Sort file:- Chatham, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 07 November, 2023.


Earliest 1864-


Latest ????

248 High Street



Above photo, date unknown.

Former Fountain 1014

Above Google image, May 2014.

Fountain sign 1970

Above sign, 1970.

Thanks from Brian Curtis


The Licensing Directory of 1872 stated the premises was operating under a Full License and was owned by James Hulkes of Frindsbury.

The building is a late nineteenth century public house of red brick, in three storeys.

Unfortunately now closed, it was a building society for 25 years before being converted into yet another gambling shop. The tiling still remains inside the doorway.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 31 January 1794.

Care of ulcerated legs without rest, and ulcers of various parts, are, although of the most inverterate kind, and ever so long standing.

Has the common treatment of ulcerated legs is often unsuccessful, and frequent relapses after a supposed cure the consequence, encouraged by the advice and solicitations of his friends and his unremitting success in the line of practice, exemplified for many years past by indubitably facts, with a view to extend his services more generally to those who labour under the above dreadful diseases, Mr. Hankins, surgeon and Apothecary at Tonbridge, begs leave to inform the public, that he may be consulted personally on the first Thursday in every month, between the hours of 8 in the morning and 4 in the afternoon, at the "Mitre Tavern," in Maidstone.

Aware as he is of the illiberal conscience too often attached to this mode of application, he humbly hopes the afflicted will not be influenced thereby, so as to preclude a fair trial and investigation.

References may be made to the following respectable person recently cured by Mr. Hankins, many of them having laboured under ulcerated legs of 30 years standing.

Mr. Banking, Attorney, East Grinstead, Sussex.

Mr. Miller, late at the "Bull and George," Dartford, near Gravesend.

Mrs. Ring, wife of Mr. Matthew Ring, senior, at Southborough, near Tunbridge.

Mrs. Holding, wife of Mr. Holding, butcher, at East Malling.

Mrs. Reeves, at East Malling.

Mr. Roberts, at the "Swan," at Green Street, near Sittingbourne.

Mr. Barton, at the "Five Bells," at Otham, near Maidstone.

Mr. Edward, butcher, Eltham, near Maidstone.

Mr. J. Edmund, farmer and maltster, at Otham, near Maidstone.


Mrs. Dadd, wife of Mr. Dadd, at the "Fountain," Chatham.


N. B. It is particularly requested that application by letter, to any of the above person's, may be post-paid, and they will be immediately attended to.


Kent Gazette Reports 6 September 1805.

On Friday evening last the family of Mr. Lettes, of the "Fountain," Chatham, were in danger of being totally destroyed: they sat down to take their tea, and about to drink it, when it was casually observed was curdled, it smelt strangely and on examining if, found a thickish white sediment deposited — the kettle and its contents were taken to a chymist, who on analysis taking place, found the water to be strong impregnated with sugar lead, and a quantity of that drug was at the bottom of the kettle. How the deterious mineral was introduced has not yet been discovered.


Kentish Gazette, 21 July 1820.

On Saturday evening last, a dispute, which came to blows, took place at the "Fountain" public-house, Chatham, between a young bugler of the Royal Sappers and Miners, and two Turks, about a female. The bugler being roughly handled, and being disarmed of his sword, which he had drawn on seeing one of the Turks put his hand upon his stiletto, ran into the street, and seeing two soldiers of the Royal Marine Artillery accidentally passing, induced one of them named Hugh Adams to go into the house and assist him: being thus reinforced, he resumed to the scene of action and renewed the contest, which assumed a desperate character. One of the Turks having withdrawn, the other was hard pressed by the bugler with a stick, and the artilleryman with a sword; against both of whom he defended himself, till a blow on the head from the sword caused him to stagger and felt upon his knee; in this situation he aimed a blow with his stiletto at Adams, which took effect below the ribs on the left side, and passing through the body, came between the ribs on the opposite side, the consequence of which the unfortunate man died at three o’clock on Sunday afternoon. Being disarmed by the efforts of the bystanders three or four of whom were wounded, the Turks were conveyed to prison, where they remained till Sunday afternoon, when one of them named Hassan, being identified as the man who gave the fatal blow the other was discharged. A Coroner’s Jury, composed of the most respectable inhabitants, having been empanelled, at twelve o'clock on Monday, by R. Hinde, esq. to ascertain the merits of this unfortunate case, a careful strict, and unpartial investigation of a number of witnesses took place, which did not terminate till near ten o’clock, when the Jury gave their opinion— “that the deceased Hugh Adams came by his death in consequence of a wound inflicted by a sharp instrument, by Hassan, in his self-defence." Upon this decision of the Jury, the prisoner was discharged, and conveyed on board his ship, a Turkish merchantman, from Alexandria, now lying in Gillingham Reach, taking in a cargo of coals."


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 06 May 1845.

The same coroner (J. Hinde, Esquire,) afterwards held another inquest at the "Fountain," on Edward John Maxwell, a child 12 months old, son of Mary Maxwell, single woman. It appears that every care have been taken of child, who was out at nurse. Mr. Steddy, surgeon, was of opinion that the child died from consumption. Verdict accordingly.




DADD William 1793-94+ Trade Directory 1793

LETTES ???? 1805+

WOOD James 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

CORDELL Robert Thomas 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ADAMS Samuel 1838-40+ Wright's Topography 1838

GIBBONS Robert Scott 1862-74+ Licensing Records 1872

TUFNELL William George 1881-91+ (age 66 in 1891Census)

TOMLIN Henry 1901-22+ (age 43 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

YEOMAN John 1930+

ROYAL Alfred 1938+


Trade Directory 1793Universal British Directory of Trade 1793

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

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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Wright's Topography 1838Wright's Topography 1838

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872



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