Sort file:- Sittingbourne, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 19 November, 2023.


Earliest 1708

Rose Inn

Latest ????

(Name to)

50 High Street


Rose Inn

Above picture, date unknown, from

Rose and Bull

Above postcard, date unknown, also showing the "Bull."

Rose 1910

Above postcard, circa 1910, also showing the "Bull," kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Rose 1910

Above postcard, circa 1910, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Also showing the "Bull."

Rose Inn

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.


Above postcard, date unknown. Building is shown centre of the postcard on the right of the road.


Above photo, date unknown.


Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Rose 1924

Above postcard, circa 1924.

Rose 1924

Above photo, circa 1924, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Ipswich Journal, Saturday, 08 September 1739.

On Wednesday Dom Thomas Geraldine oh, and his retinue, dined at Mr Agnes, the rose Inn at Sittingbourne in Kent, on his way to Dover.


From the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle, Wednesday, 3 May, to Saturday 6 May, 1769. Price 2d.


The Household Furniture of Mr. George Turner, deceased, at his late Dwelling House in the Green Court, Canterbury. Consisting of Beding, Chairs, Tables, Looking Glasses, Kitchen Furniture, Brewing Utensils, Linen, China Wares, and Plate.

The Sale to begin on Tuesday the 9th of May, at half past two, and to continue three days. The goods may be viewed on Monday before the day of sale.

Catalogues may be had this Wednesday at the “George,” at Boughton; the “Ship,” at Faversham; the “Woolpack” at Chilham; the “Rose,” at Sittingbourne; the “White Horse,” at Bridge; the “Flying Horse,” at Wye; the “Dog,” at Wingham; the “King's Head,” at Sandwich; at the Taverns and Public Houses in this city, and at Thomas Roch's Upholster, the Apraiser, in St. George's Street.

N.B. The House to be Lett.


Kentish Gazette, 18 May, 1774.

Lost, yesterday, between Rainham and Sittingbourne.

A large black and white dog puppy, about six or seven weeks old, with both his ears cut off.

Whoever has found the said puppy and will bring him to Mr. Simpson's at the "Rose" at Sittingbourne aforesaid, shall receive half a Guinea reward.

No greater reward will be offered, nor will he be advertised anymore.

May 20th, 1774.


Kentish Gazette 26 October 1787.


On Tuesday the 9th. inst. from the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne.

A Large White Pointer Dog, with a Chain, and Collar round his Neck, without any Name on the Collar. He answers to the Name Mutton.

Whoever will bring the said Dog either to Mr. Simpson, the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, or to Mr. Matthew Kennett, Dover, shall be satisfied for their Trouble.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal - Friday 3 January 1794.

Saturday evening some person or persons went upstairs in the house of Thomas Croft, at the "Rose Tap," Sittingbourne, and broke open a chamber door and a drawer, out of which they stole cash to the amount of 62 10s. 6d, and two bank notes of ten pounds each, six silver tea spoons, and one silver pepper castor, one cream pot, two silver watches, with several pieces of silver coin, and a note of hand for sixty pounds; with which they got off undiscovered.


Kentish Chronicles, 3 January, 1794.

Yesterday evening some person or persons went upstairs in the house of Thomas Croft, at the "Rose Tap," Sittingbourne, and broke open a chamber door and a drawer, out of which they stole cash to the amount of 62 10s 6d. and 2 bank notes at 10 each, 6 silver teaspoons, and 1 silver pepper caster, 1 cream pot, 2 silver watches, with several pieces of silver coin, and a note of hand for 60; with which they got off undiscovered.


Kentish Gazette, 15 August, 1806.


Between Sittingbourne and Harbledown Turnpike Gate, on Saturday last.

A Silk Drawing Purse, containing about Five Guineas in gold.

Whoever will bring the same either to Messrs. Bristow and Cowtain, at Canterbury, or to Mr. Ballard, at the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, shall receive a reward of two guineas.

August 11, 1806.


Kentish Gazette 12 May 1809.


