Page Updated:- Sunday, 01 August, 2021.


Earliest 1871-

Walnut Tree

Latest 1913+

Borstal Road


Former Walnut Tree 2018

Above photo circa 2018. Kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


The 1901 census gave the address as High Street, listed next to 1-5 Mayhew Terrace (Debi Birkin says the name is still on the houses next door.)


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.


Chatham News, Saturday 2 April 1870.

Transfer of Licenses.

A transfer of licence for the "Walnut Tree," Borstal was granted to Mr. J. Foskett from Mr. T. Pankhust.

There were no criminal cases before the Bench this morning.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Saturday 4 July 1891.

A Slight Mistake.

William Hills, 39, of Borstall, was charged at the City Police Court, on Tuesday, with stealing one piece of bacon, 2lbs of sugar, 2lbs of cheese, 2 packets of cocoa, and one packet of tea, valued at 5s. 4d, the property of Alfred Mercer on the 27th ult., at Borstal.

Prosecutor said he was on his way home when he went into the "Walnut Tree" public-house, Borstal to get a drink, leaving the goods on the floor in the bar. When he was about to leave he mused the articles. Prisoner was afterwards arrested by P.C. Mayger with the goods in his possession.

Prisoner pleaded not guilty, and said he thought the goods were his property.

Fined 10s, and allowed till Saturday to pay.


Chatham News, Saturday 18 July 1891.

Presentation to a Forester.

A pleasing ceremony took place at the last Court meeting of Court 5611 of the Ancient Order of Foresters, at the "Walnut Tree Inn," Borstal, when P.C.H. Bro. J. Foskutt was presented with a gold signet ring bearing a suitable inscription, as an acknowledgment of his 20 years' services as treasurer. P.C.R. Bro. W. H. Beckwith made the presentation with a few appropriate and well chosen remarks. There was a large gathering, and after business came conviviality, which lasted until closing time.



PANKHURST T Mr to Apr/1870

FOSKETT Job Apr/1870-91+ (age 37 in 1871Census)

PARKER Charles 1901-03+ (age 38 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

RELF Walter 1911+ (age 52 in 1911Census)

STEVENS Frederick 1913+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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