Sort file:- Gravesend, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 04 November, 2023.


Earliest 1816

Ordnance Arms

Latest 1922

1-2 Queen Street (Crooked Lane)



Ordnance Arms

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


This was behind a cobbled space and derived its name land ownership by the War Department. It was opened in 1816 actually in Crooked Lane. It was a Russell’s house. It closed in 1914 and has since been demolished.


From The Era (London, England), Sunday, May 26, 1839; Issue 35.


A Freehold Public House, with immediate possession, called the "Ordnance Arms," situate in that part of Queen-street, in Milton, Next Gravesend, forming the thoroughfare communicating with both the Town Pier and Terrace Pier, with two small Tenements adjoining thereto, let to responsible tenants.

For particulars apply to Mr. Southgate, Solicitor, Gravesend; or to Mr. Thomas Carley, "Ordnance Arms," Gravesend.


South Eastern Gazette, 22 November 1853.


Monday. (Before W. F. Dobson, Esq., Mayor, in the chair, R. Oakes, E. Tickner, H. Ditchburn, and M. Troughton, Esqrs., and Dr. Ridge).

John Curd, the landlord of the "Ordnance Arms," was summoned for having assaulted police-constable Chapman while in the execution of his duty on the night of the 9th November. The defendant said he supposed it was true, but he did not do it knowingly, for he was in a state that he did not recollect what he did.

The defendant was then charged upon another summons with letting of a squib in the street on the evening of the 10th November. The defendant admitted this case also, but again pleaded intoxication.

The Mayor asked him how he could expect his business to flourish if he went on in such, a manner as he admitted he was going on, drunk night after night; for the assault upon the constable he must be fined 2, and for the second offence the nominal fine of 1s.


London Gazette, 4 March 1873.

Thomas Thomas former Licensed Victualler now Out-of-Business.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 1 September 1894.

The Chief Constables Report.

Chief Constable Thornton submitted his annual report as follows:-

I have the honour to present my second annual report relative to the arrangement and management of houses licensed for the sale of intoxicating liquor within the borough.

During the year now ending the police have prosecuted, and the Justices have convicted 3 publicans, viz.

2. The landlord of the "Ordnance Arms" for permitting drunkenness, and he was fined 2 and costs.



MULL James 1824-28+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BENNETT Thomas 1832-40+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

CARLEY Thomas 1839+

CURD John Eve 1853-55+

BECKWORTH Mary Ann Mrs 1858-61+ (age 27 in 1861Census)

BECKWORTH M A 1862-65+

TRACEY John 1869-73 (also Master Mariner in 1869)

CHAPMAN George Chatterton 1874-82+ (age 61 in 1881Census)

WEBB Henry 1891+

HAMMOND Robert George 1899-03+ Next pub licensee had Kelly's 1899Kelly's 1903

BOURNE William 1913-22+


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 1899From the Kelly's Directory 1899

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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