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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1948

Wheelwrights' Arms

Closed Dec 2011

Dryden Road and Chaucer Crescent


Wheelwrights 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Wheelwrights Arms 2009

Above Google image July 2009.

Wheelwrights ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Wheelwrights Arms 1957

Above photo 1957. Creative Commons Licence.

Wheelwrights ledger

Charrington's ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Wheelwright's Arms

Above photo by Barry Smith circa 1980.

Wheelwright's Arms sign 1992

Whelwrights Arms sign August 1992.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

From the Dover Express, 2 December, 1998. By JOHN MITCHELL



A DOVER pub landlord feared for his sleeping baby daughter after he was attacked in a terrifying raid.

Michael and Sue Tucker

Licensee Michael Tucker's agony began when he answered a knock at the back door of the Wheelwrights Arms at The Linces on the Buckland estate.

A man pushed Michael down on to the stairs and splashed him with a substance, either petrol or white spirit, from a bottle.

He warned Michael, 39, to stay there as two other men ran into the pub, one carrying a pickaxe and a large black holdall.

They broke open two fruit machines while the first man stood over Michael, 39, warning him not to move.

He was content to stay there, effectively blocking the way upstairs to a bedroom where his four-month-old daughter, Gina, was asleep in her cot. No one else was in the building.

After about five minutes, the raiders fled with some 850 from the machines and two tills, plus a bottle of whisky and two jars of cigars.

Michael, secretary of Dover Licensed Victuallers Association, glimpsed their getaway car as it sped off from the back car park.

Then he dashed upstairs to check the baby was well - she was fast asleep - before ringing the police.

An ambulance was called and Michael was treated by paramedics for burns to his leg, hip and shoulder.

Michael refused to so to hospital because he didn't want to leave the baby. He takes tablets for angina problems but didn't suffer an attack during or after the attack.

The raid happened after Michael was cleaning the bar area of the pub shortly after 6.15am on Friday.

His wife Susan and their other child, Michael, two, were in the Republic of Ireland on a family visit.

Michael, who leases the Wheelwrights Arms from brewers Shepherd Neame and has run the pub for six months, has put up a 1,000 reward of his own money for information leading to the conviction of the raiders.

He said: "I wasn't so much concerned about my own safety as for the baby. I just didn't want them to go upstairs, so I stayed where I was, right across the stairs. The last thing I wanted was for them to be near her."

A barmaid contacted his wife and she flew back with their son from Ireland next day.

One offender is 5ft 10in, about 29, of medium build with short, light brown-ginger-blond hair. He had a northern accent and was right-handed. He wore jeans and a grey bomber jacket.

The pickaxe was left at the scene and it is thought it may have been used in a recent burglary. Police want anyone who has had a pick-axe stolen to contact them.

The car was an estate, possibly a Vauxhall, with a sloping back. It was white with a horizontal green stripe across the back, under the window.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police crime desk on 01303 289030 or Crimestoppers on 0800555111.

Customers have cheered Michael up since the attack and he has also received support from LVA colleagues.

He said: "Everyone has been marvellous. We'll certainly be staying here - I won't let this deter us.


From the Dover Express, 30 May, 2002.

Good food and drink

Wheelwrights Arms 2002

IF YOU are looking for a pub with great food, a lively, friendly atmosphere and good old fashioned hospitality, look no further than The Wheelwright Arms in Dover.

Since July 2001 The Wheelwright Arms has been run by Barry Eassom and partner Pam.

I was lucky enough to be invited to try out their great value Wednesday Steak Night for just 5. You get a steak, salad, mushrooms and a more than generous portion of fries. Delicious and great value for money.

Hot food is served daily from noon until 3pm and then again between 7 until 9.30pm.

The menu includes good wholesome English grub, a choice of fine curries, Sunday roasts from just 4.50 and food for children and vegetarians.

As well as a great place to eat, The Wheelwright prides itself on being a community pub. Together with help from the NHS they have started up a club called 'Fat Blokes' held on Monday nights, starting from 11 June. Come and join and get advice on how to beat Heart disease. For those brave few every Tuesday night there will be a circuit training workout at the local Community Centre, supervised by the NHS. Everyone is welcome to join in.

The Wheelwright Arms is open throughout the World Cup and will be serving a full English breakfast for those early games. They will also be joining in with the Jubilee celebrations this weekend and next week (see advertisement for details), with live entertainment and food.

For more details on any of the above call 01304 822947. They look forward to meeting you.


From the Dover Express, 27 February, 2003.

Wheelwrights Bar

A pub with a view...

IF YOU are looking for a traditional community pub, then you need look no further than The Wheelwrights Arms. Situated in The Linces to the north of Dover, this spacious pub has far reaching views across the valley.

