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Latest Aug 1940
32 Townwall Street
This shared the corner with Wall Passage, (once Lamb's Lane), and did so prior to 1867. It had previously been the "Effingham Arms" and it follows the change was sometime after 1862.
A Fremlin outlet, it was an early casualty of world war two. Heavily damaged on 11 September 1940, when twenty six bombs and shells landed in the vicinity, its complete destruction was attributed to another bomb on 28 February 1941.
From a book titled "Dover Front" by Riginald Foster, printed 1941:- 9th Sept. 1940:- "... Driving into Dover we found that considerable damage had been done in the town; a seamen's hostel, a garage, a cafe, public houses and other buildings were destroyed or damaged. It was in one of these small public houses that Mr. Richardson and his wife Grace, daughter Joan and mother, aged 69 were trapped and killed....."
The dates don't quite line up here for the damage, but two days difference is close enough for me.
Further research has found the following mention taken from an article in the Dover Express of 5 August 1949, titled "The Story of Hellfire Corner."
A compulsory purchase order for the former site of the pub was made in 1954 and confirmed in May 1955. A converted value payment of £4,750 was paid by Dover Corporation for the ground in 1957.
BINGHAM Henry G 1860's-74+
HARRIS Frederick Wilmott to Jan/1867
LARKIN George Jan/1867+
SIMS Robert 1868-Aug/69
MARLEY George Aug/1869+
BINGHAM George to Jan/1880
HOLMWOOD J T Jan/1880+ (Folkestone licensed victualler)
SAMPSON Henry 1882
BALL Benjamin 1884-85 end
STURGESS Robert 1885-88 ?
KOHLHAMMER John 1891
STURGESS Robert 1899
ADAMS Frederick 1901-09 end
MARSH William Henry 1909-Sept/1916 dec'd (Extra history)
WEBB 1916-19 end
MARSH Mrs E 1919-22
RICHARDSON Francis 1922-40 end
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1901
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From the Dover Express
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