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Lost Pubs of Romney Marsh

Over the years, many of the old pubs on Romney Marsh have closed and a couple have moved. We have identified seventeen such pubs to date that are now closed, some even gone. Please use the index or just scroll down the page.

Index Icon Alliance Inn Brookland
Index Icon The Beehive Inn Lydd

Index Icon Black Bull Newchurch
Index Icon Bridge Inn Lydd
Index Icon British Sailor Galloways
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First and Last Lydd

Index Icon Fleur de Lis Inn Brenzett
Index Icon The Galleon Lydd
Index Icon Hope and Anchor Dengemarsh
Index Icon Jolly Fisherman(old) Greatstone
Index Icon New Inn Lydd
Index Icon New Inn New Romney

Index Icon Prince of Wales New Romney
Index Icon Railway Hotel nr Appledore
Index Icon Rising Sun Lydd
Index Icon Rose & Crown New Romney

Index Icon Rose Inn Dymchurch

Index Icon Royal Oak Inn Newchurch
Index Icon The Seahorse Greatstone
Index Icon The Ship Lydd-on-Sea
Index Icon The Star Lydd
Index Icon Victoria Hotel New Romney

We also know that there was an earlier Pilot Inn on Dungeness before the present one at Lydd-on-Sea. If you have any information about this pubs, or indeed any other lost pubs on Romney Marsh, then Peter will be pleased to hear from you. Blue Line

Alliance Inn Brookland

Located in Salters Lane just off the A259, it closed as a pub in the early 1980s, becomming a restaurant and tea rooms.

It is is now private house.

The Alliance Inn c 1930
The Alliance Inn c1930

The Alliance in Brookland
     The Alliance Inn  in 2013

The Beehive Inn Lydd

Located in Lydd High Street. The building dates from 1715 and when an Inn was known for bare-knuckle fighting.

The beehive Inn Today
The Beehive Inn in 2015

Black Bull Newchurch

A Grade II Listed Building located in Mill Lane, it is now a Grade II listed residential property.

The pub closed c1995 having recently been purchased by the brewer Shepheard Neame. Up to that time the pub had been run by two sisters. 

Shepherd Neame had purchased the Black Bull and a second pub, The Royal Oak Inn at Bonnington, a couple of miles to the northeast. Neither pub attracted enough customers and both were closed.

Black Bull c1928The Black Bull c1928

Black Bull in Newchurch
         The Black Bull in 2016

Bridge Inn Lydd

Located in Station Road, it closed in 2015 is currently (2019) empty and in a run-down state. It was built in 1881 when it was known as the Railway Hotel.

In 2019 a planning application was submitted to convert the pub into 3 flats, but evidence of roosting bats may cause difficulties.

Bridge Inn in Lydd
‚Äč        The Bridge Inn in 2013

British Sailor Galloways

Located about 2 miles west of Dungeness Point near the beach at the end of Galloways Road.

The pub was home to the Heath family with one room being used as a bar.

Map showing location c1900
Map showing location c1900

British Sailor c 1936
The British Sailor c1936 (Ack.47)

First and Last Lydd

The First and Last pub was located at No.41 Ness Road just on the corner with Harden Road by the roundabout. Records show the pub existed in the 19th century and was one of the many Finn's Brewery pubs in the area. It was destroyed in 1944, probably by the same flying bomb that destroyed what was the granary in Manor Road. The granary is now the Lydd Youth Set.

Site of First and Last Pub
Site of the First and Last pub in 2017

Fleur de Lis Inn Brenzett

A Grade II Listed Building located on the roundabout on the B2080 where it joins King Street. Closed about 10 years ago. Now three residential flats and a delicatessen and cafe.

Fleur de Lis Inn in Brenzett
          Fleur de Lis Inn c 2012

Fleur de Lis in 2018
Fleur de Lis Inn 2018

The Galleon Lydd

The Galleon was located in Lydd High Street next to he Parish Church. A Grade II listed building, it has now been converted into a newsagent.

The Galleon
The Galleon Today

Hope and Anchor Dengemarsh

This pub was located near the beach on Dungeness about 1 mile east of Dungeness Point, at the southern end of Dengemarsh Road.
Records show it was a pub in 1879 but was probably a pub long before that. It was a timber built bungalow of 4 bedrooms, sitting room and a large living room with a serving bar. It was next to  Myrtle Cottage, which was built and occupied by the Prebble family, an old Dungeness fishing family, and was occupied up until the Second World War. All that remains today of both the Inn and cottage are their concrete bases.

