Custom House Quay
Above showing the Pavilion Hotel, date unknown.
Above picture shows the Pavilion Hotel in 1898 almost centre and a few doors
down the Gun Hotel of which the left hand part of that building was the Gun Tap. On
the left of the picture are the "Lukey's Wine Vaults"
at Custom House Quay. In he foreground is shown the last sailing cutter
alongside the first steam cutter.
At various times it was described as a tavern, an inn and a hotel. It
stood on the corner of a passage leading to Strond Street. Prior to world
war two it was always known as the "Pavilion Bars".
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
3 December, 1864.
John Thomas Drake, landlord of the "Pavilion" public-house, was
summoned on the information of Police-sergeant Barton for serving during
the prohibited hours on Sunday, but the case was dismissed it appearing
that the defendant had only served half-a-pint of beer to a sea-faring
man who had just come on shore.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
11 September, 1868.
INQUEST BY THE BOROUGH CORONER.
W. H. Payn, Esq., the Borough Coroner, held an inquest, the second of
the day, at the "Pavilion Inn," Custon House Quay, on Monday evening, on
the body of Henry Crippen, aged 21 years, an apprentice to John Thomas
It appeared from the statement of Mr. Drake, that on Saturday night,
between ten and eleven o'clock, the deceased went to his house and asked
for a bottle of ginger beer, with which he was served. He heard a crash
shortly afterwards, as if the glass had been broken, but did not take
any notice of it until he heard someone cry "A man overboard!" Two
Belgians who were in his house at the time then ran out, and the body of
the deceased was brought to his house half an hour subsequently. The
deceased was a very bad tempered fellow, and was much addicted to drink.
A girl named Ellen Harrison, to whom Crippen was paying his
addresses, deposed that she was with him when he brought the ginger
beer, which she and a female companion drunk, the deceased afterwards
throwing the glass away. Thinking Mr. Drake was coming, they ran away,
leaving Crippen standing on the quay, and when they got near him again
saw him jump into the water. They were so frightened that neither of
them could shout out for several minutes, and at last alarm was raised,
and several persons tried to save the deceased, but could not. The
witness did not believe Crippen jumped in on purpose, as he was drunk,
and did not know what he was about. He had not threatened at any time to
make away with himself.
The porter at the "Gun Hotel," Frederick
Whetingstall, deposed that he went into a boat with the two Belgians on
hearing that there was a man in the water. They could not, however, save
him, and his body was afterwards recovered with the aid of the grapnels.
Life seemed then to be extinct, although the eyes moved slightly when
the body was brought to the surface.
Mr. T. W. Colbeck, surgeon, deposed that he examined the body of the
deceased, and found that he had been dead some four or five minutes.
The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased drowned himself while
in a state of temporary insanity, caused by drink.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday,
6 May, 1870.
A REFRACTORY APPRENTICE.
Henry Hadley, a lad 16 years of age, was charged with stealing 9½d.
in coppers, the property of his master, Mr. Drake, of the "Pavilion
John Thomas Drake, a smack owner in Dover, and
also landlord of the "Pavilion": The prisoner is my apprentice in the
sea service. Yesterday morning, about half-past nine, I gave him
9½d., to fetch me some butter, and he went away and
never came returned. I sent my son to look for him between 11 and 12
o'clock. He found him near the Castle with a lot of boys, who threw
stones at my son, and he had to come back without him. Between four and
five o'clock I again sent for my son in company with another apprentice
after him, and they brought him back. I asked him what he had done with
the money, and he said he had spent it along with the other boys. This
is the third time he has kept money with which I have entrusted to him
to buy articles for me, and this is the fifteenth time he has run away
from the smack.
Police-constable Baker: A apprehended the prisoner
about half-past four yesterday afternoon. I told him he was charged with
stealing 9½d. the property of his master. He
said he had spent it all, and on searching him nothing was found.
In answer to the Bench, Mr. Drake said the boy was
continually delaying the smack from going to sea; but he did not with
the Bench to cancel his indentures.
The Magistrates determined to make an example of
the boy, and sent him to gaol for one month with hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 28 August, 1891. Price 1d.
