Sort file:- Margate, May, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 10 May, 2021.


Earliest 1874-

Oxford Arms

Latest ????

1 Oxford Street/St Peter's Road



Above photo taken with permission from Saunders family web.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 19 January, 1965.

He was at death's door last week.

Mr & Mrs William King 1965

Mr. William King, landlord of the "Oxford Hotel," St. Peters Road, Margate, is following in the footsteps of his grandfather who was so many years licensee of the "Five Bells," Rochester.

Bill was born in Rochester, but most of his young life was spent at Tunbridge Wells. Now 45 years old, he has been in the licensed trade for just over 3 years, having previously kept the "Ordnance Arms," Sheppey, before coming to Margate last September.

During the last war Mr. King served with the Royal West Kent Regiment and after coming safely through the Dunkirk evacuation saw service in the Cyrenaice and Italy.

Catering has been his forte before turning to the pub trade, and before the war he served his apprenticeship at the "Grand Hotel," Folkestone.

After being immobilized, he joined the staff of London transport as catering controller and was based at headquarters, The Broadway, Westminster, London. He was to stay there for the next 16 years and then Bill - who had always wanted to have his own public house - seized the opportunity of taking the "Ordnance Arms" on the Isle of Sheppey.

"I've never regretted making the change," said bill, "just as I have never regretted coming to Margate.

"Both wife and I like it here very much indeed, and we have around us a crowd of really good, genuine people. This is a homely pub and we intend to keep it so," he said.

Mrs. King was born at Edmonton:- "There's only one football team for her - Tottenham Hotspur and she is still a keen supporter," said Bill.

The day I met Bill King and his wife was that following the afternoon when he so nearly lost his life in an electrocution accident. He will still feeling the effects of his unfortunate experience, but while I was there I saw sufficient to prove that already they have made many friends. Scarcely a minute went by but one, then another popped in to see how he was.




BLOWER Kate Elizabeth Mrs 1871-74+ (age 59 in 1871Census)

HUTCHINGS John 1881+ (age 42 in 1881Census)

FORD William Henry 1882+

CASTLE George 1890-1901+

HUMPHERYES George Ernest 1903+

MOORE Charles William 1911+ (age 61 in 1911Census)

Last pub licensee had KING William Sept/1964-65+

Last pub licensee had SULLIVAN Mick & Shirley 1995-97 Next pub licensee had




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