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Earliest 1835-

Prospect House Inn

Latest 2008+

(Name to)

Mount Pleasant


Prospect Inn 1930

Above photo, 1920s, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Minster map 1896

Above map 1896.

Prospect Inn sign 1938

Above photo, 1938, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prospect Inn 1989

Above photo, 1989, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Prospect Inn 2000

Above photo, 2000, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prospect Inn 2007

Above photo, 2007, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prospect Inn 2008

Above photo, 2008, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Prospect Inn 2008

Above photo, 2008, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Found in Bagshaw Directory 1847. According to Barry J White the building was rebuilt in 1939.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 24 July 1860.

Henry Clarke, alias Palmer, a young lad, remanded from Friday, for stealing a quantity of unripe apples from a tree at the "Prospect House Inn," was again brought up, and ordered to be sent into the Union. He is about 12 or 13, and has neither father nor mother, or anyone belonging to him alive.


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 13 July, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.


Stephen Pain was charged by Mr. Shepherd with attempting to commit suicide by hanging himself, on Friday, in the stable of the “Prospect Inn,” in the parish of Minster. It appeared that the defendant had formerly been an inmate of the Isle of Thanet Union, and had recently been discharged, he having obtained employment in the parish.

The defendant said the rope was only thrown over his breast loosely, and he was in the act of tying up his dirty clothes.

Discharged with a caution.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 20 June 1868.

Prospect Inn, Mount Pleasant, near Minster.

Proprietor. William Shepherd.

This House commands one of the most extensive views in the island, including Canterbury Cathedral, Dover Castle, the Forelands, round to the Isle of Sheppey. Should be seen by every visitor.

Quaint and pleasant grounds. Every accommodation.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 22 September 1868.

This day to Potato Merchants and others.

"Prospect House," Minster, Isle of Thanet.

Messrs. Harnett and Collard are instructed by T. F. Wacher Esq., to sell by auction, at "Prospect House," Minster, on Tuesday, September 22nd, 1868, at 6 o'clock, p.m., about 2 acres of Superior Scotch Regent Potatoes. Growing in a field and adjoining the Inn. They may be viewed on the afternoon of the day of sale, upon application to Mr. Shepherd, "Prospect Inn," Minster.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 25 August 1883.

Adulterated Whisky.

John Wall, of Minster, was summoned for selling whisky which was not of the nature, substance, and quality demanded, on the 23rd July.

Mr. Wotton appeared on behalf of the defendant, who pleaded not guilty.

I.C. Harman K.C.C. deposed to go into defendants house, "Prospect Inn," Minster, and to purchasing a pint of whisky there which he handed to the superintendent.

Superintendent Kewell said he divided the whiskey into three parts; one he gave to the defendant's wife, the second he sent to the analyst at Maidstone, and the third he now produced.

The analysts stated that the whisky contain nearly 14 degrees more water than was allowed by law.

After a few remarks from Mr. Wotton the defendant was called, and said he purchased the whisky from Messrs. Watts of Sandwich, who told him that it was proof. Acting upon that statement his wife added a quart of water to every gallon of whisky, which would bring it down to the prescribed limit.

Superintendent Kewell said he had taken 30 or 40 samples of spirits, most of them supplied by Messrs Watts, and this was the first case of adulteration.

The defendant was fined 10s. and 10s. costs, which he paid.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 14 September 1889.

Offence by a Publican.

At Ramsgate Petty Sessions on Monday, before J. T. Friend Esq., in the chair, Baron Walter Stratford, landlord of the "Prospect Inn," Minster, was summoned for selling liquor during prohibited hours on Sunday August 25th.

Defendant, for whom Mr. E. Wotton appeared, pleaded guilty.

P.C. Ford a constable of the K.C.C., stationed at Broadstairs, deposed that on the day named he proceeded to the "Prospect Inn," arriving there on a tricycle and in plain clothes at about 11 a.m. He was accompanied by P.C. Newman. Upon alighting he saying five men drinking in the house, who evidently belonged to the locality. He entered into conversation with them, and during the time they remained in the house some 30 minutes at least 20 persons came in, and no questions were asked as to whether they were travellers before serving them with drink. The customers were served by the landlady, the defendant being outside keeping watch.

Mr. Wotton in defence submitted that the majority of those persons who passed the "Prospect Inn" were undoubtedly bonafide travellers, and although it was the duty of publican to ask every customer the question whether they were travellers or not, it was not always done. His client had only been a licensed victualler for 8 months, and expressed sorrow for the offence, promising to be more careful in future. That being so, he hoped the Bench would inflict as low a penalty as possible.

The Chairman said the Bench considered it was a very bad case. Defendant would not be fined heavily, but the licence would be endorsed. He would have to pay 2 and 9s. 10d costs.


At the Ramsgate Petty Sessions on Monday, George Horn, William George Horn, Henry Anthony Thomas and Thomas Fowls were summoned for being found upon the licensed premises of the "Prospect Inn," Minster, kept by Baron Walter Stratford, during prohibited hours on August 25th.

With the exception of Collard, defendants pleaded guilty.

