Sort file:- Chatham, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 30 August, 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.



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 1861+ 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



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