Sort file:- Chatham, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Friday, 06 August, 2021.


Earliest 1872-

Magpie Inn

Closed 2011+

33 Magpie Hall Road


Magpie Tavern

Above photo, date unknown, by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Magpie Tavern sign 2011

Above sign 2011.


The Licensing Records of 1872 stated the premises held a Full License and was owned by Henry Rice.

Ind Coope & Co Ltd purchased the pub from Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd by conveyance and assignment dated 23 March 1931.

The address was given as 17 Magpie Hall Lane in the 1881 census. I have been informed that the premises closed in 2009 but reopened again in August 2010, however further information says it was destined to become a Community Centre in 2011. Local up to date knowledge required.


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.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 15 April 1862.

County Petty Sessions.

Wednesday. Before W. H. Nicholson and J. Foord, Esq.

William Bromley was charged with assaulting Frederick Corrie, an inmate of the Medway Union Workhouse, on the 17th. inst, at Chatham.

Prosecutors said he had leave on the 7th, to spend the day out of the Union. Between 7 and 8 o'clock in the evening he endeavoured to get Bromley to the workhouse, as he was very drunk. When they were near the "Magpie" public house, which is close to the Union, prisoner fell down, and asked prosecutor to assist him to rise. Witnessed went to do so, but prisoner suddenly sprang upon him, forced down his head, and beat it with something which witness fancied was a stone. He then took some mud and threw it at prosecutor, completely covering him with it. Prosecutors head was much injured.

Mr. Rigden, master of the Union, said prisoner was brought into the workhouse at 11:20 on the 7th drunk and very violent, and he had a great deal of mud upon him. Prosecutor, who came in at the same time, was, if he might use the expression literally "smothered" in mud, and with the blood which ran from wounds on his head.

Six weeks hard labour.



TATTON Henry 1862+

THOMPSON William Daniel 1872-74+ (age 42 in 1871Census) Licensing Records 1872

BROOKS Catherine Miss 1881-91+ (age 55 in 1881Census)

MORGAN Edwin 1891+ (age 36 in 1891Census)

FLANDERS H E 1903+ Kelly's 1903

DOBSON Edmund 1913-22+

DOBSON Alfred 1930-38+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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