That a Meeting is intended to be held at the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, on Monday next the 15th inst. at eleven o'clock in the forenoon, at which time and place one Inn-keeper or Publican from every town in the county is requested to attend.

May 8, 1809.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 8 March 1816.

Sittingbourne. Kent.

"Rose Inn," first-rate Hotel, Tavern, and Posting Establishment, a free Tap House attached, and Lands Tax redeemed.

To be sold by private contract. Possession at Christmas next, or before, if required.

This Inn, so celebrated throughout Europe, is situated in the much admired town of Sittingbourne, and forms a very striking feature of commanding, from its magnificence, the first line of connection on the high London and Dover Road.

The Hotel and Tavern exhibits a very uniform, modern, and commanding frontage of the town, with stone pillars, and capacious stone hall in the entrance, and contains numerous and well-proportioned sitting and bed rooms, finished in a very superior style, equal to any in the Kingdom; the cellars extensive, with wine vaults constructed for the improvement of wine, kitchen excellent, and the house abounds with spacious conveniences of every description, and is used by the first families of distinction.

The stable yard, is very commodious, having a gateway at each end of the house, that company may not be disturbed with the sound of carriages, containing extensive double and single stables, capital granaries and lofts, enclosed locked up coach houses, laundry, wash-house, drying ground, a walled garden adjoining, in high cultivation, about nine acres of land, well supplied with water, equal to any pasture in Kent, may be had for a term of years if required.

The Tap House is situated most conveniently both for the house and town, to prove this a desirable situation, it has been occupied only by two families since the year 1760. Every accommodation will be given to the purchaser.

For further information apply, (if by letter post paid), to John Shipden, Esq., Solicitor, Dover, Kent.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 24 December 1816.


John Jennings, "Lion Inn," Ospringe, returns his sincere thanks to his friends, the Nobility, Gentry, and the public, for the support he has experienced during his residence at Ospringe, and begs leave most respectfully to inform them that he has taken.

The "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, and will enter upon it at Christmas, which he intends fitting up in the most comfortable manner, and hopes by moderate charges and a strict attention to the comforts of his friends that may honour him with their commands, to merit a continuance of their favours.

Ospringe, Dec. 18, 1816.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 30 January 1821.


The Nobility, Gentry, and the public in general, are most respectfully informed that the business of the above Inn, is carried on as usual by J. Jennings, who most earnestly solicits a continuance of their patronage and support.

January 24, 1821.


Morning Chronicle, Saturday 19 December 1829.

Teynham v. Tyler.

The plaintiff in this cause is Lord Teynham; and the defendant a gentleman named Tyler, who holds an estate of considerable value under a deed executed in his favour by the late Lord Teynham. The bill is filed to set aside this deed, on the ground that Lord Teynham was insane at the time of its execution; but the parties, after the examination of nearly two hundred witnesses, have agreed, for the purpose of saving expence, to try the question of title by an action of ejectment in the Court of Common Law, and to permit the fate of the suit in equity to depend on the verdict.

Mr. Knight now moved for an order to have the depositions of a person named Valentine Simpson produced at the trial. This person was the landlord of the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, in the vicinity of which Lord Teynham had lived about thirty years ago, when he executed the deed; and he was now 84 years of age, and had been afflicted with an apoplectic fit since the time of his first examination, which it was feared would render him incapable of bring produced as an evidence on the trial. The Learned Gentleman said he moved this on the authority of the decision the other day, in the case of Grindall v. Grindall; or that of Palmer v. Lord Aylesbury, and many others.

Mr. Roupell, on the part of the plaintiff, objected to the production of these depositions on several grounds, but principally because there was good reason to suppose that the witness would not be able to give his evidence in person at the trial.

The Vice-Chancellor, after some discussion, granted the motion, observing that the Court below must be satisfied, by affidavit, that the witness was unable to attend before it could make use of the depositions.

Lord Teynham sat on the bench during the greater part of the day to be present at this discussion.


