9 Cannon Street
The Royal Oak public house was the main stage coach station in Dover in the early 1780's and was situated just opposite St. Mary's Church.
Coaches used to leave for London at 4am and 6 am. It was removed when the street was widened in 1890.
By kind permission of Dover Library. ILL/611.
A view of Cannon Street between 1875 and 1895 showing right to left
Amos, Ladies Outfitter and Ironmonger, Philpotts Royal Oak hotel and
stables opposite Standens Draper and Cabinet maker business, and
Colonnade prior to demolition: old Dover disappearing for widening
before the turn of the century.
It is believed that the "Royal Oak" had existed there since the Stuart
days, and that it was named after the oak in which Charles II hid
himself. These features disappeared in the widening of Cannon Street in
1893. Prior to that date the street was both crooked and narrow, and in
earlier days it had been narrower still, the footway on the east side
previous to the rebuilding of the church in 1843 having passed over a
part of the churchyard, and after the rebuilding that part was
permanently added to the street. The Royal Oak Rooms, at the back of the
"Royal Oak" Inn, Cannon Street, were used for many years for public
meetings, balls and banquets. The Dover Corn Market, also, was held
there, and the "Royal Oak" yard was the "putting-up" place of coaches,
omnibuses and carriers' vans - a rendezvous for country folk such as no
longer exists in Dover. The Deal coaches made the "Royal Oak" yard their
terminus until they ceased to run on the opening of the Dover and Deal
Railway in 1881.
Information taken from John Bavington Jones' book "A Perambulation of
the Town, Port and Fortress of Dover", 1906. (Reprint in The South Kent
Gazette, July 25th, 1979.)
Above photo, by kind permission of Dover Library, ILL/609.
Cannon Street in the 1890's before widening showing Chidwicks, tobacconist,
Sutton's toy shop, Royal Oak Hotel, Wright Brothers, ironmongers, Harts,
outfitters and pawnbrokers - on the corner of Market street - and,
opposite Standen's, draper and cabinet maker, with colonnade labelled
The picture to the left shows a watercolour by Tucker of Cannon
Street and the Royal Oak in about 1850.
Showing the Colonnade on the left, demolished in the 1890s for road
widening. Next to the Royal Oak is Chidwick's the tobacconist's shop.
I doubt if an oak stood on this site for Charles to hide in but its
origin was said to be in the time of the Stuarts. Alterations in January
1980 disclosed an old fourteenth century doorway which suggested a priest's
residence associated with the church opposite.
Its rooms were used for meetings and concerts as well as trade and its
extensive yard, with livery stables, was used by coaches and vans. The
populace of the surrounding villages congregated here and coaches from
Eythorne and Nonington ran every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, returning the
same day. Two operators ran coaches from Whitfield, both on Tuesdays,
Thursdays and Saturdays, making the round trip. Coaches from Folkestone
arrived here every day except Wednesday and Sunday, returning the same day.
Coaches for Deal left the inn every day and the London coaches left daily at
four a.m. and six p.m. stopping at Canterbury, Sittingbourne, Rochester and
We know of its presence in 1770 but its demise, like so many others, was
the result of a road widening. That had already been started in 1858, when
the frontages between New Street and the inn had been set back.
From the Kentish Post or Canterbury News-Letter,
April 18-21, 1753. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.
Advert: George Adams, late Master of the Dover Caravan,
has taken the Royal Oak near the Market Place in Dover.
From the Kentish Gazette, June 9-12, 1770. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.
Sale of Household furniture at the Royal Oak in Dover, June 18, 1770.
From the Kentish Gazette, November 6 – 10, 1789. Kindly sent
from Alec Hasenson.
Auction of a "Freehold Messuage", November 11, at
the sign of the Royal Oak in Dover.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 30 November, 1833. Price 7d.
The meetings of the Friendly Musical Society at the "Royal Oak Inn"
being suspended this winter, the Anacicontle Society has been revived at
the "Fleece Tavern," under the presidency of
G. W. Gravener, Esq. An orchestra of amateurs has been formed, and no
doubt is entertained of the societies recovering the celebrity is
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 8 February, 1834. Price 7d.
