Sort file:- Gillingham, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 15 March, 2021.


Earliest 1850-

Hope Inn

Latest 1850+




Only the one instance of this found at present, and with a "Hope Inn" also being known about in Gillingham, but confusion over that one, I am wondering whether this is indeed one and the same.


Kentish Gazette, 2 April 1850.


John Hook, 23, stabbing and wounding William Parrett, with intent to kill and murder him, at Gillingham.

Prosecutor is a fisherman at Gillingham, and at about half, past eight o’clock on the evening of the 10th October was at the "Hope and Anchor" beer shop, sitting near the fireplace in the taproom. Whilst he was in the tap-room, prisoner came there, and asked several of the marines who were there to fight him. He appeared very much in liquor, and when the marines declined to fight him, he said he would fight any soldier or marine, or any one else who was present. Prosecutor stood up and said he hoped prisoner did not mean him. Prisoner then went to where prosecutor was, and said he would fight him for 5s. Prosecutor said he did not wish to fight, and that he had no money, but that he would fight prisoner for a bellyful. To this prisoner assented Prosecutor took off his jacket, and immediately afterwards felt a knife under the short rib on his left side. He called out he was stabbed, and sank down in the corner of the room, bleeding. A marine who was present went up to the prisoner and took from his hand a closed penknife, which he gave to James Holloway, the constable, by whom it was now produced. A surgeon was immediately sent for, but he not bring at home, Mr. Hanes, a chemist, was called in, and on his arrival he found prosecutor bleeding very profusely from a wound on the lower rib of the left side. He appeared to have lost a great quantity of blood, nearly 1 1/2 pints. Mr. Banes examined the wound, which had apparently been made by a penknife similar to that produced by Holloway. It was a very slight wound, extending about an inch in length. The prosecutor was ill for one month afterwards, during which time he was unable to go to work. He also stated that even now, when he caught cold, he felt the effects of the wound. He added that at the time the offence was committed the prisoner was very much in liquor and scarcely knew what he was about.

The prisoner denied having committed the offence, and said the knife was not open.

His lordship then summed up, and the jury returned a verdict of guilty of a common assault, acquitting the prisoner on the capital charge.

One month’s hard labour.




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