Sort file:- Walmer, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 10 December, 2023.


Earliest 1541


Latest 1970

203 Dover Road

Drum Hill Post Office Directory 1874

Upper Walmer

Drum 1920

ABOVE: Dover Road, Walmer in 1920, looking down towards Walmer seafront with The Drum on the left.

Drum location 2010

ABOVE: The "Drum" public house used to be on the right of this view of Dover Road, Walmer, before it was knocked down to make way for road Improvements.

Drum and licensees 1928

Above photo 1928 showing William & Edith Minter, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

The Drum 1952

Above photo showing the Charrington pub the Drum in 1952.

Drum 1965

Above picture kindly supplied by Deal library. Newspaper cutting from East Kent Mercury, Thursday, October 14th, 1965.


Not to be confused with the "Drum Major".


A J Langridge's research in 1977 mentions the "Drum" in Dover Road as being built in 1541 and demolished in 1970.


From the Kentish Post, 9-12 March, 1757. Kindly sent from Alec Hasenson.

Sale of a large Hooker Boat, at the "Drum" in Walmer, 14th March 1757.


Kentish Chronicles, 26 September, 1794.


Wednesday died at Walmer, Mr. J. Rickman, master of the "Drum" public house, aged 34.


Kentish Gazette, 14 May 1844.


May 9, at Walmer, after a very severe illness, Mr. J. Rayner, landlord of the "Drum Inn," Walmer, aged 41.


Southeastern Gazette, 22 February 1853.

A coroner’s inquest was held at the "Drum Inn," Walmer, on the 11th inst., before R. J. Emmerson, Esq., coroner, on the body of a man found by the sea shore the day before. From the state of the body, it must have been in the water several weeks. In the trousers pockets were found two gold watches, on one of which were the initials W. E. S. This led to inquiry, by which it is ascertained to be the body of Capt. W. E. Scarbrow, of the "Sadack," wrecked some time since on the Break Sand, a few miles off Ramsgate.


Kentish Gazette, 22 February 1853.


A coroner's inquest was held at the "Drum Inn," in this village, before R. J. Emmerson, Esq., coroner, on Friday last, on the body of a man found by the sea shore the day before. From the state of the body, it must have been dead several weeks. In the trousers pockets were found two gold watches; on one of which were the initials W.E.S. This led to inquiry by which it is ascertained to be the body of Capt. W. E. S. Scarbrow, of the Sudack, wrecked some time since, on the Break Sand a few miles off Ramsgate.


South Eastern Gazette, 12 March, 1860.


THIS old-established Business to be Disposed of, with immediate possession, in consequence of the death of the proprietor. The house is well situated, with every convenience for business, good stables, coach-houses, tea gardens, bowling-green, skittle ground, &c.

Rent 30. In-coming 300, including stock, fixtures, furniture, &c.

Apply as above, to Mr. Roake, Executor.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 16 June, 1871. Price 1d.



Mr. George West, will sell at auction, At the “Drum Inn,” Walmer, on Friday, the 23rd day of June, 1871, between two and three o'clock in the afternoon, the following very Desirable properties, situate in the pleasant village of Upper Walmer, in six lots:-

Lot 1. An excellent Freehold Cottage Residencem pleasantly situate on the road leading from the Turnpike Road on the Drum Hill, with a good sea view, containing Three bed-rooms, Two Sitting-rooms, good Domestic Offices, a supply of rain and spring water, and now in the occupation of Mr. Foord.

Lot 2. A similar Freehold (Detached) Messuage near to lot 1, with a n excellent sea view, containing Four bed-rooms, Two Sitting-rooms, Kitchen, Scullery, and Outhouse, supplied with rain and spring water, now in the occupation of Mr. Goodban.

Lot 3. A Freehold Residence, called Prospect Cottege, eligibly situate in a commanding position in Castle Street, with a pleasant Sea View, containing Four Bed-rooms, Two Sitting-rooms, Two Kitchens, Scullery, neat Lawn and Garden, the whole having a frontage of about 90 feet and a depth of about 100 feet, and offering a fine building site, now in the occupation of Mrs. Bushell.

Lot 4. Two Freehold newly-built Messuages, called Homestead Cottages, leading out of Castle Street, adjoining lot 3, in the occupation of Messrs. Minter and Ripton, under-tenants of A, Green Esq.

Lot 5. Valuable Freehold Business Premises, in the Main Road, Upper Walmer, comprising a good Residence, Butcher's Shop, with Slaughter-house, Yard, and every convenience, suitable for business, and where an extensive trade has been carried on for many years, and now in the occupation of Mr. Webb.

