Sort file:- Chatham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1840-

New Inn

Latest ????

Ordnance Place



I have found four pubs with the same name. One being the "New Inn" 60 John Street, the other being the "New Inn" of 218 High Street, and the third being the "New Inn" of 291 Luton Road and the fourth being the "New Inn" addressed as Ordnance Place.


West Kent Guardian, Saturday 4 January 1840.

The Coroner held an inquest at the "New Inn," Ordinance Place, Chatham, on the body of Mr. Thomas Clout, ropemaker in Chatham yard.

From the evidence in this case it appeared that the deceased, on Sunday morning last, was in good health, and went to Chapel in the morning as usual, and returned home after service, when he suddenly complained to his wife of a violent pain in his chest, and went and lay down on the bed. His wife, a short time afterwards, went upstairs to see how he was, when she found him dead. Medical assistance was promptly procured, but it was of no avail.

The Jury returned a verdict. "Died by the visitation of God."

The deceased was 54 years of age, and much respected.


From the Kentish Gazette, 24 March 1846.

Desperate Case of Suicide.

On Friday morning, the 20th inst., a case of determined self-destruction occurred at Ordnance Place, Chatham, causing considerable excitement to the neighbourhood. The circumstances appear to be these:-

A man named James Coomber, a blacksmith, employed in the dockyard, occupied lodgings in a street leading from the front row with his mother and sister, and for the last week the man appeared unsettled, and instead of going to his work was out drinking for several days, and being reproved for his conduct by his mother and sister the previous night, he promised to go to work the next morning, and he got up at six o’clock, went down stairs, as they supposed to get himself some breakfast, as was his usual custom before he went to the yard. Shortly after the landlady of the house, Mrs. Conn, hearing some screams, rose from her bed, and went down stairs in her night dress, and there discovered the unfortunate man lying on the floor before the kitchen fire place, struggling, and covered with blood; horror struck at the sight she alarmed the mother and sister, and several neighbours came to their assistance, and it was found that the man had cut his throat with a razor, as one was found lying by his side covered with gore. Mr. Tribe, surgeon at Chatham, attended about half an hour afterwards and sewed up the wounds, there being two extending round the neck from ear to ear. The man had evidently cut his throat, and finding that he had not done it effectually, drew the razor back again across his throat without cutting asunder the windpipe or either of the main arteries, and he lived nearly an hour, in the greatest of agony—his death was owing to the great loss of blood. The deceased was unmarried, and 40 years of age, and was the support of his aged mother and sister.

An inquest was held on the body the same night at the "New Inn," by J. Hinde, Esq., and a verdict returned that the deceased destroyed himself during a temporary fit of insanity caused by excessive drinking. The deceased had been in the yard some time, and had also been to sea.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 27 April, 1901.


The "Two Sawyers" hotel, Old Brompton, offered for sale by Mr. W. E. R. Randall by public auction, was bought by Mr. W. J. Palmer, of Sheerness, for 4,450. Mr. Palmer also bought the "New Inn," Ordnance Place, Chatham, for 2,050. The sale was a great success, all the other property offered being also disposed of.




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