Sort file:- Ramsgate, September, 2023.

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Earliest 1840-

(Name from)

Royal Hotel

Latest ????

Royal Parade


Above photo, pre 1897. Showing the from left to right the "Admiral Harvey," Royal Clarence Baths, "Royal Hotel," "Albion Hotel," National provincial Bank and "Crampton's Hotel."

Royal Hotel 1920

Above photo 1920.

Royal Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Royal Hotel

Above postcard, circa 1908. By kind permission of Kent Photo Archives.

Royal Hotel 1908

Above postcard, 1908, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Very similar to the one above.

Ramsgate Harnour map 1849

Above map, 1849, kindly sent by Bob Lee.


Most of the buildings above were demolished in 1893 to make way for the road improvements and access to the East Cliff. However, the "Royal Hotel" was spared but eventually was replaced for a new building in March 1938.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 February 1840.


(The following was in response to Queen Victoria's recent marriage to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. Paul Skelton.)

The principal tradesmen suspended business and closed their shops, that all classes might join in the festive hilarity. About 200 children were feasted at the National School Rooms; 150 of the Teetotal Society took tea at Hubbard’s Rooms, and discussed the subject of the joys of matrimony; and 56 tradesmen sat down to a sumptuous dinner at Corbin's "Royal Oak Inn," served up in capital style, and worthy of the auspicious occasion. About 120 of the inhabitants and their daughters partook of a supper at Hiscock’s "Royal Hotel," after which they joined in the "graceful dance." Nearly 100 persons of the principal resident nobility and gentry were similarly engaged at Bear’s "Albion Hotel," keeping up the ball till near daylight. The poor at the Union were regaled with roastbeef, plum pudding, and beer, so that nearly the whole of the inhabitants did honour to the illustrious bride and bridegroom.


From the Kentish Gazette, 7 April 1840.


The last concert for the season took place on Thursday, at the "Royal Oak Inn," when the room was well filled; the concert was excellent. The club has for some time been nearly 60 in debt, but much to the surprise of the company, Mr. Potlock, in the course of the evening, announced that he had collected upwards of 40 towards its liquidation.


The Morning Post (London, England), Tuesday, August 09, 1842; pg. 8; Issue 22326.


On the 3rd inst, at St. George's, Ramsgate, by the Rev. J. Davies, Henry James Compton, Esq., eldest son of J. Compton, Esq., of Finchley, Middlesex, to Emma, second daughter of Captain Corbin, of the Fame steam-packet, and the "Royal Hotel," Ramsgate.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 20 July, 1844.


On the 12th inst., at Ramsgate, Sarah, the wife of Mr. B. T. Hiscocks, of the "Royal Hotel," aged 34.


From the Kentish Gazette, 28 October 1845.


Hiscocks:— Oct. 14, at Ramsgate, Mr. Zachariah Hiscocks, late of the "Royal Hotel," aged 66.


Southeastern Gazette, 13 September 1853. Ramsgate

TUESDAY. (Beforc A. Crofton, Esq., Hon. H. S. Law, Rev. G. W. Sickleraore, Captain George, and Dr. Canham).

The hall on this occasion was much, crowded. No less than 14 informations had been exhibited against as many hotel-keepers and innkeepers, for opening their houses for the sale of excisable liquors (otherwise than as refreshments for travellers), before half-past twelve on Sunday, the 21st and 28th ult. Mr. Child (of the firm of Wire and Child) St. Swithin’s-lane, appeared for the complainant, John Nicholls, and Mr. M. L. Daniel for the proprietors of the "Royal Hotel."

Mr. Child, in opening the case, admitted that the information were instituted by Mr. Brand, who, it will be remembered, was himself a short time back singled out (cruelly as he thought), and fined 15s. and costs, for this very offence. His client had hoped that the parish authorities or the police would have carried out the intimation made by the bench; they had not done so, therefore his client had thought it incumbent upon him to do so. His object was not to press for penalties, but to get a solemn decision of this bench that the statute should no longer be inoperative in the town. The defence could not be that hotel-keepers were not liable to the penalties of the Act; they were equally liable with the humblest publican if they infringed the law; at the same time he would admit that persons bona fide residents in and using the hotel for its purposes were entitled to be served.

The first case gone into was against the Messrs. Hiscock, proprietors of the "Royal Hotel," which has recently been vacated by the ex-royal family of France.

John Nicholls deposed that he was an engineer, and had resided during the last few months at the "Refectory." On Sunday, the 28th August, he and another person went to the "Royal Hotel" at eleven minutes after eleven, and called for two glasses of sherry. They were shewn up the coffee-room, where they paid for and drank it. There were several other persons in the house.

Henry Desmoulins corroborated the above witness, and was cross-examined by Mr. Daniel as to his name, whether he was the person who in an hand-bill recently circulated was designated as Glover. Witness admitted that the former was a name he assumed professionally, and by which he was better known in this town.

Mr. Daniels then addressed the Bench for the defendants, contending that they could not come to an adverse judgment for his client. If so it would be a great injustice to them, seeing that before the hour of eleven in the forenoon there were not less than six trains arriving here, the travellers by which must rise early. The learned gentleman then went into a lengthened argument on the subject of what constituted "a traveller."

