Sort file:- Strood, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 11 August, 2021.


Earliest 1828-

Three Gardeners

Closed 2006

4 North Street


Three Gardeners 1904

Above photo circa 1910.

Three Gardeners

Above photo, date unknown.

Three Gardeners

Above photo, date late 1950s.

Three Gardeners

Photo taken on 29 June, 2010 from by Ben Levick.

Three Gardeners sign 1986

Above sign, November 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


This was mentioned in a book called the "History of Strood" by Henry Smetham, published 1899 who say this was situated  on the east side of North Street.


From the Kentish Gazette, 15 August 1843.

An accident of a very serious nature occurred to a boy named Henry Colville, aged 12 years, on Thursday last. It appeared that the boy, and several others, were amusing themselves in Mr. Watson’s meadow, in the Frindsbury-road; the boy Colville had climbed up into a tree in search of a bird’s nest, when, by some accident, he slipped his hold and fell upwards of twenty feet, and in his descent falling across a wall, he broke his back, and was otherwise injured in falling to the ground, so that he died within a quarter of an hour after. An inquest was held the same evening at the "Three Gardeners," before J. Lewis, coroner for the city of Rochester, when the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, 22 June 1861.

A Fatal Accident.

On Friday evening an inquest was held at the "Three Gardeners," Strood, before J. Lewis, Esq., city coroner, touching the death of Joseph Collins, age 52, who came by his death the previous afternoon, under the following circumstances.

James Baker, a lad about 15 years of age, in answer to the coroner, said that he did not understand the nature of an oath. He went to church but knew nothing further. After some further questions he was sworn, and stated that he was in Cage Lane on Thursday afternoon about half past 5 o'clock. He saw the deceased who wanted to mount a horse, and asked him to "give him a leg." He gave it and deceased got on the back of a horse. There was no saddle. The horse kicked and jumped, then hung down his head, and the deceased fell right over his head, and he did not rise again. The horse did not kick again, but walked about. Witness could not read or write - the worse for him. He was obliged to work sometimes on Sundays.

Mr. John Langstone, surgeon to the Union, ever been called in to see the deceased, expressed an opinion that he had died from concussion of the brain.

Verdict, accidental death.


From the 4 March 2009. By Lynn Cox.

Flames rip through derelict pub.

The former "Three Gardeners" pub in North Street, Strood, has been destroyed by fire.

Three Gardeners 2009

The scene of the fire in Strood. Picture: Keyan Milanian.

Part of Strood town centre was closed this morning after fire broke out in an old pub in North Street.

The former "Three Gardeners" hostelry went up in flames shortly after midnight.

The fire, which ripped through the whole building, may have left it in an unsafe condition.

At the height of the blaze, around 40 firefighters were involved in the operation.

Crews from Strood, Medway, Thames-side and Cliffe fire stations, along with a height vehicle from Maidstone, were sent to the scene.

A spokesman for Strood fire station said: "We were called out at 12.05am and when we arrived the place was well alight.

The flames were intense and were leaping right across the road.

"The staff from the kebab shop next door had alerted us to the fire and they had got out of the shop and were standing in the car park opposite.

"We tackled the flames for hours but the inside of the building has been destroyed, there is nothing left but the shell of the building.

"We eventually left at about 4am and other crews took over, to damp down and make sure the flames didn't reignite.

Fire investigators were returning to the site today to try to find out how the fire started.


The 1901 census showed Charles Chambers now a widower and retired publican still living in the premises.

The pub closed in 2006 and I am informed became 5 one bedroom flats in June 2012.



WEST James 1828+ (Pigot's Directory 1828-29 "Three Jolly Gardeners")

WEST Samuel 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

WEST James 1841+ (age 45 in 1841Census)

ROOK Samuel 1851+ (age 66 in 1851Census)

ROOK Samuel & ROOK Samuel George 1855-61+ (widower age 76 son age 44 in 1861Census)

ROOK James Joseph 1862-71 (bankrupt, 23 June 1871)

CHAMBERS Charles 1874-91 dec'd (age 45 in 1881Census)

CHAMBERS Eliza 1891+ (widow age 47 in 1891Census)

HOLMES George Eli 1901-18+ (age 34 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

RICE John Watt 1919-22+

RICE Alice Marian Mrs 1930+

SHEARING Herbert William 1938+


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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