Sort file:- Dartford, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Friday, 13 August, 2021.


Earliest 1828-

Bull's Head

Closed 1972

22 High Street


Dartford pubs drawing 1798

Above engraving 1798, showing what I believe to be the following signs and building attached:- (Red) "Bull's Head," (Yellow) "Black Boy," (Torquoise) "Royal Exchange," (Orange) "New Inn," "Dark Blue) "White Hart," (Pink) "Crown," (Green) "Kentish Arms."

Dartford pubs 1798

Bull's Head 1911

Above postcard, circa 1911, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull's Head

Above postcard, date unknown. Showing the "Bull's Head" (very left, and "Black Boy" two doors down.

Bull's Head 1913

Above postcard, circa 1913, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Bull's Head

Above photo, date unknown.

Bull's Head 1960

Above photo, circa 1960, also showing the "Black Boy." Kindly sent by Michael Norman.


The pub was originally a coaching Inn and believed to date from 1467 and the entrance to their yard, just to the right of the pub still exists today (2015), and is still called Bull's Head Yard. The pub unfortunately closed in 1972 and is now (2015) a Bon Marche store.


Bull's Head location 2011

Above photo, 2011.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 13 June 1848.

DARTFORD.—Petty Sessions, Wednesday.

(Before the Rev. R. Davies.)

William Martin otherwise William Johnson, otherwise George Turner, was charged with stealing a copper warming-pot, the property of Mr. George Waller, the landlord of the "Bull's Head," Dartford.

The prisoner was likewise charged with stealing a copper stew-pan, a copper saucepan, three pieces of lead pipe, a brass cock, two bells, and a quantity of brass wirework, the properly of Mr, George Evitt, landlord of the "Coach and Horses," in Spittal-street, Dartford.

Richard Lillywhite, constable of Dartford, deposed that at about half-past seven o’clock last night he was informed that a man was offering a copper warming-pot for sale, with the initials "J. W" on it. I went over to the shop of Robert Johnson, a marine-store dealer, where I saw the prisoner, and Thomas Waller, the son of Mr. G. Waller, who stated that was his father's property. Witness took the prisoner into custody, and on making inquiries found that he had been lodging at Mr. Evitt’s, the "Coach and Horses," who had lost several articles. Mr. Evitt identified several other articles left by the prisoner at the shop. At Mr. Weekes's in the High-street, they found a copper stew-pan, which Mr. Evitt said was his property.

Committed for trial at the next Sessions on both charges.


South Eastern Gazette, 01 January 1856.

Dartford. The light final prize fight.

The adjourned inquest upon John Jones, who was killed in a pugilistic encounter with another prize-fighter named Madden, in the Kentish Marshes, near Long Beach, a fortnight back, was held on Thursday last, before C. J. Carttar, Esquire, Coroner, at the "Bulls Head Inn," Dartford. Upon the formal occasion the enquiry was principally of a preliminary character. It was proved that deceased and Madden and gone down by steamboat to the neighbourhood of Dartford, and that a ring was formed on the Marshes, when the fight took place, which ended in the death of deceased. The only additional witness that the police have been able to obtain was Alexander Finley, a publican, in Bear Street, Soho, who said that no person was present in the ring but the combatants and the four seconds. It was a fair stand up fight. At the last round Jones got off his second's knee laughing, blows were again exchanged, and Jones suddenly fell, but witness did not know what made him fall. He was lifted up senseless, and the fight was declared to be at an end. The coroner having briefly called the attention of the jury to the fact that had been laid before them, they retired, and after about an hour's deliberation returned a verdict of manslaughter against Michael Madden, as principal in the first degree, and the same verdict against the seconds, Thomas Sayers, James Massey, Jeremiah Moore, and a man only known as Sweepy, as accessories. The coroner at once issued the warrants for the apprehension of the accused men, and bound the witnesses over to appear at the next Maidstone assizes.


See Dartford Map 1905.



WOODEN Henry 1706+ (also Brewer)

LANE John 1824+

GLEDSTION Maria 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

BECKLEY John 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

WHALLER/WALLER George 1840-48+

MARTIN John 1855-58+

WALLER J C 1862+

WELLER Thomas 1874+

LOFT Edwin 1881-82+ (age 33 in 1881Census)

LIGHT William John 1891-1903+ Kelly's 1903

WALLER John Thomas 1913-22+

BROWN M Mrs 1930-38+

HAYES Reginald George & Winifred Alice 1950-56


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



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