Sort file:- Chatham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1864-

(Name from)

Rose Tavern

Latest ????

High Street


Above photo, circa 1870 showing the High Street with the "Horn" central. Kindly sent by Tony Smith.

Tony Smith who kindly sent the image says:- This one is difficult to make out so I've put in an arrow to show its position a little better. Just along from the "Railway Tavern," it was probably demolished before 1900 as there was quite a bit of redevelopment going on in this part of the High Street at that time.


The pub was situated on the waters edge two doors below Higgin's Yard.

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 had previously burnt down and that had originally held a Full License. Unfortunately no further details including address were given.

Further research from 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:-


T31. The "Hit or Miss," otherwise called the "Rose," adjoining fishmongers shop, and several messuages behind it, High Street (3 docs.)

It seems to me the premises must have changed name or had two names between 1850 and 1864, although I do have reference to a death at the "Rose" as early as 1839, Mr. Chidley being licensee of the "Hit or Miss" in 1839.


Kent Gazette, 1 January 1839.


Dec 18, at Maidstone, Mrs. Chidley, of the "Rose" public-house, Chatham.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 19 September 1870.

Robin a Till.

Michael McCaffrey, a man of military appearance, and who was subsequently identified as a soldier, belonging to the 16th regiment, was charged with stealing money from the till, at the "Rose Inn," Chatham, on the 16th inst., a property of James Baker.

The case was proved by Mrs. Baker and Inspector Smith said when he apprehended prisoners, he said if Mrs. Baker would allow him to go, he would give her all the money he had got then and play her a sovereign in the morning of the next day. An officer from the regiment to whom prisoner belonged gave him an excellent character, and said he had three good conduct stripes; he believed that he must have been drunk when he committed the theft; he had been his servant for 3-months, and he had found him quite trustworthy.

The magistrate convicted the prisoner, and in passing sentence expressed they regret that he had by this offence forfeited his previous good character. He sentenced him to 3 months' hard labour.



HODGEMAN James 1861+ (Mariner age 35 in 1861Census)

No one 1872 Licensing Records 1872 (probably closed)


Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872


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