Sort file:- Crayford, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1860-

Printer's Arms

Closed Dec 1921

94 London Road


Printer's Arms 1930

Above photo circa 1930, kindly submitted by David Clinker.

Printer's Arms 1930

Above photo circa 1930, kindly submitted by David Clinker.

Former printer's Arms 2006

Above photo circa 2006, kindly submitted by David Clinker.


I am informed by David Clinker that the pub closed ages ago and the building extensively rebuilt to become a soap factory. Next it was a Trade Union office, and finally a Chartered Accountant's office owned by David, before being sold in 2012 and demolished.

It was a row of three Victorian cottages the left hand two being the beer house.


Kentish Independent, 09 September 1865.


Patrick Connolly, 27, of the "Printers' Arms," Crayford, was charged with being drunk and assaulting Police Constable Sharpe, 284 R, at Crayford.

The prisoner, who said that he had not tasted drink for three years previously, was fined 20s. or 14 days’ imprisonment.


The Kentish Independent, Saturday, 10 July, 1880.

A Paltry Theft.

Kate Crowley, 20, field hand, late of Crayford High Street, Woolwich, was charged with stealing a purse containing 1s., the property of Joseph Plowman, a painted, living at the "Printers Arms," Crayford.

Prosecutor said that he had been drinking with prisoner all the previous day. At 8 o'clock she took the purse from his pocket and ran away with it. The police proved that prisoner had been committed from this court, and had suffered three months' hard labour for stabbing woman at Woolwich some six months ago, and they Mr. Balguy sent her for 21 days' hard labour.

Prisoner, on hearing the sentence, said "Thank you, Sir."


From an unknown document.

Printers Arms - 94 London Road.

This pub is named after the local textile printing trade. The David Evans Silk Printers were situated opposite this pub.

In January 1863 William Miskin purchased a plot of land from The United Building and Investment Co. upon which this purpose-built beerhouse and shop was erected. The shop (a rag shop and warehouse) was later combined or, as the brewers property register notes, “have since been thrown together." In his historical book 'Memories of Crayford,’ (1958), Barnett suggested that there was a fire at the Printers Arms, which caused the greatest loss of life in Crayford. Although Barnett reckons the fire was said to have taken place around the end of 1889, or the start of 1890, I have been unable to trace such an incident. However, in September 1893, there was indeed a fire in one of three caravans at the back, which were used as lodgings. As it happened at 9pm, no one was in bed and the landlord with his neighbours prevented the fire from spreading, using buckets of water, until the Bexley heath, Erith and Sidcup fire brigades arrived. The landlord was only insured for 30 though the damage was estimated to be 50. This was an unfortunate loss as the caravans accommodated between 15 to 20 lodgers at a time. The Census enumerator for 1901 recorded that the caravans’ residents were “all casual tramps and lodgers - best information that could be obtained." The lodgers who held various occupations, including navvies and organ-grinders, gave the enumerator incomplete places
of birth and someone even gave his name as “Cock Robin."

The pub was referred to the Compensation Authorities and was closed in December 1921. Compensation of 2,210 was paid to the freeholder and 200 to the tenant. The tenant, Mr Pearce, immediately purchased the freehold for 550.



KILLICK John 1861+ (age 46 in 1861Census)

LURRIDGE Alfred to July/1892 Maidstone and Kentish Journal

TANNER James July/1892+

DANN Mr July/1894+ Bromley and District Times

PEARCE Arthur 1901-22+ (also lodging house age 45 in 1901Census)



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