Sort file:- Sandwich, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 31 March, 2021.


Earliest 1642

Black Bear

Latest 1874+

Harnet Street


Black Bear

Above photo by William Boyer circa 1880, kindly sent by Ray Harlow.

Former Black bear 2017

Above Google image, July 2017.


Trading somewhere in Harnet Street in 1642 where in 1642 Captain William Master, Lieutenant of a Company of Foot, recruited one hundred and fifty men to fight for King and country. Although Pigots directory of 1840 gives the address as New Street. Today, Harnet Street appears to be a continuation of New Street, but I am not certain whether this is one pub or indeed two different ones.

Further information tells me that there was also a bear lane that probably stood between Bowling Street and Harnet Street, parallel to Guildhall Lane. The pub could have been located there.


Sandwich map 2018

Above Google map 2018.


The pub was still trading in the 1874, but appears to have closed before 1900.


Kentish Gazette, 9 July 1844.

Valuable FREEHOLD PUBLIC HOUSES, at Sandwich, Word, Deal, Sutton, Northbourne, and Great Mongeham, in the County of Kent,


AT the "Three Horse Shoes," GREAT MONGEHAM, on THURSDAY, the 25th day of JULY, 1844, (unless previously disposed of by Private Contract, of which due notice will be given), subject to such conditions as will be then and there produced, in several Lots.

Also a FREEHOLD PUBLIC HOUSE, called the "Black Bear," situate in Harnett Street, in the said parish of Saint Mary the Virgin, SANDWICH, with the out houses and appurtenances thereto belonging, now in the occupation of Mr. Peter Matthews.

The above Property forms a most desirable investment, and (if not forthwith Sold by Private Contract), will be offered for sale in convenient Lots, as will be expressed in future advertisements.

For Particulars, and to treat for the Purchase by Private Contract, apply at the Offices of Mr. Mourilan, Solicitor, Sandwich.




CHAPLEN Edward 1823+ Pigot's Directory 1823

CHAPLIN James 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BROOKE William 1832-39+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34Pigot's Directory 1839

MATTHEWS Peter 1840-55+ Pigot's Directory 1840(1855 Publican directory)

PITTOCK George 1858-61+ (listed as butcher age 39 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858

STEVENS Richard 1862 Kelly's 1862

EAST Henry 1861-71+ Next pub licensee had (age 38 in 1861Census)

COLEMAN Charles Jun. 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Pigot's Directory 1839From the Pigot's Directory 1839

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1862From the Kelly's Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874


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