6 London Road
7 London Road
The first lease here commenced in 1803 and that century it
was usually described as a pub-come-lodging-house, although, towards the end
of the century it was often alluded to as the tramps lodging house. The name
"Royal Standard" can be identified with it from 1826 and also in
when Richard Betts was
also described as a beer retailer. Pigot's Directory 1839
mentions a Thomas Rogers and 1840
a Edmund Leaver at a Royal Standard at Charlton, I believe that the High
Street and London Road at that time was also referred to as "Charlton High
Road", so this is indeed the same pub.
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 5 January, 1856. Price 5d.
DOVER POLICE COURT
James Peirce, landlord of the "Royal Standard," Charlton, was
summoned for having his house, open contrary to law on Sunday night
The police had previous reports against the house, but this was the
Fined £1, including costs.
It was purchased for £450 in 1881 by the Kingsford
brothers but by 1893 it retailed for George Beer. It stood two doors from
the "Hand and Sceptre" and opened at five a.m. from 1870.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
21 April, 1870.
"BORROWING" A COUPLE OF COATS
Thomas Horn, formerly a cowkeeper, living at Charlton, was charged
with stealing a couple of coats - one the property of Mr. T. V. Kemp,
and the other the property of Mr. W. Wiles.
The prisoner said he had not stolen the coats - he had only
"borrowed" them. (A laugh.)
Mr. T. V. Kemp, an accountant, living at 4, Windsor Terrace,
Buckland, said the coat produced belonged to him. He left it on Saturday
evening in a cottage, used as a summer house, in a garden opposite the
residence of Mrs. A. F. Payn, at Buckland, of which he was the tenant.
On going to the garden, about two o'clock on Sunday afternoon, he found
that the coat had disappeared. It was an old coat he had used for garden
purposes. Horn had proposed to hire the cottages, at half-a-crown a
week, to be worked out in the garden, and he was allowed to sleep in the
cottage free of charge till it could be put in order; so that he had the
key of the garden in order to obtain access.
By the prisoner: I did not lock up any room of the cottage containing
By the Bench: I do not know when or how often the prisoner has slept
in the cottage; but he had the key on Thursday night.
Mr. William Wiles: I live at 7, Erith Place, Buckland, and am a
carpenter. The corded coat produced belongs to me. It was kept with Mr.
Kemp's, in the cottage, in the garden, and I last saw it there on
Saturday evening, about eight o'clock. I was with Mr. Kemp on Sunday
afternoon when the coats were missed. They are not worth above two
By the prisoner: I did lock up the lower rooms; but I gave you the
key, on the steps, and I found it lying on the mantle piece on Sunday.
William Peckham, landlord of the "Standard" public-house, said the
prisoner had been lodging with him. He came to the house the same
morning about half-past five, and when he went away he gave witness a
bundle, tied up with some string, and asked him if he would take care of
it till night. He subsequently gave it up to a policeman, who undid it
in his presence, when it was found to contain the two coats produced, an
old waistcoat, and an old pair of trousers.
Police-constable Ash said that from information he had received he
went to the "Standard" public-house the same morning, and found in the
possession of the landlord a bundle containing, among other things, the
coats which had been identified by Mr. Kemp and Mr. Wiles.
In reply to the Bench, Mr. Kemp, who was again called forward, said
it was true some clothes belonging to Horn were in the cottage. They
were locked up in one of the rooms, and the key of the rooms was given
to him Saturday night, but it was quite likely he had no recollection of
the circumstances. Taking the habits of the prisoner into consideration,
this was very likely. Neither he nor Mr. Wiles, however, desired to
press the charge, and they had no suspicion that the coats were in the
hands of the prisoner when they gave information to the police.
The Magistrates said that Horn had to thank the prosecutors for their
leniency in withdrawing from the charge. The probability was that this
charge had risen in consequence of his fondness for drink, and they
hoped the circumstance would be a warning to him.
The prisoner was then dismissed.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
8 May, 1874. Price 1d.
CHARGE OF STEALING A SHAWL
David Deacon, a Militaryman, was charged with stealing from the
"Standard," London Road, one shawl, the property of complainant.
Police-constable Chase said complainant's husband would not allow her
to appear to prosecute.
The Superintendent said the shawl was taken in a public-house row.
The woman had promised to appear.
The bench ordered the prisoner to be discharged.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 4 June, 1875. Price 1d.
Francis Collins was charged with beating his wife in the “Standard”
yard, Charlton, but the wife did not appear to press the charge. The
case was remanded till Monday.
Francis Collins was brought up on a remand charged with assaulting his
wife, Ann Collins.
The wife was in attendance but did not wish to press the charge, as she
said she was as bad as he was.
It appeared from the evidence that the parties live in a van in the
“Standard” yard, Colbran Street, that they were both very drunk, and
were fighting, and that the wife, although she seemed to have been the
aggressor, being “the weaker vessel” got the worst of it.
The man was fined 40s. and costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 1 November, 1878
DRUNK AND RIOTOUS
Thomas Welder was charged with being drunk and incapable, and with
assaulting Police-constable Cadman whilst in the execution of his duty
in the London Road yesterday.
Police-constable Cadman said at five minutes past ten last night my
attention was called to a noise at the “Standard” public-house. I stood
outside, and saw the prisoner with a woman, who were swearing and
cursing. Prisoner put himself into a fighting attitude. I persuaded him
to go away, which he did. After a while I was called by the landlord of
the “Standard,” and I there saw the prisoner repeating what he had done
before. I warned him again, but he struck me in the mouth, and I closed
with him. We both fell, and in the meantime the woman struck me several
times on the helmet and knocked it off. At that time two Metropolitan
Police came up, and I got a hand-barrow as he would not walk.
The Bench fined the prisoner 5s. and 6d. costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 2 September, 1881. 1d.
WEST CLIFF BREWERY SALE
The “Royal Standard,” on London Road, held on lease for a term of 99
years, from the 11th October, 1803, at a Ground Rent of £3 18s. 0d. per
annum, was bought by Messrs. Kingsford Bros. for £450.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 September, 1882. Price 1d.
A CASE OF COMPLAINT
Mr. Hanson, the landlord of the “Royal Standard Inn,” was called up, he
having had special notice to attend, owing to a complaint. He did not
appear, and the case was adjourned to Broadstairs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 26 July, 1889.
ROW AT THE ROYAL STANDARD
William Tomsett, a dealer, was charged at the Police Court on Wednesday
with being disorderly and assaulting Police-constable Pilcher, at the
“Royal Standard” public-house, London Road. Thomas Hanson, the landlord,
said the prisoner and another man came in about seven the previous
evening, and after being in the bar for a few minutes they became
disorderly, and he requested them to go out. They refused, so he went
and fetched a police-constable, who asked the men to go out. One man
went out, but the prisoner refused, and on the police-constable
attempting to put him out he drew a knife. With assistance the constable
handcuffed him and took the knife away. Police-constable Pilcher said he
was called to the “Royal Standard” about a quarter past seven the
previous evening. He found the prisoner and another man named Wilson
there. He requested them to leave, and with a little gentle persuasion
he got Wilson to go, but the other prisoner refused to move. On his
attempting to put him out he drew a knife from his pocket and said,
“Come on, you b______; I am ready for you.” Witness then threw him upon
the ground, and took the knife away from him, and, with the assistance
of two or three tradesmen, handcuffed him. Whilst on the ground the
prisoner kicked and struck him. The prisoner alleged that neither the
landlord nor the constable asked him to go, but that the constable threw
him down as soon as he came into the bar. The Magistrates fined him 5s.
and 7s. costs.
From the Illustrated Police News, 3 February, 1894.
ALLEGED BRUTAL MURDER AT DOVER.
A great sensation was caused at Dover on Monday by a charge which was
preferred before the magistrates against a rag sorter and cutter named
Edward Tanner, for causing the death of his wife. Tanner and his wife
had been living for the past four months at the "Royal Standard"
Lodging-house, the man being employed by a marine store dealer. On
Saturday evening Tanner went home the worse for drink, and commenced to
quarrel with his wife, who was getting his tea. High words were heard by
other persons, also the sound of heavy blows and cries of "Murder!"
Shortly afterwards the woman came downstairs with her left eye black and
her right cheek greatly swollen. She complained that her husband had
been beating her, and said she would not live with him any longer. The
woman's face and head continued to swell, and she was laid on a bed.
Here she passed the night. On Sunday morning, a man named Ives, employed
at the house, saw her, and was alarmed by her condition. She was then
unconscious, and appeared to be dying. Ives told the prisoner of the
state of the deceased, when Tanner replied, "Server her right. It's no
more than she deserves." A doctor was at once sent for, and pronounced
the woman dying, the symptoms being those of a very severe injury to the
brain. The unfortunate woman, whose struggles were painful to witness,
lingered throughout Sunday in an unconscious condition, and died just
after midnight. Tanner was remanded.
At Dover, on Wednesday, a coroner's jury, after an inquiry extending
over two days, returned a verdict of manslaughter against Edward Tanner
for causing the death of his wife Annie. The prisoner elected to give
evidence, and admitted quarrelling with his wife and knocking her about. He said he was informed that she intended to run away from him that
evening, and she refused to get his tea ready. The jury expressed the
opinion that there was great provocation.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 26 January, 1894. 1d.
ALLEGED WIFE KILLING AT CHARLTON
At the Dover Borough Police Court on Monday, Edward Tanner, a labourer,
was charged with assaulting his wife, Annie Tanner on the 20th inst.,
thereby causing her death.
Eliza Hanson, said that her father was landlord of the “Royal Standard,”
a common lodging house on the London Road. The prisoner and his wife
came to lodge at the house some four months ago, and had been there ever
since. They had a separate room by themselves. The room was on the first
floor on the left hand side going up. The prisoner was a rag sorter, and
worked at Mr. Gill’s, Peter Street. His wife went out hawking with a
basket containing tape, cotton, &c. On Saturday the prisoner came home,
about six o’clock. The woman was then at home and in her room getting
tea ready. Witness heard the prisoner go upstairs, and go into his room.
He shut the door and she next heard him hollowing. About half an hour
afterwards witness heard the prisoner’s wife call out “murder” twice.
