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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest ????

Globe

Latest ????

72 Montague Road

West Minster

Sheerness

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Paul Prior. Also shown further up the road is the "Medway Tavern."

Globe 1980s

Above photo, circa 1980, also shown to the left is the "Medway Tavern." Kindly sent by Paul Prior.

Above map, date unknown. Yellow showing location of "Globe", magenta the "Medway Tavern."

 

From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday, November 24th, 1863.

Ferocious assault.

A Seaman named Ballard, belonging to H.M.S. Horatio, was on the 16th inst. committed for 6 weeks hard labour, for a most brutal assault on Mrs. Fenner, landlady of the "Globe Inn," at Westminster. It seems that Ballard wanted Mrs. Fenner to lend him ten shillings, and on her refusing to do so he used the most disgusting language, and beat and kicked her fearfully until he was taken away by main force.

 

From the South Eastern Gazette, 21 November, 1865.

The rating of the "Globe" pubhlic house, West Minster, was reduced from 24 15s., to 19 15s., and that of the mill and premises near the Roman Catholic Chapel from 30 to 25, on application made by the occupiers.

 

From the East Kent Gazette, 5 December, 1865.

BEER HOUSE AND PUBLIC HOUSE TO LET.

The "Globe" public house, at Westminster, Sheerness.

Cash required about 50.

Applied to Mr Howe, Kent Isle stores, Sheerness.

 

From the Kentish Mercury, 2 November, 1866.

Accidental Death from Poison.

An inquest was held before T Hills, Esq., coroner, at the "Globe Inn" West Minster, on the body of William Carter, aged 49 years.

It appeared that the deceased, who had been employed by Mr. Jessop to look alter some sheep, had in his possession a bottle containing a quantity of wash, prepared for the purpose of destroying the tick; that he was subject to fits, and that he always was, affected very strangely for some time from their effects, not having any knowledge of what he was about; that during Wednesday night and Thursday morning the deceased had three separate attacks, and that after the third attack he got out of bed and drank the contents of the bottle, which was in the fire-grate in his bedroom.

He died in much suffering about five minutes after the arrival of Dr. Larkin. He was sensible to the last but had no knowledge of having taken the poison.

The jury returned a verdict of “death from accidentally taking poison, while labouring under the effects of a fit.”

 

From the Canterbury Journal and Farmers Gazette, 8 October, 1910.

GAMING MACHINES IN PUBLIC HOUSES.

SHEPPEY LICENSED VICTUALLER CONVICTED.

A case of some importance to publicans before the Sittingbournc magistrates sitting Petty Sessions on Monday, wheu William Broad licensee of the "Globe Inn." West Minster, Sheppey, was summoned for allowing gaming on licensed premises by permitting a slot machine to be used on September 18th. The magistrates on the Bench were Mr. R. G. E. Locke (chairman), Messrs. G. H. Dean. R. Mercer. T. Denson. H. A. Hadaway, W. R. Elgar, and Lumley Webb.

Mr. H. J. Bracher prosecuted on behalf the Chief Constable of Kent, and Mr. A. Bodkin. barrister, appeared for the defence.

The machine in question was called "Improved Pickwick," and a penny is put in a slot, two balls being released and then played with until they are either lost or caught in a cup. In the latter event a voucher to the value of twopence is returned. Mr. Bracher contended that if a game was played on licensed premises for money or money's worth, whether the game was legal or illegal, it constituted gaming under Section 17 of the Licensing Act of 1872.

Mr. Bodkin submitted that as the machine was patented and a patent was never granted for a machine that was to be used for an lawful or immoral purpose, no gaming can take place with it. The penny in the slot not staked, it being simply a payment for use of the means for playing the game.

The Bench, after witnessing the machine operation, decided to convict and imposes a fine of 5s., with 11s. costs. They intimated however, that they were quite prepared to state a case.

 

From A CHRONICLE OF THE CENTURY, VOLUME 3 (1950-1974) by BOB OGLEY.

GOODBYE WESTMINSTER -- A VILLAGE OF HAPPY MEMORIES.

NOVEMBER. The tiny village of WESTMINSTER, midway between QUEENBOROUGH and SHEERNESS, has finally been abandoned by the inhabitants. Bulldozers will soon move in and all that will remain of the once- thriving community will be memories.

Westminster has never recovered from the devastating floods of two years ago. On that unforgettable night every home was inundated to a depth of five feet and the village became marooned, cut off from the rest of the island, surrounded by the fast-flowing, icy waters of the North Sea.

There were no human casualties. Apart from one young man sleeping downstairs on what became a floating mattress, all the inhabitants were in the upper storeys. The unfortunate man was rescued.

It took weeks for the water to subside but it left behind a deposit of slimy mud that was almost impossible to clean. Gradually the residents moved away to be rehoused in other areas of Sheppey but everywhere on the island they still talk about the village that "was washed away."

Westminster comprised of two main streets, Montague Road and Cromwell Road. There were two pubs, the "Globe Inn" and "Medway Tavern," a post office and general store and a small hall known as the Bethel Chapel which doubled as a Sunday School. The gas works, still prominent, dominated the village. Most of the men worked at the dockyard.

 

There is a little confusion over the licensee list of this "Globe" and the "Globe" addressed at Elmley. I am hoping to sort itself out in due course as research continues.

 

LICENSEE LIST

LAWRENCE Henry 1862+

MARTIN R 1867+

FENNER David 1873-74+

GOODBAN Robert 1881-1903+ (age 35 in 1881Census) Kelly's 1903

BROAD William 1910-18+ (age 47 in 1911Census)

POOLE Henry George 1938+

 

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

CensusCensus

 

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