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Earliest 1804-

Royal George

Latest June 1869

51 (56) Lower Street

Old High Street


Royal George site 2009

Above picture taken from Google Maps shows the site in 2009 where the Royal George once stood.


Only found in the 1840 Pigot's directory so far and hopefully not being confused with the "Royal Exchange," 183 Beach Street, "Royal Hotel," Beach Street or "Royal Oak," Middle Street.

At one time during its period this pub was the scene of a minor riot following a tavern brawl started by soldiers in the Buffs. (Date at present unknown.)

Further research from Deal library archives shows it listed as early as 1804 under the rule of widow Judeson, latest definite mention 1868 but as being a ruin in 1872 (Click for link) after burning down in 1869.


From Laker 1917. P. 33 9 - 30 November, 1806.

"A small riot took place at Lower Street. Some soldiers of the Buffs commenced a tavern brawl in the "Royal George" and the Mayor called out his constables to deal with the disturbance."


From the Kentish Gazette, 7 February 1837.


At Deal, Mr. G. D. Noakes, landlord of the "Royal George Inn", aged 38.


Kentish Gazette, 9 July 1844.

Valuable FREEHOLD PUBLIC HOUSES, at Sandwich, Word, Deal, Sutton, Northbourne, and Great Mongeham, in the County of Kent,

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, AT the "Three Horse Shoes," GREAT MONGEHAM, on THURSDAY, the 25th day of JULY, 1844, (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract, of which due notice will be given), subject to such conditions as will be then and there produced, in several Lots.

Also a FREEHOLD PUBLIC HOUSE, called the "Royal George," situate in Lower Street, in the parish of DEAL, with the outhouses and appurtenances thereto belonging, now in the occupation of Mrs. Isabella Noakes.

The above Property forms a most desirable investment, and (if not forthwith Sold by Private Contract), will be offered for sale in convenient Lots, as will be expressed in future advertisements.

For Particulars, and to treat for the Purchase by Private Contract, apply at the Offices of Mr. Mourilan, Solicitor, Sandwich.


South Eastern Gazette. Tuesday 08 January 1856.

Deal Quarter Sessions.

The winter sessions for this borough were held on Friday week, before the record, J. Deeds, Esq. The calendar contained but one case, which, however process much local interest, from the fact of there being other cases of a similar nature against the prisoner pending in London. It was a charge against William Blenkarn, age 24, of obtaining 30 by false pretences, with intent to defraud William Hayward, of deal, on the 9th February, 1855. Mr. G. T. Tomlin prosecuted; and the prisoner was defended by Mr. T. C. Hall. The circumstances, as detailed in the evidence of Mr. Hayward, were as follows:- On the 2nd February last year Blenkarn entered the Bazaar are kept by Mr. Haywood, stating that he was stopping for a few days at the "Royal Hotel," and requested cash for a cheque which he produced, drawn on the Union Bank of London. Prosecutor had not the cash in the house at the time, but put his name at the back and sent it to the bank, when the amount was sent in Deal bank notes. As prisoner expressed the dislike of country notes, they were promptly exchange for Bank of England notes and gold. Hawward had previously known Blenkarn, and cashed cheques for him, while he was residing at "Swiss Cottage," Mongeham, Deal, and they had been duly paid. The last cheque was subsequently dishonoured; and on the prosecutors going to the "Royal Hotel," about an hour and a half after the transaction, he found that the prisoner had decamped. It was then ascertained in London that the prisoner has closed his account with the Union Bank in London on the 11th April, 1854, but had continued to draw cheques, and was recently apprehended in London on a charge similar to that for which he now stood indicted. Full of defence it was urged that the prosecutor had compromised the offence by offering to take the amount of the fraudulent cheque from Alfred Blenkarn, the prisoners brother. The jury, however, returned a verdict of guilty, and the Recorder sentenced the prisoner to 12 months imprisonment, 6 to be with hard labour.


Kentish Chronicle, Saturday 14 July 1866.


Amelia Barnes, the wife of a soldier, was charged with stealing a quantity of bedding and various other articles, the property of James Baldwin Ball, landlord of the "Royal George" public house, Deal.

Mr. Morilyan, of Sandwich conducted the prosecution.

