Sort file:- Ramsgate, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 20 July, 2021.


Earliest 1854-

(Name from 1980)



(Name to 1970)

(Name to 2011)

1 Margate Road / Chatham Street



Above photo, pre 1926 when the Town Station closed, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.


Above photos from Chris Roos, Flickr, showing the crowds awaiting the arrival of Princess Louise outside the "Shakespeare" opposite the town station in 1904. The occasion being the opening of the Royal Victoria Pavillion.

Shakespeare 1940 Shakespeare 1940

Above photos, showing damage after a bombing raid on 24 August 1940.

Kentish Gazette, 19 September 1854.

Suicide or a Lady's Man.

A melancholy occurrence took place in this town on Thursday but. As a young gentleman was walking along the sands to Pegwell bay, he saw the body of a woman lying on the beach. He ran back, and meeting with two men in a cart, proceeded once more to the body, which was found to be quite dead, though still warm. It proved to be the body of Charlotte Challice, a lady’s maid in the service of Mr. Waller. It was at this time supported that the unfortunate woman had been accidentally blown over the cliff by the wind. A coroner's inquest was held by Mr. Delasaux on Friday, at the "Shakespeare Hotel," Chatham-street, when the following witnesses were called:-

Joseph Beaman, who deposed:— I am a gentleman from Covent Garden, London. Yesterday morning, about a quarter to 12, I was going from Ramsgate to Pegwell Bay on the sands. When about half-way, I observed the body of a woman lying on the sands. I was frightened; and running back, I met two men in a cart, to whom I told what I had seen. I then went back with them to the body; on arriving at it, I discovered that it was a woman; she was quite dead, though still warm. We put her in the cart, and when we came to the pier, I left the men.

William Roach deposed, I am a commissioned boatman in the coast guard service, stationed at Pegwell Bay. Yesterday morning, between eleven and twelve o'clock, I saw the deceased walking on the cliffs, in the direction of Mr. Waller's house. She was alone. She walked down to the look out. I accompanied her a few yards; she then returned towards the house. In about four or five minutes afterwards she came back again and said to me, "If I were you, I would go away; for the ladies are coming down." I made no reply, but went away. I saw her just over the spot where she was found dead. She had neither bonnet nor shawl on. I do not consider it is a place where she should have fallen over accidentally.

Mary Carter deposed:— I am matron of the women's infirmary of Ramsgate. My husband is a policeman. I was present when the body of the deceased was brought to the infirmary in the cart. I assisted in removing the body from the vehicle to the bed where it now lies. I was also present this morning when the body was examined by a surgeon. I saw that the neck was broken. I believe that that was the cause of her death. The injury might have been received through a fall from the cliff. I searched the pockets, and found in money 2 17s. 6d., a purse, two pocket books, some keys a knife, a pencil, and some other trifling articles.

John Osborne, carrier, deposed to the fact that what the other witness had said was correct; and that he had nothing to add thereto.

Susanna Warthan deposed:- I am house-keeper in the service of Mr. Waller. The deceased has been my fellow servant as lady's maid for eight years and upwards. I observed her particularly depressed in spirits ever since Sunday last; she was also very absent. I saw her yesterday between eleven and twelve o'clock. I spoke to her; she answered as usual, only very low and weak; her voice trembled before she had finished speaking, which is not generally the case. I had remarked to the other servants before this occurrence, that she appeared strangely absent. She told me about a fortnight ago, that a strange sensation passed through her head, like a knife cutting, which she thought would be the death of her; also, that her mother had died in a moment from the same cause.

Harriett Brown corroborated the above evidence.

Edward Keans deposed:— I am butler in the service of Mr. Waller. The deceased had been with me for eight years. For the last fortnight I had observed that she had been very dull, and more reserved than usual. There was a circumstance which I consider might have caused the depression of spirits. She had spoken to me about making a will.

The jury, without retiring, returned a verdict. "That deceased destroyed herself by throwing herself over the cliff, during a temporary fit of insanity."