Valuable Freehold Mills, Capital, Messuage and Garden, Farm and
Lands, at Buckland, near Dovor.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION BY
MR. GEORGE HARRISSON,
At the Royal Oak Inn, Dovor, on Saturday, the 5th March, 1834,
between the hours of One and Three in the afternoon., (by order of the
Commissioners under a Fiat of Bankruptcy against Mr. William Kingsford.)
ALL THOSE FREEHOLD CORN AND PAPER MILLS, Capital Messuage, Garden,
Farm and Lands, situated in the Parish of Buckland, in the County of
Kent, and late in the occupation of the said Bankrupt.
Particulars will be given in future Advertisements, an information
may be obtained of Mr. Surrage, Solicitor, Sandwich; Messrs. Shipdem and
Ledger, Mr. Kennett, and Mr. E. Elwin, Solicitors, Dovor; and of the
Auctioneer, Barton Farm, near Dovor.
Dovor, February 6th, 1834.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 26 September, 1840. Price 5d.
A Temperance Tea party
was held on Thursday afternoon at the Royal Oak Rooms, to which a
Teetotal meeting was appended, in the same place in the evening. Though
enlivened only by the circling teacup, the speakers exhibited a great
deal of spirit in their several addresses; and portrayed in
strong terms the ill effects of intoxicating drinks, and the beneficial
results of Teetotalism. Several signatures were added to the list of
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 26 December, 1840. Price 5d.
On Wednesday last a female
servant at the Royal Oak, while at work in the hall, fell down and broke
her arm. We understand another woman, one day this week, had her leg
broken in Snargate Street.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque
Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 31 August, 1844.
Henry Garlinge, William Bass, and William Frost, charged with being
found in the “Royal Oak Tap” for an unlawful purpose. Mr. Hudson the
landlord, stated that early on Sunday morning, his wife hearing a noise
in the house, he got up, and on going down stairs saw three men in the
tap-room, who immediately ran out. He called for assistance, and on
going into the yard saw two or three other persons, who were getting
over the wall. He could identify Garlinge and Bass, as being two of the
persons in the tap-room, but not Frost. On examining the door he found
that the lock had been forced back. He then fastened the door and went
to bed, and between one and two o’clock he was again awoke by hearing a
noise by breaking tiles. He called his son and went out of the front
door to find the police, and meeting with sergeant Laker, returned with
him and two of the police. On entering the house his son said that the
men had just run round the corner down York Street, on which the police
followed them. Sergeant Laker stated that on going down York Street, he
apprehended Bass and Frost on the Folkestone Road. Garlinge was
apprehended at his father’s house about four o’clock in the morning.
The landlord on being recalled, stated that he missed nothing from the
tap-room, as there were only tables and chairs in the room. He could not
say what their intention was in entering the house. On examining the
roof of the out-house, the tiles were found to be broken where they had
forced an entrance. The bench decided, that there was not sufficient
evidence to prove a felonious intent, and the prisoners were discharged
on payment of 1s. each.
We almost regret this lenient decision of the Bench, as we understood on
the following morning (Tuesday) some person broke open the out-house of
the “Royal Oak Tap,” and three fowls were stolen therefrom.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 21 February, 1846.
February 20th, at Dover, deeply regretted, Mrs. Mowll, of the "Royal
Oak Hotel," aged 49.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 6 February, 1847. Price 5d.
An inquest was held on Wednesday, at the “Royal Oak Tap,” before G. T.
Thompson, Esq., Coroner for the Borough, on the body of Elizabeth
Williams, a child aged three months.
The Coroner observed that the father of the deceased had very properly
called upon him, and stated that the child had died very suddenly; and
as she had not been attended by a medical gentleman, the father could
not obtain a medical certificate as to the cause of death, and he (the
Coroner) considered it his duty to hold the inquest, although it was but
justice to say that he had no suspicion hinted at against the parents. –
The following evidence was then taken:-
James Williams, stoker in H.M.P. service, residing in Youden’s Court,
and father of the deceased, deposed: The child had been subject to
severe colds since her birth, but on Saturday she appeared recovered and
quite well. She was taken to bed on Saturday evening by her mother.
About half-past three o’clock my wife awoke me, saying the child
appeared dead. She had not cried during the night, nor were the clothes
over her face; nor she had been subject to fits or convulsions. I got up
and called my neighbour, Mrs. Burton.
