Sort file:- Milton Regis, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 23 September, 2021.


Earliest 1870-

Gore Court Arms

Open 2020+

Park Road

Milton Regis

01795 472730

Gore Court Arms 1920

Above photo circa 1920.

Gore Court Arms 2009

Above image from Google, July 2009.

Gore Court Arms

Above photo, date unknown.


Once owned and run by professional dart champion Dave Whitcombe, who's first major was the Malboro Masters. He twice reached the Embassy World Final, has twice won the World Masters and the News Of The World Tournament.


From the Whitstable Times, 22 October, 1870.

George Ward alias Waddler was indicted for stealing ten sacks of potatoes , value 4. the property of Robert Mercer, at Rodmersham, on the 6th May last. In a second count the prisoner was charged with receiving the potatoes, knowing them to have been stolen.

Mr. F. J. Smith prosecuted.

Charles Heckers, bailiff to Mr. Mercer, stated that he saw a quantity of potatoes safe in a kiln of a hop oast, and subsequently missed all of them except one sack and two bushels.

Robert Edward Wratten said he was a baker, of Sittingbourne, and three or four months since he purchased about ten sacks of potatoes of a man named Winser. On one occasion when Winser came to be paid the prisoner was with him. Winser had been convicted of stealing potatoes from the prosecutor in this case, and was now undergoing a term of imprisonment.

Hebert Page, a baker, deposed that he was in the employ of the last witness in May last, and recollected Winser brining some potatoes to his master. There was a man with Winser once, but he could not say whether it was prisoner or not. The prisoner came up to the bake-house once.

Alfred Norwich, of the “Gore Court Arms,” near Sittingbourne, saw the witness Page pass his house early on the 6th May with a truck. He went up to Mr. Smeed’s shaw. There were two men walking about near the shaw, and when Page got up to them they went in the shaw and brought out four sacks containing something, and put them in the truck. Page then pushed the truck away, passing his house again. The two men went in the opposite direction Henry Oderrenshaw, a plumber, of Sittingbourne was going to his work at Woodstock, on the morning of the 6th May, at about six o'clock, and he met the man Winser and another man near Mr. Smeed’s shaw.

Superintendent Mayne said he went to the prisoner's house on the 7th May, and found some potatoes corresponding with these produced in the house. Prisoner said he got them from a man called “Jack,” at Murston, in exchange for some rabbit nets. He told him he must come with him to Mr. Wratten’s and he promised to do so. He went with him, and when they had got a little way he ran off. He was subsequently apprehended upon a warrant.

Edward Price, of Milton, was going to his work between five and six o’clock on the 6th May, and met the man Winser and the prisoner. They were both carrying sacks containing something.

William Sutton spoke to seeing the witness Page go up to the back way of Mr. Wratten's house with a truck containing four sacks, and to afterwards seeing the prisoner and Winser go to the house. They went in the back way.

In defence, the prisoner said he got into the man Winser's company, and went about with him. He called a woman named Mary Thomas (with whom the prisoner had lived for several years), who declared that a man brought some potatoes to her house, and that these produced were not the same as these.

The jury returned a verdict of not guilty.

The jury expressed an opinion that the conduct of the Sittingbourne police in taking charge of property was very reprehensible. Two cases had been before them that day in which it was shown that the police had not taken proper charge of the property put into their hands. In this case they referred to the potatoes found in the prisoner Ward’s house being left at a shop all one night instead of being at the police-station.

Superintendent Mayne said he could not take the potatoes to the police station on the night he received them, as he was apprehending a prisoner.

Mr. Smith observed that a satisfactory explanation had been given by Superintendent Mayne as to the reason of his leaving the potatoes at a greengrocer’s shop. He thought some observations were required from the Court, as Superintendent Mayne was an officer or high ability, and such a charge as was made against him reflected upon his character.

The Chairman pro tem., (W. H. James, Esq.,) said sometimes there was neglect on the part of the police, but he ventured to remind the jury that there were concomitant circumstances in some cases which rendered it impossible for the police to carry out every part of their duty in a satisfactory manner. The Court was unanimously of opinion that in the case heard previous to the last one there had been gross neglect, but the Superintendent was exonerated from any blame in either case.



BRAGG Harry Edwin 1903+ Kelly's 1903

GOUGH James Joseph Francis 1911-22+ (age 56 in 1911Census)

HUBBARD John 1930+

WATERS George T 1934-38+

WHITCOMBE Dave 2004+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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