Sort file:- Dover, September, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 25 September, 2022.


Earliest 1785-

Travelling Wagon Alehouse

Latest 1801+

Mobile unit around Snargate Street



This is again a new and fascinating one to me, as it mentions what I assume to be a travelling alehouse that would probably follow the workers who were employed in cleaning up the rubbish in the town. At least that is my interpretation of the name as I haven't seen or heard of a building with that name so far. However, further research does mention the locality of Snargate Street, so perhaps it did have a building there after all, at least a waggon would have to be stored somewhere. The only other public-house name that comes close would be the "Traveller's Rest" found in Folkestone Road from between 1838 and 1840 and this would be too far out of town to be of benefit to the scavengers.

Again, further research found from the Kentish Gazette of 1796, seems to suggest that the Old Travelling Waggon could well have been a stage coach travelling from Dover to London. Although to be fair that could be nothing to do with the alehouse at all.

I have also found reference to a "Waggon" address unknown in 1713.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 15 July 1785.

Entirely for the Good of the Public, and in Gratitude to Dr. Symons, at Mr. Thorntons, near the "Travelling Wagon," at Dover.

Sir, I return you my sincere thanks for the cure that you have now performed, with safety, on my child's right eye, of which she was blind, after the smallpox. When I sent for you, I was informed, that it was a Black Cataract between the Uvea and Sclerotica, which adhered to the Coats, and was an Opacity of the Crystaline Humours; so that I desire you to advertise this for the good of other afflicted Persons, to whom I shall be happy to give further satisfaction on their Enquiry.

Witness my own hand, Issac Pollock. St. James' Street, Dover, July 7th, 1785.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 19th September 1794.

A few days since died at Dover, Robert Whiting, servant to Mr. Matthew Kenneth.

This very reputable character drove the "Old Travelling Waggon" from Dover to London, nearly 24 years, and was buried on Tuesday evening last with every mark of regard due to so worthy a servant.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 02 August 1796.


On Friday, the 15th day of this instant, July, at six o’clock, in the evening; at the "Royal Oak Inn," Dover.

Lot 1. ALL that MESSUAGE or TENEMENT, with the ground and appurtenances thereunto belonging, situate in Snargate-Street, near the "Travelling Waggon," Dover, and now in the occupation of Mr John Bentley.


From the  Kentish Gazette, 30 Jan 1801 front page col 2:

Dover's Rubbish: Contract for scavingering:

Persons willing to contract for scavingering the streets lanes and public passages in the town and port of Dovor, for one year, to commence on 24th February next in two separate districts: the town district comprising the whole of the streets etc. upwards from the "Travelling Wagon Alehouse;" and the Pier District, comprising the streets etc. downwards from thence, are desired to send in Tenders in writing, sealed up to Mr SHIPDEM, Attorney at Law, Dovor (acting clerk for the commissioners under the Paving Act) before Thursday the 12th February next, on which day at 11 o'clock in the forenoon the commissioners will meet in the Guildhall Dovor and be ready to enter into the contracts.

NB The dirt collected in the streets is to be deemed the property of the contractors and full particulars of the contracts may be known by applying to Mr SHIPDEM.


(John Shipdem was the Town Clerk, surrogate for the Cinque Ports and Registrar and agent for Dover Harbour. Paul Skelton.)





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