Hannah Burton: On Sunday morning Mr. Williams called me up, saying his
child was dead. I went into his house, and saw Mrs. Williams sitting by
the fireplace, with the child in her arms. I took the child, who was
quite insensible; but she was warm, and I think breathed once. Mrs.
Williams told me that the child appeared much better when it went to bed
but that on waking in the morning she found the child lying on her
breast, and thought it was dead. About a fortnight since I thought there
was a boil or abscess forming on the child’s back, and I wished Williams
to send for Mr. Jones, who advised a poultice, and that the child should
be put into a warm bath, which I did, and on taking her out the abscess
burst. I cannot account for the child’s death, but thought her sickly
from the first, and that she would not live.
The Coroner and three of the Jury then proceeded to take the evidence of
Mrs. Williams, who was unable to leave her house; and on their return
the Coroner read her deposition, which confirmed the statements of her
husband and Mrs. Burton, and, in addition, that the child had been
afflicted with the thrush.
The Coroner said this was the whole of the evidence, and it was for the
Jury to say if they were satisfied it was sufficient to account for the
cause of death; if not, the only course would be to have a post-mortem
The Jury considered that the evidence was sufficient, and that there was
no grounds for suspicion against any parties; and after a short
consultation returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 19 February, 1848. Price 5d.
David Walsh, private 17th regiment, charged with stealing a quantity
of rope, and netting needles, from the "Royal Oak Tap." It appeared that
on the articles being missed, information was given that a soldier had
been seen coming from the back of the premises early in the morning, on
which application was made at the barracks; and on searching, the
missing property was found under Walsh's bed.
Sergeant Kelly stated that shortly after seven o'clock, Walsh came to
him in the barrack yard, saying he had found the articles on the hill;
and that he afterwards took them into the canteen, where he made no
attempt to conceal them. It was also proved that Walsh had been in
barracks the whole night, and the case was dismissed.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 18 March, 1848. Price 5d.
An inquest was held on Monday, at the "Royal Oak Tap," Dover, before
G. T. Thompsom, Esq., Coroner for the Borough, relative to the death of
Edward Alexander Horn, a child ages 3 months. The jury having been
sworn, and Mr. W. R. Mowll appointed foreman, the investigation was
commenced, when the following evidence was adduced:-
Mary Ann Horn, mother of deceased, stated: I live in Youden's Court;
the child from its birth was healthy, and never required medical advice.
About half-past five on Thursday morning I suckled deceased, and he
appeared quite well; I then placed him in the hollow of my arm, the bed
clothes come up to his chin and my shoulder; he was then quiet, and I
fell asleep. I woke up about a quarter past six, on my husband coming
home from duty. Shortly after, not finding the child breathe, I looked
at him, and he appeared dead. I awoke my husband, and he went for Dr.
Rutyley, who arrived within a quarter of an hour; but he said he could
do nothing for the child, neither could he tell the cause of death.
Thomas Alexander Horn, policeman, and father of deceased, deposed: On
Thursday morning I left my duty at six. I then went to bed, and slept
about half an hour, when I was awoke by my wife, who said something was
the matter with the child. I took him in my arms and his mouth and eyes
opened. I then ran for the doctor.
The jury then adjourned till this day, for the purpose of a post
mortem of the body,
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque
Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 26 August, 1848. Price 5d.
DOVER PETTY SESSIONS
Jesse Thomas charged with an assault on Mary Ann Hills. Complainant
stated that she was at the "Royal Oak Tap" on Wednesday evening, when
defendant, without any provocation, struck her a violent blow in the
Thomas, in his defence, said he was drinking with some soldiers, one
of whom was very flush with his money, and after treating with drink,
changed a £5 note. Complainant and others endeavoured to get him into
their company, and in preventing which, he pushed complainant away.
Fined 10s., including costs, and in default committed to prison for 14
September 1864 saw the
property, then in the occupation of Mr. Stephen Philpott, put to auction by
"Jeken & Co's" Brewery Estate, with its extensive outbuildings, stables, corn
market room and the appurtenances belonging thereto. It was advertised with
"There are peculiar advantages attached to this lot it
being the Office of Inland Revenue and also the Corn Market, which is held
there every Saturday; and having besides an extensive patronage bestowed on
it by Commercialists. The stabling and coach-house accommodation is very
remaining properties on that side were removed for the road widening in 1893. On completion of
that widening the "Metropole Hotel" arrived, that building being commenced
Compensation and purchase price paid by Dover Corporation for the inn,
its store and yard, equalled £8,935.2s.6d.
