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Earliest 1768-

(Name from)

George Inn

Latest 1980s+

(Name to)

41 High Street


George Inn 1968

Above photo November 1968.


Above photo, date unknown.

George Inn 2016

Above Google image, July 2016.



From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 16 October, to Saturday, 22 October, 1768. Price 2d.


On Thursday next the 17th Instant. There will be A Card Assembly at the “George Inn,” in Sittingbourne, and will be continued every Thursday Fortnight.

October 21.


Kentish Gazette 7 February 1778.


Begs Leave to solicit the Favours of his Friends, and the Public in general, at the "Old George Inn" at Sittingbourne, which he has fitted up, in an elegant and convenient Manner, for the Reception and Entertainment of Company, both as a Tavern and Inn; and no Endeavours will be wanting to give the utmost Satisfaction.

Neat Post chaises, with able Horses, and careful Drivers.


Kentish Gazette, 23 October, 1779.

To be Let, and entered upon immediately.

All that well-known and good accustomed public house, known by the name of the "Lower George," with the appurtenances; situate and being in the middle of the town of Sittingbourne in this County.

For particulars enquire of Richard Bedford at the said house; or Bryan Faussett, Attorney-at-Law, in Sittingbourne aforesaid.


From the Kentish Gazette, 3 January 1804. Price 6d.


Valuable and Improvable. Freehold Farms, TO be Sold by Auction, by Peter Cone, Burrell, and Foster, at the “George Inn,” Sittingbourne, on Friday the 6th of January, 1804, at twelve o'clock, in two hits.

Lot I. WYBORNS. A valuable Freehold Sheep Farm, distributed into 15 enclosures, with several useful and necessary buildings, in Farm House, Barn, and other conveniences, in the parish of Minster, four miles from Sheerness, and about forty-four miles from London; containing 177 acres, 3 roods, and 7 perches of excellent land, compact in a ring fence, let at present to M. William Plane, on lease expiring Michaelmas next, at the very old low rent of 57 10s. per annum, but of the estimated value of 150 per annum net.

Lot 2. MINSTER ABBEY, immediately adjoining, consisting of 3 good Farm House, built of stone, three stories-high, with Barn, Yard, and Lodges, and the ground divided into 17 distinct enclosures, the far greater part feeding land, situate also in the parish of Minster, and containing altogether 310 acres, 3 roods, and 34 perches, divided only by the road leading from Eastchurch to Sheeness, let to Mr. Brett for a term, of which four years only remain unexpired, at a very old and low rent of 200 per annum, but of the estimated value of full 300 per annum net.

May be viewed by leave of the tenants, till the sale, on application to Mr Rouse, senior, of Minster, who will shew the farms; of whom particulars may be had; of Brym Bentham, esq. Sheerness at the “Star,” Maidstone; “Fountain;” Canterbury, “Crown,” Rochester; “George,” Sittingbourne; “George,” Dartford; “White Hart,” Gravesend; “Ram and Bell Inns,” Smithsfield; at Lloyd's Coffee-house; of Messrs Williams and Brooks, “Lincoln's Inn,” New Square; and of Messrs. Peter Coxe, Burrell, and Foster, Throgmorton-street, where plans of the estates may be seen.


Kent Gazette Reports 16 August 1805.


ON Tuesday the seventeenth of September next, at the "George Inn," in Sittingbourne, at five o’clock in the afternoon, unless previously disposed of by private contract, (of which the earliest notice will be given in this paper).

The following Freehold Estates, in four lots.

Lot 1. That long established Public House, formerly the "King Henry," but now known by the sign of the "Plough," at the east entrance of Sittingbourne, with the garden, stable, yard, all the out buildings now standing thereon, and appurtenances, in the occupation of Mr. Edward Langshaw, under an agreement to quit on the tenth day of October next.

Lot 2. Two pieces of excellent Pasture, planted with cherries, in high perfection, together with a garden, stable, and cart lodge, containing in the whole 2a. 2r. 19p (be thereof more or less) situate south of Sittingbourne, towards the cast end thereof, and adjoining lot 1.

Lot 3. One other piece of Orchard Ground, containing 2a. 0r.5p (more or less) planted chiefly with pears, adjoining lot 2. and extending to the London road, presents a front of about 316 feet, exceedingly eligible for building on, either for making a handsome addition to the admired Village to which it is contiguous, or with a view to increase the trade of lot 1, for it is almost exclusively situate.
The Pasture of lots 2 and 3, with that of a small corner piece containing about 40 perches and adjoining lot 3, is let to Mr. Gibbons and Mr. Smith, at tenants at will for the yearly rent of twenty five pounds. The garden, with its fruit, forming part of lot 9, to Mr. Milliner, tenant at will, for two guineas per year; and the fruit of the whole, exclusive of the said garden, to Mr. Milliner, on a lease which expires at Lady Day, 1815, tender covenants to pay the tithe and keep up the plantation, and at the yearly rent of thirty pounds.

