Earliest 1665-


Open 2015+

High Street


Crown 2013

Photos taken on 28 February, 2013 from by Dave Dunmall.

Crown 2018

Above photo 2018, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Crown sign 1986

Above sign, November 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Rochester map 1866

Identified on the 1866 map above as the dark blue building left.


The "Crown Inn and Family Hotel," to give it its full name was a Posting House in the High Street.

The "Crown," or its predecessor, was where Henry VIII came in secret, to get a sneak preview of his intended fourth bride, Anne of Cleves. Bluff King Hal's opinions of his Flanders Mare are well recorded, but those of the landlord at the "Crown," regrettably, are not. Which is a pity, as ‘mine host's' views in the 1980s on almost any subject are always worth lending an ear to so says Michael David Mirams in his book "Kent Inns and Inn Signs."

From between the 1980s and around the turn of the century, the pub became the "Norman Conquest" but has now reverted back to the "Crown" again.


From the Diary of Samuel Pepys. Monday 25 September 1665.

We went to the Crowne Inne, at Rochester, and there to supper, and made ourselves merry with our poor fisher-boy, who told us he had not been in a bed in the whole seven years since he came to ‘prentice, and hath two or three more years to serve.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 19 February 1808.


Thursday, Feb. 18, at Wingham, Mr. Thomas Cornwell, late of the "Crown Inn," Rochester, aged 62.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 11 September, 1827.

Tolls to let.

Notice is hereby given, that the tolls payable at the Tollgates near the "Angel Inn," in Strood, and on the New Road, leading from Rochester to Chatham Hill, in the county of Kent, will separately be let to farm, to the best bidders, for the term of 2 years, from the 30th day of November, 1827, at the house of Mr. William Wright, called the "Crown Inn," in Rochester, aforesaid, on Tuesday, 9th day of October next, between the hours of 11 in the forenoon and 1 in the afternoon.

No person will be permitted to advance less than 5 at each bidding, and whoever happens to be the best bidder, must, at the same time, give security with sufficient sureties to the satisfaction of the Commissioners of the said Tollgates for Payment of the Rent agreed for by Quarterly Payments in Advance. The highest bidders will be required to pay, at the time of the Letting, One Half part of the first quarters rent and the remainder before the said 30th day of November. The present Yearly Rent of the Tolls at Strood is 1,185, and of the Tolls at the New Road 195.

By order of the Commissioners Edward Twopeny, Clerk.

Rochester 3rd August. 1827.

From the By Alice Evans, 28 May 2017.

Cyclist is airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries 'after a road rage row with a motorcyclist sparked when he jumped a red light'.

A cyclist has suffered serious head injuries after an alleged road rage argument with a motorcylist became violent, it has been reported.

Four police cars were called out this morning and officers cordoned off an area around the "Crown" pub in Rochester, Kent.

Crown 2017

The cyclist, who has been airlifted to a London hospital, reportedly had a fit after being assaulted on the busy dual carriageway.

An area outside the pub on Rochester High Street was cordoned off after the alleged attack.

Crown cordoned off 2017

Detectives are now investigating the alleged bust-up, which happened near the 103-year-old Rochester Bridge.

A police spokesman told MailOnline: 'Kent Police was called at 10.07am on Sunday 28 May 2017 to a report of an assault in Rochester High Street.

'It is believed there was an altercation between a motorcyclist and a cyclist prior to the assault.

'Officers attended along with SECAMB (air ambulance) and the cyclist has been flown to a London hospital with serious head injuries. Officers remain at the scene at this time and enquiries are ongoing.'

It was reported that a man on a bike 'jumped a red light' before allegedly being hit by a motorbike driver.

After the alleged attack the motorcyclist drove off while a member of the public put the victim in the recovery position.

One witness, who did not wish to be named, told Kent Online that a male cyclist jumped a red light before a motorcyclist dismounted and began hitting him.

The witness said the victim then fell to the floor and had what appeared to be a fit.

A member of the public put the victim into the recovery position but witnesses said the motorcyclist drove off as a baseball cap and a blood-stained item of clothing were left on the pavement.

The Crown Pub was open as usual as officers inspected the scene this morning.

They tweeted: 'Open as usual! Incident outside is nothing to do with pub.'

Officers are now understood to be examining CCTV footage of the area to try and piece together what happened.



CORNWELL Thomas 1793-Feb/1808

WRIGHT William 1827-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CALDER Mr to Dec/1845 Kentish Chronicle

WILLSON George 1847+

DUNCAN James 1851+ ("Crown Inn Tap," St Nicholas.)

Last pub licensee had DUFFILL William Daniel 1911+ (age 69 in 1911Census)


William Duffill died in the "Dover Castle," Teynham in 1924.

Probate:- of "Dover Castle," Green Street, Teynham, Kent to Edward David Duffill and David James Duffill Licensed Victuallers.

The assumption could be made that his two sons were the Publicans of that establishment – however, I have no proof other than this Probate record.


Kentish ChronicleKentish Chronicle

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34



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