Sort file:- Chatham, March, 2021.

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Earliest 1828-

Malt Shovel

Latest ????

(Name to)

High Street



I am informed that the pub was in the vicinity of Chatham Hill and Hards Town, and the pub of 1841 was described as a pub come lodging house.

Next door to the pub was a jewellers.

Tony Smith says the following:- "It looks like this pub was renamed at sometime or rebuilt as the "Crown and Anchor" as old maps show this pub occupying the same footprint as the "Malt Shovel." Modern numbering locates this at 397 High Street.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 26 October, 1841.

William Brooks, 23, soldier, for housebreaking, stealing one watch, value 15s., the property of Lemeul and Samuel Lyon, at Chatham. Pleaded Guilty.

The prisoner, who is a soldier, broke a pane of glass in prosecutor's window, and took out a watch.

Nine months' hard labour.


From the Kentish Gazette, 28 July 1846.

George Jones and George Gardener, were charged with uttering counterfeit coin at Chatham and Northfleet.

Edward Powell, assistant-solicitor to the Mint, produced a copy of the conviction of George Pointer and Richard Farmier, at the Hertford sessions, December 13, 1844, for uttering counterfeit coin, for which they were sentenced to one year's imprisonment; also the copy of the conviction of George Wilson and Martha Taylor, at the Central Criminal Court, on the 10th November, when the former was sentenced to one year and the latter to six months' imprisonment.

James Wagpell and George Spencer Davis identified the prisoners as the same who were convicted on the above occasions.

Elizabeth Ann Funnell said that on the 20tn March, Gardener came to her shop and bought some flour, for which he paid with a shilling. She kept it in her hand until her husband came in, and watched the prisoner to the "Malt Shovel."

Edward Funnell marked the shilling before he gave it to the constable.

John Adams, a beer seller at Chatham, said Gardener came to his house and called for a half-pint of beer, for which he paid with a bad shilling. Observed it was a counterfeit the moment he gave it him. Went with Moodie to the "Malt Shovel," where they found Gardener in company with Jones. Gave the same shilling to Moodie.

Charles Henry Moodie, a constable of Chatham, produced the shillings he received from Funnell and Adams. Took prisoners into custody at Chatham, and found 2s. 8d. good money on Gardener.

A. Flint, of the "Plough," at Northfleet, deposed that Gardener called for a pint of beer, and put down a bad half crown in payment, Witness sent for the constable, and gave the prisoners in to custody.

Thomas Robert Everest, constable at Northfleet, produced a half crown which he received from Mr. Flint. Prisoners said that "they were to rights now" (an expression used when a case is clear). On searching them, they said it was of no use, an that half crown was the last. Jones said that he gave Flint the half-crown. Witness produced a letter which was written by Jones and also signed by Gardener. The letter was addressed to Mr. Dyke, Orchard-street, Westminster, in which they informed him they had been "nailed at Chatham, and were now nailed at Northfleet, and did not know how it would end."

Mr. Powell examined the coin, and said that they were all counterfeits.

The prisoners made no defence, and were transported for ten years.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 24 November 1846.

On the 16th instant an inquest was held at the "Malt Shovel," Chatham, before J. Hind, Esq., on Elizabeth, the wife of John Daxman, age 61 years, and died suddenly the previous Saturday. Mr. Steddy, surgeon, was of opinion the deceased died from a fainting fit, brought on by disease of the heart.

Verdict accordingly.


From the East Kent Gazette, Saturday, 9 March, 1867.

Alleged Robbery of Corn at Stoke.

Isaac Pemble, 44, publican, John Hutchings, 40, and William Rolfe, 43, labourers, were charged with stealing four bushells of beans, four bushels of potatoes, and a truss of straw, the property of John Huggens Comport (the master of Hutchings and Rolfe), at Stoke, on the 15th of February.

The jury, after a very lengthened deliberation, acquitted Hutchings, but found Pemble and Rolfe guilty, recommending the latter to mercy.

Rolfe was sentenced to 2 months hard labour, and Pemble to 4 months'.



KENNETT John 1828-40 dec'd age 73 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Wright's Topography 1838

KENNETT Hester Mrs 1841+ (age 75 in 1841Census)

PEMBLE Isaac 1858-74+


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



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