Sort file:- Margate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 18 September, 2021.


Earliest 1839-

Druids Arms

Closed Sept 1966

14 St. John's Road (7 St John Street 1839)


Druid's Arms

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Derek Porter.

Druid's Arms

Above photo date unknown.

Druids Arms location 2015

Above Google image, 2015, kindly sent and annotated by Debi Birkin.

Arthur & Emily Porter 1953

Above photo showing Arthur and Emily Porter, licensees 1953-55. Kindly sent by Derek Porter.

Emily Porter 1953

Above photo showing Emily Porter and customers 1953. Kindly sent by Derek Porter.

Margate map 1948

Above map 1948.


Richard & Susannah Water's daughter, Henrietta, married Edward Wales the next tenant. They seem to have gone to Luton in Bedfordshire to marry. Probably as she was underage.


From the Kentish Gazette, 25 January 1848.

On Saturday the Judges of the County Court sat at the Town hall here. There were several cases for hearing. Among the number was Mr. Joseph Hollams, late of the "Druid’s Arms" public house, who had filed his schedule and petitioned to pass the court as an insolvent debtor. This is the first case which has come on for hearing here under the recent act of parliament, and consequently it excited considerable interest. The insolvent was opposed by Mr. May Inge, brewer; and, principally through the miss spelling of names in two of the notices to creditors, the case was adjourned.


Kentish Gazette, 18 December 1849.



TO LET, on a yearly tenancy, from Christmas 1849, the well-known licensed FREE PUBLIC HOUSE, "THE DRUIDS’ ARMS" is St. John's Street, MARGATE.

For particulars apply to Mr. Richard Jenkins, Estate Agent, Margate, or to Messrs. Roumieu, Walters, Romieu, and Young, Solicitors, 9, New Square, Lincoln's Inn, London.


From an email sent 2 September 2017.

Jane Purdon recently sent me the following:-

I recently bought a book at a second hand book shop. It is called "Escape to Danger" by Flight Lieutenant Brickhill and Conrad Norton and is the second impression published 1948.

It has the attached inscription on the front cover, which I thought you might be interested to see.

Druid's Arms book signature


Jane Purdon.

I am assuming that G P Garland was a licensee after 1948.

Thanet Times, Tuesday 27 September 1966.

Last orders for ever at the Druid's Arms.

Druids Arms last night

Male patrons dressed as women at the closing night party at the "Druids Arms."

THE FAMILIAR CRY of "Last orders, gentlemen, please," rang out on Wednesday at the Druid's Arms public house in St. John's Road, Margate, for the last time.

The "Druid's Arms" is a victim of "redevelopment." The houses and shops that stood next to it in the block for more than a century had already been reduced to rubble.

As you read this, workmen will have started ripping out the bar, tearing down the old low ceilings.

But it closed on Wednesday with a happy "wake" as the "regulars" said cheerio to the publican and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Missey.

Mrs. Jean Missey put up piles of sandwiches and rolls and it was "last night drinks on the house."

The regulars joined in the spirit, the women turning up in hob-nail boots, denims, shirts and ties, while the men-folk wore mini-skirts, wigs and lingerie.

The bars were packed until the extension expired at midnight, then the "Druids Arms" shut its doors for the last time.

Said Mr. Missey, who has kept the "Druid's" for six years: "We are going to have a short rest, then look round for another pub."

He went on "I'm very sorry to leave the "Druid's Arms." We will miss all of our locals."

Mrs. Missey was equally upset at leaving. "I will miss my customers and the many happy times we have had here," she said. "The atmosphere in the "Druid's Arms" was the best in the world."



CONSTANT William Frederick 1839+

HOLLAMS Joseph 1847+ Kentish Gazette

LLOYD Samuel 1851+

WATERS Richard 1858-67+ (age 64 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

WALES Edward 1871-Dec/81 dec'd (age 41 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1874

WALES HENRIETTA Mrs 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

HOLYER Henry Nicholas Collis 1890-96+ (age 35 in 1891Census)

JORDAN Richard John 1901-03+ (widower age 28 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

JEZZARD Thomas William 1911-22+ CensusPost Office Directory 1913Post Office Directory 1922

REYNOLDS Arthur Henry 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

COCKS Albert E 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

GARLAND G P after 1948

PORTER Derek & Emily 1953-55

MISSEY Phil & Jean to Sept/1966


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-