28 Lower Street
Above photo of the
Brewery House, Mongeham, date 1910, kindly supplied by Sue Solley.
From the Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Telegram, 10 March 1858.
A PUBLIC HOUSE
With Bowling Green and garden attached, with immediate possession.
Apply to HILLS & SON, Brewers, Deal
I am not sure what public house this advert was referring to as
yet. Could it have been the "Bowling
Hills and Son was reported as being situated at 28 Lower Street & Great
Mongham, I assume the Lower Street was offices in Deal. They were classed as
Pale Ale and Porter Brewsters & Bottlets & Maltsers.
Earliest date found to be in Bagshaws directory of 1847 listing them as
Charles Thomas Hills, Wine and Spirit Merchant at 160 Lower Street, Deal.
I have found was in and advert listed in the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Telegram
on 1st January 1863, saying:- Pale Bitter Ale - One shilling per gallon. In
any size cask.
Known to be supplying beer to the "Leather
Bottle," Mongeham in 1874, when a fire destroyed the original building.
From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Telegraph, 13th October, 1877
FIRE AT GREAT MONGEHAM
A fire of intense violence raged at Mongeham on Monday afternoon last by
which a considerable portion of the brewery premises of Messrs. Hills
and Son, the malt house belonging to Miss Bray, a cart store and barn
adjoining, and a number of valuable corn and fodder stacks, were
partially and in some cases completely destroyed.
Contiguous to the
brewery of Messrs. Hills is, or was, a line of barns and granaries
wherein was stored a large quantity of grain, and it is supposed that a
spark from the chimneys near, lodged in the dry roof thatch of these old
buildings and so caused the fire, for it was from one these old
buildings that about 2.30 pm flames were first seen, and although an
alarm was at once raised and measures promptly taken, the fire increased
with surprising rapidity, and very soon had enveloped the pile in one
mass of flame.
Unfortunately a strong northerly wind was blowing, and sparks were
carried through the air among the numerous thatch roofed buildings with
which the locality abounded …. Before long smoke was seen to issue from
the other portion of the brewery, where thatch roofing existed, and
almost immediately a similar omen was seen ascending from the thatch of
a malt house on the opposite side of the road….
Close to the malt house
stood an old cart – store, and near that again, in the field adjoining
were eight valuable stacks belonging to Mr. Waters, all of which rapidly
took fire, and that portion of Mongeham by this time presented one
entire mass of flames.
About four O’clock the Deal Fire Brigade and engine, together with the
engines from the Barracks with a large staff of Marines, poured into the
village, and lost no time in grappling with the fierce element, but the
parts already on fire were found to be past saving, and efforts were
directed to confining the fire, and to prevent it spreading to habitable
portions of Messrs. Hills establishment, and the main portion of the
brewery which contained the machinery. In this they were successful,
although, as it is, a considerable part of the premises has been
destroyed, the store houses are gutted, and nearly the whole of the
barrelled ales in stock entirely lost. Indeed, at this point of the fire
the ground literally flowed with beer, and great was the apparent thirst
of men working among it, and many the dips which a certain tin measure
made to alleviate it. We have been assured that tin measure got neither
burnt not singed during the whole course of the fiery proceedings.
Much concern was naturally evinced by the occupants and owners of the
houses in the vicinity. Thatched roofs four or five hundred yards off
were lined with indefatigable volunteers with buckets, sousing the
inflammable material with water ….. People cleared out their goods and
chattels into the road, determined at least to save their furniture if
they lost their houses.
The chief sufferers we believe, are Messrs. Hills, Miss Bray, and Mr.
Waters. The corn and fodder stacks were insured in the Sun Fire Office,
and the malt house and barn in the Norwich Union Office. It was not till
some time after 8 pm that the fire was sufficiently exhausted to remove
all fear of any further damage.
THE RECENT FIRE AT GREAT MONGEHAM
We, the undersigned take this opportunity of thanking our neighbours and
friends who assisted us to extinguish the fire, and to save other
property which was in great danger on 8th October at Great Mongeham, and
to Captain Mason, and his staff of men belonging to the Deal Fire
Brigade, also the Commanding Officer and men of the Royal Marines for
their valuable services.
Signed: Margaret Bray
Hills and Son
Thomas T. Harrison
(Information kindly supplied by Sue Solley)
They are again listed in Kellys directory of 1878.