Witness did not go upstairs and interfere, as it was not their place to
interfere with married couples. Witness had never heard her call out
murder before. They had heard them quarrel before, but never anything
like so bad as on Saturday. About a quarter of an hour after the woman
called out “murder,” she came down stairs. Witness heard her say when
she came into he room that she would not live with her husband any more,
as he would kill her. Thomas Ives and witness’s father were in the room
then. Soon afterwards the prisoner came down, he appeared to be angry,
and said to his wife that he had not done with her yet. Witness then
stated that she was not in the room where the prisoner’s wife was, but
in the next room, the bar parlour. As the witness seemed very confused,
and gave evidence in a contradictory manner, she was ordered to stand
Thomas Ives, the deputy at the “Royal Standard,” said that on Saturday
about a quarter past six in the evening, the woman supposed to be the
prisoner’s wife, named Annie Tanner, went upstairs from the room behind
the bar parlour into her room. About twenty-past six witness heard the
prisoner go upstairs. About an hour afterwards , whilst witness was in
the billiard room, he heard some thumping about which seemed to come
from overhead which was the prisoner’s room. He however heard no cries.
About five minutes afterwards, the prisoner’s wife came down stairs. She
came into the room witness was in, and complained that she had been
knocked about something cruel, and that she would never live any more
with her husband, as he would kill her. Her right eye was very much
swollen; as big as a hen’s egg. He did not see any other marks of ill
treatment. The appearance of the eye seemed to be produced by a blow of
the clenched fist. She asked that a bed should be made up down stairs,
as she did not want to go upstairs again. She remained in the room five
or six minutes, and then left the house. The prisoner came down whilst
she was in the room and said “I will give the cow more of it,” and
witness said “cheese it.” The prisoner then examined a gun witness was
cleaning. He afterwards went out of the back door, but returned shortly
and came into the room where witness was, and had a glass of ale. He
then went and sat in the passage. The woman came in about a quarter-past
eleven, and went into the bar parlour. The prisoner was upstairs. She
said she would not go upstairs any more, as she would not be knocked
about. The landlady then made a bed for her on the sofa in the private
kitchen. She remained there all night and was left by herself. They went
to bed at a quarter to twelve. When witness got up the next morning he
went into the kitchen. The woman was on the sofa making a funny noise,
like a gurgling in the throat. Witness took her hand and it dropped
quite limp. She seemed to be struggling for breath and could not speak.
Witness went up to tell her husband. He took him up a cup of tea, so as
to break it to him. He came to the door and witness told him that he had
very nearly done for his wife. He said it was no more than she deserved.
He then dressed and came down. The woman was in the same condition. The
prisoner called to her, and then lifted her up and tried to stand her on
her feet, but could not. He then carried her up into his room and
witness fetched some brandy. The prisoner tried to pour some brandy down
her throat in a spoon but she could not swallow it. Witness then went to
Dr. Long’s, and the gentleman in Court came. He went up into the room by
himself. The husband was in the room. After the doctor was gone, witness
went up into the room. The husband was still there, and the wife was in
the same state, and some yellow stuff was running out of her mouth. She
died at 25 minutes to one that morning. Witness stayed up all night with
her, and was present when death took place. She was unconscious till the
last, when she tried to speak to her husband, but could not. Mrs. Tanner
was quite sober all Saturday evening, but her husband was the worse for
drink when he came in at 6 o’clock.
By the Prisoner: Witness came down stairs on Sunday morning at a quarter
past seven, and called the prisoner an hour later. He did not go up
before, as he did not think at first that the woman was so bad. As soon
as the prisoner saw his wife, he asked me to go for a doctor. The
prisoner’s wife went out on Saturday night about a quarter past nine,
and returned about a quarter past eleven.
By the Magistrates: The eye was more swollen when the prisoner’s wife
J. G. Sapp, Bachelor of Medicine Edinburgh University, and Member of the
Royal College of Surgeons, said he was an assistant to Mr. Long,
Surgeon, of Dover. A little after ten on Sunday morning, the last
witness came for him. In consequence of what he said, witness went to
the “Royal Standard,” where he was shown by the last witness deceased’s
room. Witness went into the room and found the woman lying on the bed.
The only other person in the room was the husband. She was quite
unconscious, and had all the symptoms of serious injury to the brain. It
was the left eye which was swollen and not the right. The right cheek was
also swollen. There were no abrasion of the skin. The woman must have
received two blows to produce the marks. Witness had not ascertained the
cause of death, as there might be an autopsy. Witness attended to the
woman, and saw her again on Sunday evening, but not since then. She was
in the same condition then. He would not give any opinion as to the
cause of death at present.
The Magistrates said they did not propose to carry the case any further
that day, and the prisoner would be remanded till Friday.
The inquest was held at the “Hotel de Paris” on Tuesday afternoon by the
Borough Coroner, Sydenham Payn, Esq.
Mr. Edwin Souter was chosen foreman of the Jury, which was composed of
the following gentlemen:- Fred. Seear, R. J. pexton, J. Jarry, W. G.
Avann, W. Tooley, T. E. Richards, J. Edwards, S. Landall, W. Baker, G.
Boorman, E. Souter, A. Tars, T. G. hearnden, G. Edwards, and A. T. Dane.
The Coroner in opening the inquiry said that they were called together
to enquire as to the cause of death of the woman Annie Dinah Tanner, the
wife of a man who lodged at the “Royal Standard Inn,” in the parish of
Charlton. It was alleged that there was a row between the husband and
wife last Saturday evening, and in consequence she did not go up to her
room, but remained down stairs in the lower part of the house. The next
morning she was found in an unconscious state, and a doctor was called.
The woman remained in that state until death took place on Monday
morning. Of course they had to enquire all about it, and since the case
had been reported to him the body had been examined by two medical
gentlemen, and they would tell them the result. They would have to
consider the evidence, and it would be their duty to return a verdict in
accordance therewith. The body had been removed from the “Royal
Standard” and take to the mortuary, where they would view it.
