29th inst., are the following:- To Mr. Spice, of "The Harp" hotel, Strond Street, who removes to a building in the same street formerly in the occupation of Mr. Rouse as a coach-factory (the new building will still be known by the sign of "The Harp.")

To John Dunn of "The Exeter Arms," Strond Street, who removes to No. 83 in the same thoroughfare.

To Thomas John Vineer, of "The Jolly Tar," who takes "The Oak," in Oxenham Street.

To William Sims, who at present occupies "The Shipwright's Arms," but is about to remove his business to No. 47. Strond Street, and.

To the landlord of "The Phoenix," (John Connor,) who in future will occupy "The Royal Exchange," in Round Tower Street.

The Majority of the public-house licenses were renewed.

Application was made by Mr. Charles States, pastrycook and confectioner, Townwall Street, for a license for a restaurant which he has established there. He informed the Bench that these places of refreshment had been tried in London, Brighton, and elsewhere, had worked well, and had proved to be a great benefit wherever they had been established. He intended to close his house about ten o'clock in the week days, and should not open at all on the Sunday.

There was no opposition to the application, and the Magistrates granted the license.

Mr. Henry Kingham, in the same line of business in Snargate Street, made a similar application, which was also at once granted.


From Maidstone Telegraph 10 September 1859.


Saturday last was the annual licensing day for the publicans at Maidstone, when the old licenses were renewed, without complaint from the police.

There were Three applications for new licenses, namely, by Joseph Sutton, for the "Hollybush Tavern," Perryfields; by William Thomas Roffe, for the "Brewers Arms," recently opened in Wyatt-street, and by William Brewster, of the "British Queen," Sandling-road. Mr. Monckton appeared for Mr. Roffe and Mr. Brewster. The application for the "British Queen" was to stand over for another year. There being no opposition to the "Hollybush" and the "Brewer's Arms," both applications were granted.

From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 31 December, 1859.


Richard Post, a fly driver, was charged with stealing from the person of Margaret Roberts, a servant girl out of place, a purse containing three sovereigns and some silver.

It appeared that the prosecutrix after leaving her place at Sandgate the previous morning arrived at Dover in the afternoon, and drove to River in company with a young man named White, with whom she had been preciously acquainted. The prisoner Post was in company with White, and shortly after he had left them the prosecutrix discovered that a hole had been cut in her pocket, and her purse and money taken from it. Post was subsequently seen in possession of some gold and a portion of her purse exactly corresponding with that of the prosecutrix. The following is the evidence:-

