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Apparently situated at the back of West Street Chapel.
I have seen this mentioned by A J Langridge in 1977, who was researching the pubs and says it was demolished and used to be adjacent to the Working Mans' Club in West Street.
Further research says that William Makepiece Thackery wrote about it in his last work written for the Cornhill Magazine, and published a few months after his death in 1864.
There is also mention of the "Anchor" which David G Collier says is now the Working Man's Club. Slight difference of location here from this one, but perhaps they are one and the same and changed name, leaving off the Blue some time around the middle of the 19th century.
Latest piece of information gathered is from the book "Reminiscence of Old Deal" published in 1949 and from the pen of East Kent Mercury Chief Reporter, E. W. Clark, and mentions the following:- "In West Street was an ancient inn, rejoicing in the name of the "Blue Anchor," the ground floor of which was also below the level of the roadway, as was that of an old thatched cottage in the same street, on a site now occupied by the Salvation Army citadel."
CAUDEN Widow 1804+
GOLDFINCH John 1814+
CURLING Thomas 1823-32+
MARSH Simon 1839-64 (blacksmith)
May have changed name to the "Anchor"
From the Pigot's Directory 1823
From the Pigot's Directory 1824
From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29
From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34
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