Sort file:- Brompton, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1790-

Bricklayer's Arms

Latest 1 May 1896

17 High Street


Former Bricklayer's Arms

Above photo March 2012, taken from

Brompton map

Above map, date unknown, showing the following pub locations:-

1:- "King’s Arms"

2:- "Army and Navy"

3:- "Royal Marine"

4:- "King’s Head"

5:- "Grasshopper"

6:- "Dockyard Arms"

7:- "Dolphin"

8:- "Two Sawyers"

9:- "Bricklayer's Arms"

A:- "Golden Lion"

B:- "Navy Arms"

C:- "Prince of Wales"

D:- "Good Intent"

E:- "Duke of York"

F:- "Shipwright's Arms"


Built somewhere between 1695 and 1705, 17 High Street is probably the oldest surviving building in Brompton (though this honour might just go to the "Golden Lion," opposite, built in 1703).

Brompton Street (as the High Street was originally called) seems to have started with the "Sun in the Wood" at the north-western end in 1695.

The early history of no. 17 is unclear, but sometime between about 1770 and 1807 it became the "Bricklayers Arms" public house. The Universal Directory of 1790 does record a "William West, Victualler and Bricklayer" in Brompton, so it is not impossible he might open a pub with the name 'Bricklayers Arms'. The first licensee there is a record for is Neptune Fuller in 1807 – 1811. It closed as a pub in 1896, the licence having been recorded as surrendered on 1st May 1896.

Following the closure of the pub in 1896 it had a number of uses, but by 1922 it is occupied by George Lambert, motor car agent, the start of a long automotive connection for the building. By 1930 it was Joseph Tickle & Co, Motor Engineers who owned it until the Second World War, when it was taken over by B. A. & D. L. Missin. It remained in the Missin family until the 1970s or later. It closed as a garage in the late 1980s, becoming an alarm shop until around the turn of the Millenium.

brompton Garage invoice 1957

Above invoice kindly sent by Finn.


In the early 2000s, after standing empty for a while, it became 'The Bunker', an army surplus store. The Bunker closed in about 2010 and again the premises stood empty until 2012. In February of this year the property re-opened as the Mulberry Farm Shop and the offices for Community Life magazine.


Brompton map 1866

Above map of 1866 showing the "Golden Lion," "Two Sawyers" and "Bricklayer's Arms."


Today (2017) the building is situated with the "Two Sawyers" on its left, and the "Brompton Club" on its right. It is directly opposite the "Golden Lion."

Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 15 June 1861.

Elizabeth Thurton, charged with assaulting Mary O'Donnell, at the "Bricklayers' Arms," Brompton, was fined 10s. 6d. and 10s. 6d. costs.

The fine was paid.



WEST William 1790+

FULLER Neptune 1807-11

PALMER John 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PALMER Charles William 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HERRINGTON Joseph 1851-62+ (age 34 in 1851Census)

BERESFORD John Smith 1881-82+ (age 42 in 1881Census)

DALEY Isabella Mrs 1891+


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

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



If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-