Sort file:- Whitstable, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 09 August, 2023.


Earliest 1867-

Wall Tavern

Nov 2016

(Name to)

82 Middle Island Wall


Wall Tavern 1953

Above photo showing the floods of 1953.

Wall Tavern 2013

Above photo 2013 by David Dixon Creative Commons Licence.

Wall Tavern sign 1992

Above sign, 1992.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 14 September 1867. Price 1d.


The annual licensing Sessions for the Home Division of the County of Kent were held at Canterbury on Saturday last.

Richard Cornish applied for a license for the "Wall Tavern."

Supt. Walker stated that the house was devoid of accommodation, and the Magistrates refused to grant a license.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 3 April 1897.


On the 30th March, at "Wall Tavern," Whitstable, John Norris, aged 60.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 18 January 1947.

85 years old Licensee Rescued from Blazing Tavern.

Overcome By Fumes.

Members of the Whitstable company of the N.F.S. figured it a dramatic rescue in the early hours of yesterday (Thursday) morning when they were called to a fire which has broken out at the "Wall Tavern," Middle Wall.

Donning respirators, firemen rushed into the blazing, smoke-filled building to bring out the 85-years-old licensee, Mr. John B Foreman, who lived there alone. Mr. Foreman was immediately taken to the Whitstable and Tankerton hospital, where he was detained suffering mainly from shock.

The alarm was given at about 4:30 a.m. by a postman, who saw smoke and flames pouring from the tavern, and the N.F.S., under Company Officer Lucas, were on the spot 3 minutes after they have received the information.

The fire, which started in an upstairs bedroom, spread quickly to the ceiling of the bar immediately underneath and Mr. Formeman apparently managed to get to the ground floor before being overcome by the fumes.

The N.F.S. completed a grand job of work by getting the fire under control within half an hour and were able to leave an hour later. But for their prompt turnout it is likely that the tavern which is mostly timber built would have been completely gutted.

As it was, the inside of the tavern presented the rather sorry spectacle afterwards. Standing in the bar, one could look up through great holes in the ceiling to see the furniture and scorched ceiling of the room above. From the blackened beams, particles of burnt timber drifted down and a large hole in the outside wall exposed parts of the bedroom to the elements.

However, the "Wall Tavern" though temporarily closed, is expected to play its part once again next week in the assuaging of customers' thirsts.


I am informed that the pub changed name in late 2016 to the "Blue Oyster."



NORRIS John H 1881-Apr/1897 dec'd (also mariner age 51 in 1891Census) Whitstable Times

NORRIS Emma 1901+ (age 56 in 1901Census)

McKECHNIE McKechnie 1911+ (widow age 38 in 1911Census)

BOATWRIGHT John Thomas to Jan/1916 dec'd Whitstable Times

BOATWRIGHT Ann Mary Jan/1916+ Whitstable Times

FOREMAN John B 1947+

WOOD Harold 1970-80s


Whitstable TimesWhitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald



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