Sort file:- Rainham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 25 March, 2021.


Earliest 1780-

Lion Hotel

Latest ????

(Name to)

14 High Street


Lion Hotel circa 1900

Above photo circa 1900.

Lion 1910

Above photo, circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Lion 1900

Above photo showing part of the same image as the above.

Lion 1910

Above postcard, circa 1910, showing "Lion" on the right.

Lion Hotel 1913

Above postcard, 1913.


The pub used to advertise the fact that you could telephone from inside the building.

It changed name to the "Green Lion."

I believe this pub has been called the "Green Lion" prior to 1773 as well, as I have seen reference to the pub called by that name when an auction was taking place in September 1773 and catalogues could be obtained from this premises.


I am not yet sure whether there have been two different "Green Lions" at different times as archive material at present is a little vague as to exact location of the earlier "Green Lion".


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 4th November 1780.

To be Sold by Auction.

On Monday the 6th of November, and the four following days, all the genteel and good household furniture, plate, linen and china of the late Mrs. Mary Bland, of Tunstall House, near Sittingbourne, deceased; consisting of Goose Feather Beds, Mahogany Four Post Bedsteads, with Damask and Cotton Furniture; Mahogany and Walnut-tree Chairs; Chimney, Pier, and Dressing Glasses; a very elegant Post-coach as good as new, with Harness for a Pair of Horses; also 5 Horses, 8 Cows, 1 Sow and Pigs, 16 other Hogs, 31 Baron Sheep, a Waggon, a Bavin-tug, Carts, Plows, Harrows, a Roll, with Waggon and Plough-harness, and all other Implements of Husbandry.

The sale to begin each day at 10 o'clock.

Catalogues may be had at the "Fountain," and "Red Lion," Canterbury; "Ship," and "Dolphin," Faversham; "Red Lion," Ospringe; "Rose," "George," and "Red Lion," Sittingbourne; "George," and "Bull," at Newington; "Green Lion," Rainham; "Mitre," and "Sun," Chatham; "King's Head," "White Hart," and "Crown," at Rochester; "Swan," Green Street; "George," Newham; "Chequer," Donnington; "Swan," Charing; and of W. Jordan, auctioneer, at Milton.

Also to be sold by private contract, about 50 acres of exceeding good arable land, in the parishes of Tunstall and Borden, near Sittingbourne.

For particulars, apply to Mr. William Wise, at Borden and; or Mr. Howe, at Kingsdown.


Kentish Gazette 12 April 1793.

Friday died Mr. Heard, master of the "Green Lion Inn," Rainham.



The Post Office Directories between 1862 and 1878 called this the "Red Lion."



SIMMONDS William 1783-85+

HARD/HEARD Peter 1790-Apr/93 dec'd


RUMMEN Charles Mar/1813+

SNOSWELL Abraham 1828-29+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PRID/FRID James 1832-34 Pigot's Directory 1832-34

GIBBS William 1840+

ALLSWORTH William Joseph 1847-62+ (age 69 in 1861Census) Post Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1859Post Office Directory 1862

BLEEZE William J 1866-67+ Post Office Directory 1866Kent Harrods Directory 1867

CASTLE Fred 1870-71+ (age 25 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1870

CASTLE Mary Anne Mrs 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

PLOWRIGHT Edward 1878+ Post Office Directory 1878

GREWCOCK Patience 1881 Census

SINGER Walter S E 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

JORDAN Kennett 1887-91+ (age 51 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1887Kelly's 1891

TEGG George 1895+ Kelly's 1895

CURLING Walter Philip 1899-16+ Kelly's 1899CensusKelly's 1903Kelly's 1905Sitingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908Kelly's 1912Kelly's 1916

CURLING Agnes Mrs 1918-22+ Kelly's 1918Kelly's 1922

MOORE James W 1924-27+ Kelly's 1924Kelly's 1927

Last pub licensee had BARTLETT Alfred & Lizzie 1928-39 dec'd Kelly's 1928Kelly's 1830Kelly's 1933Kelly's 1939

BARTLETT Lizzie (widow) 1939-45

STANDEN Hazel 1968-86


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

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


Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1859From the Post Office Directory 1859

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1866From the Post Office Directory 1866-67

Kent Harrods Directory 1867From Kent Harrods Directory 1867

Post Office Directory 1870From the Post Office Directory 1870

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1887From the Kelly's Directory 1887

Kelly's 1891From the Kelly's Directory 1891

Kelly's 1895From the Kelly's Directory 1895

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1905From the Kelly's Directory 1905

Sitingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908From the Sittingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908

Kelly's 1912From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1912/13

Kelly's 1916From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1916

Kelly's 1918From the Kelly's Directory 1918

Kelly's 1922From the Kelly's Directory 1922

Kelly's 1924From the Kelly's Directory 1924

Kelly's 1927From the Kelly's Directory 1927

Kelly's 1928From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1928

Kelly's 1830From the Kelly's Directory 1930

Kelly's 1933From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1933

Kelly's 1939From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1939


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-