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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1833-

Royal Mortar

Latest 1942

12 Military Road


Royal Mortar

In a will dated 1833 Benjamin Argar of Acrise leaves 5 to his niece Susanna, the wife of Nathaniel Beachett the landlord of the Royal Mortor Public House at Dover (National Archives ref PROB11/1847/314).

The above information kindly sent by Bob and Ruth Wilcock predates the earliest time Barry Smith found the pub.


Dover Mercury 29/July/1999

Final pre-war Pub outing.

CHEERFUL ANTICIPATION: Those on the Royal Mortar pub outing patiently pose for a photographer.

SIXTY years ago, this group of Dover townsfolk went on an outing organised by the Royal Mortar public house, little realising it would be the last one before the outbreak of the Second World War.

The Royal Mortar stood at 12 Military Road - the Fremlins Ales signs can be seen on the windows - and it was run by Isaac Legg in 1939 when this picture was taken.

It was brought to the Mercury office by brothers Frederick and Harry Crascall, who were both born in Bowling Green Hill. They lived, with their mother and father and five brothers and sisters, at 34 Military Road, where the flats now stand.

Although they know this photo was taken before an outing, they don't know where the outing was to.

On the left of the picture, in his Royal Navy uniform, is their brother Ernie who has recently died aged 78. He went off to the West Indies soon after this photo was taken and he later worked as a miner in the Kent coalfield.

The man with the cap and cigarette next but one to Ernie is his father Fred Crascall, who was a builder in the town. His wife is the woman in the centre of the front row with the white hat. Her name was Emma, but she was known as Nora.

The eldest child in  the family was Albert, who has died, then came Ernie, then Margaret, Harry, Frederick, Reg and finally Irene.

But who are all the other people in this picture. Chances are they lived in the area and it is likely that the little girl in the front may be the only one still alive today.

The Crown Inn was at 1 Military Road - at the junction with York Street - and printers Grigg and Son were next door. Other people who lived in the section of Military Road up to Union Row were Mrs E J Shingleton, Herbert Gisby, William Cook, Arthur Hunter and Mrs Allen.

In the next block - between Union Row and Blucher Street - were 'grocer Mrs King, John Castle, the Royal Mortar, Mrs E E Birch, Henry Cook, Lloyd Skidmore, Charles Toogood, Mrs Hammond and John Warren.

In the final section, leading to the St John Ambulance Hall and the Christ Church National Schools which then stood there, lived D M McRoberts, Mrs Carr, Arthur Stanley, Mrs E L Garrett, James Bailey, Joseph Nutter, James Norris and Harry Pluck, with Mrs Edmond and Mrs Cutler in Yew Tree Cottages.

On the opposite side of the road, from Effingham Passage, were Mark Owen, William Peal, Percy Bushell, John Sutton, John Stocks, Frederick Andrews, Charles Abbott, Frank Hearn, Frederick Crascall, William Cozzi, Alfred Newing, George Dyer, Michael Byrne, Mrs Skinner, Edmund Bushell, Alexander Caldwell, Miss Atherden, Edward Iggulden, Mrs Keeler, boot repairer Edward Goodban, Mrs Gilham, Idris Jones, bakers Dobson and Sons, James Phipps, Arthur Gregory, Mrs Piddlesden, Frederick Keates, Cyril Cook and William Paddington's dining rooms.

Are any of those people in this photo? Are you a son, daughter or grandchild of someone pictured here? If so, contact the email address at the bottom of this page. (8 Aug 2007).

Mount Pleasant was the name given to part of the area and it is interesting that that name has been revived recently by present-day residents of the area getting together and entering a float in the carnival as the Mount Pleasant Luvvies.


From the Dover Telegraph Saturday 1 January,.1848 p.8 col.1

Betsy NASH, singlewoman, attired in male apparel, charged with creating a disturbance at the "Royal Mortar." No one appearing against the defendant it was stated she had been to a Masquerade in the Eagle Gardens and appeared before the bench in her dress as "a nice young man"; was dismissed with a caution not to again appear in such unsuitable attire!


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1 July, 1887. Price 1d.


James Lawrence, a private in the East Kent Regiment, was charged with stealing from the “Royal Mortar” public house, Military Road, a pint of brandy and a shirt, value in all 7s. 6d., the property of the landlord.

The evidence having been heard, the case was dismissed.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 2 September, 1881. 1d.


The “Royal Morter,” Military Road, containing ten bedrooms, bar, tap room, kitchen, cellars, was bought by Mr. Flint, Canterbury, for 570.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 17 November, 1882. Price 1d.


John Fenn, landlord of the “Royal Morter” public-house, Military Road, was summoned for serving a constable on duty with refreshment.

Mr. W. Knocker, Town Clerk, prosecuted on behalf of the Watch Committee of the Town Council, and Mr. M. Mowll appeared for the defendant.

Police-sergeant Johnson said: On Thursday night at about ten o'clock, I was on duty near Military Hill, when I saw Police-constable Bass walking rather quickly along the road. I followed him, and saw him go into the “Royal Morter” public-house. I went into the bar shortly after, and saw Bass with a glass of beer in his hand. As I was entering he (the constable) left by another door, and shut it after him. I said, “You need not go in there Bass. I have seen you, so come out.” He then came out, and I saw that he had his helmet off, an had a glass half full of beer in his hand. The landlord of the house was present at the time. There was no one else in the bar. I asked the constable, in the presence of the landlady, what he was doing there, and he replied that he came in for a glass of beer. He then drank the beer in the glass. I also told the landlady that she must not serve a policeman while he was on duty, and she said that she considered it very hard if she could not give a glass of beer to a friend. I told Bass that I should report the case to the Superintendent of Police.

