Sort file:- Crayford, June, 2022.

Page Updated:- Friday, 03 June, 2022.


Earliest 1810-


Latest ????

Dover Road



Bells Weekly Messenger, Sunday 11 November, 1810.

Wednesday at Queen Square Office, two women, mother and daughter, underwent a long examination, charged on suspicion of robbing a Welch drover named Jones. It appeared that the prisoner, a few days ago, were at the "Swan," in Crayford, where Jones, on his return from Maidstone, went in to take some refreshment. Whilst he was there, he unfortunately fell asleep in the taproom, during which time he was robbed of his pocket book, containing Bank of England and Provincial banknotes payable in town, to the amount of 810. The circumstances alluding this robbery, and descriptions of the prisoner having came to the knowledge of Gilmore the officer, he made a search to discover their abode. Having traced them into the city, he succeeded in apprehending them whilst they were stepping into a hackney coach, at the door of the banking house, and on searching then, found that they had been obtaining cash for 200 of the provincial bank notes. The prisoners were committed for a further examination.


From the Kentish Gazette, 6 September 1836.

On Wednesday week, Mr. Geoffrey Pett, butcher, of Dartford, having been to Erith to purchase some beasts, on his return unfortunately fell from his horse, and was discovered lying in the road on his back. He was taken to the "Swan Inn," at Crayford, and afterwards conveyed home to Dartford, where he was attended by Mr. Hurst, surgeon, who was unremitting, for several hours, in his endeavours to restore animation, but without effect, and the poor man lingered insensible until the next day, when he died.


From the Maidstone and Kentish Journal, 27 January, 1891.

A protection order was granted to John Alan Bennett, to carry on business at the Swan Inn, Crayford, in succession to Mr. Goodhill.


I believe the Dover Road has since changed name to the Crayford Road, which means this could well be the "White Swan."



BANKS James 1832-34+ (Pigot's Directory 1832-34 "Swan.")

GREGORY Jane 1841+ (age 50 in 1841Census)

BRIGNELL George 1861+ (age 65 in 1861Census)

DAVIDGE William 1891+ (age 54 in 1891Census)

GOODHILL Mr to Jan/1891 Maidstone and Kentish Journal

BENNETT John Alan Jan/1891+ Maidstone and Kentish Journal

KELMAN James 1901+ (age 53 in 1901Census)



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