4 Beach Street
196 Beach Street
Houses on the seaward side of Beach Street extending to the north of
Seagirt House, with numerous boats scattered across the roadway
following bad weather. At the far end was the Napier Tavern.
The Deal History Society gives the earliest date known of the "Napier
Tavern" to be 1859 and the address as the top of North Street.
From the Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Telegram, 15
Tuesday, September 9th 1858
Oneisiferous Sneller of the "Napier Tavern," in Beach Street, applied for a spirit
licence. Application refused.
From the Deal, Walmer & Sandwich Mercury, 22 September, 1865.
Thomas Obree, boatman, appeared in answer to a summons charging him
with assaulting Richard Orrick, another boatman.
Richard Orrick deposed - Last night, about half-past nine o'clock, as
I was going home, I heard some persons run down the beach, saying there
was a blue light burning. I also ran down, and found several boatmen
there, who commenced laughing; and when I found it was a false alarm I
laughed too. Thomas Obree then came down, and said, "You long b_____, if
you laugh at me I will give you a slap in the mouth, and throw you into
the sea." I said, "I hope you will not." He then came towards me, and
knocked me down with his fist; the wound on my eye was caused by the
blow. I got away as soon as I could.
John Ashington corroborated the above evidence.
The defendant said that he was, in company with others, in the
"Napier Tavern" on Wednesday night, when Orrick ran by the window, and
called out that a blue light was burning. He jumped out of the window
and ran down the beach, when when he got there the complainant laughed
at him, and, being exasperated, he struck him.
The defendant was ordered to pay a fine, including costs, of 15s.
From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury,
9 July, 1870. 1d.
USING THREATENING LANGUAGE
Thomas Obree, waterman, was summoned to answer the complaint of
Onesiphorous Sneller, who alleged that on the 16th of June last, in the
parish of Deal, he threatened to knock his brains out, and that on
several previous occasions he had used similar threats, which were
calculated to make him (the complainant) commit a breach of the peace.
Defendant said unfortunately for him both his witnesses were off,
but the case was one which all the magistrates aught to take up, as it
was all about a lugger. Both his witnesses were friends of Mr. Sneller,
and used his house.
O. Sneller said: I keep the "Napier Tavern," Beach Street. For the
last 14 or 16 months I have frequently been abused by the defendant. We
were part owners of a lugger, and because I objected to the purchase of
new boats the defendant said I should never have any peace as long as I
lived and that he would ruin me. He has made three these threats several
times. I have not used excited language to him only when he has
commenced at me. On this particular day I was at home and the defendant
came into the room and seated himself close to me, and afterwards shook
his fists in my face and said he would knock my brains out. He was drunk
then or else he would not have done it - it is only when he has been
drinking that he abuses me. I expected every moment that I should have
it. On these occasions his conduct is so irritating that I fear I shall
commit a breach of the peace.
From the statement of Obree it appeared that on the 16th of June the
lugger of which he and the complainant and Mrs. Smith were the owners
was sold. He always worked the boat, and had to pay for the wear and
tear pf all her gear before he got his money, and he went to the
complainant on the evening after the sale thinking they were going to
settle up; but the complainant told him that he had not had time to get
the bills in, whereas he had been out in the marshes getting a horse out
of the dyke. He noticed that a spy-glass, some woods, and a piece of
rope that belonged to the boat had not been sold with her, and on his
speaking to Mr. Sneller about it he became irritated. He ultimately
agreed to settle up upon the following Saturday, but had not done so.
Mr. Sneller explained that the woods were broken, the rope was his
own, and the spy-glass he had forgotten about, but had promised to take
it at a valuation.
Ultimately the Magistrates bound the defendant over in his own
recognizance's in the sum of £10 to keep the peace for three months, and
advised the parties to call in a third person to arbitrate upon their
differences - a piece of good advice which each said he was willing to
SNELLER Onesiphorous 1858-72+
NICHOLASS William Thomsett 1874+
BUSHELL William Wilkins 1882-99+
HANGER Edward 1908+
From Melville's Directory 1858
From the Kelly's Directory 1862
From the Post Office Directory 1874
From the Kelly's Directory 1874
From the Post Office Directory 1882
From the Post Office Directory 1891
From the Kelly's Directory 1899
From Pikes 1908
From the Deal
Walmer & Sandwich Telegram
From the Deal
Walmer & Sandwich Mercury