Map showing the location of Hope & Anchor c1900
  Map showing location c1900

Hope and Anchor Pub c1930
Hope and Anchor pub c1930  (Ack. 45)

Jolly Fisherman(old) Greatstone

The first Jolly Fisherman pub is shown on old 1899 Ordnance Survey map which confirms its location has being in Lydd-on-Seaon on the now Dungeness Nature Reserve, to the west of Leonard Road and just before Hull Road.

This  location  is  some 2 miles to the south of where the now Jolly Fisherman stands. 

It ceased being a pub at that location when its license was transferred to the present day Jolly Fisherman in c1935. Nothing remains of the old site today (2016).

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The ols JOlly Fisherman c1935
      The old Jolly Fisherman in c 1935

New Inn Lydd

Was located in South Street.

The New Inn New Romney

A Grade II Listed Building located in the High Street, it closed in 2015 and became a coffee shop in 2016.

Smuggling is prominent in the New Inn's history, with tunnels running under the high street, pub and beer gardens to the church and old assembly rooms.

New Inn c1920
The New Inn c1920

New Inn in New Romney
              The New Inn in 2014             

Prince of Wales New Romney

A Grade II Listed Building located in Fairfield Road, it closed in c 2010.

Prine of Wal;es c 1962
The Prince of Wales c1962

Prince of Wales in New Romney
 The Prince of Wales c2009

Railway Hotel nr Appledore

The Railway Hotel was located on the B2080 between Appledore and Snargate, adjacent to Appledore railway station. It had a large public bar and two other rooms

It closed in 2016 and is now a private residence.

Railway Hotel
Railway Hotel in 2016

Railway Hotel 2018
Railway Hotel 2018

Rising Sun Lydd

A Grade II Listed Building located in New Street. It closed in the 1970s and was subsequently converted into two residential properties.

In September 1940, one of four young Dutchmen who had landed on the coast between Hythe and Dungeness in a rowing boat was arrested for spying shortly after drinking at the Rising Sun pub. Three of the four were hanged at Pentonville Prison

Rising Sun, Lydd
Rising Sun c1964

Rising Sun in Lydd
       Rising Sun in 2009

Rose & Crown New Romney

The Rose & Crown was located in New Romney High Street in what is now the Fish & Peri and Aboyne Steak House.

The building dates from before the 18th century and, as an inn, was often used as a meeting place for the Sessions Meetings. It ceased being a pub in the 1950s.

Former Rose and Crown

Rose Inn Dymchurch

The Rose Inn was originally located at Rose Cottage in Dymchurch Hight Street up to 1817 when it closed and became a private residence.

The Rose Inn opened again in a new location, its postion being to the front of the current Tesco store in Dymchurch.

Rose Inn
Rose Inn c1800s

Royal Oak Inn Newchurch

Grade II Listed Building located to the east of Newchurch on the junction with GIggers Green Road. Built in the 18th century, it ceased being a pub in in the 1990s and is now a private home.

Royal Oak Inn

The Seahorse Greatstone

Located in Coast Drive, it closed in 2013 and sold to new owners, who converted it to residential use.

The Seahorse
                           The Seahorse in 2012

The Ship Lydd-on-Sea

Built in 1935 beside the prrevious Ship inn, a single storey building. This second Ship closed in about 2017 and was demolished in 2015 to be replaced by residential properties.

The Ship Lydd-on-Sea
                    The Ship in 2013                

Shio in 2018
The Ship in  2018

The Star Lydd

A Grade II Listed Building located in Station Road in Lydd. It was built in the 17th century or earlier. Served its last drink in 2012.

The Star in Lydd
    The Star in 2013

Victoria Hotel New Romney

The Victoria Hotel was located at the south end of New Romney High Street on the corner of Lion's Road.

Established in the 19th century, it became a restaurant c1930s and is now a chinese takeaway.

Victoria Hotel c1900
The Victoria Hotel c 1900 (Ack. 16)

Victoria Hotel 2017
The Victoria Hotel Today