Sort file:- Ramsgate, September, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 06 September, 2023.


Earliest 1850

(Name from)

Eagle Inn

Closed 2009

153 (7 in 1861Census) High Street


Eagle Inn

Above taken from Chris Roos Flickr. Date unknown.

Eagle Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

Eagle Inn

Above photo taken with permission from Saunders family web.

Eagle sign 1986

Sign above October 1986 with thanks from Brian Curtis

Eagle Inn 2014

Above photo, 10 June 2014.

Eagle Inn 2020

Above Google image, December 2020.


At one time this was also known as the "Spread Eagle."


The Inn was trading under the ownership of the Tomson family in 1809 as the "Spread Eagle." The 1881 census also calls this the "Spread Eagle," so there is confusion over when the name was changed and the "Spread" lost.

For several years the pub was the headquarters of the Invicta Motor Cycle Club. During the 1980s when Citizen Band Radio became legal the former stable block at the back of the pub became a meeting point for the C.B. enthusiasts under the rule of licensee Joe Chamberlain.

Later information tells me the premises burned down in the 1980s, but how serious the fire was I don't yet know. Local knowledge required please. At present, (2017) the building is seeking planning permission to be turned into flats.


Thanet Advertiser - Friday 16 June 1944.


Son of Mr. John Bushell of the "Eagle Hotel," Ramsgate, Sgt. William Knight Bushell, serving in India has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.


From the By Chris Britcher, 15 October 2022.

Former Eagle Inn in Ramsgate to be sold at auction by Clive Emson with guide price of £250,000-plus.

A fire-ravaged former pub in Ramsgate is to be sold at auction.

Previously known as the Eagle Inn, it was severely damaged in a fire more than 30 years ago.

Eagle 2022

The former Eagle Inn pub. Picture: Clive Emson.

The building was given Grade II-listed status in 1988 and dates back to the 18th century.

But it has remained empty for many years and auctioneers Clive Emson says it is need of "considerable improvement".

Set on the High Street, previous planning permissions for the property were granted to turn it into a seven-bedroom hotel - although this has now lapsed.

The auctioneer describes the property as: "An end-terrace building which has been vacant for many years and was formerly a public house.

"The building occupies a good location in Ramsgate's town centre close to local amenities and a short distance from Ramsgate mainline railway station.

Eagle inside 2022

The inside of the former Eagle Inn pub in Ramsgate. Picture: Clive Emson.

"It has suffered fire damage in the past and is in need of considerable improvement but is of a good size with three floors plus basement."

Clive Emson will sell the building - which has a guide price of £250,000-plus - when it holds its latest property auction on November 2.


Latest news from Robert Milton Wallace says the premises has been closed for years and is under threat. It's car park was sold off by a developer for housing in 2010 as well as all the interior fixtures and fittings, even though the building has a listing status.


From the By Kathy Bailes, 13 April, 2023.

14-bed hotel plan for former Eagle Inn pub in Ramsgate.

Plans to convert the former Eagle Inn pub in Ramsgate into a 14-bed hotel have been submitted to Thanet council.

The application, made by Williams Group UK Ltd, will involve demolition of the rear extensions to be replaced by new part two and part three storey extensions.

Eagle plans

How it could look Image del Renzio & del Renzio.

The former High Street pub, which has been empty for several years, was damaged by fire during the 1980s. Repairs meant the loss of some original features when it reopened in 1986.

In more recent years the property became vacant and was infested with pigeons, which were cleared during the summer of 2018.

The property dates from circa 1763 and received Grade II Listed Building status on 4th February 1988.

Extensive works are planned for the building including the removal of existing staircase and creation of new timber staircase with rooflight above, dumb waiter installed to all floor and new partitions throughout to create en-suite guest accommodation and café /reception area. Disabled access is also proposed to the side elevation with accessible facilities on the ground floor. It is hoped to restore the eagle over the doorway.

Eagle plans 2023

Image del Renzio & del Renzio

Parking spaces are not included in the application but nearby Cannon Street car park is highlighted.

Eagle inside

Image Clive Emson.

Planning documents say: “The proposals seek to create a B&B / Hotel with modern standards of bedroom space and ensuite facilities as well as ancillary spaces required.

“It is hoped that the benefits of reinstating one of the oldest pubs in Ramsgate into accommodation for tourists will outweigh the perceived harm of removing the rear structures that have largely been rebuilt in the late 1980s with little remaining fabric of historic importance.”

Eagle back 2023

Image Clive Emson.

The Eagle Inn (formerly the Spread Eagle and The Spread-Eagle Tavern) started life as three cottages in 1763. Soon after which, in 1776, it was converted into an inn. In 1809 it had its own water pump at the rear of the building and in 1810 it also had a saddler’s workshop. Between 1846-1874 the pub doubled as a revenue office because the landlord William Terry was also a tax collector!

The former pub previously had permission granted to change its use into a hotel in 2017. This lapsed and a further application to convert it into four flats, lodged in 2019, was withdrawn.

The property was then offered at auction last year with a freehold guide price of £250,000-plus.

The new owner has since made the building water tight and removed damaged and sodden fabric relating to the 1986 period of rebuild.

A decision on the application is yet to be made.



MUSTARED/MUSSARED George 1851-58+ Next pub licensee had (age 34 in 1851Census)

WOTTON Thomas 1871+ (age 37 in 1871Census)

KNIGHT William 1891+

BUSHELL John 1903-22+ Kelly's 1903

PEPIN Albert John 1929-34 Next pub licensee had

BAILEY Albert H 1934-51+


Last pub licensee had CHAMBERLAIN Joe 1980s+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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