Sort file:- Rochester, December, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 15 December, 2021.


Earliest 1824-

(Name from)

Queen Charlotte

Open 2020+

159 (92) High Street/East Gate


01634 846755

Queen Charlotte 1930s

Above photo 1930s.

Queen Charlotte sign 1981

Above sign, August 1981.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Queen Charlotte 1985

Above postcard circa 1985, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


The "Queen Charlotte" was dedicated to the consort of George III, who came from the tiny German principality of Mecklenburg-Strelitz to marry him in 1761. The pub was once the "Royal Charlotte," and replaced a very old inn which had more than twenty guest rooms.


In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)


Dover Express, 15 August 1863.

John Floyd, late of the "Queen Charlotte Inn," Rochester, victualler, came up and applied to pass is examination and for an order of discharge, in the London court of bankruptcy on Saturday last, and in the absence of any opposition on the part of creditors the court past the bankrupt's examination and granted his discharge.


“The Defence of the Realm: The Authorized History of MI5”, 2009.”

Frederick Adolphus Gould, listed 1911 & 1913, was the alias of German national, Frederick Adolphus Schroeder, licensee from 1908. In 1914, he was arrested and convicted of spying, sentenced to six years hard labour.

Source: Christopher Andrew.


From the By Nicola Jordan, 9 July 2017.

Queen Charlotte in Rochester High Street closes down.

A popular Rochester pub has closed after its bosses were landed with a High Court music ban and legal costs of 2,219.

The order was made in April against Kashmir and Luke Tuman after they were caught playing recorded copyrighted tracks at the "Queen Charlotte" in the High Street without a proper music licence.

The judge was told that an inspector heard the music coming from the basement club.

Queen Charlotte 2017

The Queen Charlotte pub in High Street, Rochester has closed down.

Failure to comply with the Phonographic Performance Ltd rules can result in a hefty fine and prison sentence.

A post on the pub’s Facebook page says: “Due to circumstances out of our control the "Queen Charlotte" and Bassment 159 will unfortunately be closing its doors at the end of this month (June).”

A spokesman from Ei Publican Partnerships, formerly known as Enterprise Inns, which owns the pub, said: “The Queen Charlotte, Rochester, is currently closed.

“We would like to reassure members of the community we aim to reopen this site with a new operator as soon as possible.”

Until a few years ago, the pub was also home to a strip club, but lost its licence to the Casino Rooms as the council will not permit two such establishments in the High Street.



WHATMAN William 1824+

CONEY Edward 1832-42+ Next pub licensee had Pigot's Directory 1832-34

MANSER Frederick 1847+

RAND Thomas 1858-61+ (age 56 in 1861Census)

WRIGHTSON Thomas 1862+

FLOYD John 1863 Bankrupt 14 July 1863

GOBLE James Eason 1869-81+ (age 55 in 1881Census)

MASTERS William 1891+

SPELLS Elizabeth Mrs 1903+ Kelly's 1903

GOULD Frederick Adolphus 1908-13+ (age 55 in 1911Census)

BENYON George 1918+

BENYON Alice Mrs 1922+

WEAVER Thomas 1930+

KNOTT Bolton 1938+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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