Lot 4. A small compact Farm, called Pinks, situate at Dungate, in the parish of Rodmersham, about two miles from Sittingbourne, comprising a dwelling house, and barn, with twelve acres of land (be thereof more or less), one acre of which, planted with ash and willow, in a very thriving state, is in hand, and the remainder being arable, meadow, and orchard, now let to Thomas Spice, tenant at will, at the yearly rent of sixteen guineas.

The timber on lot 4, and the growth of the wood are to he taken by the purchaser at a fair valuation.

The land tax on lots 2, 3, and 4 is exonerated.

Further particulars may be known on application to Mr. Gibbons, at Sittingbourne; or to Mr. J. Gibbons, Evershead Place, in Oakley, near Darking, Surrey.


Kentish Gazette 4 June 1819.


Last week, at Sittingbourne, Mrs. Marshall, wife of Mr. Tourmay Marshall, of the "George Inn."


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, 17 October 1820.


(Late of the "Lion Inn" Ospringe,)

BEGS to inform the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public, that he has taken the old-established Post-House, the "GEORGE INN," Sittingbourne; where he hopes to be honoured with their patronage and support, assuring them, that nothing shall be wanting on his part, to render the House as comfortable as possible: and that his Horses and Carriages shall not be excelled by those of any other Establishment on the road.

Wines, &c. of the first quality.

Good Stabling and Lock-up Coach-Houses.


Kentish Gazette, 13 October 1820.


ISAAC GREEN, (Late of the "Lion Inn," Ospringe)

BEGS to inform the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public, that he has taken the Old Established Post-House, the "GEORGE INN," Sittingbourn; where he hopes to be honoured with their patronage and support, assuring them, that nothing shall be wanting on his port, to render the House as comfortable as possible; and that his Horses and Carriages shall not be excelled by those of any other Establishment on the road.

Wines, &c. of the first quality.

Good Stabling and Lock-up Couch-Houses.


Kentish Chronicle, 30 June, 1829.


June 19, at Lympne, Mr. Marshall, formerly of the "George Inn," Sittingbourne, aged 63.


Kentish Chronicle, 6 October, 1829.

During the late storm, a post-boy named Nightingale, belonging to the establishment of Mr. Green, of the "George Inn," Sittingbourne, was on the road between this city and his master's house, when the horse which he was riding was struck by the electric fluid.

The boy sustained no injury, and to render the circumstance somewhat singular, the hair only was singed from the horses ear.

It is conjecture that the trappings of the animal attracted the lightning.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 February 1840.


(The following was in response to Queen Victoria's recent marriage to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. Paul Skelton.)

The morning was ushered in by a merry peal on the church bells, the firing of cannon, &c. which was kept up with spirit during the whole day. From the "Rose Hotel" windows were flying the royal standard and union jack. The "George Hotel," also was decorated with flags, and many others were floating in different parts of the town. In the evening a dinner was served up in first-rate style at the "Rose Hotel;" the leading clergy and gentry of Sittingbourn and the neighbourhood dined together. The party was ably presided over by T. T. Valence, esq. supported by the Rev. Mr. Duthie and A. F. Monins, esq. The vice chair was filled by William Murton. esq. of Tunstall. The toast, song, and glee went merrily round until the arrival of "small hours." Mr. Hams received the thanks of the chairman, for the whole company, for the splendid repast provided for them on the present occasion. In the evening the "Royal Rose Hotel" (being her Majesty’s royal posting house) was brilliantly illuminated, which attracted hundreds of promenaders into the streets, and maintained the gaiety of the town to a late hour.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 October 1842.


Oct. 13, after a long illness, Mrs. Green, wife of Mr. Green, of the "George Hotel," Sittingbourne, in her 51st year. She was a most charitable and excellent woman, and her death is lamented by all who knew her.


From the Kentish Gazette, 21 March 1843.


March 11, at Sittingbourn, aged 56, after a painful illness, borne with christian fortitude, Mr. Isaac Green, of the "George Hotel;" and on the 16th his remains were carried to their last resting place, in the presence of a large concourse of spectators. The whole town presented a gloomy appearance, the bell sending forth at intervals its mournful sound; most of the shops and many of the private houses being partially closed as a last tribute of respect lo departed worth. Thus in the short space of five months, a son and daughter, both of tender years, have to deplore the irreparable loss of an affectionate father and mother.


From the Kentish Gazette, 28 March 1843.


ALL Persons who have any claims upon the late Mr. ISAAC GREEN, of SITTINGBOURNE, Kent, Innkeeper, are requested to send the particulars thereof to his Son, Henry Green, at the "George Hotel," Sittingbourne.


From the Kentish Gazette, 16 May 1843.


