Sort file:- St Lawrence, June, 2022.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 June, 2022.


Earliest 1851-

Southwood Tavern

Closed 2010

119 Southwood Road

St Lawrence


Southwood Tavern 1960s

Above photo, 1960s, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Southwood Tavern 2009

Above Google image 2009.

Southwood Tavern

Above photo taken with permission from Saunders family web.

Southwood Tavern 1991

Sign right December 1991 with thanks from Brian Curtis


From the Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 12 May 1900.

The Clerk mentioned to the Bench the case of the "Southwood Tavern," St. Lawrence, the landlord of which house had become a patient at Charlton Asylum. At the present time, if there was any irregularity at the house there would be no one upon whom to fix the responsibility. It was decided to write to the Medical Superintendent at Chartham, and to enquire if any approximate dates could be given as to when the patient would be discharged, the matter to be considered on the next transfer day.


From the Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 7 February, 1914.

Southwood Tavern application refused.

Mrs. Susan Mary Jane Danson Andrews, of the "Southwood Tavern," who at present holds a beerhouse keepers licence, is applying for the grant of a publican's licence in respect of the same premises, and the required notice under the provisions of the Licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910, has been served upon me.

Mrs. Andrews, licensee of the "Southwood Tavern," applied for a full public licence.

Mr. J. Emery, (Messrs. Emery and Emery, solicitors, Ramsgate) appeared for the applicant, and Mr. Rutley Mowll, solicitor, for Messrs. Thompson and son, brewers, Messrs. Tomson and Wotton, brewers, and Messrs Flint and Co, brewers (owners of houses in the district), Mr Paul (licensee of the "Australian Arms"), and Mr. J. Woodgate (licensee of the "Vale Tavern.")

In support of the application evidence was given by Mrs. Andrews, Mr. W. M. Bradley and Mr. H. Tapsell Mr. D. C. Hogwood produced plans of the premises.

Mr. Mowll address the justices in opposition, and the application was refused, on the ground that the needs of the neighbourhood were well supplied at present.


From the Advertiser and Echo, 15 January, 1937.


11th January, At "Southwood Tavern," Ramsgate, Harry Gilbert Smith, aged 42 years.


From the Advertiser and Echo, 19 January, 1937.


There was a large number of beautiful floral tokens at the funeral of Mr. H. G. Smith, licensee of the "Southwood Tavern," Ramsgate, which took place on Thursday. The interment in Ramsgate Cemetery was preceded by a short service in the Cemetery Chapel, at which the Rev. Gordon Elliott, curate of St. George's Church, officiated.

The personal mourners at the funeral were the widow. Mr. H. H. L. Smith (son). Mrs. F. Smith (mother). Mr. S. Smith. Mr. M. Smith. Mr. E. Smith and Mr. R. Smith (brothers). Miss. L. Smith (sister), Miss M. Smith (niece). Mr. and Mrs. Watford (brother, and brother-in-law). Mr. Watford, junr., Mr. and Mrs. F. Darby (brothers and sister-in-law), Mrs. Griggs (sister-in-law), Mrs. Stephens (sister-in-law). Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Redbourn.

The floral tributes included those from: Wife and Son; Mother, Brother Rob and Maud; Sister Lil and family; Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law, Esther, Horace and son Cyril; Sister-in-law Louie and family; Brother Ernie and Sister-in-law Doris; Sister-in-law. Brother-in-law, Patience, Charles and family; Sister-in-law Maud and family; Brother Maurice, Sister-in-law Emily; Brother Sid, sister-ln-law Marie and sister-in-law Doris; Sister-in-law. Brother-in-law, Patience, Charles and family; Sister-in-law Maud and family; Brother Maurice. Sister-in-law Emily; Brother Sid, sister-in-law Marie and family: Brother-in-law, Sister-in-law, Fred and Alice; Mr. and Mrs. Sutton; Mr. and Mrs. Fox; Mrs. Busson. Ronnie and Charlie; Mr. and Mrs. B. Redbourn: Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Redbonrn and Sheila: Mr. and Mrs. Surman; Mr. and Mrs. Seal; Mr. and Mrs. Heath; Mr. and Mrs. Cottle; Sister-in-law. Brother-in-law, Eddie. Harry and family; Mrs. Fields, Mrs. Wells and Mrs. Brooks; A few neighbours; Slate Club of "Southwood Tavern;" Dart Club of "Southwood Tavern;" Customers of "Southwood Tavern;" East Kent Social Club; Mr. and Mrs. Allright; Mrs. Lambert and Em.

The funeral arrangements were executed by Mr. W. H. Maskell, of Hardres-Street, Ramsgate.


From the Thanet Advertiser, Friday 10 February 1939.

Greater facilities at Ramsgate hotels.

The bench also dealt with a number of minor applications.

Structural alterations were approved in respect of the "San Clu Hotel", "Alma Inn," and "Southwood Tavern."


From the Advertiser and Echo, 19 January, 1940.


TO the Clerk to the Rating Authority for the Parish and Borough of Ramsgate; to the Clerk of the Licensing Justices of the said Borough of Ramsgate; to the Chief Constable of the said Borough of Ramsgate; and to all others whom it may concern.

