Sort file:- Gravesend, September, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 28 September, 2023.


Earliest 1836

(Name from)

Albion Tavern

Latest 1992

(Name to)

59 High Street


Albion Tavern

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Jason Kemsley.

Albion Tavern

Above photo, date unknown. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Albion Tavern

Above photo, date unknown. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.


This pub has been traced back to as early 1686 when it was known as the "Cutter," but has changed name on many occasions through it's history. It became known as the "General Wolfe" in 1720 and remained with that name till 1779 where it appears to have been closed for two years, to reopen again in 1781 as the "Admiral Boscowen." In 1836 it changed once again to be renamed the "Albion Tavern." Then again in February 1992 it closed after a fire that gutted the building, but reopened as the "Buffalo's Head" two years later in 1994. That lasted to 2008 where it once again changed name to the simple sounding "Bar 59" taking the name from the street number, and as far as I know it is still operating under that name today. (2014)


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South Eastern Gazette, 11 October 1853.


Monday. (Before R. Oakes and E. Tickner, Esqrs.)

James White and John Baker were committed for trial for passing one counterfeit shilling upon Mr. Farr, the landlord of the "Albion;" one counterfeit shilling upon Mr. Turner, of the "White Hart;" and one counterfeit shilling upon Mr. Tisdell, of the "Privateer," West-street.


Portsmouth Evening News - Thursday 9 December 1920.

Shot through the Heart. Gravesend publicans Death.

Mr. A Whiffin landlord of the "Albion Hotel," Gravesend, was today found in his sitting room shot through the heart.

 A shot gun was lying near him. He had been a licensee in the borough for many years.

At present I am not sure whether this is for the other "Albion Tavern" addressed in the Albion Road.




LIGHTFOOT Richard 1840-41+ Next pub licensee had (age 44 in 1841Census)

FARR Henry George 1851-53+ (age 31 in 1851Census)

TAYLOR Robert 1855-58+

TURNER Margaret A Miss 1861-62+ (age 30 in 1861Census)

HARVEY John 1865-74+

SMITH Philip 1878+

SLADE James Henry 1881-1913+ (age 36 in 1881Census) Kelly's 1903

PROSSER Gordon Duncan 1922+

DOBINSON John Butlin 1930+

MARTIN Edward 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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