6-7 Hawkesbury Street
Well established by 1868 and opening at 5 a.m. from 1900. From 1895, its
size increased following a merger with its neighbour, the "Princess Maud".
Part of this site must have been needed when the viaduct was built because
the Council owned some of the ground in 1914.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 17
September, 1869. Price 1d.
PERMISSION TO SELL
In the case of the "Railway Inn," Hawkesbury Street, permission to
sell was granted to Mr. Marchall.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 14
April, 1870. Price 1d.
THE RAILWAY INN
Mr. Lewis applied that the transfer of the "Railway Inn," Hawkesbury
Street, might be made to Alfred Barker. Mr. Barker, it appeared, had
lived for nine years in Sandgate, where he had kept a public-house known
as the "British Flag." No
complaint had been made of any kind against him during that period and
Mr. Lewis now presented a testimonial signed by a number of tradesmen
resident in Sandgate, speaking to the respectability of the applicant.
The case, it appeared, had been adjourned in order that an enquiry
might be made by the Superintendent of Police; and it turned out from a
letter that was now read, that the license of the "British
Flag" had been refused by the Magistrates of Hythe in consequence of
prostitutes having been kept in the house.
Mr. Lewis said that the license was not refused to Mr. Barker in
consequence of any special circumstances of the kind mentioned; but
because the Magistrates of Hythe resolved to suspend the whole of the
beer-house licenses at Sandgate.
The Magistrates said the Bench could only act upon the information
they had received.
Mr. Lewis said the fact was as he had stated it, Mr. Barker having
received notice that his license was suspended without any reason
whatever being assigned.
The Magistrates' Clerk said that it was necessary that a reason
should be assigned, if a beer-house license was refused; and he could
not assume that the Magistrates at Hythe did not know their duty.
Mr. Fox said that he had been instructed by the Licensed Victualler's
Society to oppose this application; and his case was precisely what had
transpired before the Bench. The Society was desirous that the
public-houses of Dover should be well-conducted, and they thought the
suspicion of a license under the circumstances stated was a sufficient
reason why the licensee's application to take another house should be
After a consultation by the Bench, the Magistrates had instructed him
to write to the Clerk to the Justices at Hythe, to enquire the
circumstances under which the license of the "British
Flag" had been refused; and pending his answer the case would be
Mr. Lewis then asked that the same course might be taken as was
adopted on the 21st of last month when his friend Mr. Fox appeared in
support of an application for the transfer of a license, into the Bench,
having ordered that enquiries with the antecedents of the applicant
should be made, gave permission to sell in the interim.
The Magistrates' Clerk said that he should get a reply from the
Magistrate's Clerk at Hythe in a day or two, and the adjournment need
not therefore extend over Thursday.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 28
April, 1870. Price 1d.
TRANSFER OF LICENSES
An application was made for the transfer of the "Railway Inn" to Mr.
Thomas Roche; but it transpired that Mr. Roche already held the license
of the "Lion."
In reply to the Magistrates, Mr. Roche said he was looking out
for a tenant for the "Lion," and only
intended to retain the license of that house temporarily.
The Magistrates denied to accede to the application; for, although
there were no objections to the applicant personally, the Bench could
not sanction the holding of two licenses by one individual.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 September, 1871. Price 1d.
ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING
In the case of Mr. Edwin Clark, who applied for a renewal of the license
of the “Railway Inn,” he was reminded that, during the past year, there
had been one conviction against him for breach of license, and that, in
another case, he had effected a compromise by paying something to one of
the local charities. This was equivalent to a second conviction, though
the Magistrates did not want to put it down in those terms, as, if they
did, he must lose his license, it being their intention to renew no
licenses in future where the holder had been twice convicted of a breach
of its covenants. The applicant would see, therefore, that he had had a
narrow escape, and the Magistrates hoped that he would take advantage of
it, by keeping a more careful guard upon himself in future.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 27 March, 1874. Price 1d.
THE LICENSING ACT
Edwin Clark, of the “Railway Inn,” Hawkesbury Street, was charged with
having men in his house on Sunday morning contrary to the Licensing Act
and Thomas Plant, J. Hersey, H. Clark, and H. Jarvis were charged with
being on the said premises. The men admitted being there, but the
landlord pleaded not guilty.
Sergeant Raymond said: last Sunday about eleven o’clock I saw three men
go into the “Railway Inn.” I went to the door which was locked. I
knocked at the door and heard some shuffling. After the noise had ceased
the door was opened by the landlord. I asked where those were, and he
replied, “What men? There are none here.” I said I saw them go in, and
he said there were no one in the house. I asked him to go to the
back-door and let a Constable in. I went to the back and saw Jarvis and
Plant in the back premises. I took their names and the landlord said he
did not know they were there. In a small back bedroom I saw Clark and
Hersey. The one was undressed in bed. They were the same men that is aw
go in. The landlord said they had no business there. The men at first
said they were lodgers, but afterwards said they had done wrong. On
another occasion I saw men go in and out of this house during prohibited
Constable H. Suter said he was with Raymond on Sunday and saw four men
go into this house and he otherwise corroborated the last witness.
Mr. Clark said he had had the door open for Sanitary purposes. He did
not know that the men had come in. His wife was ill.
The bench had no doubt but that the law had been broken. The men would
be fined 1s. each and costs, making it 9s. 6d. each, and the landlord
would be fined including costs £1 10s. 6d., the license would not be
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 6 September, 1874. Price 1d.
ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING
Edwin Clark, the landlord, who had been convicted of keeping his house
open during prohibited hours on Sunday, the 22nd of March, was cautioned
to be more careful.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 31 May, 1878
James Kennedy and Arthur Probyn, privates belonging to the 6th Regiment,
were brought up charged with stealing a decanter containing whisky and
also the contents of another decanter, from the “Railway Inn,” Beach
Street, the property of Edward Clarke.
Harriett Clark said: I am the daughter of Edward Clarke, who keeps the
“Railway Inn.” On Friday evening last the prisoners came into the bar
and called for drink. The whisky was in two decanters, which were within
reach from the outside of the bar counter. I went into the back room and
on my return I saw that one of the decanters was empty and the other
decanter gone, whisky and all. The value of the whole is 12s.
Fanny Wood said: I was in the “Railway Inn” on the night in question,
when I saw the prisoners there. Whilst the last witness was serving some
ale. Probyn took a decanter of whisky from off the sideboard and handed
it to the other prisoner who poured the contents into a quart jug. He
drank some and then asked me to drink, but I refused. I told them I
should go and inform against them, and Kennedy then threatened me. He
then went out and I then told the last witness what had occurred. After
they had emptied the decanter they put it back in its place. I
threatened to go for a Policeman, and Probyn would not let me go for
about five minutes.
Lance-corporal Leaton said: The prisoners belong to our Regiment. I was
in the “Railway Inn” on Friday evening last between 9 and 10, when I saw
the two prisoners there. Miss Clarke went out of the bar when I saw
Kennedy take the decanter from the sideboard and hand it to Probyn, who
poured the contents of the decanter into the jug I was drinking from. As
soon as I saw what he had done, I asked him who gave it to him and he
said the landlady. I then asked the landlady if she had given any whisky
to the prisoner and she said “No.” I saw Kennedy put the decanter back.
I noticed there was another decanter, but I did not notice the going of
that. I went out and when I returned Kennedy was standing by the door as
if to stop anyone from coming in.
By the prisoner: I could not say whether it was a pot or a pewter. We
The officer in attendance gave the prisoners a good character.
The prisoners pleaded “Guilty” to the charge, and the bench sentenced
them to a month’s imprisonment with hard labour, remarking that a
heavier sentence would have been inflicted if their officer had not
given them a good character.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 February, 1902. Price 1d.
AN ANGEL’S VISIT
Emma Angel was charged with being drunk, disorderly, and using obscene
language in Hawkesbury Street.
Police Constable Kingsmill said the previous day at 10.45 p.m. prisoner
was ejected from a public-house in Hawkesbury Street. She would not go
away, but tried to re-enter the house, using filthy language.
William Clarke, landlord of the “Railway Inn,” Hawksbury Street, gave
evidence as to prisoner coming into the house and making a disturbance
and being ejected from the house by two different constables. He also
produced a purse containing 24/6, which prisoner left in his house.
Prisoner was fined 5/-.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 September, 1906. Price 1d.
TRANSFER OF THE RAILWAY INN
The license of the "Railway Inn," Hawksbury Street, was transferred
from Mr. J. R. Willson to Mr. R. W. Hayman, who formerly kept the "Crispin
Inn," Sandwich. It was stated that the new tenant had been fined at
Sandwich for selling adulterated whisky. The applicant stated that this
was actually done by a barmaid, who, in his absence, had added water to
replace whisky she had wasted.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18 July, 1913. Price 1d.
DEATH OF A LICENSED VICTUALLER
The death occurred at the “Railway Inn,” Dover, after an illness of
three days from pneumonia, of Mr. William Henry Rogers, a licensed
victualler for thirty-six years, many of which were spent in Dover. Mr.
Rodgers who was 56 years of age, had previously held the licenses of the
“Mogul,” the “King Edward VII,” the “Globe,” and the “Plough.
The lease, from April 1914, was for 35 years. After the East Kent Brewery
Company went into voluntary liquidation it was transferred to Jude, Hanbury
and Company who shared the property with Mackeson at the close.
Eleven other licensed premises stood within 185 yards of this pub and it
received the thumbs down in 1932, closing on 31 December that year.
Although used as a private dwelling from then, the brewer still seemed to
have an interest in 1936 when they offered the lease to Dover Corporation.
On the other hand, and being honest if nothing else, I must reveal that I
read in 1954 that 7, 8 and 9 Hawkesbury Street, including the "Railway
Tavern" were purchased by the Corporation before world war one and had since
been used as a dwelling house and latterly as a store or garage.
With so many "Railway" prefixes being found, I suggest you also look at
the "East Kent Railway Tavern"
and the "Railway Bell".
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 7
October, 1870. Price 1d.
DOVER POLICE COURT
Edwin Clark, landlord of the "Railway Inn," Hawkesbury Street, was
fined £1 and costs, for having his house open during prohibited hours.
RAY Mr 1850 (Railway Tavern)
POTTER George Wayland to Sep/1868 (Railway Hotel)
SMALL John Sep/1868+
MARSHALL Mr Sept/1869
CLARK Edwin 1870-76
CLARK William 1877?
RANDALL James William 1882-May/84
WELLS William J George May/1884-1901
CLARKE William 1902-Dec/1904
WILLSON J R Dec/1904-Sept/06
HAYMAN Richard Morris Sept/1906-10 end
WALKER George Henry 1910-Feb/12
ROGERS William Henry Feb/1912-13 dec'd
ROGERS Mrs M J 1913-17
FOWLER William John 1917-22+
LAZELL Frederick J 1923-24 end
KIDD Albert 1924-Jan/27
WELCH Charles Alfred Jan/1927-June/29
(Hairdresser of Gillingham)
PETTIT Albert John Stanley June/1929-32 end
(From the "Rose and Crown," Sellinge)
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1918
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Dover Express
From the Dover Telegraph