Sort file:- Sheerness, March, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 26 March, 2023.


Earliest 1828-


Closed 1990

75 High Street

Mile Town


Britannia 1924

Above photo 1924. Creative Commons Licence.


Above photo, date unknown.

Britannia 1940s

Above postcard, 1940s. By kind permission of Trevor Edwards.

Britannia 1950s

Above postcard, 1950s. By kind permission of Trevor Edwards.

Britannia 1954

Above photo circa 1954, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Former Britannia 2004

Above photo, 2004. By kind permission of Trevor Edwards.

Britannia 2010

Above photo 2010 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Britannia sign 1991Britannia sign 1991

Above signs 1991.

With thanks from Roger Pester

Britannia sign 1995Britannia sign 1995

Above signs, February 1995.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The "Britannia" was also known as "Green's Hotel" and used to be a Masonic meeting place as far back as 1820 and continued to hold meetings there till 1909 when the new Masonic Hall was completed.

I believe the premises closed as a pub in 1990.


Kentish Gazette, 16 July 1850.

SHEERNESS. Coroner's Inquest.

On Saturday week, an inquest was held at the "Britannia Inn," Mile-town, Sheerness, before John Hinde, Esq., on the body of Mary Bardo, aged 60 years, who died the previous day, the cause of her death having been attributed to a blow on the head or neck from one of her sons, George Bardo.

A post mortem examination of the head was made by Dr. Jardine, who deposed that death was caused by apoplexy. Deceased had had two fits of apoplexy previously, the first, three months ago, the other, six weeks ago.

The jury returned a verdict of "Died of apoplexy."


From the South Eastern Gazette, 6 December 1853.


Yesterday week an inquest was held at the "Britannia Inn," Mile Town, on the body of the infant child of Mrs. Smith, landlady of the said inn. Mrs. Smith is a widow, and the child was born after the death of her husband. Deceased who was five months old had suffered from convulsions. On Sunday night Mrs. Smith went to bed at the usual time, and at 12 o'clock the servant brought the child to her; she gave it the breast and laid it up; she awoke at 6 o’clock and found that the child was dead. Mr. Keddull, surgeon, stated that he had no doubt the child died from natural causes. The jury returned a verdict accordingly.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 6 December 1853.


December 3, at the "Britannia Inn," Sheerness, where he was on a visit, Mr. Jarrett (father of the landlady,) of Oare next Faversham.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 27 April 1861.

George King, landlord of the "Britannia Inn," Old Town, Sheerness, was summoned for keeping his house open after 12 o'clock on Saturday night, March 30th.

Fined 20s. including costs.


Whitstable times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 7th May 1898.

Sheerness. The rating of licensed houses.

Nearly the whole of the licensed houses of Sheerness have recently been reassessed for rating purposes for the overseers. The increase in the assessments in some cases are double, the rating of the "Wellington Hotel" having been advanced from 60 to 125, the "Belle and Lion Inn," from 44 to 84, the "Britannia Hotel" from 80 to 165, the "Goat Inn" from 32 to 84, the "Victory Tavern" from 48 to 92, the "Criterion Inn" from 36 to 75.

The total increase in the ratings of 55 licensed premises amounts to 1,161 10s.


Maidstone and Kentish Journal, 22 May 1902.

The "Britannia Hotel," Sheerness was transferred from the trustee in bankruptcy to the estate of Frank Poole to Edward Cecil Moore, Chartered Accountant, of 3, Crosby Terrace, London, the said trustee.



DUNN Emanuel 1824+

JOHNSON Edwin 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

GIBBONS Sarah 1839-40+

WOOD Elizabeth Wood & Son 1847+

SMITH Francis 1853-55+

KING George 1858-62+ (widower age 42 in 1861Census)

GREEN John G 1871+ (age 60 in 1871Census) Maidstone Telegraph

GREEN Maria Green 1874-82+ (widow also Wholesale Wine & Spirit Merchant age 61 in 1881Census)

GREEN George Thomas 1891+ (age 36 in 1891Census)

POOLE Frank 1899-May/1902 (age 30 in 1891Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

MOORE Edward Cecil May/1902+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

HUMPHREY Arthur 1918+

OSBORNE William O 1934+

BAYNES F N 1938+


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


Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal

Maidstone TelegraphMaidstone Telegraph


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