Sort file:- Margate, March, 2022.

Page Updated:- Monday, 28 March, 2022.


Earliest late 1800s

Arcadian Hotel and Restaurant

Closed 1970s

22 Fort Road


Arcadian Hotel date unknown

Above photo date unknown.

Arcadie Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Arcadian Hotel 2009

Above photo taken from Google Maps March 2009.

Arcadia location map 1966

Above map 1966, taken with permission from micropubcrawl. Showing the "Arcadian" (Green) and the "Ship" (Yellow)


The Hotel gained its name from The Fort Arcade on Fort Road, now Hill, and was ideally placed for visiting sea farers and holiday makers alike with its panoramic views.

In 1897 the crew of the Friend to All Nations Surfboat Disaster were taken to the "Arcadian Hotel" and placed into the care of Mr. and Mrs. Lilley who for many years had acted on behalf of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society.

By the late 1950's the Hotel had been turned into holiday apartments but the building started to fall into disrepair till in 2011 it was compulsory purchased by Thanet Council who are restoring the building.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 11 September 1897.

On the application of Mr. Hills, permission was given for a structural alteration to the "Arcadian."


Lilley family

Above photo showing the following people related to Frederick Lilly. Top row left to right, Daisy Cornford (sister), Kathleen Bassett (sister), Frederick William Fairman Lilley, Violet Elizabeth Lilley, ???? Bassett, Peggy (Ethels daughter), Ethel (sister), Unknown. Bottom row, left to right, Alis (sister), Frederick Lilley, Anette Lilley (wife), Stan (brother). Front, Jesse (Kathleens daughter.)

 Kindly sent by Rob Lilly and Malcolm Macgregor.


Lilley's Hotel Arcadian

Above showing a picture of an advert of Lilley's "Hotel Arcadian," date unknown.


Thanet Advertiser, Friday 11 May 1928.


Thanet clubmen to the number of 109 were present it the annual dinner of the Isle of Thanet Inter-Club Darts League at the "Arcadian Hotel," Margate, yesterday.

Ramsgate Trades and Labour Club, who are the winners of the Mackeson Shield, sent a big contingent and were distinguished by buttonnoles of red tulips.

Mr. H. G. Ticehurst, vice-president of the league, occupied the chair, and Mr. F. H. Ward, president of the Trades and Labour Club, acted as vice-chairman.

Presenting the shield, Mr. Ticehurst welcomed the Trades and Labour Club and congratulated them on the fact that they had achieved their success in the first year of entering.

He pointed out that the club had a difficulty in getting together a team, owing to the fact that many of the members were miners and had to work shifts.

Mr. Ticehurst also paid tribute to the Chairman of the League, Mr. G. Hornsby, and its energetic secretary, Mr. R. Wardle.

Mr. Paddy Brough, clay pipe and all, captain of the winning team, received the shield.

Members of the team received silver medals.

Bronze medals, the gift of Mr. Ticehurst, were presented to the runners-up, Birchington United Services.

Those receiving medals were:

Ramsgate Trades and Labour—Paddy Brough, captain, E. Rich. Sunny Harries, T. MacCaffety. J. Smith. T. Lambert. F. Steed, D. Johnson, A. Rushbrook and C. Went.

Birchington United Services—L. Orme, captain. G. Brockman, J. Monk, G. Horn, C. Smith, A. Kingsmill, J. Tumber and W. Tumber.

Mr. Ward, on behalf of the winning club, thanked the other clubs for the right royal way in which they had been received.

Mr. J. T. Leatherbarrow, on behalf of Broadstairs Comrades, who were last year’s winners, assured the members that they would have a good try for it again next year.

Mr. Cooper, secretary of the dart section of the Birchington Club, mentioned that the club had been runners-up for two years in succession.

A smoking concert followed the dinner.


Thanet Times, Wednesday 9 June, 1965.

A busy life, but one we wouldn't swap.

