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Sort file:- Gravesend, March, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 02 March, 2023.

PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton

Earliest 1824

Wheatsheaf

Open 2023+

62 New Road

Gravesend

01474 326618

https://whatpub.com/wheatsheaf

Wheatsheaf 1901

Above photo circa 1901. Kindly supplied by Jason Kemsley.

Wheatsheaf 1907

Above photo 1907. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Wheatsheaf 1900

Above postcard circa 1900.

Wheatsheaf

Above photo, date unknown.

Wheatsheaf 2000

Above photo same shot as above, circa 2000.

Wheatsheaf 2008

Above photo 2008 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Wheatsheaf

Above photo date circa 2012.

Wheatsheaf sign 1986

Above sign, March 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis www.innsignsociety.com.

 

Originally an ale house addressed at 62 New Road in 1824, but referred to as a beer house in 1830. Now, of course fully licensed.

The current building looks to be different from the one shown in 1907, the new one being rebuilt in 1926 at a cost of 3,585.

 

Wheatsheaf 1930

Above photo, 1930.

Wheatsheaf log book

Above log book 1924-45.

Wheatsheaf 1948

Above photo, 1948.

Wheatsheaf log book

Above log book 1936-66.

From the http://www.kentonline.co.uk 23 March 2014.

New book looks at growing up at the "Wheatsheaf" at the corner of New Road and Darnley Road, Gravesend.

While pubs up and down the country are having to call last orders, growing up in a Gravesend inn has opened new doors for a former publican’s daughter.

Angela Young’s parents, Ernie and Pearl Pridmore, ran the "Wheatsheaf" at the corner of New Road and Darnley Road in the 1950s and 60s.

Wheatsheaf 1950s

Angela Young (centre) and her parents Ernie and Pearl Pridmore, landlord and landlady of the Wheatsheaf in Gravesend, with regulars gathering for the annual pub outing.

Angela has fond memories of pulling pints behind the bar as a child and joining regulars, including her grandfathers and several uncles, on annual pub outings, and has now tapped into them to write her first book, Hollow Victory.

The autobiographical novel tells the story of Maureen, the teenage daughter of a landlord and landlady running the "Victory" pub in the Swinging Sixties and her dreams of escape from being “cooped up” in her hometown of Gravesend.

Angela Young 1950s

Angela Young pulling pints behind the bar of the "Wheatsheaf" in Gravesend, which was run by her parents Ernie and Pearl Pridmore in the 1950s and 60s.

Angela, 60, said: “Huge chunks are from my own personal memories and Maureen’s feelings are certainly my feelings.

“Obviously there were a lot of characters who drank in my parents’ pub but I have tried to change them to make it a novel.

“It draws on my experiences as a child growing up in the 50s and 60s and the whole social change that was going on at the time, not least what was expected of a pub.

“It stopped being the centre of everybody’s lives and changed completely. My parents weren’t able to change with the times.”

Mr and Mrs Pridmore’s first pub was called the "Victory" and was in nearby Clarence Place.

When Angela was three years old, they took over the "Wheatsheaf" and ran it until 1970 while Angela attended Wrotham Road Primary School and then Saint George’s secondary.

Wheatsheaf regulars 1950s

Regulars at the "Wheatsheaf" in Gravesend, which was run by Ernie and Pearl Pridmore in the 1950s and 60s.

After leaving the pub trade, Mr and Mrs Pridmore continued to live in the town. Angela moved to London at 21, where she enjoyed a career as a researcher in the advertising industry.

The divorced mother-of-one has not lived in a pub since she was 17, and has never had plans to work in the trade herself.

She has written Hollow Victory around her full-time job as a teaching assistant in a primary school in Buckinghamshire, where she now lives.

“It has taken me about four years to write and get it published but it was something I have always wanted to do and thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Angela is now working on her second book, called The Creek, a historical novel set in Northfleet at the end of the 1800s, which she hopes to complete in six months.

Angela Yound 2014

Author Angela Young who has written a book, 'Hollow Victory', based on her life growing up in Gravesend pub, The Wheatsheaf.

In the meantime, Angela will be at Gravesend’s visitor information centre, Towncentric, in St George’s Square from 11am on Saturday to launch Hollow Victory.

It can also be bought from Amazon, Waterstones and other shops, priced 7.99.

 

I have just completed the a list of known names of pubs in Gravesend, that is almost 350. Now the hard part of gathering the historical information and photographs. Your help is needed.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.

 

LICENSEE LIST

BOARD Alfred 1861 (Publican, Out of Business age 41 in 1861Census)

JENNINGS William 1878+

JENNINGS Alfred J 1881+ (age 31 in 1881Census)

WATSON Henry 1889-26 (age 66 in 1901Census)

BOURN William Charles 1926-39

BUTLER J F 1939-41

KIRK F F 1941-Dec/56

Last pub licensee had PRIDMORE Ernie & Pearl Dec/1956-June/66

https://pubwiki.co.uk/Wheatsheaf.shtml

 

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