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Earliest 1730


Latest 1909

29 Beach Street


Crown Hotel today as Beachbrow Hotel in Deal Beachbrow Hotel sign in Deal

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 26 July 2008.


Originally called the "Crown Hotel", this pub has now changed name and is operating as the "Beachbrow Hotel", but I do not know when the change came about. Certainly after 1891.


From the Kentish Post or Canterbury News-Letter, August 22-25, 1730. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

To be sold by auction at the Sign of the Three Kings in Deal, on Monday the 17th Day of September next, in one Lot, the several Public Houses following, all lying at Deal, viz. the Sign of the Crown, late in the occupation of the widow Brockman; the Sign of the Bricklayer's Arms, now in the occupation of Stephen Forrest; the Sign of the Unicorn, in the occupation of Henry Hillgrove; the Sign of the Fleece, in the occupation of John Wealand; the Sign of the Globe, in the occupation of Stephen Norris; and the Sign of the Carpenter's Arms, in the occupation of William Savine; with another Tenement adjoining, in the occupation of Nicholas Ladd: the first of which Houses is Freehold, the two next are Leasehold for eleven years, renewable on a small fine certain, and the rest Leasehold from the Archbishop of Canterbury.



The Deal History Society have dated this pub to 1776, but I believe from the above article that appeared in the Kentish Post that it existed earlier than this date, certainly as early as 1730 and it seems it was for sale then, probably earlier.


Deal Borough Records show the following entry:- MS Council's Opinion 18th November 1776 - by Geo. Rowe, Inner Temple.

In the town and Borough of Deal are 30 Publick Houses including taverns and Inns, 18 whereof have stabling fit for the accommodation of Dragoons and horses and the other 12 have no stabling at all.

These dragoons (12 or 13 in all) were to assist the Officers of the Revenue at Deal.

The  following houses refused to billet the Dragoons for lack of suitable accommodation.


The Crown was mentioned in this list.



BROCKMAN (widow) 1730

VILES Alex 1776+

HARWOOD Widow 1804+ (Oak Lane)

STAINWELL Thomas 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

MARSH Joseph 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

SINGER Walter 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

BROWN John 1847+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

DENNE Charles 1858-62+ Melville's 1858Kelly's 1862

LANGLEY Thomas 1874+ Kelly's 1874

FISHER John Baker 1882-99+ Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891Kelly's 1899 (138 Beach Street)

CARTER Walter Stanford to end 1906 Next pub licensee had Dover Express


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Kelly's 1874From the Kelly's 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

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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