Page Updated:- Sunday, 10 December, 2023.


Earliest 1828-


Closed July 2018

116 (82) Frindsbury Road


Bell 1900

Above showing the original "Bell," circa 1900. It is believed this house was in existence between 1841 and demolished in 1907.

Bell 1900

Above photo circa 1900, showing the "Bell" from a different angle.

Bell 2011

Above photo date 2011, from by Ben Levick.


The pub decided to become what they referred to as a "Sports Pub" in 2010.

A review of the pub in 2011 by Steve C said the following:- "The "Bell" is a big pub with a large front bar area that houses three plasma screens and a projector for showing Sky Sports. By the front door are a couple life sized beefeater figures and against the side wall are life size figures of the Blues Brothers. Behind the main bar is the Laurel and Hardy bar that is quite small and, yes you guessed it, there are life sized figures of the comedy duo. Beyond the L&H bar is a large room that is sparsely decorated and houses a pool table. At the rear of the pub there is a paved beer garden with picnic tables and a covered smoking area. During my visit last Saturday afternoon two of the plasma screens were showing music videos and the third was showing muted horse racing at Ascot. There were only three other people in the pub and one of them was watching the racing so I think that the music was more for the benefit of the woman behind the bar. She was pleasant enough though and although there was no ale available she served me a decent pint of Guinness from the standard draught available.

"This pub has a worn feel and the advertisements for the disco and karaoke every Friday night and the upcoming ‘back to school' evening leads me to believe that this isn't my sort of place. I'd maybe pop for the match if I lived around the corner, but as I don't I do not envisage a return visit."


The pub closed in July 2018 and was converted into a Bangladeshi Restaurant called "Naz's Rasoi."


Kentish Gazette, 2 April 1844.

Pigeon Shooting.

On Wednesday last it was announced that a hog, value 20, would be shot for by members at 10s. each, in a field near the "Bell" at Frindsbury, and the weather being fine, caused a considerable number of persons to assemble, but the hog was not shot for. There were, however, several minor matches made up, affording considerable sport; the principal was a sweepstakes often members at 5s., with three birds each, H and T traps, a distance of 21 yards; when the prize was won by Mr. Edward Wood, jun. of St. Margaret's-bank, killing his three birds.


Kentish Gazette, 24 October 1854.


Tolhurst:— Oct. 17, aged 61, the wife of Mr. William Tolhurst, of the "Old Bell," Frindsbury, deeply regretted by all who knew her.


South Eastern Gazette, 27 March, 1860.

Death of Infant from an Overdose of Opium.

On Tuesday last an inquest was held before B. Marsh, Esq., deputy coroner for the city, at the "Bell Tavern," Frindsbury, on the body of an infant, aged about 18 months, named Mary Jane Curry, the daughter of an engine-driver on the North Kent line, whose death was alleged to have been occasioned by an overdose of a mixture of opium, called paregoric, which had been administered to it. The father of the child stated that the deceased had been in a delicate state of mind for some time past, and had been in the habit of taking Stedman’s powers. The deceased had occasionally been given some paregoric to make her deep, and on the day before she had been given 10 drops of this mixture, and a similar quantity on the morning of her death. The deceased was put to bed apparently well, and on witness going to look at her a short time after, he found that she was quite dead. Witness had purchased the paregoric of a grocer and general dealer near his residence. Mr. Langstone, surgeon, said that he was sent for to see the deceased, but found her dead. From the appearances she might have died from the effects of poison. The bottle produced was handed to witness by the parents, who informed him that they were in the habit of occasionally giving the deceased as much as 10 drops of the liquid which it contained. On examining the contents witness found it to consist of a considerable portion of opium, and a spirit like naphtha. Ten drops of such a mixture would be a dangerous quantity to give to an infant. There was nothing dangerous in Stedman’s powders. Paregoric was a very dangerous mixture, and five or six drops would be an ample dose for an infant of the age of deceased.

Samuel Large, grocer, on being sent for by the deputy coroner, admitted that he had sold the paregoric to the father of the deceased, but never more than a pennyworth at the time. He had sold some to a sister of deceased, about six years old, more than once. He purchased the paregoric from a chemist in High-street, and gave 3s. 2d, per lb. for it, but he knew nothing about the mixture himself. Just as he bought it he sold it, without mixing anything with it.

Verdict, "That the deceased died from the effects of an overdose of some liquid administered to her by her mother as paregoric, and sold to her as such by Samuel Large, and that no blame is attached to the mother."


From the By Chris Hunter, 31 December 2017.

Paul Traynier, of the Bell, Frindsbury Road, Strood, suffers head injuries.

A publican was taken to hospital after being attacked in his pub on Saturday night.

Police were called just before 8.30pm following a report of assault and criminal damage at The Bell in Frindsbury Road, Strood.

Pub boss Paul Traynier was treated for head injuries at the scene before being taken to Medway Maritime Hospital for further medical attention.

He was back at the pub on Sunday morning, where he said: “I’ve felt better.”

Although he was unable to confirm details of the attack due to an ongoing police investigation, he said the incident had involved “a couple of idiots”.

Police say no arrests have been made at this stage and inquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.


The pub was a Friary Meux and then Ind Coope during the reign of Henry Monroe, so I am informed.

Open in 2011 the Closed Pubs Project suggests that it was closed by 2018.



HARDES Gabriel 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29 (Old Bell)

ADAMS John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

TOLLAST William 1847-62+ (age 45 in 1851Census)

TOLLAST Sarah 1874+

GURR Charles 1881-82+ (age 40 in 1881Census)

BAKER William Thomas 1891-1903+ (age 50 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

STYLES William 1913-18+

BAVIN Charles 1922-38+

MUNROE Henry David 1953-76 dec'd

MUNROE Mrs (widow) 1976-77

TRAYNIER Paul 2017+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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