Page Updated:- Monday, 11 March, 2024.


Earliest 1937

White Hart

Open 2020+

Rochester Road


01474 323272

White Hart White Hart

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


The above pictures show the building from 1937 to 1998. The original building shown above was demolished and the new one below built.


Harvester White Hart 2018

Above photo 2018.

White Hart 2020

Above photo, April 2020, kindly taken and sent by Ian Goodrick.


I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

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From the Rochester and Chatham Journal and Mid-Kent Advertiser, Saturday, September 2, 1876.


The magistrates hear adjourned for some time to take of luncheon. On business being resumed the following persons, who had been convicted of various offences during the year, and his cases had been deferred in consequence, apply for the renewal of their licences. vis. Sarah Ann Mullinder, "White Hart," Chalk....

The other licences were renewed after the holders had been cautioned.


From the ???? 1952.

Husband and Wife drowned when their barge sinks in river.

Only son is rescued.

A former well known and popular Gravesend licensee, who later turns newsagents, farmer, and agricultural contractor and barge owner, and his wife, were drowned in the River Thames off Belvedere early yesterday (Thursday) morning. They were 55 year old Mr. Daniel Pryor, and his wife, Louise, known popularly as "Lulu." She was 50 years of age.

His son, Mr. Dan Pryor, junior, age 27, who acted as mate on the 50 years old Faversham barge, "James and Ann," was rescued.

The barge, Laden with cement, had been in collision with a 464 ton Dutch tanker "Matthew," of Rotterdam, off Mulberry Wharf, Belvedere, and sank immediately. A boat from the tanker, which picked up Mr. Pryor, junior, continued its search for Mr. and Mrs. Pryor without getting a trace.

The barge was bound for King George V dock to discharge the cargo she had brought from Halling.

Former local licensee.

Mr. Pryor will be best remembered by his many friends in Gravesend as licensee first of the "Pelham Arms," and then the first landlord of Gravesend's new pre-war hotels, Central Avenue, and the "White Hart," at Chalk.

At the "White Hart" he made the place famous with "Daniel's Den," a cellar converted into a bar that was used by hundreds of fighter pilots based at Gravesend during the war.

At 10 every evening he made the customers drink a toast to "absent friends" and the song "There'll always be an England," was rendered with Gusto. Fighter pilots claiming a raider were presented with a silver cup, full of beer.

After leaving the licensed trade, Mr. Pryor, for a time a newsagents at Chalk. Later, with his son, he set up in business as an agricultural contractor and specialised in night ploughing with the aid of powerful lamps fixed to his tractor.

After a spell in the Canterbury district he gave up working on the land for working on the water.

Then he became the owner of the red sailed Thames barge which he refitted at Northfleet with an auxiliary engine.

Well-known on two rivers.

He transported freight on the Thames and the Medway.

He was a son of a licensee, taking over the "Pelham Arms" from his father in 1921.



MULLINDER Sarah Ann 1876+

UPTON William Henry 1903+ Kelly's 1903

Last pub licensee had PRYOR Dan 1938-39+

TAYLOR C G 1950+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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