Sort file:- Strood, September, 2023.

Page Updated:- Monday, 04 September, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

Duke of Gloucester

Latest 1876-

74 High Street



This was mentioned in a book called the "History of Strood" by Henry Smetham, published 1899, who stated that it was now (1899) extinct and was on the site of Messrs Aveling and Porter's Mess Room

In 1864 Superintendent Radley of the city police tried to shut down seven pubs as prostitution was rife in the area. This pub was one on the list.

Further research shows that the building "had gone" by 1876. However, other reference has been found in the census of 1901 that states Elizabeth Smith, a widow age 45 was a greengrocer at this address. Perhaps the premises was rebuilt or the road renumbered.


South Eastern Gazette 22 June 1830.


None need apply, unless they have thorough knowledge of Shoeing and Jobbing.

Address, if by letter, post paid, to Mr. Parker, "Duke of Gloucester," Strood, Kent; if approved of can have constant work.


Kentish Gazette 18 September 1838.


Sept. 8, at Cranbrook, aged 42, Mr. Stephen Cruttenden, late of the "Duke of Gloucester Inn," Strood.


West Kent Guardian 28 August 1841.


On Tuesday morning between the hours of twelve and one o'clock, a fire was discovered in the High-street, Strood. The flames were seen issuing most fiercely from the back part (composed of wood) of the public-house, known as the "Duke of Gloucester," and which threatened destruction to the houses adjoining; great fears were also entertained for the safety of the wooden tenements occupied by poor fishermen, which abutted on the back part of the dwelling. The Sun engine, under the direction of Mr. John Batten, was soon on the spot, but he was unable to work it, owing to the scanty supply of water. Part of the public-house is a heap of ruins.

The public-house belongs to Messrs. Courage and Donaldson, brewers, of Shad-Thames, nosy Tooley-street, in the Borough; and the landlord, Mr. Jarrett, had received on the premises on the day before the fire, five puncheons of porter-and a quantity of ale, the whole of which is entirely destroyed, the casks being burnt to a cinder in the cellar, as also everything else in it. A very large room over the cellar is levelled to the ground and its furniture destroyed. The house adjoining to the fire, occupied by Mr Wheeler, the grocer, is but slightly damaged. Mr. Jarrett, the landlord of the "Duke of Gloucester," is insured in the Alliance; Mr. Wheeler, in the County. The Norwich Fire-office sustains a little loss, owing to the removal of property. From what can be collected, public-house suspicion rests against two men, who came into the public-house between ten and eleven o'clock on Monday night, accompanied by two women. They had a pot of beer, which was furnished to them by the landlord; after drinking it they began quarrel with some lodgers who were in the tap-room at the time. The landlord knowing the characters, remonstrated with them to leave the house, as they were drunk. The two men then wanted to fight, when the landlord called in Brown, one of the Rochester police, and they were forcibly ejected, when one of the men swore, and said, "he would serve the landlord out; he would soon see him in the workhouse, and that he would be revenged of him before morning." The landlord and family fastened up the house and retired to bed a little before twelve o'clock. They had not been in bed longer than three-quarters of an hour, before one of the lodgers raised the alarm of fire. A man who lodged in the house got up, proceeded down stairs, and opened some doors leading to where the fire was, where he perceived the back door open which leads to a public thoroughfare. The inmates in the house were taken out of the up-stairs windows in a state of nudity. One of the men who was at the house and ejected, was seen at the fire, and was heard to say, "that it was a long time since a fire was in Strood, but they should soon see another." We are in possession of the names of the men. The Property destroyed exceeds 400.


County Chronicle, Surrey Herald and Weekly Advertiser for Kent 31 August 1841.

On Tuesday morning, between twelve and one o'clock, flames were observed issuing fiercely from the back part of the "Duke of Gloucester" public-house, High Street, Strood. The back part of the house, being composed of wood, emitted columns of fire, threatening destruction to the adjoining houses. Owing to the scanty supply of water, part of the premises are a heap of ruins. The house belongs to Messrs. Courage and Donaldson, brewers, of Shad Thames. The landlord, Mr. Jarrett, had received on Monday five puncheons of porter and a quantity of ale, ready for Strood fair, which is entirely destroyed, together with a quantity of household furniture. It is strongly suspected that the fire was the work of an incendiary. The property destroyed amounts to between 300 and 400.


South Eastern Gazette 15 April 1851.


George Henry was placed in the dock, on the charge of having, on the 8th inst., feloniously entered the cellar at the "Duke of Gloucester" public-house, Strood, and stole therefrom a piece of beef and sundry bottles of wine, the property of Mr. Cobb, the landlord, and was committed for trial at the Quarter Sessions.


