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Earliest ????

Duke of Kent

Latest 1993+

Thanet Way

Boughton Under Blean

Duke of Kent 1940s

Above photo, circa 1940s.

Duke of Kent 2008

Above photo, date 2008.

Duke of Kent 2008

Above photo 2008, kindly submitted by Rory Kehoe.


Duke of Kent sign 1940s

Above sign 1940s.

Duke of Kent sign 1993Duke of Kent sign 1987

Above sign left 1987. Sign right, December 1993.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


From 2 April 2009

Duke of Kent fire 'will not affect development plans'

Duke of Kent 2009

The derelict Duke of Kent pub after the fire

The owners of a derelict pub say a fire which badly damaged the building will not affect their development plans.

Around 40 fire-fighters tackled the blaze on Wednesday morning at the "Duke of Kent" on the Thanet Way at Hernhill.

The fire burnt through the roof and destroyed internal stairs.

The building's owners, London-based property development company Cedar Holdings (UK) Ltd, are waiting for a decision on whether they can turn it into a care home, offices and small industrial units.

A spokesman said: “I was a bit disappointed about the fire but it won't affect our plans.

"The building has been derelict for about 20 years and would have to be demolished anyway.”

Fire crews were alerted at 3am. At the height of the blaze the London-bound carriageway was closed but reopened in time for the morning rush-hour.

The cause is being investigated.


The "Duke of Kent" was a large, roadside, Shepherd Neame pub, situated on the London-bound side of the A299 Thanet Way, at the junction of Staple Street, just east of Brenley Corner, ME13 9HU. I guess the listing should be Staple Street (same as "Three Horseshoes"), although I believe it comes under Boughton-Under-Blean to be more accurate. It was built in the 1930s and was designed to welcome coachloads of thirsty day-trippers returning from days out in Margate and Ramsgate.

The pub was closed in the mid 1990s and was derelict/squatted in for over 10 years, before being torched on 1st April 2009. It's now Dunster House; a mixed development of chalets, with a light industrial unit/lorry park.




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