Sort file:- Walmer, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 27 September, 2021.


Earliest 1851-

Rising Sun

Latest 1911

2 North Barrack Road

4 Rope Walk/(Cambridge Place 1861+)

Lower Walmer


Rising Sun site

The "Rising Sun" used to occupy the corner of Cheriton Place and was rebuilt as the Kings Hall Cinema after demolition. Now Autobase (2010) and previously the Palais Dance Hall.

Walmer O S map 1871

Above shows part of the Godfrey Edition O.S. map 1871.

Red="Rising Sun." Blue="Dolphin" Yellow="Lord Warden Inn"

Walmer map 2009Walmer O S map 1871

Above left showing map from Google 2009.


The text Rising Sun (P.H.) is shown on Kent Sheet 58.04 (LVIII.4) being a reprint of ‘First Edition 1873' Old Ordnance Survey Maps published by Alan Godfrey Maps.

Location is in an inward street off The Strand at seafront south of Deal Castle.

Patricia Streater


David G Collyer says that Noel Coward, when living at St. Margaret's, was often seen in this pub in North Barracks Road, I do not know what date he was frequenting the place though. Noel Coward, born in 1899, would have been no more than 12 if this was true, so perhaps it was another pub nearby.

Not far away is the "Lord Warden Hotel."


From the Dover Telegraph and Cinque Ports General Advertiser, Saturday 27 March, 1858. Price 4d.


An inquest was held on Monday afternoon before R. Emmerson, Esq., on the body of Henry Thomas Wood, aged 42 years, late proprietor of the "Rising Sun," public-house. It appeared from the evidence that deceased had been shooting small birds in his garden, and it is supposed the gun went off accidentally, part of the face and forehead of the unfortunate man being blown away. The gun he had been using was a very unsafe weapon, the lock having no catch, and being liable to go off with the slightest jerk. The jury returned a verdict "That deceased Henry Thomas Wood accidentally shot himself."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 28 April, 1860.

An authority to sell excisable liquors by retail, at the "Rising Sun," Walmer, till the next transfer day, was granted to Simon White.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 25 February, 1871. 1d.


Henry Wood, landlord of the "Rising Sun," public-house, Walmer Road, was summoned for having his house open after 12 o'clock on the night of Saturday the 21st, viz. at a quarter to one o'clock, for the sale of refreshment, the same not being for lodgers or travellers.

P.C. Goldsack deposed: On the morning of Sunday the 22nd of February, I visited the "Rising Sun" at a quarter to one o'clock. I found the door open and walked in. I saw four Marines - one corporal and three privates - standing at the bar, Mrs. Wood, the landlady, being inside the bar serving. I asked her where Mr. Wood was and she said he was in bed, I then asked her what she meant by keeping her house open, as I had previously cautioned her only the Saturday night before. She said she had been trying to get the men out, but they would not go. There were three pint glasses and one half-pint standing on the counter, nearly full, and when I called her attention to the fact she said she had not drawn any beer since 12 o'clock. She afterwards said she did not know what time it was as they had no clock in the house. I showed her the time by my watch, and told her I should make out a report to the Superintendent with the view of summoning her for keeping her house open during prohibited hours. I knew it was a quarter to one by my watch, and also by hearing the Marine clock chime. The Marines wanted to get out of the house as soon as they saw me, but I would not allow them to leave till I had taken their names.

The defendant said he was ill in bed at the time, but he believed it was quite true that the house was open although he knew nothing of it himself. It was true that they had no clock in the house, as they had only been in it a fortnight, and had not had time to get straight. He had been four years in the other house, and had never had a complaint laid against him, and he was quite sure the present offence was unintentional.

At the request of the Magistrates, Mrs. Wood was called forward, and stated that she could not get the men out. She drew them no beer after 12 o'clock, however, and the reason the glasses were nearly full when the constable entered the house was because they had wanted brandy-and-lemonade, which she had refused to supply them with. She told them they were liable to be fined as well as the landlord.

The Magistrates, after consulting together, said that in inflicting a fine they were guided by the previous good character of the defendant. The maximum fine fixed by the Act of Parliament was very heavy - 5 - but as this was the defendant's first appearance they would not punish him very heavily, but it  must be shown to people in the same business that the law must not be broken, and he would have to pay 13s. 6d., including fine and costs.

The money was paid at once.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 18 September, 1874. 1d.


The landlord of the "Rising Sun", Lower Walmer, has obtained magistrates authority to keep his house open till twelve o'clock, on the occasion of performances at the Barracks Theatre.




WOOD Henry Thomas 1851-58 dec'd (age 38 in 1851Census)

WOOD Sarah May/1858-59+

WHITE Simon Next pub licensee had 1860-67 (age 32 in 1861Census)

FFASHAM John 1870+

WOOD Henry Feb/1871+ (age 39 in 1871Census) Deal Mercury

FENN William 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

PHILIPS/PHILPS Thomas 1876-82+ (age 30 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

BEER G 1889+

MAYGRAVES Frank 1891-95+ (also carpenter & photographer age 34 in 1891Census)

MERCER John 1899-1903+ Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

CLARK Alf 1908+

LEE James to 30/Dec/1911 (age 59 in 1911Census)

Closed, demolished and rebuilt as the Kings Hall Cinema.


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

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury



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