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Earliest 1867-

Lord Stanley

Latest 1918

Windmill Hill/Otterham Quay


Lord Stanley

Above photo, pre 1910, kindly sent by Michael Nancollas.


The pub was built in the 1800s and stood opposite the "Anchor and Hope," and finally closed in 1918. It was named after Thomas Stanley Wakeley of Wakeley brothers, a preacher at the Old Granary at Otterham Quay during the latter half of the 1800s.

A family called Barnes owned the building after it closed and converted it into a grocery store, the last proprietor being Ethel Barnes who finally retired in 1972. Unfortunately the building was destroyed in a fire and no longer exists.


From the Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald. 21 September 1867. Price 1d.


The following applications for new licenses were heard:—  James Kitchener "The Lord Stanley," Upchurch; the application was refused.


East Kent Gazette, Saturday 28 May 1881.

A child drowned in a well.

On Monday, Mr. W. J. Harris coroner, held an inquest at the "Lord Nelson Inn," (sic perhaps) Upchurch, touching the death of Henry William Boorman, aged 5 years, stepson of George Weller, brick moulder, Sittingbourne, who was drowned by falling down a well at the former place, on the previous day. Mr. E Cozens was foreman of the jury. It appeared that the parents of the deceased were on a visit to some friends at Upchurch, with the deceased and his brother, age 7 years, who is deaf and dumb. The latter showed by motions and signs how the accident occurred, though the coroner could not record his explanation of the sad affair on the depositions. It seems that he and the deceased, who was a fine, study little fellow, lifted the lid of the well to look down, and the deceased pitched head foremost down; and when he was got up he was quite dead. The well was much better protected than country wells usually are, and the lid covering it was a substantial one.

The following evidence was taken:- Elisa Weller, wife of George Weller, brickmoulder, Sittingbourne, deposed:- The deceased, Henry William Boorman, is my son by former marriage. He was 5 years of age last December. On Sunday last I came with him and his brother, Albert Richard, age 7, on a visit to Windmill Hill, Upchurch. Between 3 and 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon the two boys went out at the back of Mr. Kitney's  house. There is a draw well in the yard, and they had been out there but a few minutes before Albert's, who is deaf and dumb, came back to the window crying, and I understood from his manner that there was something the matter and went outside immediately. The lid of the well was down in its place. We heard it fall just as Albert ran to the window. The deceased was brought in quite dead soon after.

Albert Kitney, brickmaker, Upchurch, said:- The deceased with his parents came out to visit me on Sunday. I was called out in the afternoon and went to the draw well. On raising the lid I saw the deceased in the water of the well. I got a grab iron and lowered it down, and pulled him up. He was quite dead, and beyond recovery. It must have been an accident. The deceased was quite strong enough to lift the lid. The well is constantly closed and opened only when water is drawn. I noticed it just before the children went out, and it was all right then. The children had not been quarrelling.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally Drowned."


Whitstable Times and Herne Bay Herald, Saturday 19th July 1884.

Upchurch. A Boy Drouned.

On Monday evening, W. J. Harris, Esq., coroner, held an inquest at the "Lord Stanley Inn," Otterham Quay, Upchurch, on the body of Charles Edward Barnes, age 6, son of William Barnes, a labourer, who was accidentally drowned on the previous day.

The jury returned a verdict of "Accidentally Drowned."




KITCHINGHAM James Sept/1867+

HOLMAN Joseph 1881+ (age 66 in 1881Census)

HOLMAN Edward 1891-May/1902 Next pub licensee had (widower age 31 in 1891Census) Maidstone and Kentish Journal

GOLDSWAIN Henry May/1902-July/07 Next pub licensee had Maidstone and Kentish Journal

BARNES Mr 1913-18



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