Sort file:- Gravesend, March, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 02 March, 2023.


Earliest 1886

Pelham Arms

Open 2023+

189 Old West Road


01474 345670

Pelham Arms 1912

Above photo, 1912, kindly sent by Michael Mirams.

Pelham Arms day out 1925

Above photo, circa 1925, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Pelham Arms

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by John Hopperton.

Pelham Arms

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

Pelham Arms 2022

Above photo 2022.


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From the ???? 1952.

Husband and Wife drowned when their barge sinks in river.

Only son is rescued.

A former well known and popular Gravesend licensee, who later turns newsagents, farmer, and agricultural contractor and barge owner, and his wife, were drowned in the River Thames off Belvedere early yesterday (Thursday) morning. They were 55 year old Mr. Daniel Pryor, and his wife, Louise, known popularly as "Lulu." She was 50 years of age.

His son, Mr. Dan Pryor, junior, age 27, who acted as mate on the 50 years old Faversham barge, "James and Ann," was rescued.

The barge, Laden with cement, had been in collision with a 464 ton Dutch tanker "Matthew," of Rotterdam, off Mulberry Wharf, Belvedere, and sank immediately. A boat from the tanker, which picked up Mr. Pryor, junior, continued its search for Mr. and Mrs. Pryor without getting a trace.

The barge was bound for King George V dock to discharge the cargo she had brought from Halling.

Former local licensee.

Mr. Pryor will be best remembered by his many friends in Gravesend as licensee first of the "Pelham Arms," and then the first landlord of Gravesend's new pre-war hotels, ("Central Hotel") Central Avenue, and the "White Hart," at Chalk.

At the "White Hart" he made the place famous with "Daniel's Den," a cellar converted into a bar that was used by hundreds of fighter pilots based at Gravesend during the war.

At 10 every evening he made the customers drink a toast to "absent friends" and the song "There'll always be an England," was rendered with Gusto. Fighter pilots claiming a raider were presented with a silver cup, full of beer.

After leaving the licensed trade, Mr. Pryor, for a time a newsagents at Chalk. Later, with his son, he set up in business as an agricultural contractor and specialised in night ploughing with the aid of powerful lamps fixed to his tractor.

After a spell in the Canterbury district he gave up working on the land for working on the water.

Then he became the owner of the red sailed Thames barge which he refitted at Northfleet with an auxiliary engine.

Well-known on two rivers.

He transported freight on the Thames and the Medway.

He was a son of a licensee, taking over the "Pelham Arms" from his father in 1921.


From the By Daniel Green, 25 January 2018.

Pelham Arms pub in Gravesend taped off by police after suspicious fire.

Shocking CCTV footage has emerged of the moment an arsonist set fire to the outside of a pub.

The attacker targeted the Pelham Arms, in Old Road West, just before 5am.

In the clip the hooded suspect can be seen pouring an accelerant around the front entrance to the historic ale house before lighting a rag.

Pelham Arms 2018

The pub was cordoned off for most of the morning, with forensics officers combing the scene.

Land lady Linda Wells posted the clip online, saying: "An unprovoked attack on our business, family and home. This person needs to be caught before someone is killed.

"Luckily we have escaped with minor damage. Any information please contact Kent Police or message me. Any information will be dealt with in confidence."

Speaking to the Messenger she said the arsonist poured petrol around the front of the building before setting the blaze.

She added she had no idea why anyone would target the business but added it was open as usual today.

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police was called at 5.08am on Thursday 25 January to a report of a fire at a property in Old Road West, Gravesend.

"Officers attended alongside the Kent Fire and Rescue Service. The fire is currently being treated as suspicious.

"Enquiries are ongoing."

A fire service spokesman added: "We were called at 4.56am to Old Road West, Gravesend to reports of a fire outside a property.

"Crews used a high pressure hose reel, lighting and thermal imaging camera to tackle the fire.

"Kent Police also attended and the fire is currently being treated as suspicious."

Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 quoting reference 25-0123.


From the By Megan Carr, 20 September 2022.

Manager of The Crown pub in Perry Street, Gravesend, still only takes cash.

The Crown isn't the only business in the road that refuses cards.

The Pelham Arms, at the top of Perry Street, began taking card payments four years ago.

Barmaid Jacqui Reed has been at the popular drinking spot for eight years.

She said: "About 65% of our customers pay by card, that includes a lot of older people as well which is surprising.

"The pandemic definitely pushed the card payment trend but we made the decision to get a card machine just before that as we had so many customers asking if they could pay by card or Apple pay."

Pelham Arms barmaid 2022

Jacqui Reed, a barmaid at The Pelham Arms, Perry Street.

Jacqui also explained how the pub's card machine helped an elderly pub goer from being scammed.

She said: "This guy had tried to pay for his drink by card but the machine declined it and up popped an error statement that told him to get in touch with his bank.

"When he called them it turned out his card had been cloned. He wouldn't have known that without our card machine so in that sense cards also help people protect their money."

Jacqui said a very small percentage of their profits is taken through the card machine charge, however it doesn't make a dent to their income.



MORLEY Rachael Mrs 1901-13+ (widow age 57 in 1901Census)

PRYOR Alfred Melton 1917+ (age 20 in 1917)

PRYOR E W 1918-15/Dec/20 dec'd

PRYOR Dan 1921+ Next pub licensee had

PRYOR Henry J 1922-26 dec'd

WELLS Linda 2018+


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