Sir John Falstaff Public House and Restaurant, Ladywell, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on September 15, 2009

A view of The Sir John Falstaff Public House and Restaurant at 8 Ladywell, Dover, UK, taken from the carpark between the Town Hall and River Dour.

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There is an Old Dover photo of the Sir John Falstaff taken sometime between 1903-1905 when Robert Panter was the landlord.

The figures on the current pub sign were derived from an oil painting of Sir John Falstaff which itself was based on a print displayed inside the pub.

The pub is named after Sir John Falstaff who is a fictional character appearing in three plays by William Shakespeare: Henry IV (part 1), Henry IV (part 2), and The Merry Wives of Windsor; his death is mentioned in Henry V.

On pages 71 and 72 of the 1991 edition of Barry Smith's, "By the Way: The Dover Pubs" it says:

"The fourteen foot road was widened to twenty feet in 1867 and four cottages then stood thereabouts. By 1869, Thomas Chrisie Royce had converted two of them into a pub. Edward Hubbard hosted for four years then sold to the East Kent Brewery, at that time, a subsidiary of the Dane John Brewery, Canterbury. The doors opened at five a.m. to welcome the coffee drinkers from 1876 and continued that practice after 1900.

1893 saw the road widened again which meant its removal but following the road improvement the present house was erected in 1903. Ash and Company received from Dover Corporation £1,650 in 1902 which must represent the purchase price or compensation.

Efforts made to declare the pub redundant in 1934 were not successful. The local Council were looking for premises to house the police at that time so fingers pointed in their direction but if they were involved, and it would have been convenient right next door to their fire fighting appliances, they were frightened by the price.

Permission was given for it to close for the duration of the war in October 1940. Possibly it did. I know not. Certainly open again in 1948. A Whitbread house."

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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 Park Inn (my local!)

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