Sort file:- Rochester, December, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 December, 2021.


Earliest 1824-

Horse and Groom

Closed 1990s

236 High Street (East gate 1847)


Horse and Groom

Photo taken on 18 February, 2009 from by Dave Dunmall.

Chatham Town Fpptball Club programme 1950

Above Chatham Town Football Club Programme, 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Closed between the mid 1980s and early 1990s standing derelict for some time before becoming a Chinese Buffet restaurant.


Chatham News, Saturday 16 July 1870.

Smashing plate glass windows.

Mary Anne Jarvie, a widow, was charged with wilfully breaking 2 plate glass windows, at the "Horse and Groom" public house, Eastgate, Rochester, on the 7th inst., valued at 19s. 4d, the property of Edward Dicks.

It appeared that the prisoner was in the front of the bar at the "Horse and Groom" and created a disturbance, when she was turned out, but returned again and threw several stones at the persons in the bar; she was put out a second time, when she deliberately threw stones at the two large plate-glass windows, breaking both of them. The damage was estimated at 10s., but as the Bench could not deal with the case unless the damages were laid at under 5s., the prosecutor agreed to reduce it to that amount.

Six weeks hard labour.


Chatham News 08 October 1870.


William Ayling, of Chichester, late mate of the ship Russell, died suddenly at the "Horse and Groom" public-house, Rochester, on Tuesday morning last. It appears that the deceased had been lodging for a short time at the above house, and was an out-patient at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. About nine o'clock on Tuesday morning a lodger, who was in another room, heard something fall heavily on the floor, and he informed the servant-girl, who went into the room, and found deceased lying on the floor and a quantity of blood issuing from his mouth and nose; he died immediately. Mr. Hutchins was sent for; who on arriving found that the poor man had died from the bursting of a blood-vessel. The Deputy Coroner, Mr. W. H. Bell, was informed of the occurrence; but from the statement of Mr. Hutchins he did not consider it was necessary to hold an inquest.


From an email sent on 22 October 2014.

He was an ex Gillingham player who following an operation on his leg was unable to continue playing. A testimonial held for him at the Gaumont cinema allowed him the finances to get the tenancy from Meux's brewery.

The pub was popular with stevedores from the docks, entertainers from the Empire and many other local folks.

We left in 1954 and moved to Maidstone where he became landlord of the "Blue Door" on the Sutton Road.

In the late sixties he moved to the "Cock Horse" at Detling and he died in 1981. My Mother Marjorie died recently. Both were very active in the LV Associations.

It was a very busy pub with a colourful clientele.


David and Vicky Hole.


On the 7th June, 1903, Ernest Collins marries Emily Hill, and is registered as a Licensed Victualler at this address.



LYON G 1824+

ENFIELD J 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BEAUMONT Henry 1832-47+ (age 60 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

DICKS Edward 1855-71+ (age 57 in 1871Census)

DAY Henry 1874+

BURTON William 1881-91+

WOOLMER Frederick 1901+

COLLINS Ernest 1903+ Kelly's 1903

FROST Francis 1911+

CURD Edward John 1913-22+

DEAN Norman 1930+

LONSON William 1938+

PIKE Edward James to 1941 dec'd ("Horse and Hounds")

HOLE Vic 1948-54 Next pub licensee had


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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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