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Earliest 1847-

Morden Arms

Closed 2012

70 Queen Street (Troy Town 1851)


Morden Arms 1938

Above photo circa 1938.

Morder Arms 2009

Above photo 2009 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

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 Closed Pubs project says the pub was situated on John Street, which I believe is close to Queen Street and was previously called the "High Span." At present I have found no information regarding the "High Span," so local knowledge needed thanks.

Ian Dearing writes to tell me the following:- The "Morden Arms is on the corner of Queen Street and the unnamed road leading to Morden Street. My dad was resident musician in the "Morden Arms" during the 1950s and up to its closure early 1960s. We lived around the corner in Morden St till the street was demolished in 1963.


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.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 23 October 1860.


An inquest was held at the "Morden Arms Tavern," Troytown, on Thursday last, before B. Marsh, Esq., deputy coroner, on the body of Mr. George Brown, aged 22, a clerk in the employ of Mr. Ball, contractor, Strood, who committed suicide that morning by swallowing a considerably amount of laudanum.

Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Brown deposed that the deceased was her son and resided with her in Queen Street, Troy town. Deceased came home about half-past seven on the previous evening, and sat by the fire smoking for a short time, when he complained of being tired and rose up for the purpose of going to bed. before leaving the room he asked for some milk which was in a cup on his table, and witness gave it him, about a quarter of a pint. He then took a light and went to bed, but had not been up stairs long when he called out for another candle, which witness took him, remaining, as she gave it him, that he should not go to bed until he had put the light out. Deceased shortly afterwards extinguished the light, and in about ten minutes after witness heard a kind of groaning noise proceeding from his bed-room. She at once hastened upstairs, when she found him lying insensible on the bed, his tongue hanging out of his mouth. On looking round the room witness perceived that he had drunk the milk, the empty cup in which it had been having a very strange smell. Witness called for assistance and afterwards despatched a messenger for Mr. Beavan, surgeon, who soon arrived. Deceased died at about seven the next morning. When deceased came home on the previous evening he appeared to be poorly, and seemed as if he had a cold. For two or three days previously he had appeared to be very dull, but witness did not know of his being in any trouble. He had been through a great deal of exertion, but had not complained.

Mr. Beavan, surgeon, Eastgate, said he was called to the deceased between one and two that morning, and found him insensible, lying on his right side, breathing heavily, and having the appearance of suffering from the effects of a narcotic poison. The drinking cup handed to witness smells strongly of laudanum. Witness had a mustard emetic prepared, but deceased could not swallow it, and witness then fetched the stomach pump, which he used. Various other remedies were continued by him for upwards of three hours but without effect, as deceased never rallied and died about seven o'clock. Witness searched the room and found six empty bottles all labelled "poison," the whole of them having contained laudanum, the aggregate quantity being nine drachms, two drachms and a half being sufficient to cause death. There was no doubt that deceased came by his death by swallowing an overdose of laudanum.

The jury immediately returned a verdict that deceased destroyed himself during a fit of temporary insanity. It is a somewhat remarkable circumstance that the father of the deceased committed suicide, and two sisters of the deceased are now suffering from mental derangement. No cause, whatever, can be assigned for the committal of the rash act.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 26 February 1872.

Long Leaseholds in John Street, Troy Town, Rochester.

Mr. Jesse Thomas has received instructions to sell by public auction, on Thursday, 29th February, 1872, at the "Morden Arms," Queen Street, Troy Town, Rochester, at 6 for 7 o'clock precisely, in one Lot, all those four brick and slate built messuages including the "Man of Kent," beer house, situated in John Street, Troy Town, Rochester, and in the several occupations of Mr. Percival, Mr. Simmons, Mr. Lowery, and Mrs. Lenso, at a gross rental of 36 1s. 0d. subject to a small ground rent of 4 3s. 4d. per annum. There is a large garden and yard in the rear with land 50 ft wide by 50 ft deep, with several sheds and buildings, which, with the landlord's fixtures, are all included in the lot.

The Estate has a very eligible frontage of 51 feet to John Street, and several of the houses can be easily converted into shops, and thus at a small outlay considerably increase the Rental.

The property has a term of 46 years to run under the Lease, which was demised originally by the Freeholders, the Trustees of Morden College, Oxford.

Further particulars and conditions of Sale may be had on application to Messrs. Duce, Son, & Jackson, Solicitors, 10, Billeter Square, London. E.C.; at the place of Sale; and at the Auctioneer's Office, 312, High Street, Chatham; and at No. 6. the terrace, Victoria Street, Rochester.



DORRETT Robert 1847+

FRENCH Thomas 1851+

ROFFWAY John Thorogood 1958+

GRANT Frederick 1874+

HIGGINS John F 1881-91+ (widower age 45 in 1891Census)

FOUQUET John Eugene 1903+ Kelly's 1903

WELLS William John 1913-22+

KING William Edward 1930+

PAYNE Caroline E Mrs 1938-41+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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