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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1928-

(Name from)

Fair Maid of Kent

Latest 1959+

2-10 Dover Road

Walmer

Fair Maid of Kent in Walmer 1928

Above picture by kind permission of Deal library. 1928.

 

The above picture by kind permission of deal library was found in a directory dated 1928. It is an advertising feature of the directory and goes on to say:- "The Leading Hotel" - because here will be found an 18th century hostelry offering old-fashioned hospitality, at economical charges. Great Golfing Centre. Telegrams: "Comfort" Deal. Telephone 252 Deal. Garage 30 cars. Private lock-ups. Appointed A.A. Proprietress A. Chadwick.

 

The building was until about 1870 the "Royal Standard," later to become a home for the clergy till just after WW1. At this time the building was known as Wexcombe House and the Grange.

 

Further information from Malcolm Tuttiett states:- I was born 19th July 59 the son of Ken Tuttiett, a Royal Marine based in Deal, I was born at the "Fair Maid of Kent" (Walmer Road.)

"My mother told me it was an hotel at one time and was bought for the use of servicemen and their families. I did go back as a child in 1972 but it was empty and all I can remember were warning signs 'beware of vipers' in the grounds."

Further research has indicated that the premises was in Dover Road and after 1948 was leased to the Admiralty. In 1959 they were under the control of Deal Flats Ltd.

 

From the Mercury, 19 August, 1999.

By David G. Collyer.

WAR HIT FAIR MAID TRADE

Fair Maid of Kent Maids 1944

Above photograph shows "Fair Maids" outside the "Fair Maid of Kent Hotel" in 1944, these 'Mar-Wrens' (Royal Marine Wrens) served in the nearby South Barracks as clerks, typists, drivers and cooks. (Photo: South Eastern Newspapers Ltd.)

The Wellington Court flats at the junction of Dover Road and Liverpool Road were once a popular stopping place for both motorists and golfers, known as "The Fair Maid of Kent Hotel."

There was originally only a public house on the site, "The Royal Standard," as depicted on the 1876 Ordnance Survey map, with an ornamental garden shown to the northern side.

However, by 1906 there had been additions built either side during the expansive years preceding the First World War. These were most probably apartments with servants, accommodation, known today as service flats.

By 1925, the Deal Guide carried an advertisement for "The Fair Maid of Kent Hotel," A Chadwick, the proprietor, offered 'luxury without extravagance' at this 'high-class residential hotel.' Comfort was guaranteed and the cuisine - a la carte or en pension - had a reputation of high excellence. The establishment was registered with the AA and RAC and was a popular venue for those who wished to enjoy playing our local championship links.

In 1938, Kelly's Trade Directory lists Miss A. Chadwick as proprietress of the hotel, but like so many of the local hotels and boarding houses, by May, 1940 when the post-Dunkerque evacuation order was issued, the guests had all departed.

being situated opposite the Royal Marine South Barracks, it was not long before the building was requisitioned for accommodating the 'Mar-Wrens' (Royal Marine Wrens). Among these were some 'Boom Defence Wrens,' supposedly attached to Dover, but in reality involved with launching propaganda leaflets, by gas-filled balloons, from Kingsdown Golf Course.

After bomb damage had been repaired, the "Fair Maid of Kent" had re-opened for business by 1948, but gradually declined in popularity until ultimately converted into flats around the early 1960s.

 

MARINES IN COTTAGES

Although some accommodation for married Royal Marine officers and NCOs was provided within the barracks, when the establishment was at full strength, other property around the town was rented by the Admiralty. As well as private houses leased on "short term lets" permanent accommodation was shown on a copy of an old Ordnance Survey map (dated 1914, but updated c 1940). One portion of The beach backed onto King Street, Walmer, is overprinted "RM Married Quarters" as is HM Coastguard Station on The Marina. I understand, that as the Deal Station establishment declined, the Admiralty rented the old Coastguard Cottages to the Royal Marines.

Brunswick Girls

Above photo shows five "Mar-Wrens" in the garden of Brunswick House which was used as their accommodation before the "Fair Maid of Kent Hotel" was requisitioned (Photo: Mrs E. Turton).

 

From the Kent Mercury 16 September, 1999

I was delighted to see the photograph of the Wrens in the garden of Brunswick House. I understand that 48 Wrens lived there.

Many years ago I owned the house, at 12 The Beach. before the war it was the retirement home of Lady Twinning.

The photograph was taken in the front garden. The back of the house is almost on Liverpool Road. I had the house about five years then sold it, in the early 1980s. It had been knocked about quite a bit, and had been converted badly into six flats and a cottage.

It became far more than I could handle and I was pleased to leave, but I have fond memories of it. I hope the girls have good memories of living there too.

It was named after the son of Queen Victoria, the Duke of Brunswick. Queen Victoria owned it and her staff lived in it when she visited Walmer Castle.

 

From the East Kent Mercury, 19 November, 1998.

ON FILE.

50 years ago: More than a ton of fish was caught in the annual festival of the Deal Angling Club. Over the weekend of fishing, 3,826 fish were caught, their total weight being 2,299 lbs.

On the Sunday stormy weather prevented any further fishing to go ahead, but in the words of L.A. Stevenson at the festival dinner and prize giving at the "Fair Maid of Kent Hotel," Walmer, on Sunday evening.

"We caught as much in Deal in one day as some others do in three-day festivals."

 

 

LICENSEE LIST

CHADWICK Mrs A 1928-38+

 

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