Sort file:- Gillingham, April, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 29 April, 2023.


Earliest 1920s


Open 2020+

40 Sturdee Avenue / 1 High Street


01634 851226

Cricketer's 2009

Above photo 2009 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Cricketer's 2011

Above photo 2011, from by Ben Levick.

Cricketers sign 1996Cricketer's sign 2011

Above sign left, 1996, sign right 2011.

With thanks from Roger Pester


From Barclay, Perkin's Anchor Magazine, Volume XXXV, No.1, January 1955.

Cricketer's inn - Flower Show.

At the "Cricketer's Inn" (Dartford Brewery) Gillingham, Kent, last August, there was a novel and interesting Flower Show, at which nine Gillingham men exhibited sweat peas and other flowers, in competition for prizes given by Mrs. Martin, the wife of our licensee.

After the prizes had been awarded the flowers were auctioned for the benefit of the Blind and Cripple Guild.

This miniature bar-parlour show began as a result of challenging remarks made by Mr. A. A. Lee, Secretary of Gillingham Allotment, Garden and Smallholders' Association. "If you're so keen on gardening" he said to his friends "let's see some of your stuff on the show stand!"

Now the gardeners of the "Cricketer's Inn" hope to stage an annual show, while Mr. Lee is happy to have arouse interest in "showing."



The "Cricketers" was built as a part of the housing development in this area in the 1920s. It moved here from Park Place (Marlborough Road) in 1929. I don't really remember any of the licensees as I was only a child when my grandparents lived opposite it, but I do seem to remember a Romanian lady (Elena?) running it in the 1990s.


1922 the same premises had the address 1 High Street.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

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From the By Jenni Horn, 20 February 2017.

The Cricketers in Gillingham being renovated by Punch as Tony Healy takes over.

A popular pub is hoping to bowl customers over with its new look when it reopens next month following a 250,000 facelift.

The Cricketers in Gillingham is being renovated by national pub operator Punch and will be run by entrepreneur Tony Healy.

The pub in Sturdee Avenue, a favourite for home fans on Gilllingham match days, will continue to host live music and major big screen sports fixtures.

Cricketers 2017

The Cricketers in Gillingham.

Tony and his team are introducing a new menu with a selection of reasonably priced traditional pub dishes, including an “amazing” Sunday roast.

Tony has 16 years’ experience in the licensed trade. Since moving to England from Ireland in 2001, he has built up a small portfolio of seven pubs around the London and the south east.

He said: “The Cricketers has a great feeling about it. It is a busy pub with friendly staff and I’m delighted that most of the team are staying on to work with me.”

He added: “The Gillingham fans will of course still be welcome, there is a home game the first weekend we are open.”

The pub is currently shut while renovations are being carried out. When it reopens on Wednesday, March 8, it will create four new jobs.

Openings manager for Punch, Janne Sedgwick, said: “This is an extensive refurbishment but we are being careful to keep all the character that the regular customers love.”


From the By Matt Leclere, 10 February 2020.

Police close Sturdee Avenue in Gillingham after girl, 12, seriously injured.

A girl is in a serious condition in hospital after a collision with a car.

Police closed Sturdee Avenue in Gillingham and an air ambulance called after the 12-year-old was injured this morning.

Officers were called to the road following an incident involving the youngster and a black Ford Fiesta this morning and she's now in a "serious but stable" condition.

A child was taken to hospital following the incident during the school run shortly before 8.30am.

She has been airlifted to hospital in London after suffering head injuries, a spokesman for the ambulance service said.

Police confirmed they are investigating a road traffic collision involving a car and the girl, who was walking at the time.

The road reopened at about 11.30am after closing to allow emergency services to work at the scene.

Several emergency service vehicles, including police and ambulances, arrived at the Robert Napier School where the air ambulance helicopter landed.

The road was closed opposite The Cricketers pub and the Premier shop at the junction with Toronto Road.

A pub staff member said he saw the road was shut just after 8am when he arrived for work.

He said: "It was all cordoned off and forensics are there at the moment looking around.

"The air ambulance landed at the school nearby and there were at least two ambulances up the road."

An ambulance, two paramedic cars were sent to the scene along with the air ambulance.

Police were investigating around the zebra crossing close to the bus stop and the pub on the corner of Toronto Road.

Now, police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.



WOOD Daniel 1861-62+ (age 41in 1861Census)

BRUNGER William 1881+ (also Carpenter age 44 in 1881Census)

ROOTS John 1901+ (age 57 in 1901Census)

ELLIOTT Joseph 1913-22+

ELLIOTT Nicholas Mrs 1930+

MARTIN Sidney Herbert 1938+

HALL Phil ????

HEALEY Tony 2017+




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