Sort file:- Greenwich, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1805-


Latest 1855+

Ship Dock


Chest House 1840

Above print 1840, showing the Greenwich Pier, far right, and the "Trafalgar Tavern" to the left of the Hospital suggesting a date around 1840 but before the old drying yard wall and ablution block to the west of the King Charles Court was taken down, since both are visible. Also on the far right behind the pier is either the "Chest House" of Greenwich Hospital - a poorly recorded building which existed from c. 1805 to c. 1855 or possibly the Hospital brewery.


I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

The only reference I have found so far for this pub is in the Pigot's Directory of 1832.

Further reference has been found in a book called "A Collection of the Public General Statutes passed in the Eighth and Ninth year of Queen Victoria" (it proved to be legal jargon and as interesting a read as its title) published 1845. They were talking about an act referring to the better management of the affairs of the Greenwich Hospital. "Description of property:- A House and Premises known as the "Chest" Public House in the Ship Dock. Owners or reputed Owners:- Isaac Walker and Edwin Walker as to Two Thirds, Wiloughby Richard Crofts as to Two Fourths of a Third, John James harris, Executor under the Will of Eleanor Charles, as to One Fourth of a Third, and Robert Howard and Mary Ann his Wife as to One Fourth of a Third. Lessees or reputed Lessees:- Isaac Walker and Edwin Walker as to One Third, and James Pratt and Samuel Pratt and James Talbot as to the whole. Occupiers:- James Talbot.

Apparently whilst under the rule of Thomas Avey it held the nick name of "The Finish" due to it's late closing times.

I believe the "Chest" was located next door to the "Crown and Anchor," identified as number 7-8. Then a stable yard, probably belonging to the "Crown and Anchor."


The Morning Advertiser. Tuesday, 5 March, 1822. Pg. 3.

Died, at Blackheath on Sunday night, much regretted, Mr. Brookes, of the "Chest," at Greenwich, a Member of the Society of Licensed Victualler.


Kentish Mercury, Saturday 9 December 1837.

John Julian, policeman, 117, stated that he was on duty in Ship Dock at Greenwich, on the 9th November. He observed Mr. Avey's house open at 12 o'clock at night, and saw several drunken persons go in and out of the house. He then left the Ship Dock and met another policeman, when he again proceeded to the Ship Dock accompanied by the other policemen, when they both witnessed the offence with which Mr. Avey stood charged.

Mr. Avey denied that his house was open at the hour stated by the policeman. He did not deny, however, that improper characters had entered the house at that hour; but said he was absent from home, at that time, and had entrusted the care of the house to a female relative, who opened the door for the purpose of dismissing some persons who were in the house at the time, when some individuals who were standing outside forced their way into the house.

The Inspector bore testimony to the very late hour at which Mr. Avey was in the habit of closing his house; in consequence of which, he said, it was nicknamed "The Finish," among the lower orders of the town.

The magistrates fined the defendant in the full penalty of 5, and 13s. costs.


Kentish Mercury, 3 September 1842.

The "Old Chest," Ship Dock, Greenwich.

To be sold by auction, by Mr. William Grafter, on the premises. On Tuesday, September 6th, 1842, at 2 for 3 o'clock precisely. The lease, 13 years unexpired, at the very low rent of only 40, together with the Goodwill of the well-established trade, and immediate possession of the above respectable and well-known premises.

Particulars may be had on the premises, of Messrs. C. and R. Parker, Solicitors, Greenwich, and of the Auctioneer, 4, Stamford Street, Blackfriars Road.




BROOKES Mr to Mar/1822

BROOKES Esther Mrs Mar/1822-25+ Pigot's Directory 1823

BALDWIN James 1826+

TAYLOR Richard 1832-34+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

AVEY Thomas 1837-39 dec'd

AVEY Hannah 1840+ Pigot's Directory 1840 (age 25 in 1841Census)

DRYDEN James & Hannah 1841 (Hannah remarried age 30 in 1841Census)

TALBOT James 1845


Pigot's Directory 1823From the Pigot's Directory 1823

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

Pigot's Directory 1840From the Pigot's Directory 1840



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