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Disappearing Dover (1) - Pubs


  The Orange Tree public house at Maxton is the latest casualty in the race to destroy what Hitler left standing in 1945.  When it changed hands in the early years of this century a sign by the door said "Probably the best pub in Dover" - within months a planning application had been lodged to demolish this historically interesting flint and brick building and replace it with yet another block of flats.
  The adjoining building, originally the Maxton tram sheds but later used as a council depot, was demolished some years ago to be replaced by - you've guessed it - a block of flats.

The hinges on which hung the huge doors of the tram sheds can still be seen in the picture above.

  In recent years, the village of Maxton has lost it's laundry, it's post office and all of it's shops; most have been converted to housing (the laundry is now a car sales and repair shop) but the off-licence and newsagent were both demolished.

Next to the newsagent was the old manor house, which was a ruin in the 1950s.  This was demolished in the 1960s and replaced by a petrol station.  This in turn has now been taken over by another car dealership and service centre.

The old brewery buildings adjacent to the manor house have been partly demolished to make way for - yes - another block of flats!   Other parts of the brewery still remain as part of the car repair company's premises but are largely unused.

The other shops in the vicinity originally included a butcher, baker, greengrocer, sweet shop and fried fish shop (now a Chinese takeaway).


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    Probably the best-known Dover pub to have disappeared in in recent years was "The Cause is Altered" in Queen Street, which was demolished along with the St Mary's Schools, St Martin le Grand churchyard and most of Queen Street, Market Street, York Street and other streets in the area to make way for the new York Street Bypass in the 1970s.

The tragedy was that this lovely old smugglers' inn, the churchyard and many of the buildings around them need never have been demolished, as the route of the road was moved by about 50 yards, leaving a large open green where this ancient and much-loved pub once stood.


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