Sort file:- Brompton, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 30 November, 2023.


Earliest ????

Royal Engineer

Latest 1861

High Street



This pub closed in 1861 and the license may have been moved to the new "Royal Engineer" that opened in Wood Street in 1863.

I also have reference to another "Royal Engineer" addressed in Chatham, which may well be the same as this.


South Eastern Gazette,10 January, 1860.

Alleged Fabricated Account by a Publican.

An action was yesterday tried in the County Court, brought by a private of the 53rd Regt., named Gillespie, against Mr. Coveney, of the "Royal Engineer," Brompton, to recover the sum of 2 under the following circumstances. The plaintiff said he had just arrived from India, and went into the defendant’s public-house, having 2 11s. 6d. in his possession. After drinking there for some time during the evening, he found that he was too late to return to his quarters, and therefore remained there all night, giving defendant’s wife two sovereigns to take care of for him. On the following day he asked the landlady to give him back his two sovereigns, but she refused to do so, stating that he had spent it all in what he had, and was moreover indebted to her in the sum of 1s. 2d. This, however, plaintiff said could not have been the case, as he paid for everything he had out of the 11s. 6d. in silver which he had. The defendant's wife now handed in a "little bill" amounting to 2 1s. 2d., containing the items complainant had had at the house. His Honour, after pursuing it, said he had no doubt it was altogether a fabricated account, and he should therefore give an order for immediate payment, allowing plaintiff all his costs.



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.

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COVENEY Mr 1860+


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