Sort file:- Rochester, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 01 August, 2021.


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63 High Street


Former Albion

Above photo, date unknown by Darkstar.


This is not the same one as listed as the "Albion" in Chatham as Melvilles directory 1858 and the 1911 census give the names of two different licensees for that same year.


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Chatham News, Saturday 24 January 1863.

Drainage of Fort Pitt.

The works for the more efficient drainage of this Fort, which have been in course of construction during the last few months, are, spite of all mishaps attending such an undertaking, nearly completed, and on Saturday evening last Mr. Shrubsole, of Canterbury, the contractor, gave his workmen and other persons who have been more or less connected with the works - to the number of about 30 - an excellent dinner at Mr. Jessops, the "Albion," Rochester, which was both substantially and plentifully supplied, and reflected great credit upon the host and hostess.

The chair was taken by Mr. Shrubsole; the vice-chair by Mr. Kelson, the foreman of the works. On the cloth being cleared, the chairman gave the usual loyal toast; which were drunk with great cheering. The Chairman then gave the names of Colonel Twiss and Captain Mann, the officers who have had the superintendence of the works from the engineer establishment, and spoke very highly of the kind and gentlemanly manner in which they have treated the man of the works. This was followed by the name of Mr. Caulfield, the Clerk of the Works. The Vice-Chairman then proposed the health of the Chairman in very eulogistic terms. The toast was received by the workmen with great cheering. The Chairman briefly replied, thanking the company for the kind manner in which his health had been received, and concluded by proposing the health of Mr. Kelson, the former, who, he said, was a real Kentish man, and one who would see justice done both to the employee and the employer; after some other laudatory remarks, the toast was responded to in such a manner that it was evident that Mr. Kelson is much respected for the whole of the workmen. Mr. Kelson having thanked the company in a few words, the Chairman then gave "The Trade and Prosperity of Chatham, and the Messrs. Spencelayh," "The Mayor of Rochester," "The Press," and several other toast. The conviviality of the evening was kept up with great spirit - some excellent songs being sung by Mr. Hillman and Mr. Elvey, and several other friends - until a late hour, and all departed, highly pleased by their evening's entertainment.



BUNYARD W 1855+ Post Office Directory 1855

JESSOP John 1858-63+ Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

HARRISON John 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

BARRELL Edward 1881-1903+ (age 44 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882Post Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

SHRUBB William Robert 1911+ (age 55 in 1911Census)


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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