Sort file:- Northfleet, September, 2022.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 20 September, 2022.


Earliest 1780

India Arms

Latest 1978

7 The Shore

Northfleet Hope

India Arms

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


The census of 1861 gave this the name of the "Pusia Army Hotel" but that was probably down to the rotten handwriting of the person who entered the information.


Kentish Gazette, 18 April 1820.



AT GARRAWAY'S COFFEE-HOUSE, in Change Alley, Cornhill, London on Tuesday the 25th instant, at twelve o'clock.

THE VALUABLE FREEHOLD spacious and well accustomed Tavern, known by the "INDIA ARMS," and most delightfully situate on the South Bank of the River Thames, at NORTHFLEET HOPE, near Gravesend, in the county of Kent, commanding beautiful views of the River, and of the opposite rich inclusive in Essex, containing numerous airy cheerful chambers and sitting-rooms for the accommodation of PARTIES AND COMPANIES resorting to the outward and homeward bound shipping and others. With convenient offices, good cellaring, stables, coach-houses, yards, gardens, five Cottages, and a small close of Meadow Land, with an exceedingly rich mine of chalk thereunder, AND A MOST CAPITAL WHARF in excellent and substantial repair, for landing and shipping goods and merchandise.

The premises have been many years in the occupation of Mr. William. Chaplaan, who will give IMMEDIATE POSSESSION to hee purchaser, on taking the Fixtures, Utensils, Stock, &c. in the usual way.

To be viewed till the sale, and particulars may be had on the premises, of Mr. Wiseman, and at the "Queen’s Head," at Northfleet; "While Hart," at Gravesend; "Crown," at Rochester; "Rose," at Dartford; of Mr. G. Edmunds, Solicitor, No. 8, Symonds Inn; at Garraway’s; and of Mr. Willock, No. 25, Godden House, London.


From the Public Ledger and Daily Advertiser, 24 December 1823.

To Publicans and Others.

Old established Tavern on the bank of the Thames.


At the AUCTION MART, near the Bank of England, On Wednesday, January 7, at Twelve.

A Lease of the Valuable Old Established Tavern known as the "India Arms," most delightfully situate on the South Bank of the River Thames, at Northfleet Hope, 20 miles from London, and a mile and a half from Gravesend, in the county of Kent, immediately contiguous to the Anchorage Ground of the Outward bound Indiamen, and a convenient landing place for Passengers by the Steam and Sailing Boats. The House is very commodious for Company, containing numerous airy bed chambers, large and small dining and sitting rooms, coffee room and tap room, with convenient offices excellent cellaring, coach house, stabling, yard, garden, and cottages, and the advantage of a capital wharf for landing and shipping goods and merchandize.

May be viewed, and Particulars had 10 days previous to the Sale of the Premises; at the "Bull Inn," Dartford; "Leather Bottle," Northfleet; "Falcon Tavern," Gravesend; "Bull Inn," Rochester; "Mitre Tavern," Chatham; "King's Arms Inn," Grays; at the Mart; and of Mr. Shuttleworth, No. 27, Poultry.

South Eastern Gazette 02 September 1834.


The return match came off on Thursday last, in the park at Northfleet. Betting at the commencement was in favour of Northfleet. The attendance was numerous, and lively interest was maintained throughout the game, which terminated in favour of Greenhithe. After the match the players retired to the "India Arms," where an excellent repast was provided, in the well-known style of the worthy host, Mr. Pell, and the evening was spent with the greatest hilarity.


West Kent Guardian 22 August 1835.


Delightfully situate, commanding Views of the coasts of Essex and Kent, - the Shipping, etc., forming a natural panorama delightful to every beholder.

Wines, Spirits, etc. of a Superior Quality.

Dinners provided for large or small Parties.

J. Francis assures those friends who may honour him with their patronage, that a desirable accommodation will attend all favours.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 7 May 1844.


Of the late John Small, Esq., situate at Swanscombe and North Fleet, in the county of Kent.

The Property consists of neat Villa Residences, with Gardens And Orchards, well stocked with fruit trees; and several other Residences, with Land, in the village of Swanscombe; Farming Land in the parish of Swanscombe; and several acres of Marsh Land and Cottages, and Windmill, in the parish of Northfleet; a Tavern, known as the "India Arms," with Wharf, landing-place, and piece of Land adapted for building purposes, at Northfleet aforesaid, immediately fronting the River Thames.

Particulars and conditions of sale, with plan annexed, may shortly be had (gratis) at the said Master’s Chambers, in Southampton-buildings. Chancery lane, London; of Mr. George Hume, No. 10, Great James-street, Bedford-row, London; of Messrs. Young and Son, No. 29, Mark-lane, London; of Messrs. Richards, Clarke, and Clarke, Chapel-street, Bedford row, London; of Mr. Daniel Cronin, East-street. Lamb's Conduit-street, London, auctioneer; and at the "India Arms Tavern," Northfleet, the "Falcon," Gravesend; the "Bull," Dartford; the "Sun," Chatham; the "Rose," Sittingbourne; and the "Admiral Keppel," Greenhithe.

GEORGE HUME, Plaintiffs Solicitor.



JONES Thomas Edward 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PELL James 1832-34+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34


STEWART George 1840+

WOOD Benjamin 1851+ (coal merchant age 48 in 1851Census)

WOOD Benjamin 1861+ (age 34 in 1861Census)

SMITH James 1871-74 (age 44 in 1871Census)

WOOD Benjamin 1872 (Owner)

MARTIN Frederick E 1881+ (age 39 in 1881Census)

MARTIN Frederick J  (age 22 in 1891Census)

BROWN William C 1901+ (age 34 in 1901Census)

BROWN William Henry 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BAREHAM Walter 1913+

TAYLOR Alfred J 1918-22+

STEVENS George 1930+

BARRETT Cuthbert Henry 1938+


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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