On returning the following evidence was taken:-
Thomas Ives, deputy at the “Royal Standard Inn,” Charlton, said: I have
been to the mortuary and seen the body of the deceased Annie Dinah
Tanner. Her husband’s name was Edward Tanner, and he has been lodging at
the “Royal Standard Inn” three months past, and has been employed by Mr.
Gill as a rag ripper. The age of the deceased, was about 37. On Saturday
night the deceased was with me in the bar parlour from a quarter past
five, and remained there till a quarter past six, when she left saying
she was going to get her husband’s tea. She went up to her room, which
was a furnished one on the first floor. About an hour afterwards I was
in the billiard room, and heard thumping and knocking coming from above.
I heard no screams or cries. About twenty minutes past six I heard steps
go upstairs, and knew it was her husband’s walk. He stumbled upstairs as
if he was the worse for drink. It was an hour after this the thumping
took place. The thumping continued for two or three minutes. I heard no
cries and could have heard them if there had been any. I thought the
husband was knocking the woman about, but I did not interfere as it was
between man and wife. The deceased soon afterwards came downstairs and
said her husband had been knocking her about. One of the woman’s eyes,
the left I think, was swollen as big as an egg. The right side of her
face was bruised. She was not so marked earlier in the evening. She sat
down in the bar parlour for about five minutes. The husband then came
down and went into the kitchen. He came to the door and told his wife to
go upstairs. She went out soon afterwards, as she said she was afraid to
go upstairs. She returned about a quarter past eleven by the back way,
and asked if she could lat downstairs in the kitchen, as she was afraid
to go upstairs. Before this occurrence she had a white top, and a white
apron, and a dark dress. When she came downstairs after having been
knocked about the top was all torn to pieces and the apron was split in
two or three places. I did not remember the deceased going upstairs and
changing her clothes I did not hear the husband come downstairs and ask
for a chemise. I was not in the house at the time; I went out at nine
o’clock. The deceased must have gone out with her clothes in this state,
as I never heard her go upstairs. A bed was made up on the sofa with
blankets. She was sober all the evening. I did not notice her much when
she came in at a quarter past eleven. The marks were the same. I am
quite sure I only heard the acts of violence on one occasion. When she
came downstairs after being knocked about, she said her husband hit her
cruel, and jumped on her. I went to bed about a quarter to twelve. The
next morning I came downstairs at a quarter to seven. The deceased was
still on the couch, dressed the same as the previous night, except her
breast was uncovered. I did not notice particularly if she was wearing
the same apron. I took her by the hand and spoke to her. She was
breathing very hard, and the eyes were shut. She did not speak to me. I
then lit the fire and made some tea, and then spoke to her again and put
some milk in her mouth, which she brought up. I took her husband up a
cup of tea and told him about it. Eliza Hanson came down about a quarter
to eight and went into the room where the deceased was. It was about a
quarter past eight when I went up to the husband and told him his wife
was very ill. He said he would give the cow more of it, and serve her
right. After I came down I saw the deceased again. About a quarter to
nine the husband came down and picked his wife up and tried to stand her
on her feet, and then took her upstairs and put her on the bed and
undressed her. I got some brandy, and he put some to her lips. She was
still in the same state. He completely undressed her. I then went for a
doctor at the husband’s request. Previously the landlord of the house,
Hanson, came into the kitchen and told me to go upstairs, and tell the
husband to come and see the woman. I went up and told him, and he then
came down, and Hanson said “I advise you to get a doctor to see to this
woman.” I went for the doctor, and he arrived not very long afterwards.
I sat up with deceased until she died at five-and-twenty to one on
Monday morning in company with the doctor. She did not regain
consciousness until she opened her eyes, and tried to speak before she
died. There had been previously a few high words between the husband and
wife. I did not know the cause of the disturbance, but thought it was
drink. When I saw the husband on Saturday evening, he was drunk.
Cross-examined by Tanner: I went to bed at a quarter to twelve on
Saturday night. She came in at a quarter past eleven. You were upstairs.
I did not tell you on Saturday morning that I did not see her come in. I
am positive that you said on Sunday morning “Serve her right, I will
give the cow more of it.”
Cross-examined by the Foreman: I did not see the deceased when she was
out. She was quite sober.
By the Coroner: there was no lodger, so far as I can remember, in the
house. I will swear that the deceased was not in the house after she
went out of the front door until she returned at 11 o’clock.
After some further questions the witness admitted that when her husband
came down on the Saturday evening after the bumping, that he said to his
wife “You cow, if you do not go upstairs I will give you more of it.” He
then pushed her upstairs, and Tanner was swearing. It was pretty rough
going upstairs. They seemed to go into their rooms. He returned some
minutes later and asked for a glass of ale. The landlord of the house
was in the room when the woman came down, but I do not know whether he
was in when the pushing upstairs occurred. The clothes produced are
those the deceased was wearing when she came down on the first occasion,
and I saw them on the Sunday morning under the bed.
Eliza Hanson said that her father kept the “Royal Standard,” a
public-house and registered common lodging house. The deceased had
lodged at their house three or four months with her husband. Witness was
at home on Saturday afternoon about six o’clock. Deceased went up
shortly afterwards. Witness heard them having a few words upstairs.
