Sort file:- Strood, January, 2024.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 25 January, 2024.


Earliest 1828-


Latest 1845+

(Name to)

High Street



The only reference I have found so far for this pub is in the Pigot's Directory of 1828 and 1832. It was listed under Taverns and Public Houses.

This was also mentioned a book called the "History of Strood" by Henry Smetham, published 1899, who stated it was situated on the south side of the High Street and later  became the "Bridge Tavern."


From the Kentish Gazette, 14 August 1838.


July 30, aged 43, Mrs. Parks, wife of Mr. Parks, landlord of the "Dolphin," Strood.


Maidstone Gazette and Kentish Courier 20th May 1845.

Brutal and Cowardly Assault.

Saturday. — (Before E. Buck, Esq., Mayor, L. Allan, Esq., and Dr. Drawbridge.)

Thomas Langford, Edward Viccars, Ambrose Herrington, and Henry Driver, labourers, were charged with having, on the morning of the 13th instant, inflicted several blows with bludgeons on the head, and kicked and otherwise ill treated one Thomas Williams, labourer, who was thereby so severely bruised and injured that his life was despaired of.

It appeared from the evidence of Joseph Howard, that he and Williams (who was stated by the certificate of Dr. Brown, of Strood, to be in a very precarious state, and unable to leave his bed,) on the morning of the 13th, about half-past one o’clock, with two other of their fellow labourers, having just quitted their employment at the Thames and Medway Canal Railway, went into the "Dolphin" public-house at Strood, to obtain some refreshment. They were followed in by the defendants, and Langford said that Viccars should dance with one of their men for a sovereign, but the wager was ultimately reduced to a gallon of beer. The challenge was accepted, the parties danced, and it was decided by all present, except Langford, that Viccars had lost. He and his party, however, refused to pay the bet, and although the canal men had won the wager, they nevertheless called for the beer and paid for it themselves, inviting their opponents to drink with them, and the dispute appeared to be at an end. The defendants left the house before the witness and his friends, and when witness and Williams were passing down the road towards their homes, two of their companions having gone another way, they saw Viccars and Driver. The former said, “Now, you ------, now for it,” and immediately struck Williams on the nose with his fist, and Herrington came out of an alley opposite and struck him a violent blow with a bludgeon, which felled him to the ground. Witness ran to get assistance, and when he came back Herrington was beating Williams with the bludgeon, and Driver was kicking him in the back, and using disgusting expressions. Witness, not being able to cope with them himself, sought assistance from another quarter, and on his return was attacked by Viccars with a stick.

This stick was produced in court; it was of solid oak, about three foot long, and four inches round.

Witness waa obliged once more to leave his friend, and was chased by Viccars, who flung the stick at him, but he got away from him,

Henry Prior, of Strood, shoe-maker, corroborated part of this statement, and further deposed that on turning Williams up, he found that the foot of his right leg was turned quite round, and his leg broken. They took him into the "Dolphin," and sent for Dr. Brown, who immediately came and reduced the fracture.

Ezekiel Curtis corroborated Howard’s statement.

Thomas Allen, a master wheelwright, residing nearly opposite the "Dolphin," gave similar evidence.

The defendants were remanded till next Saturday.



RASHBROOK William 1828-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PARKS Mr 1838+


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

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34


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