Sort file:- Gillingham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1852-

Royal Observatory Inn

Latest 1869+

Gardiner Street


Royal Observatory Inn location 2015

Above Google image showing location September 2015.

Gilling map 1869

Above map of Gillingham 1869, showing the location of the Royal Observatory Inn in blue.


Chris Murphy has pointed me in the direction of a map of Gillingham 1869 that shows the location identified of the "Royal Observatory Inn." Local knowledge very much appreciated.

Chris says "the pub was situated on the south-eastern corner of Burnt Oak Terrace at what would have been 118. Google Earth of 2015 shows it as the garden area next to 118 Burnt Oak Terrace." he informs me that the address of the pub was in Gardiner Street.


From the Sevenoaks Chronicle, 31 August 1852.


Friday being the day appointed for the general annual Licensing day, and for hearing applications fro granting new licenses, the county magistrates assembled in petty sessions at eleven o'clock. There were present, the Rev. G. Davies (chairman), Capt. Baker, W. M. Smith, Esq., M. P., W. H. Nicholson, Esq., Major Boys, and the Rev. J. J. Marsham.

There were several applications for granting new licenses, and the proceedings were watched with some interest by those concerned.

Mr. Acworth applied for a license for the "Royal Observatory" beer-shop, in the occupation of Mr. Wood, being, he said, a well-built house, and having every accommodation for a superior class of people, the nearest licensed house being within a quarter of a mile of it.

Mr. Lewis, on behalf of Mr. Croncen, applied for a license for the "Viscount Hardings," situate 150 yards from the "Black Lion." There were, he said, 100 beer houses in the neighbourhood, with a population of 5,000 inhabitants, and having only two licensed houses. The "Viscount Hardings" was situated opposite to the field granted by the Head of Ordnance for cricket and other sports, was close to the race course, and on the high road from Brompton to Canterbury. The monopoly now existing, he said, ought to be done away with, and whilst the "Black Lion" was in no fear of having its trade disturbed by another licensed house being opened, those residing in the neighbourhood were favourable to a license being granted, and in support of which he handed in a memorial, signed by many of them.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Tuesday 6 September 1853.

This being the annual licensing day, the following applications for licences to beer-shops were made, but refused.

"Royal Observatory," New Brompton;

All the old licences were renewed.



WOOD Mr 1852+


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