Sort file:- Dover, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1882

(Name from)

Round Tower Inn

Latest 1901

Between 5 and 6 Round Tower Street


Field of Cloth of Gold Painting

Above picture shows the painting titled the Field of Cloth of Gold, 1520, and shows the Towers in Round Tower Street.

Embarkation of Henry VIII at Dover 1520

Above painting titled the Embarkation of Henry VIII at Dover 1520, again shows the towers, but unfortunately not the pub.


An old street because buildings were being renewed there in 1789. The defensive tower itself, on the South West side of Little Paradise Bay, was built by John Clark about 1500. He also provided a pier from Archcliffe Point before which building was not possible. Silt and shingle eventually closed the anchorage which resulted and the pier properties then came in abundance. Many of those disappeared when the South Eastern Railway commandeered the sites and many more later, when the South Eastern Railway lines were joined to those of the London and Chatham network.


Barry says:- "I have no knowledge of the pub before 1882. It was kept then by Cochrane, previously of the "Little Phoenix"." Further research says that it changed name from the "Little Phoenix" around that time.

Click here for photo of Round Tower Lane.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 13 September, 1889. Price 1d.


At the adjourned meeting at Broadstairs on Wednesday, Sir Richard Dickeson was in the chair, and the other Magistrates present were F. S. Pierce, T. V. Brown, J. L. Bradley, and A. Bottle, Esqrs.

The license of the “Round Tower Inn,” Round Tower Street, was renewed to the previous tenant.


Leney wanted to surrender this licence in 1901 so that the "Boar's Head" might open. The arrangement seemed to suit. The town bought the pub and then sold the licence back to the brewer for 1,000.



COCHRANE John 1881-82 (age 43 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

?BANDINO Stephen 1882?

Last pub licensee had COCHRANE William June/1883 Dover Express

VANDINE Stephen June/1883

GATEHOUSE Mrs Amelia Caroline 1889-1893

GATEHOUSE Alfred 1893-99 Next pub licensee had Kelly's Directory 1899

GATEHOUSE Mrs Amelia Caroline 1899-1901 Next pub licensee had Post Office Directory 1903


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's Directory 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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