Sort file:- Rochester, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 25 March, 2021.


Earliest 1769-

Star Inn

Closed 2015-

198 High Street / Star Hill (Eastgate Pigot's Directory 1832-34)



Star Hotel

Above photo of a pub, the Star Hotel, unknown date kindly sent by Peter Moynahan.

Star Hotel 1927

Above photo 1927, stating The Star Hotel at the junction of Star Hill and Rochester High Street. The scaffolding behind the hotel on the right is the new Star Hotel under construction.

Star Hotel 1927

Above photo, 1927.

Star Inn

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Garth Wyver.

Star Inn 1920s

Above photo, circa 1920s.

Star 1927

Above photo 1927.

Star Inn

Photos date unknown from by John Law.


Looking at the pictures above it would seem that this pub has been rebuilt at some time. At present I do not know when.

I have reference to two different "Star's" that I believe some of the information gets confused with each other. Rochester and Gillingham only being about 2 miles apart. The first being this one and the other being the "Star" at Gillingham. Local knowledge required to separate these required I think.

I have reference to a meeting held at the "Bull Inn" regarding a meeting to make a new road from the “Star” in Eastgate to Chatham Hill in 1769.

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

The Star, a modernised Ind Coope house (1987), perhaps has given its name to the Star Hill on which it sits or possible the other way round.


From the Kentish Gazette, Friday, 6 April, 1787.

To Cover this Season, at 2 guineas a Mare, and 5 shillings the groom, at Mr. Bethel Wybourn's at Shouldham, near deal, and at Mr. John Collington's, at Badlesmere Lees near Faversham, and at the "Star" on Chatham Hill.

The noted Bay horse, Hope.

Hope is upwards of fifteen hands high; was bred by the late Mr. Wildman; was got by the noted Horse, King Herod, the property of the late Duke of Cumberland, and whose pedigree and performances are so well known on the turf that it is needless to publish them; is Dan by Mask, who was the Sire of the famous horse Eclipse.

Hope will be at Mr. Collinton's on Saturday, 28th of April, and will continue there till the Wednesday morning following, from thence to the "Star" at Chatham Hill, and continue till Friday, and from every other Saturday during the season, and at all other times he will be at Shouldham.

Hope has been very successful in getting Colts, all of which are remarkably large and bony.

Good grass for Mares, and proper are taken of them, at 2s per week.


From the Kentish Gazette, Friday 8 February, 1788.

Cock Fighting.

A Mane of Cocks to be fought on Monday, February 11th, at the "Star," Chatham Hill, between the Gentlemen of East Kent and the Gentlemen of West Kent.

To fight Eleven Battles of 5 guineas as a Battle.

To begin weigh at 11 o'clock, and to fight a pair of large Cocks before dinner for ten Guineas a Cock.


Diary or Woodfall’s Register, April 8, 1791.

“Will Ward, Mendoza and Johnson, and many others of the bruising tribe, are arrived here, and we hear the "Star Inn" is in future to be a school for this science.”


From the Kentish Gazette, Friday 2 September, 1796.

A married man, as Bailiff, to board four servants at Michaelmas next.

Enquire at the "Star," on Chatham Hill, Gillingham, 28th August 1796.


From the Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 15 March, 1796.

Tuesday last died, Mr. Town, of the "Star," on Chatham Hill.


Kent Gazette, 22 January, 1839.


A pot-house meeting was held at the "Star," Eastgate, convened by some pot-house proprietors from Greenwich, belonging to some pot-house newspaper of the right Radical stamp. The proprietors of the respectable concern issued circulars to the friends of freedom and liberty to meet upon particular business; but the few Rads., who attended were observed to turn blue when the objects of the proprietors were made known, - which was to solicit shareholders to the concern. The Rads., however, were proof against the persuasive eloquence addressed to them. The poor proprietors tore themselves away to seek flats elsewhere.


From the Kentish Gazette, 7 March 1843.


Serious Charge.

This morning the county justices in petty sessions were occupied for some time hearing a complaint against Ensign Robert Dawson Chapman, and Ensign James Le Marchant Carey, officers belonging to her Majesty’s 44th Regiment of Foot, for killing and stealing three fowls, the property of Mrs. Walker, residing in a cottage on the London-road, near to the village of Rainham.

From the statement of the complainant it appeared that on Wednesday morning last, between the hours of 12 and one o’clock, in consequence of hearing three distinct reports of a gun, she went to her door, and saw two gentlemen with guns in their hands picking up her fowls.

She immediately went to them and asked why they had shot her fowls? The gentlemen said, "They are not your fowls; they belong to the landlord, Mr. Foster, of the "Star Inn," for he told us so."

She (Mrs. Walker) said they were her fowls, and then one of the gentlemen fired off his double-barrelled gun so close that she did not know whether her head was on her shoulders or not, as she was very much frightened.

The gentlemen carried away her birds, and took them to the "Star Inn," to which place she followed them. At the inn she saw the landlord’s servant, who told her that her master was not at home, and not knowing what to do she returned home.

After a short time she again went to the inn and saw Mr. Foster, to whom she related all the circumstances, and asked whether the gentlemen would pay her for the fowls they had killed and taken away.

