Sort file:- Gravesend, April, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 16 April, 2022.


Earliest 1585

Catherine Wheel Tavern

Latest 1858

55 High Street


Catherine Wheel Tavern

Above drawing of 1840. Kindly sent by John Hopperton.

Catherine Wheel 2020

Above Google image, 2020. Liz Lambers tells me the following:- This aerial shot shows the remaining part of the "Catherine Wheel." It is the black building with the dormer window. It now has a barbers on the ground floor and seems to have separate access at the back to residential accommodation. The records state that at one time 'sessions were held here and judicial business took place. It was also the local corn exchange'. It would have faced the Town Hall.


The premises was rebuilt in 1686, and after many fires over the preceding years, there is only a little part of the building that remains today.


Kentish Gazette, 2 November, 1774.

To be sold by auction, by Mr. Harman, on Wednesday, 23rd instant November, at the "Catherine Wheel Inn," in Gravesend, in the county of Kent, between the hours of 3 and 6 in the afternoon, the under mentioned freehold and leasehold estates, in the following lots.

Lot one:- A new and substantial brick built Messuage, Tenement or Public-house, with the Appurtenances, known by the name or sign of the "Waterman's Arms," situate near the Church in Gravesend, for the remainder of a term of 61 years, of which there will be 51 unexpired at Christmas next, and subject to the ground rent of 2 guineas a year only.

The said Public-house is subject to an Under Lease, at the yearly rent of 10 10 shillings, of which there were 10-years unexpired at Michaelmas last, and on the expiration thereof, the same is capable of being considerably advanced.


Kentish Gazette 15 November 1780.

To be Sold by AUCTION, At Mr. JOHN LANE'S.

The Sign of the CATHERlNE WHEEL, in GRAVESEND, in the County of Kent.

On Wednesday the 29th day of November, 1780.

Between the hours of Three and Five in the Afternoon, if not former disposed of by Private Contract, of which Notice will be given.
A Freehold Messuage, Tenement, or Farm house, with the Bars, Stable, Outhouses, Orchard, Garden, and several Pieces or Parcels of rich arable Land thereto belonging and adjoining; containing , by Estimation Fifteen Acres, situate, lying, and being in the Parish of Meopham, in the said County of Kent, and late in the Tenure or Occupation of Walter Burr.


South Eastern Gazette 13 December 1836.


A good substantial four-wheeled single dray, capable of carrying three butts of porter, either with or without a horse and harness; also a substantial cart in good condition, fit for general purpose. Apply, if by letter post-paid, addressed to Mr. Marriott, "Catherine Wheel," High Street, Gravesend, Kent, stating particulars and price, which will meet with immediate attention.


London Gazette, 14 July 1857.

William Dawson Former Licensed Victualler, now in Maidstone Gaol.


The roof of the building was severely damaged by fire and water that completely destroyed the "Black Horse Tavern" in November 1845.


I have just started to map out the pubs that exist or existed in Gravesend, but need local knowledge and photographs, old and current if you have any.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation. Every email is answered and all information referenced to the supplier.

This page will be updated as soon as further information is found.



LANE Mr 1787+

TOMLIN Philip 1824-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34


DAWSON William 1843+

FLINT Abraham 1837-41+ (age 55 in 1841Census)

DAWSON William 1851-58+ (age 31 in 1851Census)


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

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



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