P.C. Ford stated that at 11:15 on the day named (Sunday) he was at the "Prospect Inn," Minster, when he saw the defendant's come in and purchase ale, for which they paid. He took their names and told them he should report them. Peak then gave the name of "William Wood" but afterwards gave the correct name and address.

Peak said he generally went in the name of "William Wood."

Defendants were each fined 1s. and 8s. 6d. costs.

The case of Collard was then taken and similar evidence having been given, defendant urge that he had been sent for by the landlord, with whom he had done business, or he should not have been there.

He was fined 5s. and 9s. costs.


Dover Express, Friday 16 May 1902.

East Kent workhouses. Isle of Thanet.


The present Thanet Union was formed in the year 1835, the parishes having up to that time maintain their own poor in separate workhouses in their several parishes. On the 25th of April, 1835, the newly elected Board of Guardians for the Thanet Union held their first meeting in the old Minster workhouse, when the Rev. J. Hilton took the chair. Sir Francis Head was present, and in an address to the board he explained their duties under the Poor Law Amendment Act, and intimated that as a first step they should purchase a suitable piece of land on which to build a Workhouse. At that meeting the Guardians elected Mr. T. Turner Weatherhead as their first Chairman, and Mr. Cramp as their first vice-Chairman. Shortly afterwards they purchased the piece of land on Mount Pleasant where the Workhouse now stands, and they approved of plans for building the House at an estimated cost of 4,200. Sir Francis Head's simple design of a Union Workhouse was to make a drawing of a long row of two-storey cottages without back windows and doors, and bend them round so as to form a quadrangle, with only one door to the exterior. That is the plan which was adopted at Minster, the long low buildings occupying three sides of a square, and the officers and entrance gate filling up the front. It did not take long to carry out this simple plan, and in the meantime the poor were lodged in the old workhouses, and the meetings of the Guardians were held at the "Prospect House Inn," Minster. The greater part of the old House built in 1835 still remains, but it is largely overshadowed by later additions, which the growth of the population of the Union, altered circumstances, and the modern ideas as to the treatment of the poor have rendered necessary.


Thanet Advertiser, Friday 4 February 1938.

New Prospect Open at Minster.

On Tuesday evening the "New Prospect Inn" at Mount Pleasant, Minster, open its doors for the first time.

Ramsgate County Magistrates, at their general annual licensing sessions in the morning, granted a final order confirming the provisional order for the removal of the licence from the old to the new premises.

Application for the final order was made by Mr. J. H. Robinson, who said that the building had been completed in accordance with the plans except for improved toilet accommodation.

Mr. W. E. F. Balcombe, holder of the licence of the old "Prospect Inn," gave evidence in support of Mr. Robinson's remarks.

The bench agree to the transfer of the licence to Mr. Alfred Victor Aldridge.

Superintendent web, who offered no objection, said Mr. Aldridge had been manager of the "Captain Digby," Kingsgate, from May, 1930 to September, 1937, and he has conducted that house and a satisfactory manner.

The application was granted, the chairman (Mr. W. Booth Reeve) adding "I hope you will be successful in your new undertaking.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 2 March, 1965.

Landmark for travellers on the Canterbury Road.

George Balfour 1965

The licensee of a hostelry which for many years has been a landmark for travellers using the main Ramsgate-Canterbury Road is Mr. George Balfour.

A Londoner, Mr. Balfour has been mine host at the "Prospect Inn," for the past 10 years - since September 1955.

Only a few weeks ago he was elected president of the Isle of Thanet Licensed Victuallers' Association in succession to Mr. O. Charles, of Ramsgate.

"I held office as vice-president for the last year, and before that I served as a member of the committee," he said.

His houses is built on one of the highest points in Thanet, and the summer-time brings the busiest days and nights for the "Prospect" caters for the passing travellers as well as any regular customers from Minster village itself.

"Being on the main road, we have a lot of trade from motorists, and we also cater for coach passengers in the summer," he said.

"This is also the headquarters of Margate and District Car Club.

Mr. Balfour and his wife if - she worked in Thanet before the last war - moved to Minster from London after experience there in two licensed houses.

"I come from North London, said Mr. Balfour, "and at one time I had the "Anchor and Hope" at Millwall, on the Isle of Dogs. Later I was at the public house in Bermondsey.

"Why did we move to Thanet? We wanted to get away from London, and we knew the air was healthy down here, and we are going to stop here," he said.



The 1851 Census shows William SHEPHERD 40 years as a Master Tailor but I cannot find another entry for Prospect House.



MIRIAMS Edward 1841-51+ Bagshaw's Directory 1847

SHEPHERD William 1867-71+ (age 60 in 1871Census)

PILBEAM Thomas 1881+ (age 59 in 1881Census)

WALL John 1883+ Thanet Advertiser

STRATFORD Baron Walter 1890+

SHELVEY Mattias 1891+ (age 46 in 1891Census)

ELVERY Henry 1899+ Kelly's 1899

LUCAS Harry 1901-03+ (age 42 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

PARRETT George 1907+

KNIGHT Ernest Alfred 1911-36+ (age 35 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1934

Last pub licensee had ALDRIDGE Alfred Victor Sept/1937-48 Next pub licensee had


JAMES William J to Sept/1955

BALFOUR George Sept/1955-65+


Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Thanet AdvertiserThanet Advertiser

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934


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