Lot 6. two Freehold Cottages and premises, adjoining lot 5, now in the occupation of James Beal and Mrs. Parker, under-tenants of Mr. Webb.

For further Particulars, apply to the Auctioneer, Beach Street, Deal, or to Messrs. Mercer & Edwards, Solicitors, Queen Street, Deal.


From the East Kent Mercury, 23 November, 1983

By Julie Deller.


Although it has passed into history, the "Drum Inn" at Upper Walmer will be remembered by many.

This ancient hostelry derived its name from a time when military masons were engaged in building Henry VIII's castles for coastal fortification.

Some builders were encamped on the high ground, later to be named Drum Hill.

Local men supplemented the work force and were summoned each morning by the sound of drum beats. Marching behind this drummer, they made their way to work.

Unexpected guests arrived at the "Drum Inn" after the Great Storm of November 26-27 in 1703. The landlord's son William Penny, was then aboard Stirling Castle (one of the ill-fated Channel Squadron lost on the Goodwin Sands).

Together with other survivors from that vessel he arrived in Walmer, as flags were flown at half-mast from our three castles.

Mr. Penny placed his inn at the disposal of these men, who included four marine captains, the third lieutenant, chaplain, cook, surgeon and 10 seamen.

Gathered in the cosy inn, the locals must have marvelled at the stories recounted, but possibly the most amazing to be heard was that of Thomas Atkins.

This seaman was the only survivor from the flagship Mary and told of how "a great billow" washed him from the deck of that ship on to the already sinking Stirling Castle.

According to Atkins, an empty long boat floated past and another massive wave dashed him into this boat. He was saved from death, in the worst naval disaster in British history, by the crew of the Deal lugger.


From the Dover Mercury, 30 December, 2010.


A LONG straight stretch of Dover Road going down towards The Strand and Walmer seafront is known by many people as Drum Hill.

For those who wonder why, that part of the A258 into Deal was named after a pub which was demolished in the late 1960s.

It is possible it was knocked down to make way for road improvements as the corner used to be an accident blackspot.

The "Drum" stood almost opposite the junction of Dover Road with Walmer Castle Road and the first written records of an inn on the site date back to 1541, according to The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer.

There is a story that revealed that the name was a reminder of the times when a drum was sounded along the road in the morning to remind workers building the Tudor Walmer Castle that it was time to get out of bed.

In 1664 the property was owned by local brewer Thomas Ffasham and there was a succession of people running the business until the pub was rebuilt in 1897.

William Minter was the final person in charge behind the bar of "The Drum" and he retired in 1968. The next year, aged 69, he died suddenly at his home in William Pitt Avenue, Deal, April 23.

He had taken over the business in the Second World War from his mother and ran it with his wife Florence.

Minter's Taxis used to be based in the building and, according to an old picture, there used to be a "fly proprietor" and coal merchant based on the site.

There was a big house next to "The Drum" which jutted out into the road, making the street narrow. It was the scene of a few death crashes and known as dangerous corner.

• The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer (with Kingsdown and Mongeham) is by Steve Glover and Michael Rogers. It was published earlier this year by Bygone Publishing and is now out in paper back for 15.99.



Positioned close to Drum Hill, the hill was named after the pub, the pub being probably the oldest traceable in Walmer.



BLACKSTALL Thomas Next pub licensee had pre 1618

WILLINGTON Thomas & COUPER Ben 1643+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

NEALE Jacobus 1664+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

CRANBROOKE Julia 1674+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

PARSONS Mary 1681+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

PENNY Mr 1703+

BURNVILLE Robert 1705-24 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

RICKMAN John 1766-Sept/94 dec'd The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

HOLBROOK Charles 1797-1803 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

SMITH Jesse 1804-28+ (The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers1804)Pigot's Directory 1828-29

MARSH Charles 1807 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

ANSELL George 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

RAYNER John 1849-May/44 (dec'd age 41) Pigot's Directory 1840

RAYNER Elizabeth 1847-60 (age 46 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Melville's 1858The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

HUXSTEP Stephen 1860-66 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

HUXSTEP Henry Next pub licensee had 1866-67 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and RogersKelly's 1862

MINTER William Robert 1867-1903+ (also fly proprietor & coal merchant, wharf, Railway station age 46 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1874Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

MINTER William James 1913-34+ Post Office Directory 1913Deal library 1914Post Office Directory 1918Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1930Kelly's 1934

MINTER Mrs Edith J 1938-Sept/51 (age 67 in 1939) Post Office Directory 1938

MINTER William Sept/1951-1968 The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers


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

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Deal library 1914Deal Library List 1914

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and RogersThe Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-