Sort file:- Margate, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 06 July, 2021.


Earliest 1782-

Crown and Thistle

Latest 1821+

Bridge Street


Crown and Thistle location 2018

Above photo, 2018, kindly sent by Debi Birkin. Showing the terracotta coloured building that looks to be late Victorian, but the pub probably looked more like the surviving Georgian building on the corner.

Above map 1821, showing the location of the "Crown and Thistle" in purple. "White Hart" in blue, "Fountain" in green.


The only instant I have found for this pub is from the following newspaper article in 1809. However I also have reference to a "Crown and Anchor" and "Crown and Sceptre." Further research has now predated this to 1782.

Further research from Michael Mirams has found the location on an 1821 map, but it is not shown on the 1852 map. It was located in Bridge Street which is now an extension of King Street, and was just down the road from the "White Hart Hotel."


Kentish Gazette - Wednesday 22 May 1782.

To be Sold to the HIGHEST BIDDER, At the "Crown and Thistle" in Margate.

On Tuesday the 28th of of May, 1782, About Six o’Clock in the Afternoon, ALL that Freehold MESSUAGE or TENEMENT, with the Ground and Appurtenance thereto belonging, situate in Love Lane, in Margate and now in the Occupation of John Stevens.

For further Particulars enquire of Mr. Small, attorney, at Margate.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canturbury Journal, Friday 29th September, 1797.

Lately died at Margate, Mrs. Sacket, widow, of High Street; and Mr. John Paine, late master of the "Crown and Thistle," King's Street, but from which he had retired, with a competency, a few years since.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 17 October 1809.

On Friday morning last Jethro Miller, late master of a gun-brig, was found in his bed-room at the "Crown and Thistle," Margate, with his throat cut, and dead; he perpetrated the act with a razor, which was found in the blood. On Saturday the Mayor of Dover, took an inquest on view of the body. It appeared in evidence, that the deceased had previously been in a distracted state of mind, and had been discharged from the navy on account of epileptic fits; the jury therefore returned a verdict of Lunacy. The above is the second inquest taken by the Mayor at the same place within the last month, the first of which was also a case of lunacy.

(He was 36 years of age.)



EVANS Edward 1923+


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