The magistrates, retired, and on their return the Chairman said that they had given the case their full consideration, and looking strictly to the word "traveller," and what constituted a traveller within the meaning of the statute, they could not, without straining it to a length beyond the meaning of the Act, acquit the defendants. They had therefore unanimously agreed to their judgment, which was that the defendants pay a fine of 15s. and 16s. costs. Mr. Hiscock remarked that they had done all in their power to comply with the law, as they entirely closed from Saturday night to Monday the retail department of their establishment.


Kentish Gazette, 17 January 1854.


(Beford the Hon. J. S. Laws, J. A. Warre, Dr. Canham, W. H. S. George, Shuan Storey, and Henry Kenton, Esqrs.)

Charles Hutchins, greengrocer, Harbour street. was brought before the Court for the ninth time, charged by Messrs. Hiscocks, of the "Royal King’s Head Hotel," Ramsgate, with wilfully breaking one square of glass.

Prisoner pleaded guilty.

The worthy magistrates remanded him till this day week to Sandwich gaol, to admit of time to communicate with the Home Secretary at to what was to be done with him.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 19 November 1859.


Jane Lewis, kitchen-maid at Hiscock's Royal Hotel, was charged with beating and assaulting Joseph Pickering, a waiter in the same establishment. It appeared that Pickering having ventured into the domain of the cook in search of milk, she sternly forbade his approach, and on his resistance, seized him by the hair of his head and administered sundry boxes on the ears of the intruder. Some of the dislodged hair was produced in court in proof of the cook's violence.

The prisoner, in defence, said "Plaintiff had no business in her department, and that he should not come to her table."

Fined 6s., and 10s. 6d. costs, in default to be committed to Sandwich gaol for seven days.

Defendant very reluctantly paid the money and was discharged.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 5 October 1861.

Ramsgate. Shocking death.

On Sunday afternoon Captain Durrant was suffocated in a dyke, in the marshes adjoining the Sandwich Road. We have not been able to ascertain the whole of the circumstances attending the gentleman's sad end. It appears, however, that he arrived at Ramsgate from Herne Bay, on Saturday, and put up at the "Royal Hotel." On Saturday morning he was seen on the Ramsgate Sands, apparently very much the worse for liquor. He was walking up to his knees in the water with his boots on. He then returned to the hotel, changed his boots, and proceeded to the Roman Catholic Chapel, where his conduct was such as to cause great annoyance to the congregation, and he was forcibly ejected. He subsequently hired a boy and pony chaise to take him for a drive. After proceeding to the Salt Ponds, on the Sandwich Road, he left the chaise in care of the boy and set off on a ramble among the dykes. Nothing appears to be known of his subsequent movements, except that some time afterwards he was found in a dyke.

Go to Inquest.

From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 5 October, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.


On Sunday afternoon Captain Durant was suffocated in a dike, in the marshes adjoining the Sandwich road. It appears that he arrived at Ramsgate from Herne Bay on Saturday, and put up at the “Royal Hotel.” On Sunday morning he was seen on the Ramsgate sands, apparently very much the worse for liquor. He was walking up to his knees in the water with his boots on. He then returned to the hotel, changed his boots, and proceeded to the Roman Catholic chapel, where his conduct was such as to cause great annoyance to the congregation, and he was forcibly ejected. Subsequently he hired a boy and pony chaise to take him for a drive. After proceeding to the Salt Pond on the Sandwich road, he left the chaise in the care of the boy and set off on a ramble among the dikes. Nothing appears to be known of his subsequent movements, except that some time afterwards he was found dead in a dike.

An inquest was held on the body on Tuesday last at the “Red Lion,” Minster, before T. T. Delasaux, Esq., the coroner, when the following witnesses were examined:—

Stephen West, labourer, living in the parish of Stonar, said:— On Sunday last, at about four o'clock in the afternoon, I was on the sea wall, and saw the deceased come over the sea wall and go towards the river Stour; and he shortly afterwards came back and fetched a white dog (which I have this day seen), and which he took in his arms, and went again towards the river. As I saw nothing again of the deceased, I went in search of him, and having procured some drags, I found the body of the deceased in the water. He was then quite dead. It did not appear to me that he had accidentally fallen into the water, but I believe he threw himself in. The shoes of the deceased were found on the shore about six yards from the spot when his body was found.

Charles Rogers, fisherman in the parish of Stonar, confirmed the evidence of the last witness.

George Watts, a labourer, living in Ramsgate, said that on Sunday last he drove the deceased to Margate in a pony chaise, he returned and took him to the Sands, where he bathed. Shortly after he drove him to the Catholic Chapel, and left him there, calling for him, by his orders, when the services was over. Subsequently he took him to the “Royal Hotel,” Ramsgate, where witness believed he was staying. He afterwards drove the deceased to Pegwell Bay, and then to the Bridge, in the parish of Minster, where he set him down. He remained there half an hour, and saw the deceased jump over a ditch after some bullocks, he told witness several times to return home, and he did so. Deceased was not sober when he left him, and on the road he had drunk gin and ale at two houses.