Henry Clifford Green begs most respectfully to inform the Nobility, Clergy, Gentry, and the Public generally, that the Business of the above House, which for the period of 21 years was carried on by his late Parents, will in future be conducted by him for the benefit of himself and sister, and earnestly solicits it continuance of their esteemed favours, which it shall ever be his study to deserve.


From the Kentish Gazette, 31 October 1843.


THAT a MEETING of the Creditors of Mr. JOHN LEMMEY, of Tonge Corner Farm, will be holden at the "GEORGE Hotel," SITTINGBOURNE, on FRIDAY next, November 3, at Eleven o’clock in the Forenoon, for the purpose of paying the DIVIDEND realised by the Estate under a Deed of Assignment, and closing the Trust Account, when all Persons interested therein are requested to attend.

JAMES LAKE., RICHARD BURTON. Trustees to the said Estate.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 January 1848.


MR. TOOTELL Is directed by the Proprietors (the Inn being closed, TO SUBMIT TO AUCTION, ON THE PREMISES, THE WHOLE of the SUPERIOR, GOOD-CONDITIONED, and USEFUL FURNITURE, PLATE, LINEN, HORSES, and CARRIAGES of this ESTABLISHMENT, according to the fallowing arrangement of sale:—
On TUESDAY, February 1st, 1848— Eight sound active young horses, five carriages, a Clarence, a Brougham, a cab phaeton, barouche and Stanhope (fit for private use), harness, stable fittings, the articles in the cellars, laundry, scullery, dairy, and kitchen.

On WEDNESDAY, February 2nd— The furniture of six best bed rooms, 4 dining rooms, Turkey carpets, 500 ounces of silver, and the plated goods.

On THURSDAY. February 3rd— The furniture of six best bed rooms, four parlours, the table and bed linen.

On FRIDAY, February 4th— The furniture of eight bed-rooms, the bar and halls, cutlery, class, and china.

On view, MONDAY. Jan 31st.

Catalogues at the Mart, London; Coulter's Library, Sittingbouroe; "Sun," Chatham; "Ship," Faversham; "Fountain," Canterbury; "Shakspeare," Dover, and at the Auctioneer’s 'Office, Maidstone.


From Kentish Chronicle 02 February 1867.


The license of the "George Inn," from William Thomas Dulake to Charles Clarke.



I believe from the following passage that the pub was prior to 1777 called the "New Inn."

The death of John Brenchley in 1848 made mention of the fact that he was late of Maidstone and Kent brewer, being the brother-in-law of Mr. Henry Kingsford, in his will it was estimated his property connected with the brewery and public houses totalled at 40,000; there are upwards of sixty public houses, taverns, and inns, and among others the "Bull," at Newhithe, and the "George Inn," at Sittingbourne, and the moiety of a malthouse at Maidstone — all this description of property he directs to be held by his sons, John and Alexander, in the division of the estate.


Kentish Gazette 22 March 1777.


Henry Williamson, (having removed from the "Brewhouse Tap," otherwise the "George Alehouse," in this Town, to the "George Inn," late the "New Inn," the upper End of the said Town).

Begs Leave to acquaint his Friends in Particular and the Public in general, that he has fitted up the said "George Inn" in a neat and commodious Manner for the Reception of such Company as shall please to honour him with their Commands. He also keeps a good Larder, neat Wines, and spirituous Liquors of all Sorts, Good Beds, etc. which, with his utmost Endeavours to oblige, will, he hopes, be a Recommendation to the Public in general, whose Favours will be always gratefully acknowledged by their most obliged and obedient humble Servant, Henry Williamson.

Good Stall Stabling etc.



Last pub licensee had WILLIAMSON Henry Mar/1777+ Kentish Gazette

ADAMS George 1778+

Last pub licensee had LISHAM George Nov/1787 Kentish Gazette

MARSHALL Tourmay Mr 1819+

Last pub licensee had GREEN Isaac Oct/1820-11/Mar/43 dec'd age 56 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

GREEN Henry Clifford (son) 12/Mar/1843-45+

MANDER Richard 1847+

HAYWARD Joseph 1851-55+ (age 43 in 1851Census)

DULAKE William Thomas 1858-Feb/1867 (age 52 in 1861Census)

CLARKE Charles Feb/1867+

GOODBODY John 1870-May/73 (age 44 in 1871Census) East Kent Gazette

GREEN John May/1873-74+ East Kent Gazette

MABB George 1881+

TOPLEY William 1882+

ALEXANDER Henry 1891+ (age 56 in 1891Census)

Last pub licensee had JOHNSON George Marshal 1901+ Next pub licensee had (age 25 in 1901Census)

TOWN Charles 1913-18+

LACEY Edmund 1922+

NOBLE William David 1930+

KING Alfred John 1938+

HARRIS Cyril & Thelma 1970s-80s


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

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

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


East Kent GazetteEast Kent Gazette


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