Sort file:- Gravesend, September, 2022.

Page Updated:- Monday, 26 September, 2022.


Earliest 1788


Latest 1909

5 Bath Street/Church Street (Pipe Street Pigot's Directory 1828-29)



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


The premises can be traced back to 1788 but closed in 1909 and has been demolished, date as yet unknown.


West Kent Guardian, 9 January 1841.

On Tuesday, as Mr. Jessop, of the "Britannia," was attending an auction sale in the High-street, he fell down a trap door that had been incautiously left open, and unfortunately broke two of his ribs.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 15 January 1866.

Gravesend Single Accident.

On Sunday morning last as a young man, named George R. Harley, about 22 years of age, employed as pot man at the "Britannia Inn," was engaged in his duties in Bath Street, between 10 and 11 o'clock, he accidentally slipped off the curb-stone and fell into the roadway. Some persons passing went to his assistance, when it was discovered that one of his legs was broken. A stretcher was immediately procured, and the unfortunate man was at once conveyed to the infirmary, and Dr. Hind being soon in attendance, he received every attention, and is now progressing as favourably as can be expected.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 11 September 1869.

James Jessop, landlord of the "Britannia" public house, Bath Street, was summoned for keeping his house open during prohibited hours.

Mr. Wates appeared for the defendant.

The charge was proved by P.C. Philips.

Fined 2s. 6d. and costs.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 6 April 1901.

A Bicycle Transaction. Miles v. Chapel.

The plaintiff in this action was William Miles, landlord of "Britannia" public house, Bath Street, Gravesend, and the defendant John William Chappell, marine store dealer, West Street Gravesend.

The claim was for 2, the price of a bicycle.

Mr. F. H. Stephens appeared for the plaintiff.

Miles stated that he saw a bicycle offered for sale for 50s, outside defendant shop, and eventually gave him 40s. for it. Plaintive subsequently re-sold it. The machine was afterwards taken possession of by the police, and restored to its original owner. Plaintive refunded the money to the man to whom he sold the bicycle, but defendant would not do so to him (plaintive).

Defendant:- Have I the right to do so? I sold the bicycle "legally enough" to him. He also stated that if if he had to pay it would mean a "dead" loss to him. His wife purchased the machine and he sold it.

Judgement was given for plaintiff or the amount claimed, and costs.


From an email received 26 November 2016.

John Braddy (1782-1834) had the pub until 1834 when he died.

His will was proved on 22 December 1834 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury and he willed the pub and all its contents to his wife Patty should she choose to run it and, if not, to his daughter, Sophia (1804-1871), should she choose to buy it - the proceeds to be used to support his widow.

The 1841 census shows Sophia's first husband James Goodhugh Jessup, whom she married in 1824, as the Licensed Victualler.

After his death in 1843 she continued in her own right.

In 1855 she married Charles Pannell, the 3rd victualler in your list.

James Goodhugh Jessup was a cordwainer prior to John Braddy's death so not a licensed victualler. No idea about Charles Pannell.


Vivian Warren.



BRADDY John 1828-Dec/34 dec'd Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BRADDY Patty (widow) Dec/1834+

JESSUP James 1841+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

JESSUP Sophia 1843-55 (age 35 in 1841Census)

PANNELL Charles 1855-65+ (age 57 in 1861Census)

JESSUP James 1869+ Gravesend Reporter

BARKER James 1871+ (age 55 in 1871Census)

BRUIN Arthur F 1874+

SUMPTON William Job 1878-82+ (age 58 in 1881Census)

COOPER Thomas John 1891+

HOGBEN William 1901+ (also platelayer age 38 in 1901Census)

MILES Edward 1901-03+ (age 28 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Gravesend ReporterGravesend Reporter



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