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Deal and Walmer True Stories
The information displayed here is from the former Deal and Walmer website
by the generous permission of Linda Corbett.
5th May 1858.
EDWARD COOPER, landlord of the Lord Nelson beer shop in Short Street gave his wife in charge to the police, shortly after 10pm on Sunday night for being drunk and threatening him with taking his life, and otherwise creating a great disturbance in the house which, according to the landlord's statement, is principally frequented by soldiers. The wife had been locked up all night and the husband begged that the magistrates would dismiss the case. The Mayor said that the house was a great nuisance to the neighbourhood where it was situated and if any more complaints of this nature was brought before him, it should be closed. Fine and costs, nine shillings.
ARRIVAL OF THE ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY AT DEAL.
12th October 1859.
Capt. SEALE, Lt. MAGERIS, 3 Sergeants, 2 Corporals, 4 Bombardiers, 100 men and 52 horses, arrived from Aldershot on Monday last, to be stationed at Walmer.
ROBBERY BY TWO SOLDIERS.
2nd May 1860.
MARK DIXON, vendor of faggots, was robbed of his money by two soldiers, near the 'Good Woman' at the back of the North Barracks, when pursuing his way home from Walmer to Mongeham.
7th June 1862.
H.R.H. Prince Alfred landed at Deal yesterday afternoon and visited Sandown to indulge in a game of cricket, accompanied by several officers of the fleet.
PERILOUS SITUATION OF DEAL BOATMEN ON THE GOODWIN SANDS.
8th February 1868.
On Monday evening blue lights and rockets were observed ascending from a ship on the Goodwins when an eight oared galley called the Capper put off from the shore at the top of Broad Street, with a crew of nine hands, namely, WILLIAM TROTT, EDWARD TROTT, HENRY CASPEL, T.BAKER, GEORGE HALL, JOHN LAMBERT. THOMAS SPEARS, GEORGE CONSTANT and JOHN WILKINS and made for the spot. In consequences of the strong north-west wind that had prevailed two or three days previously, a dangerous sea was rolling over the Goodwins, where the boat arrived a little before 10p.m. When within about fifty yards of the ship a huge breaker filled the galley, which immediately went down, leaving the nine men on the surface of the water. The boat came up again soon after, bottom upwards - as many of the men as could get near clung to her, others to oars, masts and floating gear, washed out of the boat. In this situation they remained for about a quarter of an hour, when a galley from Kingsdown hove in sight and rescued 8 of the nine men. The remaining young boatman, THOMAS SPEARS, about 22 years, had disappeared and was drowned. Other boats continued to arrive and each relieved the Kingsdown boat of part of her additional burden or a similar catastrophe might have befallen her from overloading.
COURT OF SALVAGE COMMITTEE
27th April 1867.
£55 was awarded to HENRY MARSH and GEORGE MARSH, belonging to Deal and their crew for services rendered to the brig Naiad, belonging to West Hartlepool, bound to Dieppe, laden with coals (Captain David Smallwood) whilst in collision with a schooner on the 11th April, from which she was extricated and conducted to Ramsgate Harbour.
£20 was awarded to HENRY JOHN BUTTRESS and JAMES SNELLER, boatmen of Deal, and their crew, for services rendered to the Flora, belonging to Rye (Captain John Coote) from Seaham bound to Rye, with cargo of coals, whilst in collision with a brig, having sprung the foremast, and the port rigging carried away, from which she was extricated and afterwards taken by steam-tug and conducted to Ramsgate.
A SHIP ON FIRE IN THE DOWNS
2nd February 1867.
Great consternation was evinced at Deal on Saturday evening last, when a report was received at Lloyd's Office, that a large ship, the Knight Companion, 1,425 tons burthen, laden with Jute, had just arrived in the Downs(in charge of a Deal Pilot, Mr GOLDSACK) whose cargo gave unmistakable evidence that a fire was raging below. Every precaution was adopted to prevent its breaking forth into flame - the result of which was that the vessel was brought to an anchor for the night in the Downs. She left Sunday morning, aided by all the steam power available here.
DEATH OF MR. ROBERT NICHOLSON.
7th January, 1871.
We have to record the death of one of the oldest inhabitants of this town, which took place at the home of his son-in-law, MR. CLAYSON, South-end of Beach Street on Wednesday 1st, at the age of 92 years. The deceased about fifty years ago was a watchmaker, and occupied premises recently used as the Telegraph Office, opposit the pier.
DEATH OF MR. JOHN CHITTENDEN.
21st January, 1871.
Mr. JOHN CHITTENDEN, boatbuilder, died at his residence in the town on Thursday, 19th January, in his 82nd year. The old gentleman made his own coffin shortly after Sandown Castle was pulled down from a portion of the oak stairs forming the principal staircase at the main entrance to the Castle.
4th February, 1871.
During the absence of Mr. ATKINS, a boatman, and his wife, residing at 79, Middle Street, between 6 & 8 o'clock in the evening of Saturday last, some evil disposed person entered their dwelling-house and stole one sheet, two towels, and £7 in money. No clue to the thief has at present been obtained; there is however, no doubt that it is someone well aquainted with the sufferers of their means.
SHOCKING DISCOVERY OF A DEAD BODY.
22nd July 1871.
On Saturday morning the dead body of WILLIAM JONES, an old Coastguard pensioner, residing in Water Street, was found in the back kitchen of his house in a most horrible state of decomposition. The Coroner's verdict was death from natural causes. The Coroner stated that it appeared from deceased's papers, that he had £1.500 in 3% Consuls. The deceased was on Monday interred in a vault at Walmer.
MESSAGE FROM THE SEA.
19th October 1872.
A bottle has been picked up near Beverwyke, Holland, containing a paper, on which the following was written:_"The brig "The Mary", from Deal, is in a fearful tempest; she is fast breaking and we shall all perish. Whoever picks this up, let him tell the news". Signed, W. ROBERTS, Passenger.
10th January 1874.
On Sunday evening as Mr. ROBERT CLARINGBOLD, formerly one of the drivers of the Deal & Dover Coaches, was passing through the kitchen of his house in Union Street, his foot tripped against the brick floor causing him a heavy fall, and fracturing his leg so seriously that the medical gentleman in attendance, Dr. F.T.HULKE is afraid that amputation will be necessary.
6th August. 1881.
A workman named HENRY BLISSENDEN, in the employ of Mr. G.H.DENNE, builder of Queen Street, Deal, while attending to a steam saw on Friday last, had two forefingers of his left hand cut off - He was immediately attended to by Dr. HUGHES, and is favourably progressing.