Sort file:- Strood, December, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 10 December, 2023.


Earliest 1854-

(Name from)

Bridge Hotel

Latest ????

Bridge Approach/High Street


Bridge Tavern 1890

Above photo pre 1890.

Bridge Tavern lorry accident 1916

Above photo showing an accident involving a lorry in 1916.

Bridge Tavern 1960s

Above photo 1960s.


In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)

The "Bridge Tavern" stood on the corner of the Canal Road on the north approach to Rochester Bridge and was later the site of the "bridge Hotel."

Locals in the know say that Sammy Davies Junior stayed here when in Britain and said he wanted to keep a low profile and didn't want the publicity.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 18 July, 1854.

Michael Nicholson, "Bridge Tavern," Strood, opposite the railway.

Neat wines, foreign and British spirits. Good beds and stabling.


South Eastern Gazette, 7 February, 1860.

INSOLVENT DEBTORS to be heard at the Sessions House, Maidstone, before the Judge of the County Court of Kent, on Wednesday, the 22nd day of February, 1860, at Eleven o’clock in the forenoon precisely.

HERBERT JAMES RING (sued and committed as Herbert J. Ring,) formerly of High-street, Strood, Kent, boat-builder; then of the "Bridge Tavern," High-street, Strood, Kent, licensed victualler, dealer in tobacco, and boat-builder; and then and late of High-street, Strood, Kent, boat-builder.


Insolvents’ Attorney, Maidstone.


Chatham News, Saturday 5 September 1863.

Rochester City Magistrates. The "Bridge Tavern."

Mr. J. Oliff, of the "Bridge Tavern," Strood, appeared, through Mr. R. Prall, Jun., against the refusal of his licence by certain Justices of the City of Rochester assembled at the general annual licensing meeting, held at the Guildhall, on the 25th ult. Mr. R. Prall, Jun., presented the notices to the Justices of the Bench, and Mr. Oliff was bound over in his own recognizance is of 50s., and two sureties of 25s. each, to appear at the next General Quarter Sessions of the Peace held at Maidstone. Mr. Lester and Mr. Paul Goldston were the sureties.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 25 June, 1880.

Bridge Tavern Livery and Bait Stables.

Bottom of Grove Hill Road, (close to South Eastern Railway Station.)

Boxes and lock-up coach houses. Jacob Plumb, proprietor.



NICHOLSON Michael 1854+

RING Herbert James 1860+

OLIFF J Mr 1863

CARDWELLR S 1869-70+

HOLLINGS Thomas Malachi 1874-29/June/99 dec'd (age 44 in 1881Census)

MERSHAM Frederick 1911+ (age 56 in 1911Census)

Last pub licensee had JOHNSON George Marshal 1911-15+

JEFFERY John 1918-22+

MUTTON William Ernest 1930+

GOODMAN John Leslie 1938+




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