A "Royal Oak Tap" was present from 1841 to 1847 but I do not know what
its association was, if at all, with other houses of like name. This was
situated in Market Street.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday
21 June, 1867.
On Tuesday was celebrated at the parish church of St. Mary the
marriage of Miss Louisa Philpott, the third daughter of our worthy and
respected townswoman, Mr. S. Philpott, the proprietor of the "Royal Oak
Hotel." The happy bridegroom in this instance is Mr. Henry Godfrey, of
Oundle, Northamptonshire. The marriage was a grand one, the bridesmaids
numbering half-a-dozen, and the ceremony being witnessed by a
considerable number of spectators, who assembled in and outside the
church. The carriages were furnished by Mr. F. Packham and not allowed
to stand idle by the less interested partakers in the ceremony, who
enjoyed the pleasures of driving along the beautiful valley of the Dour,
during the afternoon, though the happy couple themselves left for town
by the 3.45 p.m. train.
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
22 April, 1871. 1d.
THE WEST STREET HARRIERS
The complimentary dinner to Mr. M. Nethersole, of the West Street
Harriers, and Mr. Smith, the huntsman, took place at the "Royal Oak
Hotel" on Friday evening last, and was a great success. Captain Julles
presided, and was supported by Mr. J. G. Churchward, Captain Coleman,
Mr. Stephen Court, and other gentleman.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 26 May, 1871. Price 1d.
CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION ON THE FOOTWAY
John Wood, a labouring man, was charged with causing an obstruction in
Cannon Street on the previous evening, and with assaulting
Police-sergeant Johnstone while in the execution of his duty.
Police-sergeant James Johnstone said that on the previous evening, about
half-past seven, his attention was called to an obstruction in Cannon
Street. On arriving there he found that a large crowd had congregated in
front of the “Royal Oak Hotel,” rendering it very difficult for any one
to get past. Some of the Mounted Rifles were throwing halfpence to a
number of children. He succeeded in getting several of them away, when
he saw Wood standing in front of the Hotel. He asked him several times
to go away, but he refused. He succeeded in getting him some four or
five yards up the street, when he (Wood) suddenly turned round and gave
him a push. He then said he should take him in custody, and on his
attempting to do so prisoner took hold of his shoulder and tripped him
up, throwing him down on the pavement, and thereby injuring his left
leg. Prisoner then laid down in the road and refused to get up.
Police-constable Hemmings finally came to witness’s assistance, and with
the aid of one of the Mounted Rifles, who, on being charged, rendered
his assistance, they took him to the station-house.
Prisoner denied having tripped up the constable; and said that it was
the constable who had pushed him down.
The police-sergeant, in reply to the Bench, said he had not done so.
The Superintendent of Police, in answer to the Magistrates, said he knew
nothing of the prisoner, except that he had been before the bench on a
similar charge the previous October.
Johnstone, on being again questioned by the Bench, said he found a great
crowd in Cannon Street. His attention, he said, was first drawn to it by
Mr. Smith, the magistrate, who told him that the Mounted Rifles were
throwing coppers to some children, who were completely blocking up the
thoroughfare, and that he (Mr. Smith) had had the greatest difficulty in
effecting a passage through the crowd.
The Magistrates said that the constables had a very arduous duty to
perform, and that in the performance of it they must be protected. The
prisoner had made himself liable to three months’ imprisonment; and he
might think himself fortunate, in the present instance, in being sent to
gaol for fourteen days only, with hard labour.
A person giving the name of Mrs. Rogers, and stating that she resided in
St. James’s Street, here came forward and said that she was present on
the previous evening at the occurrence in question. She said that the
man who was really to blame had made his escape, while the defendant,
who was a mere on-looker, was taken into custody. She saw the Rifles
throwing money to the children, and they afterwards threw some water
from the hotel window. Some of the water happened to fall on a gentleman
standing beneath the window. The “gentleman,” who was very indignant,
offered to fight any of them if they would come down; but they refused
to come; and they told the man who had made his escape that they would
give him half-a-crown if he would take the skin off the gentleman’s
nose. (A laugh.) This man offered to do; but when he saw the constable
coming he ran off, and the defendant, who happened to be standing close
by, was taken into custody.
