Sort file:- Gravesend, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 13 August, 2023.


Earliest 1789

Windmill Tavern

Open 2023+

45 Shubbery Road


01474 352242

Windmill 1907

Above postcard, 1907, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Windmill Tavern

Above photo, date unknown.

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

Windmill Tavern 2008

Above photo 2008 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.

Windmill Tavern sign 2019

Above sign, 2019, kindly taken and sent by Tom Duff.


Kentish Gazette 22 September 1835.


On Monday an inquest was held at the Town Hall, Gravesend, on view of the body of George Birch, calico printer, who had resided for many years at Clapton, near the river Lea, and had been in extensive business. Mr. George King, landlord of the "Windmill Inn," Gravesend, deposed that on Saturday afternoon he left his house, not having paid his reckoning. Thomas Nevilles, servant to the last witness, said he followed the deceased by direction of his master, and when he got to Pitman's-terrace he asked him for 2s. the amount of his reckoning. He said he was only going to see his wife and two daughters, and would come back and pay. He then crossed the road, and when he got near the lodge he put his hand into his trousers pocket and drew something out. He stood for a few moments, and then drew his hand across his throat and fell instantly.

It was broad daylight, and witness saw the blood spout out in great quantities from his throat. Witness called out "Murder," and a gentleman who was passing assisted in raising the deceased. Dr. Davis said he had called to see deceased on Saturday evening. If he had been standing before a looking-glass, and had been well acquainted with the structure of the human frame, he could not have inflicted the wound with greater anatomical nicety, the instrument haring passed lightly over the trachea, or wind-pipe, but making a deep wound on each side. Witness went to fetch the necessary instruments to sow up the wound, but when he returned the deceased was in convulsions, and died in about ten minutes. He appeared to be about 50 years of age. Ann Ferrall, servant at the "Windmill," said that the deceased seemed very low in spirits, he had some cold pork for dinner on Saturday, and two glasses of gin and water, and said he lived close by. Edward Woodward deposed that he saw the act committed, and when he raised the deceased he asked him what could have induced him to do such a thing, and his answer was “No one knows my troubles but myself.” At the moment that witness lifted him up he threw something over the hedge, which turned out to be the razor with which the wound was inflicted. The wife of the deceased stated, in answer to questions, that she was quite prepared to hear something dreadful about her husband. The last time he left the house he took his razor with him, and she was afraid he had some desperate intention. He had been in very respectable circumstances but had failed.

Verdict "Temporary insanity."


Kentish Gazette 03 May 1836.


April 22, Mrs. King, upwards of 80 years of age, who for many years kept the "Windmill Inn," Gravesend.


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.)


Southeastern Gazette, 10 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;"


Southeastern Gazette, 10 May 1853.

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

The following transfer of licenses took place:-

The "Windmill Tavern," from William Gladstone to Mr. Gilbert, formerly of the "Shakespeare."


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 24 March 1877.

Wanted. A general servant. Apply at the "Windmill Tavern," Shrubbery Road.


From the By Messenger Reporter, 17 April 2018.

Gravesham Business Awards: The Windmill Tavern nominated.

Five years ago Natalie Wells and Paul Bridges took on a pub from the previous owner of 34 years, taking on the added challenge of striving to keep The Windmill Tavern as a 'go-to' place.

The pub business is tricky at any time, but especially difficult nowadays. With lifestyle changes and most people having less disposable income, the food and drinks market is an ever-challenging place.

Offering something different to give people a reason to come to your venue is something this couple excels at by moving with the times.

Natalie Wells and Paul Bridges 2018

Natalie Wells and Paul Bridges of The Windmill Tavern.

In 2014, the tavern, in Shrubbery Road, Gravesend, introduced a local beer festival in its garden which was repeated for the following three years. This event runs alongside live music days including the annual Salsa and Brazilian Barbecue.

In July 2017, the couple converted the tavern’s basement into Gravesend's first Gin Bar, themed around a Second World War air-raid shelter. The menu offered 23 different gins, some locally sourced, and has been a roaring success.

Natalie said: “We are owner-managers who live on site. We have invested heavily in the business over the last four years and are proud of where we have taken it. By investment we mean not only money but mainly time.

"We work tirelessly to ensure that our customers have the best experience and we are hands on at every event both back and front of house.”

The Windmill also has a special relationship with the park behind the premises, and manages the gardens for Gravesham council. This relationship was inherited from the previous owner and is still being continued. It supports the active use of the three tennis courts used by the community and pub customers, as well as the bowling green.

This year’s sponsors are: University of Greenwich, Barnes Roffe, Handleshanken, KM Media Group, Kuflink, Gravesham council, Rise Communications, Hatten Wyatt, Caxtons, Partnership Invoice Finance, GK Coffee Group (Starbucks), and SoftForge.



KING George 1835+

BUSBY Thomas 1840+

NEWMAN Thomas 1841+ (age 30 in 1841Census)

ANDREWS Thomas 1842+

GLADSTONE Thomas 1851-May/53 Next pub licensee had (age 32 in 1851Census) Kentish IndependentSouth Eastern Gazette

Last pub licensee had GILBERT Henry May/1853+ Kentish IndependentSouth Eastern Gazette

GILBERT Lewis 1855+

WADDELL William Robert 1859-74+ (age 23 in 1861Census)

SIMMONDS Ernest 1913+

PERSHOUSE William 1858+

WADDELL William Robert 1862-74+

WILLIAMS Richard Henry 1878+

PITTAWAY George 1881-82+ (age 34 in 1881Census)

SAXBY Richard 1891+

POPE Joseph 1903+ Kelly's 1903


COCKLEY Abraham 1922+

BARRETT R A J 1988-90+

Paul BRIDGES Paul & WELLS Natalie 2013-17+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


Kentish IndependentKentish Independent

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


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