Sort file:- Rainham, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 19 August, 2023.


Earliest 1766

Three Mariners

Open 2020+

506 Lower Rainham (13 in 1881Census)


01634 231137

Three Mariners

Above postcard date unknown.

Three Mariners 2016

Above photo, January 2016, kindly supplied by Michael Nancollas.

Three Mariners matchbox

Above matchbox, date unknown. Apparently addressed as in Gillingham.

Three Mariners matchbox

Above matchbox, circa 1980s, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


I have also seen reference from vestry meetings written in the Gillingham Chronicles by a Mr. Baldwin that mentions the "Three Mariners" as early as 1766.


Southeastern Gazette, 10 May 1853.

Thomas Knight, landlord of the "Three Mariners" at Rainham, appeared to answer the complaint of Thomas Redman Jenner, of Hartlip, watchman, for opening his house on Sunday, the 17th April, for the sale of beer, before twelve o’clock at noon. It appeared that on the day in question the complainant went to defendant’s house in the morning, and found two men there drinking beer.

John Clark, sergeant of the 29th regiment of foot, was called by defendant, and stated that he was one of the men, and that he was in search of deserters at the time, and wanted some refreshment.

Fined 2 and costs.


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.


From an email received 9 May 2020.


I am a descendant of Thomas Wheatley and Thomas Dennis from Rainham. During my family history research I found information that had been passed down, that the "Three Mariners" who built the Inn in about 1820 were Thomas Dennis, Thomas Wheatley and a third associate. My 2nd Great Grandfather was also Thomas Wheatley born Rainham 1827 and his mother was Elizabeth Dennis.

I hope this may be of some interest to you.


Brian Lamb.



RAINHARD John Victor 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

DENNIS Thomas 1847-51+ (age 42 in 1851Census) Bagshaw's Directory 1847

KNIGHT Thomas 1853-58+ Post Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858

AKHURST Thomas 1859-62+ Post Office Directory 1859CensusPost Office Directory 1862

DENNIS Caroline (wife) 1861+ (age 40 in 1861Census)

STEERLA James 1866+ Post Office Directory 1867Kent Harrods Directory 1867

COOPER Stephen 1870-Nov/71+ (age 39 in 1871Census) Post Office Directory 1870East Kent Gazette

AKHURST Thomas Nov/1871+ East Kent Gazette

AKHURST James 1872+

BUSBY John 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

HALL George 1877-78+ Mannings & Co Directory 1877Post Office Directory 1878

WAKEFIELD Thomas 1881-82+ (age 34 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882

DENNIS Albert 1887-95+ (age 39 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1887Kelly's 1891Kelly's 1895

MUDGE William 1899+ Kelly's 1899

WISSENDEN Robert L 1901+ (age 39 in 1901Census)

WISSENDEN Alfred 1903+ Kelly's 1903

ANSELL Alexander 1905+ Kelly's 1905

NICHOLAS William Charles 1907-30+ (age 50 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1907Sitingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908Kelly's 1830

FULLBROOK H T 1933-37+ Kelly's 1933Kelly's 1937

SEYMOUR Alfred B 1938-39+ Kelly's 1838Kelly's 1939

WALLIS J A E 1948-57+ Kelly's 1948Kelly's 1951Kelly's 1957

WOOTTEN Percy 1971-74+ Kelly's 1971Kelly's 1972Kelly's 1973Kelly's 1974

STRUDWICK Ian & Sandra 1983+

???? Brian & Anne 1975+



Bagshaw's Directory 1847From Bagshaw Directory 1847

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1859From the Post Office Directory 1859

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1867From the Post Office Directory 1866-67

Kent Harrods Directory 1867From Kent Harrods Directory 1867

Post Office Directory 1870From the Post Office Directory 1870

East Kent GazetteEast Kent Gazette

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Mannings & Co Directory 1877Mannings & Co Directory 1877

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1887From the Kelly's Directory 1887

Kelly's 1891From the Kelly's Directory 1891

Kelly's 1895From the Kelly's Directory 1895

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1905From the Kelly's Directory 1905

Kelly's 1907From the Kelly's Directory 1907

Sitingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908From the Sittingbourne District Parrett's Directory 1908

Kelly's 1830From the Kelly's Directory 1930

Kelly's 1933From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1933

Kelly's 1937From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1937

Kelly's 1838From the Kelly's Directory 1938

Kelly's 1939From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1939

Kelly's 1948From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1948

Kelly's 1951From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1951

Kelly's 1957From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1957

Kelly's 1971From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1971

Kelly's 1972From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1972

Kelly's 1973From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1973

Kelly's 1974From the Medway Kelly's Directory 1974


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-