Twice witness heard the deceased call out “murder.” Ives was then out at
the back. Witness then went out to serve some beer in the bar. The
deceased came down shortly afterwards and said “Ted has been knocking me
about for nothing at all.” Witness noticed that deceased’s left eye was
black and she seemed rather weak on her legs and put her hand to her
neck. Her husband then came in, he was three-parts on, and said “you
want a row’ if you do not go up you old cow, I will kick you up.” She
went up and commenced to knock her about. Witness heard a thumping noise
as if he was clouting her outside. When they got into their room witness
heard them quarrelling and then heard her call out “murder” twice again.
After that Tanner came downstairs and commenced to clean a gun, he had a
glass of ale, and afterwards went out. The deceased came down afterwards
and said she was going shopping. The woman was dressed quite
differently, but the dress was a little torn. She went out about eight
or nine and returned about a quarter past eleven. Her clothes were then
muddy. She said she would not go up with her husband that night, and
asked to be allowed to stay downstairs. She said she had a fall out of
doors. Witness made up a bed for her downstairs. Ives came down first
the next morning. Witness came down about a quarter past seven and could
not get the woman to speak. Witness called her father down, and he had
the husband called down. The deceased had been on the drink since
Christmas. She used to go out hawking in the morning and drink in the
evening. She was quite sober on Saturday, but witness thought she was
the worse for drink when she returned home as she was weak on her legs.
Witness went up to tell Tanner on Sunday morning of the deceased’s
condition at the request of her father.
Cross-examined by Tanner: The deceased had a hat and jacket on when she
went out, but I did not notice if she had them on when she returned, but
the next morning I could not find them.
J. G. V. Sapp, assistant to Mr. Long, and a duly qualified registered
practitioner, said that on Sunday morning a little after ten o’clock, he
was sent for by the witness Ives, and before starting the husband also
came. He said that his wife was very bad, and that they had a row, and
he had thrown her to the corner of the room. Witness then went to the
“Royal Standard” and went into the room where the deceased was lying. He
found her lying in bed in the nightdress. Her face appeared washed and
she seemed to have been put into bed and attended to. She seemed quite
unconscious, and the left eye was blacked. Both cheeks were swollen,
more marked on the left side than right. Witness noticed no other marks
or bruises about her then. She had the appearance of suffering from
serious brain trouble. He saw her the same evening , and there was no
change practically. He did not see her again but heard of her death, and
the police were informed. That morning he made a post mortem
examination. He made a very careful examination of the body with the
assistance of Mr. Walker, Surgeon. There were no marks on the body,
which was well nourished. On the face there were the bruises which he
noticed during life. There was also slight bruising in the corner of the
right eye. There was also a bruise over the right side of the forehead
and a slight abrasion along the right side of the neck. The marks were
all recent and probably done at the same time. On moving the scalp, more
bruises were discovered. On the left side between the top of the ear and
skull there was evidence of a recent bruise, there was another bruise
about an inch and a half behind that one, and marks of bruising over the
posterior part of the skull. They next proceeded to remove the skull cap
and expose the brain, and on doing so, a quantity of semi-coagulated
dark blood, three or four ounces, was found over the left side of the
brain between it and the membrane. He then examined the brain, and in
the left hemisphere and towards the top, there was a small congested
spot about an inch in diameter from which the blood had apparently been
extravagated. There were also marks of inflammation of the membrane
round this spot, but not strongly marked or of great extent. The brain
otherwise was healthy. He examined the skull for fractures but there
were none. The bones of the skull were thinner than ordinary. The
examination of the other organs was made, but they were all healthy so
far as he could be judged from examination by the eye. The cause of
death was compression of the brain arising from the blood poured out
from a blood vessel on the brain and would be caused by a blow or fall.
The violence which the marks of bruising showed might have produced the
symptoms. He considered death was due to compression of the brain caused
Mr. Henry Stanley Walker, Surgeon to the Dover Hospital said he assisted
the last witness to make the post mortem examination that morning. He
heard the evidence given by him, and agreed with it and the conclusion
formed, and in his opinion his extravagation of blood was caused by
violence either from a blow or fall. There was a bruise exactly over the
spot where there was an injury to the brain.
It was then decided to adjourn the Court till the next day at three
o’clock, the sitting having lasted from three o’clock till seven.
The adjourned inquiry into the circumstances attending the death of
Annie Dinah Tanner was held on Wednesday afternoon, when the following
additional evidence was adduced:-
Thomas Hanson, landlord of the “Royal Standard,” said he knew the
deceased and her husband, whom lodged at his house. He was at home on
Saturday night about six o’clock, and saw the deceased woman in the
living room behind the bar parlour. The deceased’s husband came in
between six and seven o’clock. He went to his wife and pulled her out of
the room. He afterwards pushed her and she fell down by the door. She
afterwards got up and went upstairs. Tanner himself went upstairs with
his wife. There was nothing the matter with the deceased when she came
in in the afternoon. Witness saw the man Tanner several times during the
evening. The woman came downstairs between seven and eight; she then had
a black eye. Deceased never made any complaint to witness. He did not
see here leave the house. He saw her about twenty minutes past eleven,
when she had apparently come into the house by the back way, as the
front door was fastened. She asked to sleep downstairs, as she did not
want to go upstairs again. A bed was made up for her downstairs. About
eight o’clock the next morning the deputy Ives told witness that Mrs.
