Sort file:- Sheerness, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 13 December, 2023.


Earliest 1824-

Horse and Groom Inn

Latest 1930+

Charles Street / 1 Kent Street

Blue Town



Ind Coope & Co Ltd purchased the pub from Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd by conveyance and assignment dated 23 March 1931. The pub held a full license. At the same time they also purchased stables & stores adjoining the "Horse & Groom," known as The Platform and the shop at 32 High Street, adjoining The Platform, both being unlicensed.


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

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

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Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 9 June 1835.

Sheerness. Inquests.

On Monday and inquest was held at the "Horse and Groom," Sheerness, on the body of Mr. James Kilpatrick, who belonged to the storehouse in His Majesty's dock yard at this place. He had been seriously injured by a fall which he received whilst at his employment in the storehouse, was carried home, and lived but a few days.

Verdict. Accidental death.

An inquest was also held the same day, on the body of a person who was Captain of a foreign ship lost, it is said, on the Kentish Knock. The body came on shore under the cliff near to Minster.

Mr. W. Bentham agent for Lloyds, has taken the property found upon him under his care; viz. - A gold watch, &c.


From the Kentish Gazette, 30 August 1842.

SHEERNESS. Mysterious Occurrence.

On Tuesday, the 16lth inst., an inquest was held at the "Horse and Groom" public-house, Blue Town, Sheerness, before R. Hinde, Esq., County Coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of a young woman named Woodcock, aged 19, whose father is shipwright in the Dockyard.

It appears that on the previous Saturday the girl felt herself ill, and in the evening her mother recommended her to go to a neighbouring chemist and get bled; on her application to the chemist, she was requested by that gentleman to call again in the morning, and she did so, and had eight ounces of blood taken from her between ten and eleven o’clock; she left the chemist s shop apparently with little ailing her, and afterwards fetched the family’s dinner from the bake-house, soon after which she was taken very ill and died about three o'clock. Some suspicion having been excited among her friends and neighbours, that she was in the family way, she was interrogated on that point, but strongly denied it to the last moment.

The body having been laid out on a feather bed, it was thought advisable on the next day (Monday) to remove it, and in doing so, the body of an infant was found between the bed and the sacking bottom; the mystery is, how or when she could have been delivered, as from the time of her being taken ill till she died she was not left, except once, and then but for a very few minutes; the conclusion that her friends came to was, that she must have delivered herself at that moment. The jury were occupied five hours in investigating the case, and returned a verdict that "The deceased died by concealing a birth." There not being any evidence that the infant was born alive, and it having the appearance of a "seven month child," the jury did not return any verdict on its body.


Sheerness Guardian, 9 June, 1860.


On the 7th instant, Ellen, the wife of Mr. Thomas Allen, of the "Horse and Groom Inn," Blue Town.


South Eastern Gazette, 19 June, 1860.


On the 7th inst., at Blue Town, Sheerness, Mrs. Allen, wife of Mr. T. N. Allen, landlord of the "Horse and Groom" public-house.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 19 June 1860.


Allen. June 7th, at Bluetown, Sheerness, Mrs. Allen, wife of Mr. T. N. Allen, landlord of the "Horse and Groom" public house.




GARDNER Charles 1824-39+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ALLEN Thomas 1840-47+

ALLEN Thomas Nathan 1855-60+

ALLEN Richard Nathan (widower age 50 in 1861Census)

CROUCH S 1867+

BIDGOOD/BIDYARD/BIDEND/BRIDGEND Walter 1871-74+ (also dairyman age 43 in 1871Census)

PALMER Alfred Adolphus 1881-1918+ (age 34 in 1881Census) Kelly's 1903

FISK George H 1930+ Kelly's 1830


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

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Kelly's 1830From the Kelly's Directory 1930


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