Sort file:- Sheerness, October, 2023.

Page Updated:- Monday, 30 October, 2023.


Earliest 1804-


Latest 1881+

18 High Street

Blue Town


Former Star 2016

Gigi's cafe appears to be number 18 High Street, 2016.


Sheerness Guardian 30 April 1859.

INSOLVENT DEBTOR TO BE HEARD BEFORE the judge of the County Court of Kent, holden at Canterbury on Thursday the twelfth day of May, 1859, At eleven o'clock in the forenoon precisely.

Alfred Stroud, (also known as Alfred Baker), formerly at the "Star Inn," High Street, Blue Town, Sheerness, in the county of Kent, licensed Victualler, and Post-master, then of number 49, Dane John place, Watling-street, and late of the "Duke’s Head Inn," Wincheap street, both in Canterbury, in the said county of Kent, out of business or employ.


Insolvent’s Attorney,



Sheerness Guardian 16 July 1859.

Before J. D. Dyke, Esq at Sittingbourne, on Tuesday, July 12th.

Thomas Cain A.B. of H.M.S. Trafalgar, was charged with stealing two medals and two clasps from the person of Charles Foffard, private of R.M. serving on board H.M.S. Amphion, at the "Swan Inn," Sheerness on 11th of July.

Charles Fofford on being sworn stated that he was in the tap room of the "Swan Inn," on Monday last. The prisoner was there also. He laid down on the form and fell asleep. His medals were safe on his breast at the time. A short time afterwards a man came in and awoke him and asked him what had become of his medals. He put his hand to his breast and missed them. The prisoner was missing also. He then gave information to the police.

Sergeant Ovenden stated that the prosecutor had reported the loss to him. He was sober at the time. They went to the "Star" tap room in Blue Town, where they found the prisoner sitting between two marine artillerymen. The prosecutor pointed to them and said they were the men that were in the room when he lost his medals. Sergeant Ovenden then addressed them and said "just hand over these medals." The prisoner thereupon slipped his left hand behind him and dropped the missing articles (which were now produced).

Sergeant Ovenden then apprehended the prisoner and was quite sure that he was the party who had dropped the medals. The articles will work 19s. The prisoner was fully committed for trial at the insuring assizes.


Sheerness Guardian 3 August 1859.



Thomas Cain. 25, seaman, was charged with stealing two silver medals from the person of Charles Fofford, on the 11th July, at Sheerness. Mr. White was for the prosecution.

The prosecutor is a private in the Royal Marines, and on the 11th July he was at the "Swan" public-house, where he went to sleep on a stool. Some person woke him up, and asked him where his medals were, and he then found that they had been cut from his breast, he gave information to police-sergeant Ovenden, who went with him to the "Star Inn," where they found the prisoner in company with two artillerymen. Ovenden (addressing the three) said, "Just hand over those medals," when the prisoner put his hands behind him, and the two medals fell to the floor.

Three months hard labour.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 26 April 1864.

County Court, Friday.

(Before J. Espinasoe, Esq., Judge.)

Vallance v. John Tomlyn and Charles Shrubsole.

This was an action to compel the defendant Tomlyn to give up possession of a public house, called the "Star," at Sheerness. Mr. Heywood, solicitor, of Rochester, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. Bramwell, of London for the defendant.

Mr. Bramwell said that the assertion of his learned friend was a very strange one, as Mr. Tomlyn was now in court, and denied that he had ever given such a promise.

Mr. Haywood assured his honour that he had done so, and upon other occasions than the one referred to. He must offer himself as a witness to prove that the defendant had agreed to give up possession.

Mr. Bramwell, however, objected to Mr. Haywood giving evidence, as it was illegal, and his objection was allowed.

Mr. Haywood then called William Sussams, who said he was in Mr. Hayward's office a few days since, and Mr. Tomlyn was there when the subject of conversation between them was the giving up of the "Star" public house, and he heard Tomlyn say that he was willing to give up possession of the "Star."

In cross examination he said no time was mentioned when he was to give up possession, nor were any terms talked about.

Mr. George Payne, of Sittingbourne, said he was agent for Mr. Vallance, and he had served Tomlyn with a proper notice to quit, and he had never offered any objection whatever about going out of the house.

In reply to Mr. Bramwell, Mr. Payne said there had been an argument in writing as to Tomlyns tenancy, but he had not brought it. Mr. Bramwell said this agreement ought to be produced, and objected to the case being further heard, as the proceedings were not quite regular, the tenancy not being legally proved.

His Honour however, said the case had been proved to his satisfaction and ordered the defendant to give up possession of the house immediately.

Mr. Bramwell:- Then I shall ask for a case to try the question.

His Honour said he should not state a case.

Mr. Bramwell again ask the judge for a case.

His honour:- No. I consider the defence most disgraceful.

Mr. Haywood then applied for the costs of attorney and two witnesses, which his Honour allowed.


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.

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DRYER Elizabeth Mrs 1855+

STROUD Alfred 1858+

WATSON William 1861+ (age 41 in 1861Census)

TOMLYN John 1862+ (also loan office)

HOGBEN T 1867 ("Globe," 18 High Street)

HOGBEN Thomas S 1871-81 (also cab proprietor age 42 in 1881Census)


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