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Earliest 1737-

Key Inn

Latest ????

Key Street


Key Inn

Above postcard, date unknown.

Key Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

Key Inn postcard

Above postcard, date unknown. Obviously coloured version of above card.


Above photo, date unknown.

Key Inn

Above photo date unknown.


The pub was operating as early as 1737 but demolished in the 1980s and now the foundations lay beneath the roundabout that was built in its place.


Key Inn location 2009

Above image from Google, showing the location in May 2009.


I have also seen this addressed as Sittingbourne.

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 Kentish Gazette, 21 January 1845.


Chapman. —Jan. 7, George, second son of Mr. R. Chapman, of the "Key Inn," Key-street, aged 34.


From the Kentish Gazette, 7 October 1845.


Chapman:— Oct. 3, aged 82, Mr. Richard Chapman, many years landlord of the "Key Inn," Key-street.


From the Kentish Gazette, 4 April 1848.

Married. Chapman - Price.

March 29, at Dover, Mr. George William Chapman, of the "Key Inn," Key Street to Susannah, youngest daughter of the late Mr. John Price, of Dover.


Kentish Gazette, 11 January 1876.


John Richard Thomas, farmer and fruiterer, Lynsted, was charged with having, on the 12th October last, indecently assaulting Ann Snashall, at Newington.

Mr. Ormerod prosecuted; Mr. Glyn defended.

The complainant a married woman, met with the prisoner who had a cart, at the "Key" public house, Key Street, on the day in question, and, as she said, at his invitation, but according to the case for the defence, at her request, he took he up into the cart to ride with him. It was alleged that while she was so in the cart with him he made improper proposals to her, and afterwards committed the assault complained of, when she called assistance and got out of the cart.

The defence was that the complainant was unworthy of credence, and Mr. Glyn made an impassioned speech for the defence.

Witnesses who gave the prisoner an excellent character having been called, the Chairman summed up and the jury returned a verdict of "Not guilty."

The prisoner was then discharged.


From the Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 14 October 1890.

Fatal Accident.

An inquest was held at the "Key Inn," Bobbing, on Tuesday afternoon, before Mr. W. J. Harris, county coroner, concerning the death of George Day, age 22, an agricultural labourer, in the employ of Mr. E. Maxted, farmer, of Bobbing. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased went to Lidsing the day previous with a horse and tug for a load of gates. Returning in the afternoon, and when crossing over the railway bridge in Bobbing parish, the horse was startled by a passing train, and bolted. The deceased, who was riding on the rods, fell off, and the wheel of the tug passed over his head and neck. The poor fellow was picked up insensible, and died within a quarter of an hour. His father was an eye-witness of the occurrence, and he ran and picked his son up. The father said it was a pure accident, and a verdict to that effect was returned.


East Kent Gazette, Friday 27 February 1948.

Key Inns Success at Canterbury.

The "Key Inn" reached the quarterfinals of the above Friday evening last week when they visit Canterbury to meet the British Legion "B" team. Despite a difficult journey by road the "Key" players struck their very best form, and won by two straight legs, of 1,001 up on a treble bored. They led the scoring in both legs, the first of which was checked in excellent style by W. Dance with a throw of 98. In the second leg the visitors checked on 14 to make sure victory. The "Key" fully deserve their success, the Canterbury players themselves praising the superior play of teams in the Sittingbourne area.



CHAPMAN Richard 1841-3/Oct/45 dec'd age 82 (age 65 in 1841Census)

CHAPMAN George William (son) Oct/1845-48+

COOPER Harriett Ann 1851+ (age 27 in 1851Census)

KITCHINGHAM William 1858-82+ (age 62 in 1881Census)

BRADLEY Charles 1891+ (age 56 in 1891Census)

STANLEY Harry 1901+ (age 28 in 1901Census)

WOOLLETT Fred 1903+ Kelly's 1903

THOMPSON John 1913+

BAILEY Stephen J 1938+

WHITE Peter to 1980



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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