Sort file:- Broadstairs, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 07 August, 2021.


Earliest 1841-

Prince Albert

Open 2020+

38 High Street


01843 579650

Prince Albert 1908

Above photo 1908.

Prince Albert 1910

Above postcard, circa 1910, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Prince Albert

Above picture, date unknown.

Prince Albert 1912

Above photo, circa 1912.

Prince Albert sign 1986Prince Albert sign 1991

Above sign left 1986. Sign right 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The old "Prince Albert" building was demolished in 1910 and the new one erected in 1912.

The 1900 licensee Mr. Baraschina from new South Wales, Australia,  was nicknamed the Boko Poet of Broadstairs.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 24 October 1865.

BROADSTAIRS.—Suicide by Hanging.

On Monday, W. H. Payn, Esq., coroner for Dover and its liberties, held an inquest at the "Prince Albert Inn," Broadstairs, on the body of Henry Birch, a labourer. His wife, Harriet Birch, deposed that on Saturday last she quitted her house at Lion-row, High-street, in the evening, leaving her husband, who was unwell, in bed. On her return in an hour, she went upstairs to see how her husband was getting on, when on entering the bedroom she saw him hanging from the top of the bed, his knees resting on the floor. She immediately called for help, and the deceased was cut down. The deceased was usually a steady man; but he had last week given himself up to drink. Deceased’s brother committed suicide three months ago, and she did not think her husband had been right ever since.

James Brazier deposed to having been called by the last witness, and to cutting the rope by which the deceased vas suspended from the bed-top.

Mr. W. G. Taylor, a surgeon practising at Broadstairs, stated that he examined the body on the evening in question soon after it was cut down, and found life extinct. There were marks of a cord on the neck, and signs of asphyxia with cerebral congestion, the deceased having died from strangulation. The jury found a verdict "That the deceased committed suicide while labouring under temporary insanity."


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 15 May 1886.

Canterbury bankruptcy Court.

A sitting of the Canterbury Bankruptcy Court was held at the Guildhall on Friday, the Registrar (Walter Foley, Esq.) presiding.

George Bradford.

The Official Receiver stated that the bankrupt had kept the "Prince Albert Inn," Broadstairs. He commenced business in 1849 with a capital of 300. According to his statement of affairs he owed 268 5s. His assets consisted of stock in trade, 37; household furniture, 10; and estimated surplus after sale of mortgage property, 866 5s.

The deptor, in question in answer to questions, said "I took the "Prince Albert Inn," Broadstairs in 1849, and carried on it on till my bankruptcy. A creditor filed a petition against me, and after it was filed I disposed off the property. I did not communicate with the Official Receiver on the subject. I hired the property of my brother, and he sold it. The furniture was mine.

The Registrar here said it would be necessary first of all to see whether the man was really insolvent or not.

The Official Receiver said that if the debtor's estimate was correct there would be a dividend of 20s. in the , but like a good many other properties in the present day, it had been valued at a good deal more than it will fetch by auction. Everything depended on the realisation of his property.

Examination of the bankrupt was then resumed. He stated that his brother was his landlord, and he distained about a fortnight or three weeks ago, after the petition has been filed. The distance was for 6 years' rent. There was no one in possession.

The Official Receiver:- Then how could he distrain?

The debtor:- I am sure I don't know how it was. I heard of the distress being put in, and they even lotted the things to sell them; but I had no notice of the distress. The things realised 22 17s., and they allowed me 14 to go out. I owe Mr. Crawford, the wine merchant, 90. When I dealt with Mr. Crawford in January this year I did not know I was insolvent. In February this year I had a bill from Mr. Mercer, solicitor, Ramsgate, for legal advice, but I do not know what the business was about. I employed Mr. Mercer at different times. The mortgage of my property has been transferred from Mr. Sankey, solicitor, to the Rev. Mr. Pygott. It was for 900. Mr. Sankey used to lend me money during the time I was building the houses, and then took a mortgage for 900, which has since been transferred to Mr. Pygott. I estimate the value of my property at 1,000. I'm now living with my daughter at Broadstairs, Julia Mary Dixon, who claims 28 against me in respect of wages. She has acted as my housekeeper, and the money is rightly due to her.

