Sort file:- Sheerness, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 07 December, 2023.


Earliest 1867-

Blacksmith's Arms

Closed 2013+

55 Clyde Street

Marine Town


Blacksmith's Arms 2009

Above image from Google, May 2009.

Blacksmith's Arms locals

Above locals, dates and names as yet unknown.

Bricklayer's Arms sign 1991Bricklayer's Arms sign 1992

Above sign left, April 1991, sign right, August 1992.

Blacksmith's Arms sign 2012

Above sign July 2012.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Former Blacksmith's Arms 2018

Above Google image, September 2018.


In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)

The census of 1871 stated that the "Blacksmith's Arms" was addressed as 38 Chapel Street, which I believe is about 4 miles away from this location in Minster-on-Sea. However, I have no reference to a pub there with this name yet. Perhaps the road changed name after 1871.


Faversham News, Saturday 24 November 1883.


The "Blacksmiths Arms," Sheerness from James Martin to Isaac Newman.


From the 14 July 2013. By Emma Grove.

Homes at Sheerness pub turned down over flooding fears

A plan to turn a town pub into homes has been refused because of concerns over flood risk.

Landlord of the "Blacksmiths Arms" in Clyde Street, Sheerness, Mark Hughes had applied to Swale council to convert the building into two terraced houses and a self-contained ground-floor flat.

It is in a high-risk flood zone and after receiving Environment Agency (EA) advice, planning officers recommended councillors turn it down.

The worries focus on the ground-floor part of the proposal as it would combine living and sleeping space on the lower level and there are concerns about where occupants would go if there was a flood.

The EA commented the risk to life and property would be unacceptable and Cllr Andy Booth said it was a moral issue and given the clear advice they have been presented with they should turn it down.

However, speaking on behalf of Mr Hughes at the planning meeting, Maurice Smith disagreed and said the sea wall had been strengthened since 1951.

“It's not like there's going to be a 5m tsunami coming down the road,” he said.

“Sheerness is crying out for one-bedroom accommodation and we are not changing the street scene.”

Ward member Cllr Mark Ellen agreed and said although it was a shame to see the demise of another pub, there is not enough housing and it would help.

But the majority of the committee accepted the EA's advice and refused the application.

The pub is still open from 6pm to midnight on Saturdays.


I am informed that this pub closed some time after 2013.



FARMER J 1867+

ALLEN H 1869-70+

ELDRIDGE James 1871+ (age 29 in 1871Census)

STEADMAN Alf 1874+

MORGAN Charles 1881-82+ (age 38 in 1881Census)

MARTIN James to Nov/1883

NEWMAN Isaac Nov/1883-91+

GOLDER William 1899+

NOKES Thomas Frederick 1902-03+ Kelly's 1903

NORRIS James Alfred 1913-38+

HUGHES Mark 2013+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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