Tanner seemed ill. Witness told him to fetch a doctor and call her
husband. Witness went down shortly after. The man Tanner afterwards came
down and carried his wife upstairs. Witness never heard any disturbance
during the Saturday evening. He did not think the husband went out.
By the man Tanner: I did not see your wife drinking anything when you
pulled her out of the room.
Ellen O’Bryan, a single woman, lodging at the “Royal Standard,” said she
knew the deceased by sight. She was at the “Standard” on Saturday
afternoon, and saw the deceased about four o’clock, when she came down
for some milk. Deceased returned upstairs to get her husband’s tea
ready. When her husband came in, he asked his wife if she was coming
upstairs, and she replied “no.” She then went into the living room with
witness, the landlord, his daughter, and the deputy. Deceased and the
husband afterwards went up to their room. The woman came down again
about a quarter to eight; she had her jacket on but not her hat. Witness
saw nothing further of her, as she went to bed about eleven. Witness got
up about nine o’clock the next morning, and on passing deceased’s room
heard heavy breathing. Witness tried the door and found it locked. In
the evening witness was asked to remain with the deceased in her room.
The deceased had complained of pains in her head some three or four days
before the occurrence. She complained of her head on Friday. Witness had
never seen the deceased the worse for drink. She was in the habit of
taking small quantities of whisky. Witness went to the deceased’s room
about four on Saturday afternoon and ironed some handkerchief’s for her.
Edward Pay, a labourer, lodging at the “Royal Standard Inn,” deposed to
being in the house between six and seven on Saturday evening. He saw the
deceased in Hanson’s living room. Witness heard Tanner say to his wife
“Annie, are you coming upstairs?” She replied “no,” and he afterwards
took hold of her, and pulled her out of the room. About ten minutes
afterwards witness heard a noise overhead, and the call out “murder”
twice. Witness left the house at a quarter past seven and returned about
ten. He saw Tanner in the room when he returned. He never saw Mrs.
Tanner again that evening. Witness had never heard Tanner quarrel with
By the man Tanner: You appeared to me to be sober when you came into the
This being the whole of the evidence brought forward, the Coroner
cautioned Tanner, who was in the room, and asked him if he desired to
give evidence. He asked to be allowed to make a statement, and having
been cautioned he deposed as follows:-
I am a rag sorter, and have been lodging with my wife at the “Royal
Standard.” We knocked off work about 5.30, and two of my workfellows
went to the “Friend in Need” public house. We had a drink together and
remained there till about half past six. We had a tidy drop of beer, and
I returned to the “Royal Standard.” As I was going home I met a female,
and she told me that when my wife had got what I had to give her she was
going to take her hook. I went home, and there was no tea ready. I asked
her if she was going to get the tea, and she told me I had better
b______ well wait or get it myself. I gave her 10s. and told her I would
get some more in the week. I get 26s. a week. We started quarrelling and
nagging for about half an hour, and then I hit her. She ran downstairs,
and I went down five minutes afterwards. I asked her three times to come
upstairs so that I could have some tea, and she said she would not. I
caught hold of her by the collar of the jacket and pulled her out of the
room. That is how the jacket was torn. She went upstairs again and we
started quarrelling again. I told her she was to stay upstairs all night
and not go down into the bar. She said she would go where she liked. I
then struck her again in the face. She was then going downstairs again,
and I shoved her as she was in the act of going. She fell and hit her
head up against the door in the room. She got up and sat down and I told
her to stop there. I then went down and had a pint of beer in the bar. I
stayed down about a quarter of an hour and then went round to the
“friend in Need.” I left my wife upstairs. I stopped there till about
half-past ten. When I came home Hanson said my wife had gone out
shopping. I stayed and had some beer until the house closed. She did not
come in so I went upstairs and went to bed. I did not see her again
until the next morning. I found her lying on the sofa downstairs. I
called her by her name and she did not answer me. I then carried her
upstairs and asked the Deputy to go for a doctor. He returned saying the
doctor would not come unless I went for him myself. I went and fetched
him, and he came and told me what to do. I did all I could and sat by
her till she died on Monday morning. I went down to the doctor on Monday
morning and I told him that she was dead.
The Coroner in summing up the evidence referred to the unsatisfactory
manner in which some of the witnesses had made their evidence, resulting
in many of the statements being of a contradictory nature.
After a few minutes private consultation the Jury returned a verdict of
“Manslaughter, and expressed opinion that there was great provocation.”
They also asked that the witnesses Ives and Eliza Hanson should be
censured for the manner in which they gave their evidence and the
Coroner admonished them.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1 May, 1896.
A PUBLIC HOUSE IN TROUBLE
Mrs. Freeman, landlady of the “Royal Standard,” was summoned on charge
of having her house open at thirty minutes past eleven on the night of
the 18th inst. Lawrence Erith and Robert Ailett, two artillerymen, were
summoned for being on the premises.
The Town Clerk, Mr. E. Wollaston Knocker, prosecuted and Mr. Martyn
Mrs Freeman pleaded “Guilty,” but the two soldiers “Not Guilty.”
Police Sergeant Fogg said he visited the house with Police Constable
Cooney on Saturday, 18th, at 11.35. he stood outside a few minutes, and
could hear men and women talking in the bar parlour. He knocked at the
door two or three times, and then heard someone go upstairs. Defendant
Freeman opened a window upstairs and asked who was there. Witness said,
Police, and that they wanted to visit the house. After there had been
more moving about in the bar parlour, a girl looked out, and witness
asked her to let him in, but she went away. Then the landlady, Mrs.
