BRAEMS family of Dover: 


(Sir) Arnold BRAEMS – Brass memorial tablet to his wife. He was a merchant in Charles I time, a royalist, hid away in Cromwell’s time, but emerged later and went into Parliament. He bought up land all along the front at Dover and so manipulated the harbour rights, that he made a vast fortune, which he spent on building a great house at Bridge which ruined him. The remains of his great house are now part of stables in Bourne Park, behind the village street… 

(Arthur Mee’s “Kent” page 69)


Arnold BRAEMS:  …. Union Street and the Quay… begun in 1580 … and the Ordnance stores which were removed in 1844. Here, also were the ‘Old Buildings’ destroyed by a great fire in the year 1808 which old buildings were originally the warehouses of Arnold BRAEMS who farmed the harbour revenues in the time of Charles I and were subsequently utilised by Isaac MINET who founded a shipping agency in the time of William III …. sole remnant of the Union Street buildings now left is a warehouse … 
(“Dover” by J.B.Jones, pp.213-214)


Jacob BRAMES, merchant, aged 15 and half years + more, was admitted a freeman of Dover at this age so he could continue a business, his father being deceased 27 Jan 1612-13 

(Dover Freemen ROLL, Kent Co.Archives)


1676:     There was a quay in 1676 called James HAMMOND’s Quay, adjoining James HAMMOND’s house and along where Custom House Quay is, also quays owned by Mr BRINDER, Major BRAEMS and John MATSON. In due course of time these came under the control of Dover Harbour Board and the road along them became public. 

(John Bavington-Jones “Dover” page pages 187-8)


Walter BRAEMS one of 7 men (including mayor of Dover) who were deputed to make a survey on the port of Dover and made a report on 20 Jan 1676 and on following several days

(page 111 from "Annals of Dover" by Bavington-Jones, 1916)