Page Updated:- Sunday, 26 March, 2023.


Earliest 1871-

Brown Jug

Open 2020+

76 Horsham Lane


01634 366543

Brown Jug 1914

Above postcard, 1914, kindly sent by Debi Birkin and Michael Nancollas. The owner at the time was Thomas Polhill, Horsham Lane, Upchurch. Thought to be Elsie Packer 23 years old and left sister Elsie Hannah Packer age 12.

Brown Jug brickworkers 1980

Brickworkers outside the main door of the pub in 1908. Kindly sent by Michael Nancollas.

Brown Jug 2008

Above photo 2008 by Richard Dorrell Creative Commons Licence.

Brown Jug signBrown Jug sign 2010

Above sign left, date unknown, sign right 2010.

With thanks from Roger Pester

Brown Jug Inn Sign card

From the Ale Trail series.

Brown Jug 2011

Photo taken 21 August 2011 from by Dayoff171.


One time a Mason's tied house, but the brewery was bought out by Shepherd Neame in 1956 and the brewery was subsequently closed and demolished.


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.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 1 September 1874.

Sittingbourne. Storming A Beerhouse.

At the Police Court on Friday, before E. Twopeny, Esq., and Colonel Dyke, Henry Thompson, 45, John Pigrum, 62, George Morgan, 27, and Ellen Morgan, 24 (his wife,) were charged with willfully breaking 16 squares of glass and two sashes, doing damage to the amount of 2 12s. 40., at the "Brown Jug" beer house, Upchurch, the property of George Packer, on Wednesday evening, the 26th inst.

The prisoners went to the house and ordered a gallon of beer, which they drank, but did not offer to pay for, till the landlady called their attention to it, when Pigrum paid for it. Afterwards, however, the prisoners declared that they had paid for drink which they had never had, and thereupon proceeded to attack the house with stones, and committed the damage complained of.

The prisoners were all convicted and ordered to pay 1 10s., being 2s. 5d, penalty, 17s. 5d. damage, and 10s. 2d. costs; or in default, 21 days' hard labour. Thompson paid the money; the other prisoners were committed.


Chatham News, Saturday 3 October 1891.

Upchurch, Kent. Thursday next, October 8th, 1891.

To dairyman, dealers, and others. Mr. C. D. Levy respectfully begs to announce he has received instructions from Mr. Horton, who is leaving, to sell by public auction on the premises, the "Brown Jug," Upchurch, on the above date, at three o'clock precisely. Fine Milch Cow in Calf, Brown Cob, Light Cart, Sets of Harness, Sow, 11 Pigs, 40 Chickens, 20 Prize-bred Rabbits, Pony Barrow, break, garden roll, garden tools, blacksmith's anvil, vices, end bellows, furnace and pan, grindstone, smith's tools, scrap iron, and sundries.

On View morning of Sale; to be paid for and cleared immediately after.

Further particulars at the Office of the Auctioneers, Strood H 11, Strood.


Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 5 October 1934.


Members of the Queen's Tavern Social Club held their annual outing on Saturday, when they visited various places on the Thames Estuary and had tea at the "Brown Jug" at Upchurch. There they played a dart match with a local team and concluded with a musical evening. Mr. Avard arranging the outing.


Chatham News, Friday 14th April 1939.

Licences Confirmed.

The East Kent Confirming Authority at Canterbury on Thursday confirmed the Licensing Justices grants of wine on licences for the "Railway Arch," Sittingbourne, the "White Horse," Milton Regis, and the "Brown Jug," Upchurch, to which there was no opposition.


From the East Kent Gazette, 15 February 1947.

Ex Licensee dies at Rainham.

Old friends at Upchurch and Rainham will learn with regret of the passing on Friday last of Mr. Henry Thomas Woolley, of 259, High Street, Rainham, at the great age of 82 years.

Deceased, who had been in failing health for the last 2 years, was a native of Strood, but came into the district when 5 years of age.

His father was formerly the licensee of the "Brown Jug," Upchurch, and on his death of son succeeded him, and remained there for 40 years, afterwards taking the licence of the "Rose," Broadwalk, Rainham, where he remained until 15 years ago, the licence being then transferred to his son-in-law, Mr. Harry Smitheman. Altogether the "Rose" has been in the family for over 65 years.

In addition to being a licensed victualler, the late Mr. Woolley was a fruit-grower on a large scale, his land adjoining Horsham Farm, Upchurch.

He leaves a widow (formerly Miss Ellen Vidgeon, of Rainham), and 7 children, these being Mrs. Smitherman "of the "Rose"); Mr. Henry Woolley (Broad Walk); Mrs. Rose (of the "Elephant and Castle," Chatham); Mr. William Woolley (U.S.A.); Mrs. Dennis (of Station Road, Rainham); Mr. Percy Woolley and Mrs. Booty (both of Henry Street, Rainham).



PACKER George 1871+ (age 49 in 1871Census)

HORTON Charlie H 1881-91+ (also blacksmith age 41 in 1881Census)

WOOLLEY Henry Thomas 1899-1903+ (age 35 in 1901Census)

WOOLLEY William James Dec/1901 Maidstone and Kentish Journal

POLLHILL Thomas 1911+ (age 31 in 1911Census)

PACKER Edward 1914-30+

TAYLOR George 1938+

FUNNELL Eric & Patricia Dec/1965-June/2002

STEWARD/STEWART Dave 2007-11 dec'd

JOHNS Kate, Dan and Rachel 2012+



Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal


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