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Earliest 1778- (Name from)

Roebuck Tavern

Latest 1914

6-7 Queen Street


Roebuck 1900

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


Originally called the "Three Horseshoes" and traced back to 1633, changing name between 1775 and 1778 to the "Roebuck." Closed in 1914.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 13 March, 1789.


On Wednesday the 8th Day of April, 1789, at the "White Hart Inn" in Gravesend in the County of Kent,

The undermentioned Freehold Estates, in Lots:

A Capital Brick Messuage or Tenement, with a Stable, Coach-house, and other necessary Outbuildings, and a large and exceeding good Garden, pleasantly situated near the Entrance into Milton next Gravesend, fit for the Residence or a Gentlemen's Family, now in the Occupation of Richard Ruck, Esq.

Tenant at Will.

A good and well-accustomed Public House, situate and being in Queen Street in Milton next Gravesend aforesaid, called or known by the Name or Sign of the "Roe Buck," now in the Occupation of William Luckhurst.

Twelve other Messuages or Tenements, Gardens and Appurtenances, situated near the "Roebuck" in Queen-street aforesaid, in several Tenures or Occupations of Messrs. Bryant, Brown, Gurr, Smart, McCartney, Fletcher, Keddle, Turner, Wilkinson, Pope, Roffe, and Latter.



Southeastern Gazette, 12 April 1853.


Wednesday. (Before R. Oakes, Esq., chairman, C. Spencer, M. Troughton, and E. Tickner, Esqrs.)

Richard Spratt, potman to Mr. Busby, of the "Roebuck," was charged by the officers of the inland revenue with carrying tobacco without the duty being paid.

He admitted carrying the box, and said a waterman, whose name he did know, came into the tap-room, two other men being in the room at the time, and asked if anyone would take a box from Wakefield-street to the railway, when he offered to do so. He afterwards went to the house in Wakefield-street, received the box from another man, with 2d. to book it at the station, and was proceeding there with it when he was stopped by police-constable White.

The solicitor to the Customs said this admission was equal to a plea of guilty, for the carrying was an offence without any guilty knowledge of the contents of the box. On reference to the Act of Parliament the Bench coincided with this view, but thought it advisable to have the facts stated.

Police-constable White deposed that he saw defendant, on the 4th April, come out of a house, No. 5, Wakefield-street, with a box, and followed him into Bath-street, when he asked what the box contained, and not being satisfied with the account of it previously stated, he took both defendant and box to the station-house, and found 1081bs. of Cavendish tobacco in the box; inside was a paper with 110 written on it.

Superintendent White, who is also seizing officer to the Customs, said he received the box in a canvass wrapper from the last witness as described.

John Abraham Burt, inspector of the revenue, said he received three blocks of Cavendish tobacco from last witness; it was of foreign manufacture, and liable to a duty of 9s per lb.

The Bench, having no discretionary power, fined defendant 100; to be committed till paid. Defendant asked if they would not give him the opportunity of finding the waterman who sent him with the box, and was told that the superintendent would help him in the matter.


Southeastern Gazette, 12 May 1853.

Friday. Before J. Saddingion, Esq., Mayor, R, Oakes, C. Spencer, and E. Tickner, Esqrs.)

The following transfer of licenses took place:-

The "Roebuck," from Josephus Basby to Thos. Gladstone, formerly of the "Windmill;"


From the Gravesend Reporter, 9 February 1856.


For some time past preliminary steps have been taken for the re-opening of the Lodge of the above order at the "Roebuck Inn," Queen Street, which we are now in a position to state will take place on Monday evening next.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser 17 May 1862.


A Vocal and Instrumental Concert is held at Mr. A. Hatch's, Wine and Spirit Merchant, Queen-street, Gravesend, every Thursday and Saturday evenings. Chair taken at nine o'clock precisely. Articles of the best quality.



LUCKHURST William 1789+

BUSBY/BASBY Josephus 1828-May/53+ (age 34 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34Kentish IndependentSouth Eastern Gazette

Last pub licensee had GLADSTONE Thomas May/1853-55+ Kentish IndependentSouth Eastern Gazette

PULLEY William 1858+

DYERS John 1861+

HATCH A 1862+

Last pub licensee had WATES John 1865+

BULLEN Frederick Prestland 1871-74+ Census

SMILE Joseph 1878+

BROWN William 1881-82+

COOMBER George 1891-1903+ Kelly's 1903

WOOD George 1913+


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 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Kentish IndependentKentish Independent

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


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