Sort file:- Rochester, June, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 23 June, 2021.


Earliest ????

Good Intent

Open till 31 Jan 2020

25 Queen Street / John Street


01634 843118

Good Intent

Above photo, date unknown.

Good Intent 2006

Photo taken 13 May 2006 from Dayoff171.

Rochester map 1939

Above map, 1936, showing location of "King's Arms" (red), "Good Intent" (green), "Morden Arms" (blue). Kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


The address of this one has changed over the years, although the building is the same with extensions added. In 1858 its address was given as Queen Street and in the 1881 census it was addressed as Cobden Street. It seemed to remain in Queen Street again until the roads where altered putting it in John Street today.

However, I also have reference to a "Good Intent" at Borstal, so perhaps the difference in street names above indicates that there are two pubs with the same name. The photos of the buildings are certainly different.


From the By Nicola Jordan, 30 June 2019.

Pub regulars bid to save The Good Intent, Rochester, from demolition by making it asset of community value.

Pub regulars have joined forces to save it from the bulldozers.

Plans have been submitted to demolish The "Good Intent," Rochester, to make way for a terrace of nine homes.

But scores of customers have launched a campaign to make it an asset of community value preventing any development of the John Street establishment.

Mel Barnett 2019

Mel Barnett campaigning to save her local pub (12766010)

More than 150 letters of objection have also been sent to the council.

Leading the battle is Mel Barnett, whose Morris dancing group has met there for the last 16 years.

The mum-of three said: “We feel passionate about our pub. It is our social life. It may be a back street pub in the middle of a housing estate, but there are not many places you can get live entertainment and take the whole family around here.”

She is a member of the Wolf’s Head and Vixen side which has won numerous competition in Rochester’s Sweeps Festival.

She said: “The Sweeps is the biggest event of its kind in the UK and the "Good Intent" is known as the pub where we all come. It’s where the after-festival party is held and meeting place for Morris sides from all over the country.”

Good Intent 2019

The Good Intent, John Street, Rochester.

It is well respected as a folk and acoustic music venue with live acts from all over the county performing regularly.

A bridge club, open mic, fancy dress themed parties, poetry and book readings are also held there.

Mrs Barnett, 46, of Gravesend Road, Strood, said: “The brewery are saying it’s not viable which I really don’t understand. There something on virtually every night and it’s usually full.

“The pub is part of the community. We don’t want more houses here. We don’t have the roads and schools to support more development. We shall fight this to the end and if need be take over the running of the pub ourselves.”

Several attempts were made to contact landlady Karen Woebley, who posted on social media on June 4: “Heads up lovely peeps, contrary to public misinformation it’s business as usual at The "Good Intent" Rochester for the foreseeable future.”

By nominating the pub as asset of community value it gives the council reasons to reject a planning proposal.

It gives the community the opportunity to bid for the property if it is sold or leased for 25 years or more. A local authority has eight weeks in which to decide whether to approve or reject a nomination.


From the By Nicola Jordan, 8 October 2019.

 The Good Intent pub in Rochester to be demolished for housing.

A pub, popular with folk music fans, is to be demolished to make way for housing, despite a campaign to save it.

Planning permission has been approved for eight three-bedroom homes on the site of the "Good Intent" in Rochester.

More than 150 letters of objection were sent to Medway Council, but the go-ahead was given by councillors at a planning committee.

Leading the battle was Mel Barnett, whose Morris dancing group has met at the pub in John Street for more than 16 years.

The mum-of-three said: “It is very sad. We feel passionate about the GI.

"It is a part of our social life and somewhere we can take our families.

"There are not many places where, on the middle of a housing estate, you can get live entertainment.”

But her Wolf’s Head and Vixen Side, which has won many awards and is a key feature at Rochester’s annual Sweeps Festival, has now found an alternative venue.

The dancing troupe, which celebrates its 25th anniversary next year, now meets at the "Sans Pareil," Frindsbury Hill, Strood.

Mel, who lives in Strood, said “We have a nice big space in a conservatory to practise in.

"We have members who come from all over Kent. It’s not in Rochester, but at least we are still in Medway, which is important to us.

“It’s mixed emotions. It’s sad the GI is to go, but we are glad we have found somewhere else.”

The pub will open its doors for the last time on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Over the years the "Good Intent" built up a reputation as a respected folk and acoustic music venue with live acts coming from all over the county.

It became an integral part of the community with a bridge club, open mic, fancy dress themes parties, poetry and booking readings also held there.

For a while a youth club was held in the pub, overseen by the local PCSO, to keep youngsters off the streets and out of trouble.


Good Intent remains 2020

Above photo, August 2020. Kindly taken and sent by Chris Berthoud.



BAWDEN Stan 1983-89

BAWDEN S C 1988-90+

WEOBLEY Karen 25/Sept/2003-31/Jan/20


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