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Page Updated:- Friday, 01 March, 2024.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1866-

Angel

Closed Dec 2022

Station Road

Rainham

07510 642541

https://www.facebook.com/14TheAngel

https://whatpub.com/angel

Angel 2016

Above photo 11 January 2016, kindly sent by Michael Nancollas.

Angel 2021

Above photo, August 2012, kindly taken and sent by Maggie Francis.

Angel 2021

Above photo, August 2012, kindly taken and sent by Maggie Francis.

Angel 2023

Above photo 2023.

Angel signAngel sign 2016

Above sign left 2014, sign right 2016.

Angel sign 2024

Above sign 2024.

 

Chelmsford Chronicle 22nd January 1841.

DIED 9th inst., at the "Angel Inn," Rainham, (This is actually the Rainham in Essex, not the Kent one.) after a short illness, which he bore with Christian fortitude, deeply regretted by his family and friends. Mr. George Beal, aged 61.

This is my last Will & Testament made this twenty second day of September 1840 by which I desire that my household furniture and the goodwill of my house be disposed of within four month from the date of my death as well as all other property of which I may be possessed. & that after all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid the remainder to be divided in the following manner viz. to my son James the sum of fifty pounds to be expended in placing him as an apprentice to some business, to my married daughters Mary, Amelia, Elizabeth and Sarah the sum of ten pounds each & to my unmarried daughters Julia, Rosetta and Emma the remainder of my property in equal proportions to each but should not my property realise sufficient to leave each of my married daughters the sum of fifty pounds in that case I bequeath to my son James only twenty five pounds, to my married daughters only five pounds each and the remainder to my single daughters and I do hereby appoint Richard Reynolds and James Reynolds to be executors of this my last will and testament.

Rainham Essex September 22nd 1840 - George Beal, Rainham - Witness to the signature of George Beal, Rainham Edward Mee Daldy - James Reynolds.

 

Appeared Personally James Reynolds of Hornchurch in the county of Essex, farmer and made oath that he is one of the attesting witnesses to the last will and testament of George Beal late of Rainham in the said county innkeeper deceased bearing date the twenty second day of September one thousand eight hundred and forty now hereunto annexed and he further made oath that on the twenty second day of September aforesaid that said testator duly executed his said will (by signing his name) at the foot or end thereof in the presence of this appearer and of Edward Mee Daldy the other subscribed witness thereto both of whom were present at the same time and this appearer and the said Edward Mee Daldy thereupon attested and subscribed the said will in the presence of the said testator - James Reynolds - on the 2nd day of February 1841 the said James Reynolds was duly sworn to the truth of this affidavit before me John Daubeny?

 

Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette 7 March 1903.

THREE LICENCE RENEWALS REFUSED.

The renewal of the licences of the "Highlanders," Minster; the "Ordnance Arms," Queenborough; the "Angel," Rainham; the "Chalk Tavern," Milton; and "Rainham Mark" beerhouse were opposed by the police. The Bench refused the renewal of the licences of the "Highlanders," the "Ordnance Arms," and the "Rainham Mark," but granted renewals to the "Chalk Tavern" and the "Angel Inn."

 

 

Late 2015-early 2016 the pub was on offer as follows:-

 

THE ANGEL INN RAINHAM KENT, TENANCY AVAILABLE.

The Angel is situated on a busy station road in Rainham, which is a town located approximately a ten minute drive into Gillingham. The pub is only a short walk away from the centre of the town where you will find the local shopping centre and all amenities. Trading Style.

The Angel is in desperate need of investment and Admiral Taverns is desperate to invest, once the right business partner is found. It will be the most attractive local pub post investment! Despite its condition there is currently an excellent core customer base with a strong emphasis on real ale drinkers.

Trade Accommodation.

The outlet trades from one L shaped bar with a sports area which is served from a central bar. There is a ground floor kitchen with an attractive beer garden to the side of the pub. There is also a car park for up to 12 cars. Admiral Taverns� investment will include external redecoration and toilet refurbishments as a minimum.

Private Accommodation The private accommodation consists of four bedrooms, lounge, kitchen and bathroom all in reasonably good order. Estimated Ingoing Required 8,000 Starting rent 23,000 post investment Fixtures and Fittings 4,000 (estimated) Funding options available for the right tenant. Agreement Type.