From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Telegraph, 8 May, 1880
Great Mongeham, at the Brewery, the wife of Mr. W. J. Edwards, a son.
(Information kindly supplied by Sue Solley)
From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Telegraph, 24 January, 1882
Great Mongeham at the Brewery, the wife of W. J. Edwards, a son.
(Information kindly supplied by Sue Solley)
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
20 October, 1900.
DOMESTIC SERVANT CHARGED WITH LARCENY
???? ????, 17, domestic servant, of Little Mongeham who was charged
with feloniously stealing a silver watch, a gold Albert chain, a gold
locket, and a gold pencil-case, of the total value £3, the property of
Irene Spencer, of Great Mongeham. on the 4th October.
Miss Spencer deposed that she was staying at "Mongeham Brewery" with
Mrs. Edwards. On Thursday morning last, after breakfast, she missed her
watch, which she had on when she came down stairs. The watch, chain,
locket, and pencil-case were together, the two latter articles being
attached to the chain, as well as the watch. She did not see them again
until they were shown to her that morning by Inspector Ellender. She
identified them as her property. She did not leave the house from the
time that she came downstairs until she missed them.
Mrs. Edwards deposed that about a quarter past nine on Thursday
morning she received information from her daughter that Miss Spencer had
lost the things named in the charge, but she did not attach any
importance to it at the time, thinking they were on the premises. Her
daughter tried to find them, but could not do so. The matter was spoken
about quite openly, and about 10 o'clock she asked the prisoner if she
had seen the articles, in sweeping the passage, and she replied that she
had not. That was her only answer. They searched for the things at
different times during the day, and spoke about the affair in the
prisoner's presence, but they could not find them, and the next morning
witness gave information to the police.
By Inspector Ellender: On Friday morning prisoner asked if the things
had been found, and said "I should think there must be a thief in the
Miss Evelyn Edwards, daughter of the last witness, stated that on
Thursday morning, between nine o'clock and a quarter past, her cousin
informed her that she had lost her watch and chain. She looked for them
for nearly an hour, but could not find them. About ten minutes after the
things had been missed she asked the prisoner to give the watch and
chain to Miss Spencer, if she found them, as she had been sweeping in
the rooms Miss Spencer had been in. Prisoner said that she would do so,
giving a sort of general assent to what witness had said. The next
morning a policeman was sent for.
P.C. Handford deposed that about 10 a.m. the previous day he received
information from Mrs. Edwards respecting a watch and chain missing from
her house. From enquiries he made he asked to see the prisoner, whom he
saw in the presence of Mrs. Edwards. he cautioned the prisoner, and
asked her if she was aware that a watch and chain were missing from the
house, and she replied that she was. He asked her if she knew where they
were, and she said "No, I have never seen them." He told her he should
like to look through her room, and she said "You can if you like." Asked
if she would accompany him, she refused to do so saying, "I shan't come"
She then said that the watch was at Mrs. Wright's - meaning where she
slept - in a little black bag on the dressing-table. he proceeded to the
house and in the prisoner's room he found the black bag on the table as
By Inspector Ellender: The watch was tied up in a piece of flannel in
such a way as not to be visible at first sight.
In reply to Mr. Burch Rosher witness stated that Mrs. Wright was not
present, but she showed him the room and he walked in and took the bag.
It was the upstairs back room.
Witness, continuing his evidence, said that he took the bag back to
Mrs. Edwards's, and asked whose it was. Prisoner replied that it was
hers, and on being asked how she accounted for the watch being in a bag,
she said that she put it there. Witness showed the watch to Mr. Edwards,
who identified it as the property of Miss Spencer, and he then charged
prisoner with stealing the articles. She made no reply at that time, but
about 10 minutes afterwards she said she was sorry she had done it. he
took her into custody, and brought her to Deal Police-station. She also
said "I found the watch and chain at the foot of the stairs" - meaning
at Mrs. Edwards's house. "I only took it in fun, and meant to return
Mrs. Edwards, recalled, said, in reply to Mr. Burch Rosher, that
prisoner had only been in her service a fortnight, and was standing in
during the illness of her own maid. She knew nothing of her before, but
she knew her parents to be respectable people. Her servants always slept
out at Mrs. Wright's, she paying the rent of the room.
