Sort file:- Deal, February, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 26 February, 2023.


Earliest 1783-

(Name from)

Three Compasses

Open 2020+

129 Beach Street

146 Beach Street Post Office Directory 1874


01304 374661

Three Compasses 1920

Above photo, circa 1920, kindly sent by Steve Glover.

Three Compasses 1947

Above photo, possibly 1947, kindly sent by Helen Goodship.

Three Compasses 1973

Above postcard 1973, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Three Compasses 1997

Above photo, 1997, kindly sent by Wendy Baker.

Three Compasses in Deal Three Compasses sign in Deal Three Compasses sign in Deal

Above photos by Paul Skelton, 26 July 2008.

Three Compasses sign 1987

Three Compasses sign November 1987.

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis


According to the Deal History Society, this pub goes back as far as 1661 when it was called the "New Inn."


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 3 May 1783.

Henry Pot, begs to inform the public, that he intends setting out from the "Golden Lion," near Kingsbridge, Canterbury on Monday next, for Deal, and returns the same day, and on Thursday and Saturday, with a light caravan fit for passengers and parcels of any kind, and on the most reasonable terms.

Parcels taken in, for the above caravan, at the "Golden Lion," and at the "Fleece," in Canterbury, and at the "Three Compasses" at Deal.

Those who please to favour him with their commands may depend upon the general care and punctuality, and a grateful acknowledgement.

By their humble servant, Henry Pott. The above caravan stops at the "Anchor," Littlebourne; the "Dog," Wingham; and the "Bell," at Sandwich.


Kentish Gazette 2 June 1801.

Last Saturday died, after a short illness, Mrs. Cavell, of the Three Compasses at Deal, leaving a large family.


Kentish Gazette 2 June 1801.

Friday last, died Mrs. Cavill wife of Mr. John Cavill at the "Three Compasses," Deal.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 10 July, 1869. 1d.


The plaintiff in this case is the brewer at Buckland, near Dover, and sued the defendant, who is the landlord of the "Three Compasses," public-house, Beach Street, for 28 0s. 1d., for beer. Defendant admitted the debt and expressed his willingness to pay within a reasonable time. Plaintiff obtained judgement, with a view of coming to an amicable arrangement.


From the Deal, Walmer, and Sandwich Mercury, 19 June, 1869. 1d.


THE "THREE COMPASSES," at the top of Coppin Street, Beach Street, Deal.

Enquire Alfred Kingsford, Buckland Brewery, Dover.


Kentish Gazette, 8 March, 1870.


Borough Petty Sessions.

The Magistrates present at these sessions on Thursday were the Mayor, W. M. Cavell, E. Brown, and J. Iggulden, Esqrs.

The license of the “Three Compasses” public house, Beach-street, was transferred from Henry Wood to William Appleton, and a new license was granted to Mr Thomas Gould, late of Southsea, for the “New Walmer Castle Hotel.”


From the Deal Licensing Register, Clerks MS Book, 18 September, 1890.

The "Three Compasses" having been closed for 4 or 5 months owing to the bankruptcy of the tenant, the renewal of the licence was opposed. One witness said:- "I live in Beach Street, immediately opposite the "Three Compasses" - the behaviour of the inhabitants of Copping Street has been a great nuisance to Beach Street. It is from fighting and drunkenness, bad language and disorderly woman. The house next to mine has been vacant for some years. The neighbourhood has been respectable since this house was closed." The licence was granted on transfer after an adjournment.


Bill & Iris Brett 1970s

Above photo showing Bill & Iris Brett, circa 1970s.


An outlet for Fremlins in 1974. Library archives 1974

As of 2019 I believe the pub is closed as a drinking establishment and is now being run as a restaurant only, so if you want a drink you'll have to order a meal as well.



CAVELL John 1823-24+ Pigot's Directory 1823Pigot's Directory 1824 (Lowest)

CAVELL Francis 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29 (Lower Street)

MYHILL 1869 Deal Mercury

WOOD H to Jan/1870 Deal Mercury

APPLETON William Jan/1870-82+ Deal MercuryPost Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882 (age 31 in 1871Census)

OUTWIN John Thomas 1891 Post Office Directory 1891

CULLEN Frederick W 1891+ (age 30 in 1891Census)

EDWARDS John 1899-1908+ Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903Pikes 1908

TAYLOR Henry 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913Deal library 1914

Last pub licensee had HALL Emily 1913-1919

LOCK William 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

ALLEN John G 1934+ Kelly's 1934

LOUGHLIN William O 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

BRETT William J 1974+ Library archives 1974 Fremlins

BARBASIEWICZ Nicholas 2008+


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Pikes 1908From Pikes 1908

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Deal library 1914Deal Library List 1914

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938

Library archives 1974Library archives 1974

Deal MercuryFrom the Deal Walmer & Sandwich Mercury


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