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Earliest 1851-

(Name from)


Latest Aug 1988

153 Beach Street

159 Beach Street Post Office Directory 1874

Near Oak Street


Pelican 1890

Above photo, circa 1890, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Building at left of photo.

Pelican 1952

Above showing the Pelican in 1952.

Pelican 1960s

Above photo shows the Pelican in the mid 1960s.

Pelican 1987Pelican sign 1990

Pelican sign left, November 1987, sign right, 1990.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Pelican beermat 1970s

Above beermat, circa 1970's. Kindly sent by Mike L.

Pelican painting

Above painting by R Harris. Kindly sent by Reg Cox who says it was given to him by his father Albert Cox, brother of Arthur, who used to run the pub with John Pollard. (1970-87)

From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 14th September 1872.

Mrs. WICKS, wife of W. WICKS, of the "Pelican Inn," Beach Street summoned W. IRVINE for assaulting her and giving her black eyes. IRVINES wife acted as charwoman and servant at the "Pelican Inn." IRVINE applied for leave for her to go out and see the fireworks on the evening of the regatta - leave was refused and upon this, IRVINE committed the offence complained of. He was fined 10/-, which he paid.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 14 September, 1872. 1d.


William Irvine, a waterman, was summoned for striking Mrs. Weeks, the landlady of the "Pelican Inn," Beach Street, on the night of the 10th instant. Complainant deposed that she had for the last few weeks employed defendant's wife as charwoman, and in the evening in question he came into the kitchen and demanded that his wife might be allowed to go and see the fireworks. Mrs. Weeks told him that as they were so very busy just then it was an unreasonable request to make, whereupon defendant used very disgusting language towards her. She told him she had been the means of putting bread in his mouth, and this was his return for her kindness, and he then up with his fist and struck her a violent blow, which blackened both her eyes. He afterwards wanted her and her husband to go into the street, and he would fight the pair of them. She had no desire to press the case heavily against defendant, but she wished him to understand that he would not be allowed to insult her and her husband.

In defence, Irvine said that after he got in the backway he met Mr. Weeks, and he said to him, "My old woman has not been out to see the rowing matches, perhaps you can let her go and see the fireworks?" Mr. Weeks replied, "Yes, by all means; we have not got many in the house." Mrs. Weeks, however, would not let her go, and afterwards told him that she fed him. Mr. Weeks then came and took him by the collar of the coat and kicked him, and of course he (Irvine) kicked him back, and in the struggle they fell down, and it was then that the complainant got the blow.

After a brief consultation the Magistrates fined the defendant 10s., including costs, and allowed him till five o'clock to find the money.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 11 August, 1900. 1d


Turner v. Davis

Mr. H. T. Turner sued Mr. Stephen Davis for 11, being 10 10s. commission, and 10s. overcharge.

Plaintiff said that as the result of an advertisement, he went to see defendant at his office in Euston Road. He (plaintiff) was a chef, and at present owned the "Pelican Inn" in Beach Street, which the defendant recommended him to buy. When he agreed to do so, he distinctly understood that the vendor was to pay all expenses. he came to Deal and saw the tenant, and arranged to take the place for 150, the stock and apportionment of license to be extra. he subsequently saw defendant, who told him that 165 would be all that he would have to pay, and he made a distinct arrangement that he (plaintiff) was to pay no expenses. Defendant came down to Deal, and they went round the house together, and saw the things that were in the inventory. He had already paid Mr. Davis a deposit of 25, and he now handed him the balance, when he turned round and said, "I want 173 14s. 3d. off you." He (plaintiff) said he would not pay, but would go back by the next train. Defendant said if he did not go through with the contract, he would forfeit 50, whereas it should have only been 25. Eventually he gave defendant a promissory note for 14 14s. 3d. under protest. he objected to the defendant's charge for commission, and to the 10s. charged as half of Mr. Hayman's fee for gauging.

Cross-examined by defendant, plaintiff said defendant had checked the inventory, and had attended to the notices, and the application for temporary transfer of the license, and while he did not expect all that to be done for nothing, he did expect defendant to work according to his agreement.

The Judge: Who was acting for you?

Plaintiff: No one. This man was acting for Mr. Hayward.

Charles Hayward deposed that he was a retired licensed victualler, and lately the landlord of the "Pelican" which he wanted to get rid of. In order to do so, he put it in Mr. Davis's hands, agreeing to pay him 5 per cent, on whatever he realised. he sold for 150, plus stock, license, &c. Defendant conducted the case for him and Mr. Turner, and came down to Deal. There was a charge for advertising which witness objected to, as he had never authorised it.

Cross-examined: He was anxious to get out of the house, but he did not say he would get out of it at any cost.

Defendant deposed that Mr. Hayward was very anxious to get out of the house; in fact, he threatened to shut it up and sell by auction if it was not sold. He (defendant) came down five or six times, and he could not come under 1 at a time, as the third class fare from London was nearly 14s. If his honour would look at the agreement he would see that half the expenses were to be paid by each party. He submitted that the account was a reasonable one. Surely he could not be expected to work for nothing. He made no arrangements with Turner that he was to pay no expenses.

