19 Snargate Street seen from the Docks

Scott's Laundry,  founder John Scott, senior

In 1852, John Scott, aged 24 from Tayport in Fife, founded the once flourishing Dover laundry business which expanded to cover a large part of Kent with a big laundry at 46  Snargate Street.  Not bad for youngster whose mother was widowed when he was eight, leaving her with seven children to bring up.  His father had been press ganged into the Navy and died, but his mother apprenticed John to a Perth firm of dyers under an uncle.  John opened his business at 46 Snargate Street, where he also lived, in March 1852 and was married four years later.  Within a few years he moved to 19, a property close to the site of the old Snar Gate, after which the street was named.  Around the turn of the century there came a move to far more extensive premises in the same street, but at the western end, and son John joined him in the business. He took out a patent, both in the UK and USA for an "improved method of dry-cleaning textile fabrics" which achieved a big saving in the spirit used. Other branches too, were opened, firstly in Folkestone and then Canterbury, Ramsgate, Maidstone, Margate and Ashford.  
    In 1936 David Bradley, a grandson of the founder of the firm, became managing director; he was to become very well known as Chairman of Dover Magistrates.

 

 

Dover Express feature in March 1963, about Scott's, Dyers and Cleaners, closure.

 

SCOTT's Dyers and Cleaners  van, in 1921, their head office was then at 95-100 Snargate Street

 

To celebrate the firm's

100 years, 
a booklet was produced 
(copy in Dover Reference Library)