Sort file:- Gravesend, December, 2022.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 10 December, 2022.


Earliest 1622

Old Falcon Hotel

Latest 1939

3 (87 in 1861Census) East Street



Old Falcon Hotel 1910

Above photo date 1910, kindly sent by John Hopperton.

Old Falcon 1915

Above photo 1915.

4 pubs in a row

Above photo showing the "Three Daws," "Falcon Hotel," "King of Prussia," and "Old Amsterdam." 4 in a row.

Old Falcon Hotel

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by John Hopperton. The "Old Falcon Hotel" is to the left of the picture and next door to the "King of the Belgians," which shows the Trumans sign.


Often referred to as just the "Falcon." The pub was demolished in the 1960s.

Pigot's Directory of 1832 refers this as the "Falcon Tavern and Baths."


Milton next Gravesend Burials from the register of St Peter & St Paul.

15 May 1622. George Sandwich, a Sayler that died at the Faulcon.


4 Apr 1651. A stranger that died at the Folkenn.


Newcastle Courant, Saturday 1 December 1733.

The Rev. Mr. Hales, Francis Barrel, Esq; and Mr. Long, all of the City of Rochester, are those worthy Persons, who, for the Service of their Country, made Affidavit before the Mayor of Gravesend, that they, being at the "Faulcon" in Milton, next Gravesend, on the 7th of November, heard the Words, God bless the Pretender, and all his Adherents, spoken in a very solemn Manner by the reverend Mr. ------, formerly a Presbyterian Teacher, then a Tidewaiter, and now Vicar of this City, and Rector of a Parish in Kent; and Warrants are out for the apprehending him. — Every Body is at a loss to think, How this Person can excuse himself for thus insulting his God and his King; the former by sach a Piece of Mockery, and the latter by such a monstrous Instance of treasonable impudence. But the Gentlemen near Rochesterr are determin'd to bring this Tool to Punishment.


The Ipswich Journal, Saturday 22 July 1797.

Mr. R. Lake, of the "Falcon Inn," Gravesend, a young man very generally respected, and who on Tuesday last was to have been married to an amiable woman, was about 5 weeks since bitten by a mad dog; he bathed, and had recourse to antidotes usual on such occasions; the wound healed, and all apprehensions were dissipated. On Sunday se'nnight, in the morning, he felt a kind of rheumatic pain, and rode out for an airing; the pain, however, increased, and on his return he was put to bed, when strong symptoms of the hydrophobia appeared, and in a few hours he expired in the greatest agonies.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 9 February 1798.



BY MR. SMITH, At the "Falcon Inn," Gravesend, On Tuesday, the 13th of February, 1798, at twelve o’clock,

THIRTY acres of rich FREEHOLD PASTURES and MEADOW LAND, in a most delightful situation for building on the border of the road leading from Gravesend to Milton church, commanding views of great extent and beauty over the river Thames and surrounding country, divided into six Lot for the convenience of purchasers.

May be viewed and particulars had of Mess. Coore and Hubbersty, Solicitors, Winchester-street; of Mr. Asser, Greenhithe, near Dartford, at the place of sale; and of Mr. Smith, No. 62, Broad Street near the Royal Exchange, London.


Kentish Gazette 15 December 1801.

Died on Monday last at Snorn near Rochester, Mr. Edward Willett, late of the "Falcon Tavern," Gravesend.


From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 6 April, 1830.


Notice is hereby given, that the General Annual Meeting of the Trustees or Commissioners of the above Turnpike Road, will be holden at the "Falcon Tavern," in Milton next Gravesend, on Wednesday, the 28th day of April instant, at Twelve o'clock at noon.

Southgate & Rich,

Clerks to the said trustees.

Gravesend, April 5th, 1830.


Burials St Peter & St Paul, Milton next Gravesend. 1846-1864.

10 Jan 1849 Sarah Osborne, Falcon Hotel aged 17.


Kentish Gazette, 13 February 1849.

GRAVESEND. Hunt Dinner.

On Wednesday week a splendid dinner was given, at the "Falcon Inn," by L. Young. Esq., to about forty of the gentlemen who hunt with the fox-hounds of T. Colyer, Esq., of Parrock Hall, when a handsome silver cup, set in a fox's head, was presented to Mr. Colyer. The dinner, which comprised every delicacy, in and out of season, was acknowledged by all the party to be the best that had been provided in the town.


From The Sphere, 27 March, 1926. By C. FOX-SMITH.


Some of the Famous Riverside Hostelries, Known to Seamen the World Over.

Gravesend, of course, specialises in pilots’ inns. The "Old Falcon," a house visited in its day by many celebrities, is the new "Falcon" now; a pretentious red-brick affair befitting the times when Trinity pilots drive their own cars—and not Fords either—and make, so report says, four-figure incomes.



WILLETT Edward to Dec/1801 dec'd & WOODFORD Edward 1793+

WOODFORD Edward William 1824+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

PALLISTER Thomas 1832-41+ (age 57 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

PALLISTER Edmund 1841-51+ (age 25 in 1841Census)

PALLISTER Blades 1851+ (age 32 in 1851Census)

PANNELL C 1858+ (manager) Melville's 1858

PALLISTER Edmund 1861+ (age 45 in 1861Census)


BAKER George 1865+

SKILLETER William 1871-78+ Census

HARVEY Edward 1881-82+ (age 30 in 1881Census)

SIMPSON John 1891+ (age 44 in 1891Census)

CHATFIELD Ellen Mrs 1913+

BOLE Rose E Mrs 1922+


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

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

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858



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