The Magistrates, after some consideration, said that they heard nothing
to induce them to alter their decision.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
1 January, 1875. Price 1d.
MAGIC v FELONY
Charles Mills was charged with stealing one leather bag, one coat,
one velvet coat, one waistcoat, a pair of black trousers, a pair of grey
ditto, 3 shirts, and £2, being altogether the value of £8, the property
of Stephen Solley, on the 10th of October at Dover.
Mr. Ormerod appeared for the prosecution.
Stephen Solley said: I live at the Military-road, Dover. I am a
professor of magic, and have travelled, but do not do so now. I was at Walmer of the 10th of October, and I sent my luggage to Dover by the
Deal Coach. It was supposed to be left at the "Royal Oak Hotel," at
Dover. The prisoner assisted me to put the luggage on the coach. He went
on with the coach and I came later. I appointed him to meet me in
Castle-street, Dover at eight o'clock. He did not keep the appointment.
I one of the boxes were two bags, and one bag is lost. The articles
mentioned in the indictment were in the box. There were also in the box
a bag of coins, being two sovereigns, and 21 counterfeit coins which I
used for my tricks. One of the boxes had been broken open, and all the
things I mentioned were gone. The articles now produced by the police I
identified as my property.
Cross-examined by Mr. Glyn: At the time of the robbery I was a
professor of magic. I travelled the country mesmerising ladies and
gentlemen. I do not mesmerise counterfeit coins into good ones. The
magic business was not so successful as it might be. I owed the prisoner
no money, but I stopped 5s. for a debt for board and lodgings while he
was away from me. He had 10s. a week. I paid him the full amount of his
wages; sometimes in instalments. He may have paid for beer, but I paid
it back. The prisoner did not demand £1 1s. 4d. from me on the day he
left. He only asked for his fare by the coach, which I paid, I paid Mr.
Makie, of the "Stag" at Walmer, on
the day I left. I always paid my debts. One night there was only £2 left
of the entertainment. I put that in the box. The prisoner used one of my
coats; there were no magic pockets in it.
Henry Couthard, porter at the "Royal Oak Hotel," Dover, said that on
the 10th of October he saw two boxes that came by the coach, and were
deposited at the "Royal Oak." He saw a young man uncord the boxes, but
it being dark he could not say who he was.
At this point the learned council for the prosecution was about to
repeat the question, but the council for the defendant objected,
whereupon the Recorder took the matter in hand, and asked if the witness
had any belief one way or the other as to who took the goods. The
witness was a long time in answering the question, and the Recorder
repeatedly asked if he understood it. "Yes," the witness replied, with
evident consternation, "It's about the belief, but I don't know what to
say as I cannot swear to prisoner." At length the witness answered "No,"
and he further stated that the prisoner took out of the box a little bag
containing coin and went away.
Mr. J. Long, of the firm Long and Bacon, said a person giving the
name of Charles Mills, brought a shirt and waistcoat and pawned it for
2s. 6d. He could not swear to the prisoner.
J. W. Moore, assistant to Mr. Hart, pawnbroker, said the prisoner
brought a coat and trousers to their shop and pawned them for 5s. He
asked £1 for them. He said his address was Charles Mills, East-cliff.
Mr. Solley afterwards came and saw the articles in question.
Cross-examined: I can identify the prisoner. I took particular notice
of him, and should know him anywhere.
Police-sergeant Barton said he apprehended the prisoner on warrant in
Middlesex. The prisoner was duly cautioned, and he replied, after he
heard the warrant read, "I did take the things mentioned in the
warrant." The coat and trousers I pawned at Hart's for 5s., and the
shirt and waistcoat I pawned at Long's for 2s. 6d." I had told him, of
the coins, and he said, "The coins you speak of are at my mother's at
Sheperton Green. I went there and received some collars. I did not get
the coins, but the mother made a statement.
Mr. Glyn objected to this statement being made.
The Recorder said the Sergeant was a special agent of the prisoner to
get the coins, and therefore he would take the evidence stated in the
Mr. Glyn objected to this hearsay evidence. He said the person in
question might have said that the prisoner had committed a murder.
Surely that would not be admissible evidence.
The Recorder said that was not relevant to the charge. He would take
the evidence if the prosecutor pressed it.
Mr. Ormerod said he would not press the evidence.