Husband and wife team Barry and Pam Eassom have been licensees of the Shepherd Neame house for 19 months and have already embarked upon a major refurbishment and improvement programme.

Having been in the licensed trade for many years, the couple certainly know what constitutes a good pub - a warm welcome, a good atmosphere, a well kept cellar and excellent food.

Quality home cooked meals are served lunchtimes and evenings. The menu includes such favourites as jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings, scampi and fries served in a basket, sausage and chips and a variety of freshly cut sandwiches.

Every night is steak night, with a sizzling sirloin cooked to order, fries and salad garnish at the very reasonable price of 5. On Sundays, The Wheelwrights Arms offers traditional English roasts at just 4.50. with your choice of delicious dessert for 1.95. Of course there is a full range of wines, spirits and soft drinks, fine ales and lagers.

Barry said: "The Wheelwrights Arms attracts all age groups, it is once again a good community pub."

There is a separate games room where darts and pool are played, and which often plays host to live music evenings. The Wheelwrights Arms has ample parking and is open all day from 11 am to 11 pm on Monday to Saturday and noon to 10.30pm on Sunday.

Wheelwrights Arms Advert 2003


From the Dover Mercury 6 December 2007.

Wheelwrights advert


This was an outlet of Bass Charrington as was the third house also. It was built as a temporary pub only and was being constructed in January 1948. The builder's instructions were to erect so that the building could later be converted to two private dwellings. The licence from the demolished "Wheelwright's Arms" pub in Bridge Street was transferred here on 1st March 1948. I believe the pub had already opened in February.


Wheelwrights 1948

Above shows the temporary building that acted as the "Wheelwrights" under construction. Date of photo 23 Jan 1948. The premises is at Dryden Road on the Green Lane Valley Estate. When the permanent public house was built these premises were converted into two dwelling houses.


From the Dover Express, 9 January 1948.


The opening of the "Wheelwrights Arms" public house on the Buckland Valley Estate, took the form of an informal private cocktail party on Friday evening, when a number of prominent townspeople had an opportunity of looking over the premises and of meeting Mr. and Mrs. F. Howard, the licensees. The house opened t the public on Saturday evening. The licence had been transferred from the war-destroyed "Wheelwrights Arms," in bridge Street.



That temporary licence ended on 1st March 1953 and a permanent one was then transferred from the derelict "Golden Cross" in St. James' Street. That licence in turn, went to the third "Wheelwright's Arms" which was erected on a permanent basis and which stood in Chaucer Crescent, opening in June 1956. It passed to Shepherd Neame in February 1991.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 27 February 1953.

Old and New.

The "Wheelwrights' Arms," on Buckland Estate - which was granted a temporary licence three years ago - was given the permanent licence of the derelict "Golden Cross," St. James' Street, at the Adjourned Brewster Sessions, at Dover on Monday. The licence of the "Golden Cross" has been held in suspense since the war.



I have recently heard that the pub has closed due to electrical problems and no one wishing to take responsibility. The licensee has now moved and is running the "Sir John Falstaff".


From the Dover Express, 4 September, 2008.

Wheelwright's Arms 2008

Pubs: The Wheelwright's in Chaucer Crescent is soon to re-open.


It is open again 2009.


From the website Thursday, February 11, 2009.


POOL mad youngsters and adults are being challenged to take part in Buckland estate's newest tournament.

Big-hearted dad-of-three John Ashman is hoping to launch the Cagney O'Brien pool trophy challenge in memory of the young teenager who tragically died last September.

The 13-year-old, from The Linces, suffered fatal injuries after falling 40 feet from a rope swing in Monk's Way.

Railway site supervisor John, 42, is looking to hold the competition at the Wheelwright's pub, in The Linces, and says a trophy and cash prize will go to the winner but he needs people to sign up for the contest to go ahead.

He said: "We have lived here for a long time and my daughter and Cagney were quite sweet on each other. He was such a good lad, a cheeky so and so at times but good, and it was such a shock how he lost his life.

"My daughter took a long time to get over it because they grew up together and I used to take them fishing. I even did his eulogy at the funeral and so many kids turned up.

"It has really affected the street. It is so quiet and just not the same without him.

"I wanted to do something for the kids and have something to remember Cagney so I thought of doing the pool competition and the landlord at the Wheelwright's is happy to have it."

The competition was originally planned for under-18s to take part on February 20, 21 and 22 but John says it will now be from March 13 to March 15.

He added: "We are going to make it an open tournament for all ages."

Cagney's Mum Danielle, 47, said: "It is a nice thing to do and I hope to go at the end when my mum will hand over the cup."

