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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1792


Latest 1858

Old Post Office Lane

Strond Lane Pigot's Directory 1840



This beerhouse, kept by Morris in 1792, was sometimes addressed Strond Lane. Riggs was there in 1858 but I never came across it again after that year. I do note however that Riggs kept a "Plume of Feathers" in 1859.

Mark Frost suggests that the "Roebuck" 1779 and the "True Briton" 1781, were privateers that may have given their names to pubs. A privateer is a private person or ship that engages in maritime warfare under a commission of war. Since robbery under arms was a common aspect of seaborne trade, until the early 19th century all merchant ships carried arms.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 6 March, 1841. Price 5d.


Two young Belgian gentlemen who had for some weeks past been lodging at the "Roebuck," public house, were found not to return as usual to their apartments, on Thursday evening last. On Friday, Mr. Tottle, the landlord, having suspicion that all was not right, forced open the door of the room that they had occupied, when to his astonishment found that a chest of drawers had been ransacked of a considerable quantity of linen, wearing apparel, &c. and, upon further enquiry, he found that the greater part of it had been pawned with Mr. T. Long, junr, by the young Foreigners. We understand that he thieves took a passage to Ostend, in one of the steamers going thither, on Thursday last.


Dover Chronicles 10 January 1846.

Dover Police Court. Monday.

The following public house licences were transferred, this being the day appointed for that purpose.....

The "Roebuck," permission to sell till next transferred day.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, 7 March 1846.

Thomas PEARCE - Transfer of public house Licence “The Roebuck.”


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 17 January, 1857. Price 4d.


WEDNESDAY. - Before J. Worsfold and W. P. Elsted, Esqrs.

William Riggs, landlord of the "Roebuck" beer-shop, in Strond Lane, was charged with knowingly harbouring improper characters in his house.

The evidence adduced proved that three females, two of whom were of abandoned characters, and the third a child of only 12 years of age, named Barker, accompanied three soldiers to the "Roebuck" on the 30th of December, and passed the night there. The soldier who was most particular with the child named, was said to be Corporal Munroe, of the 42nd Highlanders. She is the daughter of respectable parents, and being missed from her home on the evening of the night in question, they searched for her without success until three o'clock in the morning. At eight she was found in bed at the "Roebuck," and taken home by her distressed mother, who had been informed of where her child was by the very man who passed the night with her. The Bench severely censured Riggs for permitting such gross proceedings in his house, and fined him 5 and 13s.costs.

We cannot close the case, of which we have omitted to give nearly all the details, without an observation upon the conduct of the individual said to be Corporal Munroe, of the 42nd Highlanders. Upon Riggs, the Bench have adjudicated, with expressions of regret that they had not the power to inflict any more severe punishment. The child taken to the "Roebuck" for infamous purposes is, as we have said, only 12 years of age. The man - or ought we not rather to say the fiend, in human shape - who took her thither is a non-commissioned officer of a distinguished Regiment, now quartered in the Citadel, Dover. It is not enough to say that he is a disgrace to the uniform he wears; he is a disgrace to the corps of which he is a member, and his superiors cannot well do less than give some indication of their abhorrence of his disgusting behaviour. If ever a man deserves punishment, that man is the dastardly wretch who took the child Barker to the "Roebuck," (and the landlord is not a whit better,) and but for the accidental circumstances of the girl being a few months over 12 years of age, he would have been indicted for a capital offence. He has this time escaped the strong arm of the law; we sincerely hope that in the moments of embittered reflection upon his vile conduct, he may wisely resolve to amend the past by abandoning such fearfully wicked indulgences, and do all in his power to warn other from immorality of so deep a dye.


Dover Chronicles 7 March 1846.

Dover Petty Sessions. Monday.

This being the transfer day for ale house licences, the following transfers took place.

"Roebuck," to Thomas Pearce;




MORRIS Thomas 1792-93

TOTTLE John 1832-41+ Pigot's Directory 1840

PEARCE Thomas Mar-Sept/1846 Dover Telegraph

TADHUNTER William Bridger Sept/1846-47+ Deal MercuryBagshaw's Directory 1847

UNDERWOOD Oliver 1852

RIGGS Matthew 1854

RIGGS William 1857-58


Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury

Dover TelegraphFrom the Dover Telegraph


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