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 22 March 1862.

Ramsgate. Eligible Investment.

To hotel keepers and others, to be sold, or let on lease, the excellent freehold known as the "Shakespeare Hotel, opposite the Terminus of the Southeastern Railway, and a Free House.

In thorough repair, and complete in its arrangement, with good and convenient Tap and Bar attached, doing an excellent trade (the proprietor retiring from the business,) making 14 beds, has noble Coffee Room and Private Sitting Rooms, with every accommodation and comfort for a first-class House.

The Furniture, Fixtures and Stock, to be taken at Valuation.

Apply to Friend and Vinton, Auctioneers, at the Cabinet Warehouse, or at their Estate Offices, Ramsgate.


From the Kentish Chronicle, 23 July, 1864.


Several parties in Ramsgate having lost their purses during the last few days, it will be gratifying to the public to hear of the conviction of two prisoners who ware taken before the magistrates at Ramsgate on Monday. William Turnbull and Julia Moore were charged with picking a lady's pocket of her purse, containing in silver, 5s. and 5d. in coppers, &c. The first witness examined was them as Mills, who stated that he was a negro comedian. That morning, on the arrival of the excursion train at the South Eastern terminus, he with his troupe were performing opposite the “Shakespeare Hotel.” He saw the two prisoners there, accompanied by two other men and a woman. They appeared as if they had just arrived by the excursion train, and it was hinted to him by one of his men that they were pickpockets, and he resolved to set a watch on their proceedings. Shortly after he went to the Sands, and his company performed near the “Harp Tavern.” Whilst there his attention was drawn to the prisoners, and he saw the female prisoner’ hand in a lady's pocket. He immediately gave information of the fact to Mr. Superintendent Pritchard of the Harbour Police.

The Superintendent deposed to receiving information from the last witness, and that the prisoners were ultimately captured. On the male prisoner was found the purse that had been stolen from the lady, who identified it and described the amount it contained.

The prisoners pleaded “Guilty,” but the male prisoner said the lady pulled the purse out of her pocket with her handkerchief and he picked it up.

They were both commuted to six mouths’ hard labour in Sandwich gaol.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 28 December 1867. Price 1d.

As Odd Fellows' Lodge was, last week, opened in Ramsgate, as the result of a meeting held at the “Shakespeare Hotel” on Tuesday evening.


Now known as the "Great Tree"  and also the "One Hundred and Eighty".


Thanet Times, Tuesday 1 July 1980.

Thanet Woman's Auxiliary of the licensed trade held its annual summer fete at the "Hope and Anchor," Margate, last week.

More than 150 people attended the function in aid of the L.V.A. and local charities.

And they saw the amazing power of palmist Madame Brenda Clarke of the "Shakespeare," public house, Ramsgate, and were able to take part in a raffle and visit the side stalls.

Hope and Anchor fete 1980

Chairman of Thanet Woman's Auxiliary, Mrs. Zella Lawrence, is pictured with palmist extraordinary Brenda Clarke and members.


From an email received 19 June 2014.

The Shakespeare was once a temperance inn and was across the road from the train station and was run by a Mrs. Ives. There is a British Pathe film that features the pub with an All Bright sign on the roof. There is a great deal I don't know about the pub but I remember when the people whom have reopened the tunnels in Ramsgate asked if they could explore beneath the pub. I am told we sit on a tunnel that was once connected to the former train station.

Scheherazade Pesante.



IMPETT William 1847-51+

IMPETT Ann Mrs 1858-62+

DARBY William 1867+

SAMPSON Henry 1871+

SWAIN Henry 1881-91+ (age 55 in 1891Census)

NEALE Joseph A 1901-07+ Kelly's 1903

MINTER Edward 1913-15+

SMITH Samuel 1918-22+

DAY William Edward 1929-30+

BALCOMBE William Edward Frank 1934-36+

THOMPSON Wallace Arthur 1938-39+

PITTWOOD R J 1951-57+

IVES Mrs date unknown



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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