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Earliest 1778-

Red Lion

Open 2020+

2 High Street

St. Peter's

01843 861402

Red Lion 1800s

Above engraving, 1800s, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Red Lion 1907

Above postcard, 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 1950s

Above photo circa 1950. Red Lion building on right, supplied by Tomson and Wotton. The other building in centre of picture is D T Evans the Chemist.

Red Lion 1972

Above photo, circa 1972, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Red Lion 2007

Above photo 2007.

Red Lion 2009

Above picture from Google May 2009.

Red Lion

Above photo, date unknown.


The "Red Lion" in St Peter's village was trading in the late eighteenth century. In 1810, a committee was formed for the Royal Jubilee celebrations of George III, and a dinner was held at the inn, where ‘all hearts and voices united in singing God Save The King'. The landlord of the Red Lion, Charles Newbolt, later purchased three acres of land nearby, and opened the popular Ranelagh Pleasure Gardens.

The licensee Charles Newbolt is also listed as being the licensee of the "Ranelagh Gardens," in 1823.


Kent Gazette, 30 September, 1778.

To be sold by auction, at the "Red Lion" in the parish of St. Peters in the Isle of Thanet, on Thursday the 8th day of this instant, October, at 4 o'clock in the Afternoon, if not sold before by private contract.

All that freehold Farm, called Beards Hill, in the parish of St. Peter's, consisting of a Dwelling House, Barn, Stable, Orchard, and about 28 acres of good arable land, with the appurtenances, now in the occupation of Mr. John Hills.

N.B. Some of the said land is in an excellent situation to build on.

Enquire of Mr. Fagg, Attorney, at Ramsgate.


Sussex Advertiser 20 February 1826.

At the sale of the public houses and other estates, situate in the eastern parts of the County of Kent, which took place at the "Bell Inn," Sandwich, on Monday last, Messrs. Pott and Denne knocked down the following lots, at the sums affixed to them, viz.:—

The "Bull," at Eastry, 1,190.

"Three Colts," Tilmanstone, 500.

"White Horse," Eythorne, 575.

"Red Lion," Frogham, 455.

"Rose and Crown," Womenswould, 166.

"Duke of Cumberland," Barham, 910.

"Charity," Woodnesborough, 710.

"Three Crowns," Goodnestone, 620.

"Admiral Harvey," Ramsgate, 1,150.

"Ship," Ramsgate, 1,250.

"Red Lion," St. Peters, 1,100.

"Crown and Thistle," St. Peters, 705.

"Crown, or Halfway-house," Sarr, 940.

"King's Head," Walmer Road, 425.

The "Duke of York," Walmer Road, 310.

The sale-room was most numerously attended.

We understand that the "Ship," at Ash, and "Crispin," at Worth, have since been sold by private contract, the former for 750, and the latter for five hundred guineas.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 February 1842.


In the Isle of Thanet, with the "Red Lion Inn" adjoining, a most valuable FREEHOLD PROPERTY.

MR. GEORGE ROBINS is instructed to SELL BY AUCTION, at the Mart, LONDON, on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, at Twelve, by direction of the Assignees of Mr. George Hudson, with consent of the Mortgagees, and most peremptorily, a singularly attractive FREEHOLD PROPERTY for the speculator, it presents a source of immense pecuniary gain;— the well-known RANELAGH Gardens, at St. PETER’S, in the Isle of Thanet, midway between Margate and Ramsgate, and which at an enormous cost have recently been much improved, and rendered worthy the patronage of the numerous visitors at these favoured watering places.

THESE DELIGHTFUL GARDENS, which are most beautifully laid out, and planted with valuable trees and shrubs, and ornamented by alcoves, rustic seats, and refreshment saloons, have so long been the universal theme of panegyric, it will, in the short space of an advertisement, be unnecessary to state more than that on gala days the most perfect and complete arrangement they possess has enabled the conductor to present ENTERTAINMENTS OF THE HIGHEST CHARACTER not only by day but of an evening, whilst for flower shows, private fetes, societies, and clubs, several of whom hold their meetings at these Gardens, a wide scope is offered to a spirited proprietor. The gardens occupy about two acres of ground, having a carriage entrance, a commodious bar, and every convenience for conducting this extensive business; A NOBLE GOTHIC BALL-ROOM, capable of dining 100 guests, with six boxes underneath, to accommodate a large company, numerous other boxes, a capital smoking room, two excellent kitchen gardens fully planted, a spacious bowling green, adorned by beautiful trees, two extensive platforms, supported by iron columns, forming A SPLENDID SALLE DE DANSE for upwards of 300 votaries of Terpsichore, with raised orchestra in the centre; likewise A BEAUTIFUL COSMORAMA, arranged at a great expense, by the late proprietor, offers its attractions; and though last not least in importance, may be named THE RED LION INN, AT ST. PETER’S, a most capital and thriving public, having a large club-room and every accommodation, with excellent cellarage for conducting an extensive wine trade, good stabling, &c.

