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Earliest 1801-

(Name from)

Bull and George Hotel

Closed 1915

77 (14 in 1881Census) High Street


Bull and George 1905

Above photo 1905.

Bell and George 1917

Above photo showing an Air Raid on May 15th, 1915, and the wrecked "Bull and George Hotel."

Bull and George bomb damage

Above photo, 1915, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Bull and George Hotel 1915 Bull and George Hotel 1915

Above taken from Chris Roo's Flickr. Showing the damage inflicted on the pub 1915.

Bull and George

Above postcard, date 1915, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Bull and George 1915

Above postcard, circa 1915, kindly supplied by Rory Kehoe.

Bull and George 1915

Above photo, 1915, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


This was also a posting house, situated opposite the "Mitre Tavern".

The old "Bull Inn" as it was originally known, where Wellington's troops stabled their horses, was renamed the "Bull and George," perhaps to celebrate George Ill's apparent recovery of his sanity after his first serious illness. This fine hotel was the first building destroyed in Ramsgate in a Zeppelin raid in May 1915, and three people were injured. An elderly couple, who were asleep in their beds, later died. Woolworth's store occupied the site till their closure in November 2008.

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Kentish Gazette 9 October 1801.

Ramsgate. Bull and George Inn, and Livery Stables.

Elizabeth Stone begs leave to inform her friends, and the public in general, that she intends to carry on the business of the above Inn and Livery Stables, and earnestly solicits a continuance of that encouragement she hitherto has been honoured with. The strictest attention will be paid to the commands of her friends, and every exertion used to merit their future favours; and for those she has already received she returns her sincere thanks.


Kentish Gazette, 19 September, 1806.

A melancholy accident happened at Monday night, between eleven and twelve o’clock.

George Hurst, by trade a journeyman stone-mason having been drinking at the "Bull and George," in High street, to an immoderate excess, (three gallons of ale and a glass of peppermint) fell down an area stairs a few doors from the "Bull and George," and pitched his head against a water-butt, in which situation he was found dead next morning about six o’clock.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 26 November 1816.

Notice. A cart and harness being left on the premises of the "Bull and George Inn," Ramsgate, on the 9th of July, 1816, and notice being given to the proprietor thereof, that the said cart and harness, if not taken from off the premises, by Saturday next, and the full charges paid for the use of premises, and other charges due to the landlord of the said inn, the same will be we exposed to sale by public auction on that day, to defray the same.

Ramsgate, 25th November, 1816.


From the Kentish Gazette, 13 February 1838.

A fire broke out about nine o’clock on Saturday evening at the "Bull and George Commercial Hotel," Ramsgate, which consumed the furniture and bedding of a bed-room, and threatened destruction to the whole of the premises, which have lately been greatly enlarged; but being early discovered prompt and efficient services were rendered immediately, and were successful in extinguishing the devouring element. It is supposed to have been occasioned by a spark from a candle, as the servant had but shortly before left the room, and on her opening the door soon after the fames burst out, which so alarmed her that she fell into hysterics, and was a considerable time before she recovered. The destruction of property would have been immense had it not been early discovered, as the stabling and coach-houses join the rear, and most likely would have communicated with the other property contiguous.


From the Kentish Gazette, 27 December 1842.


Dec. 14, at Ramsgate, Mr. William Hudson, landlord of the "Bull and George Hotel," formerly of Wingham, aged 78.


From the Kentish Gazette, 13 June 1843.


June 4, at Ramsgate, Mrs. Sarah Hudson, aged 78, widow of Mr. William Hudson, landlord of the "Bull and George," in that town, and formerly of Wingham.


From the Kentish Gazette, 12 December 1843.


By Mr. RICHARD WALKER, AT the "Bull and George Inn," on THURSDAY, the 28th day of DECEMBER, 1843, at Two o'clock in the Afternoon, in One Lot, (subject to certain conditions to be then produced):

The long-established COMMERCIAL INN or HOTEL, known as the "Bull and George," situate in the most eligible part of the High-street, RAMSGATE, late in the occupation of Mr. William Hudson, deceased, and now of his son William Hudson, subject to the remainder of a term of 21 years; created by indenture of lease dated the 2nd day of March, 1836, to be produced at the time of sale; together also with the coachhouses, stables, and yard adjoining thereto, now in the occupation of Thomas Hudson, as a yearly tenant, at the rent of 70.

Note— The Fixtures in and about the Premises belong to the respective tenants.

Further particulars may be had on application to Mr. Cramp, Cannon Brewery, High-street; Mr. Wightwick, solicitor; or to the Auctioneer, Queen-street, Ramsgate.


South Eastern Gazette 14 October 1845.


