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Sort file:- Strood, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 01 August, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1847-

Watermill Tavern

Closed ????

1 Canal Road

Strood

Watermill Tavern

Above photo, date unknown.

Former Watermill Tavern 2010

Above photo 2010 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Watermill Tavern 2019

Above photo 2019, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

 

According to the book the "History of Strood" by Henry Smetham, published 1899, the first pub with this name was accidentally burnt down. Another place of entrance to Strood fair meadow was by way of this public house, a rather frail wooden bridge spanning the mill pond for this purpose. A Mr Freeland was the first licensee, followed by George Roffway.

Ind Coope & Co Ltd purchased the pub from Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd by conveyance and assignment dated 23 March 1931. The pub held a full license.

I am informed that the building is due for demolition (2020).

 

From an email received, 29 January 2021.

Watermiss Tavern tape measure

My husband and I are just going through a job lot he won on ebay and came across this item, it is a tape measure. (Date unknown.)

Regards,

Annmarie Musselwhite.

 

Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.

 

LICENSEE LIST

FREELAND Mr pre 1847

ROFFWAY George 1847-58+

DOGGETT John Doggett 1861-62+ (widower age 36 in 1861Census)

COLEY Francis Coley 13/Dec/1866 (listed as dealer & chapman, bankrupt)

BUSHELL William Smith 1874+

RUSSELL Ellen Miss 1878+

HOWE Albert Duppa 1881-82+ (age 31 in 1881Census)

BURGESS H Mrs 1891+

LEWRY Alfred 1903+ Kelly's 1903

COSSEY George 1909-18+

COSSEY Ellen 1922-30+

DRAY Ethel Lilian Mrs 1938+

???? Pam & Malcolm ???? (probably 1980s)

https://pubwiki.co.uk/WatermillTavern.shtml

http://www.closedpubs.co.uk/watermilltavern.html

 

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

 

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

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