Sort file:- Margate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 27 September, 2021.


Earliest 1836-

Elephant and Castle

Latest 1847+

(Name to)

132 High Street



Identified in Barry J White's list of Thanet's public houses and hotels 19th and early 20th century where he described it as a private hotel and boarding house.

So far traced back as early as 1836, the premises dropped the castle some time between 1847 and 1881 while George Sturgess was licensee.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 10 December 1836.

Desirable investment in the most eligible part of Margate.

To be sold by auction, by John Vaux, on Monday the 19th of day of December, 1836, at the "Elephant and Castle Tavern," Margate, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, (without reserve,) all that valuable freehold messuage, being No. 1, Upper Marine Terrace, where a medical practice has been recently carried on.

The residence is substantially built and contains six excellent bed rooms, a large drawing-room, two parlours, communicating by folding doors, surgery, kitchen, wash house, cellarage, and other domestic offices; also, a walled-in garden, with right of way in the rear.

The situation is undeniably commanding both land and sea views, of great extent and diversity. The landscape, in the rear, comprehends the Tivoli gardens, Salmstone Grange, and adjacent country; in front, a partial view of Margate Harbour, and an extensive prospect of the ocean.

Immediate possession may be had.

This property with the adjacent houses, is subject to a restrictive covenant against offensive trades, &c. The fixtures are to be taken by evaluation.

Further particulars may be known, and the premises viewed, on application to the auctioneer, Margate; or, Messrs. Curteis and Kingsford; solicitors, Canterbury; or to Messrs. Brooke and Co, solicitors, Margate.


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 April 1843.


At a TAVERN in MARGATE, a good COOK, either for the season or a permanency. Wages liberal. Inquire at 132, High-street, Margate.


Kentish Gazette, 2 March 1847.

On Saturday a stranger was examined before the Magistrates on a charge of stealing a great coat from the "Elephant and Castle" Tavern. Mr. Sturgess missed the coat and suspected the prisoner, he went to Ramsgate per rail, but received no tidings of the thief, a police constable, however, took him into custody as he was entering a pawnbroker’s shop, with the coat on his arm.




STURGES George 1839-47+ Next pub licensee had (age 40 in 1841Census)




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