DOVER LICENSING SESSIONS
No application was made for the renewal of the license of the
“Pavilion Tavern,” but it being known to the Magistrates that the owner, Mr. J. T.
Drake, had recently died, the case was adjourned to Broadstairs to
establish the widow to take such steps as she might be advised in the
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1 June, 1900.
TO BE MORE CAREFUL IN FUTURE
Louigio Ambrogio Minoletti was summoned for keeping his licensed
premises, the “Pavilion Hotel,” Strond Street, open after hours on the
11th inst., for the sale of liquor to persons not being lodgers nor
The Town Clerk appeared to prosecute.
Mr. R. Mowll represented the defendant, and put in a plea of Not Guilty.
Police Constable Richard John Prescott stated that about 12.20 a.m. on
the morning of Friday, the 11th inst., he was on duty in Strond Street.
Having met two men in Hawksbury Street, he went, in company with P.C.
Groombridge, as far as the “Pavilion Hotel.” They noticed a light in the
window of the room in the passage, and while waiting outside a few
minutes, heard some people talking and laughing in the house. Then the
door of the room was opened, and a man named Nenti came out leaving the
door slightly open. Police Constable Groombridge stopped him, and they
took him back. They pushed the door open and found Carlo Offredi, a
local pastry-cook, holding the handle. Entering the room, they also
found three men named Pietro Furioni, Walter Peck, and Carlo Bonacini
seated, besides Victor Offredi (junr.), and a man named Tarchetti, who
asserted that he was the landlord. The latter two were standing.
It was explained by Mr. Mowll that Tarchetti was a partner of defendant,
though the license was taken out by Minoletti.
Continuing, the constable said he called attention to the time, and
Tarchetti, who said his name was Minoletti, stated that the gentlemen
sitting down were lodgers. Young Offredi maintained that he had come to
the premises to fetch his father. The latter said he himself had only
had two glasses of ale. There were several ale and spirit glasses on the
table, some of these containing drops of liquor, and another three parts
full of stout or porter. An empty quart pot was also standing on the
By Mr. Mowll: When they entered the premises it would appear as if the
Offredis were ready to depart.
Police Constable Groombridge gave corroborative evidence.
For the defence it was contended that the man Bonacina was a traveller
in pastry-cooks’ wares, and on the night in question came down to see
Mr. Carl Offredi at his Woolcomber Street shop. About half-past ten the
traveller thought of obtaining lodgings for the night, and accompanied
by his fellow countryman Offredi, went down to the “Pavilion Hotel.”
Being also a friend of Minoleti, they exchanged cordial greetings, and
having engaged a room Offredi was about to leave. The landlord, however,
invited him to partake of supper with his family and lodgers, and
afterwards they discussed events in Italy, from whence they al hailed.
Young Offredi, finding that his father did not come home, went with his
assistant Nenti, to fetch him. It was while they were about to return
with him that the Police arrived. Neither Victor Offredi not nenti had
any refreshment whatever in the house, and no money was passed. The man
Furioni was a waiter, and lodged in the house, while Peck was a military
tailor, and was staying for the night.
These statements were confirmed by Minoletti, the Offredis, and Furioni.
The Bench advised Minoletti to be careful how he entertained friends in
future, and dismissed the case.
The Town Clerk then decided to withdrawer summonses which had been
issued against the Offredis and Nenti for being found on the premises
during prohibited hours.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 January, 1904. Price 1d.
FINISHING THE OLD YEAR
William Shiltez, a German sailor, was charged with breaking a pane of
glass at the “Pavilion Hotel,” on Thursday night.
Police Constable Detective Southey said that he was on Custom House Quay
on the previous evening, and saw the prisoner on the pavement strike the
window deliberately with his fist and break the glass. The man had
previously been refused drink in the house. His hand was badly cut by
the breaking of glass, and when he was taken to the Police Station his
wound was attended to by Dr. Ormsby, who stitched it up.
Mr. Minoletti, the landlord of the “Pavilion Hotel,” said that he saw
the prisoner in the bar, and as he appeared to be drunk he would not
serve him. The prisoner, who is a German, was turned out.
The Bench ordered prisoner to pay the costs and damage, 23/6.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 September, 1910.