The prosecutor, his wife and the superintendent of police were examined, after which the prisoner, in defence, said the articles with which she was charged with stealing were her own property. The learned Recorder then summed up the evidence, and the jury, after a brief consultation returned a verdict of "guilty." In passing sentence on the prisoner, the learned Recorder said she had been found guilty on as clear evidence as he had ever heard in his life, and he did not see the slightest doubt in the case, so many articles belonging to the prosecutor having been found in her possession. He knew nothing about her former conduct; but she had certainly conducted herself during the trial in a very intemperate and improper manner, and he recommended her to be careful when she came out of gaol. She was employed as a charwoman by the prosecutor, and although not regularly so, yet she had opportunities of putting her hands on his property, and whenever he found a person robbing his master, whose goods he ought to protect, he always passed a severe sentence. He did not mean to waste words on prisoner, and he warned her that if she came before him again on a similar charge she would he sentenced to penal servitude. He then committed her to six months’ hard labour in Sandwich gaol.


From The London Gazette, 4 June, 1867.

James Baldwin Ball, late of the "Royal George" Public house, Lower-street, Deal, Kent, Victualler, and late a Prisoner for Debt in Maidstone Gaol, having been adjudged bankrupt by the Registrar of the County Court of Kent, holden at Maidstone, attending at the said Gaol, on the 20th day of May, 1867, and the adjudication being directed to be prosecuted at the County Court of Kent, holden at Deal, is hereby required to surrender himself to Thomas Cave Hall, Esq., the Registrar of the said last-mentioned Court, at the first meeting of creditors to be held before the said Registrar, on the 18th day of June instant, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon precisely, at the County Court Office, Beach-Street, Deal. Thomas Cave Hall, Esq., of Deal, is the Official Assignee.


From The London Gazette, 25 June, 1867.

James Baldwin Ball, late of the "Royal George" Public house, Lower-street, Deal, Kent, Victualler, and late a Prisoner for Debt in Maidstone Gaol, having been adjudged bankrupt by the Registrar of the County Court of Kent, holden at Maidstone, attending at the said Gaol, on the 20th day of May, 1867, and the adjudication being directed to be prosecuted in the County Court of Kent, holden at Deal, a public sitting, for the said bankrupt to pass his Last Examination, and make application for his Discharge, will be held at the said last-mentioned Court, at the Guildhall, Deal, on the 10th day of July next, at twelve o'clock at noon precisely, the day last aforesaid being the day limited fur the said bankrupt to surrender. Thomas Cave Hall, Esq., of Deal, is the Official Assignee, of July, 1867.


From The London Gazette, 26 July, 1867.

James Baldwin Ball, late of the Royal George Public house, Lower-street, Deal, Kent, Victualler, and late a prisoner for Debt in the Gaol at Maidstone, in the said county, adjudicated bankrupt on the 20th day of May, 1867.

An Order of Discharge was granted by the County Court of Kent, holden at Deal, on the 10th day of July, 1867.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 19 June, 1869. 1d.


