Sort file:- Gravesend, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 04 November, 2023.


Earliest 1791

(Name from)


Latest 1854

(Name to)

24 High Street



Found in 1623 as the "White Lion" and remained with this name till 1727, it then changed to the "Bell" till 1753. The following year the name had changed to the "Greyhound" and remaining operating with this name till 1790. The following year it was seen to be called the "Rose" till 1854. Next trace at this address is 1856 under the name of the "Freemason's Arms" and no mention after 1862.

The building was situated next to the Town Hall and in November 1845 it was severely damaged in a fire when the "Black Horse Tavern" was destroyed. (Click here for details).


From the Kentish Gazette, 11 April 1837.




AT Garraway’s Coffee House, Exchange Alley, Cornhill, on TUESDAY, April 18th, at Twelve o’clock for One precisely, pursuant to an order of the Court of Review, in the matter of William Knight, a bankrupt. The valuable long lease and possession of these desirable premises at the very low rent of 40 per annum; most eligibly situated in High Street, corner of the Market Place, and known by the sign of "THE ROSE," which have lately been erected at a considerable expense, in a very substantial manner, and possess every accommodation and convenience for carrying on a first-rate tavern and wine and spirit trade. The situation is not to be equalled in Gravesend; being close to the pier, and the principal entrance to the different parts of the town and its vicinity, which is continually improving, and being a well-known place of resort for visitors, from all parts of the country, will always ensure to the purchaser a very lucrative business.

May be viewed immediately, and printed particulars had on the Premises; also of Mr. C. Woolley, Solicitor, No. 52, Liverpool-street, Broad-street Buildings; of Mr. Rains, Solicitor, No. 25, Bucklersbury, City; of Mr. William Turquand, Official Assignee, Copthall Buildings, City; at Garraway’s; and of the Auctioneer, No. 15, Southampton Buildings, Holborn, London.


Southeastern Gazette, 8 March 1853.

Wednesday. (Before R. Oakes, C. Spencer, and E. Tickner, Esqrs., and Dr. Ridge).

Chas. Wm. Crowhurst, a waterman’s apprentice, was charged with stealing a meerchaum pipe from the "Rose." The property was not found, and no prosecutor appearing, prisoner was discharged.


Southeastern Gazette, 10 May 1853.

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

The following transfer of licenses took place:-

The "Rose," from Mr. Shoebert, was ordered to stand over for the present.


Kentish Independent, Saturday 14 May 1853.

Mr. John Hunt applied for a transfer of the licence of the "Rose Inn," from Mr. Shoolbert, to himself. The applicant stated that at present, and perhaps for two months he should not be able to occupy the house himself, but meant to leave the business during the time in the management of a person who had been carrying on the trade since the lease of the premises had been assigned by Mr. Shoolbert. The Bench said that this person had conducted a house in a most disgraceful manner by harbouring prostitutes and otherwise suffering a violation of the law, and therefore they would not be any party to a continuance of such misconduct and refused the transfer. The effect of this, is that the person actually conducting the business is liable to an information for selling liquor without a licence.


South Eastern Gazette, 22 November 1853.

Jeremiah Connor, an Irishman, was charged with savagely and seriously assaulting William Vaughan, on Sunday, the 23rd October.

It appeared that in the evening of the 23rd ult., there was an Irish row in the "Rose" public-house. Witness, who was in the front parlour, hearing the disturbance in the back room, went in there, when he was immediately felled to the ground by a blow on the head from a stick, and on his attempting to get up another man knocked him down with a quart pot; he had been confined to the house from that time till Monday, owing to the serious wounds he received. When he entered the room he saw prisoner with a quart pot in his, hand. The prisoner was not captured till Wednesday. Evidence having been given to prove that prisoner struck complainant with the pot, he was fined 5, and in default of payment to be committed for two months.


Southeastern Gazette, 2 August 1853.


Monday. (Before R. Oakes, Esq., chairman, and C. Spencer, Esq.)

Thomas Broadwood Brown was charged with stealing from the pocket of Mr. Creed, of the "Victory," Star-street, a cigar case and a pocket handkerchief. It appeared prisoner had been lodging a short time in the town, and went to Mr. Creed’s parlour for refreshment, and shortly after he left Mr. Creed missed the articles enumerated, and went in search of and found prisoner in the "Rose," with the things in his possession. It transpired afterwards that prisoner had appropriated various articles of wearing apparel from his lodgings as well as a telescope. There were other cases against him which were not gone into, and he was fully committed on the two charges.




DADD Ann 1824-39+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

REEVE Thomas John 1840+

POWELL John 1847+

ALDHOUSE Mr 1841-Mar/1842 (age 40 in 1841Census) South Eastern Gazette

HONESSEY Mr Mar/1842+ South Eastern Gazette

JEGON ???? to July/1850

LEWIS Charles Carter July/1850+

SHOOLBERT/SHOEBERT Mr to May/1853 Kentish IndependentSouth Eastern Gazette

FRASER Robert 1855+


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

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

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette



If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-