From Laker 1917, Page 142.
"The Earl of Portland came to Deal in 1636 and just as he was
alighting at this inn, "The Pelican," he was met by a Spaniard who
complained that the landlord, Robert Smyth had robbed him. The Earl
interviewed the landlord and offered to pay for the Spaniards room and
lodging but the landlord refused. John Denne, a Deal man, intervened and
told Smyth who his visitor was. Smyth replied that "he care for never a
Lord or Cristendom." Denne gives the place a bad name and says "from
what the landlords servants told him, he could discern that the host
robbed more in his house that any thief could do upon the highway."
The "Pelican" was of considerable age and importance. It stood on the
west side of the High Street and its orchards and pasture land were 2 or
3 acres. Stanhope Road, the Post Office, Queen's Hall and Carter
Institute now (1917) occupy its site. About 1700 a malthouse and brewery
were built in its grounds and the "Pelican" was converted into 4
dwellings one for the brewer. In 1739 when the whole was offered for
sale, Anthony Fashan was the occupier."
(Laker gives no sources for the above paragraphs.)