Sort file:- Chatham, October, 2022.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 04 October, 2022.


Earliest 1828-

Dartmouth Arms

Closed ????

257 High Street


257 High Street 2017

Above photo circa 2017, by Darkstar, showing 257 High Street.


In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)

In 1872 the premises was operating under a Full license and was owned by Edward Winch of Chatham.


Kentish Gazette, 23 April, 1783.

Thursday night died, aged 51 years, Mrs. Patten, wife of Mr. Richard Patten, of the "Dartmouth Arms," Chatham.


From the Kentish Gazette, 28 August 1838.

CHATHAM, Aug. 18. Highway Robbery, attended with Violence.

On Saturday evening last, Mr. Scott, a watchmaker, living in Week-street, Maidstone, returning from Gillingham to Chatham, was stopped in crossing Chatham-lines by two private soldiers, who demanded his money. They felled him to the ground, and one of the soldiers knelt on his body, seized him by the throat, and endeavoured to choke him; while the other rifled his pockets, and took from his person 5s. 6d., all the money he had about him. Mr. Scott bit the man very severely on the fore-finger at the time he attempted to strangle him. He repaired to the barracks next morning, to endeavour to find out the men, and acquainted the commanding officer of the robbery. The bugle was immediately ordered to be sounded, and the men called out, when two were found missing. The picquets discovered one in a loft at the back of the "Dartmouth Arms," and the other on the Lines. On Monday they appeared before the magistrates at Rochester, and were fully committed. The soldiers belong to the 50th regiment, and their names are Fitzgerald and Thistlewood. The latter is son of the Thistlewood who was hung for the Cato-street conspiracy.


Maidstone Journal, 10 May, 1842.

On Monday and Wednesday the county Justices proceeded with the hearing of the information's against the publicans and beersellers of Chatham, whose cases had not come on at the last previous sitting.


The only remaining information was against the "Dartmouth Arms," which was withdrawn for want of evidence. The number of convictions taken place since the formation of the Auxiliary Society for the protection of young females, &c., in the neighbourhood, has been nineteen. The society last week addressed a notice to young females who wish to be restored to their friends and home, offering them assistance “to enable them to escape from their present state of degradation and misery," and a reward of 5 for information of any publican keeping prostitutes in his house. The witness Richbell was attacked on Tuesday, in Chatham, by a man named Donmal, formerly a baker, in Brompton, for whose apprehension a warrant since been issued.




PATTERN Richard 1783+

LISLE W 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

ANDERSON Thomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

SANTO/SANCTO John 1838-40+ Wright's Topography 1838

HAWLEY John 1858-74+ (also tobacco pipe maker age 59 in 1871Census) Licensing Records 1872

HARCUS John Edward 1881+ (age 22 in 1881Census)

HAND E Mrs 1882+


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

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

Wright's Topography 1838Wright's Topography 1838

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872


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