Page Updated:- Saturday, 29 April, 2023.


Earliest ????


Closed July 2015

10 High Street


Crown 1905

Above postcard, circa 1905, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Crown is the white building on the right.


Above photo showing the "Crown" on the right, date unknown. Crown is on the right, you can see the sign outside.

Crown 1907

Above postcard, circa 1912, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Crown is the white building on the right.

Crown 1913

Above photo, circa 1913, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe. Showing the pub with a Bushell, Watkins and Smith dray outside delivering Westerhams Ales and Stout.

Crown 1972

Above photo, circa 1972, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Crown 1990

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

Crown 2019

Above Google image, May 2019. Showing the Crown as the white building and the building on the left now called the Corner House, but looking like a pub in the tank photo above.

Crown 2016

Above photo 2016 by Chris Whippet Creative Commons Licence.

Crown sign 2015

Above sign 2015.

With thanks from Roger Pester


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, Friday 5 September 1879.

The Annual Brewster Sessions.

Mr. John Thomas Bennett, of the "Crown" beer-house, Otford, was summoned to appear today to answer an information charging him with permitting drunkenness on his licensed premises.

The Crown Beeehouse, Otford.

Mr. John Thomas Bennett, the landlord of the above house, being before the Bench for permitting drunkenness renewal of his licence was adjourned.


Kent & Sussex Courier 18 February 1916.


With regard to the renewal of licenses, the Bench had decided to renew them all, with the exception of the "Horns" and the "Crown" at Otford, and the "Broom Inn," Seal Chart. These would be put back till the adjourned licensing meeting, which would be held on March 10th.


The licensee left in July 2015 and planning application was submitted to turn the pub into offices in 2016.


From the By Annabel Rusbridge-Thomas, 27 October 2015.

Otford: Inquest into death of Russell Jarrett concludes death was accidental.

An inquest has been held into the death of an Otford man which sparked a murder investigation.

Detectives began the probe after Russell Jarrett was found with severe head injuries at his Otford home in February.


The 53-year-old, of Twitton Meadows, was last seen outside his property in the early hours of the morning after drinking at The Crown Pub, in the High Street.

Russell Jarrett

One of the family's favourite photos of Russell Jarrett.

Later that day a friend of Mr Jarrett's used a public telephone to call 999 and told paramedics the Dartford-born man had "bumped his head and needed medical attention".

The inquest, held at Gravesend Old Town Hall today, was told the friend gave false details to the responder.

Det Ch Insp, Tony Ledger, who gave evidence during the hearing, said: "There was also some confusion between ambulance services as it was initially said some people ran out of the address on the ambulance's attendance."

Senior coroner, Roger Hatch, was told Mr Jarrett was found with a "significant skull fracture" which caused a brain injury and a 3cm x 3cm circular fracture on his right cheek bone.

Russell Jarrett had been at the Crown at Otford.

He was transferred to hospital in Farnborough before being taken to King's College Hospital where he died from his injuries nine days later.

The fractures led police to believe Mr Jarrett, who was unemployed, had been assaulted and a homicide investigation was launched.

Two men and a woman - who were with the 53-year-old the evening before his death - were arrested on suspicion of murder, but later released without charge.

The court heard an eye witness came forward and told police they saw Mr Jarrett fall down the steps of The Crown Pub and sustain the skull injury, which a pathology report concluded was consistent with someone falling backwards.

DCI Pledger said Mr Jarrett had a limited circle of family and friends but relationships with his brother and sister were strained by his alcohol dependency.

"Mr Jarrett had a 20-year relationship with a woman who died of kidney failure in 2014, he struggled after this and battled with alcohol," DCI Pledger added.

Senior coroner, Roger Hatch, was told Mr Jarrett was released from prison in June 2014. He was sentenced to 60 days after being convicted of cultivating cannabis in his home.

DCI Pledger added: "This is relevant because it was probable other people were using his home to cultivate cannabis. This is an example of how his alcohol dependence and trusting nature led others to take advantage of his position."

The medical cause of death was given as complications with head injury, but Mr Hatch recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Speaking after the hearing Mr Jarrett's sister-in-law, Pauline Jarrett said: "We are just happy it's all over. It's better to know it was an accident than someone else's involvement. But we will never truly know what happened.

"It's been such a long process and we're pleased it is over. Russell was so generous and a loving person he really was lovely.

"It's just so sad because he was still so young and such a wonderful man."

Mr Jarrett's nephew, Callum, said: "He was such a caring and trustworthy person, it's incredibly sad."



BENNETT John Thomas 1879+

OSBORN Jess 1871+ (age 64 in 1871Census)

PEARCE Henry Horton 1891-1903+ (age 52 in 1891Census)

PEARCE John Frederick 1913-22+

DRURY John Thomas 1930-38+




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