3 Year Tenancy Agreement.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Alex Langridge, 18 February 2023.

The Angel pub, Rainham, taken over by former landlords of The Command House, Chatham.

New landlords have high hopes a town pub will be brought back to life with a 185,000 investment.

David Carroll and partner Emma Smith have already spruced up The Angel in Rainham with a lick of paint, sofas, a fireplace and introduced food for the first time in its history.

But the major cash injection to completely transform the boozer is expected at the end of March by pub company Admiral Taverns.

It will be shut for up to four weeks for the refurbishment which will see the entire place gutted and re-fitted.

David, 37, said: "We want to give it some life again. It looked so tired, it did not feel welcoming. We want it to feel comfortable and we want families coming in.

"We want to be a home away from home. A public house is just that, a place for people to feel safe and comfortable.

"We are people people. We love chatting and hearing stories.

Angel and licensees 2023

The Angel will be closing in a few months to undergo a massive refurbishment.

Angel inside 2023

The pub will be gutted and completely re-done in April.

"Our main focus is to deliver quality, to be the best. We want to be that little step above anyone else.

"Pubs have changed so much, we want to give it a refresh but keep that personal touch you do not find as much any more."

Emma, 33, added: "This place just needed some investment. We like a big project. We look at places and see what can be done and look past what is already there.

"We like to see place's potential. It is about bringing it back to life. We personally prefer and find people prefer to go into a pub and the people behind the bar know your name and smile.

"There is not many of them around any more. It is what I want to give people."

The couple – who are originally from Essex – ran The "Command House" in Chatham between 2019 and 2020 before moving to Suffolk where they had another two pubs.

They have now moved back to Kent and are living in Rainham.

"To run a pub, it is got to be your life," David added. "If you do not live on site, you can not give it you whole attention."

The pair took over The Angel, on the corner of Station Road and Lower Rainham Road, in December after former landlord Stuart Hart came to the end of his tenancy.

They want it to be a pub for everyone in the community, including families, and hope to host events such as quizzes, music nights and prosecco brunches.

The "Eagle" in Maidstone recently reopened after a 100,000 investment for Admiral Taverns.

It is run by husband and wife duo Gary and Claire Banfield who also wanted to give their business a fresh look and feel.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Alex Langridge, 24 May 2023.

New landlords wanted by Admiral Taverns to run The Angel pub in Rainham after 185k refurb fund.

Speculation has grown over the future of a town pub after it loses its new landlords.

The Angel, in Rainham, was taken over by David Carroll and partner Emma Smith in December who had high hopes of bringing the boozer back to life.

The pair moved in and spruced up the place with a lick of paint, sofas, a fireplace and introduced food for the first time in its history.

Speaking in February, David said: “We want to give it some life again. It looked so tired, it did not feel welcoming. We want it to feel comfortable and we want families coming in.

"We want to be a home away from home. A public house is just that, a place for people to feel safe and comfortable.

"Our main focus is to deliver quality, to be the best. We want to be that little step above anyone else.

"Pubs have changed so much, we want to give it a refresh but keep that personal touch you do not find as much any more."

The boozer, owned by pub company Admiral Taverns, was expecting a major refurbishment at the end of March following a 185,000 cash injection from the brewery.

It was set to be shut for four weeks to allow the entire place to be gutted and re-fitted but plans have now been pushed back.

A spokesman for Admiral Taverns confirmed it is looking for a new landlord to take over The Angel, on the corner of Station Road and Lower Rainham Road.

They said: “At Admiral we are strong believers in the importance of community pubs and our focus is always on helping our tenants to run sustainable pub businesses.

“Inevitably there are instances where we have to part ways with our licensees, however, we are currently recruiting for a passionate new tenant to take over The Angel to ensure it can remain at the heart of the community.

“Anyone interested should please get in touch and call 01244 321171.”

Mr Carroll and Ms Smith took over The Angel after former landlord Stuart Hart came to the end of his tenancy.

David Carroll has been contacted for comment.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Alex Langridge, 4 October 2023.

Admiral Taverns in talks to reopen The Angel pub, at the junction of Lower Rainham Road and Station Road in Rainham.

