126 West Street
8 West Street 1895 &
Above 2 coloured photographs by Paul Skelton 2 March 2008.
Black and white sign Deal library 1992.
Alma sign July 1993.
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
Above advert appeared in the Dover Mercury 15 November 2007.
From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Telegram, 17 September 1860. Advert.
"Shipley's Alma Tavern" West Street.
Ales, Beers, Wines, Tea, Coffee, Chops, Steaks, and Other
Refreshments prepared at shortest notice & at moderate charges. Good
From the Deal, Walmer & District and Kingsdown Telegram,
28 February 1863. Advert.
"Shipley's Alma Tavern"
Hot joints every Saturday from 12 to 2 o'clock.
Above photo kindly sent from Patricia Streater, January 1997.
An "Alma Tavern" is mentioned as being at Portland Terrace in Deal in an
advert that appeared in the Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Telegram in 1858. It
stated:- ALMA TAVERN, PORTLAND TERRACE, DEAL. Visitors to this neighbourhood
& Commercial Gentlemen, can enjoy the cleanliest and comforts of home, at
very reasonable charges at the above Tavern. Beds equal to the first Hotels,
1s. per night. Proprietor, Henry Shipley.
Not knowing Deal myself I am not certain whether Portland Terrace is now
known as West Street. Hopefully someone or further research will advise.
A Fremlins outlet in 1974.
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
3 July, 1869. 1d.
TO BE LET
A HOUSE AND A COTTAGE.
Apply to Mr. Kelsey, "Alma Tavern," West Street.
From the East Kent Mercury, 5 October, 1989
Above photo shows Ron and Glenys Shaw, who have been nearly three
years at the Alma Tavern in West Street, Deal.
A GAMES afternoon, barbecue and cabaret at the "Alma Tavern" in West
Street, Deal, raised £110 for Ace, the local charity which looks after
the old, the lonely and the needy at Christmas.
Mine hosts at the Alma
are Ron and Glenys Shaw, who will have been there three years in
The Alma has a first-rate skittle alley and a petanque court,
both of which are floodlit at night. The pub has a team in the Dover and
There is a growing interest in petanque, the French
boules game, and Ron and Glenys invite anyone along to try their hand.
There is a delightful garden which is always popular in summer and at
lunchtime in the autumn.
The Alma is used regularly by local
organisations, for it has a spacious function room.
Ron and Glenys offer
excellent catering, which ranges from a modest buffet for a meeting to a
lavish buffet or a full meal for a wedding reception.
Catering does not
stop at weddings - quite small private parties can be catered for.
Before moving into the Alma the couple had four years at the "Carriers
Arms" at St Margaret's.
Ron was introduced to getting behind the bar at
the Royal British Legion Club in Hythe.
Ron served for 28 years with the
Staffordshire Regiment, retiring as a Warrant Officer. The regiment did
two tours of duty at Dover and it was there that Ron met and married Glenys.
From the East Kent Mercury, 21 August, 2003.
PUB COMES TO THE RESCUE
A pub has stepped in to offer its function room to disappointed people
who have had to cancel their parties after the closure of West Street
The venue at the Alma has been offered free of charge as a gesture of
goodwill for people who have been let down by the club, as long as the
pub does not have a prior booking.
Andrew Miller, the licensee of the Alma in West Street, said: "When the
social club closed I called them and offered our services to anyone who
has been let down."
The function room at the pub takes up to 150 people for any kind of
party. The Alma takes a deposit to cover any breakages.
Pat Streater informs me that the West Street Social Club was
the "Deal and Walmer Working Men's
From the East Kent Mercury, 30 June, 2011.
PUB WINS BATTLE TO STAY OPEN.
Publicans Michael and Lou Newell are keeping their community pub open
after winning an appeal to save their licence. It had been suspended by
the district council in January following claims of rowdiness. The pub
remained open for the appeal decision. Complaints were made against The
Alma in West Street, Deal, and a police request was made to the council
to review the premises' licence. Folkestone magistrates upheld the
appeal by Mr Newell, the licensee, against the council.
The article includes the extra measures that have been put in place
at The Alma by owners Enterprise Inns to minimize any possibility of
future disturbance. Further into the report is:
The Newells have run the pub and function room since November 2009.
SHIPLEY Henry 1855-58
HINDS G 1862+
KELSEY William 1869-74
SMALL Harriett Mrs 1882-91+
BOULTON George 1895 (Kelly's)
SMALLBONES James 1899+
WINGATE Walter 1903+ dec'd
WINGATE Nellie Mackasinah 1911+
READING Stewart 1913+
HOWLAND Louisa Mrs 1914-22+
SMITH Frank Charles 1934+
MEADOWS Frederick J 1938+
PERRY Alfred J 1974+
SHAW Ron & Glenys 1986-Oct/89+
MILLER Andrew to 2003+
NEWELL Michael & Lou 2009+
YOW-FOO Chantelle & Paul 2012+
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Kelly's Directory 1862
From the Kelly's Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From the Post Office Directory 1903
From the Post Office Directory 1913
From the Kelly's Directory 1913
Deal Library List 1914
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Post Office Directory 1938
Library archives 1974
Deal Licensing Register
From the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury