Sort file:- Sheerness, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1804-


Latest 1881+

18 High Street

Blue Town


Former Star 2016

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


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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