Freeman, admitted him. In answer to witness, she said she had no one in
her house. Witness asked if she was sure, and she said, “No, I have no
one.” Witness then told her he should search the house. She then called
out up the stairs, “Come on, it’s no use, come down.” Witness, however,
went up, and found the two soldiers upstairs. The soldiers said they
were friends of the landlady, and the landlady said they were her girls’
sweethearts. They said they were just going, and the landlady said they
had been there since eleven. There were glasses on the table with dregs
By Mr. M. Mowll: I do not know whether, when Mrs. Freeman called
upstairs, she called the men by name.
Mr. M. Mowll said defendant had invited the men to supper, but when the
Police came she compromised herself in regard to the case by trying to
conceal their presence in the house, otherwise he could have come before
the Bench with a case which he might have defended successfully.
The two solder defendants said they had been staying to supper with lady
friends of theirs.
The landlady was fined 10s. and 8s. 6d. costs, and the soldiers
dismissed on paying 6s. each.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 27 August, 1897.
THEFT AT A COMMON LODGING HOUSE
George Stevenson, who stated that he had been invalided out of the Army,
was charged with stealing from a bedroom of the “Royal Standard,” London
Road, a grey shirt, value 3s. 6d.
Thomas King, deputy at the “Royal Standard” public-house, a common
lodging-house, said the prisoner slept in the same room as he the
previous night. The shirt produced belonged to witness, he having worn
it in the early part of the previous day, and placed it under his bed.
That morning witness missed the shirt, and gave information to the
An old soldier’s shirt was left in place of the one that was gone.
Robert Watson, landlord of the “Royal Standard” said the prisoner lodged
at his house during the previous night. King reported the loss of the
shirt between seven and eight that morning. The prisoner had left the
house then. Whilst King had gone to the station, witness saw the
prisoner going by. He stopped him and detained him in the house until
the Police came. Witness could see that prisoner was wearing the shirt.
The prisoner was sent to prison for seven days hard labour.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 18 December, 1903. Price 1d.
TERRIBLE SUICIDE A PUBLICAN’S SAD END
On Sunday afternoon, Mr. Charles Young, the landlord of the “Royal
Standard” public house, London Road, one of the oldest publicans in
Dover, and also owing to a very long career in that business one of the
best-known in the trade, committed suicide by cutting his throat in a
terrible manner. Mr. Young had been the landlord of the best houses in
Dover, holding recently the licence of the “Sportsman,” and previously
of the “Salutation Inn.” He was getting well on in years, and for some
time past had suffered greatly from physical ailments. On Sunday he
eluded the notice of his wife and niece, who had, in consequence of the
warning of the doctor, been keeping a close watch on him, and cut his
throat with a razor in a very deliberate manner. He was just alive when
found, but died almost immediately. The inquest was held at the “Falcon
Hotel” on Monday evening by the Borough Coroner, Sydenham Payn, Esq. Mr.
Rutley Mowll was present watching the case. Mr. J. Clark was foreman of
Mary Jane Abbinett said: I live at the “Royal Standard” public house.
The body lying there is that of my uncle, George Charles Young. He was a
licensed victualler, and kept the “Royal Standard.” He was 69 years of
age, last March. Shortly after three o’clock yesterday afternoon I saw
him going upstairs to lie down. A few minutes afterwards his wife also
went up. It was his usual custom to lie down on Sunday. At 4.30, aunt
came down and said, “Where is your uncle?” I said, “I have not seen
him.” “Well,” she said, “he has left the room. We looked about the house
to see if we could find him. We could not find him. We went into the
back yard, and I tried the lavatory door, and found it shut and
fastened. We called out but got no reply. We tried to push the door
open, but could not. We went to the front door and called in a man who
was passing at the time to see if he could assist to open the door. He
tried but could not do it. I then went across to Mr. Valentine, who is
an upholsterer, and asked him to bring some tools and try to open it. He
broke the window in the side. In the meantime I ran out to fetch a
Policeman, and meeting one close by, he came. They had not got into the
lavatory then. They asked me to go for a doctor, and I ran for Dr.
Ormsby, who had been attending him in his illness. When I got back my
uncle had been taken upstairs. The note produced is in my uncle’s
handwriting. He has been very depressed lately. His eyesight was going.
He had had an operation for the removal of a cataract in his eye, but
the other one was becoming quite blind. It seemed to trouble him very
much. He was also troubled with cramp in his legs, and suffered very
much from it. At times lately, since he has been so much depressed, he
had remarked that life did not seem worth living to one who was in his
condition. In consequence we had been keeping observation on him lately.