A brewery has confirmed it is working to reopen a town pub which has sat empty for around five months.

Pub company Admiral Taverns has said it is in discussions with interested parties to bring in a new landlord to run The Angel, in Rainham.

The boozer, on the corner of Station Road and Lower Rainham Road, was taken over by David Carroll and partner Emma Smith in December who had high hopes to bring it back to life.

They planned to introduce food for the first time in its history and make it a welcoming, family-friendly venue.

A major refurbishment was expected at the end of March following a 185,000 cash injection from Admiral Taverns, which owns the pub, and it was set to be closed for four weeks.

But the revamp never materialised and at the end of May, the brewery confirmed it was looking for new landlords to take over.

Speculation has continued to grow over the future of the public house since it closed its doors.

Five months on, a spokesman for Admiral Taverns said: “We are currently in ongoing discussions with interested parties and are working hard to reopen the pub as soon as possible to ensure it can sit at the heart of the community."

David and Emma took over The Angel after former landlord Stuart Hart came to the end of his tenancy. It is not known why the pair left.

It is another hiccup for the pub. Last summer, the boozer lost around 40% of trade after the road outside was closed for more than eight weeks for gas works.

David Carroll & Emma Smith

David Carroll and Emma Smith had high hopes for the pub.

At the time, then-landlord Stuart said the closure was disastrous for business as passing trade became almost non-existent.

Lower Rainham Road has also been hit with ongoing roadworks since June, with the latest taking place this weekend.

Business owners are fearing the impact of the closures on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Closed in December 2022, I am glad to say has now (March 2024) reopened again.

 

From the https://www.kentonline.co.uk By Alex Langridge, 1 March 2024.

The Angel pub on Lower Rainham Road reopens with management firm Vesta Pubs.

A group of friends who launched a pub management firm around a year ago have now taken on their second boozer.

Vesta Pubs will be officially opening The Angel, in Rainham, this afternoon, following a 185,000 refurbishment.

Abgel directors

From left: Directors of Vesta Pubs Malcolm Collins, Emma Hawney, and Stephanie Cherry.

Directors Emma Hawney, Stephanie Cherry and Malcolm Collins said they hope to change the boozer’s reputation to create a welcoming, family-friendly place to drink.

Malcolm said: “We want to bring a family-friendly pub to the community where people feel welcome and safe.

“We have been scratching at the bit to open the doors. We are as excited as the community and we think people are looking forward to it.”

Stephanie, whose family ran pubs in Gravesend for decades, added: “I think everyone has been really keen to get it reopened. It has taken a while but it has been worth it.

“It just needed to be loved. This place has so much potential.

Angel inside 2024

Admiral Taverns, which owns the pub, has invested around 185,000 into the refurbishment.

“I remember the day we came and looked at it and I cannot put into words how different it now is. It is unbelievable.

“A lot of people have come to the door saying how nice it looks and they want us to do well. We have had good luck cards in the post.”

The pub, on the corner of Station Road and Lower Rainham Road, has been empty for around nine months after its former bosses left.

It had been taken over by David Carroll and partner Emma Smith in December 2022 after predecessor Stuart Hart came to the end of his tenancy.

It is not known why the pair left The Angel but following their departure pub company Admiral Taverns, which owns the public house, started looking for new landlords.

Angel bar 2024

The pub has been completely refitted after months of work.

Rumours were rife in the community about the pub’s future, however, Vesta Pubs have since been announced as the new managers.

Following a 185,000 cash injection from Admiral Taverns, The Angel has officially reopened today (Friday, March 1).

There was a slight hiccup during refurbishments which saw the pub sign branded with Gillingham as opposed to Rainham which caused an uproar. It was immediately repainted.

Business development manager at Admiral Taverns, Paul Gornall, said: “I am absolutely delighted to see the result of the refurbishment at The Angel in Rainham - it looks fantastic and there really is something for everyone.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing it evolve into an essential pillar of the community.

“I would also like to welcome our brand new licensee, Malcolm Collins, his family and team to the pub. He has a wealth of experience running pubs and impressive knowledge of the local area which will be invaluable to cementing The Angel at the heart of the community.