Shortly before one o'clock on Monday morning a fire broke out on the premises of the "Royal George Inn," in Lower Street, at the corner of Water Street. At the time named several of the inhabitants at the North end of Lower Street were aroused from their slumbers by a cry of "Fire!" which was raised by a son of Mr. Wardrop, the landlord of the "Royal George." The alarm was quickly taken up by others in the neighbourhood, and in a very short time there was a very large number of persons in attendance ready to render any services that might be required of them. Information was speedily conveyed to the police and also to the authorities at the Royal Marine Barracks at Walmer, who with their accustomed courtesy and alacrity despatched a detachment of their men in charge of their engine to the scene of the conflagaration. The engine attached to the brewery of Messrs. Hills and Son was also in attendance; but unfortunately some 20 minutes elapsed after the arrival of these engines before a sufficient supply of water could be obtained to work them, and consequently the fire had obtained a thorough hold of the premises before any body of water was thrown upon it. Although the engines were got into play as soon as possible, and the hose recently purchased by the Commissioners was also brought into requisition - the latter, however, providing of very little use in consequence of its not being long enough - the devouring element had so far obtained the advantage that all attempts to extinguish the flames were futile, and the fire burned and raged with increasing fury, despite the most strenuous exertions of the marines, police, and others. From the bar, where the fire originated, it rapidly spread to the rooms above, and in a very little time reached the uppermost ones, which proved as easy a prey as the former ones, and from thence leapt off the roof. Here the rafters were consumed with amazing rapidity and the roof presently went in with a terrific crash. After this the flames, which had hitherto been jetting forth from the windows and reaching across the street, which at this spot is rather narrow, thereby greatly jeopardising the horses on the opposite side, assumed a more upright direction and continued burning until there was nothing but the outer walls of the building left standing. As we have already stated, very little hope was from the first entertained of saving the premises, and within two hours the "Royal George" "went down" as completely did the "Royal George" of old renown in the opposite element. Indeed at one time considerable apprehension was felt for the safety of the houses on the opposite side of the way, and had it not been for the copious supply of water which was brought to bear upon them, they all in probability would have adhered a like end to the ill-fated public-house. The scorched and blistered state of the door and window frames proves how narrow was the escape of these adjacent premises, and that the fear entertained were not altogether without warrant. Several contradictory rumours were afloat as to the origin of the fire, bur Mr. Wardrop, the landlord, states that a little before one o'clock on Monday morning he went into the bar to obtain some brandy for his wife, and that, in pouring the brandy from a bottle some of it spilled on the counter, and that a spirit lamp he was using by some means tumbled over and ignited the brandy, which ran on to the floor and set the matting on fire. He attempted to extinguish the flames by pouring some beer upon them; but finding they were getting the upper hand, he called up to his wife and son, and went on to Mr. Millen's his insurant agent. Mrs. Wardrop was quickly out of the house, and at once sought refuge at a friend's. An opinion had been unanimously expressed by those who were the first to arrive on the spot that had there only been even a small supply of water available at the time of the outbreak, the fire could easily have been extinguished, and not a little adverse opinion has been pronounced that the authorities are greatly to blame in not having the mains at all times fully charged. We believe we are correct, however, in stating that the mains are always charged as far as Deal Castle, and the absence of water on Monday morning is accounted for by the fact that a very large quantity had been used for the flushing and cleansing of the gutters on the previous day (Sunday) without the usual quantity being pumped into the reservoir. This, of course, does not alter the fact that but a very small supply of water was obtained, or in any degree make the consequence less deplorable or disastrous, and we sincerely hope that means will be speedily devised of preventing a recurrence of a like catastrophe - for there appears to be but little doubt that the total destruction of these premises adds another to the increasing number of fatalities that have occurred in this town through the apathy and stolid supineness of the authorities in not providing every available means of lessening and averting the dire effects of so ungovernable and fearful an element as fire. The premises, which belongs to Messrs. Poulter and Son, brewers, of Dover, were insured for 450, and the furniture for 200.


From the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Telegram, 19 June, 1869.


About midnight on Sunday last, a fire broke out at the above old established public house; it appears that the landlord Mr. Wardrop, his wife and son, had retired to rest and about 12.30 the landlord had occasion to go downstairs to his bar to procure some brandy, and whilst engaged in replenishing a spirit lamp had the misfortune to upset it, and on striking a lucifer a spark fell from it and quickly enveloped the room in flames. The readiest means at hand it appears was the beer engine, and the landlord availed himself of this as long as the heat and smoke would permit - on finding his efforts useless he ran off to the police station for assistance.

Supt. Parker, together with the whole of the police, were on the spot with their apparatus, recently purchased, within a quarter of an hour.... Parker then dispatched some of his men to procure the fire engine attached to the brewer Messrs. Hills & Son, but by this time the flames had rescinded to the roof of the building.

..... By the aid of the two fire engines (one belonging to the Royal Marines J. F.) the fire was quickly subdued, but not until the premises and contents were entirely destroyed.

The premises belonging to Messrs. Powlter, brewers, Dover, who are insured in the "Guardian." The contents, we understand, were partially insured in the North British Office but a short time since.


Letter to the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Telegram, 19 June, 1869.

Two thoughts have been presented to me in reference to the recent destruction of the "Royal George" public house:-

1. The great importance of the town possessing a complete fire apparatus of its own, and

2. The wisdom of purchasing a portion of the ruins so as to make the pavement equal in width to that in front of the "Ship and Castle." Signed... An Inhabitant.



Bradshaws directory shows the "Ship and Castle" ("Sir John Falstaff") addressed at 52 Lower Street and Kelly's 1878 at 57 Lower Street.



JUDESON Widow 1804

CLARK George 1805+

MILLGATE George 1823-32-39+ Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

NOAKES G D to Feb/1837 dec'd

NOAKES Isabel 1840-44+ Pigot's Directory 1840

MOCKETT Joshua 1847-55+ (age 59 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Post Office Directory 1855

USHER Mrs Mary 1858-65 Melville's 1858

BALL James Baldwin 1865-66+ (Married Mary Usher in 1864, went bankrupt in 1867)

BARNE George to Mar/1868

WARDROP William Mar/1869


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858



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