Sort file:- Margate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 18 September, 2021.


Earliest 1792-


Latest 1980+

29 Zion Place (Dane Hill Pigot's Directory 1828-29)


Prospect Inn 1963

Above photo, 1963.

Prospect Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

Prospect Inn

Above photo date unknown.


This was also known as the "Prospect Coffee House in 1792.

The census of 1861 addressed this as Grove Place.

Prior to 1833 the pub was owned by the Symond's Brewery of Ramsgate, but they sold the business and pub to Francis Cobb and Son, brewer also in Ramsgate that same year. Whitbread took them over early 1968 and closed the brewery later that year.


Kentish Gazette 06 December 1853.


Nov. 29, in Dorset-street, Portman-square, Mr. D. Crofts, late of the "Prospect Inn," Margate, in his 38th year.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 14 July, 1964.

Tommy Swallow of the "Prospect."

Exaggerated reports of his demise.

Tommy Swallow 1964

Six months ago, many of the regulars of the "Prospect," at Margate's Zion Place, would have thought this picture of landlord Tommy Swallow watching Tommy Trinder push over a pile of pennies impossible.

Earlier this year, Tommy Swallow had to deny very strong rumours that he had collapsed and died in his own bar. Like Mark Twain, he said, reports of his demise were slightly exaggerated.

Lancashire-born Tommy has been "behind bars" since the end of the war, but in all that time he has had only two houses. First was the "Red Lion" at Richborough, and he moved to the "Prospect" 16 years ago.

During the war he was a backroom boy at Vickers and worked on the now famous dam-busting bomb developed by Dr. Barnes Wallis. He had the privilege of shaking the hand of Guy Gibson after he returned from the memorable raid on the German dams.

All three members of the Swallow family have excelled in one form or another. At the age of 17, Tommy was table tennis champion at North-East Lanes. He now enjoys golf, playing off and 18 handicap, and is a member of the select Hole-in-One-Club, a feat performed at the Knowle Park Club, Sevenoaks.

His wife, Francis, was formerly the amateur modern ballroom dancing champion of Surrey, and son, Stewart, now a salesman, was until recently swimming and diving instructor at Butlins. He coached the winner of the Butlins cross-channel race 3 years ago.

"I like this life because I like people," says Tommy. "I have reached the point now where I can almost tell a man's job as soon as he walks in the bar."


Thanet Times, Tuesday 20 March 1979.

Death of Publican.

Mr. Thomas Swallow, former licensee of the "Prospect" and "Six Bells" public house, Margate, died on Thursday at the age of 63.

Mr. Swallow, who was steward of the Limpsfield Royal British Legion Club, died at Detling.



The pub closed, date as yet unknown and the building demolished to be replaced with an Aldi supermarket.


Former Prospect location 2016

Above photo, 2016. The "Prospect" would have been where the main car park now is.



JENKINS John 1792+

CANNABY William 1823-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

LLOYD Samuel 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CROFTS David 1841-48+ (age 25 in 1841Census)

ROW George 1849-51+ (age 37 in 1851Census) Williams Directory 1849

MILES John 1861-71+ (age 32 in 1871Census)

PILCHER Charles R 1874+

MILES Isabella Mrs 1881-91+ (widow age 41 in 1881Census)

MOUNT William H 1901+

GOPFERT Ernest 1903+

HAWKINS Charles 1913

HAWKINS Charles Samuel 1922-30+


BERAN Percy 1939+ (age 59 in 1939)

Last pub licensee had SWALLOW Tommy & Francis 1948-64+ Next pub licensee had


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

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Williams Directory 1849From Isle of Thanet Williams Directory 1849


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