Swan Hotel

Swan Hotel

1 Wood Street

At Lower Wood Street in 1858, White Swan in 1815, 1828, 1832 & 1840. Licence transferred to Eastcourt Arms (The Sportsman), Twydall Mar 1954

>1754- 1954

Swan, 1 Wood Street, Old Brompton, Chatham (Gillingham).

Sometimes listed as Lower Wood Street or River Row/Street.

The Swan is a common heraldic pub name. This pub is sometimes listed as the White Swan. The pub has existed since at least 1754, but may be older. William J. R. Robins, the landlord from 1885 to 1908 was elected as a Councillor on the very first Gillingham Borough Council in 1906. Shortly after the First World war the directories imply that it was run by a ‘ghost’ - Cecil John Robins (the son of William J. R. Robins) the landlord from 1909 served with 1st Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), and died in Flanders on 2nd August 1918, although Kelly’s directory continues to list him as landlord until 1921. He is named on the Brompton War Memorial, which, following the demolition of Holy Trinity Church, was moved from the churchyard to a green known as Swan Garden, so called because the Swan pub once stood on the site. In reality his wife took over the licence in 1917 and remarried in 1919, the licence passing to her new husband, Ernest Moody, in 1920.

The Swan closed in 1954 when much of Brompton was redeveloped. The licence was transferred to the Eastcourt Arms in Eastcourt Lane, Twydall on the 5th Mar.1954. This became The Sportsman on the 10th September 1956. In the mid 1950s Wood Street was widened and its course altered, the road now passing behind the site of the pub. The original site of the pub and the road in front of it is now a green known locally as Swan Garden.

1754/Mary Hogben/../../../Licensing Records

1755/Mary Hogben/../../../Licensing Records

1756/Mary Hogben/../../../Licensing Records

1757/Mary Hogben/../../../Licensing Records

1758/Mary Hogben/../../../Licensing Records

1759/Mary Hogben, Widow/../../../Licensing Records

1760/Mary Hogben, Widow/../../../Licensing Records

1761/Mary Hogben, Widow/../../../Licensing Records

1762/Mary Hogben, Widow/../../../Licensing Records

1763/Mary Hogben, Widow/../../../Licensing Records

1808/George Masters/../../../Deeds

1815/Mary Mattocks/../../../Handbill                       Wood Street

1828/Thomas Ramage/../../../Pigot’s Directory      (As White Swan)       Wood Street

1832-4/Thomas Ramage/../../../Pigot’s Directory             Wood Street

1838/Thomas Ramage/../../../Wright’s Topography          Wood Street

1840/Thomas Ramage/../../../Pigot’s Directory           (As White Swan)              Wood Street

1849/George King/../../../Williams’ Directory                Wood Street

1858/George King/../../../Melvilles Directory                Lower Wood Street

1858/George King/../../../Phippen’s Directory                Lower Wood Street

1865/G. King/../../../Simpson’s Directory              River Row

1866/George King/../../../Post Office Directory          1 Lower Wood Street

1870/G. King/../../../Percy’s Directory      (As Swan Tavern)        Lower Wood St

1872/George King/../../../Licensing Records       Chatham    Owner: Edward Winch, Chatham

1874/George King/../../../Post Office Directory

1877/Geo. King/../../../Manning’s Directory                   Wood St

1880/George King/../../../Licensing Records       Chatham    Owner: Edward Winch, Chatham

1881/George King/Widower/63/Publican/Rochester, Kent/Census              1 Wood Street

1881/William King/Single/31/(Son) Carpenter/Old Brompton, Kent/Census

1881/Francis J King/Single/21/Daughter/Old Brompton, Kent/Census

1882/Geo King/../../../Post Office Directory

1882/Not Listed/../../../Kelly’s Directory

1885 (to Nov 5)/George King/../../../Licensing Records       Chatham    Owner: Thomas Winch, Chatham

1885 (From Nov 6)/Willm John Richd Robins/../../../Licensing Records       Chatham    Owner: Thomas Winch, Chatham

1890/Not Listed/../../../Kelly’s Directory

1891/William J R Robins/Head, Licensed Victualler/31/Sheerness, Kent/Census         1 Wood Street

1891/Caroline E Robins/Wife/30/Rochester, Kent/Census

1891/Isabel H M Robins/Daughter, Scholar/9/Sheerness, Kent/Census

1891/M F Robins/Daughter, Scholar/7/Sheerness, Kent/Census

1891/Cecil J Robins/Son/2/Chatham, Kent/Census

1891/Mabel F Robins/Daughter/1/Chatham, Kent/Census

1891/Mary Robins/Mother, Living On Her Means/62/Queenborough, Kent/Census

1891/Eliza F Robins/Sister/26/Sheerness, Kent/Census

1891/Amelia Timson/Servant/19/Sheerness, Kent/Census

1891/George Laing/Lodger, Engine Fitter/23/Woking, Surrey/Census

1891/William Thomas/Lodger, Boiler Maker/29/Lambeth, London/Census

1891/Thomas Burton/Lodger, Boiler Maker/44/Bolton, Lancashire/Census

1891/John Burton/Lodger, Master At Arms/39/Brighton, Sussex/Census

1891/Edward J Bowles/Lodger, Engine Fitter/36/Gravesend, Kent/Census

1891/Thomas Labram/Lodger, Boiler Maker/45/Lambeth, London/Census

1891/Arthur Smith/Lodger, Boiler Maker/23/York, Yorkshire/Census

1891/James Waigon/Lodger, Engine Fitter/54/Lambeth, London/Census

1891/William Wood/Lodger, Boiler Maker/49/Ingram, Northumberland/Census

1891/Frank Johnson/Lodger, Stoker/20/Yarmouth, Norfolk/Census

1891/John Palmer/Lodger, Stoker/21/Youlston, Norfolk/Census

1891-2/William Robins/../../../Kelly’s Directory               1Wood Street

1894/William Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1897-8/William Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1898-9/William Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1900/William Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1902-3/William Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1902-3/William Robbins/../../../Parson’s Directory                1 Wood St

