Sort file:- Sheerness, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 16 December, 2023.


Earliest 1832-

Druid's Arms

Closed ????

23 High Street

Blue Town


Druid's Arms

Above photo, date unknown.


This was a Shepherd Neame pub at its close.


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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Dover Chronicles 1 May 1847.


April 18, at her sister's, in London, aged 65 years, Martha, wife of Mr. John Ballard, of the "Druids Arms," Sheerness.


Kentish Gazette, 4 May 1847.


Ballard:- April 18, at her sister's, in London, aged 65, Martha, wife of Mr. John Ballard, of the "Druids’ Arms," Sheerness.


Sheerness Guardian 9 April 1859.

Robbery at the "Druids Arms."

On the night of Sunday last the landlord of the "Druids Arms" (Mr. Keeler), discovered that a cash box had been stolen from a drawer in his bed room. The police were sent for, when marks were discovered on the window sash, as though a knife had been used and forced between the sashes to push the snap back, which would lead to the supposition that an entry had been effected through the window from the back yard. Mr. Keeler states that the box contained about 40 in gold and silver; he also states that on the night of the 17th March last, he had a purse containing 9 stolen from the same room, although he did not give information of this to the police at the time.


South Eastern Gazette, 31 July, 1860.

INSOLVENT DEBTORS to be heard at the Sessions House, Maidstone, before the Judge of the County Court of Kent, on Tuesday, the Fourteenth day of August, 1860, at Eleven o'clock in the forenoon precisely.

OBADIAH WHITE, formerly of the "Crown and Thistle," High-street, Chatham, Kent, licensed victualler and dealer in tobacco; then lodging at the "Druids Arms Inn," Blue Town, Sheerness, Kent, out of business; and then and late of the "Ship Inn," Queenborough, Kent, licensed victualler and dealer in tobacco.


Insolvents’ Attorney, Maidstone.


Sheerness Guardian, 11 August, 1860.

POLICE NEWS. Monday, August 6th.

Patrick Foord, Boiler Maker, of Sheerness, was charged with stealing one florin, from the person of Robert Chapman, pot-boy at the "Druids’ Arms," on the 30th July. Robert Chapman deposed that about 9 p.m., on the day in question, the prisoner and others were at the "Druids' Arms." Witness was acting as waiter, when the prisoner and a young man, each called for a pint of ale, with which they were served. Witness received a two-shilling piece from the young man. He then asked the prisoner for his money, who gave him three-pence, and at the same time snatched from him the florin which he was holding in his hand. He asked the prisoner to return the money, but he refused to do so.

W. Keeler (the landlord) stated that on hearing a disturbance he went to ascertain the cause, when he saw Chapman crying. On hearing what had occurred he asked the prisoner for the money, when he became abusive and struck witness, and then left the house. The next day he was given in charge.

Sergeant Ovenden said that when the prisoner was brought into his custody, he offered five shillings to settle the matter. The evidence having been heard, the prisoner, after some hesitation pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to be imprisoned for 21 days to hard labour.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 19 October 1861.

Maidstone Insolvent Court.

William Keeler, of Sheerness, Kent, victualler.

Mr. Morgan supported the applicant, who was discharged on bail until 20th November.



PORTER John 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BALLARD John 1840-51+ (widower age 62 in 1851Census)

HAMMOND George 1858+

Last pub licensee had KEELER William 1859-Oct/61 bankrupt (widower age 47 in 1861)

DENNIS Henry 1962-74+ (age 50 in 1871Census also smith & wheelwright in 1874)

SHEREPWASH Henry 1881-91+ (widower age 45 in 1881Census)

NOKES William John 1899-1903 (age 38 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

NOKES William Charles 1913-18+

ALDRIDGE Albert 1930 Kelly's 1830

HILLYER Percival Charles 1934+

THOMAS J P 1938+


Kelly's 1830From the Kelly's Directory 1930

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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