Sort file:- Chatham, November, 2022.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 17 November, 2022.


Earliest 1781-

Union Flag

Latest 1872+

47 High Street



The Licensing Records of 1872 stated the premises held a Full License and was owned by Edward Winch of Chatham.


Kentish Gazette, Saturday 29 September 1781.

LOST. (Supposed to have been Stolen).

On Wednesday Evening, the 19th of September, From SHEERNESS HARBOUR.

A SKIFF, fifteen Feet Keel, seven Feet wide, painted Black and Yellow, with a bright Bottom, and has been in use about two years.

Whoever can give Information of the Boat to Mr. Darly, "Union Flag," Chatham or Mr. W. Wharton, Sheerness, shall be amply rewarded for their Trouble.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 10 December 1836.

Dec 1st at Chatham, Mr. Vincer, of the "Union Flag."


Canterbury Weekly, 17 December, 1836.


Dec. 1, at Chatham, Mr. Vincer, of the "Union Flag."


West Kent Guardian, Saturday 7 December 1839.

Death of a woman unknown.

About five weeks since, a middle-aged woman called at the house of Mrs. Ward, a public house, known as the "Union Flag," Chatham, and procured a lodging, for which she regularly paid weekly, and where, unfortunately for the landlady, she gave birth to a fine girl on Thursday last. To questions put to her, she said she would not tell her real name to any one; to the landlady, however, she said her name was Kay, and that her father was Captain of a Collier of Cornwall. The poor creature seemed to do very well, and every requisite comfort was administered to her by the landlady. On Monday night she complained of being unwell, and on Tuesday morning, about 2 o’clock, she was taken in a fit and instantly expired. Several letters were found in her box, addressed to her as Louisa Robinson, and purporting to come from John Rullock, a private of the 50th company of the Royal Marines, on board H.M.S. Winchester, off Portsea; in one of the marine’s letters, he states that if she (the deceased) applied to his uncle. Mr. Wm. Hay, Little Penton, near Newark, Linconshire, she would be well received; the letter was dated July 17, 1839. The deceased was a fine made woman, of good address, and altogether appeared to have been well brought up.


Kentish Gazette, 10 December 1839.

Death of a Woman Unknown.

About 5 weeks ago a fine looking middle aged woman went into the "Union Flag" public house, Chatham, and inquired of the landlady, Mrs. Ward, if she could have a lodging. The answer was in the affirmative.

On Thursday morning last she gave birth to a full-grown female child. She seemed to be doing very well, and every comfort and attention was paid to her by the landlady that the circumstances of her case required; she however complained of pains in her back, and the landlady procured some medicine for her.

On Tuesday morning she went into a fit and instantly expired.

To a question which had been put to her by the landlady as to who she was and what was her name, she said she would not tell anyone; but be impressed she said her father's name was Ray, and was a captain of a collier in Cornwall, and she had a sister living in London.

After her death her boxes were searched and some letters were found, from her lover, whose name appears to be John Bullock, a private in the 56th company of the Royal Marines, and who is on board her Majesty's Ship Winchester, dated Portsen. In one of Bullock's letters it stated that if she (the deceased) would apply to his uncle, Mr. William Hay, Little Ponton, near Newark, Lincolnshire, she would be well-received - dated July 17th, 1839.

The marine directed his letters to Louisa Robinson, "Little George," Chatham, a public house. The poor woman was buried on Wednesday, in Chatham churchyard. The child is doing well, and is placed in the Union.


Kentish Gazette, 11 November 1851.

Brutal Assault and Robbery by Soldiers —

On Wednesday Stephen Wheatley, John Dover, and Donald Livingstone, private soldiers belonging to the Royal Marines, were brought before the county magistrates, severally charged with having, on the 25th ult., at Chatham, feloniously stolen from the person of George Brown, three half-crowns, two shillings, a knife, and tobacco box, and at the same time with beating and striking him.

The prosecutor is a labouring man belonging to Town Malling, and is at present in employ at the lime works at Cuxton. His appearance proved that he had been most shamefully treated in addition to being robbed, his face being cut in several places, and his frock bearing several marks of blood.

