Sort file:- Rochester, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 01 August, 2021.


Earliest 1828-

Golden Lion

Open 2020+

147 (85) High Street (East Gate Pigot's Directory 1832-34)


01634 880521

Golden Lion 2014

Above photo August 2014, kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Golden Lion 2016

Above photo 2016.

Golden Lion sign 2010Golden Lion sign 2013

Above sign left June 2010, sign right 2013.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The address has also been given as East Gate, certainly before 1847. The pub was situated a few doors away from the "Lord Nelson."


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.

All emails are answered.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 29 November 1816.

Public house.

To let, the "Golden Lion," public house, in Eastgate, in the High Street of Rochester. Immediate possession may be had.

For particulars apply to the office of Mr. Best's Brewhouse, Chatham.


From the Kentish Gazette, 2 September 1845.


White:— August 20, at Rochester, Mr. W. White, landlord of the "Golden Lion" public house.


Kentish Gazette, 13 February 1849.


Hickmott:— Feb. 1, in Eastgate, Rochester, the wife of Mr. John Hickmott, landlord of the "Golden Lion," public house, aged 35 years.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 30 August 1862.


August 25, at Bermuds, Alfred Thomas, second son of Thomas Obee, of the "Golden Lion," Rochester, aged 31 years.


From the  By Clare Freeman, 2 October 2015.

Wetherspoon's The Golden Lion, Rochester High Street, to become hotel following 1.5 million expansion and refurbishment.

Following a 1.5 million expansion, a busy pub is set to become Medway's newest hotel.

The "Golden Lion" pub in Rochester will be closed until the end of this month and when it reopens will also be offering hotel rooms alongside the usual food and drink.

The Wetherspoons venue has purchased the premises next door, previously occupied by the Thai Four Two restaurant which has moved to a new location on the other side of the High Street.

Golden Lion 2015

The Golden Lion in Rochester High Street.

The extension will link up with the existing pub, meaning more space for customers and a bigger garden.

The area above the pub will be converted into nine ensuite bedrooms - three double rooms and six twin rooms. They will also be able to cater for families, with rooms starting at 39 per night.

It will be the chain's 43rd hotel in the country and rooms will come with complimentary tea, coffee and mineral water.

Guests will also have access to free wifi, a hair dryer, a television with freeview and ironing equipment.

The "Golden Lion" will reopen on Wednesday, October 28. During this time, the kitchen will be made bigger and the current pub premises will be redecorated.



CLARKE Henry 1824-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

WHITE W Mr to Aug/1845 dec'd

FOSTER William 1847+

HICKMOTT John 1849+

OBEE Thomas 1858-81+ (widower age 74 in 1881Census)

GARNER John Owen 1891+ (age 38 in 1891Census)

HUTCHINGSON George Reid 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BAKER James 1911+

WINN Arthur 1913+

SHEEPWASH Bruce J 1918-22+


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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