An entrance fee will be charged with all money going to the Rhodes Minnis Cat Sanctuary near Folkestone. The charity was chosen because of the popular teenager's love for cats and the family have already donated it 1,158 which was collected at the time of Cagney's funeral.

To find out more or to sign up give John a call on 07976337829 or pop into the pub.


Danielle and niece Naomi Fidge, 25, launched an online petition last October to turn the area where Cagney died into a park for youngsters to enjoy biking and skating safely.

Some 839 people have signed the petition so far.

Danielle said: "We need everyone to sign. We can't do it without support."

To sign go to


From the Dover Express, 18 March 2010.


Report by Yamural Zendera

Craig Hopking and Hayley Bennett

Craig Hopkins and Hayley Bennett.

Despite makeover business at pub is not picking up.

THE leaseholder of Buckland estate's only pub is urging people to use it or lose it.

The Wheelwrights Arms on the Linces was taken on by Craig Hopkins in June last year.

At the time it appeared a dream move for Craig, 24, who gave up work as a roofer to throw himself into his first business.He was joined by girlfriend Hayley Bennett, 23.

But almost a year on, Craig says trade has not picked up as expected.

He said: "My dad had his own pub in the past, so I've been brought up in pubs. He was offered this pub but he's retired now so he didn't really fancy it. I said I would give it a go.

"I'm here until the business hopefully picks up. If it doesn't I will have to come out. It's a case of use it or lose it."

Craig said the pub has been refurbished and new events and nights put on to try and pull in the punters.

He said: "I think it had a bad reputation before, so I've tried to make it a nice friendly atmosphere inside the pub. I have brought in a chef from Canterbury, Khalid Hamed, for curry nights on Mondays and Thursdays. There's a darts team and pool team, and during Easter there will be live bands. We need people to come in and give us a try."

Dover Business Support manager Roger Walkden, who represents the interests of local firms, said he is willing to help Craig turn things around.

He said: "I would certainly encourage him to contact me. There are a range of initiatives and ways I can help to promote the business and encourage people to visit his pub. The fact that it's under new management should help if people had a problem with it before."

The Express has passed on Roger's details to Craig.



The CAMRA branch meeting of September 2008 reported that the "Wheelwrights" had closed.

It is open again now 2010.


Wheelwright Arms 2010 Wheelwright Arms sign 2010

Above photographs by Paul Skelton, 6 November 2010.


Following a closure in 2008 the pub is again open (2011) and is contemplating rejoining the darts and skittles leagues.

I am informed that the pub is operating as a Freehold.


From the Dover Express, Thursday, 25 August, 2011. 60p


Cousins become its new owners

Report by Yamurai Zendera

Wheelwright's staff 2011

Employees Chris Honey and Georgie MacKenzie with new co-owner Wendy Beharry.


NEW owners have taken over the "Wheelwrights Arms" in Dover.

The freehold on the Buckland estate pub has been bought by cousins Ralph and Wendy Beharry.

They were living in Swansea just three weeks ago but have moved to Dover for a fresh business challenge.

Father of six Ralph, 60, feels there is a big enough market for the pub to thrive, even though the previous owners failed to last a year.

He said: "Both Wendy and I have lots of experience in the industry. We think its a good opportunity. Firstly, we have found that the people are very nice.

"We spoke to the licensing officer, Sieve Alexander, before we bought it. It was a troubled pub, what we found out was that it did not sell brands like Carling and Worthington's and 1664.

"The products it did sell were not very popular, but because we are a freehold pub we are not tied to a brewery, so can stock and sell what the customer wants.

"There's always something in the market for someone who is willing to work hard."

Ralph and Wendy have taken on Chris Honey and Georgie MacKenzie from the "Castle" pub to be in charge of entertainment and food respectively. They also plan to employ two part-time workers.

There are also other reasons for them moving to Dover.

Ralph said: "I really wanted to be closer to Europe. I'm hoping in the next few years to travel around Europe.

"Plus, my niece does a lot of swimming and will be doing a Channel swim on September 23."


From the Dover Express, Thursday, 8 September, 2011. 60p


Police were called to a tussle between the owner of the "Wheelwright Arms" and one of his bar managers on Saturday.

A complaint of assault was made against new owner Ralph Beharry who bought the Linces pub last month, by new bar manager Chris Honey and his partner Georgia MacKenzie at Ham.

CCTV images at the pub showed the fracas but not how it started.

Mr Beharry claimed he was the one who had been attacked and a bruise on the bar manager's torso must have occurred when Mr Honey was holding him in a headlock.

Bar manager Miss MacKezie and Mr Honey told police they had been scratched with car keys by Mr Beharry and that Mr Honey had been punched.

Mr Honey also later claimed he had been bitten.

