Page Updated:- Tuesday, 15 February, 2022.


Earliest 1730


Latest 1998

(Name to)

Hawley Road


Buffalos Head 1908

Above photo, circa 1908, kindly sent by Michael Norman.

Bull signBull sign 1994

Above sign left, date unknown, sign right, April 1994.

With thanks from Brian Curtis

Bull 1990

Above photo, June 1990, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.


This was a tied "Fleet Brewery" pub in 1865 when the brewery was put up for auction.

The pub had this name till around 1988 when it changed name to the "Buffalow's Head Ale House." This I believe it lasted till 2000 and then changed name again to the "Four Lymes." It is now unfortunately closed as a public house but, it is operating as a curry house. (2017).


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


Woolwich Gazette, Tuesday 3 May 1910.

A Licence Transferred.

Dartford Bench and Former Eltham Licensee.

The Dartford Bench had before them on Friday the adjourned application for the transfer of the licence of the "Bull Inn," at Hawley, from Mr. Webb to Mr. Collins, who formerly kept a public house in Eltham.

Mr. Clinch supported the application, which he reminded the Bench was adjourned from the previous week for enquiries to be made by the police respecting a conviction of Mr. Collins for permitting domino playing at his house at Eltham.

Superintendent Poole said he was instructed by the Chief Constable of Kent to oppose the application on the ground of the conviction.

Mr. Collins, who said he was at present living at Hengist Road, Northumberland Heath, gave evidence in support of the application, and said he has kept the "Kings Arms," Eltham, for nearly 5 years with only the one complaint. He had previously kept a house at Sevenoaks satisfactorily.

Sub-Divisional Inspector Hayes, of Lee Road, gave evidence as to the proceedings against Mr. Collins in respect of domino playing at the house, for which he was fined 40s. and 2 guineas costs. During Mr. Collins's tenancy the house, which was a difficult one to supervise owing to its construction, was improved both in trade and character. With the one exception Mr. Collins was a man of excellent character.

The Bench granted the application, the chairman Mr. C. H. Watson saying he had been requested to administer a caution to Mr. Collins. His past experience was more valuable to him than any advice he could give.



ACTON Thomas 1847+

BRICE Stephen 1851+ (also fruit grower age 38 in 1851Census)

EMMERTON Young 1855-58+

PHILPOT George 1861-82+ (age 64 in 1881Census)

GODDEN Robert 1891+ (age 39 in 1891Census)

ENGLAND Elijah 1899-1903+ (age 36 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

WEBB to May/1910

Last pub licensee had COLLINS William James May/1910-11+ (age 47 in 1911Census)

COUCHMAN Alfred 1913-34+

BURDER Sydney H 1938+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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