I, CATHERINE ELIZABETH SMITH, now residing at 119 Southwood-road, Ramsgate, in the said Parish and Borough of Ramsgate. Beerhouse-keeper, DO HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that it is my intention to apply at the GENERAL ANNUAL LICENSING MEETING to be held at the TOWN HALL, RAMSGATE, in and for the said Borough, on FRIDAY, the NINTH day of FEBRUARY, 1940, at 11.30 o’clock in the forenoon, for the grant to me of a Justices licence authorising me to apply for and hold an Excise Licence to sell Wine, by retail, at the Licensed Premises situate at and being "The Southwood Tavern," 119 Southwood-road, Ramsgate, in the said Parish and Borough, for consumption either on or off the premises, of which said premises I am the tenant, and Gardner and Co. Ltd., of Ash near Canterbury, are the Owners.

DATED the 15th day of January, 1940.


From the Thanet Advertiser and Echo, 16 May, 1947.


A young Ramsgate couple who were married at St. George's Church, on Wednesday, hope shortly to leave for Egypt, where the bridegroom is to take a civilian post.

The bridegroom, who served in the Indian Army during the war, as a staff officer at Indian headquarters was Mr. Harry Horace Leslie Smith, son of Mrs. and the late Mr. C. E. Smith, of "Southwood Tavern," Ramsgate. Mr. Smith is an old boy of St George's School, where he was captain in 1937.

His bride was Miss Grace Evelyn Weeks, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. H. W. Weeks, of 4 Alliance-road, Ramsgate.

Given away by her father, she wore an exquisite gown of white crepe and carried a bouquet of white carnations. The attendant, Mrs. Doris Brading, wore a dress of blue crepe and carried a bouquet of cream roses.

The Vicar of Ramsgate (the Rev. G. Bennett) officiated at the fully choral service, at which Miss Audrey Woodruff, a former Ramsgate beauty queen, rendered "Ave Maria." The hymn "Lead us, Heavenly Father, lead us," and "God be in my Head" were included in the service.

Mr. E. Yeo was the organist and Mr. H. P. Watford, uncle of the bridegroom, carried out the duties of best man.

Following a reception at the "San Clu Hotel," the happy couple left for their honeymoon in north Cornwall. The bride's travelling attire consisted of a royal blue two-piece suit with black accessories.


Southwood Tavern fire

From 14 June 2011

Blaze at disused Southwood Tavern pub in Ramsgate The cause of the fire at the Southwood Tavern is under investigation.

A blaze at a disused pub in Ramsgate has destroyed 80% of the building.

The blaze in the first floor and roof of the Southwood Tavern in Southwood Road was reported at 0550 BST.

At the height of the fire, four pumps from Thanet, Margate and two from Ramsgate were at the scene, along with a support vehicle from Dover.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service left the scene at 0815 BST after damping down, and said that the cause of the fire was being investigated.


From Tuesday, June 14 2011, by Peter Barnett

Fire destroys derelict pub in Ramsgate

Fire rages through the pub

Fire destroyed a derelict pub in Ramsgate early this morning.

The "Southwood Tavern" in Southwood Road which has been shut for around a year was gutted in the blaze which began at around 5.50am.

Neighbours reported being woken by the sound of loud "gunpop" type sounds.

One said: "I didn't know what was happening. It was around 5.40am and when I had a look I saw that the fire was taking over the old pub. The gunpop noises were the sounds of cracking timber and bursting glass I expect."

At the height of the fire four pumps from Thanet, Margate and two from Ramsgate were at the scene along with a support vehicle from Dover and Thanet's aerial appliance.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used three jets and three hydrants to tackle the blaze in the first floor and roof of the building. A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Eighty per cent of the building has been destroyed by the fire. The cause is not yet known."

The incident was over at around 8.15am and crews continued to damp down the wreckage in the morning. Friday, June 17 2011

Police want to question Polish men seen leaving building

Southwood Tavern fire

FAMILIES were evacuated from their homes in the early hours of Tuesday as fire broke out at a boarded-up pub.

Fire crews from Thanet, Ramsgate and Margate battled with 15-foot-high flames at the Southwood Arms on Southwood Road from around 5.45am, finally bringing the blaze under control two hours later.

PUB GONE: The Southwood Arms in Ramsgate was destroyed by fire on Tuesday.

Kent County Council employee Clare Roland, whose home backs on to the pub, raised the alarm.

She said: "I heard a huge bang and ran downstairs because I thought someone had damaged my car.

"I then saw flames and called the fire brigade, then ran around knocking on neighbour's doors shouting, 'Get out.'"

The road was closed while firefighters poured water onto the burning building from a crane.

Police would like to question two Polish men who were seen at the property the day before the fire.

Mrs Roland added: "I spoke to the Polish men yesterday as they were coming out of the building.

"I also saw them taking in gas cylinders about two or three months ago."

One of the men is 5ft 7in tall, slim with short hair, and wearing jeans, a light-blue T-shirt and white trainers.

The men were driving a silver Focus estate car with a number plate containing the letters KNB.

A planning application to demolish the pub and build nine flats there was rejected by Thanet council in March last year.



Southwood Tavern location 2016

Above Google image, 2016.



ANDREWS John 1851+ (also dairy farmer age 44 in 1851Census)

ANDREWS John 1871-June/94 dec'd (widower also dairy man age 44 in 1871Census)

ANDREWS Susan Mary Jane Danson 1914+

SMITH Edwin Jesse 1930+

SMITH Harry Gilbert to Jan/1937 dec'd

SMITH Catherine Elizabeth Mrs Jan/1937-40+

OBORNE Henry James 1953-57+


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