Sort file:- Margate, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 05 July, 2021.



Nayland Rock Hotel

Open 2018+

1-5 Royal Crescent


British Tar 1860

Above photo 1860, building on the right, kindly sent by Debi Birkin. Also showing the "British Tar."

Nayland Rock Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Nayland Rock

Above postcard, date unknown.

Nayland Rock Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Nayland Rock Hotel

Above photo date unknown.

O S Map 1873

O S Map 1873.


The building can be dated to as early as 1850.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 18 February 1969.

20 LP Stolen.

Twenty long-playing records was stolen by thieves who broke into the "Nayland Rock Cafe," Margate, between Monday and Saturday last week. Entry was made by breaking a window.


From Thanet Times, Tuesday 2 December 1975.

Nayland Rock Hotel advert 1975

Above advert fro 6th December 1976.

Nayland Rock Hotel card

Above business card, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

From the  16 November, 2018  by Kathy Bailes.

Fire crews called to Nayland Rock Hotel.

Nayland Rock Hotel 2018

Crews called to the Nayland Rock Hotel Photo John Cripps.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responding to a bedroom fire at the Nayland Rock Hotel Royal Crescent, Margate.

Five fire engines and a height vehicle are on the scene, and crews wearing breathing apparatus are tackling the fire in a bedroom on the third floor, using a hose reel jet and a main jet.

A high pressure fan was used to clear the building of smoke.

There are no reported casualties and the cause is not yet known.


From the  By Kathy Bailes, 15 October, 2019.

Owners reveal future plans for Nayland Rock Hotel.

Exclusive by Jodie Nesling.

The owners of the "Nayland Rock Hotel" say they want to renovate the building to include a state-of-the-art spa and facilities, The Isle of Thanet News can reveal.

Nayland Rock Hotel 2019

The iconic building on Royal Crescent was bought in 2016 by Town Pension Trustees Ltd for 1.75m. The company followed up by buying the outside fronting area from Kent County Council last year.

Nayland Rock Hotel Margate Ltd is a leaseholder. Director Nick Conington, who also owns "Sands Hotel" on Marine Drive, says the company wants to renovate the building to provide quality accommodation for visitors and the burgeoning arts tourism sector.

He said: “We want to offer a spa and quality rooms but at the same time do something a bit different to fit with the artistic aesthetic.”

Nick Connington

Architect Guy Holloway, who designed the nearby beachfront houses, has been tasked with the design, with a planning application to Thanet council imminent.

Mr Conington has commissioned renowned artist and sculptor Matthew Penn to exhibit some of his work on the site during the Turner Prize, which is currently running in Margate until January.

The artist, who lives and works in Margate and grew up in Dover, creates sculptures that pay homage to his grandfather’s framing craft and include DNA of his subjects within his paintings.

Matthew Penn

Matthew said: “I think some of modern art is quite conceptual now and I wanted to celebrate the masters in an innovative way.”

The drive to incorporate local artists and celebrate the scene will be a big part of the Nayland Rock’s future as the owners seek to tap into the arts culture.

The Nayland Rock is a key Margate landmark and has a rich history with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger using it to celebrate his parents golden wedding anniversary in the 1990s.

Built in 1895 the Grade II listed building also hosted Charlie Chaplin and was the go-to hotel for the country’s wealthy, Victorian holidaymakers.



???? 1890+

WILLIAMS Louie 1891+ (age 20 in 1891Census)

RILEY Marha 1901+





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