Sort file:- Deal, March, 2021.

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Earliest 1865

(Name from)

Oddfellows Arms

Latest 1866

(Name to)

New Street


From the Dear Borough Nuisances Committee Minute Book, 3 September, 1866.

New Street - "Oddfellows" - Water laid on but cannot get refuge collected. Empty closet dirty. Large cesspool in yard covered but quite full. Landlords Messrs. Hills & Son, brewers.



The premises was renamed the "Friendly Port" some time between 1866 and 1869. Hopefully by this time the cesspool had been emptied.

Having looked at the information I have for the "Friendly Port" and seeing that the pub was mentioned as early as 1843, perhaps this was not the "Oddfellows Arms" as suggested as a public house by that name, but an Oddfellows Club whose meetings were held there.

The following passage has been taken from Wikipedia 2010:- The name Oddfellows refers to a number of friendly societies operating in the United Kingdom. In smaller towns and villages, there weren't enough Fellows from the same trade to set up a local Guild, so Fellows from a number of trades banded together to form a local Guild of Fellows from an odd assortment of trades. Hence, Guilds of Odd Fellows. It also refers to a number of Lodges with histories dating back to the 1700s. These various organisations were set up to protect and care for their members at a time when there was no welfare state, trade unions or National Health Service. The aim was (and still is) to provide help to members when they need it. The friendly societies are non-profit mutual organisations owned by their members. All income is passed back to the members in the form of services and benefits. The Oddfellows are fundraisers for both local and national charities. Branches raise money for local causes and the Societies as a whole raise significant amounts for charities.


JULL Thomas 1866+


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