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Queen's Head

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Queen's Head

Above postcard, date unknown. Kindly sent by Bob Lee. Also showing the "Shipwright's Arms."

Queen's Head 1890s

Above picture showing the old "Queens Head" shortly before its demolition in the 1890s.

Queen's Head 1920

Above photo, circa 1920.

Queen's Head

Above photo, circa late 1960s early 70s.

Queen's Head 1970

Above photo, 1970.

Ramsgate Harbour map 1849

Above map, 1849, kindly sent by Bob Lee.

Queens Head Queens Head signQueens Head sign 1991

Photographs above and sign left taken by Paul Skelton, 21 July 2012.

Sign right December 1991 with thanks from Brian Curtis


Southeastern Gazette, 12 April 1853.


April 4, at St. George's church, Ramsgate, Mr. William Christian, shipwright, and landlord of the "Fountain Inn," York-street, to Elizabeth, widow of the late Mr. John Hall, and landlady of the "Queen’s Head," Harbour-place.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 2 November, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.


(Before A. Crofton, Esq., chairman, Lieut.-Gen. Wiliams, E. C. H Wilkie, Esq., and Rev. G. W. Sicklemore.)

William Toup, landlord of the “Queen’s Head Inn,” pleaded guilty to having his house open on Sunday week before the time stipulated. P.C. Minter proved the charge stating that, from information he received, he proceeded to the defendant’s house at 12.5, and found about twelve persons on the premises drinking, some were fishermen and others residents.

The defendant stated that the parties asked him to let them in to settle some fish transactions, &c.

The Bench, taking into consideration it was the first offence, fined the defendant 5s. and 10s. costs, with a caution.

The defendant stated that he would take care the offence should never occur again. This was the only case before the Bench.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 9 November 1861.

Ramsgate. Petty Sessions.

On Monday, William Toop, landlord of the "Queen's Head" was charged with for opening his house on Sunday a.m. the 20th ult. for the sale of beer. He pleaded guilty and was fined 5s. and costs 10s.


Kentish Gazette, 19 October 1852.



CALLED the "QUEEN'S HEAD," situated in Harbour Street, Ramsgate, opposite the Pier.

For particulars inquire of Mr. Wotton the present tenant.


From the Whitstable Times, 5 November, 1870.



Matthew Gardiner was charged, on remand, with having assaulted David Sondes.

Mr. W. C. L. Rowling appeared for the complainant, and Mr. J. Towne (of Margate) for the defendant.

The evidence taken on the previous hearing haring been read, Mr. Bowling called William Hughes, a fisherman, who said he was at the “Queen’s Head” on Saturday week, at about quarter-past 8. Sondes went in shortly after him (being sober at the time), and he was drinking a glass of beer at the bar, when Gardiner went up and called him an informer. Sondes then said, “I can’t help it—I am,” and Gardiner then struck him several times on the face. Sondes fell against a partition, in consequence of receiving these blows. He did not spit in Gardiner's face, nor give him any provocation.

On being cross-examined, the witness said Sondes did not move his feet when he fell against the partition.

Mr. Griggs, M.R.C.S., said he had been attending Sondes in consequence of injuries received on the neck, lip, and over the eye. When he first saw him he was suffering from severe pain at the angle of the jaw, on the left side; and the large muscle of the neck was very tender and considerably swollen. He had difficulty in opening his month, and also in protruding the tongue; and there were also a slight laceration of the lip - the inner side of it being cut—and a slight cut over the eye brow. He first saw him on Wednesday last, but his condition was now much improved. At first he considered that the symptoms were of a serious nature; but he did not, at any time, believe the defendant's life was in danger.

In his cross-examination he said the injury was the result of severe blows on the lip and jaw. The fact of Sondes being intoxicated at the time would not tend to increase the symptoms.

Mr. Towne, after addressing the Bench for the defence, called Joseph Catt, a wholesale fish-dealer, who said he was a with Gardiner at the “Queen’s Head” last Saturday week. He was first in an inner room with him, and he (the witness) shortly afterwards went to the bar.

Mr. Towne was about to question the witness on some conversation which took place between him and Sondes, and Mr. Bowling objected, on the ground that the defendant was not present at the time; but the objection was over-ruled by the Bench.

