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Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1845-

(Name from)

Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel

Open 2020+

16-18 High Street

Rochester

01634 819245

https://www.rvbhotel.com/

Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel engraving 1845

Above engraving, circa 1845, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel 1902

Above postcard, date 1902, kindly sent by Mark Jennings.

Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel courtyard 1978

Above photo date 1978, from www.Flickr.com by Ben Levick.

Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel 1978

Above photo date 1978, from www.Flickr.com by Ben Levick.

Great Expectations bar 1981

Above photo, April 1981 showing the Great Expectations bar.

Roy Victoria and Bull sign 1990

Above sign, August 1990.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

 

The "Royal Victoria and Bull" was mentioned by Charles Dickens in Pickwick Papers. The great author stayed there, and Princess Victoria's name was added after she was obliged to spend a night there because of storm damage to the bridge over the Medway in 1836.

I also have reference to a "Victoria Hotel" in 1861, which may well be the same as this.

 

The Stage 05 December 1991.

Tania Ison is appearing in Dearest Mouse, a one-woman play by Irene Ison about the marriage of Charles & Catherine Dickens, at the "Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel," Rochester on December 7 and 8 at 2.15 p.m. It is presented by Harvey Theatre Company.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Katie May Nelson, 1 October 2019.

Person falls from window of Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel in Rochester High Street.

A person has been taken to hospital after falling from a hotel window.

An ambulance was called to the Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel in Rochester High Street in the early hours of this morning.

A Hazardous Area Response Team and Kent Fire and Rescue were also called to help.

The patient was transferred to Kings College Hospital with potentially serious injuries.

 

LICENSEE LIST

FRY Sarah Jane Miss 1858+

TAYLOR Godfrey 1862+

SPONG Henry Summerfield 1870-74+

LAWRENCE Joseph 1891+

SNELL John Thomas 1911+

BURROWS Bernard B 1913+

OLIVER W H 1918-30+

Exors of OLIVER W H 1938+

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