1903-4/William Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1904-5/William Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1905-6/William Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1906-7/William John Richard Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1907-8/William John Richard Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1908-9/William John Richard Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1908 (to Aug 10)/William John Richard Robins/../../../Licensing Records       Lower Wood Street    Owner: Style & Winch, Medway Brewery, Maidstone

1908 (from Aug 11)/Caroline Elizth Robins Wo/../../../Licensing Records       Lower Wood Street    Owner: Style & Winch, Medway Brewery, Maidstone

1909-10/Alfd. E. Connor/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1909 (Feb 9-Aug 9)/Alfred Connor/../../../Licensing Records       Lower Wood Street    Owner: Style & Winch, Medway Brewery, Maidstone

1909 (from Aug 10)/Cecil John Robins/../../../Licensing Records       Lower Wood Street    Owner: Style & Winch, Medway Brewery, Maidstone

1911/Cecil John Robins/Head, Licensed Victualler/22/Kent Old Brompton/Census                     43 River Street

1911/Elizabeth Constance Robins/Wife, Assisting In The Business/20/Middlesex Hammersmith/Census

1911/Mabel Florinda Robins/Sister, Barmaid/21/Kent Old Brompton/Census

1911/Elsie May Robins/Sister, Barmaid/18/Kent Old Brompton/Census

1911/Leonard Vincent Robins/Brother, Painter And Plumber/16/Kent Old Brompton/Census

1911/W H Lumley/Boarder, Service Man (Royal Marine)/21/Kent Margate/Census

1911-2/Cecil J. Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1912-3/Cecil J. Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1913/Cecil J Robins/../../../Post Office Directory

1913-4/Cecil J. Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1916/Cecil J. Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1917 (from Mar 6)/Elizth Constance Winifred Robins/../../../Licensing Records       Lower Wood Street    Owner: Style & Winch, Medway Brewery, Maidstone

1918/Cecil J Robins/../../../Post Office Directory

1919/Cecil J. Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1920 (to May 10)/Elizth Constance Winifred Moody formr Robins/../../../Licensing Records       Lower Wood Street    Owner: Style & Winch, Medway Brewery, Maidstone

1920 (from May 11)/Ernest Barnes Moody/../../../Licensing Records       Lower Wood Street    Owner: Style & Winch, Medway Brewery, Maidstone

1920/Cecil J. Robins/../../../Kelly’s Directory       1 Wood St

1920-1/Cecil J. Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1921/Cecil J. Robins/../../../Kelly’s Directory       1 Wood St

1922/Ernest Moody/../../../Kelly’s Directory       1 Wood St

1922/Ernest Moody/../../../Post Office Directory

1923/Ernest Moody/../../../Kelly’s Directory       1 Wood St

1924/H. Couchman/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1925/H. Couchman/../../../Kelly’s Directory       1 Wood St

1926/H. Couchman/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1927/H. Couchman/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1928/Harold Couchman/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1929/Wm. Robbins/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1930/Harold Couchman/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1930/Harold Couchman/../../../Post Office Directory

1931-12 Sep 1932/Harold Couchman/../../../Licensing Records            Owner: Style & Winch Ltd      Wood Street

1931/Harold Couchman/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1932/Harold Couchman/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

12 Sep 1932-29 May 1933/Alfred James Wyatt/../../../Licensing Records            Owner: Style & Winch Ltd      Wood Street

1933/Alfd. Wyatt/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

29 May 1933-1 Oct 1934/George Fletcher/../../../Licensing Records            Owner: Style & Winch Ltd      Wood Street

1934/Geo. Fletcher/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1 Oct 1934-10 Feb 1936/Albert Hammond Clark/../../../Licensing Records            Owner: Style & Winch Ltd      Wood Street

1935/Albt. Hamon Clark/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1936/Albt. Hamon Clark/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

10 Feb 1936-30 Oct 1950/Sydney George Marsh/../../../Licensing Records      Owner: Style & Winch Ltd       Lower Wood St

1938/Sydney Marsh/../../../Post Office Directory

1937/Sydney Geo. Marsh/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1938/Sydney Geo. Marsh/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1939/Sydney Geo. Marsh/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1948/Sydney Geo. Marsh/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

1951/Sydney Geo. Marsh/../../../Kelly’s Directory                1 Wood St

30 Oct 1950-10 Aug 1953/Harry Sautley Ward/../../../Licensing Records       Owner: Style & Winch Ltd      Lower Wood St

10 Aug 1953-5 Mar 1954/William Samuel Charles Cox/../../../Licensing Records      Owner: Style & Winch Ltd       Lower Wood St

5 Mar 1954 Licence transferred to Eastcourt Arms (The Sportsman) Twydall.

1955/W.C.S. Cox/../../../Kelly’s Directory       1 Wood Street (Pub had gone from Brompton by then)
 

 
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I remember the building next door and the pub was very old and quite spooky to me and my brother who were 5 and 6 years old. I have some photos of the inside of the pub and my mum behind the bar, I remember it quite vividly

Past Swan Hotel Resident - 22/04/2013 10:32

I used to live in a pub in bromtom called the royal engineers

David Luxon - 18/11/2014 19:25

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