The witness, in continuation, said that when she left the room, Sondes said, “Joe, here’s the informer (meaning himself)—why don’t you do it ?” He understood by “Why don’t you do it?” “Why don’t you hit me?” as the complainant previously addressed him in a similar manner. He (the witness) and Gardiner shortly afterwards went to the bar, and Gardiner said to Sondes (first), “Do you mean me?” and Sondes replied, “I’m the informer—hit me!” Gardiner then struck him three times. Sondes was not knocked down, but only reeled against the wall; and he afterwards had a glass of something else to drink.

He stopped there about three quarters of an hour afterwards, and then left. He (the witness) did not see any spitting.

Mr. Towne produced an anonymous letter which he said had been written by the complainant to the witness; but Mr. Bowling objected to its production on the ground that no name was signed.

The witness said he had lost 70 by means of the letter.

Sir William Coghlan pointed out that on the previous occasion when the case was heard, the complainant admitted the handwriting; and the Bench agreed to allow the letter to be reed by Mr. Towne.

It was dated “Ramsgate, October 21st, and was signed “a friend to Ramsgate,” and was to the effect that the defendant had forwarded a large number of rotten herrings to Chatham.

The witness stated that Gardiner was his partner in the transaction, and that what was stated in the letter was for libel. Previous to the assault, when he was sitting in the inner room, Evans was there; but Gardiner did not mention Sondes.

In his cross-examination, he admitted that he simply “lost” the 70 through being compelled to pay that amount to some one to whom he owed it, who served him with a writ in consequence of the letter. Evans was half drank when in the inner room.

John Stephen Hogben, a fisherman, said he was near the pier-gates the night previous to the assault, and heard Sondes repeatedly attempt to annoy Gardiner by saying “I’m the ------- informer.” He (witness) and Gardiner walked away in order to free themselves from Sondes’ annoyance.—

Frederick Lawrence, landlord of the “Queen’s Head,” stated that Sondes stayed in his house three quarters of an hour after the assault was committed; and Isaac Fox, the collector of market-tolls, said he saw the complainant being taken home drunk, between the hours of twelve and one, after the assault.

The magistrates retired, and, on their return, the Chairman said the Court had well considered whether they were called upon to punish the defendant by fining or not. He might have had some provocation, but nothing could justify a man in taking the law into his own hands. The defendant had struck blows which might have terminated fatally, and he would have been charged with manslaughter; and the court, though very reluctant to inflict such punishment on a man of the defendant's position, felt it their duty to sentence him to fourteen days’ hard labour at Sandwich.


Pall Mall Gazette Monday 7 September 1891 issue 8257.


Isaac Jarman one of Ramsgate's most famous storm warriors died on Saturday night. He had for 11 years acted as coxwain of the Ramsgate Lifeboat, & had been instrumental in saving nearly 1000 lives. His age was 60.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 8 August 1903.

Freehold Building Site.

Situate in Lower Harbour Street, having a frontage of 121 ft 6 in, and a total area of about 9,360 square feet, being that portion of the land and premises known as the "Alexandra," Nos. 72 and 74, Lower Harbour Street, and the "Queen's Head Inn," which will remain after the widening of the adjoining Street, together with the two licences attached to the "Alexandra" and "Queens Head."

The site is admirably adapted for the erection of a first class Hotel, Restaurant, or Shops, and special concessions will be made with this view in the conditions of sale.

The property will first be offered in one lot, and if not thus sold will be put up in 3 lots.

Particulars and conditions of sale may be obtained from the Town Clerk, Albion House, Ramsgate; the Auctioneers' Institute, Chancery Lane, E.C.; or at the Auctioneers' Office Queen Street, Ramsgate.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 18 September 1915.

A Landlords Mistake.

A Bluejacket's Glass of Lemonade and a Smashed Door.

The difficulties experienced by Licensed Victuallers in complying with the regulations which apply to serviceman was brought into evidence on Monday, before the Ramsgate Justices, who came to the conclusion, in a surprising case, that the licensee made a mistake in his dealings with a bluejacket.

The case was one in which John James Cowan, 33, seaman, was charged with maliciously damaging the glass of a door, the property of James William Flood, licensee of the "Queens Head Inn," Harbour Street, and doing injury to the amount of 2 3s. 6d., on September 11th.

