12 Beach Street
Above photo of the Beach House Temperance Hotel circa 1910. Kindly
supplied by Richard Jefferson, grandson of Samuel Robinson-Jefferson.
Above photo showing the staff at the hotel. Kindly supplied by
Above picture of the
Beach Hotel, date unknown, kindly supplied by Sue Solley.
Above two photos shows the "Beach House Hotel" just right of the
centre of the photos. Dates unknown.
Not sure whether they had a public licence for beer and spirits, but including
this hotel anyway. In the second picture down the words "Temperance" can just be
seen, but they are missing on all other pictures I have found so far.
The first owner I am aware of was a Samuel Jefferson, who after serving 21 years
and 4 days in the Royal Marines, was discharged on 5th December 1885 and shortly
after this ran the Beach House and Temperance Hotel.
Michael Crouch, owner of the above website says the following:- "The Temperance
movement is very difficult to trace any individual details about as so few
records survive today. However both Jefferson men were also Freemasons and there
may be a link there. I don't know whether that organisation had any sway in the
running of hotels and other establishments but I guess it is a possibility if it
furthered their own ends.
From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 1 May, 1903. Price 1d.
SUICIDE OF A COMMERCIAL TRAVELLER
THREE WAYS OF OBTAINING DEATH
A very determined case of suicide occurred at Deal on Friday. Mr. Harry
Powls, traveller for the Formalin Hygienic Company, London, came to the
“Beach House Hotel” soon after four o'clock on Thursday afternoon. There
was nothing unusual about his appearance. before retiring to bed for
the night, he complained to one of the maids of being unwell, and asked
if his breakfast might not be cooked till he came down. He also said to
“boots,” “Don't call me up in the morning as I am not very well.”
Nothing, however, occurred to create suspicion. As he did not appear
either at breakfast or lunch, and the door of his room was locked. Mr.
Jefferson's nephew, who happened to be in charge at the time, knocked at
the door, but could get no answer. His suspicions were aroused that
something was wrong, and thinking the man might be ill, and that it was
necessary to get in, he communicated by telephone to the Police.
Police-sergeant Barnes and police-constable Dale came and endeavoured to
get into the room. The lock was forced, but even then it was found
impossible to enter, as a chest of drawers had been placed against the
door. A pane of glass had eventually to be broken, and an entrance to be
effected by was of the front window, which was accomplished by about
three o'clock. The deceased was then found dead in bed, having
apparently shot himself through the mouth with a revolver, four out of
five chambers being still loaded, and one discharged. A small bottle
containing poison stood close at hand, and this, together with the fact
of his having vomited, pointed to his having first endeavoured to poison
himself. He had also evidently tried suffocation by gas, as the crevices
of the door and window were plastered with paper, and the room was full
of gas, which was escaping from the gas-fitting, the burner having
apparently been broken off to allow the gas to escape more freely. A
sealed envelope, with a note that it was to be sent to the deceased's
mother, was found in the room.
The inquest was held on the same day. There was no evidence to show any
cause for the act, and a verdict of “Suicide during temporary insanity”
From Pain's Walmer & District Directory. 1906-19.
Beach House Family and Commercial Temperance Hotel,
This First-class Hotel is situated in the best position in the town,
standing in its own ground, immediately facing the Sea, and commanding
one of the finest Sea Views on the South Coast.
The constant stream of vessels passing through the historic Downs at
such a short distance from the land, is a source of ever-charming
Deal is recognised by the Medical Profession to be one of the
healthiest towns in England.
The Hotel contains fine Bedrooms, spacious Drawing, Coffee, Smoking,
Dining and Private Sitting Rooms, the whole of which are Furnished and
Fitted in High-class Style.
Proprietor J. Jefferson, Tele no.4
From the Deal, Walmer, Sandwich and East Kent Mercury, 2nd September, 1933.
"Beach Hotel realises £4,200.
By order of the trustees of the late Mr. Edward Chitty, J.P., a sale
by auction of the unrestricted freehold premises, the Beach Hotel, Deal,
which, with a commanding frontage of about 160 ft. to the seafront and
close to the Pier, has been described as the key position to the Front,
was held at the Auction Mart, Park Street, on Wednesday afternoon by the
firm of Messrs. Worsfold & Hayward, as a result of which the hotel was
disposed of for £4,200 to the tenant, Mr. R. Rowe. [...]
The hotel is let on lease for a term of years expiring on March 25th,
1941, at the rental of £200 a year."
The premises was unfortunately demolished in the 1940s.
From the East Kent Mercury, 30 June, 2011
HOTEL THAT DEFENDED US FROM THE ENEMY
THIS week's Now and Then feature focuses on the former Beach Hotel
which once stood opposite the "Port Arms" and
"King's Head" pub on Deal
The black and white photographs show the demolition of the hotel, which,
during wartime, had been transformed into a blockhouse to defend the
coast against German invaders.
These pictures were brought into the Mercury offices by
John Richards (known as Jack) who worked on the blasting during the
flattening of the area. The main picture shows a work-mate standing by
the half-collapsed building, while the inset shows Mr Richards. He
estimates the date of the pictures as some time in 1952 or 1953.
Today, Mercury photographer Paul Amos's image shows similarities in
the street scene below.
The upper side window at what is now Wellington's cafe, close to the
roundabout by Deal Pier, can still be deciphered
while the slope of the roof and the stout chimney pots remain unchanged
at the "Beachbrow Hotel".
(left) said during war years, the exterior of the blockhouse
remained the same to prevent suspicion from the enemy on the continent.
Now the promenade provides beautiful views for walkers and cyclists,
while the shared performance area opposite the Port Arms, the "King's
Head" and "Dunkerley's Hotel" is a popular venue throughout the summer for
live music, eating, socialising and people-watching.
JEFFERSON Samuel 1886+
JEFFERSON James 1911-17
ROWE Mr R C 1933-39+