Sort file:- Gravesend, April, 2024.

Page Updated:- Monday, 29 April, 2024.


Earliest 1922

(Name from)

Jolly Drayman

Open 2023+

1 Love Lane/Fox Lane


01474352355 or 07515707799

Jolly Drayman 1939

Above photo 1939.

Jolly Drayman 2000

Above photo, October 2000, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.

Jolly Drayman

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

Jolly Drayman 2010

Above photo, 2010. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Jolly Drayman 2017

Above photo 2017.

Jolly Drayman 2019

Above photo of bay 2019.

Jolly Drayman sign 1986Jolly Drayman sign 2016

Above sign left, March 1986, sign right 2016.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


Above sign, 2019, kindly taken and sent by Tom Duff.


Originally known as the "Druid's Arms" and listed in 1843, the pub is known as this name till 1879. In 1888 it was known as the "Brewery Tap," and stayed with this name till 1922 when it changed to the "Jolly Drayman."

The entrance is now in Wellington Street.

According to the What Pub website, the building has also been referred to as the "Coke Oven" but to date I have not seen any reference to this at all, so perhaps it was just a nick-name.


From the By Megan Carr, 30 January 2020.

Brexit Day celebrations in Kent.

After three long years of Brexit, the UK will finally be leaving the European Union tomorrow.

While it's not the outcome everyone wanted, for some it is an occasion worth celebrating. So, whether you rooted leave from the start or are just happy it's all over, here's where you can mark the historic day.

The Jolly Drayman, in Gravesend, is holding its event between 7pm and 11pm. It says whether we like it or not the UK is leaving the EU and therefore a good old fashioned knees up is in order.

Cockney Sing along Pianist, Eugene Portman, will be belting out music hall favourites with song sheets provided so everyone can join in.

There will also be a spread fresh from Billingsgate Market to get stuck into.

The Jolly Drayman in Love Lane, DA12 1JA, want to put the animosity of the last three years behind us and embrace the future with hearty song, a belly full of local ale, a mouth full of delicious British food and a bloomin' big smile, with the chimes of Big Ben ringing through the pub at 11pm.


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. 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.



COLLISON Daniel 1861-71+ Next pub licensee had (age 54 in 1871Census)

PERCY George 1911+ (age 64 in 1911Census)

HOTSON Harry 1925+

HALL Herbert 1935-39+ (age 37 in 1939)

DRAKE Paul 2011+




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