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
Index Icon 
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 The Pilot (old) Dungeness

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 Mail Lydd

Index Icon Royal Oak Brookland
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

If you have any information and or photos of any of these lost pubs, then Peter will be pleased to hear from you. 

We have been told about the following other possible lost pubs of Romney Marsh: 

The Bay House in St Mary's Bay
Mason Arms in New Romney High Street
Royal George in New Romney High Street

If you have any information about any of these, or any other lost pubs then these lost pubs, then Peter will be pleased to hear from you. 


 You can see old photos of pubs still open
 at Index Icon Pubs Yesterday and Today in Photos 

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Alliance Inn Brookland

Located in Salters Lane just off the A259, it closed as a pub in the early 1980s, becoming a restaurant and tea rooms. It is is now private house.

Alliance Inn
The Alliance Inn c?

The Alliance Inn c 1930
The Alliance Inn c1930

The Alliance in Brookland
     The Alliance Inn  in 2013

The Beehive Inn Lydd

The Beehive Inn was located in Lydd High Street, next to a butcher's shop. What was the Inn is now private property but next door is still a butcher's shop, Lydd Butchers.

The building dates from 1715 and when an Inn was known for bare-knuckle fighting.

The Beehive Inn c 1912
The Beehive Inn c1912    


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 Blcak Bull Pub Signlisted 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
The Black Bull c1920        


Black Bull c1928
The Black Bull c1928

The Black Bull 1877
The Black Bull 1977

The Black Bull 1985
The Black Bull 1985

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
​        The Bridge Inn in 2013

British Sailor Galloways

Located about 2 miles west of Dungeness Point at Galloways, 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 of Location of the British Sailor
Map showing location c1900

British Sailor c1920
The British Sailor c1920 (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.

First and Last Pub Lydd c1900
First and Last Pub Lydd c1900

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. It is now three residential flats and a delicatessen and cafe.

Fleur de Lis Inn c1925
Fleur de Lis c1925

Fleur de Liz 1977
Fleur de Lis 1977

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-Sea 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             

The Pilot (old) Dungeness

The first Pilot public house was built in c 1623 and was located on the left side of the road as you enter Dungeness Estate.

There is historical documentary evidence going back at least 150 years that the main bar building of The Pilot was constructed by upturning the hull of a Spanish ship called the ‘Alfresia’ which was deliberately wrecked by the locals in 1633, they murdered the crew and stole the cargo of brandy and gold.

Many old photographs (see photo right) show that the original building was indeed made from what looks like the hull of a boat, the timber spars can be clearly seen in pictures inside the present Pilot.
Right Icon The Pilot Today



The Pilot c 1909
The Pilot c1909



Pilot Inn c1910
The rear of the Piiot c1910

Prince of Wales New Romney

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

Prince of Wales c1910
Prince of Wales c1910

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, on the line from Ashford to Hastings. It had a large public bar and two other rooms

It closed in 2016 and is now a private residence.

The Railway Hotel 1986
The Railway Hotel 1986

Railway Hotel
The Railway Hotel in 2016

Railway Hotel 2018
The 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 position being to the front of the current Tesco store in Dymchurch.

Rose Inn
Rose Inn c1800s

Royal Mail Lydd

Built in 1746 to cope with the increasing coaching traffic this traditional town pub catered mainly for the local community, The pub closed in April 2017 and in October 2010 Planning Permission was granted for change of use and conversion from a public house into 3 dwellings, including demolition of existing extension and erection of a side extension.

Royal Mail date unknown
Royal Mail date unknown

Royal Mail Prior to it closing
Royal Mail Prior to its closing in 2017

Royal Oak Brookland

This pub ceased trading on 31 October 2017. The Royal Oak, an Elizabethan building of 1570, was constructed adjacent to St Augustine's Church as a dwelling for the parish clerk and sexton. It remained as such until the I8th century when Jacob Ferriss was granted a licence "that he may suffer ale to be tippled in his house, but he may not suffer ale to be tippled during divine service". 
It was previously known as the Yew & Ewe.

Royal Oak date unknown
Royal Oak c1930s?

Royal Oak Brookland c1960s/70s
Royal Oak Brookland c1960s/70s?

Royal Oak in 2016
Royal Oak in 2016

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

There have been at least 2 Ship pubs in Lydd-on-Sea. The last one was built in 1935 beside the previous Ship Inn, a single storey building, which was built sometime prior to 1925. The second Ship closed in about 2014 and was demolished in 2015, to be replaced by residential properties.


Ship Inn Lydd-on-Sea c1920 Ship Inn c1920

Ship Inn c1925
Ship Inn c1925

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.

Looking at the two pictures on the right, the pub clearly changed its name from 'Star Inn' to 'The Star' at some time during its existence.

Star Inn Lydd c1930s
Star Inn Lydd c1930s

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 closed as a pub in 1919, became a restaurant c1930s and is now a Chinese takeaway.

Victoria Hotel c1900
Victoria Hotel c1900

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

Victoria Hotel 2017
The Victoria Hotel Today