Leisure => Drinking Establishments & Hotels => Topic started by: Chatham_Girl85 on August 15, 2010, 20:45:24

Title: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: Chatham_Girl85 on August 15, 2010, 20:45:24
I saw the Little Crown (opposite what used to be the ABC cinema in Chatham) up for rent and the curtains drawn today.
Shame it always seemed busy, even when I used to walk into town at 10 in the morning.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: merc on November 03, 2010, 21:20:17
(http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/ee257/mercury1923/TheLittleCrownInnChatham.jpg)
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: busyglen on November 04, 2010, 15:45:35
Love this photo Merc.  Just look how tall everyone looks....I guess you had to go down steps into it, but what a lot of character it has.  :)
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: Leofwine on November 04, 2010, 15:51:20
It intrigues me how steep the slope looks in that photo, I can't think where the High St in Chatham is that steep.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: merc on November 04, 2010, 16:09:02
According to Ann's post, it was at Chatham Hill.

Little Crown, William ELLINGTON, Chatham hill

ANN
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Post by: peterchall on November 04, 2010, 16:43:06
I'm sure it was in the High Street at the end of the alley that ran through from the Library on the New Road to where the College was. The slope is about right, but does not look steep enough for Chatham Hill.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: peterchall on November 04, 2010, 17:10:29
Oops: I've just looked at the 1907 map, and the pub was on the right of that alley, and the Tech on the left. Perhaps it was at the top of Chatham Hill.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: smiffy on November 04, 2010, 20:15:44

According to my information the Little Crown was at 346 High St. That was in the 1890's, I think the numbering has changed a couple of times since then.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: Galgo23 on November 04, 2010, 20:48:16
Another shot

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1340873
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: redge on November 04, 2010, 20:50:46
1974/   346,High St. Little Crown P.H.
           346a Pats, Confectionist, Tobacconist.
           348, Friary, Fish Restaurant.
           350, Grenta Hills, Florist,
           352, Wilberforce Restaurant,
           354, Home Freezer Centre,
           356, Busy Bee's, Draper's
           360/366.
           368, East End Hotel P.H.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: The Sheppey Kingmaker on November 04, 2010, 22:03:45
I think they Alleyway and the Original Pub were on the site of present Little Crown as you can see the tall building next door to the present pub next door to the old one (Only difference being that in the old picture it seemed to have adverts over its front).

Hope this is of some help
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: peterchall on November 04, 2010, 22:26:53
Re Reply#456. The alley is the one that ran through to the New Road, next to the Library; there was a public toilet in the alley. The low wall is where the Technical Institute was, but was a second-hand car dealers about 1963.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: peterchall on November 04, 2010, 23:01:32
PS: My wife says I'm wrong!! She says the Tech and Library were nearer to Luton Arches and the alley next to them had gates at each end, but agrees with me that the alley next to the Little Crown is where the loos were. Don't tell her, but I think she's right :) 
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: numanfan on November 04, 2010, 23:16:44
Top marks to Mrs PC :)

The alleyway by the Technical Institute was next to the "East End" pub
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: peterchall on November 05, 2010, 22:47:09
PS: My wife says I'm wrong!! She says the Tech and Library were nearer to Luton Arches and the alley next to them had gates at each end, but agrees with me that the alley next to the Little Crown is where the loos were. Don't tell her, but I think she's right :)  
She also says there was a market where the low wall was; I think it was also the used car lot where I bought my first car in late 50s/early 60s.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: smiffy on November 05, 2010, 23:10:46

Looking at the 1930's OS there is a large area marked "Medway Markets" directly opposite the Regent cinema, so it looks like she's right again on that one.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: Wardy on November 06, 2010, 05:50:30
A water deposit was built there during WW2, I can remember it being demolished
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: smiler on March 06, 2012, 10:19:10
Nice old pub, often make this first port of call when having a crawl through the town, bar hasn't changed in years & still gets a few characters in. Good to sit back and listen.
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Post by: mikeb on March 06, 2012, 10:41:01
Maybe I've missed something, but how do you get into the Little Crown to have a drink? Neither door appears to have knobs or handles or whatever. Might account for a drop in business?
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Post by: smiler on March 06, 2012, 10:51:07
It was the door on the corner of the alley, probably just pushed the door :)
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Post by: Geoff B on April 20, 2012, 12:51:03
The Old Library as I remember was where the Orbit Housing flats are now. I think its called Five Ways Court.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: nutmagnet on August 09, 2013, 15:04:21
1974/   346,High St. Little Crown P.H.
           346a Pats, Confectionist, Tobacconist.
           348, Friary, Fish Restaurant.
           350, Grenta Hills, Florist,
           352, Wilberforce Restaurant,
           354, Home Freezer Centre,
           356, Busy Bee's, Draper's
           360/366.
           368, East End Hotel P.H.


According to my information the Little Crown was at 346 High St. That was in the 1890's, I think the numbering has changed a couple of times since then.




The number 346 covers quite a few properties here...  :) ??

The old confectioners "Pats" The Little crown, the office block next door and the next shop along was a carpet contractors.

This is the sales page for the office block..
http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-34988099.html (http://www.rightmove.co.uk/commercial-property-for-sale/property-34988099.html)

I guess there would have been something quite substantial here in times past unless your numbering is wrong in that list.

This image and details kind of suggests that Pat's was 356...
http://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/medwayimages/details.asp?pg=6&pga=295&searchtype=all&search=Chatham (http://www.medway.gov.uk/apps/medwayimages/details.asp?pg=6&pga=295&searchtype=all&search=Chatham)
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: smiler on August 13, 2013, 20:51:08
Called in for a pint week or 2 back, new landlord in there.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: BygoneMedway on September 11, 2013, 18:46:30
A picture of the old Little Crown in its original place with the new Little Crown.

Picture by Richard Norris.
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Post by: ukfirestorm on September 11, 2013, 19:39:02
very impressive picture
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Post by: smiffy on February 07, 2017, 16:19:31
Does anyone know if this pub is still open?
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: Lyn L on February 07, 2017, 16:36:07
No, I don't think it is any longer .But not sure when it closed.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: smiffy on February 07, 2017, 16:58:32
If that's the case, I believe this means that there is only one pub left open (The White Lion) in the whole of Chatham High street . I'm not sure if there is any other point in the town`s history that this has happened.
Title: Re: The Little Crown, Chatham [i]
Post by: Lyn L on February 07, 2017, 17:35:12
Have seen a photo of it on Old Medway in Pics ( FB ) and it looks decidedly empty .
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Post by: Rochester-bred on February 08, 2017, 08:24:28
The Little Crown, I used to go in there but my local was The Eastend pub further along nearer the Luton arches. pictures of both pubs here .