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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1823

Three Mackerel

Latest 1851

Trevanion Street Bagshaw's Directory 1847 (or Place Pigot's Directory 1828-29)

Church Street Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839



Functional, certainly from 1823, and its address given by Pigot's directory as "near St. James's Church", and "Church Street" in 1832, but no sign after 1851, probably due to the fight reported in the passage from the South Eastern Gazette, 28 January 1851.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 7 March, 1846.


Stephen MINTER – transfer of licence of the public house The Three Mackerel.


Dover Chronicles 7 March 1846.

Dover Petty Sessions. Monday.

This being the transfer day for ale house licences, the following transfers took place.

"Three Mackerel," to Steven Minter.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 21 August, 1847. Price 5d.


Thomas Boulter, chimney-sweeper, was fined 12s. including costs, for assaulting a rival in trade, named Thomas Manser. It appeared that the defendant had been ordered to perform his vocation on the flews of the “Three Mackerel Inn,” but from some cause was detained elsewhere, until the complainant had been employed in his room. On the defendant's arrival at the house the plaintiff was found “in possession,” and the assault was, the attempt made by defendant to forcibly eject him.

The fine was paid in court.


From the South Eastern Gazette 28 January 1851.



Frederick W. Gillespy, and his son, W. E. Gillespy, were brought up, charged with having violently assaulted police-constable John Faith, while endeavouring to clear a public-house in Trevanion-street, called the "Three Mackerel." Faith appeared quite unable to stand, was accompanied with a chair within the bar. It appeared that Faith, on seeing the house above-named, which is kept by a person named Hobday, open between the hours of twelve and one o'clock on Sunday morning, went in, and saw the elder prisoner and a blacksmith just commencing to fight; he ordered them to desist, and advised them to go quietly home. Gillespy, sen., became very violent; a scruffle then ensued, in which the younger Gillespy joined, seizing Faith by the collar, and fixing his fingers firmly in his throat; the three went thus struggling through the passage into the street, when they fell; the policeman being nearly dead by strangulation. The hold of the throat was at length lost, and the constable drew his staff, but had no power to use it. While down, one of the prisoners kicked him tremendously in the side, and he was unmercifully beaten; his rattle was forced from him before he could use it; although his cries for help were continuous and his position so perilous, no one came to his assistance, although several persons witnessed the brutal affair. Some one at length begged him to "run away for his life," which he at length succeeded in doing, but minus his staff, rattle, hat, and handkerchief. Mrs. Hobday, the landlady, and Charles Marks, a man who draws a bath chair, were brought up as witnesses for the plaintiff, but evidence was reluctant and contradictory. Both prisoners were fully committed to take their trial at the next assizes, but bail was accepted for their appearance, each surety being bound in 20.



FISHER William 1823-39 Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

WEBB Henry Percy 1838-39 ?

FITCH Edward to Mar/1846 Dover Telegraph

MINTER Stephen Mar/1846+

COOPER William 1847 Bagshaw's Directory 1847

HOBDAY Mrs 1851


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-9

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Dover TelegraphFrom the Dover Telegraph


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