182 Snargate Street
Trocadero Bars showing war damage.
The Trocadero bars were to the right of the picture. Photo by kind permission of Dover Library. ILL/483.
Above shows a photo of Snargate Street in 1948. The Trocadero is extreme
right. The above has been taken from the Dover Express 26 November 1948
with the caption:- SNARGATE STREET TODAY. A view of the area at the
junction of Snargate Street and Five Post Lane. A shell, in September,
1944, destroyed the Salvation Army Hostel, which stood near the corner.
The premises adjoining are now being pulled down.
On the corner with Five Post Lane and assuming this title from 1907. It
had been the "Wine Vaults" where Adams had acquired a six day licence in
The Trocadero Company made their debut in 1907 with the provision of a
wine lounge. They claimed it was the largest and most comfortable wine
lounge in the town, with fine oak panelled saloons and wines served from the
wood. That lounge, previous to 1908, had artificial lighting, but that year
a partition was removed which gave the use of a window.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 2
The management of the "Trocadero" were granted permission to supply
refreshment at the Drill Hall, Northampton Street, on January 31st, on
the occasion of an Army Pay Corps dance.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 17
August, 1923. Price 1½d.
Mr. H. Clark, of the "Trocadero," Dover, was granted an occasional
license for the Stanlee Sports Club sports on Saturday from 12 till 9
p.m. It was stated by the Police that the ground was just outside the
Borough at River.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 8 April, 1927. Price 1½d.
THE TROCADERO SOLD FOR £4,500
Mr. S. Knott, on behalf of Messrs. Worsfold and Hayward, had a very
large company of bidders – and others – before him at the sale by
auction yesterday of a large block of property fronting Snargate Street,
Five Post Lane and Adrian Street, which included the “Trocadero.” This
was part of Lot 1, which also included the adjoining house, No. 182
Snargate Street, and amongst those present were many who are interested
in the Licensed Trade in the district. Auction sales are always
interesting, and an added spice was conveyed to that of the “Trocadero”
by the presence of an unknown bidder who opened the bid with a few
enquiries about a wall that had to be built under certain conditions,
and the whereabouts of which the inquirer said he could not be quite
sure of, although he had inspected the premises by the courtesy of Mr.
Clark, the tenant. Colonel Hayward having carefully explained this, the
bidding commenced. Mr. Knott invited offers at £3,000 for a start, but
the first bid was an unaccepted one of £1,000 from Mr. Clark, and then
another “unknown” offered £2,000. From this the price rose by £250’s to
£3,000, and then climbed by £100’s, the inquirer about the wall capping
every bid. Eventually at £4,500, when there was a lull, Mr. Knott
announced his intention of knocking it down to that figure if Mr. Clark
would not go to £4,600, and the fact that he would not was explained
before the gathering dispersed by the unknown buyer at £4,500 announcing
that Mr. Clark, who he was acting for, would sign the contract! There
was general congratulations afterwards to mine host of the “Trocadero”
on his successful purchase.
Other results of the sale were:-
133, Snargate Street, £900
Nos. 4 and 3, Adrian Street, £300
No. 2 Adrian Street, £400
No. 1 Adrian Street was not sold.
Herbert Clark served from 1919 and in 1927 he managed to obtain also the
licence of the "Burlington Bars". In 1929 he followed that achievement by
annexing number 182a Snargate Street. The public bar was then available from
the front of the premises and lunches were provided. The six day licence was
still operative to 1954 when the full licence of the "Pavilion Hotel" was
In 1936 it came within the perimeter of a redevelopment area. The onus
was then on Dover Corporation to provide an alternative site. The country
was at war before that could be progressed and following hostilities, when
the brewer was negotiating the opening of the "Dover Stage Hotel", he agreed
to close here in order to make that possible.
That closure came on 17 May 1957, the licence passing to the "Dover
Stage" a week later. Owing to an empty money box, it was September 1959
before the town was able to buy the property and even then, demolition
proceeded by stages. I read that it was being taken down in November 1967,
that the demolition was complete in July 1968 and that authority was given
by the Corporation for the remains to be demolished in January 1971.
The site, together with Five Post Lane, now lies below the new York
From the Dover Express and East Kent News. 1 March 1939.
ASSAULT CHARGE DISMISSED
At the Dover Police Court, on Friday before Mr. W. J. Palmer, Dr. C.
Wood and Mrs. Morecroft.
Peter Donovan, St. Radigund's Road, was summoned by Thomas Edward
Kettle, of Buckland Avenue, for assault on March 3rd.
Defendant pleaded guilty under provocation.
Thomas Edward Kettle said that at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 3rd, he
went to the "Trocadero" and had a drink whilst waiting to see someone.
Defendant came over to him and called him a "Police Nark" or informer.
Witness did not understand what he meant. When witness was leaving at
2.25 p.m. defendant said, "Get out, you are a Police Nark." Witness
said, " I don't think so, I think you are." Defendant then rushed at him
and struck him knocking him down. Witness got up and went to the door.
Defendant rushed at him again but witness got outside.
Defendant: Didn't you ask me to buy you some beer? - You gave me half
a glass but I didn't ask you for it.
Then you asked me for money? - "No."
And I would not give you any because you still owed me some? - "No."
Defendant said that the whole argument was over money. He did not
deny striking Kettle, but it was under great provocation.
Dismissed on payment of costs.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, 5 January 1940.
At the Dover Police Court on Monday, the licence of the "Trocadero,"
Snargate Street was transferred from Mr. S. E. A. Glynn and Mr. B. A.
Straughan to Mr. Glynn and Mr. W Holden of Hastings.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 3
Confirmation of their decisions made on 2nd March, regarding the
Hotel de France and the "Trocadero Bars" was made by Dover Licensing
Magistrates on Monday. The "Trocadero" may now remain open on Sunday
compared with its previous six-day licence, while at the "Hotel
de France" drinks can now be served to guests of residents without
themselves having meals.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 31
Town May Buy Former Pub
The town is to negotiate for the purchase of former licensed
properties in Snargate Street, the Trocadero, and two sites at the rear
near, 3 and 4, Adrian Street.
The owners Messrs. Watney, Coombe Reid & Co., have asked whether the
Corporation would be interested to acquire the properties, and on Tuesday
the Town Planning Committee reported that they had authorised the
Town Clerk to negotiate for the purchase "at a price now mentioned."
ADAMS Lewis 1899-1908 end
LUKEY Edward Aug/1908 dec'd
LUKEY John Edward Aug/1908-16 end
CASSELDEN John C 1916-Sept/19 end
CLARK Herbert Sept/1919-34 end
TAYLOR William Alfred James 1934-Aug/38
SHAUGHAN Bernard Ralph and Glynn S E A Aug/1938-39 and
GLYNN Stanley Edwin Arthur and HOLDEN William Aug/1938-51 end
HOLDEN Hastings or W 1940 end
CALVERT Ernest Thomas 1940-41 end
Watney, Combe, Reid & Co 1948
WOODS Horace George 1942-1950+
EYNON Richard 1951-Aug/53 end
GASCOIGN Robert and Madeline
Herbert Clark also ran the "Burlington
Bars" and "Falcon" between 1924 and
According to the Dover Express, Bernard Shaughan and Stanley Glynn, were
Stanley E. A. Glynn was of, 5 Linton Road, Hastings and Ernest Thomas
Calvert, of 27, Woolcomber Street, Dover was a constable.
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1923
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1924
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1932-33
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1938-39
From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49
From the Kelly's Directory 1950
From the Kelly's Directory 1953
From the Kelly's Directory 1956
From the Dover Express