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Earliest 1782-

Botswain and Call

Latest 1862


Lower Upnor


12 July 1791.

Insured:- James, Richard and George Best, Kent Brewers.

Botswain and Call:- George Rowe, Victualler.


Kentish Chronicles, 20 February, 1795.


Friday died at Upnor, Mr. Brampton, formerly master of the "Boatswain and Call" public house at that place.


From Aris's Birmingham Gazette (Birmingham, England), Monday, December 9, 1844; pg. 4. Issue 5377.


Dec. 16. Includes:- William John Toomer, formerly of the "Boatsain Tavern," Upnor, near Rochester, Kent, licensed victualler, but now of Chatham, out of business. Court of Bankruptcy, London.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 01 September 1815.


With possession at Michaelmas next.

The "Boatswain and Call" Public House, at Upnor, near Chatham. Particulars may be known, by application at Mr. Best's "Brew-House," Chatham.


Morning Post 21 August 1846.


At the County Magistrates Office, Rochester, on Wednesday, William Daddey was charged with obtaining money and goods under false pretences. The prisoner, it appeared, had applied to Mr Rutland the landlord of the "Boatswain and Call," at Upnor stating that he was in a state of the utmost destitution, and he in consequence took him into his house, set him to work in the garden, boarded and lodged him, and, at the end of the week, gave him 3s. in money. During the time he was so employed he had also been sent for trifling articles from a shop in the village, kept by Mr. Baldwin, and, availing himself of this introduction to the village shopkeeper, he on Monday evening, went there, saying there was a party of gentlemen at the "Boatswain and Call"; and the landlord having gone out, taking with him the key of the till, mistress was in want of change; and adding she had sent him there to beg the loan of 20s. He was also instructed, he said, to take back with him two pounds of tobacco, Having succeeded in his application, he immediately decamped and was followed by Mr. Baldwin on horseback, who also intimated his loss to the police, the latter of whom shortly afterwards apprehended the prisoner, who found 9s. 6d. on his person, together with the two pounds of tobacco. The prisoner was committed for trial at the next Quarter Sessions at Maidstone.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 25 August 1846.

Obtaining Money &c Under False Pretenses.

William Dadler, a young man, was placed at the bar, on a charge of obtaining from George Baldwin, 20s., and, 2lbs of tobacco, on the 17th inst.

It appears that the prisoner, who stated that he was last from Canterbury, about 10 days ago, came to the house of Mr. Edward Rutland, who keeps the "Boatswain and Call," at Upnor, and solicited employment, stating that he was in a very destitute condition. Mr. Rutland, purely out of charity, employed him in his garden, gave him his board and lodging, and at the end of the week 3s. 6d. in money. During the week, Mrs. Rutlans had sent the prisoner to Mr. Baldwin's shop for some small parcels of tobacco, and hence he became acquainted with the connection, and on Monday evening he represented to Baldwin that Mr. Rutland had gone out and taken the key of the till with him, and that Mrs. Rutland was unable to give change to some gentleman who were spending the evening there, and she would feel obliged if he would send her 20s. in silver and 2lb of tobacco, which Mr. Baldwin immediately complied with. Baldwin, however, suspecting the genuineness of the prisoners story, went to Rutland's, and on finding his suspicions confirmed, immediately took his horse and gave information to the police of the circumstance, and he was apprehended the same evening. On searching him 3 half-crowns, 2 shillings, and the tobacco, were found upon him.

Mrs. Rutland stated that the prisoner had not been sent by her or her husband to Baldwin upon any errand on that day.

Committed for trial.



I am informed that the pub closed in 1862 and the licence and also name was transferred to the "Boatswain and Call" in Chatham.


Chatham News, Saturday 27 August 1870.


Mr. Hayward supported the application of Mr. Jarratt, for a licence to the "Ship," at Lower Upnor. He stated that some years ago there were two licensed houses at Lower Upnor, but on one of them, the "Boatswain and Call," being pulled down for the erection of magazines, the licence had been transferred across the water to a house on the top of Chatham Hill. If, he said, two licences were required at the time, they were more so now, as upwards of 5,000 passengers landed at the pier in a month, and the "Jolly Sailor," the only licensed house there, had not sufficient accommodation for the vast number of persons who visited the neighbourhood.

Mr. J. Basset opposed on the part of the landlord of "Jolly Sailor," and contended that the "Ship" was not at all calculated for a spirit licence, as there was not sufficient accommodation.




BRANTON/BRAMPTON William 1782-86+

ROWE George 12/July/1791+

BRIGGS Mr 1796+

TOOMER William John 1841-Dec/1844 (age 20 in 1841Census)

RUTLAND Edward Henry 1846-51+ (age 39 in 1851Census)

CLIFT J G 1855+

BURDETT Matilda 1861+ (age widow 46 in 1861Census)




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