Sort file:- Gravesend, November, 2023.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 04 November, 2023.


Earliest 1839

?Swan with Two Necks?

Latest 1910

173 (105) Parrock Street


Above photo, circa 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.


The pub closed in 1910 and as of 2009, it was operating as Star Carpets as shown below.


Swan with Two Necks building 2009

Above photo 2009. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Former Swan with Two Necks 2014

Above image from Google, May 2014.


The 1881 census gave this the name of the "Swan With Two Necks" but photographic evidence found to date suggests that it was called the "Swan."

The Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser of 1870 referred to this as the "Swan" in Parrock Street. This is also substantiated in the Gravesend Reporter of 1879.

Said to be established in 1836, the and I believe a different pub to the "Swan" in the High Street, this pub closed in 1910 and is now (2014) operating as "Star Carpets."


Southeastern Gazette, 12 May 1853.

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

The following transfer of licenses took place:-
The "Swan with Two Necks," from ---- Wickers to Henry Richard Bennett.


South Eastern Gazette, 22 November 1853.

Edward Champion, potman at the "Swan with Two Necks," in Parrock-street, was charged with letting off a squib on the night of the 9th November.

Fined 5s., costs 6s. 6d.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 23 September 1865.

Mr. Bennett, of the "Swan Inn," made a statement to the bench to the following effect.

A pony and chaise had been left in his charge, the person who left it, a Mr. Barnes, having for a time stayed in his house, and whilst there are incurred tavern expensive to the amount of 4 16s. In payment a cheque for 10 was tended, which Mr. Bennett took, and gave the difference in cash. The cheque had since been returned to him there being "no account."

Another person had now called him alleging himself to be the owner of the pony and cha1se, which, he stated, had been stolen on the 4th of August last, having been left standing in Basinghall Street in charge of an ostler.

Letters were read from a police office in London which seem to bear out this statement.

Mr. Bennett said he had come there because he had been requested to do so, but he should not give up the pony and chaise expecting to Mr. Barnes, who left it with him, or unless it was proved that they had been stolen, and who was the rightful owner.

Mr. White said the persons claiming the pony and chaise had been to him requesting him to take possession of them, but this he had declined to do, and had told him to be present in court that morning. He had not, however, come.

Mr. Thomas Gould was in court, and said be had painted the chaise by order of a Mr. Wells, and another person had paid for it by a cheque, but this, like that given to Mr. Bennett, had been dishonoured.

The chairman told Mr. Bennett he had acted quite right, and that they would render him any assistance in the matter they could.



WICKENS George 1851+ (age 32 in 1851Census)

VICKERS/WICKERS Mr to May/1853 Kentish IndependentSouth Eastern Gazette

BENNETT Henry Richard May/1853-1865+ (widow age 45 in 1861Census) Kentish IndependentSouth Eastern GazettePost Office Directory 1855Melville's 1858Post Office Directory 1862

RUSSELL Edward Mar/1879+ Gravesend ReporterGravesend Reporter

JARVIS William to June/1870 Maidstone and Kentish Journal

PATTEN Edward June/1870+

TAYLOR Albert John 1874+ Post Office Directory 1874

THURLOW James 1878+ Post Office Directory 1878

HICKENBOTHAM Jane M 1881+ Census

WOOD Frederick 1882+ Post Office Directory 1882

JOUBLOT Pauline 1891+ Post Office Directory

FISHER William James 1901-03+ (age 49 in 1901Census) Post Office Directory 1903Kelly's 1903


Post Office DirectoryFrom the Post Office Directory

Post Office Directory 1855From the Post Office Directory 1855

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858


Post Office Directory 1862From the Post Office Directory 1862

Post Office Directory 1874From the Post Office Directory 1874

Post Office Directory 1878From the Post Office Directory 1878

Post Office Directory 1882From the Post Office Directory 1882

Post Office Directory 1903From the Post Office Directory 1903

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Maidstone and Kentish JournalMaidstone and Kentish Journal

Kentish IndependentKentish Independent

South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


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