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Page Updated:- Wednesday, 22 July, 2020.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1871-

Globe Inn

Latest 1901+

Elmley

Seaview Cottages

Above photo, date unknown, showing Seaview Cottages 1-4. The other terraced cottage, similar in design was the "Globe Inn."

Elmley church remains 2016

Above photo showing the remains of the schoolhouse at Elmley, 2016. I don't think anything remains of the pub now. The church was knocked down in 1951.

Globe Inn ruins

It is suggested that the above photo shows all that is left of the "Globe."

Globe Inn remains

It is suggested that the above photo shows the remains of either the cement works or the "Globe Inn."

Globe map 1896

Above map 1896.

Above sky-shot showing the location 2016.

 

Not a lot remains of Elmley Village today (2016), it was once a thriving community of 150 people, with a school and a pub called the "Globe." The end of the Turkey Cement Works saw the village community dwindle away. Now all thatís left are the remains of the school and a few gravestones.

To the edge of the Swale and the factories, close to the base of the old dock stood two small terraces of cottages, one being the Seaview Cottages and the other the "Globe Inn."

Information from Derek Faulkner tells me that as part of an Agreement signed in 1882 with a company that would purchase the buildings etc. in the "village" a proviso was written in 1882 for the  beerhouse to be let to Shepherd Neame for £50 a year. The Globe was situated in the main collection of buildings there. But I am informed there was also another "Globe" at a place called Westminster, and I am told that is not to be confused with this one. Further research needed here.

 

From the Thanet Advertiser, 11 September, 1897.

Sad Fatality to a Boating Party.

Four persons have been drowned in the creek at Elmley three miles from Sittingbourne. It seems that on Sunday, at 5.30 p.m, a party of seven people took a boat, with the intention of rowing as far as Kingís Ferry, a distance of about three miles from Elmley. They consisted of Henry William Bristol, who is employed at Elmley Cement Works, and his wife; Albert Etherington, aged thirty, a labourer in the cement works at Gillingham, and his wife, Elizabeth Etherington, aged twenty-five; James Stepney, aged twenty-seven, and Richard Stepney, a young fellow of eighteen, who were half-brothers, of Bristol; and George Hadlow, aged thirty-five, employed at the Elmley Cement Works.

All went well until they had gone about a mile and a half, when George Hadlow intimated that he was going to change his seat. He was asked to keep still, but the advice came too late. Hadlow stepped to one side of the boat, which in a moment was upset, precipitating the party into the water. A heartrending scene followed. The women screamed for help, and the men fought hard to keep themselves afloat.

Only Albert Etherington could swim, but his efforts were hampered by his wife, who clung to him. The youngest member of the party, Richard Stepney, managed to right the boat, and clinging to it with one hand he grasped Mrs. Bristol with the other until she was able to clamber into the boat with him. Henry Bristol kept himself afloat by means of a large empty jar which was in the boat, and he was rescued by a man who put off when he heard the screams for help. By the time he had reached Bristol, however, the other four unfortunate occupants of the boat had sunk.

It was high water at the time, and at the spot where the disaster occurred, off Jackson's Point, there were fully 12ft. of water. Mr. and Mrs. Bristol and the younger Stepney were much exhausted, and they had a miraculous escape.

An inquest was held on the bodies of the drowned on Wednesday, when a verdict of "Death by misadventure" through Hadlow, who weighed 14 st., changing seats in the boat.

 

Another Boat Disaster.

Another boating fatality occurred near Sittingbourne on Thursday.

George Swan, aged about forty, landlord of the "Globe Inn," Elmley accompanied by a man named William Goodge, sailed to Milton in a boat for a freight of beer and aerated water. When some distance on the journey home Swan turned to go to the assistance of some men in a boat who were stranded. Just at that juncture a squall struck the Elmley boat, and she capsized, throwing the two men into the water. Goodge was saved. But Swan sank, his body being recovered during the afternoon. The deceased was one of the jurors who have investigated the drowning fatality at Elmley on Sunday and the inquest was held at his house. He leaves a wife and five young children. The fatality occurred near the spot of the previous disaster.

 

From the Lincoln, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Friday, 17 September, 1897.

Also from the London Evening Standard, 10 September 1897.

Boating Fatalities.

Another accident occurred near Sittingbourne yesterday week.

George Swan, aged about 40, landlord of the "Globe Inn," Elmley, accompanied by William Goodge, sailed to Milton in a boat for a freight of beer and aerated water. When some distance on the journey home Swan turned to go to the assistance of some men in a boat who were stranded. Just at that juncture a squall struck the Elmley boat, and she capsized, throwing the two men into the water. Goodge was saved, but Swan sank, his body being recovered during the afternoon. The decreased was one of the jurors who had investigated the drowning fatality at Elmley on Sunday week. He leaves a wife and five young children. The fatality occurred not far from the spot of the previous disaster. The inquest on the Sunday calamity took place at Swan's house. Elmley is a little island, inhabited by a small community, and now five persons have lost their lives by drowning within the space of five days. The whole parish was in mourning.

 

Buried Globe flagon

Above photo, kindly sent by Paul Prior, who says this may well be a flagon from the Globe that is still laying half buried in 2010 near to the premises.

 

There is a little confusion over the licensee list of this "Globe" and the "Globe" addressed at Montague Road, West Minster, Sheerness. I am hoping to sort itself out in due course as research continues.

 

LICENSEE LIST

HALL Thomas 1871+ (also grocer age 48 in 1871Census)

STONE William 1881+ (age 30 in 1881Census)

RUTLAND William 1891+ (age 46 in 1891Census)

SWAN George to Sept/1897 dec'd

SWAN Kezia (widow) 1901+ Census (beer retailer and shop-keeper)

 

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