By Mr. M. Mowll: The defendant is in work, and his wife manages the house. I saw no man with the constable.

Mr. M. Mowll said that although he should plead “Guilty” for the defendant, he proposed to call a witness to prove the exact circumstances of the case. He might as well at once tell the Bench that the defendant was in bed asleep when this offence happened, and knew nothing of it till the following morning. From the instructions he had received it appeared that at about half-past ten o'clock in the night in question, a man named Hewitt inquired of Police-constable Bass where he could obtain lodgings for the night, and the constable had taken him to the “Royal Morter” public-house, where the man called for a glass of ale for the constable. He hopes the Bench would deal very leniently with the defendant, for the case under that particular clause had not been instituted for several years, and the landlady was entirely ignorant that she was breaking the law, and the defendant had been summoned, making him liable for the offence. The defendant had previous to keeping that house, kept the “Duke of Wellington Inn” for over five years with not the slightest complaint against the house. He hopes the Bench would deal leniently with the case, and inflict merely a small fine without endorsing the licence; otherwise it would be of a serious consequence to the defendant and his family. He would call the witness Robert Hewitt.

Mr. Knocker said that he could hardly see the necessity of calling Hewitt, as the Bench were not trying a constable, but the landlord. He should be satisfied with a small penalty, for the object of the prosecution was to caution others and give publicity to the matter.

The Chairman said that serving a constable while on his duty was a serious offence, and the defence of ignorance set up by the attorney for the defence they were rather astonished at, but they would take that for what it was worth, and as there had not been a conviction under the clause for many years, the Bench would give the defendant the benefit of the doubt, and especially as it was a little in his favour that his wife might not have known, and they could only fine him 10s. and costs, without endorsing his licence.

The money was paid.

In reply to the Bench the Town Clerk said that he should report the case to the Watch Committee.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 7 September, 1883. 1d.



The Magistrates' Clerk reported that there was a complaint in the book against the landlord of the “Royal Mortar Inn,” for, in November last, supplying a constable with liquor while on duty. He was fined.

The landlord was then called, and the Mayor said: It is a very serious offence to serve a constable while on duty, and might have resulted in the dismissal of the constable. You will see on your license that you are expressly prohibited from serving the police while on duty. The house we understand has been well conducted since, and the license will therefore be re-issued, but be cautious in the future.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 18 February, 1938. Price 1d.


The licence of the “Royal Mortar,” Military Road was granted a music and singing licence.



This could be the house which Flint bought in 1881 for 470. That year it had ten bedrooms. My searches revealed little I regret. It was taken over by Fremlin at some time but in world war two had closed by 1942 although the Dover Express did mention from the Dover Police Court Licensing Transfers session of 21 August 1942 that they had approved the transfer of license from "Royal Mortar, Military Rd., Dover (Closed), from Frederick Blay to Arthur Edward Fullager;" although it is unknown whether he ever pulled a pint at this establishment. Post war it must have been possessed by Dover Corporation and it would have been demolished on their instructions to make room for Council flats. Many old soldiers will recall the long climb up the North Military Road to the barracks. Still possible, but from January 1972 it no longer connected with Worthington Street.



BEACHETT Nathaniel 1833+

RAND Thomas 1842-47 Bagshaw's Directory 1847

ARCHER John 1858-64+ Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

COVENEY D 1865-Jan/68 Dover Express

BUTLER James Jan/68-74 Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1874 (aged 58 in 1871Census)

FOREMAN Douglas F 1876

KIRBY John 1878

Last pub licensee had FENN John 1881-82+ Post Office Directory 1882Dover Express

BALL William Gwilliam Mar/1888-95 Dover ExpressPikes 1889Pikes 1895 (Late Sergt. Major West kent Regt.)

Last pub licensee had DOBSON William 1895-Jan/97 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

LIBBY F J Jan/1895+ Dover Express

HOMEWOOD William 1899-1903+ Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

GRIGGS Herbert E 1907-13+ (age 42 in 1911Census) Pikes 1909Post Office Directory 1913

GRIGGS Mrs Mary Ann 1919-/Oct/23 Post Office Directory 1922Dover Express

HARVEY James William Oct/1923-30 end Pikes 1924Post Office Directory 1930

NICHOLS Joseph 1930-32 Pikes 1932-33

CLUNN Alfred S 1933-Oct/34 Dover Express

MARJORAM Albert Victor Oct/1934-37 Dover Express

PRYER Albert Leslie 1937-Oct/38 Post Office Directory 1938 (PRIOR Pikes 1938-39Dover Express)

LEGG Isaac Oct/1938-Dec/39 Dover Express

BLAY Frederick Dec/1939-Aug/42 (Closed) Dover Express

FULLAGER Arthur Edward 21 Aug 1942 (Closed) Dover Express


According to the Dover Express Isaac Legg was from 95, Whitter Road, manor Park, East Ham, E 12, late Licensed Victualler and Frederick Blay, was from 32 Newcroft Close, Hillingdon, Middlesex, boarding-house keeper.


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Pikes 1889From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1889

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

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

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Pikes 1909From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1909

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Pikes 1924From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Pikes 1932-33From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Pikes 1938-39From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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