Sort file:- Ramsgate, November, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 15 November, 2021.


Earliest 1861-

Vale Tavern

Open 2014+

69 Vale Road


Vale Tavern 1890

Above picture showing the Vale Tavern 1912.

Vale Tavern 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Vale Tavern 1952

Above photo 1952. Creative Commons Licence.

Vale Tavern ledger

Thompson & Son ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Vale Tavern Vale Tavern Vale Tavern sign

Photographs above and sign left taken by Paul Skelton, 21 July 2012.

Vale Tavern sign 1981Vale Tavern sign 1991

Sign left April 1981 and sign right, December 1991, with thanks from Brian Curtis


From the Kentish Chronicle and General Advertiser, 7 December, 1861. Price 1 1/2d.


Thomas Ordish appeared to answer a summons charging him with having his house, the “Vale Tavern,” Vale Road, open for sale of beer on Sunday morning.

Mr. Livick said he would be content with a summons being withdrawn on defendant consenting to pay the costs, only which was done and the case dismissed.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 9 July 1864.

Births. Ramsgate. Jun 25, at the "Vale Tavern," the wife of Mr. H. J. Laslett, of a daughter.

From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 25 May, 1867. Price 1d.


James Read, a labourer, was charged with stealing a quantity of cabbages, the property of Charles Palmer, on the 19th inst.

P.C. Kenny said he was on duty in the Vale, at about five o'clock on Sunday morning, and saw the prisoner coming along the road with a bundle. As soon as the prisoner saw him, he ran away, and threw the bundle over the wall. He caught him near the “Vale Tavern,” and took him into custody. A large number of persona had lost similar vegetables lately, the robberies being either perpetrated on Saturday sights or Monday mornings.

Fined 5s., and costs 6s. 3d.; or fourteen days' hard labour.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 8 November 1873.

Bloaters. Bloaters. Laslett's noted Bloaters, Vale Tavern, Ramsgate.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 27 April, 1965.

One of the few women licensees in Ramsgate.

Mrs Wroughton

One of the few women licensees in Ramsgate is Mrs. Wroughton, at the "Vale Tavern," Vale Road.

Public houses have been a way of life for cheerful Mrs. Wroughton ever since she was a child. Her parents were publicans in the London area.

"In those days hate the life, mainly because I was so restricted," said Mrs. Wroughton.

"But now I don't know what I would do without it. We have got such a marvellous crowd of customers."

She added that she was a fully qualified secretary, but she could not even contemplate going back to the job now.

Mrs. Wroughton moved to Thanet 35 years ago when her husband took over the licence of the "Captain Digby" at Kingsgate.

They stayed there for more than 7 years before moving to the "Prospect Inn" at Minster when it was first opened.

Moving again to take over the "Vale Tavern" in July 1948 Mrs. Wroughton looked back over nearly 25 years in the same house and said. "It is difficult to believe, but the time has gone so fast.

When Mrs. Wroughton and her husband took over the house, because of the war, they were only 7,500 people in the town.

But the "Vale Tavern" she said, in the event of evacuation, was to have been one of the eight houses to be kept open.

Mrs. Wroughton took over the licence of the "Vale Tavern" in her own name in 1962 when a first husband died.

"Everybody was wonderful to me at the time," she said.




ORDISH Thomas 1861+

WATSON Joseph 1862+

LASLETT Henry Thomas 1864-73+ (age 33 in 1871Census)

LASLETT Eliza S 1881-1901+ (widow age 46 in 1881Census)

WOODGATE James 1903-36+ (age 45 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

PORTER James 1938+

WILLIAM Henry 1939+

Last pub licensee had ALDRIDGE Albert V 1/July/1948-Feb/60

ALDRIDGE B B Mrs Feb/1960-62

WROUGHTON B B (previously Mrs Aldridge) 1962-June/1967

MILLARD R W A Mr June-1967+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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