Prosecutrix sworn - I am the servant out of place. I left my situation at Sandgate yesterday morning. In the afternoon, about half-past two o'clock, after my arrival at Dover, I hired a fly to take me to River, for the purpose of visiting a friend. A young man named William White was with me at the time, and got into the fly with me. We directed the driver, whose name was Twyman, to take us to Townwall Street, as  wanted to call at the "Liverpool Arms," a public house situated in that Street. I went into the "Liverpool Arms" with White and remained standing at the bar about twenty minutes. I there saw the prisoner Post, who joined us and drank with us, and on our leaving entered the fly in our company. I did not object. I then told the driver to go on to River. On the way the fly drew up at the "Three Cups," where Post and White had something to drink, but I remained in the fly. On getting to River the fly drew up at the "Dublin Man of War," and remained there about three-quarters of an hour. White ordered some brandy, of which I drank part of a glass, the prisoner Post drinking the rest. While the fly remained there I went to see my friend, with whom I stayed for about half an hour. We returned from River about five o'clock. White and the prisoner both got into the fly with me. On the return home the prisoner and White stopped the fly at the "Bull," at Buckland, and went into the house. They asked me to accompany them, but I declined. Post came out of the "Bull" before White and stood at the door of the fly talking to me. The door of the fly was open, and the steps were down. I had a horse rug over my feet, and the prisoner pretended to arrange it so that it might be more comfortable; but he annoyed me, and I insisted upon his leaving off. I had to tell him to be quiet several times. He then returned to the house, and in a few minutes he and White came out together and resumed their places in the fly. I did not raise any objection to the prisoner getting into the fly again, as I understood that he was to return to Dover. The fly next drew up at the "Bee Hive," in Snargate Street. White and Post went in, and asked me to accompany them, but I again refused. They remained there about ten minutes, when White got into the fly again, but without prisoner, who did not return. We then drove to the top of Snargate Street, where the fly was discharged, White paying the driver. I then went with White to the "White Hart" public house in Russell Street, where a raffle was going forward. I wanted to stake something in the raffle, and put my hand into my pocket to get my purse, when I found that a hole had been cut in the bottom of my pocket and that the things it had contained, including my purse and money, were gone. The hole appeared to have been cut from the outside of the dress, as on lifting the dress up I found a hole in it corresponding with that which had been cut in the pocket. Both holes appeared as if they had been cut with a knife. I did not notice whether Post had a knife in his hand when he stood by me at he fly-door. I had last had occasion to use my purse on paying the omnibus fare from the railway-station to Bench Street, at half-past two. The pocket then contained a bill, the key of my box, and seven pence in coppers, besides my purse, which was a blue silk one, with steel beads worked upon it. It contained three pounds in gold and two shillings in silver after I had paid my omnibus fare. The piece of purse produced by Sergeant Scutt I recognised as a portion of it, but the purse was not torn when I last saw it. I am quite certain I did not put my hand into my pocket from the time I got into the omnibus until I wanted my purse at the "White Hart." I have known White since last April. I became acquaintance with him from his coming to see a kitchen maid in the house where I lived when in Dover. I was going to lodge in Chapel Lane, and White took my box there for me. He had not seen me take my purse out of my pocket nor was he aware that I had any money. On meeting him I told him I wanted to see a friend of mine at River, and he them offered to take me there in a fly. After I had discovered my loss, White, in consequence of what I said to him, went to look after the prisoner. White appeared very much surprised. I went with him to the "Bee Hive" for the purpose of finding the prisoner, but he was not there. Twyman, the driver, who accompanied us, ten went to make a further search for Post, leaving me at the "Bee Hive," but they did not bring him back. I afterwards went to the station-house with White and gave information of what had transpired to the police. During the time I was in the fly I sat with my face towards the horse. White was on my left, and Post opposite. That was the order in which we always got into the fly. My pocket is on the right side of my dress. I did not at any time feel White lean across me or place his hand in such a position that he might have got at my pocket; but the prisoner endeavoured to do so, I recollect, on two occasions. When I went into the "Liverpool Arms" no one sat beside me but White and the prisoner, and when I was with my friend at River other persons were present, but I did not sit down.

George Ambrose Eastman examined - I am the landlord of the "Bee Hive," in Snargate Street. The prisoner, White, and Twyman came into my house together about eight o'clock last night and had a glass of beer each. The prisoner was rather the worse for liquor. Whilst they were there Post went to the rear of the house, and just as he was returning White and Twyman went out of the front door, and I immediately heard the fly drive off. I stopped the prisoner and asked him to pay for the three glasses of beer, as he had ordered them, when he exclaimed "Do you think I can't pay for it, then?" at the same time throwing down a sixpence. I was about to give him threepence in change when he said, "Stop, I have enough halfpence." He then put his hand into the right-hand pocket of his coat and pulled out two sovereigns, upon which I said "You had better let me give you change for the sixpence." He still refused, and then put his hand into the other pocket of his coat and pulled out one sovereign, an two pence, and the end of a purse, which was of blue silk, covered with steel beads, and had at the end of it a brass knob. It was in all respects like the piece now produced. Seeing the contents of his pocket I said to him, "How foolish you are to carry gold in your pocket with such a lot of rubbish." He put them all back into his pocket, and I gave him the change out of the sixpence. After having another glass of beer prisoner gave me two of his sovereigns to take care of for a week, saying "If my old man, o anybody else, asks you about this don't you tell them. He then went again to the rear of the house, and was absent so long that I went out to see what he was doing. On my going out he came towards the light, holding in his hand the piece of purse I had previously seen, and said to me, "Look here, that's this?" He was going to throw it into a neighbour's yard, when I said "Don't throw anything over there; give it me; it will do for the children;" but prisoner said "No, I shall throw it away." He then threw it towards the cliff. He shortly afterwards went away. It was then about quarter past nine, and in about an hour afterwards Whyte, Twyman, and the prosecutrix Margaret Roberts came in and enquired for the prisoner. Whilst the prosecutrix remained in the house I went and searched for the piece of purse I had seen Post throw away, and after a little while I found the piece of purse produced by Sergeant Scutt. It appeared to have lodged on the roof of the water closet. It is not the piece prisoner showed me, but from its appearance I should think it part of the same purse. I did not hear anyone go out to the back of the house after Post came in. I am certain that neither White nor Twyman went out, as they remained in front of the bar the whole time.