A post-office order for 5 has been kindly sent to a member of the Tradesmen's Club, held at the "Bull and George Inn," Ramsgate, by Joseph Armsfield, Esq., of Nottingham, for the use of the family of the unfortunate man, whose death we mentioned in our last. The name of the vessel, of which he helped to save the goods, was the Nornen.


From the Kentish Gazette, 8 December 1846.


The annual general meeting of the Philanthropic Institution was held at the "Bull and George Hotel" last week, (which was established in 1838, for the purpose of distributing to the necessitous poor, in the winter seasons, a quantity of bread, meat, coals, and flannel), when the officers for the ensuing year were elected, and it was announced that nearly 100 from the funds would be made available on the 1st of January next. Amongst other donations the following have been recently received, viz: Miss Burdett Coatts, 5; a Lady per Sackette and Fuller, 4; and Sir B. Bridges, W. Dredes, Esq., M.P., Sir R. Glynn, Sir W. Martin, &c. &c., have contributed 1 each.


Kentish Gazette, 21 September 1847.


Valuable Freehold Brewery, called the "CANNON BREWERY," and COTTAGES, to be sold by Auction, by G. M. Hinds.

On Friday, 8th October, 1847, at the "Bull and George Inn," Ramsgate, at three o'clock in the afternoon, (By order of the acting Trust Devisees under the Will of Mr. James Stevenson, late of Ramsgate, Brewer, deceased) in Two Lots.

Lot 1. The substantially erected, capacious, and valuable freehold Estate, known as the Cannon Brewery, situated near the High Street, consisting of Tun room for capital beer stores, with vat rooms connected; cleansing room; hop, malt, and cask stores; grinding room and wheel house, two offices, cooperage, good stabling, harness room, and chaise-house, with lofts over the whole of admirably arranged, and in good condition; abundantly supplied with pure water. With the original plant, as shown by the schedule, in the existing lease, from Mr. James Stevenson to Mr. Robert Strong Cramp.

Also three commodious and well-built freehold cottages, adjoining the brewery, being Nos. 5, 6, and 7, in Paradise, in the several occupations of ---- Savage, ---- Sayer, and ---- Baker.
The brewery premises, with the cottages, Nos. 6 and 7, Paradise, are held by Mr. R. S. Cramp, under a lease for 21 years, granted by Mr. James Stevenson, 9 years of which are unexpired. The other Cottage common Nos. 5, Paradise, is also held by Mr. Cramp as tenant from year to year.

The additions of to the Plant of the Brewery made by the present tenants, and all tenants fixtures in and about this lot to be taken by the purchaser at a valuation, in the usual way, at the expiration or other sooner determination of the lease.

Lot 2. A substantial and convenient freehold dwelling house and shop, being number 33, Addington Place, containing three chambers, two parlours, kitchen, two good sellers, inclosed yard and well of spring water, in the occupation of Mr. John Crickett, as yearly tenants, at 18.

The whole may be viewed on application at the Brewery, and to the Tenants of the various Houses.

Printed Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be obtained on application to Messrs. Snowden and Pollock Solicitors Ramsgate; or to the auctioneer, 37, Queen Street.


Kentish Gazette, 8 June 1852.


Eligible freehold property to be sold by auction, on Tuesday, 15th day of June, 1852, at the "Bull and George" in Ramsgate. By Messrs. Hints and Abraham, at three o'clock in the afternoon precise time, by order of the assignees of Mr. John Mourilyan in 14 lots.

Lot 7. A dwelling-house, called the "Robin Hood," in Frederick Street, used as a beer house, containing good parlour with bow windows, communicating with back parlour by folding doors, for airy chambers, front and back kitchens, and enclosed yard, with large beer cellar under, a good supply of water, occupied by Mr. George Clarke at the annual rental of 21.


Southeastern Gazette, 13 September 1853.

Nicholls v. Merryweather, proprietor of the "Royal Albion Hotel," for selling wines. The same witnesses proved the case. The defence in this case was that the party who was supplied with the wine went into a private room, and the waiter supplied the wine thinking they were guests of the occupants of the rooms.

Fined 15s. and 14s. costs.


At this stage of the proceedings Mr. Child suggested that as they did not press for penalties, they were willing to withdraw the informations upon the several defendants paying the costs incurred. The following persons were then mulcted in 5s. 6d. each:—

Wm. Hudson, "Bull and George Hotel;" James Corben, "Royal Oak;" Thomas Parnell, "Admiral Harvey;" Charles Brittain, the "Mitre;" Charles Page, the "Woodman;" George Holmes, "Trafalgar Hotel;" Henry Simmons, "Lord Nelson;" George Mussared, "Spread Eagle;" Richard Butler, "Cinque Ports Arms."


South Eastern Gazette, 30 October, 1860.

