Sort file:- Erith, September, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 12 September, 2021.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Jim Packer

Earliest 1848-

(Name from)

Yacht Tavern

Demolished 1930s

57 High Street


Coach and Horses

Above photo, date unknown. The photo also shows the "Coach and Horses" advertising Porter,

Yacht Tavern 1900

Above postcard, 1906, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing the Cannon and Gaze flour mill on the right and Yacht left building with lamps outside.

Yacht Tavern

Above photo, date unknown.


Jim Packer author of the "Lost Pubs of Bexley" tells me the pub was prior to 1848 called the "Bell" after the original premises was rebuilt.

Upon the road widening of Erith High Street the licence was removed in December 1937 to another house in the same Licensing Division viz a newly built house in Bexleyheath with the same name the "Yacht."


Morning Advertiser, Wednesday, 6 September 1848.

Erith, Kent, Removed to the "Yacht Tavern," a sale not being allowed on the Premises, under a bill of sale, Furniture, Brewer's Dray, Carts, Phaeton with patent axles, Horse, Pony Harness &c.

Mr. W. Knox will Sell by Auction, on the premises of the above Tavern, tomorrow, September 7th, at 1, the Furniture comprising beds and bedding, mahogany easy chairs, sofa, pedestal sideboard, glassed bookcase, chest of drawers, and effects. May be viewed, and Catalogues had tomorrow, at the above Tavern; and of the Auctioneer, 7, Dover Place West, Old Kent Road, London.


Kentish Mercury 21 December 1867.


At the above sessions the "Yacht," Erith, was transferred from Mr. Thomas Wood to Mr. Thomas Wm. Spencer.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Saturday 27 February 1869.

Erith. Damage to the public house.

On Tuesday night a seaman named John Anderson, of the brig William Ash, laying off Erith went to the "Yacht Tavern," and, after making a disturbance, wilfully damaged the door, on which Mr. Townsend, the landlord, gave him into custody, and he was taken before the Magistrate at Woolwich, where he was liberated under a promise.


From the Woolwich Gazette, Tuesday 26 July 1910.

Earth Friendly Society. Fete, Gala and Athletic Sports.

Erith and District Amalgamated Friendly Society held their 4th annual gala, fete, and athletic Sports in Mr. Pearce's field, Lower Road, Erith on Saturday. The weather was of a mixed character, bright intervals of sunshine being followed by periods when the sun was eclipsed by heavy clouds and and withal there was a boisterous wind.

Early in the afternoon the various lodges of the local friendly societies formed into a procession at the "Yacht Tavern" and headed by Callender's Prize Band paraded some of the streets of the town to the field.




ASKER Richard 1851+ (age 27 in 1851Census)

FOWNES William 1858-62+

WOOD Thomas to Dec/1867

SPENCER Thomas William Dec/1867+


MUNRO David 1874+

HISTED William 1881+ (age 36 in 1881Census)

LEE William 1882+

MANSFIELD Charles 1891-1903+ (age 48 in 1891Census) Kelly's 1903

MANSFIELD Albert V 1911-13+ (age 41 in 1911Census)

RIDOUT Thomas 1922+

GRUBB William 1930+



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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