Mr. Foster said, "the gentlemen should not pay for them; he did not care a — about the fowls." After that she saw one of the officers, and she asked him to pay her for her property he had destroyed, when he laughed, and gave her two cards, bearing the names of Sir Rowland Hill and John Dawson.

The birds were valuable, of a favourite breed, and worth 12s.

Adams, the constable of Luton, said he had ascertained the officers had had two of the fowls cooked at the inn for their dinner, which they ate; the third fowl they carried away with them.

The magistrates said it was a most disgraceful case, and amounted to a felony. The Court granted warrants for the immediate apprehension of the parties. Adams, the constable, with a witness, left Rochester by the mail for Deal, where the officers are now with their depot. Ensign Carey is the son of General Theophilus Carey.


From the Kentish Gazette, 14 March 1843.

Charge of Fraud.— Rochester Petty Session’s.

On Wednesday last Mr. George Spice, keeper of the toll-gate on Chatham Hill, appeared before the County Magistrates and exhibited a complaint against Robert Dawson Chapman and John Le Marchant Carey, two officers of the 44th Regiment of Foot, for refusing to pay the toll on their passing through the turnpike-gate on two consecutive days, viz., 22d and 23d of February last, whereby they have incurred the penalty of 5 on each occasion.

From the statement of the toll-keeper, it appeared that on the 22nd of last month a one-horse fly belonging to Mr. Randall, of the "Mitre Inn," Chatham, drove up to the gate about twelve o’clock in the day, and he demanded the sum of threepence for toll; there were two persons in the carriage; one of the gentlemen stated that Mr. Foster, the landlord of the "Star Inn," would pay; and knowing Mr. Foster, he allowed the carriage to pass through, on the road to Rainham.

About an hour afterwards the same carriage returned through the gate empty; about ten o’clock at night of the same day, the same carriage drove up to the turnpike gate, when the driver said he was going to the "Star Inn" to fetch the party he took there in the morning; he did so, and returned.

The next day, Thursday, about three o'clock in the afternoon, the same fly, with two persons inside, drove up to the gate, and as before he demanded the toll. One of the gentlemen inside said, "Mr. Foster will pay you, as he has authorised me to use his name," and he allowed the carriage to proceed. On Saturday he went to the "Star Inn," and saw Mr. Foster, the landlord, and demanded the toll for the carriage, when Mr. Foster said he should not pay the money, neither had he ever authorised the two officers to make use of his name. The demand of the fly was sixpence. The turnpike gate is about 50 rods distance from the "Star," on the Rainham-road. The proprietor of the gate is Mr. Sandys, of Canterbury.

The Court asked Spice if he had seen the officers since.

Spice:— I have not, your worship; they are at Deal with their regiment.

The Magistrates granted summonses against the officers, giving direction to Bines, the officer, to execute them on the officers, at Maidstone, on Tuesday, when they will appear as witnesses at the Assizes against Foster, for felony.


From the Kentish Gazette, 15 December 1846.


CORNWALL:— Nov. 30, in Troy Town, Rochester, Alice, wife of Mr. T. Cornwall, formerly of the "Star Inn," aged 77.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 30 April 1853.


Early on Friday morning last great surprise was caused by a posse of officers connected with the coast-guard ship, stationed at Rochester bridge, surrounding the premises of Mr. Allen, landlord of the "Star Inn," in this city, for the purpose of intercepting and seizing a large quantity of contraband goods, which were supposed to be lying concealed on those premise.

The officers, six in number, arrived about two o’clock on Friday morning, when they immediately surrounded the house and premises, which they narrowly watched till ten in the same morning. At that time the lieutenant, armed with a warrant, and accompanied by the officers, entered the house, the whole of which they searched for upwards of an hour, but not the slightest clue to anything of a contraband nature was discovered. Various surmises are abroad as to these extraordinary proceedings, as from the well-know respectability of the house there is not the slightest suspicion of anything partaking of an illegal character being carried on, and the landlord can only attribute it to the weak invention of some malicious individual. But the more general belief is that it was only a ruse on the part of some clever contrabandists, who thus drew on the officers’ attention to another spot, and by these means gave themselves a clearer chance of "running" their goods.

We understand that domiciliary visits of a similar nature have been frequently made in this neighbourhood, not only to public-houses, but likewise to those of private families with the same bootless result.


I know the pub was open in 2006, but information taken from the Closed Pubs Project in 2018 indicated that the pub had closed, unfortunately it never stated when this happened. Local knowledge required please. The What Pub web site indicated that this could have been as early as 2015.



HOWES Robert 1824+

WEBB Francis 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

WEBB Mary 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FOSTER Mr 1843+

BAKER William 1847+

ALLEN Mr 1853+

ALLEN Elizabeth Mrs 1858-70+

ALLEN Elizabeth Miss 1874-82+ (age 65 in 1881Census)

WISDOM George Gideon 1891+

TROTTER Ernest H 1911-13+

AUSTIN George B 1918+

KEENE Martha Elizabeth Mrs 1922+

LUKES P A Mrs 1938+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


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