Sort file:- Chatham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1793-

Royal George

Closed Apr 2014

380 High Street


Royal George

Above photo, by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Royal George 2013

After being closed for some time the pub reopened again in May 2011.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, 1 January 1870. Price 1d.


At the police-court on Thursday last, William Fowle, keeper of the "Royal George" beer-house, High-Street, was charged, under two informations, with having his house open for the sale of beer after eleven o'clock at night, and also with allowing cards to be placed in his house. Mr R. Prall, solicitor, defended the accused. Mr Guise considered both charges proved, and ordered the defendant to pay a fine of 5 and costs, for the first case, and 2 and costs, in the other, making the sum of 8 5s 6d, which defendant paid.


Ind Coope & Co Ltd purchased the pub from Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd by conveyance and assignment dated 23 March 1931. The pub held a beer only license.

The Closed Pubs website suggests that the pub was closed for some time before 2011 but opened again in May of that year.


From 8 April, 2014 by Chris Hunter.

Chatham pub The Royal George has lost its licence after a damning police account of drugs raid

Councillors have stripped a high street pub of its licence after hearing damning evidence from a dramatic police raid.

Officers were met with violent threats and drunken hostility when they raided the "Royal George" in Chatham High Street, suspected of being a drugs den.

In application to review the licence today, a police report outlined how officers encountered aggression and found evidence of open and unchallenged drug use.

According to the report, one man – who was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply – was “particularly violent and needed to be physically restrained”.

The report continues: “This resulted in other members of the public in the pub, the majority of which were seen to be in an overly drunken state, making threats of violence towards police officers.”

Another man was also arrested and later charged with possession of the Class A drug heroin.

The report says sniffer dogs “indicated” eight of the 12 people in the pub, which although not conclusive “does paint a rather unfavourable picture of the level and openness of drug use within the premises.”

A further search found an empty, clear bag containing remnants of white powder, likely to be cocaine, on the bar itself, which again highlighted “the openness and unchallenged nature of drug use”.

After hearing further evidence in a closed session, Medway council's licensing hearing panel agreed to revoke the "Royal George's" licence with immediate effect.

Kevin Dennis Lewis Somerville, aged 44, of High Street, Chatham, has been charged with possessing heroin – a Class-A controlled drug. Robert James Thompson, aged 38, of Dial Road, Gillingham, has been charged with possessing a Class-C controlled drug. Both men have been bailed to appear at Medway Magistrates' Court on Monday, April 14.



The Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre has referenced a set of documents, that I haven't seen yet, and is part of the Watts Charity MSS, 1579-1972.

Reference is made as follows:-


T39. Premises at Rochester, Gillingham, Frindsbury & Higham [including 2 messuages, High St., St. Nicholas; 3 messuages next to The "Cossack," Delce Lane; 4 messuages next to the "Royal George," High Street; 1 messuage next to the "Angel," all in St, Margaret's, Rochester; Quarrington House, High Street, Gillingham; farm at Frindsbury and Higham; and l messuage near the "Falstaff," Higham) (1 bundle)


The Licensing Records of 1872 stated the premises held a Beer License and was owned by Frederick Jaynes of Frederick Street, Chatham.


This pub is one in the list of my "Project 2014."

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. Local knowledge appreciated.



GARNER William 1793+ (George) Trade Directory 1793

ADAMS Mrs Rachel 1858+

ADAMS John 1874-81+ (age 54 in 1881Census)

FOWLE William 1870+

ADAMS John 1872-81+ Licensing Records 1872

HAYWARD Edwin 1891+ (age 62 in 1891Census)

REDMAN Frank 1938+


Trade Directory 1793Universal British Directory of Trade 1793

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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