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Earliest 1827-

(Blue) Bell Inn

Latest 1938+

(Name to)

Fen Street

St Mary Hoo

Bell Inn 1920

Above postcard, circa 1920.


Traced to 1827, I have also seen this referred to as the "Blue Bell" in 1858, I am not sure if this was a mistake or not but other references only refer to this as the "Bell Inn." However, the will of licensee Time Of Day in 1891 referred to this as the "Fenn Bell Inn."


From the London Gazette, 4 June, 1869.

Near Rochester, Kent:- Desirable Freehold Estate for investment or occupation, situate in the parishes of St. Mary, Stoke, Hoo, Halstow, and Upnor, in the rich farming district of the Hundred of Hoo, comprising numerous farms, with capital farm houses, premises and labourers' cottages, enclosures of accommodation land, and the "Bell Inn," St. Mary's, containing together 1,436 acres of superior arable, pasture, meadow, and marsh land, plantation, &c., with possession. Also the well known extensive Cement Works at Upnor, on the River Medway, with Upnor Lodge, The "Jolly Sailors' Inn," 2 dwelling-houses, shop, 29 cottages and garden ground, woodland &c., containing altogether 28A, 2R, 19P., let on lease to Messrs. Hilton at 324 per annum.


Mr. Robert Lake Cobb (of the firm of H. and R. L. Cobb), has been appointed by the Vice-Chancellor Sir John Stuart to sell by auction, at the Mart, Tokenhouse-Yard, near the bank, London, on Friday, the 23rd day of July, at twelve for one o'clock in the afternoon, in 19 lots, pursuant to an order of the High Court of Chancery, made on the matter of Arthur Davies and in the cause of Davies v. Atkinson, valuable freehold estates ion the Hundred of Hoo, near Rochester, divided as follows:-


Lot 4. The freehold public-house known as the "Bell Inn," situate in Fen Street, in the parish of St. Mary's, and enclosures of arable, orchard, and woodland, consisting together 7 acres.


Kentish Mercury, Friday 27 February 1891.

The will of the late Mr. Time Of Day, of the "Fenn Bell Inn," St Mary's Hoo, Kent, licensed victualler, who died on December 11th last, has been proved by the sole executrix, his wife, Mrs. Martha Day, by whom the value of the testator's personal estate has been sworn at 962 10s. 3d.


From the Shipley Times and Express, Friday 18 October 1907.

Mr. Time Of Day.

Perhaps the oddest of names may be seen during a drive through the Hundred of Hoo in Kent. Outside a country inn you may see the landlord's name printed "Time Of Day" and a reference to the Parliamentary register will disclose the extraordinary name on the list of voters.

However, further research tell me that it was actually Thomas Day's first born in 1900 that was called Time Of, and he'd have been too young to be the licensee in 1907, and Harry Mortley was the next known licensee in 1911. Paul Skelton.


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.



GRIST John 1827+ Next pub licensee had

TIPPING Thomas 1841-51+ (age 35 in 1841Census)

CASTLE John 1858+

LUCY George 1861+ (age 32 in 1861Census)

DAY James 1881-91 dec'd (age 48 in 1881Census)

DAY Thomas 1901-03+ (age 26 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

MORTLEY Harry 1911-38+ (age 35 in 1911Census)


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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