Sort file:- Chatham, October, 2021.

Page Updated:- Friday, 15 October, 2021.


Earliest 1858-

Sir Colin Campbell

Demolished 1939-

24 Fair Row



In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)


The Licensing Records of 1872 stated the premises held a Full License and was owned by John James Kemp of Fair Row, Chatham.

In 1881 and before the address was given as being at number 5.


Chatham News, Saturday 11th June 1870.


A respectable young girl as nursemaid.

Apply at the "Sir Colin Campbell, Fair Row, Chatham.


Chatham News, Friday 29 September 1939.

Mrs. S. M. Cockerill.

The funeral of one of the oldest licensees in Chatham took place on Saturday, when Mrs. Susan Maria Cockrill was buried at Chatham Cemetery.

Mrs. Cockrill, who died on Monday of last week, was 92 years old and for some years had been living at 21, Nelson Road, Chatham. Her husband, Mr. Benjamin Richard Cockrill, who died in 1900, was then licensee of the "Sir Colin Campbell" in Fair Row, and for a number of years after his death Mrs. Cockerill carried on the licence. Before his tenancy in Fair Row, Mr Cockerill held the "Rob Roy," in the Brook. This house, like the "Sir Colin Campbell," has now been demolished.

Mrs. Cockrill was the daughter of a baker in Five Bells Lane, Rochester, and had lived all her life in this District. Two of her sons are also Licensed Victuallers. Mr. James Cockrill, the eldest, was for many years licensee of the "Woodlands Tavern," Gillingham, and recently took over the "Black Lion," Gillingham. He was for over 10 years Secretary of the Gillingham Licensed Victuallers' association, and is still it's treasurer. The youngest son, Mr. Frederick Cockrill, is licensee of the "Rose," Delph, Rochester.

Mrs. Cockrill is also survived by 4 other Sons, Messrs. Benjamin, John, William and Robert Cockrell, and one daughter, Miss Emma Cockrill. All of the six sons were present at the funeral and, in addition, Mrs. B. Cockrill and J. Cockrill (nephews) and Mr. R. Harris (friend).


As such I haven't found a picture of the pub, and have no other information. 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.



KEMP James 1858-62+ (age 59 in 1861Census)

KEMP John James 1872-82+ (widower age 41 in 1881Census) Licensing Records 1872

MARTIN George E 1891

TOPLEY Harry 1891+ (age 26 in 1891Census)

Last pub licensee had COCKRILL Benjamin Richard dec'd to 1900

COCKRILL Susan Maria 1901-03 (widow age 51 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872


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