Sort file:- Chatham, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 11 September, 2021.


Earliest 1872-

York Hotel

Latest 1978-

(Name to)

13 Ordnance Terrace (Watts Terrace)


York Whitbread signYork Whitbread sign

Awaiting picture of Whitbread sign.

Above aluminium card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 49.


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:-


E96. 6 messuages, at nos. 13-18 [no. 18 being "York Tavern"] (1 bundle)


The Town Planning map and subsequent trade directories of 1866 referred to it as the "York Tavern and Railway Inn." It may have also been referred to, if indeed named the "Duke of York" in the 1950s.


The Licensing Records of 1872 stated the premises held a Full License and was owned by James Breeze of Ordnance Place.

This changed name, date unknown to "O'Connells" and later still to the "Railway Tavern."


Kentish Gazette, 18 September 1849.

CHATHAM. Sudden Death of Dr. Hardy.

On Tuesday last an inquest was held before J. Hinde, Esq., coroner, at the "York Tavern," Ordnance-place, touching the death of Dr. Hardy, who was found dead at his residence, No. 12, Front-row, Ordnance-place.

The first witness examined was the deceased’s servant, Sarah Di Villing, who stated that on Friday morning, the 7th inst. the deceased sent her with a note to Fort Pitt, to be excused attending his duty, as he felt very unwell. At 9 o'clock at night the deceased retired to bed. The next morning at 7 o’clock, she went upstairs to the deceased's bedroom door, and, having knocked and received no answer, she opened it, and found deceased, with his head resting on the floor, and his legs and part of his body on the bed, quite dead. She then called for assistance, and Mrs. Gilbert, a next-door neighbour, and Dr. Irving came in. The deceased was 35 years of age. Dr. J. Irving, a medical officer at the Fort, went into Dr. Hardy’s house, and found the deceased quite dead; he appeared to have been so about five hours. Witness had every reason to believe that the deceased's death was from a fit of epilepsy. The jury returned a verdict of "Found dead, arising from a fit."


Kentish Gazette, 2 December 1851.


LONDON, Nov. 27. (Before Mr. Commissioner Fonblanque.)

Re Dadd. The York Inn, Chatham.

This was a meeting for similar objects, namely, proof of debts and choice of assigners, under the bankruptcy of Richard William Dadd, of the "York Inn," Ordnance-place, Chatham, victualler and builder.

Messrs. Cox and Sons represented the petitioning creditors, Messrs. Burleigh and Snelgar, of Devonshire-square, Bishopsgate, who made Dadd a bankrupt on the 14th inst. for a debt of 73 11s. 6d.

The bankrupt surrendered and obtained protection on the same day that the adjudication took place. Among the proofs at this sitting were—Mr. Francis Fussell, of Chatham, tobacconist, 24 3s. 8d.; the petitioning creditors, 73. 11s. 6d.; Mr. William Devonshire Savill, of Chatham, wine-merchant, 13 5s.3d.; Mr. Geo. Richards Burnett, of Vauxhall, distiller, 116 15s. 10d., &c., &c.

Mr. William Snelgar, of the firm of Burleigh and Co., was nominated to act as trade assignee, and accepted the trust.

The Court also sanctioned the appointment of Messrs. Hutton, Boulton, and Co., of Moorgate-street, to act as the bankrupt's accountants in the preparation of his balance sheet.

The next sitting for the further proof of debts and examination of the bankrupt is the 23rd of December next, at one o’clock, to which time his protection was renewed.


Kentish Gazette, 18 April 1854.

Maidstone. COUNTY COURT.

The usual monthly county court was held on Monday and Tuesday, before J. 'Espinassr, Esq. There were 241 original summonses; and 28 after judgments. They were mostly of the ordinary character, devoid of points worthy of public notice.


Richard Dadd, formerly of the "York Tavern," Ordnance-place, Chatham, licensed victualler, and dealer in tobacco; and then and late of No. 3, Bath-place, St. Nicholas, Rochestar, out of business or employ, was discharged unopposed.




DAD Richard William 1847-54 (age 47 in 1851Census)

BREEZE James 1862-79+ Post Office Directory 1862Licensing Records 1872Post Office Directory 1874

WHITE Frederick Post Office Directory 1882

LARKING Richard Larking 1891 Post Office Directory 1891

MYALL Walter 1891+ (age 48 in 1891Census)

MULDER John 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

BRADFORD Harry 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

WRIGHT John 1930-38+ Post Office Directory 1930Post Office Directory 1938

Last pub licensee had POOLE Albert 1946+


Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891


Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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