Sort file:- Deal, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 29 September, 2021.


Earliest 1828-

Five Bells

Latest 1959

75 Middle Street

39 Middle Street Bagshaw's Directory 1847


Five Bells 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Five Bells ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Five Bells in Deal

Photo by Paul Skelton, 26 July 2008.


Not a lot of information on this one yet, but there was another "Five Bells" situated in Five Bells Lane that later became known as Queen Street. However, this one in Middle Street has been traced back as far as 1828.

The pub was auctioned at the "Rose" in 1860 but obviously survived.


From Title Deeds.

Leasehold May, 1860 and described as a old-established beerhouse & auctioned at the "Rose," Lower Street.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 16 April, 1864.


On Friday morning about eight o'clock, a fire broke out at the “Five Bells Inn,” Middle-street Deal in the occupation of Mr. R Verrier. It appears that while Mr. Verrier was seated at the breakfast table a person named Noble rushed into the room with the startling intelligence that a dense cloud of smoke was issuing from a room used by him as a sleeping apartment on the second floor. Fortunately, in a short time, by the assistance of neighbours who strenuously exerted themselves, and the active cooperation of the police, the progress of flames checked and eventually subdued. How the fire originated is involved in mystery, particularly as Mr. Verrier had not left the room long previous to the fire breaking out. But for the opportune discovery of Noble, the premises would in all probability have been destroyed. Mr. Verrier is uninsured.


By 1872 the pub was owned and supplied by Hills & Co Brewery, perhaps it was them who bought the pub at the above mentioned auction.


From 'The Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Mercury - Downs Reporter and Cinque Ports Messenger, 31 January, 1920

FOR SALE, portable billiard table, cues and balls; good condition; 6 10s. - G. Marsh, Five Bells, Middle St, Deal.

The above photo was kindly supplied by Trevor Hatton and shows an outing from the "Five Bells" that took place on 6th September 1924. It is unknown where they were when the photo was taken.


When the pub finally closed in 1959, it was under the rule of Charrington's, and the license was transferred to the newly built pub, the "Archer" in Whitfield.



SPINNER Robert 1828-32-39+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

SPINNER Mary 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

FINNIS William Henry 1847-61+ (widower age 50 in 1861Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858

LANGLEY T (Charles) 1862+ Deal Licensing Register alehouse

VERRIER Richard 1864-65+

Last pub licensee had COLLINS Richard 1872-86 (age 56 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

COLLINS Mrs Eliza (wife) and daughter Emma 1886-Dec/92 dec'd Post Office Directory 1891

JOHNSON William & CAPELING H 1993+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

RANDALL Thomas Valentine 1896-98 Kelly's 1899

REDMAN George 1898 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

WRATTEN James 1901-03+ Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

WATSON James T 1904+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

PAYNE George Charles 1910 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

MARSH George 1911-22-39+ Post Office Directory 1913Deal library 1914Post Office Directory 1922Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938

LEIGHTON R 12/Jan/1950-53

MORGAN K T 1953-55 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

ROBERTS W C 1955-57 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

ROBINSON F O 1957-61+

HAWKINS G W & ROBINSON F O 1957+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

SOUTHAM Kenneth Robert Sept/1958-59+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Deal library 1914Deal Library List 1914

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Deal Licensing RegisterDeal Licensing Register

The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and RogersThe Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers



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