Sort file:- Gillingham, October, 2021.

Page Updated:- Friday, 08 October, 2021.


Earliest ????

Prince of Guinea

Closed 2011

103 Medway Road


Prince of Guinea 1978

Above photo date 1978, from by Ben Levick.

Above painting, date unknown,

Prince of Guinea

Above photo, date unknown.

Prince of Guinea 2011

Above photo date 2011, from by Ben Levick.

Prince of Guinea sign 1978Prince of Guinea sign 1995

Above sign left, 1978, sign right, June 1995.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Prince of Guinea sign 2011

Above sign 2011.

Former Prince of Guinea 2015

Above photo circa 2015.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 29 March 1864.

Fatal Boat Accident.

On Wednesday last an inquest was held at the "Prince of Guinea Tavern," Gillingham, before H. Wickham, Esq., deputy coroner, on the body of George Beaver, aged 31, who was accidentally drowned by the upsetting of a boat in the Medway. The deceased was engaged with another man in conveying passengers to and from the Government fortification works at Bishop's-marsh, and on returning to Gillingham-pier it became necessary to shift the sails of the boat. In doing so the deceased slipped down, falling on the gunwale of the boat, and this, together with the shifting of the ballast, caused the boat to heel over and fall. The deceased endeavoured to reach the shore, but failed, and sank in deep water, the body not being recovered until a fortnight afterwards, when it was found floating close to the spot where deceased sank.

The jury returned a verdict that the deceased was accidentally drowned by the upsetting of a boat.



Ind Coope & Co Ltd purchased the pub from Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd by conveyance and assignment dated 23 March 1931. The pub held a beer only license.

Between 1995 and 2001 it was a tied house of Harvey's.


Local knowledge, further 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.

All emails are answered.


Chatham News, Saturday 27 August 1870.

Mr. J. Bassett applied for a licence for the "Prince of Guinea.




OSBOURNE Edward 1861-71+ (age 60 in 1871Census)

HOOKER George 1881+ (age 52 in 1881Census)

KNIGHT John James 1913+

JORDAN Frederick 1918-38+




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