Sort file:- Chatham, May, 2022.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 24 May, 2022.


Earliest 1793-

Little George

Closed ????

155 High Street


Little George 1911

Above photo circa 1911. Showing Boots chemist at number 149; Richardson and Son, pork butchers, at number 153 and the "Little George" public house at 155 second from right.

Little George 2014

Above Google image, May 2014, showing 155 being the building on the right advertising "Sparkling Ales, Arkcolls" on the top window.

Little George advertising

Above photo showing the advertising.

Little George

Above photo date unknown by Darkstar.


The Licensing Records of 1872 stated that the premises operated a Full License and was owned by James Hulkes of Frindsbury.

Up to and including 1881 the address was at number 116.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 20 May 1796.

Public house. To let.

A complete public house, with stabling, a garden, a skittle ground, situated in a prime part of the town, in High Street, Chatham, in Kent; draught for beer, 12 butts per month, ale, spirits, and wine, more in proportion, and furnished with 20 beds; rent, 20 a year.

Any person, who can command about 300, will find it well worth the attention.

For further particulars enquire of Mr. John Leith, broker, Chatham, or at the "Little George."


Kentish Gazette, 10 December 1839.

Death of a Woman Unknown.

About 5 weeks ago a fine looking middle aged woman went into the "Union Flag" public house, Chatham, and inquired of the landlady, Mrs. Ward, if she could have a lodging. The answer was in the affirmative.

On Thursday morning last she gave birth to a full-grown female child. She seemed to be doing very well, and every comfort and attention was paid to her by the landlady that the circumstances of her case required; she however complained of pains in her back, and the landlady procured some medicine for her.

On Tuesday morning she went into a fit and instantly expired.

To a question which had been put to her by the landlady as to who she was and what was her name, she said she would not tell anyone; but be impressed she said her father's name was Ray, and was a captain of a collier in Cornwall, and she had a sister living in London.

After her death her boxes were searched and some letters were found, from her lover, whose name appears to be John Bullock, a private in the 56th company of the Royal Marines, and who is on board her Majesty's Ship Winchester, dated Portsen. In one of Bullock's letters it stated that if she (the deceased) would apply to his uncle, Mr. William Hay, Little Ponton, near Newark, Lincolnshire, she would be well-received - dated July 17th, 1839.

The marine directed his letters to Louisa Robinson, "Little George," Chatham, a public house. The poor woman was buried on Wednesday, in Chatham churchyard. The child is doing well, and is placed in the Union.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Saturday 7 July 1866.

Stealing Sheets.

Daniel Geary, 40, labourer, was charged with having, on the 22nd June, stole two sheets, value 6s., belonging to Thomas Sales, at Aylesford, on the 22nd June.

Prosecutor's wife deposed that she lost the sheets off a clothes line in her garden, and did not see them again until they were in the hands of P.C. Hibbert.

Charles Tetlon stated that he saw the prisoner and another man at the "Little George," Chatham, who asked him to sell the sheets for them for 3s.

Prisoner alleged that the other man referred to met him as he was going from Maidstone towards Dartford, and he knew nothing as to how the other man became possessed of the sheets.

Guilty. 3 months' hard labour.



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.

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WILSON James 1793+ Trade Directory 1793

BEAUMONT Thomas 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

SELLERS Caroline 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

RAINER Thomas 1840+

MORLEY Robert 1858+

HOOK/FLOOK James 1861+ (age 40 in 1861Census)

SMITH William to 1872 Licensing Records 1872

ALLEN Henry 1872-74+ Licensing Records 1872

PETERS Walter W 1881-82+ (age 23 in 1881Census)

BARRETT William D 1891+

FITZWATER William G 1891+ (age 26 in 1891Census)

CLARK Jesse E 1901+ (age 39 in 1901Census)

MALPAS Frederick William 1903+ Kelly's 1903

PILCHER Sidney 1911+ (age 36 in 1911Census)

CARTER Levi James 1913+

JACOBS William Thomas 1922+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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