Sort file:- Walmer, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.


Earliest 1850s

Life Boat

Latest 1909

5 Campbell Street (1891 census)

28 28a Campbell Road (today)

Lower Walmer


Former Lifeboat Former Lifeboat

Above pictures taken from Google Maps 2009, showing the former Lifeboat as the taller of the buildings shown.


The Deal History Society have given an early date of 1878 when this pub was serving beer, but unfortunately not a lot more information.

However, further information taken from "The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer" by Steve Glover and Michael Rogers, adds that the property was originally registered by Edward Leith, property owners in the area prior to 1850, and the name was in existence by 1857. The building, although operating as one in those days was let to a W J Green for 13s. and the other part to W J Green and E Norris for 12/6d. I am going to assume that E Norris was licensee at the time.

The pub finally closed on 31 December 1909 when the Magistrates refused to renew the licence.

By 1913 the property was a fishmongers run by Mr. F Adams, and by 1915 was selling fried fish. 1924 saw the property sold out of the hands of the Leith family when Frederick Leith sold it to W T Hunter.

1925 the property was split into two, becoming 28 and 28a Campbell Street and is now two private houses.


From the Whitstable Times, 10 September, 1870.


On Thursday last the Magistrates sitting in Petty Sessions, consisting of the Mayor, W. M. Cavell, E. Brown, G. Hughes, and R. Hazell, Esqrs, were occupied for a considerable time in renewing spirit, wine, and ale-house licences. In the great majority of cases the licenses were handed to the publicans without comment or censure, but one or two who were in arrear with their rates were compelled to pay up before they could receive renewed licenses, and in only two cases were the landlords reprimanded for the injudicious manner in which they had hitherto conducted their houses. There was only one applicant for a new license, viz., by Mr. Mercer Taylor, who was represented by Mr. J. N. Mourilyan, for an ale-house license for the house at the extreme North-end to so called the “Lifeboat;” but as it transpired that Mr. Mourilyan would make another application at the adjourned meeting for a spirit license for the same house, it was agreed that the present application should stand over for a week, when both applications could be considered together. Mr. E. Drew appeared to oppose the application.


From the Whitstable Times, 17 September, 1870.

The remainder of the licenses which had been adjourned were granted, and a new one granted to Mr. Taylor, for a new house, the “Lifeboat.”


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 16 October, 1909.


A meeting of the East Kent Compensation Authority was held at the Guildhall, Canterbury, on Tuesday, under the chairmanship of Lord Harris, the other members of the Committee present being:- The Earl of Guilford, Lieut.-Col. S. Newton Dickenson, and Messrs. H. Fitzwalter Plumptre, H. S. Chapman. F. H. Wilbee, F. E. Burke, and H. H. Green.

Compensation in respect of a number of houses was allocated.

The "Lifeboat," Campbell Road, Walmer, alehouse, tenant, Mr. Richard Thomas Walkerell; owners, the executors of Walter James Green, care of the East Kent Brewery Co.. Ltd.. Sandwich.

Total agreed upon 619, of which 160 goes to Mr. Frederick Wingfield Leigh, of West Mersey, Essex, the freeholder. 449 to the Brewery Company, and 10 and a receipt for 73 4s. 2d. to the licensee.



From an email received 18 April, 2011

James Henry Norris was the nephew of Bertie Stephen Norris.  E Norris is a witness on Bertie's daughter's (Gladys) marriage certificate and I have yet to find out who he (I assume he not she) is?

Any information would be much appreciated.

Kind regards


Kathryn Tyrrell



LEITH Edward 1850s+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

NORRIS E 1857+

TAYLOR Mercer 1870+

NORRIS William Cullen 1871-85 dec'd Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882 (Born Walmer 1822)

MUGGLETON Edwin 1891 (census born Leicester circa 1868)

FINNIS Thomas H 1891 (Kelly's)

LEITH Frederick Wingfield 1893+ The Old Pubs of Deal and Walmer by Glover and Rogers

BLOYCE William Daniel 1898-1908 Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

WAKERELL Richard Thomas Next pub licensee had 1908-09

Closed 31/Dec/1909.


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

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:-