Sort file:- Sheerness, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 29 November, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

Lord Nelson

Closed ????

1-2 West Street

Blue Town


Lord Nelson 1954

Above photo circa 1954, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Lord Nelson village unknown

Above photo of a pub showing the "Lord Nelson", unknown date.  Kindly sent by Peter Moynahan.

Lord Nelson 2009 Lord Nelson 2009

Above images taken from Google maps 2009.


Built in 1897 the building pictured above replaced another of the same name. It was situated right next to the County Court and addressed as West Street.

The pub is now (2014) closed and has been converted into two dwellings.


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.


Southeastern Gazette, 1 March 1853.

Lawrence Curry, of Sheerness, beer-shop keeper, appeared at the Petty Sessions on Monday, charged by Mr. Boyd, the superintending constable, with opening his house for the sale of beer on Sunday, the 3rd January last, before halfpast twelve in the afternoon. William Pratten of Sheerness, constable, proved the case. ("Lamb and Flag")

Fined 17s. and costs.

John Duller, of the same place, victualler, appeared to answer a similar charge. ("Unknown")

The ease was dismissed.

John McKenzie, of the same place, victualler, appeared to answer a like complaint. ("Lord Nelson")

Buckhurst, the constable, proved the case.

Fined 1 9s. and costs.

Edwin Shrubsall, of the same place, victualler, appeared to answer a similar complaint. Luckhurst also proved this case. ("Rose Tavern")

Fined 2 and costs.


Sheerness Guardian, 7 April, 1860.


(At the Public Rooms, Sittingbourne, before J. D. Dyke, Esq., Monday Marsh 26th.)

William Baker, seaman at H. M. Ship "Forte," was charged with stealing from inside the shop of Mr. Henry Woolf, of Sheerness, four silver watches, value 14, on Sunday evening the 25th of March.

Henry Woolf, deposed that about 9 o’clock on the evening in question, he missed four silver watches, which were safe in his window at six o’clock. He immediately gave information to Sergeant Ovenden, K.C.C. The four watches produced by the police were those he lost.

John Broad, eating-house keeper, deposed that on the same evening the prisoner came to his shop at about 9 o’clock, and asked him to buy a watch, he took it and showed it to Mr. Woolf who identified it. He afterwards gave it to the police.

Henry Brooks, labourer, deposed that about 8 1/2 o’clock on the same evening, he saw the prisoner fighting with another seaman, at the "Nelson" public-house, Sheerness. In the scuffle he dropped his purse. He (witness) picked it up and gave it to him when he said he would make witness a handsome present for his honesty. He then gave him a watch. Witness afterwards went to the "Star" public-house where he was about to sell the watch to a person named Watson, for 8s. and a pot of beer, when Police-constable Foord came in and took possession of the watch.

Bridget Russell, deposed that about 8 1/2 o'clock on the same evening she was at the "Nelson" public-house. The prisoner came in. She had been in his company before. He fought with another seaman, but before doing so handed her a watch and asked her to hold it while he fought. About 11 o'clock the same night, Sergeant Ovenden asked her for it and she gave it to him.

Sergeant Ovenden, deposed that about 9 o'clock, he apprehended the prisoner at a cook shop in Blue Town. Prisoner said he would not be searched nor go to the station. Witness caught hold of him, when a struggle ensued. Prisoner made a desperate resistance, but two other constables came to his assistance and he was then carried to the station. Witness searched him and found a watch in his trousers' pocket. He also received a watch from the witness Broad and another from the witness Russell, (which were now produced).

The usual caution was then read to the prisoner and on being asked what he had to say, he stated that he bought the watches from some Militia-men, at about 8 o’clock and gave 7s. each for three of them and 9s. for the fourth. Prisoner was then committed to take his trial at the Quarter Sessions at St. Augustine’s on Tuesday April 3rd, on which day he was placed at the bar on the aforesaid charge. Mr. Russell was for the prosecution. The prisoner conducted his own defence. The whole of the evidence given above, having been related, the chairman briefly summed up, and the jury after a short deliberation, found the prisoner guilty, and he was sentenced to six months hard labour. The chairman afterwards censured Mr. Woolf for leaving his premises unprotected and thus placing temptation in the way of the evil-disposed.


Sheerness Guardian, 26 May, 1860.

Transfer of Licenses.

On Monday last, the license of the "Crown and Anchor Inn," at Sheerness, was transferred to Mr. Bartlett, and that of the "Lord Nelson" to Mr. Goatham.


East Kent Gazette - Saturday 12 February 1876.

Sheerness-on-Sea. Publicans in trouble.

At the Sheerness police caught on Monday, William Goathass, landlord of the "Lord Nelson, Blue Town, was fined 10 for harbouring prostitutes, by allowing them to remain in his house at longer time than was necessary for refreshment. Mr. Guise, however, did not endorse the licence, as a defendant had given notice to quit the house.




MACKETT George 1824+

FISHENDEN W 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

DUTNALL William ????

BENSTEAD John 1840+

EDGECOMBE Frederick J 1847+

McKENZIE John 1851-55+ (age 35 in 1851Census)

GLOSS William 1858+

GOATHAM/GOTHAM/GOATHASS William 1861-76+ (age 44 in 1861Census)

ALDERTON James 1881-99+ (age 42 in 1881Census)

WEYMOUTH Arthur 1901-03+ (widower age 42 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

CLARKE S M Mrs 1913-18+

HOLDER F W 1930+ Kelly's 1830

STARTIN Henry Arthur 1934-38+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Kelly's 1830From the Kelly's Directory 1930


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