Sort file:- Gravesend, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 19 August, 2023.


Earliest 1791

Fisherman's Arms

Closed 1992

66 West Street


Fisherman's Arms 1900

Above photo, circa 1900. The building opposite, shown on the right of this picture is the corner of the "Trafalgar Tavern." Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Fisherman's Arms 1921

Above photo, circa 1921, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Fisherman's Arms

Above photo, date unknown, by John Mason.

Fisherman's Arms

Above photo circa 1970. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Fisherman's Arms sign 1986

Above sign, August 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Former Fisherman's Arms 2014

Above photos 17 July 2014, kindly supplied by Roy Moore.


This dated from 1791 and is said to have a secret passage to the "Three Daws." It closed in 1992 and by 2014 was an Indian restaurant titled "The Gandhi."

The original building was destroyed in a huge fire in 1844.

Information about the fire can be viewed here


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.


Southeastern Gazette, 10 May 1853.

Friday. Before J. Saddingion, Esq., Mayor, R, Oakes, C. Spencer, and E. Tickner, Esqrs.)

James Collins, of the "Fisherman’s Arms," was charged with a similar offence (for keeping his house open on Sunday morning) and pleaded guilty. White saw several persons drinking, some men belonging to the town.

Fined 10s. and costs.


Kentish Independent, Saturday 14 May 1853.

James Collins, landlord of the "Fisherman's Arms," was summoned for a similar offence, for having his house open for the sale of liquor on Sunday morning.

Police Constable White stated that he found the back door of the defendant's house open, and going in he found, several persons there drinking beer and smoking, some were fisherman but others were men belong to the town.

The Bench inflicted the following penalty, Mr. Collins 10s. and costs 7s. 6d.

The Bench in reply to a question from one of the publicans present said that they did not consider persons coming from London on pleasure by the steamboat's were "travellers," such as a law contemplated in the exceptions.


Frederick & Clara Malt 1920

Above photo showing Frederick and Clara Malt, circa 1920, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe, who goes on to say the following:- Frederick and Clara Malt may have had another pub before the "Fisherman's Arms" but they took the pub in 1913. Frederick died in 1948 and his widow then ran it  with her son, Herbert, until 1950. In 1950, Herbert's bother, Sidney and his wife, Thelma, ran the pub, alongside Clara. However, in 1952 the Fisherman's Arms was again being run by Herbert but with no mention of Clara, so perhaps she'd retired, or maybe died? In 1953 the licence passed out of the Malt family and John Brett took over. He was replaced, in 1957, by Harry Wakefield.


The licensees named Wakefield had a daughter called Liz French after she married and went on to be the licensee of the "Terminus" in Gravesend and later the "Morning Star" in Swanscombe



JACKSON George 1824+

JACKSON Sarah 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

COLLINS James 1832-55 Pigot's Directory 1832-34

STEER Sarah Mrs 1858+


GARN Herbert 1865-74+

WYNDHAM Edward Robert 1878-82+ (age 30 in 1881Census)


BULLIMORE Frederick A 1901+ (age 39 in 1901Census)

BLACKHALL William 1903+ Kelly's 1903

MALT Frederick 1913-48 dec'd

MALT Clara (widow) & Herbert (son) 1948-50

MALT Sidney (brother) & Thelma 1950-52

MALR Herbert 1952-53

BRETT John 1953-57

WAKEFIELD Harry 1957+

WAKEFIELD D A Mrs to 1964 dec'd

1988 - 90/J Nixon esq


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


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-