Sort file:- Ramsgate, September, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 06 September, 2023.


Earliest 1839-

Woodman Inn

Closed ????

17 Hardres Street/Staffordshire Road


Woodman Inn 1898

Above photo, 1898.

Former Woodman Inn

Above photos by Paul Skelton 21 July 2012.


The premises was once a Cannon Brewery House and was the meeting place for members of the Ancient order of Druids (St Aethelbryht Lodge, number 425). The premises was later to be used as the Burlesque Hair Stylist, the faade of the inn being little altered but the entrance to the right being blocked up and access to the stylists from a door on the left-hand side of the premises.


Southeastern Gazette, 23 August 1853.


With immediate Possession, in consequence of the present occupier being otherwise engaged.

THE "WOODMAN INN," Hardres-street, in the above-named fashionable watering-place, now overflowing with visitors. Fixtures, stock, and furniture, to be taken at Valuation, which will amount to about 300. Apply on the premises.


Southeastern Gazette, 13 September 1853.

Nicholls v. Merryweather, proprietor of the "Royal Albion Hotel," for selling wines. The same witnesses proved the case. The defence in this case was that the party who was supplied with the wine went into a private room, and the waiter supplied the wine thinking they were guests of the occupants of the rooms.

Fined 15s. and 14s. costs.


At this stage of the proceedings Mr. Child suggested that as they did not press for penalties, they were willing to withdraw the informations upon the several defendants paying the costs incurred. The following persons were then mulcted in 5s. 6d. each:—

Wm. Hudson, "Bull and George Hotel;" James Corben, "Royal Oak;" Thomas Parnell, "Admiral Harvey;" Charles Brittain, the "Mitre;" Charles Page, the "Woodman;" George Holmes, "Trafalgar Hotel;" Henry Simmons, "Lord Nelson;" George Mussared, "Spread Eagle;" Richard Butler, "Cinque Ports Arms."


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 18 October 1890.

The Druids.

As the lodge room of this order, at the "Woodman Inn," is at present being altered and renovated, the members who hold a smoking concert at Bro. Spain's, "Cannon Inn," St Lawrence, on Wednesday evening next, when the attendance of members of kindred orders and other friends is invited. One of the objects of the gathering will be to receive benevolent contributions for the benefit of Bro. F. Rogers, who has been for some time prevented by the attack of paralysis from following his occupation.


Thanet Advertiser, Saturday 9 June 1900.

Drunk and disorderly.

William Ward, fisherman, pleaded guilty to a charge of having been drunk and disorderly on June 2nd.

P.C. Ward proved the case and a fine of 15s., including costs, was imposed.

A Landlord Fined.

Henry Thomas Curling, licensed victualler, of the "Woodman Inn," Hardres Street, was summoned for selling intoxicating liquor to a drunken person, one William Ward (the defendant in the previous case,) on June 2nd.

Mr. E. Wotton appeared on behalf of defendant who pleaded guilty, and stated that the offence was committed unknowingly.

Police Sergeant Creedy stated that shortly before 10 p.m. On the date named he went into the "Woodman Inn," in company with Detective Sergeant Paine. There they saw Ward, who was drunk, served with a glass of ale. Witness called the barmaid's attention to the man's condition, and she made no reply, but called the landlord, who said that if he had seen the man he should not have been served. Ward was unsteady in his gait and his clothes were dusty all over.

Miss Mabel Elizabeth Sutton, niece of the defendant said Ward and three other men came into the house and ordered drinks. She did not notice that Ward was drunk. One of the other men called for the drinks. Ward was not noisy enough to attract her attention.

Mr. Wotton admitted the facts. The young lady who served drinks did not observe that the man was intoxicated, but unfortunately that was no defence in law, and it had been decided that even if the drink was not ordered by the drunk and person, the landlord of a house was liable for selling liquor to a drunken person. he (Mr. Wotton) thought the Chief Constable would agree with him when he said that Mr. Curling had always conducted the house well in the past and there had been no complaints concerning it. It was one of those cases which no publican, however well conducted his house, could possibly avoid.

In answer to the Chairman, defendant said he had held a licence for 14 years.

The Chief Constable said what Mr. Wotton had stated was quite correct. There had been no charge against the landlord or any other complaint against the house whatsoever.

The Chairman said the Bench must convict, and a fine of 10s. and 8s. cost would be imposed. The licence would not be endorsed.


Thanet Times, Tuesday 6 October, 1964.

One of the youngest licences in Thanet.

Michael and Sheila Philpott 1964

Claiming to be one of the youngest licences in Thanet is Mr. Michael Philpott and his wife, Sheila, of the "Woodman Inn," Hardres Street, Ramsgate. They are both 26.

Hailing from Oxted, Surrey, Mr. Philpott took over as licensee of the house 8 months ago. He said that his brewers, Tomson and Wotton, had told him that he and his wife were the youngest tenants on their books.

The "Woodman Inn" is the first public house the couple have taken. Before that Mr. Philpott had completed a management training course and had run a British Legion Club.

Giving her reasons why they moved to Thanet to take a pub, Mrs. Philpott said that it had always been there ambition and they came to Ramsgate on a day's outing last year.

"It was a terrible day, for the town appealed to us," she said. "In particular we liked the harbour."

The life in a pub, the couple said in unison, is something they enjoy.

A formal shorthand typist, mother of two, Mrs. Philpott commented:- "We both like meeting people and it is a very good social life."

Of their customers the couple have a high regard. "They are friendly and sociable and we have some excellent regulars."

Looking to the future, Mr. Philpott said that already organisations held their weddings at the "Woodman Inn" and he was now trying to build up a trade for small parties and weddings.




SILK William 1839-47+

PAGE Charles 1851-53+ (also coal merchant age 40 in 1851Census)

CULL James 1858-67+ (also mason age 54 in 1861Census)

GOLDSMITH Joseph 1881-82+ (age 33 in 1881Census)

CURLING Henry Thomas 1890-1907+ (age 40 in 1881Census) Kelly's 1903

JOSLING Henry William 1913-22+

HOLLAND Harry 1929-36+

BOWMAN John R 1938+

PACKER George Henry 1939+

LOVE W G 1951-57+

PHILPOTT Michael Mar/1964+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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