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Earliest 1863

Prince of Wales

Open 2020+

13A Woolwich Road / Lessness Heath


01322 433737

Prince of Wales 2006

Above photo 2006 by Dave Patten Creative Commons Licence.

Prince of Wales 2006

Above photo, 2006 by Steve Thoroughgood.

Prince of Wales 2014

Above photo 2014.

Prince of Wales 2019

Above Google image, July 2019.

Prince of Wales sign 2012

Above sign 2012.


The building was erected in 1863.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 23 September 1865.

Petty Sessions, Sept. 16th.

Mr. Gibson applied for Mr. W. J. Seabrook, of the "Prince of Wales," Lessness-heath. Mr. Hughes opposed, on behalf of Mr. Hammond, of the "Eardley Arms," whose house is directly opposite.

All the above applications were refused.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 27 August 1866.


Mr. Gibson applied for Mr. Seabrook, "Prince of Wales," Belvedere, Erith, Refused.


From the 24 March 2014. By PubSpy

LIFE sometimes presents you with difficult choices. There have been occasions where I have wondered how differently things could have been if I had picked differently.

You have got to wonder something while staring into the bottom of a pint glass, haven't you?

Whether or not I should have chosen to spend my afternoon in Belvedere 100 yards away at the "Eardley Arms" crossed my mind, but it was hard to regret choosing the "Prince of Wales."

This is a low-key, unfussy, largely satisfying boozer.

From the outside, the "Prince of Wales" is fetching.

It sits opposite a pleasant park, has hanging baskets, a clean and simple paint job, a lovely Georgian (?) prince in military dress on the sign (a lovely theme continued inside), and chalk boards plugging the football and karaoke.

Stepping in, I was warmly welcomed by a sassy, smiley middle-aged lady behind the small yet well-kept bar, who happily served me a pint of mass market, fizzy lager (such was my desire on the day) for 3.40 before I retired to a corner.

Also on tap was an ordinary range of beers – Spitfire, Ruddles and a Young's ale.

Despite Heart beaming pop hits from the radio, this was a pleasant place to while away an afternoon.

The other punters were all very pleasant and chatty and there was a decent crowd for a weekday afternoon.

It must be said that they were predominantly male and slightly greying, presumably feeling right at home among the dated but immaculately maintained decor.

Hanging from the ceiling and on the walls were gleaming copper pots, ornate light fittings and it was accompanied by a lot of wood.

Little touches, like an errant fez on a speaker or bonus ball competition, gave me the impression that there's life in the old pub too.


Belvedere now being Greater London from 1965 but was part of Kent prior to that, I will be focussing my research on Kent itself, but as the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation. All emails are answered.



SEABROOK J W Mr 1865-66

IGGULDEN Thomas 1903+

THOMAS Arthur Samuel to Apr/1904 Kentish Independent

WEST George Apr/1904+ Kentish Independent

NORTON William Charles 1913+

SWINERD Alfred Frederick 1918+

PHILLIPS Sidney Alfred A 1930-38+


Kentish IndependentKentish Independent


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