Sort file:- Rochester, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1828

Rochester Castle

Closed 1970s

Corporation Street (Common Pigot's Directory 1828-29)



From the Kentish Gazette, 14 November 1843.

ROCHESTER. Lamentable Case of Self Destruction.

On Sunday evening an old inhabitant of Rochester, named Holman, was found about nine o’clock by his own son hanging in a hay loft. An inquest was held by the city coroner, James Lewis, esq., on Tuesday, at the "Rochester and Castle Inn." William Holman said he was a nephew of the deceased; for the last three weeks he has lived in the same house with his uncle, who has latterly appeared very low spirited, sitting crying and refusing to eat his meals. On Saturday evening last his uncle said everything went against him. It appears that his uncle had borrowed a cart to work with, and by some accident had broken it that day, creating expense to him, which caused him to despond. On Sunday morning his uncle was at home, and from misfortune appeared very dull. After 12 o'clock witness did not see his uncle again alive. Witness never heard his uncle threaten to destroy himself. For the last three weeks he has much fallen off. George Braddy stated, that having been informed, at a quarter before nine o’clock of the evening of Sunday, that the deceased had hung himself, he went to the spot and found him suspended from one of the girders of the roof of the building, with a rope round his neck with a slipping noose. Witness cut the deceased down and had him conveyed to his own residence; a butcher’s slaughterhouse, belonging to Mr. Balcombe, adjoins the deceased’s stables. The padlock which fastened the stable door he found laying down, and the key of which witness took out of the deceased’s pocket. The jury immediately returned a verdict of "temporary insanity."

A subscription has been set on foot for Holman’s widow, which amounts to above 5/.


From the Chatham News and North Kent Spectator, Saturday 21 May, 1870.


On Wednesday morning shortly after four o'clock, a fire was discovered at the "Rochester Castle" beer shop, situated on the corner of Careneuve Street and King Street, Troy Town. A labouring man as he was going to work, noticed smoke issuing from the back premises, and he immediately gave an alarm; the police were quickly on the spot with their hose-reel and fire-engine, and working well with the hose they succeeded in about three hours in putting the fire out, Sergt. Broadbridge being particularly noticeable for his cutting exertions, and the constables acting under his direction are all entitled to great praise. It seems that the fire originated on the bakehouse premises adjoining the beer-shop, in a cupboard in which some shavings, and which was situated near the partition wall immediately adjoining the tap room of the beer shop; great alarm was caused by the knowledge that an invalid daughter of Mr. Bockham's, the landlord of the beer shop, was Sleeping in a room directly over the tap room; fortunately , with assistance, she was got out of the house in time. The back part of the premises and that of the adjoining ones were partly built of wood, and the fire soon made a fast hold upon the material. The police managed to keep the fire from extending itself to the back of the houses in Caerneuve Street; had there been a strong wind at the time of the fire breaking out, and it had spread itself to these premises, the devastation would have been of a somewhat alarming character. As it was the back part of the premises of the beer shop and and adjoining baker's shop were completely gutted.


The pub closed in the 1970s and has subsequently been demolished.



BOWNER/BOWMER James 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BOUCHER George 1847+

JEFFERY Thomas 1862+

BOCKHAM Mr 1870+

WADHAMS Richard 1874+

SULLIVAN Michael 1891+

CARPENTER Stephen James 1913-22+

MURRAY Thomas Wilfred 1930+

HETTERBY Charles Leonard 1938+

CASTLE Peter 1970s


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

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


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