RAMSGATE. TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, At the "Bull and George Hotel," on Wednesday, November the 14th, 1860, at Three o’clock in the afternoon precisely,

By Mr. JAMESON (By order of the Representatives of the deceased Mortgagee under a power of sale),

A FREEHOLD HOUSE situate in the Camden-road, and known as the "Prince of Wales" Beer-shop. The house contains three airy chambers, two parlours, sitting-room, bar, front and back kitchens, capital cellarage, and good fixtures and fittings; a plentiful supply of water. The fixtures to be included in the purchase money.

For particulars and conditions of sale, and orders to view, apply to Mr. Snowden, Solicitor, Ramsgate; or to the Auctioneer, at the Auction and Estate Agency Offices, 103. High-street, Ramsgate.


From the Thanet Advertiser, 24 August, 1861.


On Saturday last, at the Thames Police Court, London, Theresa Villiers, alias Avery, alias Borers, a Frenchwoman, about 50 years of age, was brought before Mr. Woolrych, charged with stealing a gold watch, chain, seals, and key, valued at thirty guineas, the property of Mr. James Methven, a gentleman residing at Mornington-crescent, Hampstead. It appeared that on the night of the 18th of last month the prosecutor was staying at the "Bull and George," High-street, Ramsgate. On retiring to his bedroom he placed his gold watch and appendages on a table. On the following morning they were missing. The door of the room was not locked. Immediate information was given to the Ramsgate police, who telegraphed at once to the Metropolitan and City police. On the 20th of July, the day after Mr. Methven missed his watch, it was pawned by prisoner at Mr. Fyatt’s, a pawnbroker in the Whitechapel road, for 5. She gave the name of Avery. The prisoner subsequently pawned two gold chains for 3. 10s, at the same place. On Friday afternoon, Hugh Andrews, a police constable, No. 62 H, who had received a description of the prisoner from the pawnbroker, met her in High-street, Whitechapel, and after watching her for some time took her into custody, and on her being confronted with one of Mr. Fryatt's assistants, he identified her as the person who had pawned the watch and chains. The prisoner, in defence, said, "A very nice lady gave me the gold watch, and wanting money I raised 5. upon it. She refused to give any account of the manner in which she became possessed of the chains. Mr. Woolrych remanded the prisoner for a week, and directed inquiries to be made about her.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 5 March, 1864.


During the past week an important step has been taken in the opening of a corn market at the “Bull and George Inn,” Ramsgate. Tuesday was the day appointed, and at twelve o’clock a goodly number of cornfactors, millers, maltsters, and farmers assembled. Mr. Giles, in opening the proceedings, thanked the parties present for their attendance. The want of a corn market in the Isle of Thanet had (he said) long been felt, and a few of the factors had suggested that there should be one in the town they were then in, which was in every way suitable for it. He had no doubt of its success, seeing that there were 200 or more tenant farmers in the island, which had a population of 31,000, increased in summer to 50,000. There were hoys to and from Ramsgate and Margate to London, and the town also had the facilities which two railways offered. Business was then proceeded with. It appearing to be customary in this part of the county to give a fortnight’s credit, the same rule was agreed upon for this market. The hours from two to four appearing to he more convenient than that from twelve till two, will for the future be adopted. Mr. Terry became the purchaser of the first load of corn, and at the close of the market it was found that nearly 300 quarters had been disposed of, viz. beans 20 qrs., wheat 150qrs., barley 90qrs., oats 40 qrs. Saffron seed 8 qrs. A very excellent committee has been formed, in which the interests of all parties are represented.


Thanet Advertiser 10 February 1866.


Pay a visit to Mr. Hudson's, the "Bull and George Hotel," High Street, Ramsgate, and see the Model Bar just fitted by Messrs. Sanders, of 473, Oxford Street, London.

The only Prize Beer Engine, and also the Renaissance Crystal Spirit Fountain. Cabinet Makers and Pewterers; Works, 100, High Holborn, London. Estimates and Illustrated List of Prices Free.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 2 June 1866.

Miraculous escape.

On Wednesday evening about 6 o'clock, two horses which were attached to a carriage belonging to Mr. Allwright, of this town, started from the South Eastern Railway station at a most furious pace. The driver was on the box and the carriage was occupied by two ladies and two gentlemen. On arriving at the bottom of Chatham Hill they turned the corner into High Street, swift as lightning, dashing down the High Street in the most terrific manner. How it passed the scaffolding erected in front of the "Bull and George," without a collision, seemed a miracle. It then passed through Harbour Street, and thence on to the goods yard of the London Chatham, and Dover Railway, where the frightened horses were brought to a stand. We are glad to state that the occupants of the carriage escaped without any injury although dreadfully frightened. In our narrow streets and with many vehicles generally in them, it seems most providential that the result was not of a moor serious nature. Too much praise cannot be awarded to the driver, who maintained both his seat and his presence of mind, endeavouring all the means in his power to check the speed of the frightened horses, and who had the gratification of returning with both of them and the occupants of the carriage, unhurt, in a few minutes afterwards.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 17 March 1874.

