Sort file:- Chatham, July, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 29 July, 2023.


Earliest 1828-

White Swan

Latest 1930s

363 High Street (New Road 1838 & 1872)


White Swan

Above photo, 1930.

White Swan 1930

Above photo, 1930.

White Swan 1930

Above photo, 16 Apr 1930. Showing Regent Theatre in background. "White Swan" extreme left.

White Swan

Above photo 1930.


The Licensing Records of 1872 stated the premises held a Full License and was owned by Edward Winch of Chatham.

In 1874 and before the address was given as  number 214, and in an 1879 directory as the Brook, but in 1938 as being at Haig Avenue.

I also have mention of a pub named the "White Swan" listed as Brook Street in Pigot's Directory or 1828, which I think being relatively close to the High Street is in fact one and the same.

The pub was demolished in the 1930s and the site used by the White Swan Garage which was also owned by the landlord, Jack Mudge, who moved to the newly built "White Swan" on Symonds Avenue.


Southeastern Gazette, 11 January 1853.

Fire at Chatham.

On Wednesday evening last, about eight o’clock, a fire was discovered to have broken out in the spacious assembly-room in the rear of the "White Swan tavern," High-street, Chatham, in the occupation of Mr. Wilkins. The fire spread with great rapidity, and the whole building was quickly enveloped in flames. A strong muster of Royal Marines and Artillery were despatched from the barracks, as also the Garrison engines, and those belonging to the Kent and Sun fire offices. Their services, however, were of little avail, owing to a deficiency in the supply of water, and the fire continued its progress until the entire building was consumed. The origin of the fire is unknown. The property was insured.




BRADBURY John 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

MUNN George 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PEGUENT George 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

ELGAR George 1838+ Wright's Topography 1838

BENSTER John 1851+ (age 39 in 1851Census) (addressed Brook)

WILKINS William James 1853-63+

Last pub licensee had RICHMOND Philip Next pub licensee had 1871+ Census

WICKHAM James 1872-91+ (age 49 in 1881Census) Licensing Records 1872

WICKHAM Ann 1891+ (widow age 60 in 1891Census)

WICKHAM Alfred Lawrence 1901-22+ (also job master age 43 in 1911Census) Kelly's 1903

MUDGE John William to 1930s Next pub licensee had


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

Wright's Topography 1838Wright's Topography 1838

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Licensing Records 1872Licensing Records 1872


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