Sort file:- Chatham, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 16 December, 2023.


Earliest 1785-

Horn Tavern

Latest 1861+

(Name to)

115 High Street


Horn Tavern 1870

Above photo, circa 1870 kindly sent by Tony Smith.


The Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre has referenced a set of documents, that I haven't seen yet, and is part of the Watts Charity MSS, 1579-1972.

Reference is made as follows:-


T11. Premises in Chatham, Rochester and Strood [including the "Red Lion," "Tobacco Roll," "King's Head" and "Horn," and premises on the North side of High street, including nos. 85, 86, 87, 2 Other messuages, slaughterhouse and stable; and messuage and land (6 1/2 acres), Maidstone Road, all in Chatham; Reed Farm, Strood; 3 tenements in Love Lane, Rochester] (23 docs.) [Original bundle no. 14]



E16. No. 115, The "Bull," formerly the "Horn" (1 bundle)


The building must have been demolished some time between 1861 and 1872 as the "Bull" was built on its foundations.


Maidstone Journal, 15 March, 1842.

Ellen Louisa Pigeon, a marine's wife, was committed by the County Justices, at Rochester, on Friday last, for trial at the assizes, on a charge of stealing a gown from a soldier's bundle, at the "Horn" public house, in Chatham, where he was resting on his march to Sheerness. The gown was found to have been pawned by
the prisoner, in Chatham.


From the Kentish Gazette, 23 June 1846.


Rimington:— June 10, Susannah, wife of Mr. R. Rimington, landlord of the "Horn Tavern," Chatham.

Southeastern Gazette, 2 August 1853.


FRIDATY. (Before the Earl of Darnley, Rev. G. Davies, chairman, W. Gladdish, Esq., and Major Boys.)

George Shoesmith, a sweep, was committed for trial for stealing a pair of boots from the Marine barracks, Chatham, the property of John Beadell, a private of the Chatham division of Royal Marines.

Amelia Brown, of the "Canteen" at the Marine barracks, was convicted of having eleven deficient measures in her possession, and was fined 1 5s., inclusive of costs.

Samuel John Remington, landlord of the "Horn" public-house, Chatham, was also convicted in the same penalty for a similar offence.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 6 September 1853.

Robbery from the Person.

William Crawford was charged with stealing a shawl from the person of Mary Ann Chapman, Chatham, on the 29th of August.

It appeared that on the night in question the prosecutrix met the prisoner with two sailors. She went into the "Horns" public house with them, and the sailors treated her with some whiskey and rum. They came out and parted company. A short time afterwards as the prosecutrix was standing in the street talking to Nichols, the watchmen, the prisoner came up, and after talking for a few moments minutes, suddenly snatched the shawl from prosecutrix back and ran off. The watchmen ran after him, but he escaped, and was apprehended some hours afterwards by Constable Wilkins to whom he had said he had got the shawl at home in a bundle; that he had taken it off the woman's back, and was very sorry he had done it. He hoped the magistrates would be easy with him, and he would never do it again; it was through drink that he had done it.

Committed for trial.


South Eastern Gazette, 6 March, 1860.

The late Death From Burning at the "Horns" Public-house.

We have received a letter from Mr. B. Mannerings, landlord of the "Horns" public-house, Chatham, in reference to the report of the mysterious death of a female which was alleged to have taken place at his house, in which the writer states that there was nothing in the circumstances to cause the slightest suspicion of any foul play on the part of any one. At the time of the occurrence the deceased was asleep in the tap-room, the landlord being in his bar. Mr. Fayle, surgeon, was sent for, and attended her for ten days, until she died.

Mr. Mannerings himself gave information of the occurrence to the police, and also communicated with the coroner. There was no possibility of the deceased having been pushed into the fire, and Mr. Mannerings states that her dress probably caught fire by the hoops forcing it against the bars.


South Eastern Gazette, 7 August, 1860.

William Mahoney, 20, soldier, and Caroline Edwards, a married woman, were charged with stealing a watch and chain, the property of John Nugent, at Chatham, on the 11th June. Mr. F. J. Smith was for the prosecution, and Mr. Mathew defended the female prisoner.

The prosecutor, a soldier, bought the watch and chain on the day of the robbery, and afterwards went to the "Horns" public-house. While there, a row occurred, in which the prisoner was knocked down, and the female took the watch from him. Subsequently, Mahoney was found attempting to dispose of the watch, and was apprehended with it in his possession. Edwards, when apprehended, stated that she had only intended to take care of the watch for the prosecutor, which was the defence now set up in her behalf, and Mahoney asserted that Edwards had given him the watch for the same purpose, but that prosecutor went away and did not return.

The jury found Mahoney guilty, and there being three previous convictions against him, he was sentenced to four years’ penal servitude; Edwards was acquitted.




RICH George 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

STILL THomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

RIMINGTON Samuel John 1838-58+  Wright's Topography 1838Post Office Directory 1851Melville's 1858 (died 28 Dec 1860)

Last pub licensee had MANNERING Benjamin 1860-61+ Next pub licensee had (age 36 in 1861Census)


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

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

Wright's Topography 1838Wright's Topography 1838

Post Office Directory 1851From the Post Office Directory 1851

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858



If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-