Sort file:- Ramsgate, April, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 24 April, 2022.


Earliest 1805-

Foy Boat Hotel

Closed Dec 2014

8 (1 in 1851Census) Sion Hill


Foy Boat Tavern

Above taken from Chris Roos Flickr. Showing the "Foy Boat" left. Date unknown.

Foy Boat Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Foy Boat postcard

Above postcard, date unknown.

Foy Boat Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Foy Boat

Above photo by Paul Skelton 21 July 2012.

Foy Boat

Above photo by Paul Skelton 21 July 2012.

Foy Boat signFoy Boat sign

Above photos by Paul Skelton 21 July 2012.

Foy Boat sign 1981Foy Boat sign 1991

Sign left April 1981 and right December 1991, with thanks from Brian Curtis

Foy Boat cardFoy Boat card

Above cards from the Whitbread 1973 series. 14 of 25.


The "Foy Boat" was probably built as a watch-house or lookout during the Napoleonic Wars, as it had a good vantage point on the cliff next to a flagstaff (now the site of the Tidal Ball). The old tavern was damaged by enemy action in 1941, and was completely rebuilt, as one of Ramsgate's few Mackeson tied houses. Its sign faithfully portrays the humble vessel whose owners made a living by ‘foying' victuals to bigger ships anchored offshore, as well as assisting them in times of danger. The predecessors of the foys were hovelling-boats, the earliest form of lifeboat, which often ventured out to the Goodwin Sands to rescue stranded sailors.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 19 February 1805.

Friday died, aged 34 years, Mrs. Hodgman, wife of Mr. Hodgman, at the "Foy-Boat" public-house, in Ramsgate.


From the Kentish Gazette, 24 January 1843.

An inquest was held at the "Foy Boat Tavern," Ramsgate, on Friday, before R. J. Emmerson, esq., coroner, on the body of Joseph Holloway, aged 31, who was found dead in his bed the previous Thursday morning. It appeared that the deceased was brought home insensible from drink on Tuesday evening, having been out for the purpose of celebrating his birthday at the "Crooked Billet." He was brought home as described by one of his companions, who laid him on the tap-room table at the "Foy Boat," when his mother refused to render him any assistance or allow any other person to do so, until the policeman (Ellis), who called at the house, as usual, to see it clear about eleven o’clock, advised her to let him carry him to bed, which he did; his brother slept in the same room with him in another bed, and on getting up in the morning did not observe him particularly but thought him asleep; he was not attended to more until Thursday morning, (about 48 hours), when the servant said he was lying just as he did the previous morning, upon which another person who had made enquiry about him went and looked at him, when he found him lying on his face quite dead. A surgeon was examined at the inquest, who said he died from apoplexy, brought on by excessive drinking, and a verdict was returned accordingly. The coroner reproved the mother of the deceased for her conduct in not allowing the deceased to have the assistance required, and she left the room making very indignant replies, and apparently quite unconcerned at the result.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 12 July 1859.


(Late of the "Foy Boat Tavern," Ramsgate.)

"King's Head Inn and Tavern," High Street, 10 Doors from London Bridge.

The nearest Inn to the Ramsgate, Margate, Dover, Brighton, and Gravesend Railroads.

Cleanliness, Regularity, Despatch, and Economy are studied in every respect.

Barclay and Perkins' Fine Alses and Stout.

Superoir Wines, Spirits, &c. &c.

To Families and the Public in general, every comfort and accommodation that may be required.

Livery and Bait Stables.

A Night Watchman.


Thanet Advertiser 14 June 1932.


A sister of the late Alderman W. H. White, a former Mayor of Margate, Mrs. Ames, wife of Mr. T. Ames, for many years licensee of the "Pheonix Hotel," Margate, died at the residence of her daughter, the "Foy Boat Hotel," Ramsgate, last week, aged 72 years. The funeral took place at Margate Cemetery on Friday.


Thanet Advertiser 10 June 1947.

FOY boat site

The re-building of the "Foy Boat Hotel," which was demolished during a moonlight attack by German raiders in 1941, is under consideration. The site of the hotel and adjoining properties has been regarded by the Housing and Town Planning Committee, for the purposes of their long term policy, as a potential development area, but tentative proposals have now been submitted for the rebuilding of the hotel, which will form the subject of an application for formal approval at a later date. After discussing these proposals with the Borough Engineer the committee asked him to ascertain more detailed information from the owners as to the nature and character of the new buildings. He will convey to the owners the committee’s view that in planning these buildings regard should be made to the town's need for hotel accommodation.


I have been informed December 2014 that the pub has closed is up for sale and will probably be converted into yet more damn flats.


Former Foy Boat 2021

Above photo, 31 August 2021, by Julian Stone.



HODGMAN Mr 1805+

RICHARDSON Elizabeth 1823+

PARISH S 1826-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BOLTON Richard 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HOLLOWAY Joseph 1841+

HOLLOWAY Henry 1847-51+ (age 23 in 1851Census)

THEOBALDS William 1857-62 (also spirit merchant age 59 in 1861Census)

THEOBALDS Eliza 1867+

STOCK Robert 1874-82+ (also Builder age 35 in 1881Census)

DEW & CO Frederick James 1891+ (also wine merchant age 36 in 1891Census)

COLLIER Frederick 1891-1901+ (age 37 in 1891Census)

WILL/GILL William P 1903+

LEFEVRE Arthur 1907+

KENDALL Ann Leach & WILSON Lucy King 1911+ (age 52 and widow age 36 in 1911Census)

GORDON Leslie or LESLIE Gordon 1913-15+

DAVIDSON William 1918+

STROUD William Henry 1922+

LACEY Edmund 1929+

ROBERTS William A 1930+

JONES F G 1934-38+


WOOD A W 1953-57+


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

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34



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