A Ramsgate Affair D'Amour.

Sir James Hannen and a special jury had before them on Saturday a petition of Mrs. Frampton, the wife of an officer in the Royal Marines, for a judicial separation on the ground of her husband's adultery with Eliza Duntz, at Ramsgate and elsewhere.

It appears the parties were married in 1869; they lived happily till the respondent went down to Chatham for a course of instruction, and there he met this Eliza Duntz.

In November, 1872, Mr. Frampton visited Ramsgate, and there he and Eliza Duntz occupied the same room at the "Bull and George."

In 1873 the brother of Mrs. Frampton went to Ramsgate, and a photograph being produced it was recognised as that of Mr. Frampton.

Mary Ann Whitnell, in her examination said she was the head chambermaid of the "Bull and George," at Ramsgate. She recollected by his photograph Mr. Frampton engaging No. 5 bedroom. After she went upstairs in the evening she found a lady there who was not Mrs. Frampton. Saw her undressing the same night. She afterwards met the respondent, and said to him, "I was not aware, sir, you had a lady with you." and he said "Oh, yes." She didn't see the respondent next morning, but the bed looked as if two people have slept in it.

Henry Tatton, of the "Bull and George," corroborated evidence as to seeing a lady who was not Mrs. Frampton with the respondent.

The counsel for the respondent said he was not prepared to put Mrs. Frampton in the box.

The jury then found that the respondent had committed adultery with Eliza Duntz.

The Judge-Ordinary granted a decree nisi, with costs.



Zeppelin drops bombs on Ramsgate.

London, Monday.

A Zeppelin dropped incendiary bombs on Ramsgate, a watering place in Kent. Fires have been reported.

The Zeppelin which passed over Ramsgate dropped over a dozen bombs, and then came in the direction of Margate. Both struck the "Bull and George Hotel," and shattered the windows. The building was partially damaged by fire, and three occupants were injured.

Two incendiary bombs fell in the park harmlessly.

An explosive bomb at Albion Mill shattered shop front.

The Zeppelin passed Margate, but did not drop bombs.

It appeared at Dover at 2:30 p.m. from the northward.

From a screen it dropped bombs on vessels, but without damage.

The raider is also reported to have been seen at Broadstairs and Deal, but did not drop bombs.


From the Illustrated London News, 22 May 1915.

Bull and George Zepellin raid 1915

Above photo showing where three people were injured and two fell through into the cellar. The "Bull and George" building shored up.


Several buildings were damaged by the bombs dropped from a Zeppelin on Ramsgate in the early hours of May 17, but the worst, damage was done at the "Bull and George Hotel" in the High Street. The whole of the front part of the building was wrecked. Two guests staying in the hotel, Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, of Thornton Heath, were precipitated into the cellar amid falling debris, and were seriously injured. A barmaid, Miss Kate Moffatt, was aroused just in time by the assistant housekeeper, Miss Pikington, and had a wonderful escape. Just as she left her room a bomb crashed through it.

Bull and George Zepellin raid 1915

Above photo showing the first floor ceiling entirely brought down. The Manager's bedroom at the "Bull and George" as seen from the pavement.


"We were on the fourth floor," said Miss Pilkington. "We rushed down the corridor and got into the yard. All the bedroom; in the front are gone, and with them the coffee-room and the commercial room. The bomb passed clean through Mr. and Mrs. Smith's bedroom, and carried them into the cellar, where they were found by the police."

Bull and George Zepellin raid 1915

Above photo showing where a Barmaid at the "Bull and George" had a narrow escape. Miss Moffatt's bedroom after a bomb fell through it.


A toy-shop on Albion Hill, called the Imperial Bazaar, was wrecked by an explosive bomb, and the inmates of the house narrowly escaped. In view of the material destruction, the fact that no one was killed outright is almost miraculous.

Bull and George Zepellin raid 1915

Above photo showing under a bedroom which another bomb passed. Wreckage in the Imperial Bazaar, a Toy-shop on Albion Hill.



STONE Elizabeth 1801+

HUDSON William 1823-14/Dec/42 dec'd (age 76 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29

HUDSON William jun 1851-71+ (age 46 in 1851Census)

CARTWRIGHT Francis 1881+ (age 48 in 1881Census)

ROSE Arthur Philip 1882+


HAYWARD James (age 39Census) & LINTOTT 1891+

HAYWARD Janet 1891-1901+

HAYWARD Jane Miss 1903+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29



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