Frank Watson 1965

You could say that Mr. Frank Waters, manager of the "Arcadian Bars," Fort Hill, Margate, is a roamer. Perhaps he is where it comes to his activities in the licensed trade. But then Frank believes that variety is the spice of life and he has believed this ever since his early childhood.

Frank Waters was born in Czechoslovakia and comes from a family of hoteliers and caterers. Leaving school, he joined the Czechoslovakian Air Force and became a qualified pilot.

It was about that time that Hitler took over the country. Frank, along with others, decided that this was the time to make a move and after travelling through Poland and France he eventually arrived in England in 1940 and was accepted for service with the Royal Air Force.

From then until the end of the war he served with fighter squadrons, finishing with the rank of squadron leader. During 1941-42 he was stationed at Manston with a night fighter squadron.

Demobilised, Frank had special training in licensing and catering and his first job was assistant catering manager at Dreamland, Margate. From there he moved to the "Winter Gardens" as bar manager and then for two years he was licensee of the "Saracens Head" in Margate High Street.

Last Summer season he took over the manager-ship of the "Royal Victoria Pavilion" bars for Ramsgate Corporation.

Does he love the life?

"Yes," said Frank. "I would not do anything else. There's always something fresh and of course, you are always meeting new people. It's a busy life, but extremely interesting."


From 2011

Kent County Council's No Use Empty scheme has played an integral role in the re-development of the Arcadian Hotel in Margate, which on 1 November is re-launched as a residential development comprising 14 one and two bedroom apartments.

No Use Empty, the UK's leading empty homes initiative, has created over 1,900 new homes since 2005. The scheme is run by Kent County Council in partnership with all twelve local authorities in the county.

The "Arcadian Hotel" was built in the late 1800s and was subsequently converted into flats. However, prior to the recent redevelopment undertaken by developer Geoffrey Berger, the block had been unoccupied and run down to the point of dereliction, reducing a once iconic building to a local eyesore.

Thanet District Council, a longstanding partner in the No Use Empty scheme, targeted the site for regeneration, and worked with Mr Berger once he had acquired the site to raise the necessary finance to commence work. No Use Empty provided an interest-free loan of 175,000, with Mr Berger providing the rest of the funding for the project.

All loans offered to owners of empty homes are repaid to Kent County Council in full and recycled back into the scheme. To date, loans issued by No Use Empty total 5.2 million.

Steve Grimshaw, Project Manager for the No Use Empty scheme said: “It is important that with house-building declining, we look at ways that we can utilise unused buildings to create quality housing. Thanet District Council has worked tirelessly to ensure this site will have a future and we are delighted to be involved in a project that as well as providing 14 much-needed homes, will further aid the regeneration Margate Old Town following the arrival of the Turner Centre earlier this year.”

The new development carefully replicates The "Arcadian's" original wrought iron balcony and hotel signage, meaning the Victorian character of the building is retained. Inside, the well-presented apartments are spacious, with Victorian high ceilings and large, panoramic windows. The internal finish includes hand fitted kitchens and solid wood worktops and some apartments have private balconies.

Outside, the sea front and Margate's golden Main Sands are a short stroll down Fort Hill. Turner Contemporary to the right, Margate's historic Old Town to the left. In summer this continental-style piazza hosts a growing calendar of events including a Jazz Festival in July.

Mr Berger has already secured lettings for nine of the fourteen apartments, reflecting the quality of the units, and also the demand for quality housing in the area. A limited number of the apartments are available for sale starting at 120,000.

Geoffrey Berger, developer of The Arcadian said: “In the current climate it is extremely challenging to get re-developments of this nature off the ground, and I am grateful to the No Use Empty scheme for the assistance they have provided, financial and otherwise, to help turn my vision for the site into a reality.”

Available furnished or unfurnished, one bedroom apartments start from 450 pcm, two bedroom apartments from 550 pcm.



SANDERSON Charles 1890-91 (age 33 in 1891Census) Post Office Directory 1891

Last pub licensee had LILLY Frederick Adolphus 1901-11+(age 59 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

THOMPSON A E 1930+ (Kelly's)

Last pub licensee had WATERS Frank 1965+


Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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