Sort file:- Ramsgate, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 September, 2021.


Earliest 1826-

Bell Inn

Latest 1907+

89 King Street


89 King Street 2018

Above image from Google, August 2018.


There appears to be a little confusing over the dates and names that this house changed at present, I have reference saying the "Bricklayer's Arms" was known by that name from 1898-1906 when it was closed, having been the "Bell Inn" from 1849. I also have a statement saying the following:- "The pub was almost opposite Belmont Street once stood the "Bell Inn." According to the 1822 map of Ramsgate this was formerly known as the "Bricklayer's Arms" but had changed to the "Bell Inn" by 1849." Pigot's Directory of 1828 mentions the "Bell Inn."


Thanet Advertiser of 26 September 1891.


Robert Smith was charged with being drunk on licensed premises and pleaded guilty, although he said he did not remember anything about it.

Sergt. Petley said he was in King-street, passing the "Bell Inn," kept by George Charles Horn, and saw defendant in the bar in a very bad state of drunkenness. Two men were holding him up and they afterwards dragged him out.

Supt. Buss said defendant had not visited the court for a twelvemonth.

Fined 1s. and 10s. costs.

Time was applied for and peremptorily refused by the Chairman.

Defendant offered to leave his knife-grinding machine as security, and, after some further demur, the Chairman recanted and allowed a week’s grace.

John Liddle was charged with being found drunk in King street, on 16th September.

Defendant pleaded guilty.

P.C. Mortley deposed that he saw defendant "rolling off home."

Supt. Buss said defendant was last fined in November.

Defendant said he had been a teetotaller for about nine months, but meeting some friends, who put whiskey in his beer, he succumbed. He was, however, sober enough to go home without insulting anybody.

Supt. Buss said defendant was with the previous defendant in the "Bell Inn." They got drunk to celebrate a victory in the police-court at Margate.

The Chairman said the landlord seemed to be in fault.

Supt. Buss said he merely had temporary authority to sell.

Defendant was fined 1s. and 10s. costs.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 03 October 1891.


George Horne was charged that he, being the licensed person of the "Bell Inn," unlawfully did permit drunkenness on his licensed premises on September 10th.

Defendant applied that the case should be adjourned for a week, which was agreed to.



HERSEY/KERSEY William 1823-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

MARKCROW James Larkins 1839-67+ (age 66 in 1871Census)

UNDERHILL Joseph 1874+

PARSONS William 1881+ (age 58 in 1881Census)

NASH Walter 1882+

HORN George Charles 1890-91+

PAUL Henry 1891+

AUSTEN William 1901+

WICKES Thomas F 1903+ Kelly's 1903

TAYLOR Mark 1907+


William Henry Kingston (married to Eliza (nee Holly); was a coastguard at Ramsgate and Margate, Kent (His father was also a famous coastguard). Probate papers were issued (16 Sept 1887) for a William Henry Kingston. His widow was Eliza and granted personal estate value (value 194). *Probate papers state that he was Licensed Victualler late of 'The Bell' Kings Street, Ramsgate, Kent (In 1881 he was still a coastguard at Ramsgate). *


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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