Witness continued that the prisoner was wearing a pair of trousers
which he said were Mr. Solley's. He (witness) was not able to speak of
the prisoners' character.
The prisoners' statement, admitted the theft having been read.
Mr. Ormarod made a second speech to the jury, in which he rebutted
what he anticipated would be the defence.
Mr. Glyn for the defence urged that if the prosecutor owned the
prisoner money, the jury could not find the prisoner guilty of felonious
intent if he took some of the prisoner's goods to raise the money he was
alleged was owing to him. Of course he could not advise anyone to act in
that way but the prisoner having acted in that way was it felony? He
submitted that the jury would not think so and that the prisoner should
The Recorder elaborately summed up, and in the course of the remarks
pointed out that the allegation of money being owing from the prosecutor
to the defendant on which the defence was based was pure fiction. If the
money were owing, the County Court was the place to recover it, and it
could not be permitted that the prisoner should break open a box and
help himself to the prosecutor's property. The charge of indictment was
felony, and if proved the jury would find a verdict of guilty.
A verdict of guilty was returned and letters were sent in from
various persons giving a good previous character to the prisoner and the
prosecutor said he had been a good servant and asked that he might be
dealt with leniently.
The prisoner aid he had been living with Lady Bacon at East-cliff,
Dover, and the sentence was deferred so that some of her ladyship's
house might come to speak as to his character.
John Mitchell, coachman, to Mrs. Bacon, of Honiton House, East-cliff,
said the prisoner was in Mrs. Bacon's service four months as helper in
the stables. I had a very good character with him. He left to go with
this person, the prosecutor.
The prisoner begged for mercy on the ground that he pledged these
goods to get home as he had not a penny left.
The prisoner was sentenced to three month's hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 24 March, 1882. Price 1d.
The annual meeting of the West Street Harriers will be held at the
“Royal Oak Hotel” on Saturday, the 1st of April, after which a
complimentary dinner to the Deputy Master, Morris Thompson, Esq., will
take place, the Mayor, J. L. Bradley, Esq., presiding.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 22 April, 1887. Price 1d.
REFUSING TO QUIT THE ROYAL OAK
Peter Roberts, a stranger to the town, was charged with being drunk and
disorderly at the “Royal Oak Hotel,” Cannon Street, and refusing to quit
those premises when requested by the proprietor.
Mr. R. Philpott. Proprietor of the “Royal Oak Hotel,” said: last night,
shortly before eleven o’clock, the defendant came into the passage. I
asked him what he wanted. He replied that he had come to see a friend of
his and intended staying until he had seen him. I requested that he go
out and he refused. He was not sober. I afterwards put him outside and
he made use of very abusive language. I followed him a short distance
down the street, and afterwards saw him being turned out of the “Antwerp
Hotel.” I then saw a Constable and gave defendant in charge.]
Police-constable Bass (D.28) said: last night, about a quarter to eleven
o’clock, I was on duty in the Market Square near to the “Antwerp Hotel.”
I saw several Volunteers go into the hotel, the defendant following
them. I heard one of them tell Mr. Fox that defendant had just been
turned out of the “Royal Oak Hotel.” Mr. Fox then requested the
defendant to leave, but he refused. Mr. Fox then put him out. He
attempted to go in again. Mr. Philpott then came up and gave him into
custody. The defendant was drunk, and made use of filthy language. I had
to obtain the assistance of a County Constable in bringing defendant to
the Police Station.
The Bench find the defendant 5s. and 7s. costs, or in default seven
He paid the money.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 3 February, 1888.
James Charles Roberts was charged with stealing from the “Royal Oak
Hotel” a quantity of coal, to the value of 9d., the property of R.
Mr. R. W. Philpott said: I know the prisoner. He has been employed by
the “boots” to do odd jobs, and go out with the commercial gentleman. He
has been employed for some time. He has access to the cellar, but he had
no business there. I have had reason to believe that the coal has been
taken from my cellar for some time. From something I heard last Friday
morning I communicated with the police. I cannot swear to the coal
produced, the value of which is 9d. My place has been watched since
Friday by the police. I also have some wood similar to that produced; I
keep it in an outhouse.
Police-sergeant Suters said; According to the instructions I received I
kept observations on the “Royal Oak Yard.” About a quarter to eight a.m.
