Sort file:- Chatham, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1768-

Sun Family & Commercial Hotel and Posting House

Latest ????

76 High Street


Sun Hotel 1926

Above photo 1926 showing the entrance to the hotel on the right.

Sun Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Sun advert 1864

Above advert 1864.

Commercial Hotel

Above photo showing what was described as the "Commercial Hotel and Dining Rooms" on the High Street, circa 1930s.

Sun Hotel 1960

Above photo 1960.

Above photo, date unknown.

Sun Hotel 1965

Above photo, circa 1965.


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:-


T38. Premises at Chatham, Maidstone and Milton-next-Sittingbourne [including land next to the "Sun Tavern;" The "Globe Hotel;" The "United Service;" The "Criterion" beershop; the "Red Lion;" and cafe, formerly the "General Havelock," all in High Street, Chatham; land, part of Room Lane Farm, Old Maidstone Road, Chatham; Fant Farm, Maidstone; Church Field (29 acres). Church Farm, Milton next Sittingbourne] (8 docs.)


The Licensing Records of 1872 stated the premises held a Full License and was owned by Edward Winch of Chatham.


I have reference to this pub from the Kentish Gazette or Canterbury Chronicle September 1768, when the paper advertised the sale of household furniture at Minster Abbey, on the Isle of Sheppey. It was stated that catalogues could be obtained from this public house. See Notes of 1768.


Kentish Gazette 10 January 1778.

John Aldersley, Late Servant to Mr. Farley, of the "Fountain Inn," Canterbury, begs leave to acquaint his friends and the public in general, that he has taken the "Sun Tavern," at Chatham, in Kent. Late in the Occupation of Mrs. Champion.

He has laid in a fresh stock of Wines of all sorts, with a good Larder, pleasant Lodging Rooms open to the River Medway, with a fine prospect to his Majesty's Dockyard.

Those Gentlemen, who please to favour him with their Commands, may depend upon the best Accomodations, which will be gratefully acknowledged, and esteemed by their most humble Servant at Command. John Aldersley.

Neat Post-Chaises, with able Horses and careful Drivers.



Henry Spurrier died of complications following surgery. He had lived in Chatham only for five years, taking over the "Sun Hotel", Chatham, in 1884. Before this he ran an hotel at Deal, ("The Black Horse"), prior to this he was in the slate business at Folkestone.

His time at the "Sun" was so successful that he purchased the freehold recently, he had also run the "Mitre Hotel", also in Chatham.
Six years before his death, he was elected to Chatham Council for St. Mary's Ward, he was a Conservative, but not dogmatically so. He was for some time on the Board of Guardians; he was a Director of the Rochester and Chatham Savings Bank and a Director of the Chatham Constitutional Club.

Tribute from the Mayor of Chatham, ".....not only had the family been deprived of a good husband and excellent father, but the Borough had lost a good citizen, whose memory would be cherished by his colleagues on the council and by his brother tradesmen ("hear, hear")"


The pub also housed the "Sun Tap" at the rear.

Pigot's Directory of 1828 called the premises the "Sun Tavern and York Hotel."

In 1927 a new building was erected to the right hand side of the original.



CHAMPION Mrs to Jan/1778 Kentish Gazette

ALDERSLEY John Jan/1778+ Kentish Gazette

GURR John 1793+ Trade Directory 1793

ASHENDEN William 25/Mar/1803+

GREENSTREET William 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34 (Sun, High Street)

RICKMAN Thomas 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29 (Sun Tavern and York Hotel)

BIRCH Henry 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34 (Sun Tavern and York Hotel)

WINCH Edward 1838-64+ (also brewer and wine merchant age 53 in 1861Census) Wright's Topography 1838

WILLIS William 1872-82+ (age 60 in 1881Census) Licensing Records 1872

Last pub licensee had SPURRIER Henry 1884-91+ (age 49 in 1891Census)

DOWLAND Douglas 1911-13+ (age 45 in 1911Census)



Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette

Trade Directory 1793Universal British Directory of Trade 1793

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

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

Wright's Topography 1838Wright's Topography 1838

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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