Sort file:- Margate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 27 September, 2021.


Earliest 1792-

Queen's Head

Latest 1971+

(Name to)

10 Market Place


Queen's Head Hotel

The above photograph was taken in about 1920 showing Walter and Phoebe Scott the owners. The building is of the old pub before the new one was built.

Queen's Head Hotel

Above photo, date unknown, showing the new building.

Queen's Head sign 1991

Above sign, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

Queen's Head mat

Above mat, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


The pub can be traced back on this site to 1792.

Licensee Isiah Marsh, was also an Auctioneer who would pass his sale catalogues around the thirsty drinkers! The original building, owned by the Cobb brewery was frequented by local seafarers.

Today's building is not the original as in 1933 Truman, Hanbury and Buxton, demolished the original building and rebuilt the pub. Their weather vane can still be seen on the roof.


From the Kentish Gazette, 25 February 1845.


A FREE LICENSED PUBLIC HOUSE, in a commanding situation, well fitted up, and doing a good trade.

For particulars; (if by letter, post-paid) apply to J. Marsh, "Queen’s Head," Market Place, Margate.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 April 1845.

To Innkeepers, Private Families, and Others. MARGATE, ISLE OF THANET.


ON WEDNESDAY, 9th, and THURSDAY, 10th April, 1845, the STOCK in TRADE, PLATE, LINEN, GLASS, CHINA, HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, and other Effects, at the "Queen's Head," Market Place.

The Stock comprises about 70 dozen of superior old wines. Port, Sherry (pale and brown), &c.; 80 gallons of British Gin and Compounds, 60 gallons of excellent old Jamaica Rum. 30 gallons of brandy, fine Cordials, bottled Stout, Ales, &c. &c.

The Furniture comprises four-post and French bedsteads with mahogany carved pillars, and furniture; stout mattresses, good goose feather beds, Whitney blankets, counterpanes and Marsellas quilts, mahogany circular and straight-fronted chests of drawers, chimney and dressing glasses, mirrors in gilt frames, about six dozen of chairs, sets of tables, carpets, fenders and fire irons, washing and dressing tables, easy chair, commodes, glass, china, kitchen utensils, &c. &c.

About 80 oz. of Plate, eight-day dial (new), excellent sheets, table linen, drawer covers and towels, oil paintings, engravings and prints framed and glazed. The whole are in excellent condition.

May be viewed the day prior to the Sale, and Catalogues had on the Premises, and of the Auctioneer. Sale will commence at Eleven o'clock each day.

N.B. The Stock in Trade, Plate, Linen, China, and Glass, will be sold the First Day. Samples of the Wine may be had at 4s. per bottle.


Kentish Gazette, 30 January 1849.


Valuable FREEHOLD PROPERTY, Bankside; the QUEEN'S HEAD PUBLIC HOUSE, in the Market Place; and other Properly nearly adjoining.


AT the Queen's Head," Market Place, MARGATE, on the 20th day of FEBRUARY, 1849 at Two o'clock in the afternoon, by direction of the Trustees under the Will of the late Mr. Nathaniel Falkner, the following most eligible FREEHOLD PROPERTY: viz:—

Lot 1.— being Nos. 3 and 4, Bankside commanding an uninterrupted view of the Harbour, and suitable either for trade, private residences, or lodging houses.

This properly will he sold with possession on the completion of the purchase.

Lot 2.— All that old-established FREE PUBLIC HOUSE, situate in the Market Place, well known as the "Queen s Head," in the occupation of Mr. Kerridge us tenant at the yearly rent of 40.

Also a small HOUSE adjoining, let to Mr. Knight at 6 per annum.

Also a small HOUSE in Lombard-street, let to Mrs. Maxted, and a COTTAGE adjoining, let to Mr. Bridger, at rents amounting to 10 4s. per annum.

Lot 3.- A BOND for 300, secured upon the Margate Pier and Harbour.

Mr. Richard Woodward, of Broad-street, will show the lots, of whom Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be had; also of Messrs. Brooke and Mertens, Solicitors, Margate; and of Messrs. Dodd, 16, New Broad-street, City, London.


From the Isle of Thanet Gazette, 11th March, 1949.

Former Licensees Death.

For many years licensee of the "Queens Head Hotel," Market Place, Margate, Mr W J Scott, died last week at his home at 7 Grosvenor Place at the age of 82.

Mr Scott was a member of the Old Volunteers and was at one time Sergeant of the local detachment.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 5 May, 1964.

Jack Hand, of the "Queen's Head."

Jack Hand 1964

People have always meant something to Jack Hand, host to locals and visitors at the "Queens Head Hotel" in Margate's ancient Market Place.

Long before he went into the licensed trade, Jack, who was born in Margate, had combined business with pleasure by meeting people. His first job on leaving school was with an insurance company, because he wanted a job which gave him the chance to get out and meet people.

After the outbreak of the second world war, Jack, who is now 47, found himself in uniform in the Navy. He was in the Service for 7 years, and ended up in command of trawlers and a frigate at the end of hostilaties. Returning home after demobilization, he went back in to the home life side of the insurance business and entered the licensed trade at the "Queens Head" in 1953.

"My wife Marie has been connected with a trade practically all her life," he said. "I found I liked the friendly atmosphere of pub life and it's still gave me the chance to meet people."

Since Marie and Jack took over the hotel they have built up the side of the business which caters for private parties. A new venture for the pub which has been organised by Jack is a day's outing to Rotterdam for the customers.

He thinks it is first time at a local hostelry has charted an aircraft, and this will leave Manston for Rotterdam on 14th of May. It will be an all-male outing.

"We organise at least two coach outings from the pub each year, but thought this year we would like to try something different. Lots of people said we wouldn't get the support, but they have been proved wrong," said Jack.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 31 May 1977.

Publicans withdraw pleas for extension.

TWO publicans in Margate's old town centre withdrew applications at Margate Court on Wednesday for licensing extensions to open their premises during the afternoon of 6 June.

They were licensees of the "Ruby Lounge" and the "Queen's Head" hotels.

Parties for the young and elderly to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee are planned in the square during the afternoon.

The bench also turned down an application by the landlord of the "Crown and Sceptre" at Acol for a Jubilee day extension to coincide with an afternoon fete and carnival being held on a field opposite his public house.



MUNNS John 1792+

MARSH Josiah 1835-46+ (also auctioneer age 35 in 1841Census)

KERRIDGE William Henry 1847+

CHAPMAN Hart 1849-67+ (age 67 in 1861Census) Williams Directory 1849

GOODALE Charles E H 1871-74+ (age 38 in 1871Census)

BASSETT Henry 1881+ (age 29 in 1881Census)

SCOTT James 1891-1903+ (age 44 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

SCOTT & Co 1913+

SCOTT Walter 1920+

SCOTT Walter James 1922-30+

WESTON Alan 1938+

BLACK Jim 1951-55

HAND Jack & Marie 1955-64+

COOK Peter & Elizabeth 1970-80s

UTTLEY John & Judith ????



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Williams Directory 1849From Isle of Thanet Williams Directory 1849


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