“I wish him and the team every success for the future.”

They are planning to put on events, live music and DJs, family fun days, psychic nights and other activities including a launch party tonight.

Vesta Pubs started after Emma, who has managed different pubs for around 25 years, decided she wanted to take on The Sun, in Swanscombe, where she was working at the time.

Personal trainer Malcolm, who was also a regular, said he would help her do so but the deal fell through when another company was chosen.

Angel inside 2024

The new managers say the pub looks completely different following the revamp.

Malcolm added: “We thought ‘let’s keep the dream going’ and brought in my friend Stephanie. We came together and just as the dream was fading something came along.”

The trio took on their first pub the "Dewdrop," in Tywdall, around eight months ago and say they have turned the place around.

Malcolm continued: “Since being in there we have had comments about how the reputation has changed and it is a more welcoming environment.

“That is the dream we want for our pubs, we want it to be friendlier. Where the pub trade is dying we want to rejuvenate it and move with the times

“It is not the old-school day of male-dominated pubs – more women, families and children are going into pubs.”

Emma added: “We have changed its reputation and hope we will do the same here.”

The Angel is the second pub but they hope to continue to expand the firm across the county.

 

LICENSEE LIST

BEAL George to Jan/1841 dec'd (Angel in Rainham, Essex)

AKHURST Thomas 1866-67+ Post Office Directory 1866Kent Harrods Directory 1867

STANBRIDGE John 1871-May/73 (also farmer aged 59 in 1871Census) East Kent Gazette

GOLDING Thomas May/1873+ East Kent Gazette

CLARK James 1877-87+ (aged 36 in 1881Census) Mannings & Co Directory 1877Post Office Directory 1878Kelly's 1882Kelly's 1887

COPPING Charles 1891-99+ (age 46 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1891Kelly's 1895Kelly's 1899

WIBREW Sir Roger 1901-03+ (also shopkeeper aged 27 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

HOLMAN Edward 1905-13+ (widower age 51 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1905Kelly's 1907Sitingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908Kelly's 1918

RAVCROFT Thomas J 1924-30+ Kelly's 1924Kelly's 1927Kelly's 1830

AKEHURST Leslie Arthur 1933+ Kelly's 1933

AKEHURST Leonard 1934+ Kelly's 1934

WARD Esther Mrs 1935-38+ Kelly's 1935Kelly's 1937Kelly's 1838Kelly's 1939

WILLINGHAM George 1939-51+ (also fitters labourer H. M. Dockland age 55 in 1939) Kelly's 1948Kelly's 1951

McKEOWN John Robert 1949-53 Next pub licensee had Kelly's 1953

GILBERT Reginald George 1955+ Kelly's 1955

REED R H 1957+ Kelly's 1957

???? Lil & Arthur 1983+

STEWART HART 2016-Dec/22

CARROLL David & SMITH Emma Dec/2022-May/23

COLLINS Malcolm 1/Mar/2024+

https://pubwiki.co.uk/Angel.shtml

 

CensusCensus

East Kent GazetteEast Kent Gazette

Post Office Directory 1866From the Post Office Directory 1866-67

Kent Harrods Directory 1867From Kent Harrods Directory 1867

Mannings & Co Directory 1877Mannings & Co Directory 1877

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

Kelly's 1882From the Kelly's Directory 1882

Kelly's 1887From the Kelly's Directory 1887

Kelly's 1891From the Kelly's Directory 1891

Kelly's 1895From the Kelly's Directory 1895

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1905From the Kelly's Directory 1905

Kelly's 1907From the Kelly's Directory 1907

Sitingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908From the Sittingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908

Kelly's 1918From the Kelly's Directory 1918

Kelly's 1924From the Kelly's Directory 1924

Kelly's 1927From the Kelly's Directory 1927

Kelly's 1830From the Kelly's Directory 1930

Kelly's 1933From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1933

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934

Kelly's 1935From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1935

Kelly's 1937From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1937

Kelly's 1838From the Kelly's Directory 1938

Kelly's 1939From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1939

Kelly's 1948From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1948

Kelly's 1951From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1951

Kelly's 1953From the Kelly's Directory 1953

Kelly's 1955From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1955

Kelly's 1957From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1957

 

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