Sort file:- Gravesend, May, 2022.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 04 May, 2022.


Earliest 1841

Phoenix Tavern

Latest 1997

8-9 Albion Terrace



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

Phoenix outing

Above picture showing an outing at the "Phoenix," date unknown.

Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Phornix Tavern 3d token 1958Phornix Tavern 3d token 1958

Above token, circa 1958, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


In 1869-70 the pub was part of a consortium who were advertising their goods of selling tea in response to grocers' selling beer and wine. (Click for further details.)


From the Maidstone Telegraph, 1 January 1870. Price 1d.


An inquest wan held on Thursday, at the “Phoenix Tavern,” Brunswick-road, Gravesend, before E. A. Hilder, Ksq., borough coroner, touching the death of a male child, aged six days, the son of John Sheaves, of No. 16, Augustine road. The mother, it transpired, was not attended by a surgeon at her confinement, and the child was delicate. On Monday night it was suddenly seized with a convulsive fit, and died within a short time. Mr Teanby, surgeon, was examined, and stated that he saw the body on Tuesday, and was of opinion that the child had died in a convulsive fit. The jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”


From an email received 17 November 2015.

On June second 1908 my great aunt Vita Irene Leggett married William John Raine Licensed Victualler of the "Phoenix." His father Thomas had run the pub earlier – as is shown in the records. His mother was Caroline Raine formerly Mortimore.

My great aunt Vita Irene Leggett was at the time of her marriage residing at the "Brunswick Arms" another public house. She was living there with her mother and her stepfather.

Vita Irene was the granddaughter of William James Lendrim VC. I have done a lot of research into his life and there is much information about him on the internet.

How I wish I could have visited these pubs.

Best regards,

Marion Shephard.


I am informed that the pub can be traced back to 1841 when it was well established, but was rebuilt in 1965 and finally closed between 1997 and 2001 and is now a private residence.


Former Phoenix Tavern

Above photo, date unknown by Stephen Harris.


John R Wiltcher is at the "Darnley Arms" by the birth of his son in 1922.



SIMMONS George sen 1855+

SIMMONS George 1861-62+ (age 68 in 1861Census)

BROWN Henry 1865+

HAYWARD William 1871+ (age 49 in 1871Census)

HOGWOOD Stephen John 1874-78+

ATKINS Henry 1881+ (age 42 in 1881Census)

SMITH Philip 1882-91+

RAINE Thomas 1903+ Kelly's 1903

RAINE William John 1911-13+ (age 28 in 1911Census)

LOCK Alfred Henry 1918+

WILTCHER John R 1922+ Next pub licensee had

WILTCHER Charles R 1930+

LEVETT George 1938+




Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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