Site No. 14 on his map was #RoaminRex’s next visit. Criterion Blue Town, is on the site of 2 earlier establishments. Originally the “New Inn” in 1868 the site became “The Royal Oxford Music Hall”. The following year the building, which is situated a few doors down from the court house, became The Criterion public house, with a music hall called ‘The Palace of Varieties’ situated immediately to its rear. This offered “rational amusement for all classes” including in April 1876, a one armed juggler!
The heritage centre itself is jam packed with items, memorabilia and artefacts through which you can become absorbed all of the amazing feats of history the Isle of Sheppey was responsible for.
Visit our Blue Town Heritage Centre page for more details