Sort file:- Minster on Sea, October, 2023.

Page Updated:- Monday, 30 October, 2023.


Earliest 1857-

Sons of Sheppey

Latest 1901+

58 Minster Street (2 Chapel Row 1891Census)

Minster on Sea (Sheppey)

Sons of Sheppey

Above photo, 1970, then a private house, and I believe demolished and new houses built upon.

Sons of Sheppey 1925

Above photo, 1925, showing the pub extreme right, near the top. Kindly sent by Roger Betts.

Sons of Sheppey 1925

Above showing a close-up view of the pub, which is the building central.

Sons of Sheppey location 2009

Above Google image, July 2009. Showing the location of the pub which was said to be next to the Post Office. However, Wendy James suggests it might have been where Falcon Gardens is now. This would be the house on the left of the post office.


From the South Eastern Gazette, 15 September, 1857.

Relfe, of the "Sons of Sheppey" beer-house, Minster, was fined 1 and 10s. costs, for having his house open on Sunday morning, the 23rd inst.


From The South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday, 21 September, 1858.

At the Petty Sessions, last week, Samuel Beeching, of the "Star," Sittingbourne; Henry Kitchingham, of the "George and Dragon," Lower Rainham, and Alfred Gardler, of the "Sons of Sheppy," Minster, were fined for having their houses open at unlawful hours.


Sheerness Guardian 10 September 1859.


Before the Revs. J Poore, D.D., and G. B. Moore, E. Twopenny, Esq., W. Bland, Esq, and J. D. Dyke, Esq.

Alfred Gardler, of the "Sons of Sheppey," beer house, Minster Street, was summoned by the police for having his house open for the sale of beer at a quarter past 11 o’clock, on Saturday night the 20th August. Police-constable 20, Alfred Barnes, stated that he visited defendant’s house at between a quarter and twenty minutes past 11 on the night of the 20th August, and found two men in the kitchen talking to Mr. Gardler. On entering the tap-room he found five more men, one of whom was drinking from a quart pot, and a quart pot stood on the table half full of beer. Mr. Gardler urged in defence, that no beer had been drawn since 11 o’clock and he could not get the men out. The magistrates however considered the case proved, and inflicted a fine of 1 10s. and costs.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, 17 April, 1875.

School Board Meeting.

Mr. Ward presided at a meeting of this Board, held on Wednesday.

A letter was read from Mr. Flight with respect to the purchase of some land at Minster on which to erect a school. It stated that he had forwarded the Board’s letter to the freeholders, but he had not yet received a reply.

The Clerk also produced a letter which he had received from Mr. Wiseman, the owner of the land next to the "Sons of Sheppey" stating that he had no particular desire to sell the land in question, but if he did he should wont 300 for it, and the tenant who has stocked the ground would require 60.

The consideration of the matter was adjourned.


From the Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, 14 March 1908.

There were three licences from Minster (Sheppey) that had been adjourned. One of three—that of the Greyhound—was referred for compensation, but the licence of the "Highlanders" was renewed, as was that of the "King's Arms," on the understanding that the brewers (Messrs. Style and Winch) would not oppose the reference next year of the licence of the "Sons of Sheppey" another house belonging to that firm.


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald 12 February 1910.


The Licensing Sessions for the Sittingbourne Division were held on Monday, before Messrs. R. G. E. Locke (chairman), G. H. Dean, R. Mercer, T. E. Denson, H. Payne, C. Ingleton, J. Copland, W. R. Elgar, H. L. Webb, and W. N. Rule, and Lieut.-Colonel Thompson, C.I.E.

The annual report of Superintendent Crowhurst mentioned that two ale-houses and two beer-houses that had been referred for compensation were closed on December 31st last. These houses were the "Jolly Sailors," Milton; the "Criterion," Sheerness; the "Good Intent," Sheerness: and the "Sons of Sheppy," Minster.



Alfred Gardler was the younger brother of Isaac Gardler of the "Prince of Waterloo."

It has been said that the pub was still serving beer up to the start of the Great War in 1914, but at present I haven't found the proof for this statement.

Wendy Evergreen suggests that the building was known as Belmont Lodge after the pub closed.

I have been informed that the pub was probably demolished around about 1970 and it is said that when it was being knocked down a lorry ended up falling through into the cellar.



RELFE ???? 1857+

GARDLER Alfred 1858-62+ (age 29 in 1861Census)

HUSSEY Isaac 1881+ (age 48 in 1881Census)

GARLINGE Thomas 1891-1901+ (age 54 in 1901Census)




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