Sort file:- Margate, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 18 November, 2023.


Earliest 1845

Good Intent

Closed Dec 2014

32 (9Post Office Directory 1867) Bath Road


Good Intent 1900

Above photo, circa 1900.

Good Intent 1932

Above photo circa 1932, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Good Intent 2009

Above photo, 2009.

Good Intent 2010

Above photo 2010 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Good Intent

Above photo date unknown taken with permission from Saunders family web.

Good Intent sign 1992

Above sign left, August 1992, sign right, 2010.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Good Intent 2015 Good Intent 2015

Above photos kindly sent by Peter Checksfield, 4 April 2015.


The "Good Intent" was an inshore cutter of the type used for coastal defence c.1800. This pub was a regular haunt of the American servicemen based at Manston Aerodrome in the forties and fifties, because of its abbreviated nickname, the G.l.

The pub started life as a beer shop 1845 becoming fully licensed in 1859 is named after a local sailing lugger, a forerunner of the Margate lifeboat.


Kentish Gazette, 9 April 1850.


FREEHOLD PROPERTY, (Land Tax redeemed,)

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MR. J. STANER, ON THURSDAY, April 11th, 1850, at the "King's Head Hotel," MARGATE, at Two for Three o’clock precisely.

Lot 1:- A brick-built DWELLING-HOUSE, situate No. 6, Bath Road, Margate, containing two bed rooms, parlour, kitchen, and washhouse, with yard and back entrance, in the occupation of Mrs. Page, at a yearly rent of 8.

Lot 2:— A brick-built DWELLING-HOUSE, situate No. 7, Bath Road, Margate, containing two bed rooms, parlour, kitchen, and washhouse, with yard and back entrance, in the occupation of Miss Rust, at a yearly rent of 8.

Lot 3:— A LICENSED BEER HOUSE, known by the sign of the "Good Intent," situate No. 9, Bath Road, Margate, containing two bed
rooms, bar parlour, and bar, kitchen, tap room, and small room over, beer cellar, and washhouse, together with a large piece of ground in the rear, and three brick and flint-built Stables, Lodges, &c.

Lot 4:- All those spacious BUSINESS PREMISES, situate Nos. 1 and 1 1/2, Lombard-street, Margate: No. 1 contains a large shop, four bed rooms, two sitting rooms, kitchen, coal cellar, with storehouse. 28ft by 11 ft., garden and back entrance, in the occupation of Mrs. Ingmire.

No. 1 1/2 contains a shop, two bed rooms, sitting room, and cellar, with the use of the garden and back entrance above-mentioned, in common with the occupier of No. 1.

This Lot has a frontage in Lombard street of 32 ft. and is so arranged as to be easily convertible into one two, or three dwellings, as may be required.

Particulars and Conditions of Sale may be had at the Offices of Messrs. Brooke and Mertens, Solicitors, or of the Auctioneer, 48, High-street, Margate.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. Saturday 17 November 1877.


William Robert Wales, landlord of the "Good Intent," Bath Road, was summoned for unlawfully suffering and unmuzzled ferocious dog to be at large on the 5th instant. The Rev. G. Lewis, vicar of St Paul's, Cliftonville, stated that he was walking along Clifton Terrace on the day in question, at about noon, when one of his sons, who was behind, cried out that he had been bitten. The witness turned around and saw that a dog has seized hold of the boys hand. It was a white dog with brown spots on the back, and was of the pointer class. He said to the dog "Get down," and it then growled at him, and looked very fierce. In his opinion, it was a ferocious dog, and not fit to be at large. It was following a yellow van, which turned down Ethelbert Road, and the dog, which preceded it, went down Bath Road, but when it saw the van going in another direction, it turned and followed it. He looked at his son's hand, and found it had been bitten rather violently, and he then give information to the police, leaving the matter in their hands, as he had heard other complaints of person's having been attacked. He had seen the dog since in Mr. Wales' stables, tied up.

The ex-mayor asked if the defendant admitted that the dog was his?

The Superintendent: No. He admits having kept it for two months.

The defendant (to the witness): Who did the dog belong to?

I didn't know until I saw it in your Stables.

