Sort file:- Sittingbourne, December, 2022.

Page Updated:- Friday, 16 December, 2022.


Earliest 1832-


Autumn 2019

90 East Street


01795 478259

Wheatsheaf 1900

Above photo, circa 1900.

Wheatsheaf 2005

Above photo 30th September 2005.


Dover Chronicles 7 February 1846.


On Saturday last an inquest was held at the "Wheatsheaf," before J. Hinde, Esq., Coroner, on the body of Sarah Armstrong, age 63 years, late servants to Miss Miller of Goudhurst. It appeared that the deceased came to Sittingbourne in the afternoon of Thursday last, and died at about an hour after entering the lodgings that had been provided for her. Mr. Ray, surgeon, who was called in, and has since made a post-mortem examination, stated that the deceased died from cancer of the ovary and dropsy.

Verdict accordingly.


Kentish Gazette, 12 February 1850.

SITTINGBOURNE. Caution to Innkeepers.

One night last week, Mr. Apps, landlord of the "Wheatsheaf," was robbed of a box containing £32 in the following manner:—

Having gone down stairs in the morning, a person who had been sleeping in an adjoining room, it is supposed, succeeded in getting into Mr. Apps's bedroom, and took from under the bed a box containing £32. Having removed the box into his own room, he there emptied it of its contents, put the empty box again under Mr. A.'s bed, and decamped with the whole. The property belonged to a benefit club held at the house.


Maidstone Telegraph - Saturday 11 October 1862.


On Tuesday last of poor man named Thomas Newman, ostler at the "Wheatsheaf," having been on a visit to his friends at Sittingbourne was returning home in a van which passes the Wheatsheaf house. In getting out he fell, the wheels of the van passing over his body. The poor man was conveyed as soon as possible to the Malling Union, where he expired the next morning at 6 o'clock. What is very remarkable, the man was born in Leybourne and left the parish when quite a boy, and met his death very near the house in which he was born.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 22 June 1867. Price 1d.


On Saturday afternoon last a horse and trap, the property of Mr. Thomas Chapman, of the “Wheatsheaf Inn,” in this town, was standing in the High-street, at Rook's wine stores, taking up a quantity of wine, when the animal, a colt, ran back, and the boy, who was holding him, in endeavouring to stop him pulled the bridle and bit completely off. Through this, a great piece of negligence in harnessing, the horse started off, and after proceeding at a sharp gallop for a short distance came into contact with the delivery van of the London, Chatham, and Dover Railway. This caused a great crash, the wine being thrown out on to the pavement, the shafts were broken, and the horse of the cart, as well as the one in the van, were injured. No one fortunately happened to be in the way at the time, and the injuries were confined as above.

From the By KentOnline reporter, 1 June 2020.

Man arrested on suspicion of drink driving after crash on roundabout in East Street in Sittingbourne.

A 47-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a crash in Sittingbourne.

Police were called to East Street, just after 10pm yesterday evening where a vehicle was found on its side on a roundabout near The Wheatsheaf pub.

Officers attended alongside Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service.

Sian Betmead, who lives opposite the road, witnessed the incident. She said she called an ambulance after hearing a loud screeching noise followed by a bang.

The 20-year-old added: "I went outside and rang for an ambulance straight away. At that time, one police man was already there and the driver was shouting ‘I'm fine’.

"The man was screaming at the policeman to open the door which was actually the windscreen as the car had tipped on its side.

"Eventually we got the boot open and he managed to climb out. At this point there were roughly five police cars and a fire crew.

"I was just so glad the man was okay and luckily there were no other cars or people walking nearby."

Another person who saw the incident unfold said the driver 'put up a fight' and needed four police officers to get him out of the car.

Two fire engines attended and crews helped to make the area safe before leaving just after 10:30pm.

Nobody is thought to have been injured in the incident.

The driver remains in custody as inquiries continue.


From the By Sean McPolin, 27 January 2021.

Plans submitted to turn Sittingbourne Wheatsheaf in East Street into micropub and flats.

A historic town centre pub could be partly demolished and turned into a micropub and flats.

Proposals have been submitted to Swale council to build seven new apartments at The Wheatsheaf in East Street, Sittingbourne, which has been around since the early 1830s.

Time was called by the most recent landlord in autumn 2019.

If given the green light, there would be seven two-bedroom properties, including four “duplex flats” built at the site, opposite Aldi supermarket.

A planning statement from applicants UK Land Investors said: “This will be retained for use as a micropub on the ground floor with a self contained two-bedroom flat.”

The developers said the single-storey building joined to the east of the pub, which was built more than 100 years ago in the early 1900s, would be demolished.

The pub garden and existing car park would also be bulldozed and redeveloped as a block of flats.

Kent County Councillor John Wright, who represents Sittingbourne South, fears more pubs will shut due to the pandemic, but welcome plans to redevelop the inn.

He said: “Any reuse of a pub which isn’t performing or is sitting empty and having to pay bills and tax is something which should be encouraged.

“A micropub will still have a great benefit to those in the community for socialising.

“Places will continue to shut because at the end of the day people won’t want properties which are sitting around not making money, so finding a way to re-use these places will be a priority for the local planning authority.

“I’m sure in the future more of these High Street buildings will become homes, cafés or social areas for people to meet to try to keep the community invested.”

John Wright 2021

Sittingbourne South Cllr John Wright said any reuse of pubs sitting empty "should be encouraged'"

To view and comment on the application, click here.

It says the following:- Partial demolition of existing public house and erection of a two/three storey side extension to form 4no. 2 bedroom duplex flats and 3no. 2 bed flats. Retention of existing public house use in the form of a micropub and retention of existing 2 bed flat above (7no. new flats in total) including provision of parking and amenity space.



SMITH John 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34


HOGBEN Isaac 1847+

APPS William 1850-55+ (age 63 in 1851Census)

CHAPMAN Thomas 1858-62 (also grocer, coal dealer & licensed to let horses age 41 in 1861Census)

CHAPMAN Charles John 1870+ (also licensed to let horses)

WILLSON George to Nov/1871 (age 32 in 1871Census) East Kent Gazette

HOILE Henry Nov/1871+ East Kent Gazette

HODGKIN Joseph 1874-82+ (age 70 in 1881Census)

QUINNELL Thomas 1891+

ALLEN Edward James 1899-1903+ (age 43 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

ALLEN Mary Ann Mrs 1911-30+ (age 50 in 1911Census)

BARTLETT Alfred 1938+

LEE Derek to Feb/2010 (bankrupt)


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

East Kent GazetteEast Kent Gazette


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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