DOVER KENT ARCHIVES

Page Updated:- Monday, 04 February, 2019.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1813-

Blue Anchor

Closed 2016

Bilsington Road / Hamstreet Road (Ruckinge Corner 1851Census)

Ruckinge

https://whatpub.com/blue-anchor

Blue Anchor 1988

Above photo, 1988, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Above photo by Terry S Blackman, April 2009  Creative Commons Licence.

Blue Anchor sign 1991Blue Anchor sign 2002

Above sign left, July 1991, sign right, May 2002.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

 

Built in the early 18th century the premises that is just above sea level overlooks the Romney marshes has boasted that the infamous Ransley gang of smugglers frequented the place. It is believed its name was taken from a ship it used to service that regularly docked nearby.

I know the pub was open in 2014, but I have been informed that it finally closed in 2016. However, 2018 still saw a "To Let" sign outside.

 

I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.

 

From an email received 16 January 2019.

My ancestor, Thomas Pierce was the innkeeper around 1800. His son, Paul Pierce was born at Canterbury in 1793 and subsequently moved to Ruckinge and became a member of the Aldington smuggling gang. The gang were arrested, tried in London & transported for life to Tasmania in 1827.

Best Regards,

Mike Richards, Williamstown, Australia.

 I have further info that Thomas Pierce was at the inn from 1813 to 1831, Blue Anchor near Ruckinge.

 

LICENSEE LIST

PIERCE Thomas 1813-31 (licensee or lodger unknown)

CHITTENDEN William 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

GODDEN George 1851-58+ (age 36 in 1851Census)

RUSSELL John 1874+

RUSSELL Hannah Mrs 1881-82+ (widow age 65 in 1881Census)

WIGHTMAN Walter 1901+ (age 55 in 1901Census)

http://pubshistory.com/BlueAnchor.shtml

http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/blueanchor.html

https://whatpub.com/blue-anchor

 

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

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

CensusCensus

 

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