Sort file:- Chatham, April, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 16 April, 2022.


Earliest 1853-

Elephant and Castle

Latest 1994+

142 Luton Road


Above photo by Danny Robinson, 2013.


The Pigot's Directory of 1872 indicated that the premises was operating under a Full license and was owned by Edward Winch of Chatham.

I am informed that the premises as of 2013 was operating as the May Moon Chinese Takeaway.


From the Sevenoaks Chronicle, 31 August 1852.


Friday being the day appointed for the general annual Licensing day, and for hearing applications fro granting new licenses, the county magistrates assembled in petty sessions at eleven o'clock. There were present, the Rev. G. Davies (chairman), Capt. Baker, W. M. Smith, Esq., M. P., W. H. Nicholson, Esq., Major Boys, and the Rev. J. J. Marsham.

There were several applications for granting new licenses, and the proceedings were watched with some interest by those concerned.


Mr. Arnold then applied for a license for the "Elephant and Castle" beer-shop, situate on the Luton Road, Chatham. The ground near it, he said, was laid out for building purposes. The nearest licensed house on the Chatham side was the "Dark Sun" and on the Luton side the "Hen and Chickens," the former being half a mile distant from the "Elephant and Castle."

Application refused.

The Magistrates then proceeded to granting the renewal of the several licenses within their jurisdiction, and at the close of the business dined together at the "Crown Inn." ("Northfleet")


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 6 September 1853.

This being the annual licensing day, the following applications for licences to beer-shops were made, but refused.

The following licence was the only one granted. The "Elephant and Castle," Luton Road, Chatham. This was the fifth application, and was supported by Mr. McCarthy Stevenson.

All the old licences were renewed.


The Stage, Thursday 11 November 1976.

Kentish is where the hops really come from. That fact alone makes the County pubs Country! And pubs are big business on the showbiz front today. You can forget the idea that down here that all the pubs are oak-beamed and full of yokels moving at a snail's pace.

Entertainment is IN at the INNS take my word. No, don't take my word just listen to the people I've been talking to in an in-depth round up.


Chatham's "Elephant and Castle" was packed last week when for the first time ever a stripper (Jill St. Jannes) was presented in the saloon bar. The place was packed. But it is only a prelude to what mine host Terry Lomond has planned for the pub in the future.


I think I will - and pop out for a ginger ale.

Jimmy Hodge Jnr.


This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014."

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.



AYRES James 1872+ Licensing Records 1872

BARNES John 1858-62+

AYRES James 1874+

BANES John 1879+

WEBB George 1882-1903 (age 42 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

HOGG Robert W J 1913+

HOGG Emma Mrs 1922-38+

ROSE Mr 1947+

LOMOND Terry 1976+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872


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