The Park Inn, 1-2 Park Place, Dover, Kent, CT16 1DF, United Kingdom

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John Latter on March 22, 2009

This Victorian public house has a restaurant and accomodation that ranges from single to double-rooms, one of which contains a four-poster bed. It serves real ales and there is entertainment on every Friday and Saturday night, quite often on a Sunday, too, and a pub quiz team plays on Thursdays.

The Park Inn, 1 - 2 Park Place, Ladywell [1], Dover CT16 1DQ (tel: 01304 203300) is run by Mandy Richards and Peter Morgan. More info on the business side of things (including photos of the interior and a contact email address) can be found at the Park Inn's listing on the Dover Guest House Association website.

In addition to evening 'relaxation' (aka drinking) I also use the Park Inn earlier in the day when it is relatively quiet and I can concentrate on writing about my interests in Evolution and Psychology (domain, website). The pub has a pleasant ambience and I'm hoping to eventually take advantage of the free wi-fi internet access that is available (once I've decided on which laptop to buy, that is).

Mandy Richards told me that the Park Inn was once a brothel and that it also has a ghost! I don't believe or disbelieve in the paranormal (especially as many phenomena are clearly of psychological rather than supernatural origin), but I must admit to developing a passing curiosity about the subject as a result of the 'optical oddities' that appeared on some of the photos I took of Dover's Napoleonic defenses embedded into the Western Heights (see ghosts and orbs). On the other hand, this account of 'strange happenings' at The Park Inn was obviously written by a true believer.

An entry in Barry Smith's 1991 edition of, "By The Way: The Dover Pubs" reads:

Park Inn

These properties were built in 1863 and this first opened as a pub the following year. Early opening was allowed from 1880 and continued after 1900. Meanwhile the premises were rebuilt in 1896.

The brewer closed for the duration of hostilities (Second World War) on 11 October 1940 but the "Golden Cross" [2] having become a casualty, Hayward moved here to reopen.

A free house today but an outlet of Thompson's Walmer Brewery [3] for many years.

[1] From Dover Street Names Origins:

Ladywell

In this road was once the "Well of Our Lady", a natural spring whose waters had, reputedly, curative and even miraculous properties. The well used to be in a nook in the wall of the Maison Dieu, and in the days before the Dover Waterworks, when good water was scarce, this water was carried all over the town. When the Corporation purchased the Maison Dieu in 1836, the well was covered over and a public pump installed over it. In 1858 this pump was repaired but in 1866, when a scientific analysis found the water to be unfit for human consumption, the pump was removed and the well closed.

[2] The "Golden Cross", at 13 St. James' Street, Dover, was closed on the 7th of October 1940 because of bomb damage; 'Hayward' was presumably the licensee .

[3] From Walmer Castle:

1816 Edmund Thompson gets acquisition of Tudor Brewery at Upper Walmer under the name of Thompson & Sons. Further, John Matthews bought the brewery and made it famous under the name of "The Thompson Brewery".

The River Dour runs down the left-hand side of The Park Inn in the above photograph, which was taken from the car park behind the Town Hall.

This is the Images of Dover website.

John Latter on October 25, 2009

Click to see the Liquid Gold: The River Dour at The Park Inn, Dover photo.

Also:

John Latter, on March 22, 2009, said:

The River Dour runs down the left-hand side of The Park Inn in the above photograph, which was taken from the car park behind the Town Hall.

I've since found out this is the Ladywell Carpark.

John Latter / Jorolat

Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town

John Latter on November 23, 2010

In addition to those found under the Bowling Green tag, the following photos were also taken nearby:

The Pigeon who thinks It`s an Eagle, River Dour

River Dour Cleaning, Ladywell Carpark

And another pub:

The Sir John Falstaff

Plus, of course, all photos of the Town Hall.

John Latter / Jorolat

Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town

This is the Images of Dover website: click on any red or blue "John Latter" link to access the Entry Page.

haywoodparkinn on April 27, 2011

Enoch and Olive Haywood owned the Golden Cross and when they were boombed out in 1940 moved to the Park Inn, later moving to the Dover Hotel on Brunswick Street Blackpool. Enoch Haywood is my Gt Gt Uncle, do any photos of the Golden Cross still survive

John Latter on April 27, 2011

haywoodparkinn, on April 27th, 2011, said:

Enoch and Olive Haywood owned the Golden Cross and when they were boombed out in 1940 moved to the Park Inn, later moving to the Dover Hotel on Brunswick Street Blackpool. Enoch Haywood is my Gt Gt Uncle, do any photos of the Golden Cross still survive.

Thank you for the info, haywoodparkinn!

There are two old photos at:

The Golden Cross, St James Street

If I come across any more, I'll post the link(s) here.

The Park Inn photo is also on Flickr, in case you want to leave a message there, too.

haywoodparkinn on April 27, 2011

Ive got an advertising leaflet from the Park Inn from Enochs time will post it up if its any good to you

John Latter on April 27, 2011

haywoodparkinn, on April 27th, 2011, said:

Ive got an advertising leaflet from the Park Inn from Enochs time will post it up if its any good to you

Any chance you could email me a copy that - if suitable - I could put on one of my other websites? (and then link to it from both here on Panoramio and on Flickr).

My email is jorolatgmail.com (put an "@" between the t and the g).

haywoodparkinn on May 12, 2011

Did you get the Park Inn leaflet mate

John Latter on May 13, 2011

haywoodparkinn, on May 13th, 2011, said:

Did you get the Park Inn leaflet mate

Yikes - I clean forgot to reply!

Yes, I got the leaflet photos OK, Neil - and I do apologize for not replying earlier.

I'll be adding them to an Old Dover set at some point and will post a link here when I do.

Excellent stuff - thank you :)

John

John Latter on February 14, 2013

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