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Roebuck, 47 St Margarets Street, Rochester

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This pub closed during the 1990s and has been converted to flats. **

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Roebuck, 47 St Margaret’s Street, Rochester - in April 2010

Roebuck, 47 St Margaret’s Street, Rochester - in April 2010

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Residents at this address

1824/Geo. Weller/../../../Pigot’s Directory **

1840 Historical Notes of January 1939, Rev S.W.Wheatley records "At the north –east end of the Vines on ground occupied by Mr. Weller, seemingly a market gardener, and also landlord of the Roebuck Inn, in St. Margaret's Street, was built in 1880 the King's School House for the Headmaster and his boarders…" ***

1858/Robert Tussell/../../../Melvilles Directory

1861/William Lamb/Licenced Victualler/48/Chatham/Census ***
1861/Ann Lamb/Wife/47/Northfleet/Census
1861/Ann Lamb/Daughter/13/Chatham/Census
1861/Charles Lamb/Son/9/Chatham/Census

1865/William Lamb/../../../Simpson's Rochester Directory ***

1866/William Lamb/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1867/William Lamb/../../../Chatham & Rochester Directory ***

1871/Ann Lamb/Victualler, Widow/58/Pluckley/Census ***
1871/Ann Lamb/Daughter/23/Chatham/Census
1871/Charles Lamb/Son, Stonemason/17/Chatham/Census
1871/Emma Lamb/Daughter/15/Borstal/Census
1871/Edward King/Lodger, Labourer/40/Rochester/Census
1871/William Bristow/Lodger, Pensioner/60/Rochester/Census

1874/William Lewis Phillips/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1872 20th June: On birth certificate of WILLIAM CHARLES PHILLIPS born, the first child of WILLIAM LEWIS PHILLIPS and ANN (nee LAMB) [5] PHILLIPS. WILLIAM LEWIS PHILLIPS was described as a Victualler and was Landlord of the Roebuck Public House, St. Margaret's Street, Rochester. WILLIAM LEWIS PHILLIPS had married ANN LAMB [1], the publican's daughter, since the census was taken in the previous year and taken over as licensee of the Roebuck Inn. Prior to that he had been a shipwright.
Edwin Harris, in his booklet: Old Rochester No. 19 - Rochester Inns and Signs, described The Roebuck as an old weather boarded Inn of Rochester that had been pulled down a few years before 1905 and replaced with the present building.
In his Historical Notes of April 1926, Rev S.W.Wheatley notes derivations of street names in the Parish of St. Margaret "So we pass to Roebuck Road, which connects our main street with what is now the main road to Maidstone from Rochester… Why was this Lane named 'Roebuck'? Clearly because an ancient inn bore that name. And why was the inn so named? In the case of modern hotels and public houses names are very generally a matter of taste, or affectionate memory on the part of the builder, or first proprietor, but in the case of ancient inns, the signs had most frequently an association with the heraldic devices of reigning monarchs, local nobles and gentry, or some person of contemporary fame. The 'Buck' or 'Roebuck' is fairly common as a name amongst ancient inns; one in Cheapside was notorious during the Whig riots in 1715. The 'Buck' was one of the Royal beats that figured with other nine, painted and decorated on the old Bridge of Rochester, perhaps placed there in honour of Henry VIII's marriage with Ann Bolyn. The Roebuck was connected with the 'arms' of Lord Montacute and the 4th Baron was Constable of Edward III's army in France and distinguished himself at Poitiers in 1356. Either of these associations might have…" (rest of note missing). In his notes of November 1942 he explores further the area: "Further south comes Roebuck Road which not so many years ago (about 1880) was known as Roebuck Lane. The present houses have displaced a number of thatched cottages, pleasant country gardens, chicken houses and pig styes. All these must have given it a pleasant rural appearance. The ancient inn, 'The Roebuck', now entirely modernised, probably supplied the name, for what had been the western portion of the old Roman road."  ***

1877/William Lewis Phillips/../../../Manning & Co Directory ***

1878/William Lewis Phillips/../../../Post Office Directory ***

1881/William L Phillips/Licensed Victualler/38/Rochester/Census ***
1881/Ann Phillips/Wife/33/Chatham/Census
1881/William C Phillips/Son/8/Rochester/Census
1881/Annie Phillips/Daughter/7/Rochester/Census
1881/Alfred B Phillips/Son/5/Rochester/Census
1881/Arthur E Phillips/Son/4/Rochester/Census
1881/Emily M Phillips/Daughter/7 months/Rochester/Census
1881/Mary A Mantle/Domestic Servant/36/Burham/Census
1881/Charles Lawrence/Visitor/14/Preston, Lancashire/Census

1882/William Lewis Phillips/../../../Post Office Directory

1890/William Lewis Phillips/../../../Kellys Directory Rochester ***

1892/W L Phillips/../../../Kellys Directory Rochester ***

1894/W L Phillips/../../../Kellys Directory Rochester ***

1903/Samuel Hodshon/../../../Post Office Directory

1911/Samuel Hodshon/../../../Kelly’s Directory **

1913/Samuel Hodshon/../../../Post Office Directory

1922/Arthur Ward/../../../Post Office Directory

1930/Chas Rogers/../../../Post Office Directory

1938/Mrs A E Rogers/../../../Post Office Directory


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