Pub Index

Rose and Crown



  The Rose & Crown in Clarence Place is now incorporated into its neighbour, the Cinque Ports Arms.  The Rose & Crown was the taller, narrower, house on the right of the picture.  The wall on the left is all that remains of the King's Head Hotel.

The property shows on maps of 1624 but it is not known when it first entered the trade. It was selling liquor by 1843 and it opened at four a.m. in 1872 and three thirty a.m. from 1874. It was one of the few pubs allowed to continue with that concession after 1900. (But possibly five a.m. then).

By 1909 the front of the building was in danger of collapse and a refrontage operation was performed. It proved to be a temporary solution because ten years later, other plans called for the practical rebuilding of the whole. From all accounts that was quite an achievement. Its neighbour, "The Cinque Ports Arms" was of a like age and was in danger of collapse whilst the work proceeded. The exercise apparently called for perfect timing and execution.

Further plans for alterations were approved in 1928 but I have no details. As a matter of interest, and still present as I retype in 1989, but now only a blind alley, is the passage alongside the pub which once led to Middle Row in the old pier district.

This was damaged by enemy action early in world war two but was repaired and made operational again by January 1941. That was a rare distinction indeed and certainly the only case in the town that I know of.

A past outlet of Rigden and Company, Faversham, which passed to the Whitbread group. It closed in 1986 and remained boarded up and derelict to 1988 when it was renovated and integrated with the "Cinque Ports Arms".  (Smith, 1991)

Two doors down, at No. 6, was the Dover Castle Hotel.