Kentish Gazette, 20 December, 1836.


December 13th, at Dover, in her 31st year, Mrs. E. A. Court, wife of Mr. Court, wine merchant, and youngest daughter or Mrs. Payn, of the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne.


Kentish Gazette, 20 December, 1836.


Lost, on Thursday, 28th of November, at Sittingbourne, a Hound Bitch, blue-mottled-tan-coloured head, and stands about 20 inches high.

Whoever has found the same and will take her to the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, will receive the above reward.


From the Kentish Gazette, 10 April 1838.


ROBERT P. HAMS (late of the "Hop-pole Hotel," Tewkesbury), begs to announce to the Nobility, Clergy, and Gentry of the county of Kent, and Families travelling to the Continent, that he has taken the above Establishment from Mr. Payn.

This House will be found to contain suites of apartments for families, with every comfort and convenience of their own private dwellings, which no other house between London and Dover can boast of. The Proprietor therefore confidently solicits the patronage and support of the comfort-seeking Public.

A separate room is set apart for Commercial Gentlemen. From the Proprietor’s long connexion with those Gentlemen in his former Establishment, he can with confidence appeal to them for their support in his present undertaking, where they will find him at home.

The Yard has superior Stabling, lock-up Coach houses, an excellent Stud of Horses, and careful driver’s.

Barouches, Chariots, Chaise, and Phaetons.

Hearse and Mourning Conches on the shortest notice.

Rose Hotel, April 8th, 1838.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 8 May 1838.

King's head Hotel, and Commercial Inn, Canterbury.

JOHN JENNINGS, formerly of the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, and "Red Lion Hotel," Canterbury, informs his friends, Commercial Gentlemen, and the Public in general, that he has taken the above House, and in soliciting their patronage, begs to state that the premises have been thoroughly repaired, and modernly furnished, with an assurance that every attention will be paid to the comforts of those who may be pleased to favour him with their support.

Stall Stabling, and lock-up Coach Houses.


From the Kentish Gazette, 18 February 1840.


(The following was in response to Queen Victoria's recent marriage to Prince Albert on 10 February 1840. Paul Skelton.)

The morning was ushered in by a merry peal on the church bells, the firing of cannon, &c. which was kept up with spirit during the whole day. From the "Rose Hotel" windows were flying the royal standard and union jack. The "George Hotel," also was decorated with flags, and many others were floating in different parts of the town. In the evening a dinner was served up in first-rate style at the "Rose Hotel;" the leading clergy and gentry of Sittingbourn and the neighbourhood dined together. The party was ably presided over by T. T. Valence, esq. supported by the Rev. Mr. Duthie and A. F. Monins, esq. The vice chair was filled by William Murton. esq. of Tunstall. The toast, song, and glee went merrily round until the arrival of "small hours." Mr. Hams received the thanks of the chairman, for the whole company, for the splendid repast provided for them on the present occasion. In the evening the "Royal Rose Hotel" (being her Majesty’s royal posting house) was brilliantly illuminated, which attracted hundreds of promenaders into the streets, and maintained the gaiety of the town to a late hour.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 8 June 1841.


To be heard at Maidstone, in the county of Kent, on the 30th day of June, 1841, at the hour of ten in the forenoon precisely.


Formerly of Dartford, in the county of Kent, out of business or employment; then of the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, in the said county of Kent, waiter to Mrs. Sophis Payn, of the same place, innkeeper; then of the same place, waiter to Mr. Robert Pettman Hams, of the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne aforesaid, innkeeper; and late of the "Lion Inn," Sittingbourne aforesaid, licensed victualler.


From the Kentish Gazette, 5 April 1842.

THE MEMBERS of the TICKHAM HUNT CLUB will dine at the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, on THURSDAY, April 14th, when the Company of any Gentleman is requested.

Dinner Tickets, including a bottle of wine, 10s to be had at the "Rose Inn," on or before Monday, the 11th instant.


From the Kentish Gazette, 29 November 1842.

Caution to Innkeepers.

