Page Updated:- Tuesday, 06 December, 2022.


Earliest 1861-

Railway Tavern

Latest Aug 1870

(Name to)

High Street



Not a lot known about this pub yet. I believe by 1881 it had been demolished and the "Queen Phillipa" built upon its foundations after it had burnt to the ground in August 1870.


From an email received 5 December 2022.

The "Railway Tavern," Queenborough, burnt to the ground on the evening of Thursday 25th August 1870, when it was in the occupation of William Emptage. (Sheerness Times Guardian, 27th August 1870).

As you know, he had moved to the "Hope" at 62 High Street by 1871. William had been the licensee of the "Railway Tavern" at the time of the 1861 census, but the pub had probably only existed a few months as Queenborough railway station had only been opened by the Sittingbourne & Sheerness Railway Company on 19th July 1860... unless it had operated under a different name previously!


Peter Moynihan.


Sheerness Times Guardian, 27th August 1870.

Fire at Queenborough.

The inhabitants of the ancient borough of Queenborough were thrown into a state of the wildest excitement on Thursday evening, by a cry of "Fire" resounding from one end of the town to the other. The scene of the conflagration proved to be the "Railway Tavern," nearly opposite the National School, in the occupation of Mr. William Emptage, and thither a large number of persons directed their steps. It appears that the fire broke out about a quarter-past ten in the upstairs front room, and so quickly did the flames spread that the house was soon completely burned to the ground. Although there were a number of men early on the spot they seemed to have no idea of doing anything to prevent the spread of the conflagration, and had it not been for the strenuous exertions of a few gentlemen, who fetched water from the castle moat, the two next houses would certainly have become a prey to the devouring element, being built of wood. The police did not arrive until past eleven o’clock, but they at onee went to work to stay the conflagration. An engine from the dockyard and a party of sailors from the Naval Barracks also arrived about 1.30 at the scene of the disaster, and by their help the fire was soon put out. The furniture was fully insured in the County Fire Office. The origin of the fire is unknown.



EMPTAGE William 1861-70 Next pub licensee had (age 56 in 1861Census)




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