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Earliest 1858

Napier Tavern

Latest 1899+

4 Beach Street

196 Beach Street Pikes 1908


Beach Street

Houses on the seaward side of Beach Street extending to the north of Seagirt House, with numerous boats scattered across the roadway following bad weather. At the far end was the Napier Tavern.


The Deal History Society gives the earliest date known of the "Napier Tavern" to be 1859 and the address as the top of North Street.

The census of 1871 gives the address as 4 Beach Street.


From the Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Telegram, 15 September, 1858.


Tuesday, September 9th 1858

Oneisiferous Sneller of the "Napier Tavern," in Beach Street, applied for a spirit licence. Application refused.


From the Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Mercury, 22 September, 1865.


Thomas Obree, boatman, appeared in answer to a summons charging him with assaulting Richard Orrick, another boatman.

Richard Orrick deposed - Last night, about half-past nine o'clock, as I was going home, I heard some persons run down the beach, saying there was a blue light burning. I also ran down, and found several boatmen there, who commenced laughing; and when I found it was a false alarm I laughed too. Thomas Obree then came down, and said, "You long b_____, if you laugh at me I will give you a slap in the mouth, and throw you into the sea." I said, "I hope you will not." He then came towards me, and knocked me down with his fist; the wound on my eye was caused by the blow. I got away as soon as I could.

John Ashington corroborated the above evidence.

The defendant said that he was, in company with others, in the "Napier Tavern" on Wednesday night, when Orrick ran by the window, and called out that a blue light was burning. He jumped out of the window and ran down the beach, when when he got there the complainant laughed at him, and, being exasperated, he struck him.

The defendant was ordered to pay a fine, including costs, of 15s.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 9 July, 1870. 1d.


Thomas Obree, waterman, was summoned to answer the complaint of Onesiphorous Sneller, who alleged that on the 16th of June last, in the parish of Deal, he threatened to knock his brains out, and that on several previous occasions he had used similar threats, which were calculated to make him (the complainant) commit a breach of the peace.

Defendant said unfortunately for him both his witnesses were off, but the case was one which all the magistrates aught to take up, as it was all about a lugger. Both his witnesses were friends of Mr. Sneller, and used his house.

O. Sneller said: I keep the "Napier Tavern," Beach Street. For the last 14 or 16 months I have frequently been abused by the defendant. We were part owners of a lugger, and because I objected to the purchase of new boats the defendant said I should never have any peace as long as I lived and that he would ruin me. He has made three these threats several times. I have not used excited language to him only when he has commenced at me. On this particular day I was at home and the defendant came into the room and seated himself close to me, and afterwards shook his fists in my face and said he would knock my brains out. He was drunk then or else he would not have done it - it is only when he has been drinking that he abuses me. I expected every moment that I should have it. On these occasions his conduct is so irritating that I fear I shall commit a breach of the peace.

From the statement of Obree it appeared that on the 16th of June the lugger of which he and the complainant and Mrs. Smith were the owners was sold. He always worked the boat, and had to pay for the wear and tear pf all her gear before he got his money, and he went to the complainant on the evening after the sale thinking they were going to settle up; but the complainant told him that he had not had time to get the bills in, whereas he had been out in the marshes getting a horse out of the dyke. He noticed that a spy-glass, some woods, and a piece of rope that belonged to the boat had not been sold with her, and on his speaking to Mr. Sneller about it he became irritated. He ultimately agreed to settle up upon the following Saturday, but had not done so.

Mr. Sneller explained that the woods were broken, the rope was his own, and the spy-glass he had forgotten about, but had promised to take it at a valuation.

Ultimately the Magistrates bound the defendant over in his own recognizance's in the sum of 10 to keep the peace for three months, and advised the parties to call in a third person to arbitrate upon their differences - a piece of good advice which each said he was willing to act upon.


Kentish Gazette, 15 February 1876.


Before G. Russell, Esq., Judge.

Messrs Leney, Brewers, Dover, v. W. Nicholas.

This was a claim of 20, for beer supplied, and part fixtures of the "Napier Tavern," which the defendant had left. Ordered to pay 2 per month. Mr. Mowll, appeared for plaintiff; Fred Mercer for defendant.




Last pub licensee had SNELLER Onesiphorous 1858-72+ (age 59 in 1871Census) Melville's 1858Deal TelegramKelly's 1862Deal Mercury alehouse

NICHOLASS William Thomsett 1874+ Kelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874

BUSHELL William Wilkins 1882-99+ (age 57 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891Kelly's 1899

HANGER Edward 1903-08+ Kelly's 1903Pikes 1908


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's Directory 1874

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Pikes 1908From Pikes 1908

Deal TelegramFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Telegram

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury



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