I saw the prisoner come out of the back of the hotel carrying the bag of
coal produced. He took it to the gate leading into Cannon Street, stood
it down and looked round the yard. He then put it on his back and ran
out of the gate up Biggin Street into York Street. I stopped him in York
Street and asked him what he had in the bag; he replied, “Some coals.” I
asked him where he got it from, and he said from the “Royal Oak Hotel.”
I asked him if he had any right to bring them away, and he said that one
of the servants gave them to him. I told him that he would have to come
to the Police Station, and he begged very hard not to be allowed to. He
then said the servant did not give them to him, and I took him to the
Police Station, where he was charged with stealing coals. I afterwards
went to the prisoner’s house in Durham Hill, and saw there about 30 or
40 pieces of firewood like that produced in a cupboard.
George Carter, living at 2, Hartley Street, said: I am employed by the
“boots” at the “Royal Oak Hotel” as under boots. The prisoner had been
employed there since Easter. About a quarter to eight I went into the
yard and was going in the back door of the hotel, when I saw the
prisoner at the top of the cellar stairs, where the coal is kept, and he
had got a bag in his arms. He passed me and went out of the door, and I
saw him no more. I have previously seen him carrying away something from
Prisoner pleaded “Guilty” and wished the case to be dealt with
Mr. Philpott said he did not wish to press the charge heavily against
the prisoner on account of his wife and children who were badly off.
From the prisoner’s discharge it was seen that he was in possession of
three good conduct badges, and had been in the 56th Regiment 14 years
The Magistrates sentenced the prisoner to seven days’ hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 4 May, 1888.
DOVER ROWING CLUB
The annual meeting of this club was held last night at the “Royal Oak
Hotel.” Sir Richard Dickeson was in the chair, and there was good
attendance of members and supporters. Mr. H. W. Thorpe, the Treasurer,
read the statement of accounts, showing that there were 120 subscribers,
and that the balance in hand was £3 12s. 5d., the total subscriptions
last year having been £165, being £16 in excess of the previous year.
Sir Richard Dickeson was re-elected president. The Deputy-Mayor, Mr. E.
Lukey, was re-elected Captain; and Mr. W. Bussey, Deptuty-Captain. Mr.
Thorpe was re-elected Treasurer; and Mr. C. Flashman, Secretary. The
Committee have ordered two new skiffs for the present season, and the
opening day is fixed for Wednesday, June 20th. The season has,
therefore, a promising prospect.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 20 September, 1889. Price 1d.
At the “Royal Oak Hotel” yesterday afternoon, Messrs. Bennett and
Goodman offered for sale, by auction, Hougham Lodge and the grounds
about an acre attached. The building reached £740, and at that point the
auctioneer withdrew the lot, the reserved price not having been reached.
The solicitor is Mr. Laurence, 210, Strand. The property is open for
sale by private treaty.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 10 January, 1890. Price 5d.
DISCOVERY AT THE ROYAL OAK
During the internal alterations to the premises of the “Royal Oak
Hotel,” there has been a discovered an ancient doorway of about the 14th
Century, indicating that the premises had once been a Priest’s
residence, associated with the Church opposite.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 12 May, 1893. 1d.
CANON STREET IMPROVEMENTS
The buildings on the West side of Cannon Street, comprising the “Royal
Oak Hotel,” Mr. Clark’s, Mr. Sutton’s and Mr. Chidwick’s were sold by
auction on Tuesday to Mr. Hanson, of the “Royal Standard,” London Road,
ADAMS George 1753+
GIBSON Mary 1771+
MECROW Henry 1792-23
(Excise office keeper)
MOWLL William Rutley 1823-45
SCHILLING or SHILLING Mrs 1841 (Royal Oak Tap)
GIBSON G 1842 (Royal Oak)
HUDSON Mr G 1844-47
(Royal Oak Tap
MOWLL Mrs 1845
MOWLL W R 1847-53
PHILPOTT Richard William 1858-64
PHILPOTT Stephen 1864-72+
PHILPOTT Richard William 1874-88+
(Also of the "Granville
Arms, St. Margaret's)
HAXELL A 1885+
ADAMS John Feb/1894-95 (Royal Oak Bar)
and Deal Directory and Guide 1792
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1824
From Batchellor's New Dover Guide 1828
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Dover Express
Sketch of the Town of Dover 1799 by G Ledger