Sort file:- Birchington, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 12 December, 2023.


Earliest 1836-

(Name from)

Powell Arms

Open 2023+

11 The Square

(Brooks End Farm 1841Census)


01843 842777

Powell Arms 1900

Above postcard, circa 1900. Kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "New Inn" on the right.

Powell Arms stall 1912

Above photograph showing a stall set up outside the "Powell Arms," circa 1912.

Powell Arms 1913

Above postcard, circa 1913, kindly sent by Shaun Gardiner.

Powell Arms 1913

Above photo, circa 1913, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "New Inn" on the right.

Powell Arms circa 1922

Above photograph circa 1922.

Powell Arms with landlord Read

Above photograph circa 1922.

Powell Arms 1945

Above postcard, 1945, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Powell Arms 1950

Above postcard, circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Powell Arms

Above pictures from Google maps, 2009.

Powell Arms

Above pictures from Google maps, 2009.

Powell Arms 1986

Powell Arms sign May 1986

Above with thanks from Brian Curtis

Powell Arms 2013

Above photo taken by Paul Skelton, 9th November 2013.

Powell Arms 2023

Above photo 2023.


I believe this is the earliest Inn in the village, but not sure just how old. I believe that it was previously called the "Quex New Inn."

One time Cobbs tied house. Cobbs were founded in 1673, but Whitbread took them over early 1968 and closed the brewery later that year.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 12 April 1836.


By Mr. R. Jenkins, At the "Powell's Arms," in Birchington, on Thursday, 14th April instant, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon precisely, under the authority and by order of the Board of Guardians of the Isle of Thanet Union, (subject to such conditions as will be then and there produced.)

All that substantial Brick Built House and Manufactory, heretofore known as Birchington Workhouse, forming at present Two distinct Houses, but convertible at a small expense into Four convenient dwellings, together with the Large Enclosed Garden, Yard and Out Offices in the rear, and Land adjoining in front as marked out, comprising Half an Acre, little more or less.

For particulars apply at the Office of Mr. M. L. Daniel, Solicitor, Queen-street, Ramsgate or at the Auctioneer's, 52, Hawley Square, Margate.


Kentish Gazette 24 May 1842.


May 12. Of a violent affection of the brain, aged 28, Mary, wife of Mr. John Wilson, and only daughter of the late Mr. George Duffell, of the "Powell Arms Inn," Birchington.


South Eastern Gazette, 29 May, 1860.


An inquest was held on Thursday last, at the "Powell Arms," on the body of Thos. Thorp, aged 70, who was found dead in a stable; he had been indulging in drink for several days previously. Verdict, "That deceased died from natural causes."


From the Kentish Chronicle, 1 December, 1860.


The ploughing match took place on Friday, in a field in Birchington, belonging to Mr. A. Collard. There were 40 ploughs in the field. The judges expressed their opinion that it was the best work they had ever seen. After the regular match was concluded a match took place between two amateurs, Mr. A. Gillow, St. Nicholas, and Mr. Harnett, Chilton. The judges, as the work was done so equally, decided upon it being considered a "surprise." The match caused no little excitement among some 300 persons present, a large number of them being ploughmen, and it has given rise to a sweep-stake of £1 each, open to gentlemen amateurs in the Isle of Thanet, to plough with four horses, after the usual match, another year, each taking his quarter of an acre. There will also be a sweepstakes of 10s. each, open to the Isle of Thanet, for the production of the best mangel wurzel. The prizes were distributed to the successful competitors by S. Swinford, Esq., who addressed them in some well-chosen remarks. The judges and some dozen other gentlemen afterwards repaired to the "Powell's Arms," where they partook of an excellent spread. Mr. Palmer occupied the chair, Mr. W. Gillow officiating as vice-chairman. In noticing the efforts to establish a root show, Mr. Gillow remarked upon the large number exhibited a short time back at the Nonington meeting; he also dwelt upon the great good of such matches as they had witnessed that day.


From the Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 21 January, 1865.


On Thursday evening week a person in the employ of Mr. Wilson, of the "Powell's Arms," Birchington, was driving a horse and cart down the High Street, being at the time in liquor, his card came in contact with a horse and cart standing at the shop of Mr. Crickett, pork-butcher, unloading some pigs. Mr. Crickett was standing at the horse's head at the time, and so violent was the collision, that it pitched out Mr. Wilson's man to the opposite pavement, sobering him and damaging the cart considerably. Mr. Crickett was thrown against one of the plate glass windows of Mr. J. Robinson, grocer, breaking it, the damage done to the window is estimated at £12, which Mr. Wilson has agreed to pay, besides having to make good the damage done of his own cart.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 December 1868.


