Sort file:- Margate, June, 2022.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 08 June, 2022.


Earliest 1700s

King's Arms

Latest 1975

(Name to)

6 Market Street (Shady Grove Pigot's Directory 1828-29)


King's Arms Hotel

Above photo date unknown.

O S Map 1873

O S Map 1873.

King's Arms 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

King's Arms ledger

Thompson & Sons ledger. Creative Commons Licence.


Established in the early 1800's, this was the only hostelry in town to have a wet-fish bar and seafood stall adjoining the building. The stables still remain at the rear of the building.

In 1975, the pub was renovated and the name changed to the "Doggett Coat and Badge," to commemorate the achievement of ex-Landlord, G A Sparks, who in 1958 won the annual Thames Lightermans Race. The victor receives an ornamental red coat and badge, first donated by a Mr Thomas Doggett in 1716.


From the Kentish Gazette, 23 April 1839.


At Margate, Mr. J. S. Bayley, landlord of the "King's Arms Inn."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 20 October, 1860.


A few evenings since the annual supper of the Ticket Porters of the borough took place at the "King’s Arms Inn," where an excellent repast was provided by the worthy landlord, and to which the company did ample justice. The superintendent, Mr. Henry Stroud, presided, supported by Mr John Andrews as vice-chairman. The evening was spent with the utmost festivity and enjoyment, and at the end a vote of thanks was passed to the worthy landlord, Mr. Eastland, for his excellent arrangements.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 26 January, 1965.

Their first venture.

Mr and Mrs Harry Faulkner 1965

One of the warmest and cosiest pubs in Margate - that is the reputation which Mr. and Mrs. Harry Faulkner, licensees of the "King's Arms," Market Street, Margate, have achieved, after moving in only 3 months ago.

The pub is the first venture into the licensed trade for this Twickenham couple. Mr. Faulkner was previously a studio technician and the Shepperton film studios, but he had always been interested in meeting people, so he decided to take on his first public house.

Mrs. Faulkner was born in Canada. She moved to England when she was 15 years old and, a year later, she married Mr. Faulkner.

Of their four children, 3 are married and the fourth is in the Navy. They also have 9 grandchildren.

"I hope to go in for collecting Navel cap badges," said Mr. Faulkner. My youngest son is in the Navy and I hope he will help me in finding them for display and the bars."

At the moment he is busy repainting the saloon bar, which is decorated with a large number of pot plants hanging on the walls.

"It didn't look too good when we first moved in," he said, "but we have laid new lino and we are gradually redecorating all the bars."

Mr. Faulkner said his main ambition was to attract the younger generation.

"I don't want them to become habitual drinkers," he added, "but I think a pub should have a family atmosphere, so why not have a good sprinkling of the younger generation?"

And how does he think a customer should be treated?

"I always set out to give him comfort, civility, cleanliness and warmth," he said.




LINGER Thomas 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BAILEY John Smith to Apr/1839 dec'd

SAYER Isaac 1841+ (age 25 in 1841Census) Next pub licensee had

EASTLAND George 1841-67 (age 52 in 1861Census) Williams Directory 1849

WASTLAND Emily 1867+

WOOD Timothy G 1871+ (age 54 in 1871Census)

WHITE Thomas 1874+

HEALING John 1881-90+ (age 35 in 1881Census)

MOORE John 1891-1900+ (age 41 in 1891Census)

BASSETT Stephen 1901+ (age 48 in 1901Census)

CLEAVE William 1903+

KNIGHT Charles Thomas 1911+ (age 35 in 1911Census)

BLAKER Walter H 1922+

MANNING Raymond G 1930+


RYE G W 26/Aug1939-54


U M 1955

SPARKES G A 1956-Feb/61

BARNETT C A Feb/1961-Oct/64

FAULKNER Harry G Oct/1964-65+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29


Williams Directory 1849From Isle of Thanet Williams Directory 1849


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