Sort file:- Chatham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 27 March, 2021.


Earliest 1861-

Bee Hive

Latest 1973

37-39 Henry Street



Above photo, post 1922 when the old building was rebuilt.

Richard William Cook 1903

Above photo showing William Richard Cook, licensee 1903. Kindly sent by Marian Thornley.

Lindly sent by Marian Thornley who says the following:- Based on the ages of the children I guess it was taken circa 1914. The woman is Jane Cook nee Hughes and the baby is her son Edward. The little boy is Ernie Cook, and the girl standing next to her is I think the grand-daughter of the tenant, Sidney James Smith.

Beehive in garden 1920

Above photo was taken in the back yard of the Beehive and the people are as follows:- seated left to right - Sarah Elizabeth Cook (nee Billinghurst), her mother Sarah Ann Billinghurst (nee Whitehead) - known as 'blind grannie'. Standing behind is Crissabella Emlin Keevil (nee Cook), next to her is her oldest son, Fred Keevil. This photo is circa 1920. Kindly sent by Marian Thornley.


The pub was operating as a Beer and Cider House in 1872, and was near the "Halfway House" and "Lads of the Village."

The pub was rebuilt for some reason in 1922 and there is a report that the licensee of the time a John Cook was fined the sum of 5 for serving intoxicating liquors outside of his licensing hours.

George Lyons died in 1955 at the age of 92, he was also steward of several clubs in the area, and was once a cross-country runner for the Rochester Athletic Club and was mentioned for dispatches for action. The licence was removed in 1973, so must have shut some time before.

I believe the area is now a car-park.



FRANCIS Thomas 1861+

FRANCIS Henry 1872+ Licensing Records 1872

DURLING Ann 1891+ (widow age 40 in 1891Census)

COOK R M 1903+ Post Office Directory 1903

SMITH Sidney James 1914+

COOK John Ambrose 1922-23

PILCHER Frederick R 1934+ Post Office Directory

BURTON E J 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938

LYONS George 1948-51 (died in 1955 age 92)


Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872


Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office DirectoryFrom the Post Office Directory

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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