Sort file:- Ramsgate, April, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 24 April, 2022.


Earliest 1868

Paragon Inn

Latest 1961

(Name to)

81 Addington Street (18-22 Paragon)


Paragon Inn 1954

Above photo, 1954 by Brian Webber.

Paragon landslide 1958

Photo taken in 1958 showing a landslide in an area that was described as the Paragon.

Former Paragon Inn

Above photo, date unknown by Darkstar.

From an email received 17 November 2021.

Hello. I thought you might like to see this half pint pewter measure which I picked up at a boot fair in Battersea on Sunday. The marks are: two crown VR marks, one with the addition of 78 (probably 1878 as these measures were sometimes officially verified several times), and a Ramsgate excise mark. The initials are JGJ.

The inscription on the bottom is: J Jackson Paragon Inn Addington St Ramsgate. I believe this is James E H Jackson who was the landlord (and also a shipwright) according to the census in the 1880s. There is an almost identical measure in the V&A which is dated 1835 - when it received the first VR stamp which became a legal requirement that year - so I'm thinking that JGJ was probably James's father or grandfather.

Please feel free to use the photos and info. Not bad for a fiver!

Best wishes Ba Penney.

Paragon Inn half pint pewter mug

Above pewter mug.

Paragon Inn half pint pewter mug

Base of pewter mug.


The current building was built of the site of the Isabella Baths that can be traced back to 1816, and became a boarding house called the "Paragon Hotel." I believe it was built around 1868 and gained a drinks license in 1871. It eventually changed name in 1961 to the "Van Gogh."


Thanet Advertiser 09 September 1871.


The brewster sessions commenced on Monday, which was set apart for renewing licenses already granted.

On the second day, set apart for the hearing of applications for fresh licensee the justices present were E. L. Harrison, Esq. (Mayor), R. Harrison, Esq., son., R. L. Harrison, Esq., jun., and J. Dorman, Esq.

Mr. Peniston, on behalf of Miss M. L. Gore, proprietress of 21, Paragon, Ramsgate, a boarding house, applied for a wine license. He stated that the house had been used as a boarding-house for the last nine years, and had been under the management of the present applicant for five years. There was accommodation for forty persons, and the average number all the year round was about twenty. It appeared to him that he could not ask for a license unless he could show the magistrates that a refusal would cause inconvenience to the locality, or to the public, or to any body corporate. It was very evident that in a house where such a number of persons resided it must be excessively inconvenient to have to keep sending out the servants to get wine, and that from twenty to forty persons would form a portion of the public who would be very much inconvenienced by the lack of a license. He believed the Bench would see that in asking for a license for the sale of wine the applicant was merely asking for what was necessary for the proper carrying on of her business.

The applicant was then called, and, in addition to the facts stated by Mr. Peniston, said the house was rented at 200 per annum, and rated, in her name, at 160. With very few exceptions, her boarders all required wine at meals.

Superintendent Buss, of the Ramsgate police forces made the objection that under the Beer-house Act of 1869 the notices of the application ought to have been posted within twenty-eight days, and they were stated to have been posted in July.

Mr. Peniston contended that the act had been substantially complied with, and that as the house had formerly possessed a licence it was unnecessary to post the notices at all—it was stated that an application was made last year for a license, which was refused, in consequence of a complaint by the excise authorities.

The Bench granted the application, subject to the same condition as in the previous instance.


From the Thanet Advertiser and Echo, 11 March 1949.

Mr. P. Allfree successfully applied for a full publican’s licence for the "Paragon Inn," Addington street, to take the place of a beer and wine "on" licence.

Evidence of demand was given by the licensee, Mr. Thomas William Cox, who put in a petition signed by 50 of his customers.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 23 March, 1965.

Quarter of a century in the same pub.

Mrs Cox 1965

A quarter of a century in one of Ramsgate oldest streets. That is the record set up by Mrs. M. C. Cox, licensee of the "Paragon Inn," at Addington Street.

"I have completed 25 years here last November," she said. "Before I came here with my husband I worked in several other houses in the town.

"I learnt the trade in the Refectory on the sea-front in the old days before it was altered and then I worked at the "Royal Hotel" and several other places.

Mrs. Cox, who came to Ramsgate from her native Lewisham, was at one time and active worker for the ladies' auxiliary of the Licensed Victuallers' Association, and for a couple of years she held office as secretary.

By her long association with Addington Street she can also claim to be among of town's oldest established licensees. "I think I must be one of the longest serving in Ramsgate public houses," she said.

She has seen many changes over the years in the trade. "We have a good, friendly crowd here and we run a mixed darts team," she said.

In addition to her regular customers, Mrs. Cox, like most people engaged in trade at the seaside, as a welcome in the summer months for visiting families who call at her house while on holiday in Thanet.




JACKSON James E H 1881+ (also shipwright)

SMITH Agnes Mary Mrs 1890-91+

ROSE Henry George 1901-03 (age 43 in 1901Census) (18-22 Paragon)

HORNE William John 1901-07+ Kelly's 1903

BESLEY Emma Jane Mrs 1911-30+ (age 47 in 1911Census)

FLEMING Arthur Chapman 1934-39+

COX Thomas William 1949+

COX Marjorie C 1951-65+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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