Page Updated:- Thursday, 10 August, 2023.


Earliest ????

Forester's Arms

Closed 2014-

74 High Street


Forester's Arms

Above postcard, date unknown.

Foresters outing

Above group outing, date unknown.

Top row:- Mr. Cornwall, Mrs. Stevens, Mrs. Cornwall, Mrs. Gadd, Charlotte Chapman, Mrs. Cox, Stan Norris, Dolly Maton, Mr. Bateman, Mrs. Downs, Mrs. Wallis, Mary Cooper, Ada Smith, Mrs. Cooper, Mrs. Wells's brother, Granny Smith, Mr ????

Front row:- Fred Smith, Nancy Baker, Mrs. Kitney, Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. Perkins.

Foresters Arms outing 1950s

Above photo, date unknown.

Top row:- Henry & Jim Fletcher, John Langridge, Foch Peters & Malcolm Langridge.

Left:- Mr. Ryan, Silas Martin.

Next Left:- Wally Glower snr, Wally Glover Jnr, Jack Simmons.

Middle:- Sid Perkins, Ted Best (Shrimpo)

Middle right:- Sid Fletcher, Dick Martin, Jack Fletcher, Tom Hodges.

Right:- Wisdom, Percy Norris & ????.

Forester group

Above photo, circa 1950s showing a day congregating trip outside the pub.

Foresters outing 1950s

Above photo showing another outing from the pub, date unknown.

Foresters customers 1953

Above photo, August 1953 showing a Mr. Cook and Ann (from up North.)

Forester's Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

Forester's Arms

Above photo, date unknown.

James Peters

Above photo showing licensee from 1861-81+, James Peters. Kindly sent by Bridget Garton.

Lord and Lady Peters

Above photo showing Lord and Lady Peters of Borstal. 3 of the Peters’ 8 children emigrated to Canada and one of them ended up in the USA. The youngest child (Kathleen) produced a family of 4, 3 of whom became missionaries in Chad, Algeria and the Arctic.

Alf Stevens and Ivy Turrell

Alf Stevens has spent most of his 77 years in Wouldham, he was the first customer when Mrs. Ivy Turrell and her husband Reg re-opened the "Forester's Arms" in the village High Street. They had arrived only the day before and were "camping" in the back room, as the pub had been closed for several months. Date unknown.

Forester's Arms inside

Above photo showing staff member Kevin, 2009.

Public bar

Above photo, public bar, 2009.

Garden 2009

Above photo 2009.

Forester's Arms 2015

Above photo 2015.

Forester's Arms 2009

Above Google image, February 2009.


Chatham News, Saturday 5 September 1863.


Mr. Hayward applied for a license to be granted to Mr. James Peters, landlord of a beer-house at Wouldham. Mr. R. Prall, jun., opposed on the part of the landlord of the "Waterman's Arms." Memorials on both sides were put in.



From the 6 February 2010.

Three arrests after stabbing outside "Foresters Arms" in Wouldham.

A 38-year-old man has been taken to hospital after a scuffle outside a pub led to him suffering stab wounds.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened around the junction of the High Street and Ferry Lane at Wouldham, near Rochester at around 8.30pm Friday.

Several men were involved in a scuffle, which left one of them with stab wounds. The victim is described as in a stable condition in hospital.

Police arrested three men who have been questioned about what happened. They were later released on police bail.

Michael Osborne, the owner of the "Foresters Arms" pub, said his customers came to the rescue of the victim by calling an ambulance and trying to comfort the man, who had staggered into the pub, after the scuffle.

"We could see that he had around four stab marks on him," he said. One of my customers called an ambulance, while my staff sat with him to check he was okay."

Police cordoned off the high street while they investigated the incident. It re-opened on Saturday morning.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 01732 379217.


The pub probably closed shortly after the above event, and was sold at auction on the 6th May 2014 for 204,000 being suitable for conversion into new homes.


Forester's Arms May 2019

Above Google image May 2019.



PETERS James 1861-81+ (age 30 in 1861Census)

HOOK Samuel 1891+ (age 32 in 1891Census)

McLEOD John B 1938+




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