Sort file:- Brompton, October, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 22 October, 2023.


Earliest 1754

King's Arms

Latest 6 Feb 1935

Westcourt Street

Old 'Brompton

King's Arms 1957

Above 1957 photo showing former "King's Arms" building left. The central building is the "Army and Navy."

King's Arms site 2011

Above photo 5 March 2011, from by Ben Levick. Showing the site of the former "King's Arms."

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"


Kentish Gazette, 27 November, 1779.

Yesterday evening died at Brompton, this town, universally lamented by all his friends and acquaintances, Mr. Edmond Larkin, master of the "King's Arms" at that place, and for some time the proprietor of the Brompton, Chatham and Rochester machines.


Kentish Gazette, 17 February, 1792.

Extract of a letter from Chatham, February 15th.

This morning between 9 and 10 o'clock a young man, supposed to be about 24 or 25 years of age, shot himself dead with a horse pistol, through the left breast, at the "King's Arms Inn," at Brompton, near the town. His name is Cole, (he had been a Midshipman in the navy) brother of the Lieutenant Cole, of the Marines here.


From the Hereford Journal, Wednesday, 22 February 1792.

On Wednesday morning, between nine and ten o'clock, a young man shot himself dead with a horse pistol, through the left breast, at the "Kings Arms Inn," at Brompton, near Chatham. His name is Coles; he had been a midshipman in the navy, was only eighteen years of age on Sunday last; and by a paper found in his pocket, of which the following is an exact copy, of respectable family.:–

"Mrs. Larkins - I request you will inform Mr. Skinner that I have shot myself, and not make it public: likewise let him know that I am the son of Mr. Herbert Coles, Surgeon, Ludlow, Shropshire, and brother to Lieut. Coles, of the marines, who married his sister."


Kentish Chronicles, 22 July, 1794.

Yesterday morning was married at Gillingham near this town, Mr. James Winston Pike, (Boat Moulder) of this dockyard, to Miss Nancy Larkin, daughter of the late Mr. Edmond Larkin, master of the "Kings Arms Inn," at Brompton, near this place.



The pub was situated on the corner of Westcourt Street and River Street. Licensing records in the Medway Archives show this pub was already established in 1754. As a name the King's Arms was a popular one in the late 18th century (especially when George III recovered from his first attack of illness in 1788-9), although it had probably been in use much longer than this.

During the 1920s this pub was sometimes known as The Cabin.

As part of an agreement made between the owners (Style & Winch Ltd) and the licensing authority to grant the removal of the Central Hotel from Brompton to Gillingham in 1933, the licence was allowed to lapse in 1935 and the pub closed.


Kentish Gazette 1 December 1779.

"Yesterday evening died at Brompton, universally lamented by all his friends and acquaintances, Mr. Edmund Larkin, of the "King's Arms Inn" at that place, and some time a proprietor of the Brompton, Chatham, and Rochester machines."


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 3 May 1803.

Friday died at Brompton, Mr. Kennet Sinclair, master of the "King's Arms" public-house.


Kentish Gazette, 3 May 1803.

Friday died at Brompton, Mr. Kennet Sinclair, master of the "King’s Arms" public-house.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 13 September 1856.

Rochester and Chatham. Fatal accident.

On Tuesday last a horse and light cart belong to Mr. Arnott a licensed victualler at New Brompton, were standing in the High Street of Brompton, when the horse suddenly started off through the streets at a rapid rate. On arriving in Wood Street the horse knocked down a little boy aged about 3 years, name Peter Burton Vulcher, the son of a bandsman in the Royal Marines, and the wheel going over him the poor little fellow received such severe injuries that he died in a few days afterwards.

An inquest was held on the body, before T. Hills, Esq., on Saturday last, when the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death."



BELL John 1754-1763+ Licensing records

LARKIN Edmund to Dec/1779 dec'd

LARKIN Mrs 1792+ Local diary

SINCLAIR Kennet Mr to May/1803

TUCKER 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

WILLETT James 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

NELSON Edward 1838-40+ Pigot's Directory 1840

ARNOTT William 1849-1867+ Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

HEWITT James 1870-77+ Post Office Directory 1874

CABBURN Thomas 1880-1902+ (age 25 in 1881Census) Post Office Directory 1882Kelly's 1899

CABBURN Jane Mrs 1903-06+ Kelly's 1903

AYRES Thomas Frederick 1906-1919+ (age 35 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1913

KEANE/KEENE Horace 1920-22+ Post Office Directory 1922

CHUTER Frank W 1923+

WHITE C A 1924+

SHERRATT Mrs 1925-28+

VINCENT Frank 1929-1934 Post Office Directory 1930Kelly's 1934

Closed 1935.


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

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kelly's 1913From the Kelly's Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Kelly's 1934From the Kelly's Directory 1934


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