Sort file:- Gillingham, October, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 15 October, 2023.


Earliest 25 Aug 1895

Livingstone Arms Hotel

Closed 2016-

239 Gillingham Road


Livingstone Arms 2011

Above photo 2011, from by Ben Levick.

Livingstone Arms sige 2011

Above sign 2011.

John Morskyj and barmaids 1973

Above photo circa 1973 showing licensee John Morskyj with his barmaids, Debbie Potter on right, kindly sent by his son Steve Morskyj. Photo probably taken outside what was the off-license next door to the pub.


Information below by Ben Levick

The "Livingstone Arms" was one of the last 19th century pubs to open in Gillingham. The first licensee was Thomas Hibbard who was granted a provisional licence for the premises on 23rd August 1895 (confirmed 17th October 1895) with the final order on 1st May 1896. It almost certainly took its name from its situation of Livingstone Road. In more recent years it has become the unofficial 'away' fans pub when Gillingham FC are playing at home at the nearby Priestfields Stadium.


Still open in 2011 but by 2016 it has closed and was converted into a McDoody's American Diner. Date of closure unknown.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

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.

All emails are answered.


Steve Morskyj remembers that football days in the early 1970s could be busy, especially when Millwall visited. To be fair it was busy and rowdy but I don’t remember any major issues. Odd layout of a pub as it had a lounge bar on the corner of Livingstone road, an off licence section and a public bar.



JONES Leonard Alfred 1930+

KNIGHT Frederick William 1938+

Last pub licensee had LEBRETON Laurie & Smiler ????

Last pub licensee had MORSKYJ John & Joan 1972-75 Next pub licensee had


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-