The debtor was closely questioned by a solicitor representing Mr. Crawford and another creditor, and in the result he was allowed to pass; but it was intimated that an application will be made for a private examination, and the solicitor for Mr. Crawford stated that the case required considerable investigation, and that there was not a single item in the debtor's statement of affairs which was correct.


Thanet Advertiser 05 May 1888.

WANTED, a smart respectable LAD, about 17, who thoroughly understands the general work in a public house.

Walsh, "Prince Albert," Broadstairs. - Apply Monday, from 12 till 2.


From the Dover Express and East Kent News, Friday, 11 September, 1891. Price 1d.




Superintendent Kewell objected to the renewal of the license of the “Prince Albert,” Broadstairs, on the ground that it had been closed since the last licensing meeting in September, 1890, and was therefore not needed.

Mr. Martin Mowll, on the behalf of the present tenant, Mr. Keen, applied for the renewal of the license.

Superintendent Kewell proved that he had served notice of objection on the owner by registered letter which he had himself posted, and it was returned from the Post Office. The ground of objection stated in the notice was “that the premises have for a long time past been closed and not been open since the annual licensing meeting on the 10th of September, 1890, and that the requirements of the neighbourhood are sufficiently provided for without such license.”

It was proved that a similar notice had subsequently been served on Mr. Keen, the present tenant.

Police-constable Foreman proved the serving of the notice on Mr. Keen; he went to the house from August 26th every day till September 2nd, and did not succeed in finding the occupier to serve the notice on him till the latter date.

Superintendent Kewell said: I am Superintendent of Police for the Wingham division. I know the “Prince Albert Inn.” I have passed it several times since the 10th of September, 1890. I never found it open for the sale of liquor. The house is still closed, and I consider that it is not required in the neighbourhood, there being a public house, the “Crown,” about thirty yards away on the other side of the road. The “Prince Albert” is near the centre of Broadstairs about 300 yards from here. The house was closed sometime before the last licensing meeting, but I did not know it in time to oppose the renewal at that time. I passed the house this morning and I could see that there was no furniture in the bar.

Mr. Mowll: Is it not a fact that your reason for opposing the renewal of this license is simply because it has not been used since the last licensing day?

Superintendent Kewell: Yes, they circumstance gave me confidence to do it.

In reply to further cross-examination, the witness said that the house was in the main street leading to the station. There were two other public houses in the road leading to the station, but they were both up near the station. He had heard that the “Prince Albert” and the adjoining house was let at 90 a year, but he did not think the property worth so much.

Mr. Mowll then addressed the Bench on behalf of the tenant. He said that the house in question had been in existence many years and that it was let in 1888 on lease for 25 years at 90 a year to Mr. Greaves. He was not able to make the business pay. He got in arrears of his rent, and the landlord had had to levy a distress. In consequence, difficulties were put in the way of getting another tenant in, and that was in short the reason why the house had been a year without a tenant. He (Mr. Mowll) urged that the Bench should not add to the misfortunes of the owner by refusing to renew the license. The Bench had laid down the principle at Dover that they would not thin the houses out this year, and when they came to consider the question of accommodation next year they might find the other house to be a tied house, and might prefer closing that to this which was a free house.

Evidence was then given of the character of Keen, the proposed tenant, and Mr. Walsh, the owner, was called to prove the statement of Mr. Mowll as to why there had been delay in getting the license transferred. He stated also that if the license was refused it would be a loss of between 800 and 900 to him.

The Bench having deliberated announced that they had determined to refuse the renewal of the license, but stated no reasons for their decision.



Thanet Advertiser, Tuesday 28 July 1936.

Publicans Loss.

