Sort file:- Deal, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.


Earliest 1843-

(Name from)

Friendly Port Beer House

Latest 1865

(Name to) 1908

6 New Street

(23 Duke Street possibly incorrect)


Former Friendly Port 2014

Above photo kindly sent by Steve McLean, July 2014.


Deal Borough Records 1843, Petty Sessions - J. C. Weston "Friendly Port " beerhouse, ordered to pay Rates of 18/- and 1/6d costs. Again the same licensee mentioned at the beerhouse in 6 New Street from Bagshaws directory.

I found mention of this while Googling the internet and in reference to the Clayson family of Deal.

There is mention of the 1891 census at the "Friendly Port Beer House" and a Jarvis Bing being the licensed Victualler and Publican. Also stated that his mother Sarah Bean noted as widowed and a retired Publican.


I do have reference to an "Oddfellows Arms" and it is stated that this pub changed names to the "Friendly Port" from between 1866-69, but seeing that the dates do not tally, I will suggest that it was an Oddfellows Society that met here and disbanded between those years.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 12 April 1856.

Deal Quarter Sessions.

Thomas Simmonds, private in the 19th Regiment, was charged with breaking in the "Friendly Port," kept by Mr. Leonard Norris, on the night of the 19th of March, and stealing therefrom a shirt value 3s, the property of John Hambleton; also with receiving the shirt knowing it to be stolen.

From the evidence that appeared that the prisoner and two others were drinking a pot of ale, when the piquet came and took them out, but the prisoner, being on furlough, was not taken to the barracks. The next morning Mr. Norris found the window of the bar open and a pans in the top sash broken, and missed the shirt produced, which she had put by the fire to air the evening previous.

On Friday morning Inspector Redsull found the prisoner at the "Maxwell Arms," (sic "Maxton Arms") with a shirt buttoned in his breast.

Prisoner said that he found the shirt near the "Jolly Sailor."

Not guilty.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 4 October, 1873.


Mr. M. Langley, as agent for Messrs. Hills and Son, brewers, applied for new licenses to be granted in his name for the "Norfolk Arms," public-house, West Street, and the "Friendly Port," New Street, the landlords in each case having omitted to apply for a renewal of their licenses. Some necessary formal evidence having been given, the applications were granted.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 16 February 1907.


The annual licensing meeting for the Borough of Deal was held on Thursday, the justices present being the Mayor (Alderman H. S. Chapman), Councillor Bayly (ex-Mayor), Alderman Edgar, and Messrs. W. H. Barnett and C. J. Burgess.

The Mayor said the Magistrates were very pleased that the report was so satisfactory. They had decided to renew the whole of the licences with the exception of six—the "Crown," "Druids Arms," "Crispin," "Friendly Port," "Lifeboat," and "Fountain." In these cases notice of objection would be served, and the cases would be heard at the adjourned meeting on the 7th March.




WESTON John Charles 1843-47+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

NORRIS Leonard 1856+

THOMPSON Freeman George 1871-72+ (Painter and beer retailer age 41 in 1871Census)

LANGLEY Mr Morris Oct/1873-Jan/75 Deal Mercury

BAX John Jan/1875-77+ Deal Mercury

SNOSWELL Edward 1878-79

PLUMRIDGE Jason Charles Joseph 1879+

SPARKS Amos Augustus 1880+

HOLLAND James 1881+ (age 36 in 1881Census)

BING Thomas Henry Jarvis 1891- (age 35 in 1891Census)

HARRIS Patrick John 1893-96

HARRIS George Robert 1897-28/Dec/1907


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury



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