William White examined - I am a fly driver. I met the prosecutrix in Bench Street yesterday a little after two. She was standing on the pavement with her box by her side. She wished me to carry the box to Chapel Lane for her, and I did so. I was acquainted with the prosecutrix, having known her when she was filling a situation in Dover. I afterwards took her to River in a fly. Twyman was the driver of the fly, and Post went with us. We stopped at several public houses, and on our return from River we drew up at the "Bull." I, Post and Twyman went into the public-house, leaving the prosecutrix in the fly. This was about half-past five o'clock. Prisoner, while we were at the "Bull," went out and stood on the off-side of the carriage, by the door, which was open. When I observed him standing there I went round and shut the door, and followed him into the public-house again. The prisoner was outside about five minutes. When I returned to the fly prosecutrix told me she wished I would not let Post come into the fly again. We then drove to th "Elephant and Castle," where Post, Twyman, and I had a glass of beer each. We remained there about ten minutes, during which Post left the bar and went out to the carriage again. prosecutrix did not leave the fly. From the "Elephant and Castle" we proceeded towards Townwall Street, where the prisoner offered Twyman an extra shilling to drive us to the "Sceptre," at the pier. While at River I had paid Twyman 5s. for the fly, with the understanding that Post was to repay me half at a future time, as, according to the statement he then made, he had no money. Twyman accordingly drove to the "Sceptre," where Twyman, Post, and I, all had a glass of beer, the young woman remaining in the fly as before. Post paid for the beer, and on his pulling out the money from his waistcoat pocket I noticed that he had a couple of sovereigns. I did not see what change he had, but he paid for the beer with some silver. When Post pulled out the money he exclaimed "Look here, here's plenty of money." I made no observation to him about his having so much. From the "Sceptre" we went to the "Bee Hive," where we had some more beer. Whilst there Post went into the back yard, where we left him, as he was disagreeable. We then drove off, and after Twyman had put away his fly went to the "White Hart." After getting there it was proposed that we should raffle. The prosecutrix put her hand into her pocket to get some money, then, finding her purse had gone, she exclaimed "That Dick Post must have robbed her." I offered to help her to find him, and first went with her to the house at which we had left him, the "Bee Hive." Not finding him there I left the prosecutrix there while I went to make further search. I at length found him at the "Railway Tavern," and taxed him with robbing the prosecutrix. I said "You're no man, Dick, or you'd never have robbed that poor girl of her purse. Come, give me the money, and I will give it to her, and no more shall be said about it." To that prisoner made no answer, and I then told him that as he would not give up the purse, I should go and look for a policeman. I afterward went with prosecutrix to the station-house and gave information of the robbery. I subsequently accompanied police-sergeant Scutt on his apprehension of the prisoner at his lodgings. While at the "Bee Hive" I went out with the landlord to look for a piece of the purse, after he had shown me a piece he had already found.

Police-sergeant Scutt examined - In consequence of information received I went to Post's house between three and four o'clock this morning. Last night between eleven and twelve I went to Mr. Eastman's, at the "Bee Hive," and he handed me two sovereigns and the piece of purse I now produce. I afterwards went in search of the prisoner, accompanied by sergeant Geddes and White. I found him at the "Five Alls" public-house, in Market Street. He was in bed. I took him into custody; and on my telling him what he was charged with he replied "You are right enough, but I will make them pay for it." I conveyed the prisoner to the station-house, where, on the charge being entered and read over to him he made the same remark. On searching him I found on him two shillings and ten pence in money, a key, three watch keys, a knife, and a handkerchief.

George Twyman examined - I am a fly driver, and I drove the prosecutrix, White, and Post to River yesterday. When  got home I took the mat out of the bottom of the carriage and shook it, and there found a key and two halfpence, which I took to the prosecutrix at the "White Hart." Prosecutrix took them in her hand, saying the key belonged to her trunk, and she then discovered that her pocket and dress were cut. I recollect White paying me half-a-crown for the fly at River, and Post then saying he had no money and would pay me his share the next day, and that I replied "No, that won't do; I must have my fare now," whereupon White paid me another half-crown.

The prisoner, having been cautioned in the usual way, said he was not guilty; and the Magistrates then committed him for trial at the quarter sessions.