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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1840


Latest 1914

7 Beach Street and Great Street

Seven Star Street


Beach Street date unknown

Sceptre Inn, date unknown, shown centre right of the photo. Photo kindly supplied by Bob and Kathleen Hollingsbee. A close-up of the same photo is shown below.

Sceptre and Terminus Hotel


Very likely on the corner or perhaps having entrances from two streets. I believe one street was a continuation of the other so perhaps even rebuilt at some time. In 1851, the address was Seven Star Street and the dust from the new railway must have settled by then.

For photo of Beach Street click here.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 30 July, 1859.


Henry Standen, the landlord of the "Sceptre Inn," Beach Street, was charged on the information of John Richards, with infringing his license.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Police-constable Richards said that he went to the "Sceptre" public-house about ten minutes to 12 o'clock on Sunday morning last. The house was open; and on his entering he saw a man named Amos, an inhabitant or Pharor, who was drunk. There were several strangers in the house, apparently travellers. Amos was not drinking beer, nor did witness see defendant serving and inhabitant.

There was no other evidence; and the Magistrate thinking that the charge was not borne out, dismissed it, but cautioned the defendant.

From the statement of the Superintendent it appeared that persons were in the frequent habit of evading the law by obtaining excisable liquors within the restricted hours at the public-house in Beach Street, which remained open for the accommodation of travellers, whereupon Mr. Elsted reiterated his caution to the defendant, observing that if the police could provide evidence proving a case of evasion the severest penalty of the law would be inflicted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 February, 1862.


Henry Standen, landlord of the "Sceptre Inn," Beach Street, was charged with infringing his license on Saturday last. The defendant pleaded that the men in his house at the time the police entered were engine drivers belonging to London, who had driven one of the down trains to Dover the same morning.

Dismissed on paying the costs.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 3 January, 1863.


William Standen, the landlord of the "Sceptre Inn" was fined 1, including costs, for an infringement of his license, which he paid.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 30 October, 1868. Price 1d.


Mr. Coleman appeared to support an application from Mrs. Lashmere to sell at the "Sceptre Inn," Great Street, until the next licensing day, and the application was granted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 13 December, 1872. Price 1d.


Application was made by Mr. Hussey on behalf of his mother, the landlady of the “Sceptre” public-house in Beach Street, that she might keep her house an hour beyond the usual time on the occasion of the annual dinner of firemen and stokers of the South-Eastern Company.

The Magistrates after some consideration, thought the extension of time applied for unnecessary.

Miss I. Barren, the daughter of the landlord of the “Warrior,” applied on behalf of her father, that his house might remain open after the usual time of closing on that same evening, a marriage having taken place that day. Miss Barren explained that the application for the extension of the closing hour was not made for the purpose of selling drink to customers, but for the purpose of letting the friends invited to the “marriage feast” in and out of the house without the interference of the police.

Mr. Dickeson: Till what time do you ask to remain open for this purpose, then?

The Applicant: As long as the Magistrates can allow, or think proper.

The applicant, in reply to another question, said, amid laughter, that the marriage was in the family.

The Bench had no objection to the house remaining open till one o'clock, on the understanding that no drink was sold over the counter; and the police would be instructed not to interfere with the “party.”


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 15 November, 1889. Price 1d.


On Monday, Mr. Spain applied on behalf of Mr. J. Hinkley, for permission to draw at the “Sceptre Inn.” It was granted.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 February, 1906. Price 1d.


The Chairman announced that in respect of the “Mariner's Arms,” Strond Street, the “Exeter Arms,” Limekiln Street, and the “Sceptre Inn,” the lavatory accommodation was inadequate, and the licenses were granted on the understanding that the owners gave an undertaking to put them in the shortest possibly term in a satisfactory state.

The undertakings were given.

The Magistrates Clerk announced that the ordinary licenses would then be renewed except in the cases where notice had been given by the Police, and which are dealt with in this report.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 12 June 1914.


The Town Clerk said that, with regard to the Pier Improvement sub Committee and the question of the "Brussels" and "Sceptre" Inns, the application to determine the amount of compensation to be paid to the tenants was to be made to the Justices on Friday (to-day), at 3 p.m.


It came into possession of the town in 1914 when the licence was allowed to lapse. That meant that six pubs vanished that year.


Information was withheld from the electorate whilst those negotiations proceeded so the comprehensive figure of 5,690 released later, but representing the whole, tells us little. Concerning this particular sale, a further figure of 60.10s. compensation was agreed but was then altered to 100.


At the closure, Ann Landry.



ROBINSON James 1840-41 (age 55 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1840

ROBINSON William D 1841-47 (age 35 in 1841Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847

STONE George 1851

WELCH 1851 end

ROOTS Stephen 1851+ (age 22 in 1851Census)

PRITCHARDS Next pub licensee had to Jan/1856 Dover Express

Last pub licensee had FILE Elgar Jan/1856+ Dover Express

LEACH William 1857-58 Melville's 1858

STANDEN Henry 1859+

STANDEN James 1861 Dover Express

STANDEN Henry 1862+ Dover Express

STANDEN William 1863+

EMMERTON James 1866

WENBORN William 1866-Jan/67 Dover Express

EMMERTON James Jan/1867+ Dover Express

LESHMER/LASHMORE Francis "Fanny" Mrs Oct/1868-74 (widow age 73 in 1871Census) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1874

TAVENER Frances 1871+ (age 58 in 1871Census) (9 Beach Street, Licensed Victualler)

HUSSEY Mrs 1872

LASHMORE Francis 1881+ (age 73 in 1871Census)

HUSSEY George W (son of above) 1872-82+ (age 33 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1882

Last pub licensee had BURDEN Thomas Nov/1888+ Dover Express

BARTON T 1890+ (Pikes directory)

HINCKLEY John Nov/1889-95 (age 31 in 1891Census) Dover Express

SMITH Henry 1895-99 end Pikes 1895Kelly's Directory 1899

LANDREY Charles E 1899-07 dec'd  (age 42 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

LANDREY Mary Ann Mrs 1907-14 end (age 29 in 1911Census) Pikes 1909Post Office Directory 1913


I believe Henry, James and William Standen were the same person, named differently by various reports. Paul Skelton.


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

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

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

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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