Cowen, represented by Sub-lieutenant Hempson, at first pleaded guilty, but changed his plea on making it clear that he denied any malicious intent. He carried one hand in a sling.

According to complainant, Cowen entered the bar at 7:15 p.m. and was supplied with a pint of beer. Just on 8 o'clock, in view of the regulations, witness asked him to finish his drink, but defendant raised the point and said he was as much entitled to consume his beer when he liked as a civilian. At 8 o'clock the barmaid served defendant with a lemonade, and about half an hour afterwards witness noticed some beer in a glass at Cowen's elbow. Witness said "Whose beer is this? whereupon defendant reply, "It's mind." A civilian standing 2 yards away said, "No, it's mine." Defendant then lost his temper, became abusive and was told by witness that he would have to leave if he did not behave himself. As the conduct continued witness went for assistance, but could see no one one as it was so dark, and as defendant became more abusive than ever witness ejected him. When the door was closed witness saw a fist go through it, and defendant said "I have done it. Now lock me up." When brought inside by a constable defendant also had a glass in his hand.

In reply to Lieutenant Hempson, witness said he had been a licensee at Portsmouth before coming to Ramsgate and had never had trouble with bluejackets before - he had always found them gentleman. He was very sorry it had occurred.

Witnessed denied that defendant's hand went through the door in the struggle from a blow really intended for him.

Cowen, in the witness box, said he was in the "Queen's Head" about an hour, and about 8 o'clock ordered five lemonades, one being for himself. A civilian came in, stood quite close to him, and ordered a pint of beer, which was placed alongside witness's lemonade. Mr. Flood, who had not served either of the drinks, then ran up, seized the beer and said, "Why are you drinking after 8 o'clock?" Witness explained that he was drinking lemonade and Mr. Flood, putting the beer at the other end of the counter, told him to drink it up and get out. Witness said he would finish his lemonade first, whereupon Mr. Flood said he would get a policeman to put him
out. Complainant went to the door and on coming back caught him by the throat. At the door witness made a smack at complainant, who ducked his head, and witness's hand went through the door. Witness went to a policeman with the lemonade glass in his hand and asked him why he should have been treated in that way.

In reply to the Chairman (Mr. Green), Cowen said that when Mr. Flood asked him whose beer it was he replied, "It's not mine."

A. B. Hohnson, who was with Cowen until 8.05, said the last drink they had together was a bottle of lemonade.

Mabel Bubb, an assistant at the bar, corroborated defendants story, and said Mr. Flood was liable to get excited. Defendant's manner at the house had always been all right.

The Chairman said the case was one of considerable importance. The Bench, he was sure, would always uphold, as far as they could, a landlord who was in the right and trying to see that the regulations made by the authorities were properly carried out. But it was very important that before taking any action a licensee should make sure that he himself was in the right, and that the man whom he alleged committed an illegal act had in fact done so. In that case it was abundantly clear to the Bench that the man was not committing an illegal act, and that Mr. Flood had made a mistake when he requested him to leave. He ought not to have been taken Cowen by the throat to eject him, and the Bench were quite satisfied that what happened occurred as a result of the mistake on the part of the complainant.

The case was therefore dismissed.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 15 September, 1964.

"Queen's Head" is the pub for Seafarers.

Edward Millington 1964

A couple who came on holiday to Ramsgate from the Midlands for 7 years are now the popular host and hostess of the "Queen's Head" at on Ramsgate seafront.

"After we came down for our first holiday from Coventry we liked the town and came back for six more years, not thinking that we would one day be living here," said licensee, Mr. Edward Millington.

The "Queen's Head" stands opposite the harbour and is a Seafarers pub. Customers, who include yachtsmen, local boatman and lifeboatman, find a ship's telegraph in the bar and charts and see pictures on the walls.

"This is our fourth season here, and before coming south we had two houses in Coventry," said Mr. Millington, who comes from the North East Coast.

He met his wife, a Coventry girl, when he went to that city before the war to work in a shadow aircraft factory test laboratory.

As a young man, his ambition was to become a professional footballer and before going to the Midlands he was with the Middlesbrough nursery.

