Sort file:- Gravesend, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 03 August, 2021.


Earliest 1824

Toll Gate

Latest 2010

Watling Street


Toll Gate Inn

Above photo, pre 1922 showing the original pub.

Toll Gate Inn

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Toll Gate Inn

Above postcard, date unknown.

Toll Gate Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

Toll Gate Inn

Above photo, date unknown.

Toll Gate Inn

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

Toll Gate Motel 2016

Above photo, 2016, kindly taken and sent by Brian Brockie.

Toll Gate 2016

Above photo, 2016, kindly taken and sent by Brian Brockie.

Toll Gate painting

Above painting by Stephen K White, date unknown.


Traced back to as early as 1824 but unfortunately demolished in 1922 to make way for a road widening scheme, however a new one was rebuilt shortly afterwards and over the years modernised and extended and eventually rebranded as the "Toll Gate Motel," but alas this was eventually closed in 2010.

I have also seen this addressed as Northumberland Bottom and Perry Street and I think I also have it listed as the "Toll Gate Inn" in Northfleet.


From the 16 January 2014. By Thom Morris.

Plans to turn the old Tollgate Hotel in Gravesend into a petrol station approved by Gravesham council

Plans to turn the old Tollgate Hotel into a BP petrol station, M&S Food and a McDonald's have been approved by Gravesham council.

The 114 room hotel will now be demolished to make way for the drive-thru restaurant, with car park, 16-pump petrol station, and shop.

The plans went Gravesham councillors last night.

In total there were 33 objection letters, 363 circular letters and a petition opposing the idea signed by 1,784 people.

Members of the regulatory board seemed keen to not grant permission, desperately seeking a legal way the plans could be turned down.

However, the plans were sound and no planning objections, including highway fears, could be found.

Cllr Lee Croxton said: "I think all of us would like to see a hotel, but unfortunately we have to determine what's in front of us now, according to planning law.

"If I could find a lawful reason, I would turn it down. I think it's going to be chaos, but there is no legal grounds. I have to support it".

A protest was held against the plans.

Cllr John Burden asked: "Is there any highways objections we can use so we can say no?"

To which the answer was no.

In total, about 40 people attended the meeting to discover the decision.

Cllr Burden said: "We have to take the advice from our officers and I'm not willing to go against it."

The "Tollgate Hotel" was bought by the Highways Agency under a compulsory purchase order in November 2006 for 4.85 million when the A2 was widened.

Once that was finished, for several years it was offered for sale and marketed as a site suitable for continued hotel use.

Simon Privett

The restaurant is likely to employ 65 staff. Deliveries of stock to McDonald's would roughly be three times a week.

The petrol station expects one delivery each day for both petrol and stock.

The plans have angered the owner of the existing BP petrol station on land opposite the Tollgate site, who was not informed of the idea by his supplier.

Simon Privett, who bought his garage in 1998, said he would cause as much trouble as he could and refuse to close, as BP wants.

Despite Mr Privett organising a petition, holding demonstrations and putting up signs, the planning officer said: “Competition between businesses or diversion of trade is not a material planning consideration.

“The question of need or whether there are too many already are also not material considerations to the determination of the planning application.

“It is considered that on balance there are no overriding reasons on planning policy, highway, design or other planning considerations to reject the current proposal.”


From the 13 October 2014.

McDonald's and M&S plans for Gravesend's Tollgate Hotel quashed.

Toll Gate Inn 2014

Plans to turn an old Gravesend hotel into a petrol station, M&S foodstore and a McDonald's Drive Thru have been quashed.

Permission for the BP-led development to be built on the old "Tollgate Hotel" site in Watling Street was granted in January but Simon Privett, owner of the nearby Tollgate Service Station swiftly lodged a judicial review to stop proceedings.

The matter has now been settled out of court and the application will be reconsidered by planners at Gravesham Council before Christmas.

A spokesman for Gravesham Council said: "Although the claim was accepted to be heard at the High Court, the council contested the claim but following legal advice the matter was settled out of court, on only one of the eight grounds claimed.

"The council paid the sum of 20,000 to Mr Privett to cover the court costs."

The council admitted it had not properly taken into account paragraph 89 of the National Planning Policy Framework - the paragraph notes what is acceptable in the Green Belt.


Toll Gate

Above photo, date unknown by Stephen Harris.


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. 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.



BLANDEN Henry 1891+

MARTIN Ambrose 1913+

WHITE E 1950+


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