|PUB LIST||PUBLIC HOUSES||Paul Skelton|
190a Middle Street
Previously called the "Lord Nelson"
The "Clarendon Tap" changed names in 1896 to the "Old Victory Inn," according to the Deal Licensing Register. I'm not sure what old victory they were celebrating at the time, but in 1940 the area was bombed and nothing more than a car-park remains today.
Stephen Clements Gray emailed me to say that John Clements was his Great, Great Great Grandfather who had the pub during the 1860s.
John Clements died by falling down holding an oil lamp and set himself alight. He died at the pub some time later from his burns in about 1882. He had lost his wife less than a year before this. Previously he had been a boatman. I have a copy of portraits of him and his wife that were painted about 1840 just before they married. I have been studying the photo in the book by David Collyer - (See "Old Victory Inn" Deal and district at war and I am pretty sure the pub is visible in it. Looking at the position of the bomb that was dropped on Short St and buildings still in place - I think it is on the far left, but I cannot be sure. The pub was located on the corner of Short St. and Middle St.
Stephen Clements Gray.
TAYLOR Mercer 1874-Sept/81
CLEMENTS John Sept/1881-Sept/84+
CLEMENTS William Sept/1884-Nov/1884
BAILEY George Henry Nov/1884+
EVANS Charles Thomas 1891+
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Kelly's Directory 1878
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
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