Sort file:- Walmer, March, 2024.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 23 March, 2024.


Earliest 1878

Railway Hotel

Closed Feb 2016

85 Station Road

Junction of Station Road and Mayers Road

Upper Walmer

Railway Hotel

Above picture is of the "Railway Hotel." Circa 1905.

Railway Hotel 1930

Above postcard, circa 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Railway Hotel 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Inside Railway Hotel 1971

Above photo, 1971.

Inside Railway Hotel 1971

Above photo 1971.

 Railway Hotel in Walmer Railway Hotel Sign in WalmerRailway sign 1992

All photos and sign left by Paul Skelton, 13 July 2008.

sign right, June 1992.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

From the Dover Mercury 4 December 2003.

Railway advert, Walmer


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 27 September, 1878


The Licensing Sessions for the Dover district of the county was held at Dover on Thursday before Dr. Astley, Steriker Finnis Esq., Major Stevenson, F. Fortescue, Esq., and C. J. Plumptre, Esq.


Messrs. Thomson and Son, brewers, made an application for a provisional license for an hotel to be erected near the proposed Upper Walmer station on the Dover and Deal Railway, in the parish of Great Mongeham. The house and stable will cost 1,070. the applicant said he had a memorial signed by the vicar, churchwardens, and overseers, and that there was no public-house within a quarter of a mile.

Mr. Fry, architect, of Dover, produced the plans of the hotel.

The provisional license was granted.


Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury 17 January 1891.


Thursday. (Dover Division.) [Before Colonel Sladen, Major Lawes, G. E. Toomer, J. H. Monins, and W. L. Lowndes, Esqrs.]


The licenses of the following houses were transferred:—

"Railway Station Hotel," Walmer, from Edwin Sill to Richard Morley (formerly of the "Railway Hotel," Broadstairs).



I have been informed that the pub is closing on the 1st March 2016.

Latest news of 14 May 2016, informed me that the pub had sold at auction for 470,000.

As of June 2016 I understand that planning permission has been submitted for the approval to the demolition of the building.


From the Dover Mercury, 23 June, 2016.

End of line for Railway if demolition approved.

Railway 2016

An application to demolish The Railway pub in Walmer is seeking approval from the local authority.

The pub in Station Road, which went under the hammer at auction in May, could be demolished by July 15.

According to the architects Beanland Associates Architects Ltd, the building will be manually dismantled to make way for redevelopment on the site.

The establishment, containing six rooms, a kitchen, dining room and two bathrooms above the ground floor pub, had a freehold guide price of 225 to 230,000, when it appeared at auction with Clive Emson.

Trees on the site have now been pruned or felled by the owner in preparation for the works, should they be approved by Dover District Council.

A nearby resident Esmari James has raised concerns that wildlife and particularly birds will be affected by this.

She said: “They are basically cutting down all the trees. They couldn’t wait until birding season was over, I watched those birds every day building nests.”

Andy Steele, press spokesman for DDC said: “We have received an application for prior approval for demolition at the Railway Inn in Walmer, which we are currently considering.

“The removal of trees from a site is only a matter for the planning authority if the trees are designated as protected or subject to other planning restrictions. We are not aware of any such considerations in this case.”

The Railway went under the hammer at auction in May and could be demolished in July.



TOMLIN John 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

FILMER Mr J James to July/1886 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

SILL Edwin to Jan/1891 Deal Mercury

MORLEY Richard Jan/1891+ Deal Mercury

MINTER John William 1899-1905+ (age 29 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1899

JOLLY Henry to Dec/1913 Next pub licensee had Dover Express

LEAVER Edmond 1914-18+ Deal library 1914Post Office Directory 1918

BEST J 1930+

PILCHER Albert Charles 1934+ Kelly's 1934

SLATER G P (manager) 1950-52

TAYLOR E 1952-55

BURDEN A G 1955-57

LILLY G A 1957-Sept/60

BUGLER S G Sept/1960-Dec/62

WILDING G W Dec/1962-Oct/64

WILSON W G Mr Oct/1964-Mar/67

STEVENS Peter J Mar/1967+

STEVENS Peter J & WALKER A 1974+ Library archives 1974 Charrington & Co


Above two licensees also had the "Mill Inn," Deal and Stevens also was named as licensee of the "Rising Sun," Kingsdown.

CLARKSON Mr Michael 16/May/2010+ name changed to the "Railway" without the hotel prefix around the 4th May 2011.

Last pub licensee had GUY Sylvia July/2013+


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Deal library 1914Deal Library List 1914

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury


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