Sort file:- Brompton, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1848-

Lord Hill

Latest 1852+

Westcourt Street



Described as a Beer shop, I have only found the one instance of this establishment to date.


Fom the Wolverhampton Chronicle, Wednesday, 26 January, 1848.

Robbery and attempted murder at Chatham.

At the county magistrates' office, Rochester, last week, Henry Bartlett and Joseph Bartlett, of the respective ages of 30 and 18, with brought before the Rev. G. Davies, and J. Smith, Esq. on a charge of robbery, under most revolting circumstances.

The prisoners are the sons-in-law of James Henry Storey, landlord of the "Lord Hill" beer shop, Westcourt Street.

Shortly after 11 o'clock on the night of Thursday week, the house being clear of customers, the prisoners went from the tap room into the bar, where Storey was sitting alone - his wife, the mother of the prisoners, having left her home on the previous day, in consequences, as she states, of threats used by sons towards her.

The gas having been extinguished, Storey lit two candles, and the prisoners having first secured the doors, returned to the bar, and bolting the door on the inside demanded money. Storey told them to go to bed, promising to give them a pound in the morning. They however persisted in their demand, and said they would have two pounds that night, which he refused to give them.

The younger one left the bar, and almost immediately returned with a bludgeon, and they commenced the most brutal assault on Storey, striking him several heavy blows on the head and face.

They then rifled his pockets of about three pounds worth of silver, together with a silver watch.

The lodgers in the house having been aroused by the cry of murder, hastened down stairs to the landlord's assistants, when the prisoners, in there hurry to escape, knocked one of the woman down in the passage, and made off at the back part of the house.

Mr Weekes, surgeon, was called to attend Storey, and he stated that he found him with five extensive wounds on the right side of his head, one of which was four inches long, and penetrated to the bone of the skull. He also found very extensive bruises and swellings on the left side of the head, the right eye much bruised and nearly closed, and the third finger of the left hand broken.

The prisoners, who made no defence, were fully committed for trial at the assizes.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 18 March 1848.

Assault and robbery of a father-in-law.

Henry Bartlett, 30, Joseph Bartlett, 18, indicted for assaulting and robbing James Henry Storey of 10 half crowns, 20 sillings, 2 sixpences, and two watches, value 3, his money and property, at Chatham.

The Hon. Mr. Denman conducted the prosecution.

W. J. Story deposed, that he lived at the "Lord Hill" beer shop, in Brompton, and married the mother of the prisoners about 18 months ago; Henry had lived with him five or six days, and Joseph a longer time; on the 11th January, he was in the bar with the prisoners about 11 o'clock, the house having been previously locked up; Joseph said they wanted something to drink, and he ordered them to draw what they liked; they then asked for their mother, and witness says he did not know where she was; they asked for some money, and he told them to go to bed and he would give them a pound in the morning to go to London; they replied that they must have two pounds, which he refuse to give them; Joseph then went out and bought in a stick with which he beat him on the head several times; Henry stood near the table while Joseph struck him; witness then sat down on the settle, and the prisoner stood one on each side of him; Joseph took what money he had, amounting to about 3 from his right hand pocket; Henry took two watches, one of which he returned, witness having said that it was given him by his mother; one have his fingers was broken, and his skull fractured.

Cross examined by Henry:- You came in the evening between 6 and 7 o'clock; Joseph fetched two pots of ale; did not recollect what occurred at 10 o'clock; he did not receive from Mr. Cleff 14 shillings, but his wife did; did not tell Joseph, when he asked for some supper, to go and thieve for it as he had done before; he and his wife often quarrelled, but forgot whether they fought on the Sunday night; his wife clawed his face, but he did not strike her; had a row with his wife, and threw the pots, kettles, and dishes downstairs. The prisoner put a great number of other questions, which has nothing whatever to do with the case.

Mary Braddy, who lodged at the house of prosecutor on the 11th January, was in the kitchen about 11 o'clock at night; heard Mr. Storey call "Murder, murder, spare my life;" heard one person say to another, "If I had a pistol I will blow his brains out and then my own." It was not the voice of Storey; was not sure that either of the voices was that of the prisoners; Storey came into her room covered with blood; saw Joseph turn off the gas in the kitchen at 11 o'clock; there were several lodgers in the house; Storey sent two females for a doctor, who came next morning; saw a stick in the bar.

Hannah Henley deposed that she lived at the "Lord Hill" on the 11th January; was not in the bath until after the disturbance; she asked Mr. Storey, who was in the bar, for a light and went to bed, and soon after heard Storey cry out "murder;" she went downstairs towards the bar, and met the prisoners coming out, and Henry knocked her down; Joseph called to Henry for a pistol and said, "he should be only hung or transported, and he might as well suffer for all;" she then went with another young woman to Mr. Weekes, a surgeon, who refused to come that night.

Cross-examined:- She lodged there with four or five unfortunate girls.

By the Judge:- Was drunk from half-past eight until she went to bed, but was sober then.

Ann Cantlin lodged with her husband at the beer shop, and on the above night went to the bar, about 11 o'clock for a pint of beer, and found the door locked, which was opened by Joseph, and Henry asked what she wanted; she said a pint of beer, which he gave her and closed the door; Storey called out "For God's sake come in, for they are murdering me;" Henry said "If he does, I will take her life too."

George Knapp apprehended Henry on the 15th January at the Marine Barracks.

Benjamin Rouse was with the last witness, and took hold of Joseph, who produced a knife, and made several attempts to stab him, and affected his escape.

Barnabas Tyler, a constable, produced two pieces of wood which were found at the house of Storey.

Mr. Storey identify the wood as that with which he was struck by the prisoner.

Emma Quinnell stated that she saw the piece of wood produce the same night Joseph broke it off the stool.

Henry Weekes, surgeon, was called to attend on Mr. Storey on the night of the 11th January, but, being very ill, he did not go until 8 o'clock in the next morning; found 5 or 6 extensive wounds on his head which were of a serious nature there was much blood but the skull was not fractured.

On the prisoners being called on for their defence, Henry stated that they were innocent of the charge, and that it originated with the unfortunate girls who lived in the house.

Guilty of assault:- 12 months' hard labour.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 26 October 1852.

Andrew Riley, soldier, 25, (N.) stealing two shillings and two pence, the money of Stephen Stubbles, at Chatham, on the 13th of August. The robbery was committed at the "Lord Hill," public house, in Chatham. Prisoner was seen to put his hand into the prosecutor's pocket, take out 2s. and some half pence and put it into his own pocket. At this time the prosecutor was intoxicated, and was sleeping on a settle in the tap-room. When apprehended, the prisoner told the constable to take him as he had the money. On being searched. 3s. and some copper was found upon him, together with a shirt and some other property. He now denied the felony but was convicted and sentenced to 6 weeks' hard labour.



STOREY James Henry 1848-49+


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