Miss MacKenzie, 24, the former landlady of the "Castle Inn" in Russell Street, Dover, believed she she was scratched by a set of keys held in Mr Beharry's hand as she waded in to try to separate the two men.

Mr Honey also suffered similar injuries to the left side or his face.

The incident was recorded on the pub's own CCTV cameras.

A police spokesman confirmed that officers had attended the "Wheelwright Arms" following a report of assault but no further action is being taken after the complainant declined to give police more information.

It is believed the row was caused by a dispute over wages.

Neither Miss MacKenzie nor Mr Honey now work at the pub.



Latest news I have heard 14 February 2012, the Council have decided upon change of use and conversion to four flats has been approved.


From the Dover Express, Thursday, 12 January , 2012. 60p


BUCKLAND: A scheme is to be considered by district council planners to convert The "Wheelwright's Arms" public house on Buckland Estate into four two-bedroom flats. A planning application for the change has been submitted by Ms W Beharry of The Linces. The "Wheelwrights" got its name from a pub with the same name in Dover's Bridge Street acquired in 1946 to provide space for industry.


From the Dover Mercury, 31 May, 2012. 80p


Wheelwrights and Maybrook House

AN office block in the heart of Dover and a former pub are set to go under the auctioneer's hammer next month.

Maybrook House at Queen's Gardens has a guide price of 450,000 to 470,000 and is currently part let at 91,342 a year.

Occupiers who are unaffected by the freehold sale include Kent County Council, Solar Care Group, Kennedy Scott and Avanta Enterprise.

Auctioneer Kevin Gilbert said: “We anticipate keen interest from investors, including pension funds, for this landmark office, which provides healthy rental returns.

“The property, in a prominent location, is partially let and could continue to provide office space. It may also offer potential for a number of other commercial uses, subject to all the necessary consents being obtainable.”

Meanwhile the "Wheelwrights Arms," located on The Linces on Buckland Estate, has a freehold guide of 110-120,000. Planning permission has been granted by the district council for change of use and conversion to four flats, subject to conditions.

Starting at 11am, the auction takes place at the Clive Emson Conference Centre, Kent County Showground, Maidstone, on Thursday, June 14.

Other properties up for sale at the auction include the three-bedroom 130 Elms Vale Road, with a freehold guide of 90-95,000, and a block of three flats at 68 Beaufoy Terrace, let at 13,500 a year, which has a freehold guide of 125-130,000.

A terraced commercial property at 48 High Street, Dover, currently let at 7,800 a year and occupied by Pharos Computers, is expected to fetch 40-45,000. Again, the occupier's business in unaffected by the sale.

Two maisonettes at 2 Saxon Street, Dover, currently let at 10,940 a year, could raise 95-105,000, a mid-terrace house at 10 Wood Street, Dover, currently let at 5,100 a year, has a freehold guide price of 75-78,000 while a former split-level cafe, with accommodation above, has a freehold guide of 45-50,000 and is at 107 High Street.

Executors have instructed the sale of a third-floor flat at 130 The Gateway for a leasehold price of 100-110,000.

Two bedroom Brook Cottage, 20 Lower Road, Temple Ewell, has a freehold guide of 90-95,000.

Executors have also instructed the sale of a detached bungalow, with a freehold guide of 70-75,000, at Wembley, Flax Court Lane, Eythorne.


From the Dover Express, Thursday, 8 November, 2012. 65p.


The former "Wheelwrights Arms" pub in Chaucer Crescent on Buckland Estate could provide 10 studio flats if a scheme submitted to Dover District Council is approved.



According to the Charrington's ledger the leasehold expires on 1st June 2055 at the sum of 80 per annum. If only the last licensees knew that at the time, the pub might still be open today.

June 2012 saw the pub sold at auction for 130,000, use as yet unknown.



HOWARD Fred C W 1948-50+ Pikes 48-49Kelly's Directory 1950

CHARLESWORTH Thomas Frederick 1953 Kelly's Directory 1953

(New Pub opened 1/June/1956)

LLOYD William 1955-56 Kelly's Directory 1956

SHEARING Jack William 1956-66

PARKER Frederick T 1966-77 end Library archives 1974 Charrington & Co

WELLS Donald 1977-78

WELLS J D O 1987

WHITMAN David 1989

TUCKER Mike 1998+

Last pub licensee had EASOM Barry July/2001-03+

WATSON Ms K Next pub licensee had 2007-May/2008

HOPKING Craig June/2009+

BEHARRY Ralph & Wendy Aug/2011+


Pikes 48-49From Pikes Dover Blue Book 1948-49

Kelly's Directory 1950From the Kelly's Directory 1950

Kelly's Directory 1953From the Kelly's Directory 1953

Kelly's Directory 1956From the Kelly's Directory 1956

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974


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