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Earliest 1846-

Kingsgate Castle




Kingsgate Castle 1900

Above postcard, circa 1900, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Not a lot known of this at present, other than the passages below.


Kent Gazette Reports 13 September 1805.

Kingsgate, Isle Of Thanet.

To be SOLD By AUCTION, By Messrs SKINNER, DYKE, and Co. On Thursday the 17th October, at 12 o'clock, at Garraway's House, 'Change Alley, Cornhill, London, in 4 lots, if not previously deposed of by private contract.

Lot 1. A CAPITAL FREEHOLD RESIDENCE of handsome elevation, and suitable for a family of every description, pleasure grounds, garden, and surrounding land, containing in the whole about Twenty Acres, formerly the seat of the Late Henry Lord Holland most delightfully situate at Kingsgate, in the Isle of Thanet, commanding an uninterrupted view of the sea, and an agreeable distance from the fashionable and much admired watering places of Margate and Broadstairs.

Lot 2. An excellent freehold residence, situate in front of the sea, called the "Castle," a spacious and stately structure, with coach-house, stabling, and other convenience offices lawn, and adjoining land, and containing near five acres.

Lot 3. A freehold estate, consisting of the established and well accustomed Tavern, the sign of the "Noble Captain Digby," with stabling, and other suitable erections, and about an Acre and a Half of land, most desirable situated for business, now in the occupation of Mr. Denn Dunkin, tenant at will, who has noticed to quit at Christmas.

Lot 4. A freehold Estate, consisting of a substantial brick-house, barn, stable, and out-buildings, garden, and about 30 acres of land, extending to the sea, in the occupation of Mr. Denn Dunkin, who has notice a quit at Christmas. With this lot will be sold, the Pillar erected to the memorial of the Right Honourable Thomas Harley, Lord Mayor of London, in the year 1768, and also two other erections, called Neptune's Temple and Arc Runchim.

To be viewed by tickets only, which may be had of Mr. Gore, Cecil Square, Margate, or of Messers Skinner, Dyke, and Co. Aldergate-street, London, who are authorized to treat for the sale by private contract.

Printed particulars may be had at the "Digby Tavern;" also at "Mitchener's Hotel," Margate; "Kings Head Inn," Ramsgate; "Fountain," and "King's Head Inns," Canterbury; "Rose," Sittingbourne; "Crown," Rochester; "Bull and George," Dartford; "Ship," Dover; and at the place of sale.

Plans of the lots maybe seen at the "Castle," Kingsgate.


From The Essex Standard, and General Advertiser for the Eastern Counties (Colchester, England,) Friday, July 17, 1846.

NOTICE OF SALE Near RAMSGATE, in the Isle of Thanet

Includes:- Desirable FREEHOLD PROPERTY, known as the well accustomed "Captain Digby Tavern and Hotel," most eligibly situate by the side of the high road to Ramsgate, leading from Margate to Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

The whole of the property may be viewed any time preceding the sale, and particulars had of Messrs. Winter, Williams and Co.,16, Bedford Row; at the Libraries and Hotels, Dover, Broadstairs, St. Peter's, Ramsgate, Margate, and Canterbury; at Garraway's; and of Messrs. Leifchild, 62, Moorgate Street. (Messrs. Leifchild are the auctioneers and the other properties being auctioned at the same time include "Kingsate Castle.")


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 8 February, 1924. Price 1d.


Mr. Pearce, of the “Kingsgate Castle,” Kingsgate was granted a music, singing and dancing licence



PEARCE Mr 1924+


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