Sort file:- Chatham, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1872-

Railway Refreshment Rooms

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I have only found the one reference to this establishment at present and that was in the Licensing Records of 1872. The records stated that the premises held a Full License and was owned by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway Company, Victoria. It was probably situated inside the station as their waiting rooms.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 22 November 1853.

George Smith was charged with stealing to 5 Bank of England notes.

The prisoner was apprehended by superintending-constable Everest, at the "Railway Saloon," Chatham, on Monday afternoon.

Remanded till Friday, to enable Everest to trace the owner of the note.


George Smith, who was remanded on Wednesday, on a charge of stealing to 5 Bank of England notes, was again placed at the bar. After the examination on Wednesday it was ascertained that the notes were not genuine, and he, therefore, stood charged today with having two forged notes in his possession.

Daniel Barnard, landlord of the "Railway Saloon," Chatham, stated that on Wednesday evening last, the prisoner came to his bar, and had four penny worth of gin. Whilst he was drinking it, the prisoner looked round him, and said he wanted to speak with him having been recommended to him. He added that he had two 5 notes for sale, for which he wanted 9. He said, "It is the gift of a sovereign to you, for they are Bank of England notes." Witness said he not got the money downstairs, but he must come again in half an hour's time. The prisoner said he had not got the notes with him, but would not be long in getting them. He then left, and witness sent a constable for superintending-constable Everest. In about 20 minutes after he had arrived the prisoner came again to the bar. Witness asked him for notes and, after some hesitation, he handed them to him, saying, "I'll sling them to you, one at a time." Witness then took them up and put them into his waistcoat pocket, and made a signal to Everest that have got them. Everest then, after a few questions took the prisoner into custody.

Superintending-constable Everest, confirmed the latter part of the above evidence. The prisoner said to him, "Old fellow you've got the best job you ever had." He asked him where he has got the notes from. He said. "That's your business, find it out." When before the magistrates on Wednesday, he was charged with stealing the notes, and said he had picked them up on London Bridge.

Witness had known the prisoner working on the railway at Greenhithe, 6 or 7 years ago.

James Barton, of Greenwich, said he was one of the inspectors of the Bank of England. Both the notes produced were forgeries - of the same character as all the forged notes of the present day, the numbers of which were nearly the same. There was no watermark to them.

Mr. Everest then applied for a remand you next Friday.

The prisoner said he had no objection. He could only repeat that he had found the notes on London Bridge, with 4 shillings and 4 pence in cash.

He was then remanded.



SPIERS Felix William 1872+ Licensing Records 1872

ROWE Thomas Henry Feb/1939+ Chatham News


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