Mr. Carter Ranshaw, bootmaker, of Ethelbert Road, said his daughter had been bitten by the same dog on the same day. His child had pointed to the dog afterwards as to the one which has bitten her. The witness went to Mr. Wales about it, and he said it was not his dog, that it had been about his place for some time, and that he did not know to whom it belonged. He also gave orders for the men to tie it up if it came into the yard.

The defendant stated that he had since ordered his men to destroy it. He called John Sawyer, his potman, who said he had seen the dog since it was killed.

The Mayor said that in consideration that the defendant had killed the dog, the bench would dismiss the case. Still, they were of opinion that this was a very proper case to have been brought there; because the accounts they read of in the papers from different parts of the country were most lamentable. Hydrophobia was raging, and any steps taken to destroy ferocious dogs were to be highly commended.

The defendant said he quite agreed with his worships remarks.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 8 September 1917.

Licence Refused.

The Margate Bench on Wednesday refused to grant a licence to Mr. Holyer, late of the "Harp Tavern," Ramsgate, to sell at the "Good Intent Inn," Margate.


From the 5 November, 2010.

Bill heads out for heroes.

Bill Pankhurst 2010

Bill Pankhurst, landlord of the "Good Intent," Cliftonville prepares his faithful trainers for the charity walk.

A LANDLORD in Cliftonville with good intentions hopes to raise hundreds of pounds for British troops.

The Good Intent licensee Bill Pankhurst will walk 22 miles to Reculver Towers and back to raise 300 for charity Help for Heroes.

The former squaddie said: "I was reading something in the paper about people doing daft things for charity and I thought it would be good to help the forces on Remembrance Day."

Bill, who took over the pub a year ago, has distributed sponsorship forms to "Purple bar," "Northern Belle," The "Bull's Head" and "Sheldons." The walk starts at 8.30am on November 11 at his pub on Bath Road.

The "Good Intent" serves a refreshing Master Brew at price-busting 2.80 a pint.

Bill added: "I hope to get to Reculver by 11am for a minute's silence and then I'll have a pint and lunch in the "King Ethelbert.""

From the 21 December 2014. By katejb

Burglars steal charity boxes from Margate pub.

Landlady's mum 2014

CALLOUS burglars have swiped two charity boxes from a Margate pub.

The crooks broke into the "Good Intent" in Bath Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.

They took the air ambulance collection boxes, the staff tips box, a Samsung laptop, and a talisker whisky glass.

Landlady Penny Thoroughgood said the most distressing part was the loss of the laptop which had pictures of her mum Maureen on it.

Community campaigner and lollipop lady Maureen passed away of pancreatic cancer in October.

Penny and her children were asleep upstairs when the burglars broke in.

She said: “They got in through the cellar. I am so angry and upset about it, especially the pictures of my mum. I would offer a reward for its return.

“I cannot let this go until it is returned. It's more sentimental than financial value.”

A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police is investigating a report of burglary other than dwelling at the "Good Intent" pub in Bath Road, Margate, believed to have taken place at some point between 1am and 7am on December 20. Two charity boxes and a laptop are reported to have been stolen. Enquiries are ongoing and anybody with any information can contact Kent Police quoting crime reference ZY/41280/14.”


I believe the pub closed its doors to the public at the end of 2014. As of writing this, (April 2015) it is boarded up and for sale.



BATE John & OSBORN 1847-49+ Williams Directory 1849Melville's 1858

BATE John & WALES George 1851+ (age 72 & 35 in 1851Census)

WALES James 1858-67+ (age 24 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1862Post Office Directory 1867

WALES Robert William 1861-82 (also carriage proprietor age 34 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882

BAYLEY George 1881+ (age 29 in 1881Census)

BASSETT Stephen 1890-1901+ (age 41 in 1901Census)

AMES Thomas 1903+

GWYNN Charles Morgan 1911-13+ (age 61 in 1911Census) Post Office Directory 1913

Last pub licensee had HOLYER Charles 1917+

WALKER Charles W 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

WRIGHT James William 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

LARKING John Edgar 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938 (Son of Larking from "Wheatsheaf," Greenwich)

FOREST Les to 1949 Next pub licensee had

Last pub licensee had FAGG Walter William 1963-66 Next pub licensee had

PANKHURST Bill 2009-10+

THOROUGHGOOD Penny to Dec/2014



Williams Directory 1849From Isle of Thanet Williams Directory 1849

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1867

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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