Sort file:- Chatham, August, 2023.

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Earliest 1678-

King's Head

Latest ????

149 Brook Street (King Street 1828)



I also have reference to a "King's Head" addressed at New Road. This may well be the same pub. There is also another "King's Head" I have referenced in nearby Rochester. They could be the same.

Just to confuse matters even further, I have in the past assumed that Book Street in Chatham wasn't in Chatham, but was referencing the village of "Brook" near Ashford, and some information just refers to the "King's Head" Brook. I believe there was a pub with that name there, so hopefully haven't got the information mixed.


The Licensing Records of 1872 didn't give an address for this establishment but stated that the premises held a Full License and was owned by the Trustees of Watts Charity, Rochester.


From the Maidstone Assizes.

11 March 1678.

Before Thomas Twisden, J, and Timothy Littleton, B.

570. Writs, capias, (In the common law legal systems, capias ad respondendum (Latin: "that you may capture [him] in order for him to reply") is or was a writ issued by a court to the sheriff of a particular county to bring the defendant, having failed to appear, to answer a civil action against him,) for [blank] Cooper of The "King's Head," Chatham, victualler. Issued by William Ellys, J, at Maidstone 29 July 1679, and returned by Ralph Petley, sheriff.


Dover Chronicles 20 February 1847.


On the 10th instant J. Hinde, Esq., held an inquest at the "King's Head," on the Brook, Chatham, on the body of Thomas Joseph Reakes, ropemaker, who, it appeared by the evidence of Mr. Ely, died from convulsions produced by teething.


Kentish Gazette, 11 June 1850.

On Monday, the 20th ult., the annual festivities of the Hand-in-Hand and the Sutton and Chart United Brothers benefit societies took place in this village. The marine band, from Chatham, arrived at the "Swan Inn" about nine o’clock, where they were joined by the members of the Hand-in-Hand provident society. The Sutton and Chart Club, having engaged the band of the Messrs. Hollands, assembled at the "King’s Head Inn," and after the transaction of the usual annual business, both clubs proceeded in procession to church. From church the members returned to their respective booths, and sat down to dinner. The band of the Messrs. Holland played. An excellent sermon was preached by the Rev. R. Coates, who took his text from the 19th verses of the 3rd chapter of St. John's Gosple.


Southeastern Gazette, 15 March 1853.

Passing Counterfeit Coin at Chatham.

George Johnson, 21, was indicted for uttering a counterfeit half-crown, well knowing the same to be counterfeit, at Chatham. Also for uttering another half-crown, well knowing the same to be counterfeit, at Chatham.

Mr. M. Dawson and Mr. Deedes appeared for the prosecution.

George Kemp deposed that he was assistant to his brother, a grocer, at Chatham. On the 1st February the prisoner came into the shop, and in payment for some bread and butter he tendered a bad half-crown. Witness detected it, and gave it to prisoner back again, who said he had taken it in payment for shrimps. Had no doubt of the prisoner being the person.

Susannah Thomas, keeping a beer-house on the Military-road, Chatham, ("Two Brothers") a short distance from Mr. Kent’s, deposed that on the 1st February the prisoner came into her house between seven and eight o’clock, and in payment for half a pint of beer he tendered a bad half-crown. Prisoner drank the beer at the bar. She gave prisoner the change, and he went away. Directly afterwards she detected the coin as bad and gave it to George Clissold.

George Clissold deposed to receiving the half-crown produced from the last witness.

Thomas Church deposed that the prisoner came into his father’s shop at Chatham, on the 1st February, and tendered a bad half-crown in payment for some flour. Witness took it to his father, who detected it as bad, and questioned prisoner about it. Moody, the constable, was afterwards called in, when prisoner left the shop. The coin was given up to Moody.

Moody deposed to receiving the half-crown from Mr. Church, which he produced.

Superintending-constable Everist, Rochester division, deposed to apprehending the prisoner at the "King’s Head" lodging-house, Chatham. (Hopefully it's this house, Paul Skelton) On searching him he found in his possession, three shillings, one sixpence, and 8 3/4d. in coppers, all of which was good money.

Mr. Powell deposed to the coin produced being counterfeit, both of which were made in the same mould, and of the reign of George III.

The prisoner was found guilty, and for the first offence was sentenced to six months’ hard labour, and nine months’ for the second.


Sporting Life, Saturday 5 September 1868.

Mr. J. Terry, of the "Union Flag," Chatham, will give a splendid silver cup, value 10 guineas, to be run for at the Star Grounds, Rainham-road, Chatham on Monday, September 20, in a 440 yards handicap, open to England; the winner to hold the cup for six months, and accept all challenges on handicap terms for not less than 5 a-side, and to run in six weeks from signing articles. 1 10s. will be given with the cup for first prize, 1 second, and 10s. third. Entrance 1s., and 1s. 6d acceptance. Entries to be made with Mr. T. Cox, "Palace Tavern," Palace-road, Bromley; Mr. J. Price, Ashford; Mr. G. Finn, "Sovereign Inn," Castle-street, Canterbury; Mr. C. Wood, "Victory Tavern," Mile Town, Sheerness; Mr. R. Styles, "King's Head," Brook; Mr. J. Terry, "Union Flag," Chatham.

Entries to close September 16. Any man entering falsely to be disqualified. Mr. George Finn, of Canterbury, handicapper.


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COOPER ???? 1678

PALMER Thomas 1793+ Trade Directory 1793

PENNY Charles 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

SMITH Richard 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29 (King Street)

PHILIPS Francis 1832-38+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Wright's Topography 1838

EDGE Amelia 1840+

BUTLER Walter 1858-62+ (age 26 in 1861Census)

SINCLAIR James 1872+ Licensing Records 1872

NELSON John 1882+

LUCAS Jane 1891+ (widow age 39 in 1891Census)

GIFFORD Alexander 1901-03+ (age 40 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903


Trade Directory 1793Universal British Directory of Trade 1793

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Wright's Topography 1838Wright's Topography 1838

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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