Sort file:- Chatham, October, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 01 October, 2023.


Earliest 1868-

Alexandra Hotel

Open 2020+

53 Railway Street


01634 406233

Alexandra Hotel 1905

Above postcard circa 1905.

Alexander Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Alexandra 2009

Above photo 2009 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Alexandra Hotel 2014

Above photo by Roy Moore, 13 June 2014.

Alexandria Arms 2022

Above Google image, October 2022.

Alexandra Hotel card

Above card, circa 1980s.

Alexandra Hotel sign 1991Alexandria Hotel sign 2012

Above sign left, October 1991. Sign right, 2012 by Roy Moore.

Thanks from Brian Curtis


The Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre has referenced a set of documents, that I haven't seen yet, and is part of the Watts Charity MSS, 1579-1972.

Reference is made as follows:-


T33. The "Alexandra" beershop and adjoining smiths shop, Room Lane (otherwise known as Railway Street) (2 docs.)


The pub was classed as a Beer House in 1872.

Trustees of Watt's Charity, Rochester (Owner 1872). They also had the license to sell wine, beer and cider on the premises.

In 1890 Jonathan Biggs was the owner.

In 1899 Budden & Biggs Brewery, Strood, Rochester were the owners.

In 1958 Shepherd & Neame Ltd. Faversham, Kent were the owners.


Chatham News, Saturday 27 August 1870.

Mr. R. Prall applied for a licence for the "Alexandra," Railway Street, and forcibly put it to the Magistrates that the granting of it would be a great advantage to the public.

Mr. Hayward opposed.



From the By Ben Ashton, 13 February 2019.

Drinker attacked three men at The Alexandra in Chatham because they asked him to stop swearing.

Craig Docherty, 31, used a bar stool, pool cue and pint glass in a vicious attack against other customers in the bar.

A violent thug attacked three men in a brawl at a pub in Chatham with a bar stool, pool cue and pint glass after they asked him to stop swearing.

Craig Docherty was drinking at The Alexandra in Railway Street with his friend Ian Spiers on November 21, 2017 when the pair were approached by a customer.

The customer asked if they could stop using excessive bad language in front of children who were in the pub at the time.

They briefly stopped but then continued to swear a short while after, which is when another man also asked them if they could cut out the offensive language.

Docherty, 31, responded by headbutting the man and punching him in the face, causing him to fall to the floor.

Craig Docherty

Craig Docherty was jailed for a violent attack at The Alexandra pub in Chatham. (Image: Kent Police/Google)

While on the floor, the victim was kicked and stamped on by Docherty and Spiers before another customer intervened and pushed the duo away.

Docherty then struck this man with an empty pint glass before hitting him with a pool cue, causing the cue to break.

At this point, a friend of one of the victims came into the pub and was struck around the back with a bar stool by Docherty when he attempted to intervene.

He was left with a serious back injury as a result.

The incident came to an end when a member of staff hit the bar with a baseball bat, causing both Docherty and Spiers to leave the scene.

Docherty, of Railway Street in Chatham, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and affray and was sentenced to five years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday (February 8).

Spiers, 41, of Victoria Street in Chatham, was given a 20-month sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting affray.

PC Magnus McAuley, the investigating officer for this case, said: “The levels of violence Docherty used against innocent members of the public who were trying to enjoy their afternoon is deplorable.

“One of the victims was left with a serious spinal injury however these could easily have been much worse.

“The sentence imposed against him reflects the seriousness of his offending and I hope the victims involved can take some comfort from the fact justice has been secured.


From the, By Ed McConnell, 19 June 2019.

Burst pipe on A230 Maidstone Road, Chatham.

Traffic is mounting this afternoon after a pipe burst on a busy commuter route.

One lane of the A230 Maidstone Road, Chatham, is closed while engineers deal with the leak.

Traffic approaching the Alexandra Hotel is being diverted through the bus interchange outside the town's railway station.



ABBOT Alfred 1868-85+ (age 38 in 1871Census) Licensing Records 1872

BRAND Alfred 1885-96+ (age 54 in 1891Census)

BRAND Alfred & BRAND George Curtis 1896+

Last pub licensee had EASTO/EASTS Flanders Herbert 1896-1901 (age 33 in 1901Census)

ARTHRELL William Arthur 1901-11 (age 41 in 1911Census)

BONNETT Austin 1911-20 (also wine retailer on or off premises)

YOUNG Bruce McLintock 1920-53

YOUNG Emily 1953-58

COULTER Edwin 1958

MARTIN Denis Walter 1958-59

DUBOUX Augustus 1959+

YOUNG Bruce 1938+


Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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