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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1713-

Two Brewers

Latest Mar 1922

67 Limekiln Street


Two Brewers

Dover Mercury 20 July 2000

Pub. landlady was remembered in a song

THIS pub, which used to stand in Limekiln Street, was originally known as the "Brewers Arms".

The landlady was Kate Sandford and she is mentioned in a song sung at the theatre in 1805.

In 1823 she was still in charge, and it was then known as the Two Brewers when, I assume, another brewer came to join Kingsfords.

I notice that it was very keen on supplying "cyder", which is advertised in the windows.

Joe Harman.


Archcliffe Fort Brewery occupied one end of the street and Satchell's Brewery the other. Which offers a reason for the name or perhaps they had a joint interest.


At one time called simple the "Brewers Arms" I am not certain when the name changed. Perhaps it didn't, and the "Two Brewer's" was just colloquially referred to as the "Brewers," as although I have two separate pages for both pubs, the licensee lists somewhat overlaps each other.


Traceable to 1791. (Coxen), and kept by Fred Cole from 1913. He supplemented his income by pursuing the trade of carpenter and undertaker and used the "Kent Arms" as a workshop after its closure. He also used this one for the same purpose after it closed on 22 March 1922.


Negotiations for its sale had started with Dover Corporation in 1913 but the war delayed any decision. By September 1921 the brewer wanted confirmation one way or the other. Fred Cole had seen enough by 1923 when he ended his own life.


The licence renewal was not applied for in 1923 or 1924.

For photo of Limekiln Street click here.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 10 April 1807.


Saturday, Mr. Sandford, of the "Two Brewers" public-house, Dover.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 8 April, 1837. Price 5d.


An inquest was held before Mr. G. T. Thompson, the Coroner for this Borough, on Wednesday, at the "Two Brewers," in Limekiln Street, on the body of Mary Ann, the infant daughter of Robert Kemp, who was burnt to death on the preceding evening. Both the parents were employed from home all day, and their eldest daughter was left in charge of the house, with two other children and the deceased, who was about two years of age. The girl, who had occasion to go on an errand at six o'clock, stated that she cautioned the children not to go near the fire, but that on her return she found her sister lying beneath the wire guard, with her clothes burning. She immediately took her up and on giving the alarm, the neighbours came in and the flames were extinguished with the door mat. Surgical aid was promptly given, but the poor infant was so dreadfully burned as to cause its death within an hour. There was some contradiction in the evidence of the parties who entered the house and applied the mat, but there could be no question of the child's clothes having become ignited by its getting into the fire; and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday, 31 July, 1847. Price 5d.


An inquest was held on Monday, at the “Two Brewers,” Limekiln Street, before G. T. Thompson, Esq., on the body of Thomas Allen, a retired rope-maker, of Dover, who committed suicide on the previous day by hanging himself in his bed-room. It appeared from the evidence of Thomas Hall, nephew of the deceased, that he had for some time been in a low desponding way, and the Jury returned a verdict of “Temporary insanity.”


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 12 June 1849.


Important sale of the extensive Brewery of Messr's Flint, including 30 old established Inns and Public Houses, and other valuable property.

Mr. V. J., has received instructions to sell by auction, at the "Fountain Hotel," Canterbury, on Tuesday and Wednesday, 26th and 27th of June, at 12 o'clock each day, (in consequence of the death of the senior acting partner and the retirement of the surviving partners,) the valuable property known as Messrs. Flint's Brewery, in Stour Street, Canterbury, and the Inns, Public Houses, and other valuable property connected with theirwith. The first day sale on Tuesday, 26th June, 1849, will comprise the following property in and near the city.

Public houses.

Lot 1. The "City of Canterbury," situate on the road to Whitstable. Freehold.

Lot 2. The "George and Dragon," Westgate without, leasehold under Hind's charity for 17 years unexpired.

Lot 3. The "Three Compasses," Westgate within. Freehold.

Lot 4. The "Bell Inn" and Coach Office, in the High Street. Freehold.

Lot 5. The "Prince of Wales," St. Alphege Lane,. Freehold.

Lot 6. The "Weavers Arms," Broad Street, freehold and partly leasehold.

Lot 7. The "White Swan," Northgate. Leasehold under St. John's Hospital for a short term, at a ground rent.

Lot 8. The "Kings Head," Northgate. Freehold.

Lot 9. The "Swan Inn," at Sturry (close to the railway station). Freehold.

Lot 10. The "Ship," St. Martins Hill, freehold.

Lots 12. The "Star Commercial Inn and Tap," St George's, close to the Cattle market and Dane John. Freehold.

Lot 13. The "Blue Anchor," Old Dover Lane, near the Cattle market. Freehold.

Lot 14. The "Fleece Inn," High Street, opposite to the Corn market. Freehold.

Lot 28. Three neat Cottages opposite the Brewery, with large gardens extending to the river.

Lot 29. The "Two Brewers" public house and Spirit Warehouse, adjoining the last lot.

Lot 31. The "Black Dog" public house, Castle Street.

Lot 34. The "Duke's Head" Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 35. The "King's Head," Public House, Wincheap Street.

Lot 37. The "Royal Exchange," public house, Stour Street.

Lot 38. The "Kentish Arms," public house, and 5 cottages in Jewry Lane. Leasehold for a short term at a low rent.

Lot 40. The "Duke William," at Ickham, abiout five miles from Canterbury. Freehold.

Lot 41. The "Royal Oak Inn," at Deal. Freehold except a small portion.

Lot 42. The "King's Arms," Beach Street, Deal, and Cottage in the rear. leasehold for a short term, at a Ground rent.

