Former Eagle Inn pub in Ramsgate to be offered at auction

The former Eagle Inn Photo Clive Emson auctioneers

Ramsgate’s former Eagle Inn – also know as the Spread Eagle – is to go under the hammer with Clive Emson auctioneers.

The former public house, which has been empty for several years, was damaged by fire during the 1980s. Repairs meant the loss of some original features.

In more recent years the property was vacant and became infested with pigeons, which were cleared during the summer of 2018.

The property dates from circa 1763 and received Grade II Listed Building status on 4th February 1988.

The Eagle Inn (formerly the Spread Eagle and The Spread-Eagle Tavern) started life as three cottages in 1763. Soon after which, in 1776, it was converted into an inn .

The former pub, at 153 High Street, had permission granted to change its use into a hotel in 2017. This has now lapsed. A further application to convert it into four flats, lodged in 2019, was withdrawn.

The property is being offered with a freehold guide price of £250,000-plus.

The auction will be held on Wednesday, November 2 by Clive Emson Auctioneers


  1. The Eagle was still there over the porch until a few years ago. Does anybody know who has it or did it just disappear one night like so much more in Ramsgate?

    • It’s believed it was taken down by the present owner for safekeeping. I wonder if it will reappear.

      • Hello Robert
        Owner here. The BIRD was taken down and sent to stonemason for RENOVATION. Is currently in storage.

        • That’s wonderful news, thank you for clarifying that. Hopefully, the new owner will reinstate it.

  2. re – the light i would say that your right – its vanished like of numerous bits of ramsgate , and going by the size and location of the site its a prime buy to burn – watch this space ?
    ps = i think there was sculptre of a big eagle as well ?

    • Yes, it was very similar to the Napoleonic eagle, as I recall.
      I am the lucky owner of one of The Eagle’s large indoor oak benches with a superbly re-upholstered seating. A bit of history.

        • About ten years ago. It was on sale at an arcade in Harbour Street. There were several, some being longer but of sturdy quality. I paid £100 for mine and I have never regretted it. Solid oak frame and carved legs with upholstery that would last a lifetime.
          Its provenance was confirmed by the seller.

    • Yes agree, the usual pattern is to keep it empty for a while and then it mysteriously burns down and a block of flats grow from the ashes.

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