Sort file:- Chatham, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1864-


Latest ????

248 High Street



Above photo, date unknown.

Former Fountain 1014

Above Google image, May 2014.

Fountain sign 1970

Above sign, 1970.

Thanks from Brian Curtis


The Licensing Directory of 1872 stated the premises was operating under a Full License and was owned by James Hulkes of Frindsbury.

The building is a late nineteenth century public house of red brick, in three storeys.

Unfortunately now closed, it was a building society for 25 years before being converted into yet another gambling shop. The tiling still remains inside the doorway.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 31 January 1794.

Care of ulcerated legs without rest, and ulcers of various parts, are, although of the most inverterate kind, and ever so long standing.

Has the common treatment of ulcerated legs is often unsuccessful, and frequent relapses after a supposed cure the consequence, encouraged by the advice and solicitations of his friends and his unremitting success in the line of practice, exemplified for many years past by indubitably facts, with a view to extend his services more generally to those who labour under the above dreadful diseases, Mr. Hankins, surgeon and Apothecary at Tonbridge, begs leave to inform the public, that he may be consulted personally on the first Thursday in every month, between the hours of 8 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, at the "Mitre Tavern," in Maidstone.

Aware as he is of the illiberal conscience too often attached to this mode of application, he humbly hopes the afflicted will not be influenced thereby, so as to preclude a fair trial and investigation.

References may be made to the following respectable person recently cured by Mr. Hankins, many of them having laboured under ulcerated legs of 30 years standing.

Mr. Banking, Attorney, East Grinstead, Sussex.

Mr. Miller, late at the "Bull and George," Dartford, near Gravesend.

Mrs. Ring, wife of Mr. Matthew Ring, senior, at Southborough, near Tunbridge.

Mrs. Holding, wife of Mr. Holding, butcher, at East Malling.

Mrs. Reeves, at East Malling.

Mr. Roberts, at the "Swan," at Green Street, near Sittingbourne.

Mr. Barton, at the "Five Bells," at Otham, near Maidstone.

Mr. Edward, butcher, Eltham, near Maidstone.

Mr. J. Edmund, farmer and maltster, at Otham, near Maidstone.


Mrs. Dadd, wife of Mr. Dadd, at the "Fountain," Chatham.


N. B. It is particularly requested that application by letter, to any of the above person's, may be post-paid, and they will be immediately attended to.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 06 May 1845.

The same coroner (J. Hinde, Esquire,) afterwards held another inquest at the "Fountain," on Edward John Maxwell, a child 12 months old, son of Mary Maxwell, single woman. It appears that every care have been taken of child, who was out at nurse. Mr. Steddy, surgeon, was of opinion that the child died from consumption. Verdict accordingly.



DADD William 1793-94+ Trade Directory 1793

WOOD James 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

CORDELL Robert Thomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ADAMS Samuel 1838-40+ Wright's Topography 1838

GIBBONS Robert Scott 1862-74+ Licensing Records 1872

TUFNELL William George 1881-91+ (age 66 in 1891Census)

TOMLIN Henry 1901-22+ (age 43 in 1901Census)

YEOMAN John 1930+

ROYAL Alfred 1938+


Trade Directory 1793Universal British Directory of Trade 1793

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

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

Wright's Topography 1838Wright's Topography 1838

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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