Sort file:- Dover, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 31 July, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1862


Latest Dec 1914

18 Commercial Quay


New Commercial Quay Inn

The Standard is shown next to Sharp and Enright on the right of the photo and after that the "Old Commercial Quay." There is only one house shown after that in this photo.


It faced the dockside and was there in 1862 perhaps earlier. It closed on 31 December 1914, the licence being allowed to lapse. The lessee was compensated with 658. 15s., the licensee with 58.5s. and the freeholder, Dover Harbour Board, 20.


It had been closed previously, in 1876, when it was inhabited with prostitutes.


After the final closure it became a private dwelling.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 31 July, 1891. Price 1d.


John Vincent Duggen, landlord of the “Standard” public-house, Commercial Quay, was summoned for selling spirits to certain drunken women on Wednesday, July 15th.

Mr. E. W. Knocker prosecuted, and Mr. M. Mowll appeared for the defendant.

Defendant pleaded guilty, but it was stated that he was not in the house at the time. Defendant's wife said she did not notice that the women were drunk when she served them.

The Bench said under the circumstance they would only inflict a fine of 1 and costs 12s.


From the Dover Express, 27 November 1896.


A young man named Edward John Constant, of Deal, who had been to Folkestone, searching in vain for work, on Thursday week returned through Dover, and at the "Standard Inn" met a man from Deal named John James Taylor, and they both drank together. They set out to walk to Deal. They had more beer at "Swingate Inn," and then proceeding on the Deal road, they passed a stack of fodder near Martin Lane, which they set on fire. Fortunately a man who had been watching them and others, put the fire out. The men were arrested the same evening at the "Five Bells," Ringwould, and taken before the Cinque Ports Magistrates at Deal last Saturday when they were, on their own confession sent for trial at the Kent Assizes.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 6 February, 1914. Price 1d.


On the case being called forward, the landlord, Mr. Waller, was asked if he wished for a renewal of the licence, and he said “No,” but he did not object to being renewed.

The Chief Constable said that the house was situated on Commercial Quay, the freehold belonged to the Dover harbour Board, and the lessees were the executors of the late Mr. E. Hogben, baker. The house was transferred to Mr. Waller in February of last year, and there had been transfers in 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, and 1911. The rateable value was 25 gross and 20 net. The nearest licensed houses were the “New Commercial Quay,” 38 yards; the “Golden Anchor,” 63 yards; the “Union,” 85 yards; and the “Barley Mow,” 91 yards.

Inspector Lockwood said that as the result of four visits he only found one customer, at 9.10 p.m. on the 30th January.

The house was referred for compensation.




BOURNER T R 1862 Post Office Directory 1862

JOYCE James B 1870 &

SIMMONDS Joseph Next pub licensee had 1870-74+ Post Office Directory 1874 (age 57 in 1871Census)


DOBLE William Henry 1876-82 Next pub licensee had Post Office Directory 1882 (age 35 in 1881Census)

DUGGAN Vincent John 1889-95 Post Office Directory 1891

WALSH Mrs M July/1894-95 end Dover ExpressPikes 1895

KNIGHT Alfred 1895 end

JARVIS Edith 1899 Pikes 1899

SAYERS Mr W 1899-May/1901 Post Office Directory 1903Dover Express

EMERY Mr A J May/1901+ Dover Express


OLIVER John 1903 Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

SUMMERS George 1907-Jan/11 Dover Express

KEMP Albert Edward Jan/1911-13 CensusDover Express

WALLER Frederick W 1913-14 end Post Office Directory 1913


Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

Pikes 1899From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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