47 Beach Street
(105 Beach Street in 1878)
Above photo showing the "Antwerp Hotel" in 1952.
Above picture kindly supplied by Sue Solley. The Antwerp, 1939, is
shown directly behind the first bench on the right of the picture. Also
shown "Clarendon Hotel," far
right and the "Beach Hotel", centre
Antwerp sign July left, November 1987, right, May 1994.
Above with thanks from Brian Curtis
Trading as early as 1840 wit John Jarman as licensee.
At one time addressed as 105 Beach Street.
1836 the Deal Licensing Register reported that the pub was formerly "Lord Keith". My research tells me this
must have been prior to 1840 and I do have reference to this pub in 1839
under the name "Lord Keith," however,
directories were often out of date.
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
11 September, 1869. 1d.
William Irvine, waterman, was summonsed upon the oath of George
Forth, landlord of the "Antwerp Inn," Beach Street, who stated that on
the 6th and 7th of Sept. He was drunk and riotous in the "Antwerp" and
refused to leave when requested to do so.
On being asked what he had to say to the charge, defendant said he
was not guilty.
Complainant was then sworn, after which he deposed as follows: On the
afternoon of the 6th a captain of a ship was in my house who had had
business with these men, and Irvine was rather abusive to him. After a
little while he (the defendant) called for a glass of beer, but I said,
"No; I don't draw you any beer, and I have reason not to." I have many
times heard the defendant say to himself, as he passed my house, making
use of language that I should not like to repeat that I should never
have any more of his money, and I made up my mind that I never would.
When I refused to serve him he became riotous, and I then told him to
leave the house, whereupon he was more violent and offered to strike me.
On the 7th, in the evening, he sent a young man in to get me a pint of
beer, and he followed quickly on him. As soon, however, as I saw Irvine,
I refused to draw the beer, and with that he called me all the ____
names you could think of. He also raised his fist and said he would
strike me right in between my eyes. I told him I did not want and
disturbance or noise in my house and that neither would I have it. He
came again a second time the same evening, and I thin went for the
police, but he had left when I got back. He was about half-drunk. He has
made a disturbance more than once in my house, and that is why I refused
to draw him any beer. He comes there and makes a disturbance, and people
then think my house is not conducted so orderly as it should be. I asked
him to leave more than once or twice.
A friend of Irvine's, who appeared to be in a very excited state,
interrupted the Court two or three times whilst Mr. Forth was giving his
evidence, and at last the police were instructed to remove him, which
they had to do my main force.
Irvine was making a long and rambling statement in defence, when the
Magistrates said that, without going any further into the case, they
could see that he had behaved himself in a very improper and disorderly
manner, and they should therefore call upon him to find a surety in £10
for his good behaviour for three months, and also require him to be
bound over in the same amount himself.
The required surety was subsequently tendered and accepted, and
defendant thereupon immediately discharged.
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
6 October, 1900.
Before the Mayor and Mr. W. H. Ramell.
George White, tramp of no fixed abode, was charged with being drunk
and disorderly on Sept. 30th. - Prisoner pleaded not guilty.
P.C. Ratcliffe deposed that about a quarter to three the previous
afternoon, he was on the South Esplanade, near the Temperance Hotel, and
saw the prisoner, who was drunk, with three or four sprays of shrub,
asking people to buy some for a button-hole. Seeing that he was annoying
people, he advised him to go away. he said he wanted four-pence for his
kit, and would have to get it. he went opposite the "Antwerp Hotel," and
sat on a seat and used bad language. he said he knew witness was a
policeman in plain clothes, and would give him a good hiding, and
commenced taking off his jacket. The landlord of the hotel came and
complained of prisoner's conduct, and as he still refused to go away,
witness took him into custody.
A visitor names George Charles, corroborated, and prisoner was
sentenced to 14 days' hard labour.
After the "Great Storm" of November 1877, the "Antwerp Inn" being
situated just opposite the pier, took in survivors.
Above picture kindly supplied by Trevor Hatton, shows the "Antwerp"
saloon in 1932.
A Charrington outlet in 1974.
From the Deal Mercury, 17 April, 1997.
ANTWERP'S ARMS AND THE MEN
Heraldry forms feature of
Above shows John Crosskeys (left), landlord Sam
Salmon and Mike Henry in the arms emblazoned bar at the seafront
A retired civil engineer and a former journalist have joined forces
to create a colourful display for a Deal seafront pub.
John Crosskey, from Sholden, and Mike Henry, of Sydcot Drive, Deal
have made shields of the Kent civic arms - all 13 of them - for the
"Antwerp Hotel" opposite the pier.
"We have just added to the display the shield of the Antwerp city
arms, a nice association with the name of the pub," said Mike, a regular
at the "Antwerp."
John was born with a name destined to inspire a coat of arms. He has
been an expert in heraldry since 1948 and dedicates most of his time to
researching and designing coats of arms.
"Years and years ago I decided to take up heraldry because I wanted
something different outside work," explained John, a member of the
In 1979 he was awarded a grant of arms from the College of Arms and
was eventually allowed to design his own coat of arms - featuring,
naturally, crossed keys.
"The keys are self explanatory, but there's also a reference to my
work as a civil engineer," said John, who spent nine months researching
the civic arms of Kent series.
His long-time friend Mike typed the labels for each shield displayed
above the bar at the "Antwerp" and both put the finishing touches to the
"It has been a joint effort and marvellous experience. Sam Salmon the
proprietor of the "Antwerp" encouraged us and is proud of this unique
and colourful display.
"The addition of this set of shields is admired by his customers.
Even those passing by the pub can see the display through the window. So
it might even entice them to go into the "Antwerp" and satisfy their
curiosity - and perhaps their thirst!" said Mike.
Now trades under the name of the "Bohemian"
(2007), although at present unsure as to when the change of name, certainly
JARMAN John 1840+
CLAYSON John 1847+
FINNIS J B 1855+
FORTH George 1858-65+
FORTH Mrs July/1873 dec'd
SPEARS William Frost July/1873-74+
SPEARS Henry William 1882+
OTTAWAY George 1891+
SMITH Edward 1899+
SLAWSON Charles George 1913-22+
WAREHAM William George 1934-38+
RIBBANDS Charles 1948
JONES John A 1974+
Charrington & Co
DALE Stan & Min
SALMON Sam 1997+
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Post Office Directory 1855
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Kelly's Directory 1862
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Kelly's 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 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
From the Deal
Walmer & Sandwich Mercury