Fishmongers Lane (Butchery Lane)
Above picture date unknown. The one below, shows the same place taken
from Google maps June 2009.
Still a beerhouse in 1939 but fully licensed at the end. Earlier, up to
1848 or even later, it had been "The Fishing Boat". Under the later sign it
was always referred to as "The Feathers". That inn sign, by the way, was
purloined within hours of the pub closing and I do not recall it ever
turning up again.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 4
ASSAULTING THE POLICE
James Longley, a private of the 13th Regiment, was charged by
Police-sergeant Bailey with being drunk and disorderly in Fishmongers'
Lane, on the previous evening, and with assaulting the police in the
execution of his duty.
Sergeant Bailey said he was called by the landlady of the "Prince of
Wales," Fishmongers' Lane, to remove the prisoner, who was creating a
disturbance in front of her house. When he reached the spot he found the
prisoner with his belt off, and a large mob collected around him.
Prisoner said that two girls who were in the "Prince of Wales," had
stolen 5s. from him, and he meant to get the money back again. Witness
told prisoner that he must move on, but he would not, and witness, with
assistance, then took him to the top of the Lane, expecting to find a
picket to convey him to his barracks. A picket could not be found,
however, and the prisoner becoming violent it was found necessary to
remove him to the station-house. On the way thither he kicked savagely
at the constable and at the station-house he ran at witness and butted
A man named Grubb, who saw the commencement of the affair, said that
the prisoner had been treated with unnecessary violence by the police.
Sergeant Bailey denied that this was the case, and called George
Illenden, baker, Charlton, who said he saw the police take the prisoner
into custody. He never saw a man behave so roughly as the prisoner, and
he considered the police were fully justified in using the rather rough
means they resorted to in getting the prisoner to the station-house.
Mr. Finnis (to prisoner): Why didn't you go away when the police told
you to go?
Prisoner: I hadn't time to look around me, Sir, before I was upset,
and kicked in the face by a policeman.
Police-constable Bell said he saw the prisoner standing outside the
"Prince of Wales" beer-house, prisoner had his belt in his hand, and on
witness telling him to move on he said he would not until he (witness)
had been into the "Prince of Wales" and fetched two girls out who had
robbed him of 5s. Witness went into the house, but no girls were to be
found there. He told prisoner so, but he still persisted that the girls
were in the house, and would no go away.
The Bench considered the case a very simple one. An assault on the
police, although not very serious, had been clearly established; and
they thought the case would be met by fining the prisoner 1s. and the
costs 6s., or in default seven days' imprisonment.
Prisoner: I hope you wont sent me to prison.
Superintendent Coram said there was no desire to press the charge.
Mr. Finnis (to prisoner): Very well, then, as the police do not wish
to press the charge, you will be dismissed, but you must understand that
if you are again brought here for assaulting the police you will be
punished to the utmost extent of the law.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 11 October, 1878
UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF SOLDIER'S CLOTHING
William Murray was charged with having in his possession, in St. James'
Street, one tunic and one pair of trousers, the property of the Crown.
James Dolphin (should be Dawkins) said: I am landlord of the “Prince of Wales” public-house.
The prisoner came to my house about 9 a.m. yesterday with another man
and an artilleryman. They remained about half-an-hour. Some of them went
into the back-yard. Only my wife and myself were in the house. I refused
to draw them anymore beer as they had had enough. Sometime afterwards I
went into the back-yard and there found there an artilleryman's cap and
belt, which I took to the Police-station.
James Sedgewick said: I am a general dealer. I know these clothes. The
prisoner brought them to me yesterday morning about ten o'clock. He
asked if I would buy them. A soldier, prisoner and another civilian came
in about half-an-hour before and brought a pair of trousers and a cap.
It was the second time prisoner came that he wanted to sell these
clothes. I asked if they were all right, and one of them said they were.
I knew the prisoner had been a soldier. I bought the clothes for 4s. 6d.
I met prisoner again in the afternoon and he said he thought they were
one of the Reserve's clothes.
Sergeant Haynes said: I belong to the Marines, stationed at Walmer. I
have examined the clothes and found that they belong to a man named
Johnson, who is absent without leave.
Police-constable Harry Suters said: Yesterday afternoon, about 4
o'clock, I was on duty at the Police-station, and from information I
received I went into Castle Street and there saw the prisoner, who was
pointed out ton me by the last witness as the man who sold him the
clothes. I went up to the prisoner and told him I should have to take
him into custody for having in his possession military clothing. He then
said, I am sorry I have got into this mess.”
Prisoner was fine £5 19s., in default went to prison for one month.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 19 June, 1891. Price 1d.
On the application of Mr. Hatton Brown, permission to draw at
the “Prince of Wales,” Fishmonger's Lane, was given to Mr. G. H.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 12 January, 1900.
STRIPPED AND WANTING TO FIGHT
James Stephens was charged with being drunk on licensed premises, i.e.,
the “Prince of Wales” beer-house, Fishmonger's Lane, and also with
refusing to quite the same.
George Henry Colbreay, who keeps the above house, said the prisoner came
into his house the previous evening about a quarter past seven, and
asked for some beer. He was drunk, and therefore witness refused to
serve him. Witness tried to get him to leave the house, but he refused
and used obscene language. Witness sent for a Policeman, and on Police
Sergeant Lockwood arriving he put him out.
Prisoner admitted that he was drunk, and remembered nothing.
Police Sergeant Lockwood said he was called to the “Prince of Wales
public house by the landlord. There he found the prisoner stripped naked
to the waist, with his clothes on the floor. He was drunk, and whilst
using obscene language offered to fight any one who was there. After the
prisoner refused to leave, witness and landlord put the prisoner's shirt
on, and then witness ejected him. Outside prisoner became so violent
that witness took him in custody. In King Street he had to be thrown and
Prisoner said he had been in Dover three years, and had not been before
the Bench previously. He was formerly a miner, but then working at
The Bench fined prisoner 10s., or seven days in default. He asked for
time, but Captain Cay said it was a very bad case, and the bench refused
to give him time.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 13
July, 1900. 1d.
The Superintendent said that there had been a good many complaints
recently of singing by the navvies who frequented the house, to the
annoyance of the neighbours. There was no license for singing.
Mr. Playfoot said he would like to have a license, it would keep the
Mr. Vidler: Do you think so?
The license of the "Old Commercial Quay Inn" was transferred from Mr.
H. S. Maslin to Mr. G. Colbreay.
Mr. Vidley asked him what he had to say about the singing complained
of at the "Prince of Wales?"
Mr. Colbreay said it was his first house, and he had tried to keep it
as quiet as possible.
The Superintendent said that when he first complained to Mr. Colbreay
of this singing soon after he went in, he told him that he had had a
discussion with his wife whether it should be a soldiers' house or a
navvies' house, and they decided to make it the latter. To do this they
had an opening night, and gave the men a barrel of beer, and this made
them sing. He promised after that the men should be kept quiet, but
having once begun singing they kept it up.
Captain Cay: Are the navvies musical?
Mt. Colbreay: Yes, you get some of the best songs out of them.
Captain Cay: Are they sober?
Mr. Colbreay: Directly a man who has had too much drink sets foot
over my doorsill he goes out again.
The "Old Commercial Quay Inn" is licensed for music, so that the
singing question will not crop up there.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 15 May, 1925. Price 1½d.
SUICIDE OF EX-DOVER PUBLICAN
A tragic suicide associated with Dover was the subject of an inquest
held at Grantham on Thursday as to the death of Mr. George Wearmouth,
who was a member of the Town band many years ago and held the licence of
the “Prince of Wales” public house, Fishmonger Lane, for sixteen years.
Evidence was given that since Friday last he had been lodging at
Grantham, Lincolnshire, with a Mr. J. T. Asher, of Westgate, Grantham.
On Monday evening he went into an outhouse and cut his throat with a
Thomas Wearmouth, a miner, of Durham, gave evidence that his brother was
a musician, but when he married he became a publican and had a house at
Dover from 1899 to 1916. Upon his wife's death in 1916 he gave up the
public house and lived with witness for nine months, and appeared to
brood very much. He then went to Deal and took a public house there, but
became very depressed and in 1922 made an attempt on his life by trying
to drown himself. Deceased gave up his business in Deal and went to live
with witness again, and stayed with him for sixteen months. Witness saw
him five weeks ago for the last time and the deceased was then in good
spirits. Since then he knew nothing of his whereabouts. He had been
subject to fits of depression since his wife's death.
Mr. J. T. Asher said that the deceased came to lodge with him last week.
He did not know anything about him, but he thought he was a nice
sociable fellow. On Monday deceased went out to the back yard, and as he
did not return a search was made, and he was found in the outhouse with
his throat cut and a razor beside him.
The Coroner returned a verdict of suicide whilst of unsound mind, and
said that the deceased's mind became unhinged after his wife's death.
In 1936, a disused slaughter house next door was annexed to expand the
premises and remedy deficiencies laid down by the health authorities.
