Sort file:- Margate, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 07 November, 2023.


Earliest 1792-


Latest 1980+

29 Zion Place (Dane Hill Pigot's Directory 1828-29)


Prospect Inn 1963

Above photo, 1963.

Prospect Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

Prospect Inn

Above photo date unknown.


This was also known as the "Prospect Coffee House in 1792.

The census of 1861 addressed this as Grove Place.

Prior to 1833 the pub was owned by the Symond's Brewery of Ramsgate, but they sold the business and pub to Francis Cobb and Son, brewer also in Ramsgate that same year. Whitbread took them over early 1968 and closed the brewery later that year.


Kentish Gazette 15 June 1802.

On Thursday last, in commemoration of his Majesty's birthday, the corps of Gentlemen and Yeomanry Cavalry of the Isle of Thanet dined together at the "Prospect Tavern" and hotel, Margate; a most excellent dinner, consisting of every delicacy of the seasons, was served up by Mr. J. Cotterell, the new landlord.

The corps amounting to near 100 of the first gentleman of the Island, expressed the most perfect satisfaction of the entertainment; many loyal and patriotic toasts were drank, preceded by his Majesty's health, which was received with an enthusiasm becoming the members of a corps so much honoured by his Majesty's acceptance of their continued services.


Kentish Gazette, 6 December 1803.

Stock of Wines and Spirits, Grand Piano Forte, Billiard Table, and other valuable Effects.

To be SOLD by AUCTION, On the premises, the "Prospect Hotel," Margate, By Mr. HALL.

On Tuesday, the 13th day of December, 1803, and three following days, by order at the Trustee.

ALL the genuine Stock in Trade, and excellent HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE; handsome grand piano forte, with additional keys, new from the maker's last summer; capital billiard table, complete; six marquees; two good fouling pieces; a steel cross bow; elegant plated goods; table and bed linen; hundred garden pots, with myrtles, &c. large stone roller; and other valuable and useful articles.

(Late the property of Mr. J. Cotterell). The stock consists of sixty-five dozen of fine old port, ten dozen of superior claret, bucellas, and other wines; sixty gallons of prime coniac brandy, rum, and hollands; four barrels of Burton ale, in cask and bottles; some perry and soda water; a quantify of empty bottles; cask of lamp oil, &c.

The Furniture comprises lofty mahogany and stained four-post and tent bedsteads, with dimity, printed cotton, 2nd various other furniture's; near thirty prime goose and other featherer beds; large blankets, and fine counterpanes; fifty pair of sheets, and good table linen; elegant pain of pier glasses, in gilt frames, enamelled tops; french window curtains, with neat cornices; handsome mahogany chests of drawers, bureau, dining, card, pembroke, and coffee room tables; floor and stair carpets; a large quantity of glass and earthenware; new pewter pots; patent lamps, and glass chandelier; register and other stoves; large wind-up range; good smoke jack; coppers, and useful kitchen requisites.

N. B. Most of the above articles are well worthy attention, the House having been recently new furnished at a very considerable expense.

The Stock will be sold on Thursday morning, and may be tasted previous to the sale. The Furniture, &c. may be viewed on Monday preceding the sale, which will begin each day at eleven o'clock.

Catalogues may be had at the the post offices, Canterbury, Deal, Sandwich, Ramsgate, Broadstairs and St. Peter's, and of the Auctioneer, Margate.


Kent Gazette Reports 12 April 1805.


THE "Prospect Hotel," and Bowling Green, Hooper's Hill, on Wednesday, the 17th day of April, 1805, and following Day.

The Genuine Household Furniture, and Effects; among which is a capital barrel and finger organ, with 6 stops and 4 barrels, with a variety of tunes; 12 excellent mahogany coffee room tables, with benches; glass chandelier; large stone roller, a cart, a number of forms, set of bowls, and other articles, useful in the public line, which will be sold without reserve, as the premises are let on lease, for a boarding-school.

The Furniture comprises several good mahogany post and field bedsteads, with printed cotton dimity, and other furniture's; prime goose beds, and clean bedding; handsome cellaret sideboard; excellent mahogany dining table with circular ends; neat pier glasses in modern gilt frames; set of Bamboo chairs, and sofa, with cane seats; good Kidderminster carpets; mahogany drawers, chairs, and tables; china, glass, earthenware, and kitchen requisites.

May be viewed on Tuesday preceding the sale, which will begin each day at Eleven o’Clock. — Catalogues may be had at the Post-Offices, Canterbury, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, and St. Peters; and of the Auctioneer.


Kentish Gazette 06 December 1853.


Nov. 29, in Dorset-street, Portman-square, Mr. D. Crofts, late of the "Prospect Inn," Margate, in his 38th year.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 14 July, 1964.

Tommy Swallow of the "Prospect."

Exaggerated reports of his demise.

Tommy Swallow 1964

Six months ago, many of the regulars of the "Prospect," at Margate's Zion Place, would have thought this picture of landlord Tommy Swallow watching Tommy Trinder push over a pile of pennies impossible.

Earlier this year, Tommy Swallow had to deny very strong rumours that he had collapsed and died in his own bar. Like Mark Twain, he said, reports of his demise were slightly exaggerated.

Lancashire-born Tommy has been "behind bars" since the end of the war, but in all that time he has had only two houses. First was the "Red Lion" at Richborough, and he moved to the "Prospect" 16 years ago.

During the war he was a backroom boy at Vickers and worked on the now famous dam-busting bomb developed by Dr. Barnes Wallis. He had the privilege of shaking the hand of Guy Gibson after he returned from the memorable raid on the German dams.

All three members of the Swallow family have excelled in one form or another. At the age of 17, Tommy was table tennis champion at North-East Lanes. He now enjoys golf, playing off and 18 handicap, and is a member of the select Hole-in-One-Club, a feat performed at the Knowle Park Club, Sevenoaks.

His wife, Francis, was formerly the amateur modern ballroom dancing champion of Surrey, and son, Stewart, now a salesman, was until recently swimming and diving instructor at Butlins. He coached the winner of the Butlins cross-channel race 3 years ago.

"I like this life because I like people," says Tommy. "I have reached the point now where I can almost tell a man's job as soon as he walks in the bar."


Thanet Times, Tuesday 20 March 1979.

Death of Publican.

Mr. Thomas Swallow, former licensee of the "Prospect" and "Six Bells" public house, Margate, died on Thursday at the age of 63.

Mr. Swallow, who was steward of the Limpsfield Royal British Legion Club, died at Detling.



I have been informed by William Adair that Vince Hill made his professional debut at this pub.

The pub closed, date as yet unknown and the building demolished to be replaced with an Aldi supermarket.


Former Prospect location 2016

Above photo, 2016. The "Prospect" would have been where the main car park now is.



JENKINS John 1792+


CANNABY William 1823-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

LLOYD Samuel 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CROFTS David 1841-48+ (age 25 in 1841Census)

ROW George 1849-51+ (age 37 in 1851Census) Williams Directory 1849

MILES John 1861-71+ (age 32 in 1871Census)

PILCHER Charles R 1874+

MILES Isabella Mrs 1881-91+ (widow age 41 in 1881Census)

MOUNT William H 1901+

GOPFERT Ernest 1903+

HAWKINS Charles 1913

HAWKINS Charles Samuel 1922-30+


BERAN Percy 1939+ (age 59 in 1939)

Last pub licensee had SWALLOW Tommy & Francis 1948-64+ Next pub licensee had


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

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


Williams Directory 1849From Isle of Thanet Williams Directory 1849


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