Sort file:- Sittingbourne, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 08 November, 2023.


Earliest 1851-

Man of Kent

Latest ????

37 Cockleshell Walk / Water Lane


Man of Kent location

Above photo, date unknown by Rebecca Openshaw. The pub is not in this picture as by this time it had been demolished, but shows the site location on the extreme right.


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Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 4th February 1862.

James Stone, of the "Man of Kent" beerhouse, Sittingbourne was summoned for suffering gaming in his house on Saturday night, 11th Jan.

There was a second charge for keeping open the house after prohibited hours on the same night.

There being no direct evidence that the card playing was for money or money's worth, the bench dismissed the first charge and inflicted a fine of 20s., including costs, for keeping open the house during prohibited hours.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 17 June 1873.

Triple Birth.

On Friday the wife of Mr. Henry Anderson, keeper of the "Man of Kent, beerhouse, Cockleshell Walk, Sittingbourne, was prematurely confined of three children - all girls.

Neither Mrs. Anderson or the children survives. She was about 34 years of age, and leaves a family of five or six young children to mourn her loss.


East Kent Gazette, Saturday 10th October 1925.

Death of a Former Parishioner.

The death recently occurred at 1, Cockleshell Walk, Sittingbourne, of Mr. Edwin James Anderson, at the advanced age of 82 years. Mr. Anderson was a native of Bapchild, and as man and boy he worked on the estate of the late Mr. W. W. Gascoigne, and since then for Mr. B. E. Gascoigne. The deceased man was for many years a shepherd, and was very successful in his rearing of lambs. Altogether he worked on the estate for 40 years. On giving up from work he took the "Man of Kent" beerhouse, Sittingbourne, for a time and after that moved into another house in the same locality, where he lived until his death. He leaves a widow, one son, and five daughters. The funeral took place on Thursday in last week's, at the Sittingbourne Cemetery, the Rev. A Hawkins Jones, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Sittingbourne, officiating.




HALES Thomas 1851 Next pub licensee had (age 32 in 1851Census)

STONE James 1862+

ANDERSON George 1871-91+ (widower age 42 in 1881Census)

ANDERSON Edwin James 1899-May/1902 (age 58 in 1891Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

BRADLEY Walter Thomas Joseph May/1902+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

PETTIT William George 1903+

SEARS Frederick William 1911+ (age 37 in 1911Census)

ELKINGTON George 1913+

MOON Harry 1938+



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