From the Dover Express and East Kent news, 9 October 1942.
At the Dover Police Court on Monday, the license of the "Prince
of Wales," Fishmongers' Lane, was transferred from the Secretary of the
brewery Company to Mrs. Cordelia Ann Field, who is re-opening the
From the Dover Express and East Kent news, 22 April, 1966.
LICENSEE'S TILL RIFLED WHILE POLICE OUTSIDE
A motorcycle left running outside the cellar door of his public house
worried licensee Mr. John Giles. He thought the fumes would upset
customers in his saloon bar and would get into the beer.
So, Mr. Giles left the "Prince of Wales" 1a Fishmongers Lane, and
told the police about it. When he returned he switched the machine off.
Just about closing time that night, Mr. Giles heard the machine
starting up again and saw some policemen outside. So he went out for a
few moments to see what was going on.
While he was outside, Dover Magistrates were told on Friday someone
rifled his till stealing £14 in notes.
Before the court charged with stealing the money was 24 year old
Thomas Short of 35 St, David's Avenue. He pleased not guilty but the
case was proved and he was fined £20 with £2 10s expenses.
D.C. Ian Bedford said he was called to the public house and
questioned Short about the money.
And, said D.C. Bedford, Short produced a handful of notes from his
trouser pocket. He started to search Short and subsequently the man
produced another handful of notes.
Short said the first handful was his National Assistance money. The
second handful, he said was his "winnings on the horses."
Short said in court that he followed the licensee outside the public
house. Mr. Giles had rushed past him and he went outside as well.
Mr. Richard Henderson, of 83 Beaufoy Road, said he was with Short in
the public house that evening. He said that Short went outside with him
when they heard the noise of the motorcycle the second time.
From the Dover Express and East Kent news, 6 February
Believed to be one of Dover's oldest public houses, the "Prince of
Wales" in Fishmongers Lane, off Market Square, is closing at the end of
From the Dover Express and East Kent news, 6 February
THEIR PUB IS CLOSING
their last days at the "Prince of Wales" before its closure are landlord
Mr. Alfred Thomas and his wife Anna, pictures as their regulars usually
see them across the bar.
It's always a shame when parts of Dover have to come down, but when
it's in the cause of progress, I suppose it's all worthwhile.
The instance making me a bit sad at the moment is the imminent
closure of the "Prince of Wales" pub in Fishmongers Lane, just off the
Market Square. The hostelry, affectionately known as the "Feathers" is
one of Dover's oldest. Now it is to come down.
Landlord Mr. Alfred Thomas and his wife Anna have been at the "Prince
of Wales" for three years - it was their first pub. Now they are to take
over the "King Lear" at Aycliffe.
Before we went into the licensing trade, Alfred, originally a
Chatham man, worked for Dover Corporation. His wife, a Dover girl, was a
The pub is believed to have been called the "Fishing Boat" at one
time in its history going back many years.
The last week is going to be marked by the knocking down of the
'penny pile' collected for cancer research on 20th February.
From the Dover Express and East Kent news, 20 February
FOR CANCER RESEARCH
Over it goes....the pile of pennies collected for cancer research at
the "Prince of Wales" in Fishmonger's Lane was pushed over on Friday by
Southern TV's announcer, Mr. John Anthony. Mrs. Anna Thomas, wife of the
licensee, keeps a close eye on the toppling coppers, which amounted to
£21 15s. The pub is due to close at the end of the month.
The end of February 1970 saw it as just another loss and the property was
taken down in June 1974.
NORMAN Christopher 1865
DAWKINS James Mar/1877-Jan/1880
WRAIGHT George Jan/1880+
tenant of house
DUNN John 1891+ (also carpenter age 41 in 1891)
SPINNER George Henry June/1891-95
WRIGHT William 1899 (beer retailer Fishmongers'
COLBREAY George Horace 1899-July/1900
PLAYFOOT Walter July/1901+
(Licensed victualler from Cranbrook)
SOUGHTON/SOUTON Mr H to Aug/1901
WEARMOUTH George Aug/1901-17 (age 54 in 1911)
KING Peter W A 1917-Aug/24
PINDER William Edward Aug/1924-38 end
McVEIGH John 13 Jan 1939-41 end (Beer-house Dover Express)
(McVeigh was from the Grosevenor Arms London E1)
FIELD Mrs Cordelia Ann 1942 and 1950-56+
FIELD C F 1948+
CRITCHLEY Iris 1961+ (Widow of Brin from "Castle")
GILES John C 1964-66
THOMAS Alfred C 1967-70
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956
From the Dover Express