At the Cinque Ports police court, Margate, on Wednesday, before Thomas Blackburn, Esq G. E. Hannam, Esq., and T. H. Keble, Esq. Mr. William Hayward, licensed victualler, of Birchington, (Acorn) was summoned for having committed an assault upon Mr. Oliver Wanstall, also a publican of the same parish.

Mr. Towne appeared for complainant; and Mr. Delasaux, of Canterbury, for the defendant. Mr. Towne, in opening the case, stated that the parties were near neighbours, and that the dispute had, so far as he could tell, originated on account of a jealous feeling on the part of the defendant, because Mr. Wanstall did a better trade then he did.

The Chairman suggested that it would be better if a settlement could be come to without hearing the evidence.

Mr. Delasaux said his client was quite ready to shake hands and let the matter end, if the complainant was willing.

Mr. Towne said his client would assent to that course on condition of defendant paying the costs.

Mr. Delasaux said he could not think of doing that, as he had a complete answer to the case.

Mr. Towne:- Then it must be gone in with. It was all very well for his friend to talk about shaking hands, but the defendant should not have shook his fist.

The following evidence was taken:—

Complainant said:- I am landlord of a public-house at Birchington. On the 19th ult., about twenty minutes before twelve at night, the defendant came to my house, and when he saw me he said you are the man I want. He took hold of me, and threw me across the passage. He then pulled out his purse, and offered to fight me for as many sovereigns as there was in the purse. He caught hold of both my arms, and "slewed" me across the room, and wanted to fight. I asked him to go home. I had had no previous words with him. I believe he was sober.

Cross-examined:- Had ridden home from Margate with him that evening, and was very comfortable with him; did not know of any other cause for what defendant had done then jealousy.

A witness was called who gave corroborative testimony, and after Mr. Delasaux had addressed the Bench two witnesses were called for the defence, but their statements were not of such a character as to shake the cause for the complainant.

Fined 2s. 6d. and 14s. costs.


I believe the following account has incorrectly been reported as being the "Royal Arms" when it in fact  refers to the "Powell Arms." Paul Skelton.

From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday 16 October, 1885. 1d.


The Recorder in the course of his remarks to the Grand Jury said that he was pleased to tell them that there was only one case for their consideration, the charge against a man for obtaining £30 by false pretensions. The case was a very simple one. It appeared that the man went to Mr. Milgate, landlord of the “Royal Arms, Birchington, in the Liberties of Dover, and asked him to cash a cheque for £30. Mr. Millgate gave him £5 down at once, and on the following day advanced the £25. The prisoner then made some excuse and left the place. The prosecutor sent the cheque to the bank and it was returned with the words “no account” marked on it. Formerly the prisoner had an account with the London and City Bank, Victoria Street. The account was closed in April of last year, and on the 19th of July £200 was put into the bank, and on the 1st of Oct. last prisoner owed the bank 4s. 1d. On the 19th of Oct. that sum was entered in the pass book, and the account was closed. Prisoner represented that he had money at the bank for the purpose of meeting the cheque when it was presented. The simple question was whether this man had obtained the money by false pretensions. That was the only case for their consideration that day, and that was from the Liberties. There had only been four cases of larceny that the Magistrates had had to deal with since the last sessions. They had no jurisdiction over cases where money had been obtained by false pretences and therefore it was sent to the Quarter Sessions.

The Grand Jury then retired and the following were sworn on the Petty Jury:- W. Davis, J. Cochrane, T. Day, W. H. Davis, A. J. Emery, H. Adams, F. Crosoer, C. H. Datlin, G. Curling, A. Dunn, E. C. Chittenden, D. Allen, and T. Clancey.

Frederick Rehbam, a family tutor, and a man who appeared to have been engaged in noblemen's families, was placed at the bar charged with obtaining £30 by false pretences. The Grand Jury found a true bill in this case.

Mr. Forbes Moss, instructed by Mr. W. Hills, solicitor, of Margate, appeared to defend the prisoner, and Mr. A. J. Matthews, instructed by Mr. S. W. Churlchley, solicitor, of Margate, appeared for the prosecution.

