Sort file:- Broadstairs, February, 2022.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 08 February, 2022.


Earliest 1815

Lord Nelson

Closed  July 2014

11 Nelson Place


Lord Nelson 1960s

Above photo 1960s, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Lord Nelson 2014

Above photo 2014.

Lord Nelson sign 1991Lord Nelson sign 1991

Above signs October 1999.

Lord Nelson sign date unknownLord Nelson sign 2002

Above sign left date unknown. Sign right, December 2002.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Lord Nelson beermat 1970s

Above beermat, circa 1970's. Kindly sent by Mike L.


Built in 1805 as a tailor and drapers. It became a pub when brewer Richard Tomson brought it, and got its name because Tomson & Wotton were keen to commemorate the heroes of the French wars and the fact that Nelson's corpse on deck of Victory dropped anchor in Viking bay on it return for Battle of Trafalgar.

In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)


From Perry's Bankrupt and Insolvent Gazette (London, England), Saturday, April 29, 1854; pg. 265/266; Issue 1360.

HILLER, John Hutton, (April 1,) of the "Nelson Inn," Broadstairs, Kent, licensed victualler, plumber, painter, etc. Trustee James Gay, jun. of Lawrence Pountney-hill, lead merchant. Sol. - A. T. Hewitt, of Nicholas-la, Lombard-street.


Kentish Gazette, 12 September 1854.


Hiller:- Sept 12, at Broadstairs, Ann, the wife of John Hiller, late of the "Lord Nelson Inn," aged 57.



East Kent Times and Mail, Wednesday 17 April 1968.

Broadstairs landlord is champion.

First winner of the new Thomson and Wotton Albright landlords darts competition is Norman Ette, mine host of the "Lord Nelson," Broadstairs.

In the brewery clubroom at Ramsgate last Wednesday he beat Charlie Green, of the "George and Dragon," Ramsgate, in two straight legs.

Playing consistently well, Ette deserved his victories in the semi-final he eliminated Alf Wrightson, of the "Camden Arms," Ramsgate by a similar margin.

In his semi-final, Green lost firstly by a big margin but came back to win the next two legs and accomplished the surprise defeat of V. Brown of the "Wheatsheaf," Ash.


From July 30, 2014 By David Archer

Two hundred year old pub closes

Lord Nelson closure 2014

PUB CLOSURE: Landlady Diane Crompton with regulars Margaret Quickenden, Maureen Jackson, Ray Weddell and staff member Mira Pavlovic


THE Lord Nelson pub in Broadstairs closed its doors for the last time on Tuesday – after serving pints for more than 200 years.

The future of the pub is not known after the owners Greene King confirmed it is selling up.

Landlady Diane Crompton, who has been at the Lord Nelson's helm for nine years, said: "It's great pub. We have had some lovely customers and bands here.

"We have had some really great times. I hate to say it but we have seen a decline in pubs since the smoking ban and micro-pubs opening all around us.

"It's very sad to see the Nelson pub go. It's a very old friendly pub and I think people in Broadstairs will be sad to see it go."

The building has stood since 1815 and was originally a drapers.

It became a pub when a Ramsgate brewery bought it, and named it after Lord Nelson, due to the local historical link to Waterloo and Nelson.

When Nelson's body was repatriated, The Victory and the rest of the fleet was moored in the Dover Roads off Broadstairs.

Paul Bowen, from Ramsgate, has been coming to the pub for more than 20 years. He said: "Pubs like these are what make a community. It's a way of people getting employment by meeting people and just good company. It's huge for the community and the Lord Nelson will leave a gap.

Peter Smith has been playing at the pub through the regular Wired music nights for the last six years. He said: "It has always been an enjoyable place. It's great place for bands playing and there's never been any animosity. Everyone enjoys their time on stage."

Mary Box, from Broadstairs has been coming to the pub for 24 years. She said: "It's a very friendly pub. It's a very old pub and quite traditional."

Jenny Faulkner, from Broadstairs, who has been coming to the pub for more than 30 years, said: "It's really sad. This pub has been around a long time. Another part of Broadstairs is going away. It's difficult to run a pub and if anyone could have done it, it was Diane. This has always been a great community pub."

The pub held its last Wired performance on Saturday. The nights had been running for six years and gave local performers and bands a chance to play.

A spokesman for Greene King said: "After an extensive review of the business, we made the difficult decision to sell the Lord Nelson.

"We have agreed a sale with a prospective buyer, the details of which are confidential."

The company also owns The "Wheatsheaf" in Northdown Park Road. The spokesman added: "There is no threat to The Wheatsheaf"


I would really like your help with any information or photographs regarding this house. Preferably historical facts, names of licensees and photographs. Every email is replied and anything added referenced to the supplier with thanks.



HILLER Richard 1832-39 Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HILLER John Hutton 1839-Apr/54 (age 51 in 1851Census)

MAY Thomas C 1858-67+ (age 51 in 1861Census)

MITCHELL John 1869-71+ (age 61 in 1871Census)

HALL William 1874+

WORTH George 1881-82+ (age 39 in 1881Census)

MILLER George 1890-1903+ (age 44 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

WRIGHTSON Alfred 1911-22+ (age 39 in 1911Census)


ETTE Norman & Bette 1968-70s


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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