The Orange Tree

The Orange Tree first obtained an ale off-license in 1873 but, as Smith (1991) points out, it was 1895 before Mr Curling managed to get a license to sell beer for consumption on the premises.  His application had been supported by 90 of the 113 householders in the area, who signed a petition in favour of the application.

There were 136 houses between here and the Engineer by this time; in 1889 there were less than 50 houses at Maxton, but by 1893 this had increased to 100.

A full license was obtained later in 1895, with the beer being provided by Dawes' Maxton Brewery; it later became a Whitbread house.

There is some disagreement as to whether the building was newly built or converted from two cottages around 1890.

The house was reopened under new management around 2005, with the proud boast of being "Probably the Best Pub in Dover", but the new management couldn't make a go of it and it closed in 2006 with an application for planning permission to demolish the building and erect a block of flats.

Despite having just reopened, you will notice a broken window on the first floor (left); the same window is broken now (February 2007).

It stood for many years next to the old Maxton tram shed, demolished some years ago, along with a private house, to build - you guessed it - a block of flats.  For many years the tram sheds were used by the local council as a garage for their refuse lorries and road-sweepers.   This can be clearly seen in the picture below, taken in 1983.

Picture Courtesy of Eddie Chard