Sort file:- Minster on Sea, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 11 August, 2021.


Earliest 1754-

(Name from)

Prince of Waterloo

Closed 2010+

428 Minster Road (High Street)

Minster on Sea (Sheppey)

Prince of Waterloo

Above photo date unknown, image from Trevor Edwards,

Prince of Waterloo 2009

Above image from Google maps, May 2009.

Prince of Waterloo sign 1991Prince of Waterloo sign 2009

Above sign left, April 1991, sign right, 2009.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Prince of Waterloo matchbox

Above matchbox, circa 1980s, kindly send by Debi Birkin.


The "Prince of Waterloo" is a person unknown, although George IV in his old age often imagined that he had actually taken part in the historic battle of 1815. It was the "George" alehouse in 1754 when it sold for 75, and the ‘Prince' title was adopted much later. The painter Hogarth walked to Minster from Queenborough in 1732 whilst on holiday, and took refreshment at the inn. The pub has also been referred to as just the "Waterloo Inn." Not sure whether it was only the "Waterloo Inn" and if so when it gained its Prince title, but I think the former was the locals name.

Wendy James informs me that during her research she has seen reference that the pub has also been known as the "New Jolly Sailor," but no further information is yet known.


Maidstone Gazette and Kentish Courier.8 December 1835.


A numerous and highly respected meeting of the inhabitants of the Isle of Sheppey was held at the "Waterloo Inn," Minster, on Thursday last, for the purpose of forming an Agricultural Society; Delamark Banks, Esq., chairman. A string of very able resolutions for the government of the society, drawn up by J. B. Chambers, Esq., was read, and expressed his convictions that much good would result from the formation of this society, having witnessed the great benefits of them in Scotland, and that it should have his warm support i every way he could give assistance. He hoped that he should see its beneficial effects before he should be removed from Sheppey, and begged of the meeting to accept his subscription of five guineas. Nearly 30 was collected in the room, and it was determined that a Ploughing Match should take place on Monday, the 21st instant, on the farm of Mr. Thomas Coveney, at Norwood, for three prizes; the first, of 3 to the best ploughman, and 10s. to the driver; the third, of 1 to the ploughman, and 5s. to the driver; and many other rewards are also to be distributed on that day, for length of servitude under one muster, and various other proofs of industry and sobriety, usually rewarded by societies of this kind. The members and friends will dine together at the "Waterloo Inn," Minster after the ploughing match, when the rewards will be distributed. Delamark Banks, Esq., was voted to be permanent chairman, and J. B. Chambers, Esq., Home-secretary and Treasurer; to each of whom the ranks of the meeting were unanimously voted, and also to Admiral the Hon, E. C. Fleming, and to the Rev John Barton, who severly acknowledged the compliment paid them by the meeting, and declared that they would give the society every support in their power. Upwards of twenty ploughs are entered to contend for the prizes.


Kentish Gazette 19 November 1844.


Nov. 4, at Maidstone, Mrs. Fairall, wife of Mr. Fairall, landlord of the "Prince of Waterloo Inn," Minster, Sheppey.


South Eastern Gazette 04 December 1849.


An inquest was held on Saturday, before John Hinde, Esq., coroner, at the "Prince of Waterloo Inn," Minster, on the body of Robert Smith, a commercial traveller to the firm of Messrs. Jackson and Co., distillers, of Dock Head, Bermondsey.

The deceased retired to rest on Thursday night at the "Waterloo;" next morning the landlady saw him at ten o'clock, and he enquired how the weather was; upon being told it was very wet, he expressed his determination to lie in bed, as he was very tired. Not having risen at four o'clock, inquiries were made, and upon going into his bed-room was found dead in bed. The deceased was very corpulent, and it was supposed he died from apoplexy.

Verdict, "Died from the visitation of God." Immediate information was transmitted to his friends. The deceased was about sixty years of age, and has left a wife and family.


From the South Eastern Gazette, 5 March 1850.


John Burton was examined before the Rev. Dr. Poore on the 23rd ult, for passing two counterfeit half-crowns, one to Mr. Hook, a grocer, end the other to Esther Fairhall, at the "Waterloo Inn." Several other cases were mentioned, in which the prisoner had passed other pieces of bad money. The prisoner had an accomplice with him, who succeeded in making his escape.

