Sort file:- Gravesend, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 19 August, 2023.


Earliest 1781

(Name from)

India Arms

Latest 1932

70 West Street


India Arms 1913

Above photo, circa 1913.

India Arms

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


Information collected from "Gazetteer of Gravesend and Milton Inns and Public Houses" by Eric Russell Green. May 2000.

According to the above publication, the house can be found from between 1781 and 1844, and then again between 1860 and 1922.

The original premises was destroyed by a fire in 1844 and I assume the property was rebuilt some time before 1860.

Information about the fire can be viewed here.


Southeastern Gazette, 10 May 1853.

Friday. Before J. Saddingion, Esq., Mayor, R, Oakes, C. Spencer, and E. Tickner, Esqrs.)

George Palmer Missing had the same complaint made against him, (for keeping his house open on Sunday morning) and said he had only three parties in the house who were lodgers. White saw four persons present, one a townsman.

Fined 7s. and costs.


Kentish Independent, Saturday 14 May 1853.

George Palmer Missing, landlord of the "India Arms," was also similarly summoned, for having his house open for the sale of liquor on Sunday morning.

Police Constable White stated that between 11 and 12 he knocked at the house and obtained admission, the landlord said no one was in the house, but on witness going through to a back room, he found four men in the room, drinking and smoking, they were strangers to witness, but one was a shipwright belong to the town.

The witness said three were lodgers, and the others had got in by climbing over the wall.

The Bench inflicted the following penalty, Mr. Missing 7s. and costs 7s. 6d.

The Bench in reply to a question from one of the publicans present said that they did not consider persons coming from London on pleasure by the steamboat's were "travellers," such as a law contemplated in the exceptions.


London Gazette, 9 April 1869.

Former Licensed Victualler, now in the Debtors Prison for Surrey.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 8 January 1872.

Juvenile thieves.

William Bagshawe, age 8, Lewis George Litkey, 12, George Loft, 8, and Charles Spencer Bennett, 11, were charged with stealing some bottles from the cart of George James Phillips, a ginger beer manufacturers, of Chatham. Prosecuter said he left his car outside the "India Arms Tavern," West Street, while he delivered some goods at the house. Coming out he heard a rattle of bottles, and saw some boys running away. He pursued and captured Bagshawe, who had a bottle, which he admitted to have stolen. From information given, the other prisoners were taken, and four bottles were found at the shop of a dealer name Swift. Mr. James Swift, keeping a shop in Church Street, admitted buying the bottles, and identified one of the boys as having brought them for sale. The Bench severely censured the practice of dealers buying articles of such children, and cautioned Swift as to his future conduct. The Mayor said prisoners would be remanded to Saturday evening, when a special session would be held to decide what should be done with them.



MISSING George 1824-44 Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

MISSING George Palmer 1853-62+ (age 39 in 1861Census)

LEWIS Frederick William 1865+

FLEMING John to Apr/1869

TURPIN James Apr/1869+

BEARD Jacob 1874+

MUGGRIDGE John 1878+

BIGWOOD Augusta 1881+ (widow age 57 in 1881Census)

BIGWOOD Alfred 1882+

WELLS George 1891+

READER Henry 1903+ Kelly's 1903

PRATT Charles E 1913+

KINGSTON Albert 1922+

BEARD W 1930+


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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