Sort file:- Brompton, October, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 09 October, 2021.


Earliest 1808-

Lord Nelson

Latest 1936

47-49 (9) Wood Street

Old Brompton

Former Lord Nelson 2008

Above Google image, October 2008.

Former Lord Nelson 2010

Above photo 2010, from by Ben Levick.


From by lassow.vamp.

From the early 1800s until 1936 this was the "Lord Nelson" Public House. In the latter part of the 20th century it was a photographic and second hand shop (Charles Waldron's). In the early 21st century it was incorporated into a new housing development ("Boleyn Court").

To the left, across the side street (Manor Street) the grassy area was once the site of the "Royal Engineer" Public House.


From the Kentish Gazette, 24 January 1843.

Discovery of a Murdered Child at Brompton.

On Thursday morning, the 19th inst., as two boys belonging to the Sappers and Miners were at play in a pond behind the Observatory, near to the Artillery barracks, Brompton, one of them came against some substance, and a bit of linen cloth rose to the surface; the boys in consequence were induced to search further, and dragging forth the lump in the water, they found it to be a female infant, dressed, with a bandage round its body, and a muslin cap on its head. As soon as the boys had discovered what they had found, they run to Sergeant Major Jones, of the 57th Regiment, who was drilling some recruits close by, and having made him acquainted with the circumstance, Sergeant Jones returned with them to the spot, and took charge of the body. On examining it he found that a blow had been inflicted on the skull with some blunt instrument, cutting a hole through the cap, and splitting the skull asunder, the brains protruding from the wound. The body when found was wrapped in a light coloured cotton shawl and a linen damask table-cloth. Information was immediately given to Tyler, the policeman, and under his direction it was conveyed to the "Lord Nelson" public-house, Wood-street, to await a coroner’s inquest. Mr. Weeks, surgeon, of Brompton, having viewed the body, stated that the child had been murdered, and had been in the water about four days. The infant was about three weeks old. The circumstance has caused considerable consternation throughout the garrison town. The table-cloth and shawl, it is believed, will lead to the apprehension of the guilty person who has committed the atrocious crime.


From the Kentish Gazette, 31 January 1843.

On Friday on inquest was held at the "Lord Nelson," Brompton, on the body of the infant found in a stagnant pool at the back of Brompton barracks, and supposed to have been murdered, when it was discovered to be a stillborn child belonging to a soldier of the 86th regiment, and had been put into the water by the person who had been paid to bury it.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 16 March 1858.

Melancholy and fatal occurrence.

On Saturday afternoon last, and inquest was held at the "Lord Nelson Tavern," Wood Street, Brompton, before T. Hills, Esq., coroner, on the body of Mr. James Cuckoo, age 35, a farmer and market gardener, at Gillingham, who met with his death the previous night, at Brompton, under the following melancholy circumstances.

William Currant, a private in the Royal Sappers and Miners, deposed that he was on duty at the gun-shed, near the road leading to the drawbridge, at about 10:45 on the previous night, when his attention was directed to a horse and van, coming along the road from Brompton. The night was too dark to enable him to see who was in the cart. The conveyance stopped about a minute at Mansions Row, and all at once the horse started off at a full gallop towards the drawbridge. Witness afterwards heard a groaning noise, and asked the man to go and ascertain what it was. On the person going to the spot he called out to witness that there was a man lying in the road, and that he thought he was drunk. Witness then went to him and found the deceased lying on his face, with blood oozing from his mouth. Dr. Burton was immediately sent for. There was a great quantity of blood where deceased lay. It was 2 or 3 minutes after the horse started that he heard the groaning.

Mr. W. Burton, surgeon, said he was sent for on the previous night, and found the deceased lying on the road, on his left side. Witness gently turned him over, on which deceased just gasped once and immediately expired. On removing him he found that the right ear was lacerated and bruised, and the left collarbone broken. It was also evident that some blood vessel in the chest or stomach had been ruptured, which, no doubt, was the cause of his death. Deceased appeared to have fallen heavily on his left side. He had also sustained some other trifling injuries. They did not appear to be any symptoms of any struggling having taken place.

Caroline Manning deposed that she was at the "Golden Lion" on the previous evening, and partook of some refreshments with the deceased. After a few minutes before 11 she left the house and rode with the deceased in his van, as far as the end of Wood Street, where she alighted, deceased first getting out of the van, to assist her down. The deceased, before he got out of the van, threw the reins across the horse, and when she left he was standing by the van.

The jury came to the conclusion that the deceased, in attempting to get into the van, must have either fallen or been knocked down by the cart, as the horse started off into a gallop; therefore returned a verdict of "Accidental Death." The deceased, who was well known in the towns, has left a widow and 8 young children.


From the Maidstone and Kentish Journal, Monday, 28 May, 1866.


Messrs. Cobb have received instructions from the Executors of the late Mr. Joseph Ashley, to sell by auction, in the month of June, at the "Sun Hotel," Chatham.

The Valuable Freehold and Leasehold Public Houses, Beer Houses, Trade Premises, Dwelling Houses, &c., viz:-

The "Lord Nelson," Brompton, Chatham.


Further notice as to time, &c., of sale, will shortly be issued.

Particulars in the meantime may be obtained of Messrs. Acworth and Son, Solicitors, Star Hill, Rochester; of Messrs. Morris, Stone, Townson, and Morris, solicitors, Moorgate Street Chambers, Moorgate Street; and of Messrs. Cobb, surveyors and land agents, 26, Lincoln's-inn-fields, London, and Rochester, Kent.


Maidstone Telegraph, Saturday 15 January 1870.


An inquest was held at the "Lord Nelson Tavern," Wood street, Brompton, on Wednesday last, before F. Hills, Esq., coroner, on the body of Sarah Whiffin, aged 46, a widow, who committed suicide the previous day by cutting her throat in a very determined manner. The deceased, whose husband has been dead some time, had recently exhibited symptoms of unsoundness of mind, and appeared to be possessed with the fear that she would came to want. On the day of her death she was sitting with a neighbour, when she took up a knife, and inflicted a severe gash in her throat, from the effects of which she afterwards expired. Dr. F. J. Brown, of St. Margaret's-Bank, said he had attended the deceased for some time before her death, and he had no doubt she committed the rash act during a lit of temporary insanity. The jury thereupon, returned a verdict accordingly.


The pub burnt down in 1910 and destroyed with it was a collection of naval memorabilia that had decorated it, including uniforms that were said to have been worn by Nelson himself. Obviously, as shown from the photo above, the pub was rebuilt.

The pub was closed for business in 1936.



PERRY Ths. 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

DRURY George 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FOX William George 1851-62+ (age 59 in 1861Census)

WALKER J B 1867+

COLEMAN Matthew 1874-1903+ (age 45 in 1881Census) Kelly's 1903

WILLIAMS Henry Arthur James 1913-18+

LOCKYER George Alex 1922+

HOSKINS Albert Henty 1930+


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


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