Sort file:- Margate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 18 September, 2021.


Earliest 1847-

Kent Hotel

Closed 1990s

15-16 Marine Terrace

(1 Lower Marine Terrace in 1851Census)


Kent Hotel 1953

Above photo 1953. Creative Commons Licence.

Kent Hotel ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Kent Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Kent Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Kent Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Clock-tower of pennies 1962

Above photo showing a "Clock-tower of Pennies" at the hotel in 1962. Knocked down by cricketer Colin Cowdrey.

Kent Hotel card 1980s

Above card circa 1980s.

Kent Hotel

Above photo date unknown. The "Kent Hotel" is shown far left in the above picture.

Kent Hotel

Above photo, date unknown, from the

O S Map 1873

O S Map 1973.


From The Pall Mall Gazette (London, England), Monday, October 30, 1865.


Woodruff, Mr. C. S., at the "Kent Hotel," Margate, aged 44, on 26th. inst.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 4 June 1870 (Margate).


A lady residing at 42, Marine Terrace, was accompanied in her evening walk on Thursday by a large dog. When near the "Kent Hotel," the animal pounced upon another and smaller dog, the property of a gentleman named Howcutt, and attacked it in a savage manner. So severe was the quarrel, that the gentleman, in order to part them, stabbed the assailant, and inflicted a severe wound. The loss of the animal’s blood was considerable. A summons has been issued against the gentleman.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier. 12 September 1873. Price 1d.

A Caution to Careless Smokers.

Some consternation was caused among the bystanders on the Marine-terrace promenade at about one o'clock on Friday, by the sight of a young lady almost enveloped in flames. It appears she was sitting on the promenade opposite the "Kent Hotel," when she discovered her dress on fire. As may be imagined, she and many of the persons in the immediate vicinity were very greatly alarmed, as the fire appeared to have got a hold on her dress, and the flames burst forth in an alarming manner. Luckily, by the efforts of some of those around, the young lady was thrown down and rolled on the ground, and by this means the fire was eventually extinguished, not until the greater portion of her dress and much of her underclothing was burnt. A gentleman, in his praiseworthy attempts to extinguish the flames, lost a portion of his whiskers, and was otherwise burnt about the hands. The young lady, we are glad to hear, received no serious injury. It is supposed that the dress was ignited by a fusee, carelessly thrown aside by a smoker.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 21 July 1877.

Drunk and Disorderly.

Patrick Walsh was charged with being drunk and riotous on the Marine Terrace, on Tuesday evening last. The prisoner pleaded not guilty. The charge was proved by P.C. Harper, whose evidence was corroborated by that of Mr. Thurston, proprietor of the "Kent Hotel."

Defendant was fined 5s. and 7s. 6d. costs. The money was paid.


Portsmouth Evening News, 12 July 1900.

Miss Kate Arlette, for some time barmaid at the "Kent Hotel," was at Margate on Wednesday married to Mr. William Chapman, light Quartermaster of the famous Rimmington's Guides. He first met the young lady a fortnight ago, having been invalided home.


Thanet Advertiser, 14 July 1900.

Margate. July 11, at Emmanuel Church, by the Rev. J. Calvert, William Chapman, like Quartermaster, Rimmington's Guides, Johannisburg, to Kate Louise Arlette, of Margate.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 3 August 1971.

Bomb Search at Pub.

Margate Police made a search of the "Kent" public house at Marine Terrace on Friday night after someone telephone the licensee, Mrs. Ruby Banks, to say that a bomb has been placed on the premises. Mrs. Banks made an announcement to customers but, she said, everyone treated it as a hoax and the entertainment went on as usual. Nothing was found.



The Isle of Thanet Williams Directory of 1849 describes this as at Lower Marine Terrace and had Billiard Rooms in the High Street.

The pub closed some time in the 1990s and is now (2016) operating as the Flamingo Amusement Arcade.


Former Kent Hotel, 2015

Above Google image, July 2015.



WOODRUFF Charles Stephen 1847-Oct/65 dec'd (age 40 in 1861Census) Williams Directory 1849

WOODRUFF Sarah 1867+

THURSTON John 1877-90+ (age 44 in 1881Census)

MANSER Emily 1891+ (age 32 in 1891Census)

WEALE William 1900-03+ (age 40 in 1901Census)

PRYOR Henry William 1911+ (age 40 in 1911Census)

ARNOLD James Stephen 6/Feb/1923-1950 (age 60 in 1939)

BANKS Charles 1950-68 dec'd

BANKS Ruby (widow) 1971-75+

CUSSEN John 1978-86



Williams Directory 1849From Isle of Thanet Williams Directory 1849


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