DOVER LICENSED VICTUALLERS FAILURE
DECEIVED BY ATLANTIC FLEET HOPES
The statement of affairs under the failure of Thomas Martin, of the "Pavillion
Hotel," Custom House Quay, Dover, licensed victualler, shows liabilities of
£324 15s., and not assets £211 7s. 8d. The cause of failure, as stated by
the debtor are: "Insufficient trade to meet expenses. Ill-health." The
Official Receiver's observations are as follows: The receiving order was
made on the petition of the debtor, and he was adjudged bankrupt the same
day on his own application. The debtor (aged 36 years) commenced business on
his own account in September, 1905, when he became the licensee of the "Old
Barn Hotel," High Street, Chatham, the ingoing valuation amounting to about
£600. Of this sum he states he paid £300, which represented his savings
whilst serving in the Navy, the balance being met by loans from relatives.
The debtor states that this business was successful, and that he paid off
the loans from his relatives. On his giving up the latter business, the
debtor, in June of last year, in the belief tat the Atlantic Fleet would be
stationed at Dover, took over the "Pavilion Hotel," Dover, and paid the
ingoing valuation of £250 out of a sum of £470, the amount he received in
respect of the "Old Barn Hotel," Chatham. He states that after discharging
the whole of the liabilities he had contracted at Chatham, and paying the
valuation of the "Pavilion Hotel," he had a balance in hand of about £27.
The debtor alleges that this latter house has not been a success, owing, so
he states, to the expenses being considerably in excess of the receipts. The
debtor has kept a cash takings book only, and admits that he discovered his
insolvency in March of the present year, but he has continued to trade in
the hopes of retrieving his position. Included in the statement of affairs
are two loans amounting to £72, but none of this amount was borrowed of
professional money lenders. The remaining amounts appear to be for trade
purposes in respect of debts contracted in respect of the "Pavilion Hotel,"
At the latter end it was in possession of Watney, Combe and Reid. It was
demolished in January 1950 for quayside improvements. The licence was then
transferred to the "Trocadero Bars" in 1953.
Taken from Dover Express 1950
MORE DOCK AREA DEMOLITIONS
Two HOTELS COMING DOWN
More demolition work in the harbour district has been in progress this
Work started on Saturday on demolishing the Pavilion Hotel on Custom
House Quay. "The men worked through Sunday and their task is now
practically complete. It is understood that the firm engaged, the North
London Demolition and Excavation Co. - who demolished the Burlington
Hotel - have also been engaged to pull down the Esplanade Hotel.
The latter building, unoccupied for several years and damaged during the
war, is the only remaining structure on the Sea Front west of the
meteorological station. Its demolition is part of the Harbour Board's
plans for improvements in the area, which include a new railway
connection between the Sea Front and Wellington Bridge, enabling trains
to run direct, without shunting on to the Prince of Wales' pier.
WOOD William to 1858
DRAKE John Thomas 1858 (dec'd 1872)
DRAKE W 1872
DRAKE John 1874-91+ dec'd
SOUTER Edwin Feb/1893-95
CLEMENTS S 1895
COOMBER William 1897
FIRBY A J Apr/1898
RAWLINGS Thomas John Apr/1898-99 (Pavilion Hotel)
MINOLETTI Luigi Ambrogio 1899-1907 end
TARCHETTI T (propreitors 1901
MARSH W J 1907-June/09
MARTIN Thomas Robert June/1909-Dec/1910
FORDYCE Mrs Mary Ann Elizabeth Dec/1910-11 end
MAYNARD Henry R 1911-13 end
WURZ Henry William 1913 (Pavilion Tavern)
DIXON W Charles A 1914
GATEHOUSE Alfred 1920
WHITNALL R 1922-24+
WOOD George P to Feb/1930
PEARCE Charles Stephen Feb/1930-32+
BRISCOE James B 1938
FULLAGER Arthur Edward 17-Aug-1951
KING Mr H S 17-Aug-1951+
From the Dover Express, 17 August 1951.
The Bench approved the transfer of the licence of the "Pavilion Tavern," Custom
House Quay, another license in suspense, from Mr. Arthur Edward Fullager
to Mr. H. S. King, multiple licence holder and Secretary to Messrs.
Watney, Coombe, Reid and Co. Ltd.
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