Formally the Queen's Arms and dates from 1592.
The name the "King's Arms" has been traced back to 1823.
In the 16th century, The King's Arms was formerly The "Queen's Arms." It
was named as a compliment to Queen Elizabeth I, who had stayed and been
The pub is still a traditional English Inn with 6 rooms.
Was a tied house for The East Kent Brewery at the turn of the century but
now the Hotel is privately owned.
David G. Collier writes:- The "King's Arms" is rightly famed for its
carvings, and an article I found in a back issue of The Mercury says of it:
"In unexpected parts of the town, one comes across woodwork worthy of
attention. The massive corner post of an old inn has its top wrought into a
grotesque devil crouched upon its haunches; the treatment of its hair
is weird in appearance resembling tongues of flame, and no doubt the carver
hoped to convey to passers-by a constant reminder of their possible fate in
another world." Photo left kindly supplied by Patricia Streater who says
"the carving has the numbers 15 (shown) and 92 on the other side, out of
view. Front view by Paul Skelton.
The above picture was kindly sent to me by Pete Hawkes, who says the
above rare etching is titled; "Bracket Carved in Oak, at the Queen's Arms,
Sandwich. Etched by H. W. Rolfe." Published in 1853 in a publication of "The
Antiquarian Etching Club."
Above photo showing the fireplace.
From the Dover Express, 28 August 2003.
Judges' job at the bar.
THE winner of the district's best pub award this year is the King's Arms
at Sandwich, with the "Smugglers" at St Margaret's and the Park Inn at
Dover highly commended.
The results of the annual competition, organised
by the White Cliffs Country Tourism Association, were announced at the
association's general meeting at Goodnestone Park last week.
The team of judges visited more than 20 public houses, nominated by
customers, throughout Dover, Deal, Sandwich and many villages.
The results were
announced by district councillor and former guest house owner Roger
Walkden, a member of the association, who was leader of the judges.
judging criteria was which pubs were best for tourists.
Gary Virtue, owner of the "Park Inn," was delighted. He said: "I do a lot
behind the scenes now, working closely with my manager and chef to keep
"I was delighted when I found out how well we'd done. I
think about 20 other pubs were nominated, so it's not bad at all."
Manager of the "Park Inn," Tina Holley said:
"I'm absolutely delighted with receiving the certificate."
From the Dover Express, 28 August 2008.
OUT OF TRENCHES AND INTO MODERN WORLD.
PLAYING a First World 1 War soldier who travels through time to the
1980s would be an interesting role for any young actor.
But for Duncan Woodruff it is even more alluring as it combines his
enthusiasm for history with his passion for performing.
Duncan, who recently graduated from the University of Kent with a
history degree, is looking forward to repeating the role of Jasper
Everly in Trench Kiss for Platform Theatre Company next month.
And it is
not only the part he is playing that is appealing, the location will be pretty interesting too.
It will be the first time the company has brought pub theatre to
Sandwich, at The "King’s Arms Hotel."
The former Sir Roger Manwood’s student won’t have far to go to work, as
he lives just down the road in Ash.
“I first played this role last April and I found it quite
thought-provoking,” said Duncan.
“Although it is billed as a comedy there is a real poignancy to it.
“My character discovers that the world he fought to protect for future
generations isn’t without its problems and flaws.
“I think he is quite sad at how it has turned out.”
Duncan is using his year after graduation to prepare himself for formal
training as an actor. He has set his sights on drama school and hopes to
gain a place next year.
“I suppose the plays I have been doing with Platform Theatre Company
have been like work experience and should help me with my applications
for drama college,” he said.
“You need to show a commitment to theatre and hopefully the work I have
been doing will prove this.”
Duncan discovered an interest in performing when he went
for vocal training and got involved in public speaking as a teenager. He
decided to take a history degree as back-up.
“I realised when I left school that I wanted to pursue acting but knew
it would make sense to have a degree behind me,’ he said.
Trench Kiss is being staged at The "King's Arms Hotel" in Sandwich from
Monday, September 1, to Wednesday, September 3, at 8pm. Tickets cost £10
and £8 concessions available by phoning 01843 601312 or 07930 545222.
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PEARSON Thomas 1823-41+
GIBBS Charles L 1847-55+
(55 Publican directory)
TATNELL Mrs 1858+
MILDWATER Joseph 1862+
ALCHIN John 1874+
MILLS William 1878+
WAREHAM George V 1882-87+
WAREHAM Mrs Sarah 1899-1903+
(03 Publican directory)
BISHOP William Henry 1913
AMES Archer Elgar 1918-38+
BLISS Angharad H 1974+
MURPHY Mike & Pat 1994-98
BEARD Richard 1998-2012+
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