Sort file:- Ramsgate, April, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 24 April, 2022.


Earliest 1872-

Alma Inn

Latest 1970s-

19a La Belle Alliance Square


Above photo, 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

On 26th May, the No. 47 tram, on its way to Ramsgate Town Railway Station, jumped the tracks on a bend and crashed into a branch of Vye & Sons grocery shop, next door to the "Alma Inn." Fortunately, there were no fatalities but the driver, conductor and the shop manager's 7-year-old daughter were all seriously injured. As can be seen from the photos below, the tram was so badly damaged that it was written off and had to be dismantled on site.

Alma 1905

Above photo, 1905. Kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Tram crash 1905

Above photo 26 May 1905, showing tram crash.

Tram crash 1905

Above photo 26 May 1905, showing tram crash.

Alma Inn 1960s

Above photo, 1960's, Kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Alma Inn location 2014

Above image from Google, May 2014, showing the location of the "Alma Inn."

Ramsgate map 1872

Above map 1872.

From Gloucestershire Echo 11 December 1903.

MRS. PARKER (63), the wife of a publican, of ALMA INN, RAMSGATE, was found on Thursday morning lying dead near the bar door. She had hanged herself with a piece of broad tape on a peg behind the door, and the peg had broken after death had taken place.


After closing, I am informed that the premises was run by Vyes the grocers, and that there was a tram crash there in 1905. On the 3rd of August 1905, whilst descending Madeira Walk towards the Harbour car number 41 jumped the tracks, careered over the cliff and crashed some 30 feet below. Miraculously there were only a few passengers on board at the time and they all escaped unharmed, the driver being the only person to sustain injury. (See "Alma Tavern.")


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 19 November 1921.

Funeral of licensee.

The funeral of the late Mr. William S. Darvell, licensee of the "Alma Inn," Ramsgate took place at the Ramsgate Cemetery on Saturday afternoon. The remains had rested prior to the ceremony in the Catholic Church of SS. Ethelbert and Gertrude at Hereson, and the last rites were impressively performed by the Rev. Father Columba Swanson O.S.B.

The mourners included Mrs. Harvey Crow (daughter, the wife of Councillor Crow), Mr. Frank Darvell (son), and Messrs. Charles and Herbert Darvell (brothers, of London). A number of beautiful floral tributes of remembrance were sent, including one from the Isle of Thanet Licensed Victuallers' Association, of which the deceased gentleman was for many years the energetic secretary.

Mr. Darvell enjoyed the good opinion of a wide circle of friends. He acted as manager of the refreshment department of the Royal Victoria Pavilion at the time the establishment was under the direct control of the Corporation. A keen sportsman, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Thanet Coursing Club.

Mrs. Darvell predeceased her husband a few years ago, and he felt the bereavement very keenly.


From the Thanet Advertiser, Friday 10 February 1939.

Greater facilities at Ramsgate hotels.

The bench also dealt with a number of minor applications.

Structural alterations were approved in respect of the "San Clu Hotel", "Alma Inn," and "Southwood Tavern."


East Kent Times and Mail, Saturday 25 November 1939.


Ramsgate Licensed Victualler Fined for Unscreened Lights.

A case which was sequel to a wedding party occupied the attention of the Ramsgate borough Justices on Monday, when Herbert Harris, aged 61, a licensed victualler, of the "Alma Inn," Le Belle Alliance-square, Ramsgate, was summoned under the lighting regulations.

P.C. Sayer said that be received a complaint and went with P.C. Dennett to the defendant's premises, where he saw a bright light shining from two bedroom windows at the top of the house. Several people were outside looking up at the lights.

Witness ascertained that defendant was in bed, but he afterwards saw him and found him in a dazed condition. Referring to the lights, defendant said. "They must be in my bedroom; I have just got up. We have been having a wedding reception here to-day."

Defendant, who said he was very sorry for what had occurred, told the magistrates that his daughter had been married and there was a party.

The Bench inflicted a fine of 2.




MAY Robert 1858+ Melville's 1858

CHILDS Lucy 1871+ (age 76 in 1871Census)

UNWIN Lucy 1881+ (widow age 63 in 1881Census)

MEADES Susanna 1881+

PARKER John 1891-1903+ (age 62 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1891

MATTHEWS John D T 1911-15+ (age 36 in 1911Census)

Last pub licensee had DARVELL William Stevens 1918-Nov/21 dec'd Post Office Directory 1922

FISHER George Albert 1929-30+ Post Office Directory 1930

HARRIS Herbert 1934-39+ Post Office Directory 1938

WOOD A E 1951+

GOULD L 1953+

O'GRADY T M 1955-57+


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938



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