Sort file:- Rochester, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 01 August, 2021.


Earliest 1832-

Eagle Tavern

Open 2020+

124 (156) High Street


01634 409040

Eagle Tavern line drawing 1879

Above line drawing by W. Hull of Eastgate, 1879. Kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Eagle Tavern 2013

Photos taken on 28 February, 2013 from by John Law.

Eagle Tavern sign 1991

Above sign, October 1991.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The "Eagle" in the High Street, being very old, may have taken its name from the emblem of St John. It was built on the site of the moat which once surrounded the great City walls. From here, in the nineteenth century, coaches left for Maidstone every morning at nine o'clock, and the Hope omnibus departed for London three mornings a week.


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.


From the Kentish Gazette, 20 January 1846.


Bernard:— Jan. 5, at Rochester, Mr. A. Bernard, landlord of the "Engle Inn," Eastgate.


Kentish Gazette, 4 September 1849.

ROCHESTER. Impudent Robbery.

On Wednesday last Mr. Grist, of the "Eagle Tavern," Rochester, was robbed of his cash-box, containing 15, by a man having the appearance of a respectable traveller, who had sojourned there for the night. In the morning he took his departure, and shortly afterwards the robbery whs discovered. It appears that he got possession of the box, which was left in a drawer locked up in Mr. Grist's bedroom, by means of a skeleton key. He was unknown, and Grist, being ignoant of the road he took, was unable to follow him.


From the Soputh Eastern Gazette, Tuesday, 10 January 1860.


All persons having any claim on the estate of John Grist, late of Rochester, Kent, gentleman (formerly of the "Eagle Inn," Rochester, victualler, deceased), are requested to send particulars of the same to Mr. Richard Prall, Rochester, solicitor; and all persons indebted to the above estate are requested to forward the amount of their respective debts within 14 days from the date hereof to the said Richard Prall,

Solicitor to the Executors, Rochester, 31st December, 1859.


Eagle advert 1903

Above advert circa 1903, kindly sent by Liz Blackmore.

From the By Rachel Dixon, 29 September 2019.

Serious assault at the Eagle Tavern in Rochester.

A man is in hospital with serious injuries after an assault at a pub.

The man was attacked just before midnight in the "Eagle Tavern" in Rochester High Street last night.

Detectives want to hear from witnesses to help their inquiries.

South East Coast Ambulance service confirmed that they sent a response car and ambulance to an unconscious patient at 12.30am, who they took to Medway Maritime Hospital.

The man was later taken to a hospital in London for treatment.

The Eagle Tavern has declined to comment on the incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed the assault or has any information regarding this incident is urged to call the appeal line on 01634 792209, quoting reference 29-0142.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form at


From the By Rachel Dixon, 3 October 2019.

Man arrested in connection with serious attack at Rochester's Eagle Tavern.

A 22-year-old was arrested in connection with an attack which left a man in a serious condition.

This morning police arrested the Chatham man on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The assault happened just before midnight on Saturday at the "Eagle Tavern" pub, in Rochester High Street.

The suspect was taken into custody but was later released on bail.

The victim was taken to a London hospital on Saturday after the attack.

He is still being treated and is in a serious condition.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the assault or has any information regarding this incident.

Call the appeal line on 01634 792209 quoting reference 46/187176/19.

Alternatively, call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form at



BERNARD Alexander 1832-5/Jan/46 dec'd (age 70 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

Last pub licensee had GRIST John 1847-Dec/60 dec'd

SMITH George 1861-91+ (widower age 66 in 1881Census)

BALDOCK John Thomas 1903+ Kelly's 1903

WEBB Hartnell 1911-22+

SNELLING Edward Thomas 1930-38+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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