Sort file:- Gravesend, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Wednesday, 29 November, 2023.


Earliest 1662

Star Hotel

Latest 1969

32 Parrock Street


Star Hotel Star Hotel

Above photos circa 1900. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Star Hotel

Above photo 1963. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.


The original "Star" was here 1662-1783 and included a brew-house.

This pub has been found as existing in East Street and the site of Becketts or Woods Brewery, St Andrew's Gardens, but with no exact address. This could indicate that the pub has been renamed or that the records are wrong or incomplete.

I have reference to this pub and a note that says it may also have been the "Bell and Green Dragon." Also, I have a note that says in 1727 it had connections with the Beckett's and Wood's Brewery.

Pigot's Directory of 1832 addresses this as in Brunswick Place.

Unfortunately the building was demolished in 1969 and is now part of the open air car park.


Gravesend plaque

Above plaque says the following:-


On the site of this car park once stood approximately 200 residential dwellings, public houses, places of worship and schools dating from the mid 19th century. The area was cleared in the mid 1960s as part of the town centre redevelopment.

This footpath follows the original line of Clarence Street and listed below are landmarks taken from an OS map dated 1865.

North Street, South Street, Peppercroft Street, Upper Milton British School. Zion Chapel. Milton hall, "Kings Arms Ph," "Prince Regent PH," "Victory PH," "Jolly Sailor PH," and the "Star Hotel."

Car park refurbishment funded by Gravesham Borough Council and Department for Communities and Local Government.

Star Hotel area

Above photo showing the area today (2013.) Windmill Hill is in the background.

West Kent Guardian 22 April 1837.

'An inquest was held on Wednesday before the coroner C. J. Carttar, Esq., at Mr. Barker's "Star Hotel," Gravesend, on the body of a child about four years of age, who had been burned to death in one of the cottages on the Milton park estate.

William Huffe, the father of the child, deposed that on Monday while his wife went out on some business she left the child at home by itself, when he set fire to his clothes and then run into the street—he was dreadfully burned before the flames could be extinguished.

Dr. Park was sent for without delay, who rendered every possible assistance. The child, however, died the next morning in great agony. Before his decease he told his father that he went into the rest room for the matches with which he had been playing at the fire, and that his clothes caught the flame.


Canterbury Weekly, 29 April, 1837.

A Child Burnt to Death.

On Wednesday morning, a coroner's inquest was held at Mr. Bakers the "Star Hotel," Parrock Street, Gravesend, before C. J. Cartttar, Esq., on view of the body of William Huffer, a child 4 years and a half old, who died through having set fire to his clothes on Monday last, at one of the cottages in the brickfield on the Milton Park Estate.

William Huffer, the father of the child deposed, that on Monday last his wife went out to fetch some shop goods, and left a child in the house by itself who set fire to its clothes and then ran out into the street.

Dr. Park was immediately sent for, and rendered all the assistance in his power. The breasts, face and hands, were most dreadfully burnt. The child lingered in great agony until the following morning, when he died.

The child told him (the father,) that he went into the next room, got a tinder box and matches, carried them to the fire, lighted them, and they communicated with his clothes.

Verdict:- "Accidental Death."


Kentish Gazette, 13 May 1851.


Baker:- May 2, Mr. Thomas Cooper Baker, "Star Hotel," Gravesend, aged 60.


Kentish Gazette, 1 February 1853.


Showing an Emigrant how to take Care ok his Money.

We take the following from the Police Gazette of Friday:— Obtained, under false pretences, on the 25th inst., from Mr. Elliott, otherwise Taylor, an emigrant, while in the "Star Hotel," Parrock-street, Gravesend, one hundred sovereigns, for which was substituted one hundred farthings. By three men, one between 30 and 40 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches high, very fair complexion, light brown hair, very irregular teeth, and dressed in black clothes, and black hat with crape on it; another between 30 and 40 years of age, and dressed in dark clothes and glazed cap; the other about 40 years of age, had the appearance of an emigrant, and wore a white jerry hat.

Information to be given to Frederick White, superintendant of police, Town-hall, Gravesend. — Bow-street, January, 26.

The following particulars of this case have been forwarded to us— Mr. Elliott, an emigrant to Australia, who had gone ashore from his ship at Gravesend to purchase some necessaries, was accosted by three pretended emigrants, who decoyed him into the "Star Hotel," in Parrock-street, under the pretence of showing him how to take care of 100 sovereigns which he had in his possession, and was foolish enough to show them. The fellows apparently wrapped the gold up in paper, and placed it in the waistband of his trousers, and left him. Elliott had, however, some misgivings, and looked to see that all was right, when to his dismay he found the gold all gone, and farthings substituted.


South Eastern Gazette, 3 January, 1860.


Two narrow escapes from fire occurred last week, the first of Mr. Smokers, hatter, High Street, through a mantel-piece taking fire, and the second at the "Star Hotel," Parrock Street, from a plate in the kitchen having become overheated, and set fire to the woodwork.

In both cases, however, the fire was quickly extinguished, with the assistance of the police.


From the Maidstone Telegraph, Rochester and Chatham Gazette, Saturday 20 April 1861.

Insolvent Debtors Court.

George Henry Baker, "Star Inn," Parrock Street, Milton next Gravesend, Kent, licensed victualler.

Mr. Morgan supported the application.

Discharged forthwith.



STROUD Henry 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BAKER Thomas Cooper 1840-43+ (age 50 in 1841Census)

BAKER Elizabeth Mrs 1855-58+

BAKER George Henry to Apr/1861 (bankrupt)

STOCK John Stock 1861+ (also carpenter age 46 in 1861Census)


TWOART George F 1865+

MESSENGER Henry 1874+

GEORGE Robert Rudd 1878+

GEORGE Elizabeth 1881+ (widow age 43 in 1881Census)

SMEETH George Henry 1882+

WATTS Mary E Mrs 1891+

WARING Arthur Tollwright 1913+

LANE Charles William 1922+


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



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