Sort file:- Gravesend, September, 2022.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 22 September, 2022.


Earliest 1874

(Name from)

Engineer's Arms

Latest 1901

Albion Parade / Canal Road



Former Engineer Arms 2021

Above photo, 2021, which it is suggested by Elizabeth Lambert that it could be the Engineer Arms building. The lettering says Albion Marine Engineers and it seems to have once been a building of character although the facade has been much altered in recent years. This whole street/lane is due to be demolished in a few months' time.

Engineer Arms 2021

Possible former Engineers Arms 2021.

North Star map 1870

Above map 1870.


Originally the "North Star Tavern" and opened under that name in 1853, but in 1874 it changed name to the "Engineer's Arms."

The Victorian comedian Harry Relph, better known as Tiny Tich lived there with his father who was the licensee in the mid 1870s.

Harry Relph born 21 July 1867 was professionally known as Little Tich. He was a 4-foot-6-inch-tall English music hall comedian and dancer during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was best known for his acrobatic and comedic "Big-Boot Dance", which he performed in Europe and for which he wore boots with soles 28 inches long. He died after a stroke on 10 February 1928, age 60.

Little Tich

Above photo, showing Little Tich, son of licensee Richard Relf.


Charles Winney was also a carpenter and whilst working on the roof of the Huggins Soap Works, falls off but survives.


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Last pub licensee had WINNEY Charles 1874+ Next pub licensee had

RELPH Relph 1875-76+

RICHARDS James 1877+

STEEL Charles 1877

ITLEY Richard 1877

WRAITH Richard 1878

HICKLEY James 1878-May/79

HUGGINS Henry May 1879 for sale for 50

VINCENT Richard 1881+ (age 46 in 1881Census)

WESTON James S 1891+ (age 67 in 1891Census)

LIPSCOMBE George W 1901+ (widower age 46 in 1901Census)




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