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Earliest 1838

Russell Arms

Latest 1914

51 Clarence Street/Star Street/Russell Street


Russell Arms

Above photo kindly supplied by Jason Kemsley.


The address of this pub is often referred to as being in Russell Street and also Star Street.

The pub closed its doors in 1814 and was demolished in the 1960s.


From the London Gazette, November 1843.

I William Saunders, at present, and for six months past, residing at number 10 Saunders Street, in the parish of Chatham, in the county of Kent, assistant in the Post Office at Chatham aforesaid, previously for 6 weeks residing at number 6, Wood Street, in the parish of Gravesend, in the county of Kent, assistant to a licensed victualler, previously for 11 months residing at number 8, Union Street, in the parish of Milton next Gravesend aforesaid, occasionally employed as an assistant to the licensed victualler, previously for 4 months residing at number 53 Star Street, Milton aforesaid, out of employ, previously for 49 months residing at the "Russell Arms" public house, 51, Star Street, Milton aforesaid, licensed victualler, do hereby give notice that I intend to present a petition to the court of bankruptcy, in Basinghill Street, praying to be examined touching my debts, estate, and effects, and to be protected from all process, upon making a full disclosure and surrender of such estate and effects, for payment of my just and lawful depts; and I therefore further give notice, that the time when the matter of the said petition shall be heard, is to be advertised in the London Gazette and in the Kent Herald newspaper, one months at the least after the date hereof; as witness my hand, this 21st day of November, in the year of our lord, 1843.

William Saunders.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 15 April 1890.

A Good Friday Supper Party.

At the police Court, on Wednesday, Jane Low Baglefield, landlady of the "Russell Arms," was summoned for selling intoxicating liquor at illegal hours.

P.S. Porter deposed that at 1:40 on Saturday morning he was on duty in Russell Street, when he found the front door of the "Russell Arms" insecure. He called the manager and then said he wanted to see who was in the house. The manager said he had only a few friends. He went upstairs and found 5 soldiers there, two of them stating that they belonged to Chatham, and the others to Milton Barracks. Presently the first two said they belong to Milton Barracks. One, named Tyler, has a past till 7:30. Ultimately four of the soldiers left.

P.C. Spicer corroborated.

For the Defence, Mr. G. Clinch said that the soldiers, with two civilians, named Gamage and Pain, were invited by the manager of the "Russell Arms" to supper, on Good Friday evening, and as he had point out to their worships' colleagues on Saturday, a licensed victualler had a right to entertain bona fide friends. Corporal Wallace, Royal Marines, said that he had known the manager of the "Russell Arms" since January. Witness and several others were in the house between 6 and 7 o'clock in the evening, when the manager (Mr Gobby) told them that two friends named Gamage and Pain respectively, were coming from London, and invited them all to go back to suffer. They went back at 2:20, the house being then closed, and had supper. They did not pay for anything and did not expect to have to pay.

P.S. Porter:- You did not tell me you had been to supper?

Witness:- No.

P.S. Porter:- There were some glasses and two pots on the table.
Corporal Gill and Private Merritt, both of the Royal Marines, gave similar evidence.

Lieutenant-Colonel Sankey said that all the witnesses (who had been out of court at the request of Mr. Berry) had agreed in there evidence, and he had great respect for a soldier's word (applause.) There was no doubt that the men were on the premises as friends.

Mr. Berry:- What is to prevent every house in the town doing this sort of thing? This is not thought of until it is in the hands of a solicitor. The police know not what to do. We know what is going on about the town; these private parties do not take place till afterwards.
Mr. Clinch:- I have great respect for Superintendent Berry, and appreciate his doubts, but he has made a statement which I think and hope he will withdraw; that is, that they only thought of this supper after they have been to see the solicitor. That is a serious charge to level against me.

Mr Berry:- I did not level it against you personally, but spoke generally of these cases.

The case was then dismissed.



SANDERS William 1838-Mar/1842 South Eastern Gazette

PLANE W S Mr Mar/1842+ South Eastern Gazette

BROWN Edward 1858+

DUERDIN William 1861+ (age 36 in 1861Census)

Last pub licensee had RHODES William Hunt 1862+

FLETCHER Merrick to June/1870 Maidstone and Kentish Journal

DYKE George Herbert June/1870+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

MARDELL William 1881-82 (age 40 in 1881Census)

TATE George 1882+

LANGFORD William G 1891+ (listed as estate agent in 1891Census)

BAGLEFIELD Jane Low 1890+


BECKETT Ruby 1901+ (listed as barmaid age 22 in 1901Census)

BALCH Arthur J 1901-03+ (age 32 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903


South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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