Sort file:- Ramsgate, November, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 15 November, 2021.


Earliest 1859-

Elephant and Castle

Open 2020+

5 Cumberland Place/8-10 Hereson Road


01843 593046

Elephant and Castle 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Elephant aand Castle ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Elephant and Castle Elephant and Castle Elephant and Castle signElephant and Castle sign 1991

Photographs above and sign left taken by Paul Skelton, 21 July 2012.

Sign right December 1991 with thanks from Brian Curtis


Elephant and Castle may be a corruption of Infanta da Castile, the title given to the daughters of the Spanish Kings, but is also the crest of the Cutler's Company.

The building can be dated to 1834.


Kentish Gazette, 4 May 1847.


Ramsgate and St. Lawrence, Thanet. Valuable freehold HOUSES AND BUILDING LAND, TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Mr. HENRY WARMAN,

At the "Albion Hotel," Ramsgate, on WEDNESDAY, the 19th day of May, 1847, at Tow for Three o'clock precisely in the afternoon, by order of the Trustees for Sale under the Will of the late Captain John Wilson, in Eleven Lots.

LOT 4:- A MESSUAGE or PUBLIC HOUSE, known by the sign of the "Elephant and Castle," situate in the Parish of Saint Lawrence, Thanet, on the north-west side of the Hereson Road; comprising 15 rooms, with a yard, bakehouse, and oven in rear; let to Mr. William Parker, for a term which will expire on the 11th October, 1851, at 30 yearly rent.

The buildings comprised in this Lot are extensive, and might, at a small expense, be converted into three distinct dwelling houses.


Kentish Gazette, 20 June 1854.

Coroner's Inquest.

An inquest was held at the Town Hall on Monday Inst, before R. J. Emmerson, Esq., coroner for the Cinque Ports, on the body of Jane Wells, aged 18 years, who was found drowned in the basin of the Royal Harbour, on Sunday night, at about 11 o'clock.

George Young deposed:— I am a fruiterer, and live in King Street; deceased was my niece; she has been living with me as servant for 2 years and 6 months. She left home on Sunday afternoon, at a quarter before 3 o'clock, to go to church. I have not seen her since till this morning about 9 o'clock. I was informed by a person that came to my house that a female was picked up in the basin drowned, and was lying in one of the pier storehouses. I went there immediately, and identified the body as that of my niece; her time to be home is 9 o'clock, but she often made it half-past nine. She has been keeping company with a young man named Robert Edney. I went at a quarter-past 10 o'clock on Sunday evening to Mr. Packer's, the "Elephant and Castle," and asked one of Mr. Packer's daughters if Edney was there; she said he was; I told her to ask him where he left my niece. She brought word back that he left her at a quarter before 10 o'clock against Mr. Ratcliffs fence, close to where she lived. I went down the town, but could not tee anything of her; she has never staid from home all night before.

Alfred John Ayers said:— I am a surgeon, and live in Queen-street, at about 10 minutes to 12 o'clock on Sunday night, I was called to go to the Pier storehouse to see a drowned woman. I went immediately, and found deceased quite dead, my opinion is she had been dead some time, from her body being found floating. I have since examined the body; there are no marks of violence on her, only merely a slight discolouring on the spine of the back; she was not in the family way, and there were no other symptoms of her death but from drowning. Other evidence was given, and the jury returned an open verdict of "found drowned."


From the Kentish Chronicle. 27 August 1859. Price 1d.

William Packer, of the “Elephant and Castle” Hereson road, fly proprietor, appeared before the court, charged by Police-constable Farley, with driving in the public streets from carriage-stand to carriage-stand seeking for passengers, contrary to the Local Act of this town.

Defendant pleaded not guilty:- The case being proved by Police-constable Farley and Minter, to the satisfaction of the Magistrates:- Parker was fined 5s. and 13s. costs.

Money paid.


From the Thanet Advertiser, 21 August 1915.


The death took place on Tuesday of Mr. John Lawrence who, previous to his retirement a few years ago had  been the licensee of the "Elephant and Castle Inn," Hereson Road, for a period of nearly twenty years.


From the Thanet Advertiser, Friday 23 June 1944.

Licence Transfer.

Ramsgate Magistrates on Monday consented to the transfer of the licence of the "Elephant and Castle," Hereson Road, from Frederick John Paul to George Edward Avery. One of Ramsgate best-known licences, Mr. Paul has been in business in the town for many years. Before going to the "Elephant and Castle" he was licensee of the "Australian Arms." Mr. Paul has taken an active part in the work of the Isle of Thanet Licensed Retailers' Protection Society and Mrs. Paul in the benevolent work of the women's auxiliary.


Thanet Advertiser, Tuesday 16 August 1949.

Died in Chair. Passing of Licensee.

Mr. George Edward Avery, licensee of the "Elephant and Castle Inn," Hereson-road, collapsed and died in a chair at the premises on Thursday evening.

Mr. Avery, who was 63 years of age, had returned a few hours before from a sea trip, during which he was seasick. After he was taken suddenly ill Dr. P. Grugeon was called but on arrival found Mr. Avery had passed away.

The circumstances were reported to the East Kent Coroner (Mr. W. R. Mowll), but after a post-mortem examination by Dr. I. B. Morris, pathologist, had revealed death to be due to natural causes, no inquest was necessary.



PACKER/SACKER William 1841-74+ (age 64 in 1871Census)

DANTON George 1881-82+ (age 27 in 1881Census)

DANTON Emma Mrs 1890-91+

Last pub licensee had LAWRENCE John 1899-1907+ Kelly's 1903

TURNER Henry William 1913-22+

Last pub licensee had PAUL Frederick John Apr/1928-June/44 (age 59 in 1939)

AVERY George Edward June/1944-Aug/49 dec'd

AVERY Sophia M  A Mrs 12/Aug/1949-52

THOMAS William F E (son-in-law) 1952-55

STUBBS H T 1955-Mar/57

TAYLOR A N Mar/1957+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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