Sort file:- Bexley, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Tuesday, 17 August, 2021.


Earliest 1824-

Lord Hill Tavern

Open 2020+

40 Watling Street (London Road)

Bexley Heath / Crayford

01322 521453

Lord Hill 1900

Above photo, 1900.

Lord Hill 1907

Above photo circa 1907. Please note the sign says "Ye Olde Lord Hill."

Lord Hill sign 1984

Above sign, 1984, kindly sent by Roger Pester.

Lord Hill 2019

Above photo 2019.


The pub was probably named after the first Viscount, Rowland Hill, one of Wellington's generals in the Peninsular War. The pub can be traced back to 1824 when an apprenticeship indenture was signed.

The horse-drawn bus service to Woolwich departed from this stop.


Kentish Gazette, 13 May 1851.

BEXLEY. Determined Suicide by a Gentleman.

On Wednesday, an inquest on the body of a gentleman unknown, was taken before Mr. Carttar, the coroner for West Kent, at the "Lord Hill Tavern," Bexley Heath. From the evidence adduced it appeared that early on Tuesday morning, the 6th instant, the deceased was discovered lying in a pool of blood and quite dead, in a retired field on the road to Crayford; by his side was a pistol recently discharged, and on his person were found a number of bullets and a flask of powder. It is supposed that he must have placed the muzzle of the pistol in his mouth, the upper part of his head being blown away. The deceased is of military appearance, about 40, dark complexion, wearing a brown over coat, and gray trousers with stripe down the side; his boots are marked H. Christie, Esq. The inquiry was adjourned for the police to trace his relatives.


Kentish Mercury. Saturday 18 June 1853.

The Lord Hill Tavern, Bexleyheath.

R. J. Phillips, from Greenwich, having taken the above house, respectfully solicits the support of his late townsmen, and the public in general.

The cricket field of six acres, is now open for the season, and is in first right order.

Clubs, societies, beanfeast parties, &c., supplied with good dinners, and good liqueurs, at moderate charges.

Bats, balls, quotes, &c., to be had on the ground.


Some time after 1984 the pub changed name to the "Coach House" but by 2019 had reverted again back to the "Lord Hill."



RAMSDEN Joseph 1832-34+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BENSON William 1836-40+

Last pub licensee had PAIN Thomas 1850-52


PHILLIPS Thomas 1855-58+

SCOTT James 1861-62+ (age 56 in 1861Census)

DUNSTER William 1871+ (age 43 in 1871Census)

MELLORS John David 1875 (also dealer in elastic webs)

ENGLISH William W 1875+

BERRY Harry 1881+ (age 44 in 1881Census)

CHAMBERS George 1891+ (widow age 49 in 1891Census)

BIRD Bernard Claude 1901-03+ (age 36 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

BECK William 1911+ (age 59 in 1911Census)

BUSBRIDGE Henry 1913+

KIRBY George Kirby to 19/Feb/1919 dec'd (formerly Aerial Ballet Master)

WOLFE George 1922+

TURNER Charles C P 1930-38+

BEAN Harry ???? dec'd

PROVINS Fred to 1951 dec'd

PROVINS Gladys 1951+ (widow and daughter of Harry Bean)

HARRIS Reuben Mr % Mrs 1959+

???? Lee 2019+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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