Mr. Edward Milgate, landlord of the “Royal Arms,” Birchington, said he had known the prisoner for two years. About two years ago prisoner had a dinner at his house. Prisoner also called on the 5th August about eleven o'clock, and said he had another child and wanted another christening in the church and then a dinner like the previous one two years since. Witness said he would see about it. Prisoner did not sleep at prosecutor's house, but was recommended to some lodgings at Birchington. Prisoner then said that he wanted some money and asked prosecutor if he would change a cheque for £30. the prosecutor being intimate with the prisoner handed him £5, all he could spare on that day, and on the following morning prisoner was handed the remaining £25 in gold in exchange for the cheque which was drawn from the Westminster Branch of the London and County Bank. Prosecutor put in the cheque the same day at a Margate Bank, and it was returned on the 10th marked “no account.” On the 18th August prosecutor received a letter from the prisoner Hammersmith, the purport of which was that he went to the post-office after obtaining the money from prosecutor and there found a letter from his nurse stating that their child, which he had spoken about, was very ill and would he and his wife return home immediately. He would not make any more arrangements yet about the dinner. Prisoner further added in the letter that to his greatest consternation he had that day found the amount which should have been paid into the bank to his credit had not been paid. He had spent some of the money he had received from prosecutor and therefore would not be able to remit him the money at present, but it should have his early attention. The prosecutor then consulted his solicitor, and a warrant was issued for the prisoner's apprehension.

In his cross-examination prosecutor said he had not known the prisoner for more than two years. He was not at all satisfied with the prisoner. The money he had changed for the cheque, he had obtained by hard work. He knew nothing of the child's illness beyond what the letter said. He did not know that the child had since died until he heard it stated in court.

Hannah Milgate, wife of the prosecutor, and who was present with him when the prisoner was at the house corroborated.

George James Green, chief Clerk at the Westminster branch of the London and County Bank, said he knew the prisoner, as having had an account with them. He produced a copy of a portion of his account taken from July 19th, 1884, when £200 was paid in. No other money had been paid in since that date. On the 23rd September, 1884, there was only £13 15s. 11d. There was then a cheque later for £13 15s., leaving a balance of 11d. Fiver shillings per quarter is charged by the bank for keeping the accounts. The quarter payments were due of the 29th of September and left a balance against the prisoner of 4s. 1d., which he now owed the bank. No other accounts had been paid in since by the prisoner and the account was closed. The cheque produced was presented at the bank and marked “no account” and returned to the prosecutor.

Police-sergeant A. Holland, of the Kent County Constabulary, gave evidence to apprehending the prisoner, who in answer to the charge said “All right, I have a clear answer.”

Mr. Forbes Mosse then addressed the Jury, after which, by the learned Recorder's permission, the prisoner gave a somewhat lengthy speech to the Jury, saying that he intended paying the money to prosecutor. He was in a high position, and, engaged as he was, it was sometimes difficult to get the money due from gentlemen in whose services he had been engaged. He had been private secretary to a nobleman when in town, and handed in a list of names of persons of rank in whose services he had been. The reason he came to Margate was to look out for a house where his family might live for a time. Since this affair he had sold all his furniture at London.

After the learned Recorder had summed up, the Jury consulted together in the box for a few minutes and returned a verdict of “Guilty.”

The Recorder said that he quite agreed with the verdict of the Jury, but taking into consideration the prisoner had been custody since the 15th of August last he would only pass a sentence of two calendar months' imprisonment, the lowest sentence he could pass.


Rhyl Record and Advertiser 05 January 1895.

A distressing suicide took place at the "Powell Arms," Birchington, near Margate, on Christmas Day. The landlord, Thomas Swan, shortly after opening the house at half-past twelve, bade some of his customers good-bye, and before anyone could stop him he threw himself into a cesspool. Before the body could be recovered life was extinct.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 02 February 1907.

From the LONDON GAZETTE, Friday, January 25.



William Hogben, "Powell Arms," Birchington-on-Sea, Licensed Victualler.


From The Advertiser, Friday 7 June, 1935.


Margate magistrates, on Wednesday, granted music and dancing licenses in respect of the "Bay Hotel," the "Powell Arms," the "Beresford Hotel," the "Bungalow Hotel," and the "New Inn," Birchington.

Thanet Advertiser, 27 September 1940.


At a meeting of the Thanet Licensed Retailers Protection Society at Margate on Thursday Mr. Alfred Finch of the "Powell Arms," Birchington, was elected secretary in succession to the late Alderman P. B. Osborne of Margate.

Councillor W. G. Love, of the "Woodman," Ramsgate, had also been nominated but Mr. Finch was elected by 16 votes to 9.

The post is to be an honorary one but an honorarium will be granted by the society at the end of the year.