Prisoner was remanded to the Wingham Petty Sessions at Dover on the
18th October, bail being allowed, herself in the sum of £10, and her
father - who seemed much distressed at his daughter's position - in a
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
27 October, 1900.
DEATH OF Mr. D. M. HILLS
It is with deep regret that we record to-day the death of Mr. Daniel
McIntosh Hills, the senior partner in the well-known firm of Messrs.
Hills & Sons, brewers, of Deal and Mongeham, which occurred at his
residence in High Street, on Tuesday night. Mr. Hills has not been in
good health for some years past. he has been subject to somewhat violent
attacks of asthma, which have caused him to be laid by from time to
time, but he seemed to have thoroughly recovered from them. Latterly,
however, symptoms of dropsy have shown themselves in the legs, and the
heart has been affected, but the deceased gentleman was apparently about
in his usual health until last Saturday week, when he was taken during
the night with an acute attack of asthma. Dr. Roberts was called in, and
he and his partner, Dr. Hughes, remained with Mr. Hills for three hours
before he recovered sufficiently for them to be able to leave him. The
attack lasted for about three days, and the patient then seemed better,
although he was unable to lie down and has only been able to sleep
seated in a chair since that time. he seemed to be rallying, although he
has not been well enough to get out to take any part in the business,
and yesterday his solicitor, Mr. Mowll, came over from Dover to
transcript some business with him. he seemed quite himself, and his
brother, Mr. Edwin Hills, was with him during the evening, leaving him
about half-past seven, apparently quite bright. half an hour later he
was called again, and on proceeding at once to the residence, he found
that his brother had died suddenly. It seems that after playing a game
of halma in the drawing-room, the deceased, in rising from the table,
suddenly fell forward, striking his head on the table, and expiring
instantly, the cause of death being failure of the heart's action.
Deceased was in his 72nd year.
Mr. Hills had been a familiar figure in the town for many years, and
the news of his death has been received with regret by the inhabitants
generally. While he did not take an active part in public affairs, he
was always ready to support any good object that would tend to the
benefit of the town, and he was a generous contributor to many
institutions in connection with the place in which he resided for so
long. He was a very liberal-minded gentleman, and to mention any
deserving cause to him was to secure for it a ready helper and one who
would take an interest in it as well as become a subscriber to its
funds. Mr. Hills's sudden death is particularly sad, as he had lost two
brothers and a sister whose deaths occurred in a similar way to his own,
and very much sympathy is felt throughout the town with the Misses
Hills, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hills, and the other members of the family, in
The firm of which the deceased gentleman was a member was founded by
his father, the late Mr. Charles Thomas Hills, who came to Deal in 1850.
His death occurred in 1854, and the business has remained in the hands
of Mr. D. M. Hills and Mr. Edwin Hills ever since that time. The
Mongeham Brewery was added to that at Deal about the year 1860.
The funeral will take place this (Saturday) afternoon, at Deal
Cemetery, the first part of the service being conducted in St. George's
Church, at 2 o'clock.
They was taken over by Thomson and Sons of Walmer in 1901.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 August, 1901. Price 1d.
The biggest sale recently in this part of the county took place at Deal
yesterday, when the Deal Brewer, brought into the market by the trustees
of Messrs. Hills and Sons, was submitted to public auction in the Park
Street Rooms by Messrs. Worsfold and Hayward, Dover, Messrs. Mowll and
Mowll, of Dover, being the vendors’ solicitors. There was a company
numbering about 300 present amongst whom were the principal brewers of
London and Kent.
When Mr. Hayward had expatiated on the character of the property, the
company proceeded to develop their ideas of its value, beginning with a
bidding of £40,000, and with great spirit the bidding was continued by
bids of £5,000 each, till it reached £80,000. The remaining part of the
journey up was more deliberate. With bids of £1,000 each the price was
carried up to £92,000, and then another bid of £1,000 from Messrs.
Thompson and Son, of Walmer, secured it, and it was knocked down to them
A note made on a page from Deal library highlighting the brewery states:-
Quay or Wharf & beachy ground opposite old North Deal brewery acquired by
Deal Corporation in 1927. (Site abuts to public lavatory of Deal corporation
formerly to Coastguard Watchhouse to the South.) Map of this dated 1927
shown at the Maritime Museum.