Lot 43. The "Fleur De Lis," near the Railway Station, Dover. Leasehold for a term of 6 years, at a Ground rent of 3.

Lot 44. The "Two Brewers," Limekiln Street, Dover. leasehold for a term of 46 years, at a ground rent of 3.

Lot 45. The "Fountain Inn, adjoining the Market place at Dover. Freehold.

Lot 46. The "Lord Nelson," Radnor Street, near the harbour, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 47. The "Bricklayers Arms," Fancy Street, Folkestone. Freehold.

Lot 48. The "Castle Inn," at Sandgate. Leasehold for a short term, at a ground rent of 7s. 6d.

Lot 49. The "King's Head Hotel and Tap," at Margate. Freehold.

Lot 50. The "New Inn," at Elham, on the road to Hythe. Freehold.

Lot 51. The "King's Arms," at Milton near Sittingbourne. Freehold.

The Public Houses are for the most part in the occupation of unexceptionable tenants, and the majority of them are doing trades, both in beer and spirits, considerably above the average run of Country houses. (None of them have been beer shops; they're all old Licence Houses, with connections of long standing, thereby affording ample security for the permanency of the trade). The Premises generally are in a superior state of repair.

Particulars and Plans, price 1s. each, may be had of Messr's. Furleys and Mercer, Solicitors, Canterbury; at the "Fountain Hotel;" and of Mr. V. J. Collins, 3, Moorgate Street, London.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 21 August, 1858.



William Reid, a mariner, was charged with drunkenness and obstructing the footway, and assaulting police-constable Barton, on the preceding morning.

From the constable's statement it appeared that between eleven and twelve o'clock on Sunday morning he found the defendant near the "Two Brewers" public house, Limekiln Street, intoxicated and using obscene language. Barton recommended him to go home; but the defendant, instead of following this reasonable advise, placed himself in a fighting attitude, with the imprecations on the officer, inviting a disturbance. The constable then took him into custody and conveyed him in the direction of the stationhouse, but on reaching Walton's Lane the defendant laid himself down, and absolutely refused to go another step towards his vile destination. He struck and kicked the policeman who had taken him into custody and on police-constable Offin and Sergeant Geddes appearing on the scene  he served them in a similar manner. Ultimately he was conveyed to the stationhouse on a stretcher.

Defendant said he had been overcome by a glass of liquor he had taken on Sunday morning. He had no other excuse to offer.

The Magistrates fined him 2 and the costs, 6s.; and in default of payment he was committed to prison for one month.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 23 December, 1870. Price 1d.


John Marten, landlord of the "Two Brewers," charged with infringing his license, was fined 1, including costs.


From the Dover Express and East Kent Intelligencer, 8 September, 1871. Price 1d.



In the case of Mr. John Martin, who applied for a renewal of the license of the “Two Brewers,” the applicant was cautioned in a similar way. It appeared there had only been one conviction; but a memorandum would be made of this, and the Magistrates might as well let it be understood that a second infringement of the terms of a license, whenever it might occur, would be treated as if it had happened in the same year.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 December, 1875. Price 1d.


John Cannan was charged with stealing wearing apparel.

Superintendent Saunsers said: I apprehended the prisoner at the “Two Brewers,” Limekiln Street, on a charge of stealing two shirts, and other clothing from a man named Dunn, at Folkestone, and I ask for his removal to Folkestone. He was so remanded.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 3 March, 1876. 1d


On Thursday, March 9th, 1876, at three o'clock precisely, in Thirteen Lots, at the "Shakespeare Hotel," Dover, the undermentioned Freehold and leasehold.

LOT 2. THE FREE PUBLIC-HOUSE, situate in Limekiln Street, and known as the "Two Brewers," containing bar, bar-parlour, tap-room, smoking-room, 3 bed-rooms, double attic, wash-house, good cellar and store, let to Mr. John Martin, at 23 a year.

It is held on lease from the Dover Harbour Board, for a term of 61 years, from the 6th of April, 1831, at a ground rent of 3 0s. 6d.


From an email received 3 April 2019.

My 3 x great uncle James Cullen, who was licensee of the "Two Brewers," 67 Limekiln Street, Dover, between approximately 1840 and 1858, was the brother of Frances at the "Folkestone Cutter," and it follows that her maiden name was Cullen. In the 1841 census James is shown (solely) as a shipwright, age 30, so it seems that he had two jobs.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Cullen.



MOYCE Henry 1713+

COXEN Francis 1791-92+ Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792

SANDFORD Mr dec'd to Apr/1807

SANDFORD Catherine 1823 Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1828-29

ROBBINS Jacob 1839 Pigot's Directory 1839

WAUDBY Matthew 1847?

CULLEN James 1840-58+ (also shipwright age 41 in 1851Census) Pigot's Directory 1840Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862Dover Telegraph

MARTIN John 1871-76 (age 32 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874

PHIPPS James May/1879 Dover Express

WHITE Roger Birch May/1879-82+ Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1882

WHITE Mrs Sarah Anne 1885 end

DONLEY William 1885-95 Post Office Directory 1891Pikes 1895

DAVIE George 1899-1903 end Kelly's Directory 1899Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

GILLESPIE Frederick John 1903-Oct/04 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

PACKHAM George William Oct/1904-11 end Dover Express Former Fulham photographer)

DEVERSON Daniel J 1911-June/12 Dover Express

Last pub licensee had FRENCH James Percy June/1912-Jan/13 Dover Express

Last pub licensee had COLE Frederick Richard Jan/1913-22 end Post Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922


Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792Dover and Deal Directory and Guide 1792

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

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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Pikes 1895From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1895

Kelly's Directory 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1901

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Dover TelegraphFrom the Dover Telegraph

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express



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