Sort file:- St Marys/Pauls Cray, February, 2023.

Page Updated:- Friday, 24 February, 2023.


Earliest 1610-

Black Boy Hotel

Closed 2002

71 High Street

St Mary Cray

Black Boy Hotel

Above postcard, date unknown.

Black Boy Hotel drawing

Above drawing taken from postcard above, by Mallet.

Black Boy Hotel

Above photo showing pub and wall of the police station, right.

Black Boy 1937

Above postcard, circa 1937, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Black Boy Hotel

Above photo, date unknown.

Black Boy 1974

Above photo 1974.

Black Boy

Above photo, date unknown.

Black Boy location 2015

Above Google image, September 2015, showing same location.

Black Boy

Above photo, date unknown.

Former Black Boy 2015

Above photo 2015.

Former Black Boy 2015

Above photo 2015.


I am informed that the "Black Boy" was first mentioned in a will from 1610, and it appears to have survived by being rebuilt several times next door to the original and then back again on more than one occasion.

The Pigot's Directory of 1832 lists this as also being the Excise Office.

Now part of Greater London, this area was indeed Kent before 1965. Hence, I will be adding information regarding this pub as and when I find or it is sent to me, but at present I'll be concentrating on the areas that are within the Kent boundary today.

Your help is appreciated, and every email is answered.


I believe the pub closed in 2002 and is now operating as a bed-sit and flats.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 21 June 1836.

To be Let.

"Black Boy Inn," St. Mary's Cray, Kent. Eighteen miles from London.

The oldest established house in the neighbourhood, with large Garden, Good Roomy Stabling and Capital Brewhouse attached.

Early possession may be had.

For further particulars application to be made (if by letter post-paid) to Mr. Hayward, Solicitor, Dartford, and 13, Grays Inn-square, London; or to Mr. Thomas Staples, Swanley, near Dartford.


Bromley & District Times, Friday 10 March 1893.

Licensing Business.

At the Bromley Petty Sessions, on Monday, the following licensing matters were disposed of.

Two other applications in respect of to the "Two Doves," Bromley Common and the "Black Boy," St. Mary Cray, were adjourned for a week.


Bromley & District Times, Friday 31 March 1893.

The Black Boy Hotel.

Since Mr. Edmund Butler succeeded to the proprietorship of the "Black Boy Hotel," St Mary's Cray that well-known house has undergone great improvements. The whole front outside has been greatly improved, and the bar redecorated throughout. One of the principal attractions of the hotel (which is so well placed for large feasts and other road going parties) is the splendid long room which will accommodate some 300 persons. Here Mr. Butler intends to erect a movable platform, which can be adjusted at either end of the room as circumstances render most convenient, whilst a first class piano will be placed at the disposal of musical parties. The stabling accommodation which is already great is to undergo extensive improvement and when everything is thoroughly completed Mr. Butler will be able to boast of being the owner of one of the most convenient houses, and, beyond doubt, the best public room in the Cray district.



SINCLAIR Duncan 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

AYRE Joseph 1858+

SHARP William to Nov/1894 Next pub licensee had

BUTLER Edmund 1893-96+

CLAYTON Walter 1901+ (age 52 in 1901Census)

KING Henry Edward 1903+ Kelly's 1903

HOBBY Thomas 1911+ (age 67 in 1911Census)

HOBBY Ada S Mrs 1913+

GRAY Henry George 1918-22+

TURNER George 1930+

AYRE Benjamin Joseph 1932+

TAYLOR George R 1938+


Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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