Southeastern Gazette, 23 August 1853.


Wednesday. (Before Captain Burton, E. R. Coles, J. L. Levy, and W. Manclark, Esqrs.)

Edward Canter and William Cornes, two stewards of a friendly society, called the "Friendly Society of Tradesmen," were summoned to shew cause why they refused to pay one of the members, named Joseph West, the weekly allowance of 8s., to which he had been entitled for the past eight weeks, in consequence of his being sick and infirm. Mr. W. Wickham appeared for the defendants.

Before proceeding with the case Mr. Wickham said he had an objection to make against the jurisdiction of the court.

This society was originally held at the "Duke of Glo’ster," Strood, the articles being enrolled in the county of Kent, and not in the city of Rochester, and he therefore contended that the magistrates had no jurisdiction. The magistrates, however, decided that they had, and the case proceeded.

Joseph West said he was a member of the club, which was held at the sign of the "Two Brewers," in this city. He had been a member 33 years. On June 14th witness made application to the stewards that he was ill, and entitled to the weekly pay. The pay he was entitled to was 8s. a week. On June 20th one week's allowance was given to complainant. On the 27th of the same month complainant was informed that his pay was stopped, in consequence of his attending at the quarter sessions, on the 20th June, to give evidence in a case of felony. The stewards consequently refused to pay him anything till July 16th, when witness received one week's relief, which was continued till the 30th of that month. The defendant’s paid him because he summoned them before the magistrates on July 9th. Had received no pay since July 30th, and now claimed two week’s pay.

Mr. Wickham said that notice had been repeatedly given to complainant to attend the club, according to the 14th article, but the complainant had refused to appear.

West said he was labouring under a nervous disease of the brain, and handed in a medical certificate to that effect.

Mr. Levy said the only objection appeared to be in a matter of a few shillings, and the society was obstinate and would not pay.

Cross-examination continued:— Attended the quarter sessions to give evidence in a case of felony, which was committed on the 6th April. Could not remember when he received the first summons to attend the club.

Mr. Levy said it was a strange thing to refuse to pay complainant 1s. 4d., the day's pay, for attending the Quarter Sessions.

Mr. Wickham said by the rules complainant was bound to attend the meeting of the club, to settle any dispute by arbitration.

The magistrates said it was an absurd and paltry case throughout, and all arose from refusing to pay 1s. 4d. claimed; they therefore made an order for the payment of the sum sued for, namely 1 17s. 4d., together with 13s. costs.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser 5 September 1870.


A sale of freehold land and dwelling-houses by Messrs. Cobb took place at the "Bull Hotel," Rochester, on Tuesday. The first lot was the freehold public-house called the "Duke of Gloucester," at Strood; not sold. Mr. T. Averling afterwards offered 300 for the property, when Mr. Cobb said he would make the offer known to the owner of the property.


Chatham News 19 November 1870.


George Tremaine, landlord of the "Duke of Gloucester," Strood, was charged with having his house open for the sale of beer during prohibited hours on the 6th inst.

James Burford said that he was at defendant's house on Sunday night, the 6th, a little after eleven o'clock. Could not say for a few minutes - it was about eleven o'clock. Mr. Tremaine said he wanted to shut up his house; he never noticed a clock. Witness recollected stating last week that it was a little after twelve when he left the "Duke of Gloucester" with two companions. Had not been at the house since, nor had seen Mr. Tremaine since that day.

Alderman Coles remarked upon the evidence given by witness on a former occasion. If a man would come here, and after being cautioned make such contradictory statements as witness had done, he was a disgrace to society, and ought to be prosecuted for perjury.

The case was dismissed, the Bench remarking that they would look over the evidence given by the witness Burford on the former occasion and contrast it with that now given, and sue what could be done with him.


From the Rochester and Chatham Journal and Mid-Kent Advertiser, Saturday, September 2, 1876.

The "Gundulph Tavern."

Shortly before 1 o'clock the only fresh application of the day was made before the members of the Licensing Committee those present, vis., the Mayor, Alderman Cules, Webb, and Naylar; Messrs. Furrell and Homan. The absent member of the committee was Mr. Ball.

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PARKS/PARKER Henry 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CRUTTENDEN Stephen to Sept/1838 dec'd Kentish Gazette

JARRETT Thomas 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

COBB William 1851+ (age 46 in 1851Census)

YEOMANS Richard 1862+

TREMAINE George 1870+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


Kentish GazetteKentish Gazette


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