Union Street (Snargate over the Sluice)
The original was present in 1792 but a new house was being constructed in
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 7 March, 1846. Price 5d.
DOVER POLICE REPORT
The following public-house licences were transferred this day:- The
“Three Kings,” Leonard Epps, to a new house in Union Street, the old one
having been pulled down for the new harbour improvements.
The address was sometimes Wellington Bridge and the thoroughfare as
above. Epps moved from the old to the new in 1846 and the licence from the
old pub was transferred to the "Good Intent,"
Queen Street. Its neighbour was the
"Royal Arms" and its lease was for eighty years. It changed hands in 1859
but I have no details.
Improvements by the Harbour Board in 1871 called for its removal. The
"Gothic" nearby, had been closed for irregularities since September 1870 and
Allen the brewer was fortunate enough to effect a reopening with this
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 8 March, 1845. Price 5d.
A Coroner's inquest was held at the "Three Kings," on Tuesday, before
G. T. Thomson, Esq., Coroner for the Borough, upon the body of a
newly-born male infant, which was picked up, on Sunday, floating out of
The jury being sworn, proceeded to the Royal Humane Society's
Receiving-house, to view the body, and on their return, the following
evidence was adduced:-
Kennett Hall, watch-maker, deposed - On Sunday afternoon about
half-past 4 o'clock, while walking on the North Pier, my attention was
called by my children to what they called a dead monkey floating out of
the Harbour. On looking at the object, I thought it to be a child, and
hailed a boat which was coming towards the Harbour, and the crew picked
up the body. When I first saw the body, it was floating out of the
Harbour near the end of the North Pier. The body was quite naked.
Richard Dowell, a lad about 12 years of age, son of Mr. Dowell,
bricklayer, deposed - On Sunday afternoon, on the North Pier, I saw
something in the water, which I thought to be a dead monkey floating in
the Harbour. I went down the ladder, near the red lights, and turned it
over with my foot, when I found it to be the body of a child, and I told
some gentlemen on the Pier.
Edward George Rutley, surgeon, deposed - On Sunday evening, I was
called to see the body of a child lying at the Humane Society's
Receiving House, but being dark, I did not examine it closely till the
following morning, when I made a post mortem examination, and from
appearance, it was evidently the body of a newly born infant, which must
have bee in the water some weeks. The funis was divided close to the
abdomen, which circumstance alone, supposing the child to have breathed,
must have very shortly terminated its existence; and from that
circumstance, no medical man could have been present at the birth. The
child was of full growth; but, from the decomposed state of the body and
other causes, I cannot give any satisfactory opinion whether the child
was born alive. The lungs, which were of a dark colour, shewing little
or no appearance of blood, did float, but that might have been caused
from being so long in the water. The blood having escaped through the
umbilical cord, I could not decide from the state of that fluid.
A boatman named Kemp was next called; and, in reply to a question
from the coroner, he explained that the body might have been washed into
the harbour on the rising of the tide.
The Coroner, in addressing the jury, observed, that from the evidence
of Mr. Rutley, it was impossible to say whether the clild had been born
alive; and if so, from its decomposed state, they could not identify it,
even if there was any suspicion attached to any one as being the mother.
The jury, after a short consultation, returned a verdict, "That the
body was found floating on the water."
From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General
Advertiser, Saturday 6 July, 1850. Price 5d.
On Saturday evening at eight o'clock, an inquest was held at the
"Three Kings," Union Street, before G. T. Thompson, Esq., Coroner for
the Borough, on the body of Richard Wilden, aged 51 years, porter in the
employ of Messrs. Killick and Back, drapers, Market Place, whose body
was picked up in the harbour near the Wellington Bridge, about half-past
6 six o'clock that morning. The Jury (having appointed Mr. W. T. C.
Atkins as their foreman) were then sworn, and proceeded to view the
body, after which the following witnesses were examined:-
Robert Reynolds, a commissioned officer in the customs deposed - Last
night, between half-past 11 and ten minutes past 12 o'clock, while on
duty in the quays, I saw a man, whom, having seen the body of the
subject of this enquiry, I believe to have been the same, three or four
times. The first time I saw him, he was sitting under the clock house,
and had two women with him, who, I thought, from their appearance, were
respectable parties. The next time he was on the new quay, apparently on
his way towards Wellington Bridge, in company of the same women. The
last time, he was on Wellington Bridge; the shortest woman was ten by
his side, and the other a short distance behind. He called out to the
one behind, saying, "Come along; make haste." I saw no more of him
during the night, the whole of which I continued on duty. I heard no
noise of any person falling into the water.
William Hocking, a stoker on board H.M.P. Onyx, deposed - This
morning, between half-past 6 and 7 o'clock, as I and Richard Gill,
another stoker, were going along the quay leading from the clock-house
to the Wellington bridge, I noticed in the other harbour, near the new
steps, an object in the water, which I took to be a dog, but on looking
more closely I saw it was a man. There was then about 4 or 5 feet of
water over the mud. I procured a boat, and with Gill, went to the body,
which I floated alongside the boat to the steps. Some men, who were
there then gathered on the steps, took it and conveyed it to the shed
opposite the bridge. The body was dressed in a sleeve waistcoat, a pair
of dark moleskin trousers, half-boots, one blue stocking and one white
one. The clothes were not disarranged, further than his waistcoat was
unbuttoned, which might have resulted from my taking hold of it to raise
the body. There was no hat or cap on the body. It lay about twelve feet
from the edge of the quay.
