Sort file:- Gravesend, November, 2022.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 16 November, 2022.


Earliest 1764

(Name from)


Open 2020+

Hever Court Road

Singlewell / Ifield


01474 352306

George 1 1909

Above postcard, 1909, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


Above photo, date unknown.


Above photo, 1918, kindly supplied by Jason Kemsley.


Above postcard, 1918, coloured edition of one above. Kindly sent by Debi Birkin.


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

George 1912

Above photo, circa 1930s, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Unknown 134

Above photo, circa 1930, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

George 1980

Above photo, August 1990, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.

George rear 2021

Above photo showing the rear, 2021.


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


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

George sign 1986

Above sign, August 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Previously called the "Crown and Three Horseshoes" from between 1715 and 1764 when it changed name to the "George."

This was also known as the "Halfway House."


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 27, July, 1830.

Valuable Freehold, Gravesend, Kent.

W. Eversfield Auctioneer acquaints the public, he has received orders to offer for sale, all those valuable and extensive premises, the "George Inn," situate in the centre of the town of Gravesend, and immediate opposite the New Market, which for business and population is not exceeded on the County. The Inn is substantially built of brick, contains extensive cellaring, commodious bar, roomy parlours and bed rooms, spacious dining room, a carriage gateway from the street which leads to a large kitchen and offices at the back; a detached soldiers' room, good garden, covered skittle ground, and a well of fine water &c., &c., the whole walled in.

The running state of this highly favoured Watering Place, and the eligibility of these premises in situation, extent, and general convenience, need no comment to recommend them to a discerning public.

The above may be treated for by Private Contract. For particulars enquire of Mr. W. Everfield, Auctioneer and Estate Agent, 34, New Road, Gravesend.

N.B. Immediate Possession may be had.


Canterbury Weekly, 23 September, 1837.

Fatal Accident.

On Saturday afternoon last a respectful farmer named Barnard residing at Ifield near Northfleet, Kent, went to a well, a short distance from his house, accompanied by his daughter, to draw a bucket of water; after drawing it up the daughter stooped down to loose the chain, and on looking up was horror-struck at seeing the unfortunate man falling into the well; she endeavoured to save him, but without success. An alarm was instantly given, and a man name Capsey was soon on the spot, and at the risk of his own life went down the well three times, and brought up the body which was quite dead and dreadfully bruised.

On Monday last the Coroner's inquisition was held on the body, before C. J. Carttar Esquire at the "George," Singlewell.

James Capsey, seaman of Gravesend, deposed - that on hearing the deceased had fallen down the well, he went to the spot and volunteered to go down to his assistants. He made a bowling line knot in the rope, and placed himself in it, was lowered into the water. He saw the hat and handkerchief of the deceased floating on top of the water, but not the deceased. He then shifted the rope up under his arm, and his legs and body were lowered into the water, thinking he might feel the deceased with his legs. Failing in doing so, he was pulled up, and again descended with a grapple, and succeeded in hooking the deceased and bringing up his body. Half an hour elapsed from the time the accident occurred until the deceased was taken out.

Patience Tickner Barnard examined:- I am daughter of the deceased. On Friday last about 11 o'clock, he offered to assist me to draw up a pail full of water out of the well. He did so; and after the pail had been drawn up, I pulled it up the curb, and he went on the opposite side, for the purpose of, I suppose, of putting down the well lids. Whilst I was in the act of untying the chain which was fastened to the pail handle, and was stooping down, I heard the deceased cry oh! I was startled and immediately looked up when I saw the deceased falling head foremost down the well. I saw only his legs and tail of his coat.

I endeavoured to save him by catching at his legs. I immediately ran in doors and cried for assistance. The well is close to the house. The deceased did not speak or address himself to me while we were drawing water; except when we had drawn the pail about three quarters of the way up, I said "father you don't pull," and he said "don't I." The deceased was very weak in body and mind; and at times rather childish. He seemed as well as usual on Friday and quite as cheerful. He was in the habit of assisting me to draw water. He took lunch with me just before the accident happened. I do not think if they had got my father out of the well earlier his life would have been saved.

The feelings of the witness were so overcoming during the time she was given her evidence, that she was obliged to be supported.

Verdict, "Accidental Death."


Kentish Gazette, 15 October 1850.

Gravesend. Extraordinary Suicide.

On Friday evening week an inquest was held on the body of John Rew Gatley, aged 45, of 161, Piccadilly, London.

William Newing, landlord of the "George Tavern," deposed that deceased came to his house on Tuesday evening, and had a sitting room and bedroom, and about 10 o'clock he went to bed, remarking to witness that he need not call him in the morning. Late on Wednesday morning deceased came downstairs and went out but returned again at about six o'clock in the evening, when he had tea and cold meats. After taking one glass of gin and water, he went to bed at half-past ten o'clock, after writing a letter, and again telling witness not call him in the morning. At about 4 o'clock on Thursday afternoon witness's wife told him that the gentleman had not come down yet, and that she wanted to have his bedroom made up. On this witness went upstairs, rapped at the bedroom door repeatedly and loudly, but got no answer. His suspicions were then aroused, and, unwilling to force open the door, which was locked on the inside, he went and called Sergeant Penman, who came with him and forced open the door. On entering the room they found the deceased lying on the bed quite dead. The deceased was lying on his back, with a slight inclination to the left side, in his nightdress, and the bed clothes were drawn over the lower part of his person. His right hand was resting over the right thigh, near the groin, a little below which was a transverse wound of about two-and-a-half inches long. The left hand place down the left side, held a pocket handkerchief, which, with the hand and lower part of that side, was immersed in a pool of blood which had flowed from the wound in the right thigh. After hearing other evidence, the jury returned a verdict, that deceased put an end to his existence, being at the time of unsound mind.


From the Register of Licenses granted in the North Division of Aylesford Lath.

1872, August 23rd, To sell by retail Excisable Liquors to be consumed on the premises. The "George," Ifield. Owner, George Wood, East Star Brewery, Gravesend. Licensee Robert Hill Adcock.


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NEWING George 1850+

WATERMAN Louisa Elizabeth to Aug/1872

WATERMAN Henry 1858+ Melville's 1858

ADCOCK Robert Hill Aug/1872+ (licensing register)

MARTIN John 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

TROY Richard James 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

JACKSON Frederick 1903+ Kelly's 1903


Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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