Page Updated:- Sunday, 27 February, 2022.


Earliest ????


Open 2022+

26 Church Street

Hoo St Werburgh

01634 941240


Above photo, date unknown.

Chequers 2008

Above photo 2008 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Chequers 2015

Above photo, February 2015, kindly sent by Roy Moore.

Chequers sign 2010Chequers sign 2015

Above sign left 2010, sign right February 2015 by Roy Moore.


From the Kentish Chronicle 22, October 1859.


Robert Webb, of the "Chequer's Arms," Hoo, and a barge owner, was supported by Mr. Fielding, and opposed by Mr. Webb of London, His liabilities were 630 18s. 3d.; assets, 47 3s. 5d.

He was ordered to be imprisoned for six months from the date of the vesting order.


Chelmsford Chronicle 14 October 1859.

Petition of an Insolvent Debtor, to be heard before Charles Harwood, Esq., Judge of the County Court of Kent, holden at Canterbury, on Wednesday, the 26th day of October, 1859, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon.

Robert Webb, formerly of Grays, Essex, Lighterman and Barge-owner, Dealer in Hay, Straw, & Manure; then of the "Chequers Inn," Hoo, near Rochester, Kent, Licensed Victualler, Lighterman and Barge-owner, Dealer in Hay, Straw, and Manure; then of the same place, Licensed Victualler; then of Hoo aforesaid, out of business or employ; and then late of the "Prince of Orange Inn," Orange-street, Canterbury, out of business or employ.


Dover Express 28th August 1942.

53 Rates demand on a licensee.

As a result of the Robinson judgement, Frederick Thomas Day, formerly licensee of the "Chequers," Hoo and now a Corporal in the RAF police, was summoned at Chatham Police Court on Monday for 53 10 101/2d arrears of rates from April 1st 1939 to August 15th 1941.

The Rating Officer (Mr. S. Ring) said that, by the Robinson judgement, the assessments of licensed houses were greatly increased and those arrears were retrospective to 1st April 1939. This additional demand had been made on Day since he had left the "Chequers" with everything apparently settled up.

Replying to the Clerk (Mr. E. F. Barret), Mr. Ring said that the house belonged to Messrs. Style & Winch Ltd.

The Bench adjourned the case for 28 days to see what the brewers would do in the matter.



BUTCHER Sophia 1841+ (age 70 in 1841Census)

BUTCHER George (son) 1845-55+

BUTCHER Stephen 1851+ (age 56 in 1851Census)

WEBB Robert Next pub licensee had 1858-Oct/59

COOMBER James 1861+ (age 36 in 1861Census)

GREWCOCK William 1862+

BRENSTER William 1866-67+

CHILMAID Mrs Jane 1870-74+ (widow age 50 in 1871Census)

SMITH Edward 1878-80+

GREGORY James W 1881+ (age 57 in 1881Census)

BLACKMAN John 1882-87+

ROBERTSON Charles 1891

FLACK William 1891-99+ (age 38 in 1891Census)

AYRES James Benjamin Topley 1901-03+ (age 29 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

PENFOLD Henry William to 7/Aug/1907 dec'd

PERCH Rosa 1911-13+ (widow age 48 in 1911Census)

DAY Ernest George 1918-30+

DAY Frederick Thomas 1938-15/Aug/41


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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