The Gardens may be viewed until the sale; and particulars had on the premises, 21 days previous; also of Messrs. Mercer and Edwards, solicitors to the assignees, Ramsgate; of Messrs. Austen and Hobson, solicitors, 4, Raymond-buildings, Gray’s-inn; at the Auction Mart; and at Mr. George Robins’ Offices, Covent Garden, where a plan and drawing of the gardens may be seen.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 March 1842.


On Thursday last the "Red Lion Inn" and Gardens, better known as the "Ranelagh Tea Gardens," St. Peter’s, Thanet, in consequence of the bankruptcy of Mr. George Hudson, the late occupier, were offered for sale at the Mart by Mr. G. Robins, but did not realise the amount advanced on mortgage upon them, unfortunately for the numerous creditors. The last purchase of the estate was for the sum of 3,000 guineas.


From the Kentish Gazette, 21 February 1843.

TO LET, With immediate Possession,


For particulars, apply to Mr. R. S. Champ, Cannon Brewery, Ramsgate.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 5 October 1867. Price 1d.


On the 20th alt., an inquest was held at the "Red Lion Inn," before W. H Payne, Esq., Coroner, on the body of William Setterfield, who met with his death under the circumstances detailed in the following evidence:—

Jane Elizabeth Setterfield said:- I am the wife of George Setterfield, of St. Peter's, labourer. The deceased William Setterfield, my youngest son, was nineteen months old. On Tuesday morning last, about a quarter-past five o'clock, my husband and myself were just going to take out breakfast, and the deceased child was standing at my knee. Just as I was reaching over the table to cut a piece of bread my elbow touched the teapot, which had just been filled with boiling water, and upset it. The water ran on the child's shoulder, and down its back. My husband immediately seized it, while I tore off the bed-gown with which it was dressed. I then bathed it with rain water and whitening. I sent to Broadstairs for a medical man. Mr. Taylor came about eleven o'clock. He told me I was applying the proper remedies, but said also that I was to give it a spoonful of brandy every four hours. I did so until it died, which was about eleven o'clock at night. It was convulsed very much, and sank gradually.

Mr. William George Taylor said:- I am a surgeon residing and practising in Broadstairs. On Tuesday last I was sent for to see a child at St Peter's belonging to Mr. Setterfield. I went to the house and found that the child was suffering from a severe scald over the right shoulder. I told the mother to go on with the same remedies she had been applying, and to give it all the nourishment possible, as I was fearful exhaustion might come on. The child gradually sank, collapse coming on from the effects of the burn, and the severe shock to the nervous system.

The Jury returned as their verdict, “That the deceased child died from injuries accidentally received by being scalded.”


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 17 October, 1873.


On Friday, George Henry Hawkes, of the "Red Lion," St. Peter's, was summoned before the Cinque Ports Magistrates, at Margate, on the charge of keeping his house open for sale of intonating drinks, during prohibited hours, on the 25th ult.

P.C. Axon (No. 180 K. C. C.) proved the offence.

Mary Ann Taylor, the defendant’s step-daughter, said the house was closed at 25 minutes past eleven, and that no drink was drawn after that time. The bar was locked, and the persons seen in the house were in the parlour. The defendant said he was away from home at the time, and left the last witness in charge of the house. At his request one of the men seen by the Constables visited the house every night, and remained in it till after it was closed for her protection. Another of the men was mending a pipe for him: and the third was a friend from Ramsgate. He denied that they were drinking after hours. A man named Friend corroborated this statement; but the Bench inflicted a fine of 40s. and 13s. 6d costs. The defendant said he should appeal. Magistrates present were Mesrs. Blackburn, Friend, and Flint, but the latter gentleman left the court immediately before the decision was given.



NEWBOLD/NEWBOLT Charles 1826-39+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HUDSON George 1839-42 bankrupt

CRAMP Thomas Fisher 1847+

HAWKES George Edward 1858-74+ (age 52 in 1861Census)

GORE James D 1881+

BRIDEN William 1890-91+ (age 28 in 1891Census)

MUIR John Browne 1899-03+

SUMMERS Frederick William pre 1910 Next pub licensee had

CUTLACK Thomas Edward 1913-22+

MOORE Sidney S 1934+

SAPWELL Harry V 1938+


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

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



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