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Five Bells, 1 Five Bells Lane, Rochester

at St Margarets Bank in 1858 and earlier

Rochester pub history index

Directory of Pubs in the UK,  historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Rochester, Kent . The Rochester,  Kent listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.

The following entries are in this format:

Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.

1832-34/John Clifford/../../../Melvilles Directory ****

James Burren senior (1805 - 1868), was my 3 × great grandfather; he was at the Blakeneys Head by at least 1843***

James Burren was described as licensed victualler at the Five Bells, St Margarets Bank, at the baptism of his daughter Philadelphia on 16 November 1838 – source transcript of parish register for St Margaret’s church ***

1838/James Burren/../../../Wrights Directory ***

1840/James Burren/../../../Pigots Directory ***

I have not yet found James Burren in the 1841 census and don’t know when he moved to Smithfield [nor why, since St Margaret’s Bank seems to have been a well-off area with households of shipwrights, mariners, architects, carpenters, etc, and Smithfield was home to one of the foulest markets in the country – maybe he decided he was a wannabe Wetherspoon’s bar manager :-) ], but I do know he was at St Bartholomew the Great by August 1843 when children Rhoda born 1840 and James born 1843 were baptized ***

The 1841 census lists George Jeffrey and his family at the Five Bells,  St Margarets Bank. Levi Yard  was licensee of the Full Moon beerhouse in Five Bells Lane.
I have references for Jeffreys from 1841 up to 1847 and then his widow Hannah Jeffrey in 1849; whilst Levi Yard was at the Full Moon from around 1841 up to at least 1858. **

1851/John Harrison/Licensed Victualler/49/Chester, Cheshire/Census ***
1851/Sarah Harrison /Wife/45/Chatham, Kent/Census
1851/Sarah Maria Harrison/ Daughter/11/Chatham, Kent/Census
1851/Elizabeth Jemima Harrison/Daughter/6/Chatham, Kent/Census
1851/Mary Till/Widowed House Servant/50/ Sheerness, Kent/Census
1851/John Harvey/ Lodger & Bricklayer/45/ Deptford, Kent/Census
1851/Jane Harvey/ Lodger’s Wife/40/Barming, Kent/Census
1851/Thomas Billinghurst/Lodger & Shoemaker/39/Westminster, Middlesex/Census

1855/H Butcher/../../../Essex, Herts & Kent Directory ****

1858/Henry Burgess/../../../Melvilles Directory ****

1862/Charles Canfield/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1874/William Worsley/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1881/William Worsley/Licensed Victualler/48/Chatham, Kent/Census ****
1881/Mary A Worsley/Wife/39/London, Middlesex/Census
1881/William Worsley/Son, Engine Fitter/18/Chatham, Kent/Census
1881/George Worsley/Son/16/Rochester, Kent/Census
1881/Mary A Worsley/Daughter/14/Rochester, Kent/Census

1891/William Worsley/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1903/Giles D Varrall/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1913/Edwin Albon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1918/Edwin Albon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1922/Edwin Albon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1930/Edwin Albon/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1938/Wm Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****


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*** Provided By Chris Haines

**** Provided By Kevan

And Last updated on: Wednesday, 03-Jul-2019 19:27:26 BST