Sort file:- Walmer, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 27 September, 2021.


Earliest 1856

Military Tavern

Dec 1910

5 Canada Road

Military Road Post Office Directory 1874

Lower Walmer



From the Kentish Chronicle, 8 September, 1860.


On Monday last the annual licensing meeting was held for the district. There were five applications for new licenses.

Joseph Mercer, "Military Tavern," Walmer.:— This applicant appeared in person. License agreed.

The majority of the old licenses were renewed, some few standing over till the adjournment day.


From Kentish Gazette 11 September 1860.


Joseph Mercer, "Military Tavern," Walmer. License granted.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 31 March, 1900. 1d.


John Moskimon was summonsed for being drunk and disorderly in Canada Road on the 15th March.

Defendant pleaded not guilty.

Police Sergt. Turner said that about 11 o'clock on the night of the 15th he was on duty in Canada Road, when he saw defendant, who was very drunk, staggering down the road. He came up to witness and asked him if he was going to do his duty and see that public-house closed, meaning the "Military Tavern." he advised defendant to go home, but he refused to do so, saying he should go when he liked, and making use of bad language. Witness took hold of him, led him to the gate of the house where he lodged, 2, York Road, and put him inside. P.C. Handford then came up. he walked away, but defendant came out again and followed him. He advised him to go indoors, but he said he would see that he (witness) did his duty. When he took him to his lodgings, defendant's landlady came out and said to him "You are drunk again and we shall have no sleep to night." he took him indoors, but had hard work to keep him there.

The Magistrate's Clerk: What do you consider the disorderly conduct. The language?

Sergt. Turner described the language use by defendant, and said that there were several young men about at the time. defendant was staggering about on the path.

The Magistrates' Clerk: That would be a sign that defendant was incapable, not necessarily disorderly.

Inspector Ellinder: It would be disorderly to roll about and drive people off the pavement.

The Magistrates' Clerk said there was no evidence that defendant kept people off the pavement.

Sergt. Turner: I told him if he came out again I should have to take him into custody.

Defendant proceeded to make insinuations against Sergt. Turner. Informed that he must question him upon the evidence he had given, he said: Where were you when you saw me?

Sergt. Turner: Standing in the centre of the road opposite Campbell Road.

Defendant: I have never been in a Police-court before. An old soldier doesn't like to be tormented by anyone.

P.C. Handford gave evidence corroborative of Sergt. Turner's account of the affair.

In reply to questions witness said that defendant kept asking him for his number, saying he would report him for not doing his duty. There were several people about at the time, the public-houses having just been closed.

By defendant: Witness saw him drunk when he was by York Road, and he (witness) was not drinking in the "Military Tavern."

Defendant said he was innocent of the charge. he was a stranger to a Court and did not know how to address the Bench. He went on to bring vague and general charges against the police, and to say that he had been in the Army and fought for his Queen and country under Havelock.

 Capt. Coleman: This is not the point. two witnesses have sworn that you were drunk. The question is, were you in that condition or not?

Defendant: Yes - they have the evidence against me, but they have taken advantage of me. If I have the bad luck to get locked up I don't expect to get anything but the worst of it.

Sergt. Turner, recalled, said that defendant's conversation caused a lot of young men to stand round to listen to it. he could not do anything else, and he would have had to lock defendant up if he had not got him home, or he would lose all control, and others would have followed suit.

Capt. Coleman said the case had been proved, but it did not appear that there was anything against defendant previously, and they had taken a lenient view of it, and he would have to pay a fine of 2s. 6d. and costs 8s. 6d.

Defendant, who was allowed till Saturday for payment, left the Court "breathing out threatenings" against the police.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 29 December, 1900. 1d.

An application for an hour's extension on the 31st December, by Mr. Poulson, of the "Military Tavern," Canada Road, was granted.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday, 19 November, 1910.


The "Military Tavern," Canada Road. Walmer, alehouse, owners Mr. Jeese Hind, Nottingham, and Messrs. Beer and Co., Canterbury, tenant Mr. Henry Taylor. Total amount 707; divided, freeholder 200, lessees 437, tenant 70.


Information supplied to me by Betty Macey says that Joseph Mercer  was Rebecca Lawrence's (nee Macey) brother, (John Macey's niece of the "Bricklayer's Arms" in Deal).



MERCER Joseph 1858-71+ (age 63 in 1871Census) The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

JEFFORD Robert 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

SUTTON Thomas 1881+ (age 32 in 1881Census)

SUTTON Mary Ann Mrs 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

PARKER Charles 1891+ (age 52 in 1891Census)

POULSON H W Mr 1900-03+ Kelly's 1903

TAYLOR Henry to Dec/1910


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


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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