Earliest 1757-


Latest ????

2 High Street


Plough print 1814

Above print 1814, by John R Llwyd Roberts.


Project 2014 has been started to try and identify all the pubs that are and have ever been open in Kent. I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

As the information is found or sent to me, including photographs, it will be shown here.

Thanks for your co-operation.


I have seen reference to two baptisms dating from 1806 stating a Robert base born son (illegitimate son), of Charlotte Hall and Robert Couldery, born 28 July 1806 at the "Plough." Also a William George Bancroft Lewis 11 August was baptised "Hamlet in Parish Where Born" stating "at the Plough." So the pub was there as early as 1806.

Further information sent to me from Stevesw19 shows a passage from a 1757 document, stating:- John Bolton killed by a waggon at the Bridge near the Lion -  (& Lamb) crossed out.

Also reference to the birth of the son of a William Miller (victualler) in 1822.


From the Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Tues 26 April 1825.

In the Estate of Robert Couldery An Insolvent Debtor.

Notice is hereby given that the assignee of the estate and effects of Robert Couldery formerly of the "Fountain" public house, situate in Stable Yard Street, in the parish of Greenwich, and then of the "Plough" public house in the parish of Lewisham, in the county of Kent, Victualler, who was on the 28th day of July, 1809, discharged from his Majesty's prison of the Fleet, under and by virtue of an Act of Parliament made and passed in the 49th year of the Reign of his late Majesty King George III, instituted "An Act for the relief of certain insolvent Debtors in England," will on Wednesday the 1st day of June, 1825, attend at the sign of the "Lion and Lamb," in Lewisham aforesaid, at the hour of One of the Clock in the Afternoon precisely of that day; for the purpose of making final Dividends out of the Net Money in hand, arising from the Estate and Effects of the said Insolvent. And all persons claiming to be Creditors of the said Insolvent, and entitled to a rateable share of such funds, by their debts having secured before the first day of February, 1809; are requested to be at the place above mentioned, between the said our of One and Three o'clock of the same day, at furthest, otherwise they will be excluded the benefit of such dividend; and every creditor is to bring with him an Affidavit or do you prove, in writing, previously sworn before some Justice or Justice's of the peace, and in for the City of London, whereby they respectively make out the the justice and identity of their Debts, pursuant to the provisions of the said statute.

Jake Baddeley, Solicitor for the Assignee, 61, Lomar Street, Goodman's Fields, London.

Robert wasn't in the Debtor's prison long, admitted early 1809 and released later same year (according to Fleet Prison records).



Last pub licensee had COULDERY Robert 1806-09

MEADE John 1810+

MILLER William 1822-32+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

GRIIGG William 1841+ (age 55 in 1841Census)

MORRIS William 1852-58+

GAY Robert Mar/1860+

HASLER James Mar/1860-67

HASLER Mrs 1867+

JEANS Thomas 1874+

STEPHENS Joseph 1881+ (age 36 in 1881Census)

SLADE Herbert 1882-87+

Last pub licensee had HAWKES Henry 1891-Nov/97 (age 43 in 1891Census) Woolwich Gazette

PRANCE Francis James Nov/1897+ Woolwich Gazette

LEALE George 1901-07+ (age 40 in 1901Census)

WELTON Louis Walter 1911+

EMPTAGE Joseph S 1921+


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


Woolwich GazetteWoolwich Gazette


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