Sort file:- Sheerness, May, 2022.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 04 May, 2022.


Earliest ????

Belle and Lion

Open 2020+

22-24 (59) High Street

Mile Town


01795 665486

Belle and Lion 2016

Above Google image, July 2016.


The "Belle and Lion" was the first public house to be built in Mile Town. Other inns and ale houses were built soon after. The "Belle and Lion" is listed in a local directory of 1824 and a more recent one published in 1938. Boots store now stands on the site of the inn, at 59 High Street.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

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Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 11th May 1858.

Sittingbourne Petty Sessions, May 3rd.

(Before the Rev. J. Poore, D.D., E. Twopenny, Esq., Sir. J. M. Tylden, Rev. G. B. Moore, J. D. Dyke, Esq., and W. Bland, Esq.)

David Ovenden v. George Clarkson.

This was an information against the defendant, who is landlord of the "Belle and Lion," Sheerness, for refusing to admit a constable into his house on the morning of Sunday, 11th April.

Fined 2, and 13s. 6d costs, which was immediately paid.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 19 June 1860.


Clarkson. June 11th, at Sheerness, Mr. George Clarkson, landlord of the "Bell and Lion Tavern," Mile Town, Sheerness, age 63 years.


Whitstable times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 7th May 1898.

Sheerness. The rating of licensed houses.

Nearly the whole of the licensed houses of Sheerness have recently been reassessed for rating purposes for the overseers. The increase in the assessments in some cases are double, the rating of the "Wellington Hotel" having been advanced from 60 to 125, the "Belle and Lion Inn," from 44 to 84, the "Britannia Hotel" from 80 to 165, the "Goat Inn" from 32 to 84, the "Victory Tavern" from 48 to 92, the "Criterion Inn" from 36 to 75.

The total increase in the ratings of 55 licensed premises amounts to 1,161 10s.


Reading Evening Post, Monday 21 November 1977.

Bulls Eye.

A new world record of 28 hours 11 minutes for scoring a million and one at darts has been claimed by the "Belle and Lion," Sheerness, Kent, after a marathon contest organised by Sheppey Round Table.




SELBY Caleb 1828-40+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BRISLEY Abraham 1847+

CLARKSON George 1851-June/60 dec'd (age 49 in 1851Census)

CLARKSON Prudence 1861-62+ (widow age 60 in 1861Census)

CLARKSON Prudence & Son 1867+

CLARKSON Henry George 1871-74+ (age 34 in 1871Census)

BUTLER Walter 1881-82+ (age 47 in 1881Census)

MILES James John 1891-May/1902 Next pub licensee had (also mineral water manufacturer in 1902) Kelly's 1903

LEIGH Frederick Orlando 1913-18+

BERGERSON John Charles 1934-39+ (age 38 in 1939)


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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