Placed upon a shelf behind the saloon bar counter at the "Prince Albert Inn," High Street, Broadstairs, at 9 o'clock on Tuesday morning, a sum of 2 10s. in coppers was found to be missing at 12:15. A description of a man has been circulated to other publicans in the district.

Thanet Times, Tuesday 12 January, 1965.

It's a real home from home.

Percy Shailes 1965

The cat sleep on the hearth of the saloon bar of the "Prince Albert," in Broadstairs High Street, is just one more example of the licences proud boast that:- "This is more like a club than a pub, a real home from home.

Percy Shailes, now very young 60, did not enter the licensed trade until after the war, but can already claim to be Broadstairs' oldest serving licensee. He has been at the "Prince Albert" for the past 16 years.

A railway engineer at Swindon with the old Great Western Railway, Percy had his first pub at Gravesend before coming to Thanet.

His first Thanet pub was the "Walmer Castle," Westgate, and then he managed the "Ship," Margate, before taking over the "Prince Albert."

Percy's long abiding interest, apart from his customers, has always been cricket. A keen club player in his younger days, he is still an enthusiastic supporter of the game.

His proudest possession is a bat autographed by the Australian team which lost the Ashes in 1957. One of his customers was a steward of the boat taking the team home and he got their autographs for him.

A customer summed up the happy atmosphere of the "Prince Albert."

"If a regular is missing for a week or so, one of us goes round to see him to find out if everything is all right or if he needs anything," he said.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 17 February 1976.

New landlord plans to make pub famous.

NEW LICENSEE of the "Prince Albert Inn," High Street, Broadstairs, is Mr. Len Fillery, who until six months ago ran the "Swan" at Great Chart, Ashford.

Len Fillery 1976

Mr. Flllery and his wife Yvonne have two daughters, Yvette (18) and Annette (16).

Mr. and Mrs. Fillery are not strangers to Thanet. She once lived at Broadstairs and he also has friends in the area Mrs. Fillery's brother, Mr. Donald Dewar, is proprietor of "Holland House Hotel" at Cliftonvllle.

The couple were nearly five years at Great Chart, during which time the "Swan" earned a reputation as a good eating house. It was Routier-rated and also had a plaque identifying it as one of the best 300 pubs in England.

Mrs. Flllery is the expert restaurateur, having trained in Switzerland and managing restaurants in London.

Now she and her husband are planning to make the "Prince Albert" famous for its food. They hope to open a restaurant and to provide varied bar lunches.

"We shall not do it immediately," said Mr. Fillery. "You cannot just come into a place and alter everything. We shall find out what people want by introducing new dishes and seeing how they go."


From an email received 31 January 2016.


I am researching the medals given out to the rescuers of the American ship the Northern Belle, which came to grief off Kingsgate in 1857. The Margate and Broadstairs boatmen created quite a name for themselves for this brave deed. I have a note that the Australian landlord of the "Prince Albert Inn," Broadstairs, published a poem about the Broadstairs boatmen and sold it for 1/2d a copy to raise funds.'

Looking at your photos, Albert A Barnaschina was selling  Australian beers in 1906, but it was a different landlord in 1857. Do you have any information on either the correct landlord, or better still a copy of the poem? (See "Captain Digby.")

My husband's great grandfather was one of the rescuers, and I am trying to locate the whereabouts of as many of the medals as I can.

Thank you,

Linda Wales.



LAWRENCE Richard 1841-47+

BRADFORD George 1849-May/86 (age 59 in 1871Census)

WALSH Joseph 1888-90

GREAVES William 1890

Unoccupied 1891+

BARNASCHINA Albert A 1897-1911+ (age 49 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

SPRATLEY Henry William 1913-22+

GIBSON Arthur 1938-38+

Last pub licensee had SHAILES Percy 1949-65+

Last pub licensee had FILLERY Len Aug/1975+

GIROLAMI Crissi 2012-18 Next pub licensee had



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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