Sort file:- Chatham, December, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 20 December, 2021.


Earliest 1872-

Three Brothers

Latest ????

55 Cross Street/Slykates Hill


Three Brothers 1950s

Above photo circa 1950s. Kindly sent by Peter Greening.

Here is a photo of the "Three Brothers" when it was run by the Pocock family in the 1950's.

The hill alongside the pub is Slicketts Hill (previously Sly Kate's Hill) and the other road is Cross Street. Back then my grandfather ran the Christmas Club in the pub. Also when I was asked to find my Nan, the first place I looked was the in the snug where she would be with all her old cronies drinking their Guinness.

The snug door is the door on Slicketts Hill. The door at the front was the bottle and jug and the door in Cross Street led into the main public bar.

Unfortunately the pub is no longer there. I think that it was pulled down in the 1990's.


Peter Greening.


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


The name Slycates Hill. This was originally a field track leading up to an area called Slycates Hill up on the lines, this corrupted to Slicketts Hill and is spelt as such in news article dated 1790, there after it corrupted again by the 1830s to Sly Kate's Hill when buildings started to be built there and eventually c1880 on the maps back to Slicketts Hill.


From the Maidstone and Kentish Journal, Monday, 28 May, 1866.


Messrs. Cobb have received instructions from the Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Ashley, to sell by auction, in the month of June, at the "Sun Hotel," Chatham.

The Valuable Freehold and Leasehold Public Houses, Beer Houses, Trade Premises, Dwelling Houses, &c., viz:-

The "Three Brothers," Slickets Hill, Chatham.


Further notice as to time, &c., of sale, will shortly be issued.

Particulars in the meantime may be obtained of Messrs. Acworth and Son, Solicitors, Star Hill, Rochester; of Messrs. Morris, Stone, Townson, and Morris, solicitors, Moorgate Street Chambers, Moorgate Street; and of Messrs. Cobb, surveyors and land agents, 26, Lincoln's-inn-fields, London, and Rochester, Kent.


From and email received 26 June 2020.

My father, Albert Victor Caulfield took over the running of the pub when Lil Pocock died. Dad was born close to the pub. He helped out with deliveries as a youth.... in fact, he said it was the Pococks who brought him up, as he was part of a large family and the Pococks were childless. His sister Cath was employed by the Pococks for many years.

Dad would have run The Three Brothers from around 1967 to 1974 or 5, when the pub was torn down.

He was transferred by Courage Breweries to the "Kings Arms" in Upnor, Kent.

He had three sons.

Yours Kay Austen, Vancouver, Canada.



MEDHURST Joseph 1871-72+ (Chelsea pensioner Sergeant age 38 in 1871Census) Licensing Records 1872

McDOWELL Adelaide (widow) 1881+ Census (Beer House Keeper)

BRUNT William 1891+ Census

DENNEY Alfred 1901-03+ CensusPost Office Directory 1903

SAGE Bertie Thomas 1911+ (age 35 in 1911Census)

POCOCK Thomas "Tickle" 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930

POCOCK Lil 1950s-67 dec'd

CAULFIELD Albert Victor 1967-75 Next pub licensee had


Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872


Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930


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