Page Updated:- Monday, 29 May, 2023.


Earliest  1868

Royal Albert

Latest 1986+

Cliffe Ville, Salt Lane


Royal Albert 1908

Above photo circa 1908.

Royal Albert 1970

Above photo March 1970, kindly taken and sent by Terry Farebrother.

Royal Albert sign 1986

Above sign, August 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The following information has been taken from


The Royal Albert began as a simple beer house licensed to retail beer and cider on the premises until 1887 then, like many of the beer houses, it was licensed to sell off the premises.

Its location along Salt Lane, leading to the various cement works and explosive works, meant it was a well frequented ‘watering-hole' for workers on their way home from a hard and busy day.

The publican at that time was Mr George Cloake who ran the "Royal Albert" with his wife May and lived nearby in 6, Concrete Cottages, Salt Lane, Cliffe. A short distance away, at number 2 Concrete Cottages, lived John Jarrett who took the licensee of the pub for a month. Possibly George, who was 71 by then, was in ill-health at this time for he died a short time later in the winter of 1897. His place at the "Royal Albert" was taken over by his grandson Henry. George's son, Alfred, at this time was a licensed victualler in nearby Strood running the "Western Arms" Public House.

By 1911 the "Royal Albert Inn" was in the capable hands of Edwin George Thompson who, together with his wife Emily, ran the pub for the next twenty years.



Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.



CLOAKE George Octavius 1868

CLOAKE George Octavius 1872–96

CLOAKE George 1891+ (age 66 in 1891Census)

JARRETT John June/1896–July/96

CLOAK Henry James 1896–1900

SINCLAIR Frederick J 1901

CLOAKE Henry George 1901-02

CLOAKE George Alfred 1902-03

NEALE Henry 1904-07

KING George Henry 1907–10

THOMPSON Edwin George Sept/1910–32

CHERRY Edward 1932

BELLINGHAM Charles William 1935-41

HARRISON William Charles 1942-43

WHITEBREAD Earnest Thomas Filmer 1943-58

???? John 60s-70s

BULMER John 1985


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