Committed for trial at the Assizes.


From the  14 January, 2011.

Clean sheet after seven pubs raided.

A "MOB-HANDED" police operation to crackdown on drug use in Sheppey pubs has left a bitter taste in the mouths of some landlords.

At 9.15pm on Thursday, December 9, simultaneous raids were carried out at the "Prince of Waterloo," the "Highlander" and the "Kings Arms" in Minster.

Later that night The "Shurland Hotel" and the "Castle Inn" in Eastchurch and The "Nore" and the "Castle Tavern" in Sheerness were visited by officers and drugs dogs.

Over the course of the evening, just three men were searched – one each in The "Shurland," the "Castle Tavern" and the "King's Arms" – but none were found to be carrying drugs.

Sergeant Stefan Martin of the Island Neighbourhood Team said: "Although we didn't find anyone in possession of drugs on this occasion we found evidence of drug use in some of the pubs. We will continue to work with the licensing officer and pub staff to prevent drug use and violence."

Mr Martin said police will work with landlords to "create safe environments in which our communities can socialise".


From the 22 October 2014 by Andy Gray

Prince of Waterloo pub in Minster, Sheppey is being transformed into a restaurant with accommodation.

A restaurant in a transformed pub will cook on open fires – just like in Tudor times.

The Banks Restaurant with Rooms is due to open next year in Minster in the Prince of Waterloo building, one of the village's oldest pubs.

Mark Seabrook, 60, a builder/developer from Queenborough, is carrying out the painstaking conversion himself, having bought the building three years ago.

He hopes to start trading next summer and predicts customers will be able to enjoy an experience unique to the region.

He said: “It's going to be a restaurant where we only cook on open fires, just like in Henry VIII's time.

“We think we'll be the only place in the south east to cook in this way. I'm really excited by it, but we're doing the building up slowly, taking our time to get it right.”

Dad-of-three Mark moved to Sheppey from London in 1990.

He said his enterprise, which will include accommodation in three en suite rooms, isn't all driven by financial ambition.

He wants to be able to host community groups, “functions of any kind” and create a menu from home-grown produce. “The Island's been good to me since I came here,” he said. “So it's nice to be able to give something back.

The Waterloo is a fantastic site with a fantastic history.

“I've traced it back to 1633 and I've got documentation that says Charles Dickens and the artist William Hogarth stayed there.”

Returning to his plans for the building, he added: “We're retaining its history by bringing it back to its former glory. It was subsiding when we bought it, so we actually saved it.”

Mark said anyone who was a Prince of Waterloo regular before the pub's closure will find the building much changed.

A large inglenook fireplace occupies the old bar area and there are plans for an open-plan kitchen.

He also aims to offer a “proper bar with cellar”, install sash windows throughout, and open up two wells in the garden.

In time, he hopes to build more accommodation there.

Mark said the restaurant is named in honour of Sir Edward Banks, who designed the building and two other renowned architectural Island sites – Naval Terrace in Blue Town and Neptune Terrace in Sheerness.

“The restaurant will offer Islanders something different, something to be proud of,” he said.


In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.) In the advert this was called the "Prince of Wales."

Isaac Gardler was the elder brother by 10 years of Alfred Gardler of the "Sons of Sheppey."


From the census of 1861:-

Joseph Fairhall, High Street, aged 48, Licenses Victualler of a pub in Queenborough.


Still open in 2010, the pub had closed by 2019 and has been converted into residential use.



FAIRALL Mr 1844+

FAIRHALL Esther 1850+ Dover Telegraph

FAIRHALL Joseph 1851-61+ (age 48 in 1851Census)

BURNETT George 1858+

JONES George 1862+

MILLENER Charles John 1863+

GARDLER Isaac 1868-84+ (widower also wheelwright age 59 in 1881Census)

COULTRIP Albert T 1891-1903+ (age 53 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

COULTRIP Susannah Frances Mrs 1913+

HOOKER Edward J 1922+

FOWLER Frank J 1930+

Last pub licensee had MILWAY Arthur Charles 1938+


Dover TelegraphFrom the Dover Telegraph


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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