Sort file:- Deal, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 07 September, 2021.


Earliest 1764

Ship Inn

Open 2020+

141 Middle Street

69 Middle Street Post Office Directory 1874 & 1895


01304 372222

Ship 1952

Above photograph dated 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Ship ledger

Thompson & Sons ledger 1950-1953. Creative Commons Licence.

Ship 1987

Photos taken in 1987, from by John Law.

Ship Inn in Deal Ship Inn in Deal Ship Inn sign in DealShip Inn sign in Deal
Ship Inn sign 1987Ship Inn sign 1993

Ship sign left, November 1987, right, July 1993.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


A new licence was applied for and received by John Forrest in September 1865 after the pub had been renamed the "Seagull" for a few years between 1857 and 1865.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 9 October, 1869. 1d.


Mr. Omer attended for the purpose of having the license of the "Ship," public-house, Middle Street, which had been endorsed in his name on the previous Thursday, upon the application of the outgoing tenant, Mr. John Forrest, transferred to him, but the rate-collector, Mr. John Brown, informed the Bench that there were rates to the amount of 2 2s. 2d. owing by the former defendant, and that Mr. Omar had a bill of sale on furniture. He had taken all possible means he could without loss to his employer to recover the money, but had failed.

The Magistrates considered that as Mr. Omer had a bill of sale upon his furniture, he should pay the rates, but this he for some time objected to do, on the ground that the collector could have enforced payment from Mr. Forrest, who had a reversionary right in other property. Ultimately, however, Mr. Omer undertook to see the rates in question paid, and the license was accordingly transferred.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 15 July, 1871. 1d.


This was to recover 2s. 8d., for damage done to a window blind. Plaintiff is a publican, and defendant a boatman.

Mrs. Chapmen said that Norris had fallen through the wire blind whilst dancing in her house. He promised to pay the amount of damage, but he had not done so, hence these proceedings.

Defendant, in reply, said that they were all drunk together - he meant all in the house - and he thought they ought to club round and pay between them; he was willing to pay his part.

His Honour found for plaintiff, and ordered defendant to pay the amount claimed.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 4 January, 1873. 1d.


Upon the application of Mrs. Chapman, the landlady of the "Ship Inn," Middle Street, the Magistrates gave permission to remain open till 1 o'clock o the following (Friday) morning.


From the Thanet Advertiser, 3 July 1931.


A popular Deal licensee, Mr. George Alfred May, of the "Ship Inn," Middle Street, passed away suddenly last week. Mr. May, who would have been 61 on 8th August, was the son of an old Deal mariner. He was a member of the Lord Warden Lodge of Freemasons. No. 1096, in which he held the rank of S.W. he leaves a widow, one son and two daughters. The funeral took place at Deal Cemetery on Friday.


An outlet for Charrington & Co. in 1974. Library archives 1974 Now serving as a Free House. (2009). Charringtons hold the title deeds which shows the earliest known date for the building to be 1764. (Property at 141 Middle Street), but no change of an inn sign has been recorded.


Ship inside 2016

Above photo showing the inside of the pub, December 2016, photo by Aniya Adly.



FORREST John 1865-Oct/69+ Deal Mercury

OMAR John Oct/1869-May/70 (also brewer of Sandwich) Deal MercuryKentish Gazette

CHAPMAN Frederick May/1870-71 (age 45 in 1871Census) Kentish Gazette

CHAPMAN Mrs 1871-73+ Deal Mercury

CHAPMAN Frederick 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

GRIGG John Galley 1882-91+ (age 59 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891

GRIGG Mrs Ann Murray 1895 (Kelly's)

QUINTON Charles 1898+

BOR Charles Frederick 1899+ Kelly's 1899

BRICE Frederick 1903+ Kelly's 1903

THOMAS Henry 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

THOMAS Mrs E 1914+ Deal library 1914

MAY George Alfred 1922-July/31 dec'd Post Office Directory 1922

MAY Mrs Elizabeth C Jul/1931-38+ Kelly's 1934Post Office Directory 1938

BARNES S 2/Mar/1950-Aug/58

BELASCO L W Aug/1958-Jan/61

HARROP K A Jan/1961-June/61 dec'd

HARROP O (widow) June-1961-63

GENTRY L C 1963-Sept/63

BOLETT Sept/1963+

THOMAS Victor 1974+ Library archives 1974 Charrington & Co

DENNIS Raymond 2005+


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office 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

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 Mercury

Deal Licensing RegisterDeal Licensing Register


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


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