Mr. F. Johnson of the "Wheatsheaf," St. Peter's, was appointed as trustee in place of Mr. Finch and Councillor Love was appointed auditor.

Paying tribute to Alderman Osborne. Mr. E. C. Nash, treasurer, said he had done everything possible to assist members to overcome their wartime problems. He had left everything in apple-pie order and even on the day of his death had written letters on behalf of the Society.


The building can be dated to circa 1840 but Barry J White suggests that previous to this it was called the "New Inn." That is certainly not the same as the one mentioned above, as that's on the opposite side of the road. Further research suggests that this is actually referring to the "Quex New Inn."


From an email received, 19 January, 2017.

Hi. I have two book ends carved out of a oak beam from the Powell Arms, Birchington Kent with some history of the pub on the reverse side, they were carved by D Murry in 1949 when the pub was renovated. The beam was dated 1749, my grandfather bought them in 1960 and my Nan gave them to me when he died in 1964. We both came from Birchington and he often had a pint there too.

Regards Maureen Sperinck.

Book Ends Book-ends reverse


Information received from Michael Mirams tells me the pub was closed and is now boarded up as of December 2014. He now tells me (December 2016) that it has reopened and is operating as bars and a restaurant.


From the By Millie Bowles, 10 March 2023.

The Powell Arms pub in Birchington-on-Sea under fire for cashless policy.

A pub's new owners have announced they are going cashless, prompting an outcry from residents who have vowed to boycott the venue.

The Powell Arms in Birchington-on-Sea, which reopened under new management yesterday, confirmed on Facebook only card payments will be accepted.

Byron Hayter with business partner Dhvani Patel

Owner of The Powell, Birchington, Byron Hayter with business partner Dhvani Patel. Picture: Byron Hayter.

The decision was taken to "protect staff" according to owner Byron Hayter.

But the policy has been branded "utterly disgraceful", with one local vowing: "I will never return to your premises again".

Others have called for people to "boycott this business" in The Square.

Villager Daisy O'Donnell said: "Of all the places I wouldn’t have chosen to do this is the village of Birchington - a place where almost everyone still uses cash."

Resident Morena Sanguigni added: "I won’t be coming.

"I used to be a regular visitor a few times a week for food, but now there's absolutely no way.

"There’s lots of elderly in the village who prefer to use cash.

"Very disappointing."

Lisa Stanley, another villager, added: "Oh well, we won’t be going there again.

"If my cash is not good enough, I will take it somewhere where it is welcomed.

"There are plenty of other businesses that want to stay open."

Another social media user commented: "Utterly disgraceful!

"There's lots of other places to spend my cash fortunately.

"I hope you don't live to regret this ridiculous decision."

Another added: "If you go out of business you've only got yourself to blame."

Someone else called the decision "business suicide".

However, owner Mr Hayter said there was a "good reception" to the policy at the pub's opening yesterday, which was an "amazing night".

He told KentOnline: "The biggest reason for going card-only was staff safety as it reduced the temptation for theft.

"It also makes life easier.

"It will be easier when cashing up at night."

He insists there will be no minimum spend on transactions for punters wanting to pop in for a quick drink.

The 38-year-old also owns seafood restaurant Chapmans in Canterbury, and took up the new venture with business partner Dhvani Patel.

He said: "Food is the best part of life and opening The Powell is about bringing the heart back into the community."

KentOnline's pub spy The Secret Drinker visited last year, and rated the venue highly under the previous owners - noting the older clientèle.

The inn will be serving "traditional British food with a Byron twist", with the menu changing every two weeks.



PINKER Robert 1841-51+ (age 68 in 1851Census)

DUFFELL George pre 1842

WILSON John 1858-67+ Melville's 1858 (widow age 54 in 1861Census)

WANSTALL Oliver 1868-74+ (age 29 in 1871Census)

MILLGATE Edward 1881-91+ (age 49 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

SWAN Thomas to 24/Dec/1895 dec'd

KNELL Edward W 1899-1901+ (age 33 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

HOGBEN William 1907+

Last pub licensee had HADDAWAY Albert Edward 1911-13+ (age 44 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

READ Thomas A 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

AUBERRY Thomas William to Dec/1930 Dover Express

AUBERRY/AWBERY Frank Dec/30-Dec/1934 Dover Express

Last pub licensee had FINCH Alfred Dec/1934-38-40+ (age 53 in 1939) Dover ExpressPost Office Directory 1938

LING Robin (owner) 2017+

HAYTER Byron 2023+


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


Dover ExpressFrom the Dover Express


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