Sort file:- Ramsgate, March, 2024.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 26 March, 2024.


Earliest 1851-

Duchess of Kent

Latest 1930s

116 King Street


Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Roger Corbett.

Duchess of Kent

Above photo date unknown.

Former Duchess of Kent 2014

Above photo circa 2014, by Darkstar. Showing 116 King Street.

Duchess of Kent location 2014

Above image from Google, May 2014. Pub being the blue building by the lamp post.

Former Duchess of Kent 2022

Above Google image November 2022 showing 116 King Street.


Almost opposite Alma Place, was the "Duchess of Kent." The original building had a bay front which protruded onto the pavement. It's believed to have closed in the late 1930's. Next door at 120 was D. Hawkes, Fishmonger. The missing number 118 was a building behind which was accessed through a gate between the pub and the fishmongers.

When closed, the licence of this pub was transferred to the newly built "Duke of Kent."


South Eastern Gazette, 18 September, 1860.

RAMSGATE. Fatal Accident.

On Wednesday last an inquest was held before J. N. Mourilyan, Esq., deputy coroner for Sandwich, on the body of Edward Crofts Le Page, aged 13 years, who met with his death on the previous day, by being thrown from a horse. The deceased, it seemed, was riding a horse, the property of a Mr. Wattson, from Broadstairs to Ramsgate. He was seen to start from Broadstairs by Mr. Frodsham, jun., at about 5 o’clock on Tuesday, and appeared to be quite able to manage the horse. At about a quarter past 5, the animal was seen galloping through Dumpton, deceased holding on by the pommel of the saddle. A man named Barwell endeavoured to stop it, but could not do so. When opposite the "King’s Arms," deceased, not being able to hold on any longer, fell to the ground, his left foot being entangled in the stirrup, and he being thus dragged from ten to fifteen yards. He was picked up by a man named Samuel Potter, greengrocer, who carried him into the "Duchess of Kent." Dr. Ayers was immediately sent for, but his services were of no avail, as the lad, whose head was dreadfully cut, shortly expired, from concussion of the brain.

The jury, after a brief consultation, returned a verdict of "Accidental death."


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

Francis Higgins was brought up, charged by Mr G. Cullen, of the “Duchess of Kent” King street, with furiously driving a four-wheeled carriage on the evening of the 8th inst. Defendant pleaded guilty, and was ordered to pay a fine of 1 and 8s. costs, which money was paid immediately.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 6 July 1872.

The Building and Improvement Committees report contains minutes of an application, with altered plans for building a cottage in the rear of the "Duchess of Kent Tavern," King Street. (William Spain owner, William Osborne builder,) not allowed.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 18 June, 1898.

Drunk on licensed premises.

Hugh Saunders was charged with being drunk on licensed premises.

Prisoner pleaded not guilty.

Chief Constable Ross said prison failed to appear in answer to the summons and a warrant have to be issued.

P.S. Creedy said at 12.40 p.m. on May 20th he saw the defendant in King Street, drunk and reeling about. He entered the "Duchess of Kent Inn," kept by Jane Miller, and called for a drink. Witness told the barmaid not to serve him with drink, and prisoner then went outside. In coming down King Street witness met another constable and drew attention to prisoners condition.

Prisoner denied that he was drunk.

Chief Constable Ross said the constable, P.C. Hooker, was on the sick list, and as prisoner denied the charge he asked for the case to be adjourned for a fortnight to enable the second witness to give evidence.

Prisoner ask the Bench to deal with the case at once and volunteered to plead guilty, adding, that he was no more drunk then than now.

The Chairman: Have you any witnesses?

Prisoner said a man named Phillips who was with him at the time had promised to attend and give evidence on his behalf. The witness in question did not appear to be in court, and P.S. Creedy remarked that perhaps the reason Phillips had not put in an appearance because he was in nearly as bad condition as the prisoner.

The Chairman: We must put our own construction upon the absence. You knew the case was coming on and yet you do not bring any evidence.

The Chief Constable proved a previous conviction for a similar offence against prisoner who was fined 14s. including costs.

Prisoner asked for time, but this was not granted and he was removed in custody.


East Kent Times and Mail, Wednesday 14 October 1970.

New landlord at the Duke of Kent.

The "Duke of Kent" public house - one of the largest and best-known in Ramsgate - is soon to have a new landlord.

Ramsgate licensing justices heard on Thursday that the King Street pub will remain closed for several weeks until a new "mine host" is appointed by the brewery owners.

The justices granted a protection order to Mr. John Norton, tide trade manager for the brewery. He will hold the licence until fresh tenants are found for the house.

Former landlord Mr. George Chamberlain, 63, has had to give up the business because of ill health. He and his wife Nina started pulling pints at the "Duke of Kent" a year ago.

It was their first pub and they took over after moving to Ramsgate from North London.




CULLEN George William 1851-67+ (age 28 in 1851Census)

SMITH William G 1871+ (age 37 in 1871Census)

FENWICK Walter 1881-82+ (age 29 in 1881Census)

MILLER George 1890-91+

MILLER Jane 1898+

JOHNSON William 1901-03+ Kelly's 1903

FRIEND Ernest Albert 1907+

PINKHAM Mark Lewis 1913-22+

PINKHAM Percy Richard 1929-30+

PACKER George Henry 1934-38+

CHAIMBERLAIN George 1969-Oct/1970

NORTON John Oct/1970+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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