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Crown, The Street, Upchurch, Sittingbourne

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

Crown, The Street, Upchurch - in February 2011

Crown, The Street, Upchurch - in February 2011

Kindly provided by Stephen Harris

The following entries are in this format:

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

1847/Thos. Taylor / Grocer & Victualler /../../Bagshaw’s Directory **

1855/William Wyles / & Shopkeeper /../../Post Office Directory **

1858/William Wyles/../../../Melvilles Directory ****

My relative Edward Mills was born Upchurch 1837. In 1865 at Throwley he married Sarah Thirza Rook 1846 from Throwley or Eastling, Kent. In 1871 he is the landlord of the Rose Inn, 4 Preston St. Faversham. He died Nov 18 , 1878 at The Crown, Upchurch, so clearly had taken it over by then. She remarried Frederick Hinkley at Upchurch, Dec 16, 1879 – at marriage she was described as ‘innkeeper’. By the 1881 census though she was ‘innkeepers wife’ at The Crown, and again in 1891. Newberry Castle took over the Crown, and in 1901 she is a widow ‘beer retailer’ at the Village Club, Red House, Yalding Maidstone. Fred her husband died late 1898 in Maidstone district, so my guess is that they moved together from The crown (maybe as Fred’s health started to fail?). They may have moved even earlier though, as they had two children at The crown , Anne in 1880 and Lena in 1881, both died within a year of birth, so they cant have had the happiest time there after 1881 - having said that Upchurch was a very rough and ready place then for everyone ( brickfields you see..) ***

1878/Edward Mills/../../../Death Certificate ***

1882/Frederick Hinckley/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1891/Frederick Hinkley/Licensed Victualler/38/Staplehurwst, Kent/Census ****
1891/Sarah Thirza Hinkley/Wife/46/Throwley, Kent/Census
1891/Agnes W Mills/Daughter, General Servant/22/Faversham, Kent/Census
1891/Horton Wm Mills/Adopted Son/6/Upchurch, Kent/Census
1891/Thomas Dow/Lodger, Gardener/57/Romney, Kent/Census
1891/Thomas Cox/Lodger, Farm Labourer, Widow/65/Wickham, Kent/Census

My relation Newberry Jesse Castle was born Lower Halstow Kent 1842. By 1881 he was running The Britannia at Lower Halstow. In 1901 he is running the Crown at Upchurch. I am told, but haven’t seen it, that some of Newberry’s crockery is still round the fireplace there to this day. ***

One of his sons was Alfred Castle, born at the Britannia in 1878 ( so presumably father was running it before then). In the 1901 census he is running The Castle Inn at Eastchurch apparently on his own - I imagine a venture he set up himself. He married in 1901 (at Upchurch, April 8th) when he was described as Alfred Castle, publican, of Eastchurch son of Newberry Castle;  Newberry died in 1906 (q3) when it looks as if son Alfred took over The Crown more or less at once. He was certainly running it in 1908 ***

Then the debts built up, or he wasn’t up to the job, in any event he took a shotgun and killed himself in 1909 and is buried with his parents in Upchurch. His six children went into orphanages but all survived! ***

1899/Jesse Castle/../../../Kelly’s Directory **

1901/Newbury J Castle/Licensed Victualler/58/Halstow, Kent/Census ****
1901/Eliza Castle/Wife/55/Dettling, Kent/Census
1901/Carrie Castle/Daughter/16/Halstow, Kent/Census
1901/Jessie Wood/Uncle, Labourer on Farm, Widow/78/Rodmersham, Kent/Census
1901/Amelia Swift/General Servant/17/Bobbing, Kent/Census

1903/Jesse Castle/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1908/Alfred Castle/../../../Sittingbourne, Milton, and District Directory ***

1913/James Falkner/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1918/James Falkner/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1922/James Falkner/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1930/Harold Fishlock/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1934/Victor Chas. Smith/../../../Kelly’s Directory **

1938/Victor Chas Smith/../../../Post Office Directory ****

1948 - 1952/George Henry Hilburn/../../../Electoral Records *

George Henry Hilburn is here until at least 1952. He is followed by his son in law, Albert Alfred Stewart *

1953 - 1967/Albert Alfred Stewart/../../../BT Telephone Records *

* Provided By Darren Hilburn

** Provided By Stephen Harris

*** Provided By James Burgess

**** Provided By Kevan

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