Sort file:- Gillingham, February, 2022.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 20 February, 2022.


Earliest 1810-

Shalder's Arms

Latest 1970-

99 Pier Road 1881Census / 212 Medway Road


Above photo 1925, from by Ben Levick. Showing landlady Mrs. Crane.


A Shalder was an oyster catcher and this pub was named after them.


Information below by Ben Levick

The "Shalders Arms" opened before 1810 and was on the corner of Richmond Road and Medway Road. Richard Shalders was a brickmaker and builder who died in 1804. The pub was demolished during road widening in the 1970s but is commemorated in the name of the residential care home built on the rear of the site - Shalders House.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 22 August 1865.

Conviction of a Beerhouse Keeper.

Yesterday, at the Chatham Police Court, John Murray Hayes, keeper of "Shalders Arms" beerhouse, Gillingham, was charged with having his house open for the sale of beer between the hours of 11 and 12 on Sunday morning. The information was laid by Detective Sergeant Morgan, who on visiting the defendant's house at the time named found several persons there drinking.

The defendant, who admitted the offence, was fined 20s. and costs.


East Kent Gazette, Friday 26 October 1962.

Rodmersham's ex-licensee dies age 69.

John Butcher 1962

Former licensee of the "Fruiterers Arms," Rodmersham Green, and a well-known man in the Sittingbourne area, Mr. John Butcher, of the "Shalders Arms," Gillingham, died last week age 69.

It was about 12 months ago that Mr. Butcher returned to Gillingham, after being at Rodmersham since 1953. He died at All Saints Hospital after a short illness.

Born at Memphis, Tennessee, of emigrant parents, he first went to Gillingham at the age of 16 and worked on the railways for 21 years. he then ran a wholesale and retail newsagents' business and also founded the Strand Tearooms, Gillingham, which he ran for 25 years.

A member of the British Legion, and a founder member of St, Mary's Masonic Lodge, Mr. Butcher was very well known and liked.
The family also suffered a bereavement nine months ago when a daughter died.

Mr. Butcher is survived by his wife Alice and two children, Joan and James.




HAYES John Murray 1865+

CRANE William 1871-82+ (also town carter age 53 in 1871Census)

CRANE Sarah Crane 1891+ (widow also town carter age 71 in 1891Census)

CRANE William John 1901-22+ (age 23 in 1901Census)

CRANE Mrs 1925+

CRANE William John 1930+

Last pub licensee had HILBURN George Henry Next pub licensee had 1938-43+

Last pub licensee had BUTCHER John J 1961-Oct/62 dec'd




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