Sort file:- Gravesend, February, 2022.

Page Updated:- Friday, 25 February, 2022.


Earliest 1874-

(Name from)

Prince Alfred

Latest 1939

89 (67) West Street


Prince Alfred 1907

Above photo, circa 1907.

Prince Alfred outing 1932

Above photo showing an outing in 1932, kindly sent by Susan Clark.

Back Row:

Driver, unknown man, Tom Harrison, Alfred Salmon, Hilda Willard, Louis Chester, Bert Willard and Jess his wife, Nellie Jeffrey, Mabel Willard (wife of Harry Willard), Jess Willard’ sister, unknown man.

Second row:

Norah Chester (wife of Louis Chester junior), with son Robert Chester, Alice Willard, Daisy Chester, Lily Salmon, (Daisy and Lily were twins), unknown man, Vernon Hollingum, Vi Hinton with her daughter Dulcie, Margaret Rand (sister of Vi Hinton) with Diana Jeffrey as a child, unknown man and woman but may have been the landlord J. W. Hawkins of the Prince Alfred and his wife), unknown woman and man in white shirt.

Front row:

Louis Chester with son Maurice Chester, three unknown men, Harry Willard.


I would like to draw your attention to the pub sign on the right of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes.

When my great grandmother Alice Maud Hollingum of 129 Windmill Street, Gravesend was widowed on 28 December 1888, she received no money from Her Majesty's Customs House because no money was paid out until a body was found in the Thames. Thomas Josiah William Hollingum had drowned while on duty and his body was not found for six months (chalk caves in the Thames?).

The Buffaloes raised money to buy Alice Hollingum a sewing machine so she could earn some money. She had five children under the age of five and the twins were sent to the Overcliffe to Miss Sharman's and all this was paid for.

Best regards,

Susan Clark.


Also known as simply the "Alfred" in some of the publications, but started life as the "White Bear," later changed name to the "Bear and Ragged Staff" then the "Beehive" before ending up with this name between 1865 and 1874.


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.



THURGOOD Daniel 1874+

HALLS Henry D 1881+ (age 34 in 1881Census)

DURDEN Charles 1882+

WEEKS Winfred 1891+

DAVIS Elizabeth 1901+ (widow age 28 in 1901Census)

SARGENT William 1903+ Kelly's 1903

GAY Edward 1907-13+

HAWKINS James W 1922-33+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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