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Re: Cliffe's (or Bulwark Hill) Brewery, Dover
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2012, 18:59:02 »
went in there years ago, didn't actually recognise it! Looks bigger in those pics!

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Re: Cliffe's (or Bulwark Hill) Brewery, Dover
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2012, 17:56:24 »
Yes Col, that's the one, opposite Archcliff Fort.
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Re: Cliffe's (or Bulwark Hill) Brewery, Dover
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2012, 14:24:59 »
is this the tunnel with a metal door out to the road with a sign on it?

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Re: Cliffe's (or Bulwark Hill) Brewery, Dover
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2011, 14:14:29 »
Where the 2 figures are stood is called Hospital Road. Also, the girl is stood next to a boundary stone WD 56 R (1863)
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Re: Cliffe's (or Bulwark Hill) Brewery, Dover
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2011, 19:54:58 »
Thanks for taking the time finding all that info, Islesy. It might help date the bottle I found in there.



It reads... East Kent Mineral Water Company LTD, Sandwich. There's the bottle makers info on the back too... Bratby & Hincliffe LTD, Manchester.

I wonder if it's the same firm as the East Kent Brewery company?

The Pier Infants School later became Harbour School, which stood there until 1977 when it moved to Elms Vale.
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Cliffe's (or Bulwark Hill) Brewery, Dover
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2011, 09:38:16 »
The earliest reference to this brewery site is in Pigotís 1823 Directory, which lists Edward Kingsford as a brewer at Archcliffe Fort Brewery, in the 1828-9 Directory however, the brewer is listed as Alfred Kingsford. By the 1832 Pigotís Alfred had moved to the Buckland Brewery and there is no mention of the Archcliffe Fort Brewery in the list of brewers but as the Bulwark Hill Brewery was opposite Archcliffe Fort, the probability is that it is the same as the Archcliffe Fort Brewery (or at least occupied the same site).

The first definite mention of the Bulwark Hill Brewery is in the 1840 Pigotís Directory, with John Alexander Walker and Son as brewers at Bulwark Hill, and by 1845 the brewer is William Walker. Sometime between 1844 and 1847 the brewery must have changed hands because from 1847 to 1882, Henry Cliffe is listed as the brewer (this must be a typography mistake though as several other sources refer to Henry Winch of Shepherdswell being the brewer. In 1881 he was is listed in the London Gazette as Executor of the Will of Lieutenant General Goodricke Armstrong Fisher, his address being Bulwark Hill Brewery). A quick change in ownership follows; in 1887, John Rolls who also brewed at Sandwich, took over the company but got into financial difficulty by 1890 - by 1891 it is Woodhams and Levey, later being taken over by the East Kent brewery Co. by 1899.


Extract from 1866 OS Map

They are the last brewers mentioned on the site, listed in the directories from 1895 - 1900 (from the entries it would appear that they also had premises at Sandwich). By the 1905 Directory the East Kent Brewery Co. has moved to premises in Commercial Quay and Snargate Street, and the Bulwark Hill Brewery is no longer mentioned. The brewery building still appears on the 1907 Ordnance Survey map but by the 1913 Street Directory the site is occupied by the Pier Infants School.



"On the west side of Dover was a fort... not far from the well known Shakespeare Cliff. The brewery was just below the cliff on the west part of town. The plant was open on the front to a street called Bulwark Hill, but the storage for the beer was in a long tunnel cut back into the hill. The floor was flagstone, and on either side was lined with barrels of beer, ready for delivery as needed. The tunnel was lighted by gas and was wonderfully dry and cool."
From the memoirs of Goodricke Fisher, his step father was Henry Winch.

GOODRICKE ARMSTRONG FISHER, Deceased. Pursuant to the Act of Parliament 22 and 23 Viet., c. 3d,intituled "An Act to further amend the Law of Property,and to relieve Trustees."
*NOTICE is hereby given, that all creditors and otherpersons having any claims or demands against or upon the estate of Goodricke Armstrong Fisher, late of Hillersdon House, Godwyne Road, Dover, in the county of Kent, a Lieutenant-General of the Bengal Staff Corps, deceased (who died on the 23rd day of August, 1881, and whose will was proved by Henry Winch, of the parish of Shepherdswell, in the said county of Kent, and of Bulwark Hill Brewery, Dover aforesaid, Brewer, the executor therein named, in the District Registry at Canterbury of the Probate Division of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice on the 8th day of November, 1881), are hereby required to send the particulars of such claims or demands to the said executor, at the office of his Solicitor, Mr. Thomas Lewis, situate at No. 7, Castle-street, Dover aforesaid, on or before the 15th day of January,1882, after which date the said executor will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased among the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims or demandsof which the said executor shall then have had notice; andthe caid executor will not afterwards be liable for the assets,or any part thereof, so distributed to any person or personsof whose claim or demand he shall not then have had notice.And all persons indebted to the estate of the said Goodricke Armstrong Fisher, deceased, are hereby required to pay the amount of their respective debts to the said executor forth-with.
Dated this 15th day of November, 1881.THOMAS LEWIS, 7, Castle-street, Dover, Solicitor for the said Executor.
From the London Gazette November 18, 1881

The aforementioned tunnel today.



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