Sort file:- Margate, February, 2019.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 09 February, 2019.


Earliest 1847-

Mulberry Tree Tavern

Latest 1884

(Name to)

47 Dane Road


Mulberry Tree

Above photo taken with permission from Saunders family web.

Mulberry Tree 2010

Photo taken 15 September 2010 from by Kevin Lane.


The "Mulberry Tree" is an eighteenth century house which seems to have changed its name for a short time to the "Freemason's Tavern" (c.1884).


Dover Express 28th May 1948.


Formerly manager and agent of Chislet Colliery, Arthur E. Sutton (51), who led the Kent Miners contingent in the Victory March through London, was awarded the MBE for outstanding work in the CD and mines during the war and who is now licensee of the “Mulberry Tree”, Margate, pleaded not guilty at the East Kent Quarter Sessions at Canterbury on Tuesday to receiving 1150 cigarettes on April 30th well knowing them to have been stolen. Similarly charged was Edward Pope while Thomas Bannan pleading guilty to stealing the cigarettes from his employers, Bobby and Co., Ltd., Margate.

According to the evidence, the cigarettes, which admittedly were taken by Pope to Sutton, were found hidden in a basket in the garden of the inn.

Sutton’s defence was that he bought the cigarettes from Pope, whom he knew and trusted, on the assurance that they were not stolen. When, later, he heard that they were, he told Pope to take them away, and the latter did so in a shopping basked. Later he was informed that the cigarettes were hidden in the garden and he immediately phoned the police. He admitted that the police only found the cigarettes at the third search of the garden.

After a 20 minutes retirement the jury found Sutton not guilty and Pope guilty. The latter was sentenced to six months and Bannan to nine months.

As Sutton left the Court, he was congratulated by police officers.


Thanet Advertiser, 01 June 1948.

Licensee Acquitted. Did Not Know Cigarettes Were Stolen.

One of Margate's best-known licensees was acquitted on a receiving charge by the jury at East Kent Quarter Sessions, Canterbury, on Tuesday.

He was Arthur E. Sutton, aged 51, of the "Mulberry Tree," and he pleaded not guilty to receiving 1,150 stolen cigarettes on 30th April.

When the jury returned their verdict of not guilty, the Deputy Chairman (Mr. Christmas Humphreys. K.C.) said that on the evidence before the court it was a very proper verdict.

Similarly charged with Sutton was Edward Pope, who was found guilty and sentenced to six months imprisonment, while Thomas Bannan, who admitted stealing the cigarettes from Bobby and Co. Ltd., his employers, was sentenced to nine months.

The case against Sutton was that he bought the cigarettes from Pope for 5 and that a police search revealed the cigarettes hidden in a basket in the garden.

For the defence, it was admitted that the cigarettes were bought, but Sutton said he had the assurance of Pope, whom he knew and trusted, that they were not stolen. When he became suspicious that that was not so, he ordered Pope to take them away and they were put in the basket for that purpose. Later, when he was informed that the cigarettes were hidden in the garden, he telephoned the police.


This has also been referred to as the "Freemasons Tavern."



WRAIGHT Elizabeth Mary Ann 1847+

POINTER Edward 1851+

(Name to "Freemasons Tavern")

WOTTON Mary Ann Elizabeth 1890-91+ (widow age 55 in 1891Census)

WILLS James 1901-03+ (age 36 in 1901Census)

KNELL Edward Walter 1911-13+ (age 44 in 1911Census)

HARRISON Fred 1922+

WEBSTER Glenville 1930+

PONT Thomas W 1938-39+ (age 52 in 1939)

SUTTON Arthur E 1948+

Last pub licensee had RICHARDSON Benjamin & Margaret Next pub licensee had July/1965-Mar/68




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