Sort file:- Sittingbourne, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1872-

Railway Arch

Latest ????

1 Milton Road


Railway Arch location 2013

Above photo circa 2013, showing location where tree stump is.


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.

I have also seen this addressed as in Sittingbourne.

Another pub now (2016) demolished, but as yet I do not know the date.


Kentish Gazette, Tuesday 28th May 1872.

Petty Sessions. The monthly Petty Sessions were held on Monday week, before E. Twopenny, Esq., Rev. G. B. Moore, J. D. Dyke, Esq. and W. Water, Esq.

William Jenkins, of the "Man of Kent" beer house, Rainham, James Akhurst, of the "Three Mariners" public house, Lower Rainham, and William Stephens, of the "Railway Arch" Beer House, Sittingbourne, were severely charged with keeping their houses open for the sale of beer at prohibited hours on Sundays.

Mr Hayward appeared for Stevens and contended that his client was not liable on the ground that the room in which the parties were drinking, which form part of a cottage adjoining the defendants house, but with which there was an internal communication with the beer house, was underlet to a man named Terry.

The magistrates considered the separation between the rooms was insufficient. The Bench considered all three cases proved.

Those of Jenkins and Akhurst were adjourned till next month for the production of their licences.

Stevens was fined 2 and 10s. costs.


Chatham News, Friday 14th April 1939.

Licences Confirmed.

The East Kent Confirming Authority at Canterbury on Thursday confirmed the Licensing Justices grants of wine on licences for the "Railway Arch," Sittingbourne, the "White Horse," Milton Regis, and the "Brown Jug," Upchurch, to which there was no opposition.


East Kent Gazette, Friday 17th February 1956.

Full Licence for "Railway Arch."

The removal of a full licence of the "Waterman's Arms," Milton, to the "Railway Arch," Sittingbourne - formally holding only a beer and wine licence - was agreed at the annual licensing sessions at Sittingbourne Magistrates Court on Monday.

Mr. D. A. I. Ardizzone, who appeared for Mr. William George Luckhurst, said that if the removal was granted it was intended to close the "Waterman's Arms."

The "Railway Arch" was licensed for the sale of beer and wines only. The trade of the "Waterman's Arms" had decreased because of a considerable amount of demolition in the area. There was no question of increasing the number of licensed premises in the area. Certain alterations to the "Railway Arch" were approved in July last year and these would make it a really first class house.


East Kent Gazette, Friday 6 October 1961.

New Faces at your Local.

Temporary transfer of three inn licences in the Sittingbourne area were approved by the Magistrates on Monday.

Licence of the "Railway Arch," Sittingbourne, was protected to Mr. Cecil F. Brook, Mr. J. Blackham, who is leaving, said that it would be living in Faversham.



STEPHENS William 1872+

WILLIAMS Henry James 1899-1922+ (age 38 in 1901Census)

TUFF Valentine Alfred 1938+

LUCKHURST William George to Dec/1957 East Kent Gazette

CHARLESWORTH Edgar George Alec Dec/1957+ East Kent Gazette

BLACKMAN J Mr to Oct/1961

BROOK Cecil F Oct/1961+



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