Thomas Noakes, Sergeant K.C.C., stationed at Minster, said that he searched the body of the deceased when it was taken out of the water, and he found a gold watch, chain, and seal, two gold rings, and 1s. 6d. in silver and copper.

Mr. R. T. Hiscock said that he kept the “Royal Hotel,” Ramsgate. The deceased was an inmate of his house. He came there on Saturday, with his wife. Witness had known him for the last two years. He appeared to be in an excited state when he saw him on Saturday. He believed that he had been confined in a Lunatic Asylum in France.

The Coroner briefly addressed the Jury, who returned a verdict of “Accidentally Drowned.”


From the Thanet Advertiser, Tuesday 21 February 1939.

New Hotel for Old. Royal Transformation Turning a page in Ramsgate history.

Have a good look at the small pile of masonry standing at the seafront corner of Harbour Street, Ramsgate, for it is the last you will see of one of the towns most famous hotels.

Behind it the new "Royal Hotel," an attractive building, with every convenience that modern requirements demand, makes a fine picture and is another milestone in the amenities of Ramsgate for catering for visitors and residents.

The "Royal Hotel" has been the pivot around which Ramsgate has grown during the past 250 years and probably few sites are more wrapped up with a history of the town.

Originally, the "Royal Hotel" was a coffee house known as the "King's Head" and it probably existed in some form as far back as the 17th century. Later became licensed and was known as the "Kings Head Tavern" in 1717. In those days it was the Town Quay at which the sailing packets and hoys received and discharged their cargoes before the erection of the Harbour.

From its windows in the early days could be seen the troops embarking for the Napoleonic Wars, the convict ships bound for the other side of the world and the embarkation and return of King George IV in 1821. It was by Royal warrant that the name "Kings Head" was changed to "Royal Hotel" after the monarch's visit. The "Royal Arms," in fact, used to stand outside the hotel up to the Great War.

Although in recent years the "Royal Hotel" underwent extensive redecoration and modernisation it still fell short of the present-day requirements and at long last it was decided that the famous building must go.

Old Royal Hotel

Above photo showing the Old Royal, photographed from the crosswall of the Harbour.

In March, 1938, the demolition work began and the new hotel which has arisen phoenix-like on the corner site began to take shape.

New Royal Hotel

Above photo showing the fascia of the New Royal Hotel.

An Advertiser and Echo representative was conducted over the new premises by Mr. W. Stoner, who has supervised the building work for Messrs. Hall, Bebball and Co., of London, during the week.

First let us go down into the cellars, where Messrs. William Younger and Co., the famous Scottish brewers, have spared no effort to make sure that the hotel's customers may receive their refreshments in ideal condition. The whole of the pipe arrangements for draught beer are executed in stainless steel, while there is ample storage for every type of wine, spirit and ale.

The seller is fitted with an automatic air circulating and cooling system which ensures that the beers shall be delivered at the same temperature all the year round. Should the seller become too cold, heaters come into action, and should the temperature rise above the set level, cool air will force it down to the point required.

So much for the cellars.

The ground floor consists of four light and spacious bars - saloon, cabin, public and a large lounge. The bars themselves are carried out in oak panelling into which have been set attractive decorative panels of various Scottish tartans. The furnishing, too, is of sturdy and comfortable design. Ample cloakroom and toilet accommodation is provided.

Saloon lounge

Above photo showing a corner of the comfortable saloon lounge.

Nearly the whole of the first floor is taken up by spacious restaurants in which 150 people will be able to dine in comfort. Suitable for club dinners and outing parties, the room is easily convertible for meetings, concerts, and dances. On the same floor or up-to-date kitchens in which gas cookers play a large part and from which meals are served to those in the dining hall by means of dispensing hatches. A goods lift connect the floors.

Living accommodation for the tenant is situated on the second floor, while on the top floor there are a number of bedrooms, each fitted with hot and cold water, and, commanding an excellent view. Bathroom and toilet accommodation are, of course, also provided.

The outside of the building is of pleasing design with a strong tendency towards Georgian in style. The lower portion of the building is faced with glazed terra-cotta and the other portion carried out in red brick with delightful green shuttering to all windows.

All floors in the new building are fireproof.

The construction of the new "Royal Hotel" has led to a great improvement at the seafront corner of Harbour Street, which was formerly "blind," and consequent widening and improvement of the roadway and pavement overlooking the harbour.

Altogether the new "Royal Hotel" is another valuable link in the chain of improvements which is steadily earning for Ramsgate the name of the most up-to-date town on the southeast.



HISCOCKS Zachariah 1841-14/Oct/1845 dec'd age 66 (age 60 in 1841Census)

HISCOCKS Bedford & Robert 1844-67+ (Royal Hotel or Kings Head)

HISCOCKS Robert T 1861-62+ (age 49 in 1861Census)

HISCOCKS Bedford N & Samuel W (son) 1871-81 (age 60 & 27 in 1871Census)

ROACH James Joseph 1891-1903+





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