Sort file:- Rochester, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 01 August, 2021.


Earliest 1828-

Crown and Thistle

Demolished ????

49 Queen Street (High Street 1847)


Crown and Thistle 1913

Above photo dated 1913.

Crown and Thistle location 2008

Above Google image, October 2008.


Kentish Gazette - Friday 18 January 1771.

To be Let, and entered upon immediately.

A Public House, ready Furnished; known by the Sign of the "Thistle and Crown," nearly opposite the "King's Head Inn," Rochester.

The House is very complete, and well situated.

For further Particulars, enquire of Mrs. Rebecca Elliott, Brewer, in Rochester, or of Mr. Lachlen Maclean, at the "Globe," in Chatham.

None but Principals will be treated with.


From the Kentish Gazette, 26 August 1845.


Newlyn, Aug 9, at Rochester, Mrs. Newlyn, wife of Mr. Newlyn, landlord of the "Crown and Thistle," High Street.


Kentish Gazette, 1 June 1852.

Rochester. Sudden Death.

An awful instance of the uncertainty of human life occurred in Rochester on Saturday evening last.

As Mary Hudson, the wife of a sailor, residing in Love Lane, St Margaret's, was passing through High Street, when near the town clock she was observed to stagger and fall, as if in a fit; several of the bystanders immediately went to her assistance, and she was removed to the "Crown and Thistle" public house, where it was discovered the vital spark of fled.

Mr. Steel, who happened to be passing, was immediately in attendance, but his services were of no use, as the gentleman gave it as his opinion that death must have been instantaneous. It appears the deceased was subject to fits, and had only recovered from a severe one that morning.

Deceased, who has been the mother of 12 children, has left three to lament their loss.


Thanet Advertiser 6 December 1890.


At the Guildhall, Rochester, on Tuesday, Ernest Phyall and William Morrison, labourers, belonging to Snodland, were summoned for assaulting William Charles Jolly, landlord of the "Crown and Thistle Inn," Rochester, on the night of the 1st November.

It appeared that defendants had been to Chatham, and lost their return train. They went to Jolly's house at midnight for a bed, and a quarrel took place over the price. According to Jolly he was undoing the door to let the defendants out, and they both attacked him violently till the arrival of the police. His nose was broken by a blow, and it was suggested that the breaking of a blood vessel in his head eight days afterwards, when he all but bled to death, was a result of this Nasal fracture.

Defendants, on the other hand said complainant asked an exorbitant price for a bed, and they were leaving the house when he attacked them, a friend assisting him by holding one of the defendants.

Supt. Broadbridge said the parties came to the police-station immediately after the occurrence, and all three were the worse for liquor. The magistrates convicted defendants, and ordered them each to pay 2, including costs, in a fortnight, or be imprisoned for a month each.



RICHARDSON Michael 1824+

FOX George 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

JEFFREYS John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

NEWLAND John William 1845-47+

WADHAMS Richard 1855-62+

Last pub licensee had PRENTIS James William 1867-69 dec'd

PRENTIS Elizabeth Ann 1869-71

ELLIOTT Henry 1874+

LETCHFORD Frederick 1878+

WINTERBOTTOM William 1881+ (age 53 in 1881Census)


JOLLY William Charles 1890-91+

PARISH William 1903-22+ Kelly's 1903


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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