Mrs. Mary Collard, wife of Henry Collard, shoemaker, deposed - I live
in the Almshouses. I have seen the body, it is that of Richard Wilden,
who was a porter in the employ of Messrs. Killick and Back,
linen-drapers. His age was 51. He always had his meals at my house, but
occupied lodgings in Adrian Street. I last saw him alive at about
half-past 11 o'clock last night; he was then at my house, and appeared
very much depressed in mind. I asked him what was the matter, and he
replied that he should have his discharge on Saturday night, and he
could not bear going to the Union. I remonstrated with him, but it did
not seem to raise his spirits. When I left my house to go to his
lodgings, I accompanied him, and saw him go in, and bade him good night.
His manner has been very different for about five weeks past, and he has
several times stated to me that he should be discharged. Deceased was a
very steady man.
Elizabeth Forth, residing in Adrian Street, deposed - The deceased
lodged at my house. About half-past 8 o'clock last night, he came there
and stopped about 2 minutes. I observed that he looked very strange, and
on this account went to Mrs. Collard's, and told her that I wished her
to speak to him. He did not return to my house till until half-past 11,
when Mrs. Collard came home with him. Again observing that he looked
very strange, I remarked it to him. He then went out to get some beer,
taking a small mug with him. After being absent a few minutes, he
returned, and said the house (meaning the "Odd
Fellow's Arms") was shut up, and that he should go to the
Wellington. After this he did not return. He has never said to me that
he would destroy himself. his trouble seemed to arise from a fear that
he would be discharged, and have to go to the Union.
Mr. Back, one of the deceased's employers, who was present, said that
deceased had been unwell for some time past, and had been under the
advice of the medical gentlemen at the dispensary. Since the deceased
indisposition, he (Mr. Back) had employed another porter, in order to
lighten the deceased's duties, which were rather heavy. He had no idea
of discharging Wilden, but, on the contrary, had promised to keep the
other porter as well as him, until he might obtain as easier situation.
Police-constable Bayley, who searched the body of deceased, found £7
11s. 3½d. in the pockets.
The Coroner summed up, in the course of which he minutely detailed
the evidence. He thought that after hearing the evidence of Collard and
Forth, the Jury would put the evidence of Reynolds out of the question,
looking at the unsatisfactory manner in which he gave it, and the time
at which he states he saw deceased, compared with the time deceased left
his house. He (the Coroner) thought it most probably that Reynolds must
have been mistaken in the party.
Verdict - Found drowned.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 26
INFRINGEMENT OF LICENSE
William Iverson, landlord of the "Three Kings Inn," Union Street, was
charged with infringing his license, and charged 10s. and costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
6 December, 1867.
INFRINGEMENT OF LICENSE
William Everson, landlord of the "Three Kings" public-house, Union
Street, was charged with having his house open for the sale of
intoxicating liquors after twelve o'clock on Saturday night. - The
Magistrates dismissed the summons.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer,
10 March, 1871. Price 1d.
TRANSFER OF LICENSES
Mr. Claris appeared on behalf of Mr. Allen, the landlord of the
"Three Kings," a public-house in Union Street, which had just been
acquired by the Harbour Board with a view to its demolition for the
purposes of Harbour improvements, to make application for the transfer
of the license of that house to the house, 29, Snargate Street. He
pointed out the powers of the Magistrates under the Licensing Acts to
make such a transfer and read several testimonials to character in the
applicant's possession. Mr. Claris concluded by calling Mr. Coleman to
prove the formal service of the notice.
Mr. Fox who appeared to oppose the application, cross-examined Mr.
Coleman to show that the house in Snargate Street to which it was
desired to transfer the license, was known as the "Gothic
Inn," and that it had been closed since the last annual licensing
day in consequence of the manner in which it had been conducted by the
previous tenant. At the adjourned licensing meeting of the Magistrates,
held at Broadstairs, application was made on the part of the fresh
tenant, with a view of inducing the Bench to re-consider their decision;
but the witness believed that this application was unsuccessful.
Mr. Fox said this was the case, and he confidently appealed to the
Magistrates, in view of the strong decision they had arrived at so
recently, to refuse the present application. At the Broadstairs meeting,
he reminded the Bench, the application was made, like the present, on
behalf of a fresh tenant; but, although it was supported by the eloquent
pleading of Sergeant Sleigh, the Magistrates refused to entertain the
matter, and he submitted that there was nothing in the present
circumstances calculated to induce them to change their opinion. He
pointed out that there were a number of licensed houses in the immediate
locality of the "Gothic Inn," and that there
was nothing whatsoever, therefore, so far as the public accommodation
was concerned, to call for the licensing of an additional house.
Mr. Claris said that it was not the fact that the eloquence of
Sergeant Sleigh was brought to bear upon the Bench, the fact being that,
although Sergeant Sleigh attended for the purpose of supporting the
application, the Magistrates declined to hear him.
Mr. Fox said that the admission of his friend, Mr. Claris, would
answer the purpose of his (Mr. Fox's) argument equally well. (A laugh.)
The Bench, after a short consultation, determined to grant the
transfer of the license.
From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 July, 1871. Price 1d.
DOVER HARBOUR IMPROVEMENTS
DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS
Messrs. Robinson and Son are honoured with instructions from the
Commissioners of Dover Harbour, to submit for sale by public auction, on
the Premises of Union Street and Strond Street, on Monday 7th August,
1871, punctually at 3 o’clock in the afternoon.
FOUR HOUSES THREE OF WHICH ARE NEARLY NEW, and will be sold without any
reserve; to be pulled down within a specific time to be named in the
Conditions of Sale, viz.:
Lot 1. All that newly erected Public House, known as the “Three Kings,”
together with the fixtures that are therein.
PREST Hugh 1792-93
MOORE Young 1823
HUKE Alexander 1826-39
EPPS Leonard 1839-59
New pub in March 1846
COTTLE Mrs S 1862
IVERSON/EVERSON William 1864-68
ALLEN Mr 1871
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
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 Melville's Directory 1858
From the Post Office Directory 1862
From the Dover Express