Sort file:- Chatham, June, 2023.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 13 June, 2023.


Earliest 1872-

Man of Kent

Closed 1908

6 Luton Road


6 Luton Road 2012

Above Google image, 2012, showing 6 (right) and 6A (left) Luton Road. There are a lot of addresses in this road with A's B's etc. as the suffix, so I don't know whether this building was the pub in question.


The premises was listed as a beer house in the 1871 census.

The Licensing Records of 1872 stated the premises held a Beer License and was owned by Cornelius William Bryant of the "Royal George Inn" in Maidstone.


This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014," and the research is still in its early stages.

Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

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.


Globe, Thursday 22 October 1908.

Extinction of Licenses.

Kent Licensing Committee yesterday awarded nearly 20,000 as compensation for the extinction of the licences of 23 public houses situated in the western and mid-division of Kent.

The following were among the sums awarded.

"New Inn," Frindsbury, Rochester, 1,382;

"Plumber's Arms," Sevenoaks, 1,578;

"Man o' Kent," Luton Road, Chatham, 1,058;

"Bricklayer's Arms," High Street, Sevenoaks, 1,041;

"Forester's Arms," High Street, Beckenham, 1,374;

"White Horse," Dartford Road, Dartford, 995.


From an email received 12 June 2023.


James Wanstall of the “Man of Kent” Beerhouse, was married to my great-great-aunt Elizabeth Davis.

According to his will - James Wanstall, of the “Man of Kent” beerhouse, 6 Luton Rd, Chatham, licensed beer retailer died 29/8/1893.Will administered London 16/10/1893 to Elizabeth Wanstall, widow. Effects 79.

Before running the beerhouse James was a boatman for the Coast Guard, living with his wife Elizabeth and his father John at 8 Coast Guard Building, Sheerness, Kent.

Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of the beerhouse.

After James died Elizabeth remarried in 1894 at Luton to a Samuel Morgan, who at the time was a Leading Stoker in the Royal Navy. In 1901 Census he is stated as a engine driver and stoker in the dockyards.

Samuel died 12/1905 and Elizabeth in 3/1905.

Don’t know whether Elizabeth ran the inn after James’s death or if Samuel took over the licence.

Hope this may be of interest.

Many thanks,

Chris Woldhuis.



QUARRINTON Thomas S 1871+ (also Hammerman (Dockyard) age 31 in 1871Census)

QUARRINGTON Charles Robert 1872+ Licensing Records 1872

JACKSON Walter R 1881+ (also Carpenter age 37 in 1881Census)

WANSTALL James 1891-29/Aug/93 dec'd (age 46 in 1891Census)


Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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