Sort file:- Gravesend, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 11 November, 2023.


Earliest 1890

(Name from)


Latest 1910

75 High Street


Spenceley family 1904

Above photo circa 1904 showing the Spenceley family, who I believe were lodging in the premises.

George Henry - Emily Rose - Lester John.

George Samuel - Emily Rose - Alice Sarah.

Bessie Theresa - Roland - Baby - Arthur - Walter Guy.

Kindly sent by Trevor Baker.


Started off life in 1603 as the "White Hart" but changed name in 1890.

The 1881 census stated that as well as licensee William Watson and his wife and 3 children, the premises also held no less than 10 lodgers.


From an email received 7 November 2023.

Regarding George Samuel Spenceley.

2 April 1871 Census. 43 High Street, Rochester. Butcher, 21, born at Whitstable. Household of Joseph Ord Moore [3 Dec 1819 - 1 Jan 1893], 51, Butcher Shop, his wife, Martha [Hopkins, 1824 - 27 Feb 1895], 46, and their children.


18 Jan 1872. Whitstable. Occupation. Shoeing Smith [ie Farrier = responsible for the preparation and fitting of the shoe on the horse. Source: Army Attestation].


5 April 1891 Census, Cavalry Barracks, Hulme, Lancashire. He was a Farrier Quartermaster Sergeant. The Census lists his wife, Emily Annette, aged 23, born in Portsmouth; their daughter, Emily Rose, aged 1, born in Colchester; and their daughter, Alice Sarah, aged 3 months, born in Manchester.


31 March 1901 Census, 20 Broomfield St, Swanscombe. George S, Head, 60, Weigher, Portland Cement, b. Whitstable; Emily A, 38, b. Portsmouth; Emily R, 16, b. Colchester; Alice S, 10, b. Manchester; George H, 8, b. Gillingham; Lester J, 6, b. Gillingham; Bessie [my grandmother], 4, b. Gravesend; Roland, 11 months, b. Swanscombe.


2 April 1911 Census, 40 Edward St, Deptford. George, Head, Widower, Army Pensioner, Inspector Cattle Market, b. Whitstable; Alice, 20, b. Manchester; Lester, 16, b. Gillingham; Bessie, 14, b. Gravesend; Roland, 11, b. Swanscombe; George, 9, b. Swanscombe; Arthur, 7, b. New Cross.


19 June 1921 Census, 23 Wellington Street, Deptford. Boarder, aged 70 y 5 m, widowed, retired army, b. Whitstable. Household of Eleanor Whitewood, aged 45, and her two sons and one daughter.


He was buried at Brockley Cemetery on 29 Nov 1922. The register states “Plot 460. Labourer, age 71, 23 Wellington Street, Deptford”. His wife, Emily Annette Tobin, was buried at Brockley Cemetery on 12 Apr 1910. The register states “Plot 62A. Wife of George, a cattle market inspector, age 47, 357 Evelyn Street, Deptford.”

Three of my grandmother Bessie’s six children, became butchers: Kenneth Baker and Brian Baker, who owned the butchers at Riverview Park, Gravesend; and my father, Laurence, who joined them when they opened Ice Age Frozen Foods in Erith. Brian was the spitting image of George Samuel Spenceley.

Regards, Trevor Baker.



WATSON William 1881+ (age 26 in 1881Census)

McCANLIS George 1891-1901+ (age 41 in 1891Census)

GODDEN Joseph William 1903+ Kelly's 1903



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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