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Earliest 1835-

Prospect House Inn

Latest 2008+

(Name to)

Mount Pleasant


Prospect Inn 1930

Above photo, 1920s, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Minster map 1896

Above map 1896.

Prospect Inn sign 1938

Above photo, 1938, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prospect Inn 2000

Above photo, 2000, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prospect Inn 2007

Above photo, 2007, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prospect Inn 2008

Above photo, 2008, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prospect Inn 2008

Above photo, 2008, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Found in Bagshaw Directory 1847. According to Barry J White the building was rebuilt in 1939.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 24 July 1860.

Henry Clarke, alias Palmer, a young lad, remanded from Friday, for stealing a quantity of unripe apples from a tree at the "Prospect House Inn," was again brought up, and ordered to be sent into the Union. He is about 12 or 13, and has neither father nor mother, or anyone belonging to him alive.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 13 July, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.


Stephen Pain was charged by Mr. Shepherd with attempting to commit suicide by hanging himself, on Friday, in the stable of the “Prospect Inn,” in the parish of Minster. It appeared that the defendant had formerly been an inmate of the Isle of Thanet Union, and had recently been discharged, he having obtained employment in the parish.

The defendant said the rope was only thrown over his breast loosely, and he was in the act of tying up his dirty clothes.

Discharged with a caution.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 20 June 1868.

Prospect Inn, Mount Pleasant, near Minster.

Proprietor. William Shepherd.

This House commands one of the most extensive views in the island, including Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, the Forelands, round to the Isle of Sheppey. Should be seen by every visitor.

Quaint and pleasant grounds. Every accommodation.


Dover Express, Friday 16 May 1902.

East Kent workhouses. Isle of Thanet.


The present Thanet Union was formed in the year 1835, the parishes having up to that time maintain their own poor in separate workhouses in their several parishes. On the 25th of April, 1835, the newly elected Board of Guardians for the Thanet Union held their first meeting in the old Minster workhouse, when the Rev. J. Hilton took the chair. Sir Francis Head was present, and in an address to the board he explained their duties under the Poor Law Amendment Act, and intimated that as a first step they should purchase a suitable piece of land on which to build a Workhouse. At that meeting the Guardians elected Mr. T. Turner Weatherhead as their first Chairman, and Mr. Cramp as their first vice-Chairman. Shortly afterwards they purchased the piece of land on Mount Pleasant where the Workhouse now stands, and they approved of plans for building the House at an estimated cost of 4,200. Sir Francis Head's simple design of a Union Workhouse was to make a drawing of a long row of two-storey cottages without back windows and doors, and bend them round so as to form a quadrangle, with only one door to the exterior. That is the plan which was adopted at Minster, the long low buildings occupying three sides of a square, and the officers and entrance gate filling up the front. It did not take long to carry out this simple plan, and in the meantime the poor were lodged in the old workhouses, and the meetings of the Guardians were held at the "Prospect House Inn," Minster. The greater part of the old House built in 1835 still remains, but it is largely overshadowed by later additions, which the growth of the population of the Union, altered circumstances, and the modern ideas as to the treatment of the poor have rendered necessary.



MIRIAMS Edward 1841-51+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

SHEPPERD/SHEPHERD William 1867-71+ (age 60 in 1871Census)

PILBEAM Thomas 1881+

STRATFORD Baron Walter 1890+

SHELVEY Mattias 1891+

ELVERY Henry 1899+ Kelly's 1899

LUCAS Harry 1901-03+

PARRETT George 1907+

KNIGHT Ernest Alfred 1911-36+ Kelly's 1934

ALDRIDGE Alfred Victor 1938-39+


JAMES William J 1955+



Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934


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