Sort file:- Dartford, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1667-


Closed Feb 1910

130 Hythe Street




From an email received, 3 September, 2016.

Hello - I am a metal detectorist and whilst detecting on a field at Leeds, Nr. Maidstone yesterday I found a small brass token.

Eagle TokenEagle Token

It is halfpenny token dated 1667 and issued by Robert Taylor of Dartford and has an eagle on one side. Unfortunately it has been holed but apparently that was done deliberately when either the token became no longer valid, or the landlord went bankrupt, or he nailed it to his counter! Take your pick! I go for the first of the possibilities.

Gill Davies.


See Dartford Map 1905.


From Dartford's folder of unpublished notes.

 The pub was in one or two terraced cottages at 124/126 Lower Hythe Street. I’m not sure if the two house numbers denote that both buildings were used or if sources conflict as to which one it was.

We have a list of landlords from 1875 until 1899 although the first one named is mentioned as having been a beer retailer since 1862 (although it’s not clear if he was always on this site). In 1881 there is a record of a different landlord (who may actually have been there since 1878). His name was William Hodge and he is definitely listed as still being there in 1889. He is then listed as being at 141 Hythe Street in 1892 although I’m not convinced that the street ever went up to 141 so it may just be a printing error. Then we have a gap in our records until 1896 when W. Shaw is listed, although the address is given as no. 130. In 1897 and 1899 the correct address appears to be given. Due to a lack of street directories until about 1913, we don’t have any more information about landlords but the local newspaper in February 1910 tells us that it lost its license at the Brewster Sessions that year since there were four other pubs within 95 yards and that it was ‘used by watermen and not many of them’. The owners did not object."


Maidstone Journal & Kentish Advertiser, 27 July 1893.

Dartford. Suicide of a publican.

An inquest was held at the Shaftesbury room by Mr. F. M. Wood, on Monday, touching the death of William Hodge, aged 56, landlord of the "Eagle Inn," Dartford.

It transpired that a lodger in deceased's man's house was taken ill with smallpox, and the case was removed to the hospital ships. It was necessary however, for deceased to close his house for a few days for disinfecting purposes, and his business and gone down since, former customers shunning the house because of the smallpox. This preyed upon the man's mind, and last Friday morning he was found hanging to one of the rafters of an out-house on his premises quite dead.

"Suicide whilst of unsound mind" was the verdict.


William Hodge, who was the first landlord, was in fact the son in law of William Gray. He married William Gray's eldest daughter Eliza.
However, William Gray died on 10 February 1893 and the burial register quite clearly states "Of the Eagle Beerhouse, Hythe Street, Dartford, Beerhouse Keeper".



HODGE William 1881-91+ (age 54 in 1891Census)

Last pub licensee had GRAY William to 10/Feb/1893 dec'd age 80

SHAW William July/1894-96+ Bromley and District Times

WRAIGHT Thomas 1901+ (age 32 in 1901Census)

Closed Feb 1910.



Bromley and District TimesBromley and District Times


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