A town crier, or bellman, is an officer of the court who makes public pronouncements as required by the court `When the Court was taken away from local authorities in 1972 as part of the Local governments act then once the Town crier of Dover died another was never appointed (as the appointment would be by the courts).


At one point the town would have had both Town Sergeant and Town Crier, but we know our last Town Crier was appointed in 1952 but we are still awaiting to hear from his granddaughter what year he died. He was the last Town Crier for Dover and his duties, after the court went from borough to county, were to announce the death, accession and coronation of the monarch. Thus this is probably why Dover never reinstated a Crier as for the last 60 years he would have been redundant.