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High Street (Clover Lane 1832 Pigot's Directory 1832-34)



The following information has only been seen to date in the Universal British Directory of Trade 1793, unfortunately the only information it contained was the name of the licensee and pub but no address. I have found no other reference to the pub so far.

Further research gives an address of High Street from the Pigot's Directory of 1828, while the same in 1832 states Clover Lane.


Local paper of 7 Feb 1786.

...went to the Ferry and so to Chatham, Rochester and Strood. At night slept at John Elvy’s at the Wool Pack in Chatham. John Jenkins died suddenly in his bed.

8 Feb - Up at 3 on account of the death of the above man....


From Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser 13 October 1825.


Tuesday, a letter addressed by Mr. Dodd, the landlord of the "Woolpack Inn," Chatham, was received by Weller, the poor man whose child was stolen one day last week from a girl to whom it was entrusted, which there is every reason to hope, may lead to the apprehension of the wretch who kidnapped the baby. Immediately on Weller receiving the letter, he hastened to Union Hall with it, and Grossmith, an active officer of the establishment, was dispatched immediately to Chatham, in order to pursue the fugitive. The substance of the letter was to this effect:- Mr. Dodd, having read a description of the woman in the newspapers, recollected that the day preceding a woman answering the description so given, was at his house with a young infant which was believed not to be her own child, on her being questioned about it. She ordered it some boiled milk, of which the child having partaken, it went to sleep, and she then departed. But the writer had a clue by which she may be pursued. The mother of the stolen baby still continues very ill, through excessive anxiety about its welfare. The father accompanied Grossmith in the pursuit.


From the Kentish Gazette, 5 December 1848.

CHATHAM. Military Affray at Chatham.

On Saturday evening some serious effects were anticipated in consequence of some men belonging to the Royal Marines manifesting a disposition of violence at the "White Hart" public-house, in the High-street. Being, however, foiled in their object at that house, they left and entered the tap-room at the "Woolpack," where some men belonging to the 17th Regiment and some soldiers of the Provisional Battalion and civilians were sitting. A soldier of the Marine Artillery, and a private of the Marines, entered first and asked who had any thing to say about a "Pig Marine," and not meeting with a reply, and the landlady refusing to draw them any beer, a signal was given, and immediately from 30 to 40 marines entered the tap-room and commenced fighting with every one present. Resistance was offered, and a serious disturbance ensued; every sort of weapon was seized in defence, and blood flowed pretty freely from those who received wounds. One marine had his nose split from the blow of a pewter pot, and the tap-room tables and flooring were marked with blood in several places. The police-constables were sent for, who, seeing the violence of the soldiers, sent an express to the barracks for assistance, and but for the timely arrival of about a dozen pickets together with the inlaying picket, commanded by an officer, some lives would have been lost, as there was nearly a thousand civilians collected, some taking one part and some the other; but owing to the orderly conduct of the men of the several pickets the ringleaders were secured and marched off to the guard room. No blame whatever attaches to either the men of the 17th or the Provisional Battalion in provoking the outrage. They were sitting quietly and were sober when their assailants came in. This affair is to be investigated by the commandant. The landlady of the "Woolpack" has identified the marine artillerymen and also the marine as the ringleaders.

South Eastern Gazette 08 August 1854.


At the magistrates' office on Friday last, Matthias Charles Garrett, landlord of the "Woolpack," Chatham, was charged by Inspector Flenley with having twelve measures in his possession, all unjust; he had also been previously convicted of using deficient weights; fined 1, and 15s. costs.



ELVY John 1786+

CRUMP Robert 1793+ Trade Directory 1793

DODD Mr 1825+

ROGERS Joseph 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

RICH George 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

GARRETT Matthias Charles 1854+


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


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