Police-sergeant Green said: At five minutes past five yesterday evening
I was at the top of Bridge Street, when I was called to the “Royal
Standard” by the last witness. I at once went. On going to the rear of
the premises I found Mr. Vallintine and a man on the road whom they had
called in. They were trying to force the closet door. Mr. Vallintine
said to me, “I broke the window, but it is too small for me to get in,
but I think I can hear him breathing.” I at once procured a light and
looked in. I saw the deceased sitting on the seat, with his back against
the wall, bleeding from a wound in the throat. I could also see that he
was gasping. Mr. Vallintine said, “Shall I fetch a boy to get in?” We
could see the door was bolted inside. He went away to get one, but I
pulled my coat off and managed to scramble in. I then found that a board
was fixed against the bottom of the door, barricading it, and also the
bolt was fastened. I removed these and opened the door, and then got a
light and a towel and bound the throat which was cut. Then with the
assistance of Mr. Vallintine and the other man we carried him into the
kitchen and laid him on the floor. As he was still gasping and no doctor
had come, I sent for Dr. Koettlitz, who lives a little distance away,
and he came at once. I think the deceased died as the doctor came in. As
the widow did not want the body removed we put it on a ladder and took
it upstairs. On searching the body I found this letter in an empty
purse: “My dear wife, - I am sorry to do this, but losing my sight
nearly and breath and cramp drives me nearly mad. After this trouble
wears off you will be much better without me, as I am only a trouble and
better out of the way. Don’t grieve; I feel like going mad. I hope my
dear niece will be a comfort to you, and try to think it is best. – From
your distracted husband, G. C. Y. Apply to Mr. C. Holloway for advice.
G. C. Y.” After the doctor pronounced life extinct, I examined the
lavatory, and on the left hand side of the seat found a blood-stained
razor lying open on the ground. There was a large quantity of blood in
the pan as if he had held his head over it when he cut his throat, and
then sat down.
The Coroner asked whose razor it was.
The Sergeant said it was a new one.
The doctor said that his wife had taken his razor from him. This was one
they did not know anything about.
Dr. M. Koettlitz said: About five o’clock yesterday evening a message
arrived that someone had cut his throat at the “Royal Standard.” I went
at once, and found the deceased on the floor in the kitchen. He was
pulseless and his heart was not beating. There was a huge gash across
the throat from ear to ear, severing the windpipe and all the main
arteries. Death must have been only the matter of a few minutes. Just on
leaving Dr. Ormsby came in. he said that Mr. Young had been suffering
from diabetes for some years. He was in a very feeble condition and
could hardly walk about.
The Coroner remarked that no doubt the Jury knew him well. He was from
all appearances a failing man.
The foreman said that he belonged to his club, and he had known his
condition for a long time as he was a sick visitor.
The Doctor added: In my opinion the wounds were self-inflicted at one
cut, and were the cause of death.
Mr. Vallintine, as the Coroner was about to sum up, came forward and
said that he should like to give evidence.
The Coroner said that he did not want him to, as he could not give any
additional evidence to that already given.
Mr. Vallintine said that he was the first man to see him through the
window, and to find out that he was living.
The Coroner said that of course they did not want to depreciated what he
did, but they had already had it in evidence.
The Coroner, in summing up, remarked that from the evidence he thought
that they would find that the deceased was very much unstrung by his
The Jury at once returned a verdict of suicide whilst suffering from
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 25 March, 1910.
An occasional licence was granted to the "Royal Standard" to supply
at a ball that was being got up at the Drill Hall on Easter Monday.
Its first lease of ninety nine years expired in 1902 and the site was
then cleared and the present property erected. There was a subtle difference
the second time though. The licence was only transferred with the proviso
that the premises would never again be used as a lodging house, although
according to Kelly's Directory of 1950 and 53, the premises was advertised as a
bed and breakfast.
From the Dover Express, 13 September, 1940.
MORE PUBLIC HOUSES CLOSING
At the Dover Licensing Sessions on Friday last, the licensees of
the following public houses were granted permission to close for the
duration of the war:- "Carriers Arms," West Street; the "Royal
Standard," London Road; and the "Granville Bars," Marine Parade. On
Monday similar permission was given in respect of the "Admiral
Harvey," Bridge Street.
A Tenancy agreement recently advertised on Ebay showed that the yearly
rent through Fremlins for 1958 was £58.
September 1960 saw the final closure here.
Parrot kept at pub. Circa 1880's.
The story goes that there was a parrot that was kept in
the public bar and as you can imagine it spoke a few choice phrases!!
One night the local bobby was doing his rounds after closing time. He
noticed some activity in the pub and he popped his head round the door -
the parrot is alleged to have squawked "look behind the door" which he
did and saw several punters hiding! apparently this resulted in Thomas
Hanson being prosecuted for after hours drinking.
There was also herring hangers at the rear of the pub I don't know if
they were used for smoking/producing kippers but I will keep plugging
away to see if I can find out anymore info.
BETTS Richard 1814-39+
(Beer retailer Charlton
ROGERS Thomas 1839 (Charlton)
LESVER Edmund 1840 (Charlton)
STEVENS 1852 end
PEIRCE James 1852-58+
PECKHAM William 1870+
HANSON Thomas 1874-93 end
WATSON Robert 1893-97 end
ACKHURST Joseph 1895
FREEMAN Mrs 1896
WATSON Robert 1899
FLOOD William 1898?-1903 end
YOUNG George Charles 1903 dec'd
COPPIN Henry 1904-Aug/06
CHAPMAN Henry John Aug/1906-32+
ROGERS John Harry 1934-37 end
TWIGG Seth Layton 1937-38+
SMITH Mrs Edith 1942 end
McGOWAN Edward Bernard 1942-48+
WILLIAMS Thomas 1950 ( Bed and breakfast)
MATTHEWS William John 1953 ( Bed and breakfast)
HARRIS J W 1954
GIBB W W 1954 end
WHITEMAN A 1954 end
BRETT Charles 1955
COOK Herbert 1960 end
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1874
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 1922
From the Post Office Directory 1930
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From the Post Office Directory 1938
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956