12 Queen Street
9-13 Queen Street
Above shows the original "Swan Hotel" before being replaced in 1938.
Above photo shows the new "Swan Inn" rebuilt in 1938 by the Walmer
brewers, Thompson and Sons.
From the Deal, Walmer and Sandwich Mercury, 20 April, 1872.
7 acres of Lucern, Mill Road, to be sold by auction at the "Swan
(Lucern, incidentally, is a flowering plant of the pea family,
cultivated as an important forage crop, and otherwise known as Alfalfa,
it resembles clover with clusters of small purple flowers. Paul
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
25 June, 1872. 1d.
A man giving the name of James Watts was brought up for being drunk
and sleeping in the coach-house of the "Swan Inn."
P.C. Pettet said: I was on duty this morning about half-past two in
Queen Street, in company with Sergeant Spicer. On going by the "Swan
Inn" we noticed that the door of the coach-house was open, and we went
in to see if anyone was about the premises. We found the prisoner lying
asleep on some ruffled straw. After some trouble we succeeded in waking
him, and he then told us in reply to our questions that he did not know
how he came there. He was drunk, but after a bit he was able to walk to
The Supt. said the landlord of the "Swan Inn" did not wish to
Prisoner, in reply to Magistrates, said he was a native of Wiltshire,
and was tramping round in search of work as a labourer. He had worked in
a lead manufactory, but could not stand it. He had worked five days at
Sandwich the previous week.
The Magistrates ordered him to be seen out of the town forthwith.
From the East Kent Mercury, 21st October, 1981
The "Swan Hotel" in Queen Street, Deal was built in 1694 - five years
before Deal received its Charter - and was called the "Five Bells." It
gave its title to the thoroughfare we know as Queen Street, for it was
then called Five Bells Lane.
Within 50 years the hostelry had changed its name to the "Swan" and
the first known record of a licensee is a Mr Brockman, who transferred
the license to Harry Pockett in 1840.
The "Swan" was famous as a posting house and had stabling for almost
40 horses. At the last great agricultural show held on Victoria Park,
over 100 horses were tethered at the "Swan." In 1881 it was virtually
destroyed by fire and some valuable horses belonging to the
Chipperfield's circus were badly burned.
Among those who stayed at the "Swan is Charles Dickens, who is said
to have written some chapters of David Copperfield whilst lodging there.
From the East Kent Mercury, January 7, 1988.
Tony Arnold takes a look back in time.
Street with a busy past.
Queen Street is one of Deal’s busiest streets with traffic lights at
both ends, and so it has always been. Centuries ago when the
thoroughfare was known as Five Bells Lane, there was a toll gate roughly
where the railway bridge stands.
The flow of traffic in Queen Street became so great in the 1930s "as
to involve real danger to pedestrians". So in the New Year of 1933 Down
Town Council began widening work.
The office of the East Kent Mercury was not disturbed but all
property on that side of the road from the EKM office to the High Street
When the East Kent Mercury moved into Queen Street it took over a
residential property as offices. Its front garden was paved – and so the
property did not have to close down.
But among those which were demolished was the office of S. Olds, who,
before the coming of the railway, operated horse drawn coaches, and then
– moving with the times – introduced taxis to Deal. The business moved
into West Street.
Queen Street was once Deal’s premier residential street, dominated by
Admiralty House, official home of the Port Admiral. This disappeared to
become an Odeon cinema, and on the site today stands a snooker club and
a wine bar.
One building which has not changed is the office of Williamson and
Barnes, the solicitors, which was used for sittings of local and county
courts. It was built as a bank.
Another property which has not changed very much is Neville House,
once the residence of Mr G. H. Denne, the builder, and for many years
the offices of Deal Town Council and Dover District Council. What will
happen to it now remains to be seen.
The oldest building in Queen Street was the Swan Hotel, now, of
course, rebuilt and modernised. The Swan was built in 1694 – five years
before Deal received its Charter – and was named The Five Bells, giving
its name to road which is now Queen Street.
The Swan was the posting house for Deal and had stabling for almost
40 horses. It is a local legend that Charles Dickens stayed at The Swan,
and while there penned some of the most moving chapters of David
Article kindly sent to me from Patricia Streater.
It was also reported in H S Chapman, "Deal Past and Present 1890, that
when repairing the pub in about 1890, a dated stone was found showing 1694.
From the East Kent Mercury, 5 August, 1999.
Not a lot of people know ... by L.W. Cozens
... that during repairs and renovations to the old "Swan Inn" in
Queen Street in 1937, its former name being the "Five Bells," a cast
iron plaque was found bearing the date 1694. Beneath the old Swan were
large cellars, each with holes in the walls for candles.
It is said by David G Collyer that Charles Dickins visited Deal for the
opening of the new railway in July 1847 and attended a reception to
celebrate that event, held at this pub.
By 1939 this establishment had the address 42 and 44 Queen Street.
An outlet for Charrington & Co. in 1974.
This public house has now changed name to the "Hole
in the Roof."
LADD William 1824+
BEAL Brockman 1828-40+
POCKETT Harry 1840+
POCKETT John 1847+
BROWN Vernon 1874+
GARNER Charles Banks 1878+
GARNER Charles Banks Mrs 1882+
KEYS George 1891+
YOUNG Horace 1899+
YOUNG Miss C A 1908+ ( Old Swan Hotel)
ROTHWELL Frederick 1913-34+
GREEN Albert 1938+
STEVENS Peter J & SHARP A W
Charrington & Co
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
From the Pigot's Directory 1839
From the Pigot's Directory 1840
From Bagshaw Directory 1847
From the Kelly's Directory 1878
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From Pikes 1908
From the Post Office Directory 1913
Deal Library List 1914
From the Post Office Directory 1922
From the Kelly's Directory 1934
From the Post Office Directory 1938
Library archives 1974
Deal Licensing Register