Sort file:- Broadstairs, May, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 03 May, 2021.


Earliest 1855-

Albion Inn

2009- (Name to)

40 St. Peter's Road / Sowell Street / (Soul Street 1851Census)


Albion Inn drawing 1980s

Above drawing, circa 1980s.

Albion Inn 1982

Above photo 1982.

Albion Inn 2009

Above image taken from Google maps, June 2009.


I believe this pub closed around 2009 but is now open again and the name is the "Little Albion Inn."


From the Kentish Gazette, 29 August 1848.



Mr. BREMRIDGE Has received instructions to SELL BY AUCTION,

AT the Mart, opposite the Bank of England, on Tuesday, September 26th. 1848, at 12 o'clock, (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract.)

An eligible FREEHOLD INVESTMENT, comprising a substantially built detached HOUSE and Premises, with Barn, Stabling, and other outbuildings, with Garden, known as the "Albion Inn and Tea Gardens," Sole Street, (sic. Sowell Street) ST. PETER’S, let for a term to Mr. Hale, of Broadstairs, a respectable tenant, at the low rent of 20 per annum, but presumed to be worth more.

To be viewed. Printed Particulars may be obtained on the Premises; of Thos Pryer, Esq. Solicitor, 11, Artillery-place, Finsbury-square, London; "White Hart Hotel," Margate; "Albion Hotel," Ramsgate; at the Mart; and at Mr. Bremridge's Offices, No 34, Northampton square, St. John street-road.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 18 February, 1860.


The first annual meeting of the Broadstairs Water Works Company (limited) was held at the "Albion Hotel, last week. O. C. Walter Esq., the Chairman, read the report of the majority of the directors. The works were commenced in March, and those of St. Peter's since November; and although only 72 houses in the former and 25 in the latter place are supplied, the revenue is estimated at 200, which, after deducting 80 for working expenses, will leave a net income of 5 per cent. The total amount expended for all purposes is 2,481 8s. 10 1/2d. There is a balance against the company of 360 13s. 1d., and the report recommended that 50 be given to Mr. Crampton (who has acted as superintendent of the works throughout without charge), which would raise the deficiency to 416, and the directors deem it advisable that the sum of 500 should be raised without delay. A vote of thanks was carried unanimously to Mr. Thomas B. Crampton, the engineer, also Captain Ford, for his able services as managing director, accompanied with a gratuity of 10. Capt. Ford returned thanks, but declined to take the 10 stating that the funds of the company would not allow it. A vote of thanks was then proposed to Mr. Ballard, who had kindly given the use of the room for the directors to meet in. Mr. Webster stated that 5 had been proposed by the directors as a compensation for the use of the room, which Mr. Ballard respectfully refused to accept. The following gentlemen were then elect directors:- Messrs T. Webster, J. Barritt, E. Cantwell, S. Goodson Benson (since declined), Bugden, and Beesley. The thanks of the meeting were then unanimously given to the late directors, also a special vote to the chairman, who during his term of office had attended to his duties very punctually.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 12 March, 1864.

A Commission in Lunacy was held at the “Albion Hotel,” Broadstairs, on Thursday, on S. R. Grimshaw, Esq., barrister-at-law, who has been conducting himself in a very strange manner for some years past in the parish of St. Peter's, in which he resides. Mr. Boys appeared for Mr. Grimshaw, the medical men being Dr. Laying, of Broadstairs, and Mr. A. C. Ayers, of Ramsgate. The inquiry was instituted at the instance of Mr. Grimshaw’s brother. The Commissioners ordered that the unfortunate man is no longer to reside in a house without a male and female attendant. Early in Dec. last he was found locked up in a room in his house nearly dead, with mice and other vermin running over him. A pig and a dog have been found starved to death on his premises.


From the By Kathy Bailes, 13 July, 2019.

Four Candles boss takes the reins at The Albion Inn in bid to save it from closure.

Four Candles micropub and brewery boss Mike Beaumont has taken on management of neighbouring The Albion Inn following the sudden departure of former landlord Marcus Hogg.

The St Peter’s Road pub – formerly the "Little Albion" and then "Hogs Head" – is being taken on by Mike temporarily, with discussions over its permanent future expected to take place after next month’s Folk Week event.

Mike opened the "Four Candles" in 2012, followed by the site’s microbrewery in 2014.

The pub was given the name because it was previously a hardware store and Sowell Street, where it is based, is not far from the former H. E. Harrington’s general ironmonger business in York Street, that is famed for stocking everything you could possibly need. It is thought the shop was the prompt for a sketch written by Ronnie Barker of the Two Ronnies.

Archbishop at Four Candles

Archbishop Welby tastes the beer with Four Candle boss Mike Beaumont (left) and Rev Andrew Jacobson. Photo Brian Green.

The micropub hosted the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby last year when he visited to launch a beer brewed by the Reverend of St Laurence Church.

Archbishop Welby made the stop as part of his tour of the isle which has included schools, churches and foodbanks.

Mike will be bringing the "Albion Inn" back to basics by removing the juke box, pool table and courtyard smoking area.

The venue opens on Monday at 4pm and will be operating the same times as the "Four Candles" – 5pm to 11pm last orders on weekdays and Noon-11pm at weekends. There will be no card machine so cash only payments.

Mike said: “We have agreed to keep it open until after Folk Week to see if the locals still want a regular pub as well as a successful micropub at this end of St Peter’s. The "Four Candles" remains unaffected but we think there may be a demand for a no-frills pub as well.

Archbishop Welby

Photo Brian Green.

“We shall have music over Folk Week but make a decision about regular music slots after that. We don’t want to see the "Albion Inn" close. It has been here for 200 years so we’ll do what we can to save it.”

Former landlord Mr Hogg hit problems in 2017 after numerous complaints from residents about excessive noise, both from music and customers outside the boozer in the early hours.

Following hearings at Thanet council Mr Hogg was allowed to keep the premises licence and the right to have live and recorded music – but had to abide by a set of strict conditions.

However, he has now left the premises.



WALL Thomas 1847-67+ (age 65 in 1861Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847Post Office Directory 1851Post Office Directory 1855Post Office 1867

PRITCHARD William G 1871+ (age 36 in 1871Census)

WOOD Stapleton Thomas 1881-91+ CensusPost Office Directory 1891 (Sole Street) (also at livery stable at "Red Lion.")

GOODLIFFE Mary 1901+ Census (Hotel proprietor)

HOWARD William Henry 1903-13+ (age 34 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903Post Office Directory 1913

PILBEAM Richard 1922-38+ Post Office Directory 1922Post Office Directory 1938



Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1851From the Post Office Directory 1851

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Post Office 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Kelly's 1890From the Kelly's Directory 1890

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office 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


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