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Earliest 1810

(Name from)

Coal Exchange Inn

1810- & 1980s

(Name to)

Quay Lane


Coal Exchange

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Nik Radcliffe.

Coal Exchange 1987

Above photo, November 1987.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Coal Exchange 1988

Above photo February 1988, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.

Coal Exchange sign 1987

Above sign 1987.

With thanks from Roger Pester


Identified as early as 1725 but by 1810 it had changed name to the "Swan and Harlequin." The name changed yet again around 1828 probably when under the rule of William Black, to the "Coal Exchange Tavern" and back to the "Swan and Harlequin" in the 1980s.


I have just added the pubs of Faversham after a visit to the hop festival in 2012.

I will be adding further information as time allows, but with my site getting ever larger, time spent on each pub is being watered down unfortunately. Your information, photos, old or new and licensee names and dates is much appreciated.


Kentish Gazette, 6 April 1852.


A few nights since, the police on duty at the Market-place, were surprised by the presence of a man without any clothes on him, excepting shirt and drawers. Being unable to learn from him the cause, they took him for shelter to the bridewell. It was, however, soon discovered that he was a seaman belonging to a vessel then lying in the creek; and that he had been sent on shore ill, and placed at the "Coal Exchange Tavern," under care of a nurse. He had been in bed in the attic, and the nurse, having left him for a few minutes, was surprised on her return to find that he had left the room, and as she had locked the door she knew that he could only have escaped out of the window, on to the parapet; and it appears he must have descended a perpendicular of more than thirty feet by the water trunk, a peril which no person in his right senses would risk. He does not, however, appear to have sustained any injury, except that of having cut his feet.


South Eastern Gazette, 11 September, 1860.

Borough Petty Sessions, Wednesday. (Before the Mayor, W. P. Hoare, Esq., E. Garraway, Esq., and W. N. Spong, Esq.)

Mr. John Ward, of the "Coal Exchange Inn," pleaded guilty to keeping his house open a few minutes after twelve on Saturday night last.

He was fined 5s. and costs.


Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette, Saturday 24 October 1891.

Found drowned in The Creek.

On Thursday last, W. J. Harris, Esq., one of the Coroner's for Kent, held an inquest at the "Coal Exchange Inn," touching the death of Edward Smith, age 58 years, whose body was found in the Creek on the previous mourning. Until recently the deceased had kept the "Plume of Feathers" public house at Greenwich, but, during the fortnight previous to his death, he had been staying at Faversham. He was a native of this place, though he had not resided here for a long period, and it is stated that he was a grandson of the late Mr. John Smith, who, many years ago, occupied Perry Court.

Mr. F. Brett was chosen foreman of the jury, and the body, which was lying at the rear of the premises, having been viewed, evidence was taken as follows.

John Haywood, licensed victualler, Clifton Street, Findsbury, (pub not yet identified but supposed Ramsgate area) deposed that the deceased, Edward Smith, was his father-in-law, and his age was 58. He was a licensed victualler and kept the "Plume of Feathers," Greenwich. Witness last saw him alive 3 weeks ago, and then understood him to say that he was going to Faversham to see some friends.

Mr. John Gregory, waterman, of 9, Water Lane, Faversham, stated that at 6 o'clock on Tuesday evening he saw the deceased leaning over the rails of the bridge of the sluice gates. Witness passed the spot in about an hour, and deceased was still there, though it rained very hard. Witness spoke to him, but he did not reply, and witness thought he belonged to a foreign ship lying in the Creek. Deceased attempted to walk, but was in liquor and could not go straight. Deceased went in the direction of the "Coal Exchange," and witness did not see him afterwards.

Thomas Inge, labourer, employed at Messrs. Whittle and Co's wharf, stated that about a quarter past six o'clock on Wednesday morning he went along the wharf and saw something black in the Creek. On going a little nearer he saw a hat beside it in the water. He fetched a boat hook and secured it to the sleeve of the coat, and then found it was the body of a man in the water. Witness called assistants and the police were sent for. P.C. Acton came, and witness assisted in getting the body out and bringing it to the "Coal Exchange." The man was quite dead, and the body stiff and cold. There were no marks of violence upon it. From the position of the body, witness was in opinion that deceased must have fallen into the Creek at the Town Wharf, overnight.

Police Constable Acton disposed that at 6:15 the previous morning he was sent for and went to Messrs. Whittle and Co's wharf, where he saw the deceased taken out of the water, and recognise the body as that of a man who had been lodging at the "Recreation Tavern" for a fortnight or more. He searched the body and found no marks of violence upon it; he was of opinion that the body had been in the water some hours. Witnessed took some money and keys from the pockets, as well as two letters from deceased's daughters. Witness had the body removed to the "Coal Exchange."

Inspector Fowle informed the Coroner as a matter of fact that the deceased had lodged at the "Recreation Tavern" for a fortnight and two days, and during the greater part of the time had been drinking heavily.

The Coroner said there could be no sort of doubt that the cause of death was suffocation by drowning, and the question for the jury to decide was how deceased became drowned. There was the fact that he was not sober at the time, and as the public had access to the wharf it was very easy for him, in the state he was then, to have stepped into the Creek without intending to do so. There was no evidence to point to any intention of suicide.

Mr. Marsh, one of the jurymen, said deceased was at his eating house a fortnight ago, and he acted in such a strange manner that he did not believe he was accountable for his action.

The Coroner reminded the jury that deceased was upon the night in question the worst for liquor, and had no control of his legs.

The Foreman observed that the night was very rough, and deceased might of mistaken the turning to the wharf for the road over the bridge.

The coroner remarked that there was a possibility of it being an accident.

The jury returned an open verdict of "Found Drowned, and the Coroner said he thought that was the best verdict to return under the circumstances.



BLACK William 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1824

LITTLE John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FINN Thomas 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840

LOCKYER Richard 1855+ Post Office Directory 1855 (dealer in hay, straw and manure & barge owner.)

BEDWELL Thomas 1858+ Melville's 1858

WARD John 1860-71+ Next pub licensee had (age 51 in 1871Census)

WARD Stephen 1874-1903+ (age 50 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1874Post Office Directory 1882Swinock's Faversham DirectoryPost Office Directory 1891Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903

DANE Isaac 1908+ Guide to Faversham

PRITCHARD G J 1913+ Post Office Directory 1913

EXTON Sidney H 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

LUCKHURST William George 1930+ Post Office Directory 1930

RING Philip 1938+ Post Office Directory 1938


Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

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

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

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858


Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Swinock's Faversham DirectorySwinock's Faversham Directory 1888

Post Office Directory 1891From the Post Office Directory 1891

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1913From the Post Office Directory 1913

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922

Post Office Directory 1930From the Post Office Directory 1930

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938


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