It appears that on Saturday night, the 25th October, he went into the "Union Flag" public-house, Chatham, at which time he was quite sober, and after partaking of a pot of beer with two other men, he left the tap-room to go into the back yard, and in the passage he met the prisoners, who followed him and asked him to buy a pair of shoes of one of them. He refused, however, telling them that if be did so he might be sent to Maidstone gaol, when one of the fellows aimed a violent blow at him, knocking him backwards over a stool, and whilst Dover caught him by his neckerchief and twisted it so tightly round his neck as almost to choke him, another of the party tore away his pocket, in which there was 8s. 6d. in silver. They then kicked and beat him most cruelly about the head and body, until his cries of " Murder” brought some one to his assistance. The cowards then made off, and the landlady (Mrs. Ward,) meeting one of them in the passage, held him by his side belt, and struggled to detain him, but he broke away and escaped. On going into the yard, Brown was found in the skittle ground, lying on his face, in a pool of blood, in a state of insensibility, and still bleeding, and near him there was a military stock and a shilling.

He was removed into the tap-room, when it was seen that he had several bruises about him, and from the effects of the ill-treatment he vomited blood.

About midnight the prisoners were brought to the "Union Flag," two of whom ordered beer, for which they gave in payment a half-crown and a shilling, the former of which was identified by Brown as his property, having a hole in it, and one which he had received in change at Cuxton. An escort was sent for from the barracks, and the prisoners given into custody, and on placing them in the guard room, Dover, it was observed, had his jacket unbuttoned and a red handkerchief tied loosely round his neck. The stock found in the skittle ground was shown to him, but he disowned it, and said he had lost his own in a fight with a man whom he bad beaten and kicked. The prisoners, it was stated, were sober at the time and fit or duty. On searching them 1s. 9d. was found upon Dover. and 6d. upon Livingstone, but no money upon the other prisoner. The side belts worn by the prisoners on the night of the robbery were each stained with blood, more particularly the one belonging to Dover. The knife belonging to the prosecutor, which was afterwards found in Chatham, was produced and identified, and the prisoners, who denied the charge, were committed for trial at the next assizes.


Kentish Independent, Saturday 9 January 1858.


On Monday William Robinson, a private in the Royal Marines, was charged before the Earl of Darnley and the county magistrates, with stealing a violin, valued at 3, the property of Edward Harrigan. The prosecutor was entertaining the company at the "Union Flag," Chatham, on Saturday evening, with a little fiddling, and on leaving the room discovered that his violin had been stolen. The prisoner sold it the same evening at the "Green Man" public house, to a man called “Gipsy Lee," for 5s. The accused, who admitted his guilt, but pleaded drunkenness as an excuse, was commuted for three months’ hard labour.


Sporting Life, Saturday 5 September 1868.

Mr. J. Terry, of the "Union Flag," Chatham, will give a splendid silver cup, value 10 guineas, to be run for at the Star Grounds, Rainham-road, Chatham on Monday, September 20, in a 440 yards handicap, open to England; the winner to hold the cup for six months, and accept all challenges on handicap terms for not less than 5 a-side, and to run in six weeks from signing articles. 1 10s. will be given with the cup for first prize, 1 second, and 10s. third. Entrance 1s., and 1s. 6d acceptance. Entries to be made with Mr. T. Cox, "Palace Tavern," Palace-road, Bromley; Mr. J. Price, Ashford; Mr. G. Finn, "Sovereign Inn," Castle-street, Canterbury; Mr. C. Wood, "Victory Tavern," Mile Town, Sheerness; Mr. R. Styles, "King's Head," Brook; Mr. J. Terry, "Union Flag," Chatham.

Entries to close September 16. Any man entering falsely to be disqualified. Mr. George Finn, of Canterbury, handicapper.



DARLY Mr 1781+

CRISP Nich 1793+ Trade Directory 1793

DADD Jane 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

VINCER Edward 1832-Dec/36 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1832-34Wright's Topography 1838

WARD Mrs 1839-51+

TERRY J Mr 1868+

BROOMFIELD Frederick 1872Licensing Records 1872


Trade Directory 1793Universal British Directory of Trade 1793

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

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872


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