Sort file:- Margate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 September, 2021.


Earliest 1699-


Latest ????

4 Bankside / 1 The Parade


Ship Hotel and Duke's Head Hotel

Also showing the "Duke's Head Hotel," centre.

Ship Inn 1905

Above photo, 1905 showing the "Ship Inn" and behind that the "Metropole Hotel."

Ship Hotel

Above photo circa 1920.

Ship and Metropole Hotels

Next to the "Ship Hotel" is the "Metropole Hotel."

Ship Inn

Above postcard, date unknown.


Kentish Gazette, 24 December 1839.


Dec 15:- at Margate, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. John Mussared, of the "Ship Inn," in her 56th year.


From the Kentish Gazette, 24 May 1842.


May 4, at Margate, Mr. J. S Mussured, of the "Ship Inn," aged 28.


From a paper called The Days' Doings 30 July 1870.

SHIP HOTEL, MARGATE, (opposite Jetty). Samuel WARD, Proprietor.



Thanet Advertiser 03 February 1872.


January 29, at the "Ship Hotel," Margate, Mrs. Ward, aged 52.


London Evening Standard 27 May 1898.

Mr. Thomas Jephcott, proprietor of the "Ship Hotel," Margate, and hon. secretary of the local branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, in the Queen’s Bench Division yesterday sued the Rev. Benjamin Briggs, a Baptist minister in that town, for slander in having made a statement to Captain Nepean, the Chief Inspector of the Institution, as to the life-boatmen at Margate having to pay money to the Plaintiff for the supply of spirits to the boat, and making assertions as to the running up of scores at the hotel—allegations which the Plaintiff denied. The hearing was adjourned.


One time Cobbs tied house. Cobbs were founded in 1673, but Whitbread took them over early 1968 and closed the brewery later that year.

In 1889 the "Pier Hotel" next door suffered a fire and the "Ship" was damaged by heat and water as did the shops to the rear of the building. At this time the address was 1 The Parade.

Early 1900's, Thomas John Brierley Jephcott -1907) was occupying manager. He was also the Local Hon Secretary of the RNLI. One of his adverts states The Ship as '....being in a splendid position which it occupies, facing the jetty and within three minutes walk of either railway station, renders it a favourite resort of Margate habitués. Its fine bold corner frontage, overlooking a wide expanse of seascape, with the ever moving panorama of shipping passing up and down the channel, contributed in no small degree to the pleasantness and healthfulness of the situation...'.

The last licensee Henry John Bretton, sold the building to the Margate Corporation. The Ship was the last building to be demolished as part of the Fort Road Improvement Scheme between December 1937 and April 1939, when the present Fort Road dual carriageway was constructed. The removal of the "Ship Inn" and the "Hotel Metropole" left a yawning gap in central Margate’s accommodation facilities, so the holiday trade shifted to Cliftonville.

Artist J M W Turner often frequented the "Ship" along with many other Margate harbour pubs. The new "Ship Inn" was opened Friday 16th December 1966. Harry Steadman stood in as Manager, coming from the "Saracens Head," (now "Sheldons," Margate High Street).

From the 1970's onwards, the "Ship Inn" was a main venue for up and coming bands. In 1980 Alan and Jacqueline Epps took over. The Epps family have a long connection with the sea, and Alan’s own grandfather was one of the survivors when the “Friend to All Nations” surf-boat sank off Margate in Dec 1897. His father was also a life boatman.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 16 March 1976.

Man Hurt at Pub.

Nineteen year old Robert Belsey, of Prince's Avenue, Ramsgate, was rushed to Margate Hospital after having a beer glass smashed in his face at the "Ship Inn" at Margate on Friday evening.


Sadly, the "Ship" was demolished in 2003 to make way for the Turner Centre and the blue plaque memorialising J M W Turner, now lives within the new building."


WELLS John 1699+

FAULKNER Nathaniel 1705-35 dec'd (previous preacher & tailor)

LADD Robert to 1761 (retired ship owner)

SQUIRES James 1791-1811+

MUSSARED John "James" 1823-47+ (age 59 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

WARD Samuel 1849-80 (age 57 in 1871Census) Williams Directory 1849

AKHURST George Henry 1881-late/90s (age 58 in 1891Census)

JEPHCOTT Thomas John Brierley 1898-1907+

BAYLEY Charles Frederick 1911-12 (age 34 in 1911Census)

SIMPSON Jane Mrs 1913-18+

JEPHCOTT Thomas B 1901+ (age 24 in 1901Census)

BALE William "Pip" 1920-22+

WISEMAN William 1930+

BRETTON Henry John ????

Demolished between December 1937 & April 1939

New building opened 16 December 1966

Last pub licensee had STEADMAN Harry 16/Dec/1966+

EPPS Alan & Jacqueline 1980+

New building demolished 2003


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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