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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Barry Smith and Paul Skelton

Earliest 1854

(Name from)

Young England

Latest 1854

Market Lane



Formerly the "Regent Tap", or at least very close to the same. Both are mentioned in 1854 as being in Market Lane. Perhaps one changed name to the other.

A house of dubious reputation towards the end.

The name changed sometime after 1851, probably 1854 as Newing is mentioned at the "Regent Tap" also, probably with a fresh start in mind.

But... for permitting the assembly of disorderly characters in 1854, the house was closed for good.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 25 February, 1854. Price 5d.


William Newing, landlord of the "Young England," late "Regent Tap," in Market Lane, appeared to answer an information charging him with knowingly permitting notoriously bad characters to assemble at his house, contrary to his licence. In reply to the charge, defendant said he did not know that he had been guilty of the offence; both men and women had come to his house but whether they were bad characters or not, he was unable to say. Witnesses ere then examined in support of the information. John Worger, grocer, deposed to a fight taking place at the house on Monday evening, and to the fact of notoriously bad character going in and coming out of the place, Sergeant Scutt visited the "Young England" on Monday evening, and then saw 14 prostitutes in the house. Police constable Back also visited the house with Scutt and Inspector Petts. On the first visit he saw 12 prostitutes there. Inspector Petts also saw the 12 there, and 10 at a later period. One of the women conducted herself with great impropriety towards him. (The Bench ordered a summons to be taken out against this woman.) Messrs. Smith, Ward, and Taylor, residents in Market Lane, deposed to Newing's bad management of the house; that disturbances were constantly arising, nuisances being perpetrated; and proceedings of the most utmost offensive and disgusting character daily taking place.

Fined 5, including costs; and the police were instructed to continue a strict watch over the house, as the Bench were determined to close it.

In reply to a question put, Newing said that he kept the "Tap" on the occasion of a former conviction. The bench said that that fact, and the circumstances of his still being continued in possession, proved that, bad as had been Newing's conduct, the proprietor had acted infinitely worse - far more disreputable - a view to which expressions to the full limits of the law would have been given had it been the proprietor with whom the Bench were called upon to deal.


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 25 March, 1854. Price 5d.


Edward Scannel, Thomas Sullivan, and John Reynolds, who described themselves as umbrella makers, but whose real mode of obtaining a livelihood the Bench appeared to consider was of a more questionable character, were placed before the Court under the following circumstances:- On Friday the defendants, with the complaints present, Thomas Garlinge and Elizabeth Smith, and other parties, were together at the "Young England" beer-shop, in Market Lane. The disorderly procedure in the house during the day disturbed the neighbourhood, and led to the interference the police, which resulted in the apprehension of the defendants. The complainants were living together as man and wife at a private house, and had visited the "Young England" together for a drop of liquor. Smith, while drinking a glass of beer, was slapped in the face by Reynolds without any provocation, and most ruffiaoly attacked by Sullivan, who threw a pair of scissors at her, which inflicted a fracture on her right cheek of a very severe character, and but narrowly escaped a vital artery. At this juncture, Garlinge, stood forward in defence of his woman, when the three defendants attacked him, and Scannel struck him several times violently in the face. - Sullivan's brutal conduct was furnished with 2 months' imprisonment with hard labour; Reynolds was committed for 14 days, in default of paying a fine of 14s. costs included; and Scannel for 21 days, in default of paying a fine of 21s., costs included.

Inspector Petts and Sergeant Scutt deposed to the disorderly house, quarrelling, &c., and a summons was directed to be taken out against the landlord.


William Newing, landlord of the "Young England," Market Lane, was summoned for permitting notoriously bad characters to assemble at his house. The offence was proved by Inspector Petts and police-constable Edward Smith, and the second of a previous conviction on similar charges having been produced, &c., Newing was fined 10, with 10s. costs, and allowed a week for payment. Defendant, though ostensibly the landlord, said he was in reality only a servant, and he regretted that he had ever gone into the house. - Mr. Wilkins was of the opinion that Newing was less criminal in the matter than the proprietors of the premises, and wished the Bench had had to deal with the latter, who aught to pay the fine.


At the Petty Sessions on Friday, William Newing, landlord of the "Young England," Market Lane, was fined (3rd offence) in the mitigating penalty of 20 and costs, and the house closed, for permitting the assembly of disorderly characters. Susanna Moon, of the "Crispin," Adrian Street, was fined 5 and costs for a like offence. The Bench were determined to put a stop to houses harbouring prostitutes.




Last pub licensee had NEWING William 1854


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