DOVER KENT ARCHIVES
PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

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Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel

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16 High Street

Rochester

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.

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.

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.

 

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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