Sort file:- Chatham, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1874-

Royal Exchange

Latest 1984-

55 High Street


Royal Exchange 1984

Above photo 1984. I believe the premises was being demolished at the time.

Royal Exchange 1970s rear

Photo taken from it is stated the building in the centre is the rear of the Royal Exchange in the early 1970s, after the Empire was demolished and before Anchorage House was built.


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

As such I haven't found a picture of the pub, and have no other information. 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.


From an email received 24 August 2015.

I spent many a happy summer holiday staying with my grandparents at the "Royal Exchange" in Chatham from late 1950's to mid 1960's.

The landlady was Ethel Barker, my Grandmother.

I can still remember hearing the juke box music from the bar as we slept above.

Bill was the catering manager of the Empire theatre next door. This building also had a cinema below the theatre. Their son Peter Barker is slightly older than me and together we spent our summers in Chatham. Peter still lives in Cliftonville.

It was always a busy pub. With the decline of the commercial port and the closure of both the dockyard and the army barracks my grandparents retired to Cliftonville but retained the tenancy of the pub with different managers.

Bill was once invited to the mess hall at the barracks and on his return commented that they had more of of his pub furniture there than he had in the pub. Such was the relationship between the pub and the service personnel.

Behind the bar there was a naval cap band for every ship that visited Chatham.

Under the bar were trays of watches, bill was forever selling beer on the promise of payment against a watch.

They were fantastic people. Bill was from Wigan and Ethel from Doncaster.

The "Royal Exchange" was a lively and very happy place to be.

Best regards,

Phill Needham.



HUGHES John 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874


TOPLEY William 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

KYBETT Henry J 1891+ (age 56 in 1891Census)

KYBETT Margaret J 1901+ (widow age 64 in 1901Census)

KYBETT H J Mrs 1903-13+ Post Office Directory 1903Post Office Directory 1913

SLANEY Ernest Robert 1922-30+

L'AMIE William T 1938+

BARKER Ethel late 1950s-mid/60s

BARKER Billy 1974ish


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office DirectoryFrom the Post Office Directory


Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-