His family, on his mother's side have been in the hotel business for many years.


East Kent Times and Mail, Wednesday 30 July 1969.

Draught Drought in Thanet pubs?

Thanet publicans are facing a nightmare situation - they're on the border of being the pubs with no beer.

Water supplies have held out well in the recent weeks of drought but it's been a different matter in the pubs - beer supplies are dwindling fast.

Already Whitbread "Tankard" one of the most popular beers has run out in many pubs. In others, stocks are almost exhausted.

Because of this the men who like a "fistful of flavour" are having to turn to other ales. And this is worrying the publicans.

Drunk dry.

Said Eddie Millington of the "Queen's Head," Ramsgate:- "Other beers will also be running out soon at this rate. I can see it reaching the stage where some pubs will be virtually drunk dry.

The big trouble is with Whitbread's, who have run out of the much sought-after "Tankard."

"I phoned them up on Monday and there wasn't a drop in the brewery," said Mr Millington. "We've been told some more stocks will be coming through by Thursday but I wouldn't like to rely on it."


From the 15 January 2015. By PRESS ASSOCIATION.

Pub landlord's fear over Murray bid.

Jim Barber 2015

Above photo of Jim Barber.

A real-life pub landlord in South Thanet has welcomed comedian Al Murray's intention to stand for Parliament against Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Jim Barber, who manages the "Queen's Head" in Ramsgate, Kent, said Murray's intervention as a parliamentary hopeful could help draw in younger voters.

But the 37-year-old married father of two fears Murray's stand for Parliament under the guise of his comic creation the Pub Landlord could also trivialise political debate.

The ex-immigration officer, who has run the pub overlooking Ramsgate Harbour for three years, is undecided over who will get his vote in May.

Speaking across the bar, Mr Barber said the Pub Landlord's proposals, including blocking up the Channel Tunnel using British bricks and introducing a penny a pint, would raise laughs.

But he added that the area faces serious issues surrounding the local economy and immigration, particularly with the resort's close links to Dover.

Mr Barber said: "I do think that you could argue that Al Murray's decision to stand for Parliament trivialises things slightly, but I do also think things need lightening up somewhat.

"Perhaps he could make it more accessible to people who have not got a lot of interest in politics. But there are issues in South Thanet that need to be taken seriously.

"People need to remember that we can all have a laugh, but there are serious issues here. Unemployment comes high on everybody's list round here and there are issues on the high streets as they are dying.

"As much as it is a bit of a laugh and a bit of fun, there are other sides to it. I think it is a bit of a wasted vote to vote for Murray.

"But there isn't a great deal to choose from. A lot of people have lost a lot of faith in politicians over recent years."

Mr Barber said he initially thought that Oxford-educated Murray's announcement to stand for Parliament under his newly-formed Free UK Party was a joke.

Under the guise of his patriotic creation, Murray, 46, will stand in South Thanet, a constituency which the Tories won from Labour at the previous election in 2010.

Mr Barber said: "I thought it was a wind-up when I heard Murray was standing. I saw it on Facebook and thought someone was taking the mickey."

The landlord said he would not be happy to introduce a penny a pint at a time when the national pub trade was under pressure.

But he went on: "If he came up with something that helps the licensed trade, I wouldn't say I would vote for him, but the bigger parties should listen to him.

"He's always welcome in here for a pint.


According to Barry J White the current building is dated to 1908.



GURR John 1823-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

SMITH William 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

THOMAS George 1839+

RANSON William 1847+

WOTTON William 1851+

HALL John to 1853 dec'd

HALL Elizabeth 1853+

TOOP William 1847-67+ (age 38 in 1861Census)

LAWRENCE Frederick William Belsey 1870-82+ (age 47 in 1881Census)

Last pub licensee had JARMAN Isaac John 1890-Sept/91 dec'd

HIEATT Alexandra John 1901-03+ Kelly's 1903

BUSH Mr Nov/1904+

FLOWER Robert John 1907-Nov/1914

FLOOD John William 1914-18+

FLOWER J J 1922-39

Last pub licensee had BATEMAN Mark Frederick George 1939-51+

WRIGHTSON Alfred 1953-57+

MILLINGTON Edward 1960-69+

BARBER Jim 2012-15+


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

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


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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