A person of respectable appearance, about forty years of age, 5ft. 11in. in height, dressed in black, short trowsers without straps, a drab great coat with a large cape, and one button hanging loose on the right side; rather a large and oval face, with small whiskers; his conversation that of a gentleman. Should the above personage be met with by any brother innkeeper, they will confer a favour by kindly hinting to him that he forgot to pay his bill (1 0s. 3d) at Mr. Hams’ "Rose Hotel," Sittingbourn, whom he favoured with his company for two days, and walked off on Sunday morning after attending Divine Service at chapel.


From the Kentish Gazette, 12 May 1846.



R. P. HAMS, late of the "Rose Inn," SITTINGBOURN, begs to announce to the Nobility and Gentry of Kent, that he has just received a quantity of Fine Lively TURTLE, which will he immediately converted into that monarch of Soups, at 12s Per Quart, and may be sent to any part of the country in high perfection.

R. P. H., although he has left the County of Kent, trusts his connection therewith may not cease, but that every day may bring orders for Turtle, which shall not be surpassed in Richness and Delicacy of Flavour. All orders for Two Quarts and upwards, will be carriage paid to London.

N. B.— A. continued Supply through the Season.

May 7. 1846.


Kentish Gazette, 4 September 1849.


Notwithstanding the shock occasioned by the closing of the two fine hotels, the "Rose" and the "Crown," we are happy to say that the town is rapidly improving. The "Rose" has been turned into fine shops with plate-glass fronts, and the "Crown" is now undergoing the same change.


Southeastern Gazette, 15 March 1853.


March 10, at Key-street, near Sittingbourne, Mrs. Sarah Simpson, at the advanced age of 102. The deceased was the relict of Mr. Valentine Simpson, formerly of the "Rose Inn," Sittingbourne, and which they retired from in the year 1800.


From Kentish Chronicle 2 February 1867.


The license of the "Rose Inn," was transferred from James Wyles, to William Smith.



This pub was serving customers as an inn as early as 1769 and the building has a rose on it that states R. I. 1708. In 1873 the right hand side of the building was remodelled having been a private house and later became the Westminster Bank in the 1960s.


Rose plaque 1708

Above plaque on building stating R. I. 1708.


It changed its name for a short time to the "Royal Victoria Hotel" after the future Queen had stayed there in 1825. Further usage after closure was as Woolworths, which in turn also closed in 2008.

Other uses have been as a Cafe and I am informed the building is now (2015) being used as a Whimpy.


There appears to be licensees of both the "Rose" and "Rose Tap" mixed in the following list. The "Rose Tap" may well have been a different location to that of the "Rose" but could also have been attached.



AGNES Mr 1739+

SIMPSON Valentine 1787-1800

CROFT Thomas 1794+ (Rose Tap)

BALLARD Mr 1806+

Last pub licensee had JENNINGS John Dec/1816-28+ Next pub licensee had Pigot's Directory 1828-29

SIMPSON Valentine 1829+

BALLARD William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34 (& Posting House)

WATERMAN Robert 1832+

PAYNE Sophis Mrs 1836-41+ Kentish Gazette

HAMS Robert P Apr/1838+

BALLARD William 1839+ (& Posting House)

WATERMAN Robert 1839+

CRUMP William 1840

HAMS Robert Petman 1840-45+ (age 35 in 1841Census)

TAYLOR Henry 1841+ (Rose Tap) (age 35 in 1841Census)

DECON William 1847+

HURD Samuel 1851-55+ (also Wine & Spirit Merchant age 46 in 1851Census)

PETLEY James 1858+

WYLES James 1862-Feb/1867

SMITH William Feb/1867-74+

SHARP Alfred 1881-82 (age 46 in 1881Census)

SHARP Susan 1891+ (widow age 57 in 1891Census)

ADAMS George 1899-1903 (age 28 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

SELLERS William Henry 1913-18+

YOUNG Archibald 1922+

YOUNG Lilian Mrs 1930-38+


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

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

Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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