The Judge said he did not believe for a moment that there was any arrangement that the vendor should pay all expenses and the purchaser nothing. If a man acted for both sides in a transfer each should pay. He should allow 8 6s. 0d. for commission and 21s. for expenses.

Judgement for defendant accordingly.


Dover Express 11 April 1902.

At the Deal County court last Friday Mr. C. W. Stansfield, hotel valuer, of Dover, sued Mr. Williams, late tenant of the "Pelican Hotel," Deal, for commission on the transfer of the business. It was contended that a reasonable charge would be 1 or 2, but His Honor found for the plaintiff, and gave him 7 10s.


From a drawing titled "Sketches at Deal" by George Davey 1923.

G Lloyd, liccensee 1923

From the East Kent Mercury, 2 October, 2008.

Ales and 40,000 pies.

Deal has lost many pubs in the past few decades, many converted into flats or houses.

One was the "Pelican," over looking the sea at Beach Street, and its history has been investigated by Steve Glover and Michael Rogers.

The two history enthusiasts are working on a book about old pubs in the Deal and Walmer area.

They have discovered that the "Pelican" was originally the "Harp."

It was auctioned in 1828 along with other public houses in The Sale of the Manor of Chamberlain's Fee.

Melville's Directory of 1858 shows the Philpott family at the "Pelican Beer House," and in 1866 The Lodge of Enlightened Cottagers celebrated its 72nd anniversary at the "Pelican."

According to a publication at the time: "They afterwards proceeded with carriages decorated with flags for a drive in the country, exhilarating tunes being played by a good musician on a cornet."

The following year a Mercury article reported that the premises were dilapidated and about to be pulled down, and in 1868, a full licence was duly granted to a Mr. Sharpe.

In the 1920s and 1930s the house was considered to be a high-class hotel when Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd were licensees.

In January 1966 landlady Olive Roberts left after 13 years, having apparently sold 40,000 Pelican Pies since 1953. Evidently they were delicious consisting of "meat and a luscious gravy filling."

Another long-serving host John Pollard retired in June 1987 after 17 years of service.

Anthony and Anne Butler were the last landlords. The licence was revoked in May 1990 and the premises are now a private house.

Stever Glover and Michael Rogers are working on The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer and hope the book will be on sale next year.

They are keen to find rare old photos of public houses in the town.

Anyone who can help to contact Steve on 01304 380069 or email


Former Pelican in Deal Pelican sign in DealPelian sign in Deal

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 26 July 2008.


This "Pelican" first got its name around about 1858, and was once called the "Harp."

There has been more than one "Pelican" in Deal over the years making this establishment difficult to identify in one particular place and licensees get confused with the different "Pelican's" mentioned. However, this is a good start to identifying this named public house and I am still trying to separate out the information from the different buildings of the same name.


This establishment would have operated as the "Pelican" from after 1876 to it closing time I believe in the 1980s (to be confirmed.) But it has been stated that it was not licensed as an alehouse on 12 September 1840 till being re-licensed again on 3 September 1868. However, George Philpott was mentioned as licensee in 1858 according to Melvilles directory. But I have added that to the other "Pelican" listed at 44 Beach Street.


An outlet for Charrington & Co. in 1974. Library archives 1974



PHILPOTT Mary 1851+ (age 36 in 1851Census) (159 Beach Street Census)

PHILPOTT George 1858-61+ (also boatman age 42 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858

LANGLEY Morris 1867-68

Last pub licensee had SHARP Richard 1871-Jan/1872 Next pub licensee had (age 64 in 1871Census)

WICKS/WEEKS William 1872

CLARINGBOLD Israel 1874-Jan/75 Kelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874Deal Mercury

SMITH Frederick Augustus Jan/1875 Deal Mercury

LANGLEY Morris 1877

DEACON William Henry 1878

SMITH Henry 1881


WESTON Alfred 1882

LEACH Thomas 1886

SMITH Charles 1887-91+ (age 76 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

CRICK Benjamin 1894

REED Joseph 1896

HAYWARD Charles 1898-May/1900 Kelly's 1899Deal Mercury

TURNER Harold Thomas May/1900+ Deal Mercury

WILLIAMS Mr to 1902

HORNER Ernest W 1903-04 Kelly's 1903

TERRELL Arthur 1910-13+ Post Office Directory 1913

PORTER William Herbert 1914-22+ Deal library 1914Post Office Directory 1922

LLOYD George 1923-24+

LLOYD Mrs E R 1932-34 Kelly's 1934

WHITLEY Albert Morton 1934-38+ Post Office Directory 1938


BETTS Richard Vernon 1953-July/1954) Deal Mercury

ROBERTS Thomas James July/1954 Deal Mercury

ROBERTS Olive July/1954-Jan/66

POLLARD John P 1970-June/87 Library archives 1974 Charrington & Co

BUTLER Anthony & Ann June/1987-Aug/88

Closed August 1988


Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

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

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

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury



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