Sort file:- Brompton, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 18 July, 2021.


Earliest 1839

Navy Arms

Closed 29 Dec 1917

14-16 High Street

Old Brompton

British Legion Club 1926

Above photo date 1926, showing the building as the "British Legion Club,"  from by Ben Levick.

Former Navy Arms 2010

Above photo 16 October 2010, from by Ben Levick.

Brompton map

Above map, date unknown, showing the following pub locations:-

1:- "King’s Arms"

2:- "Army and Navy"

3:- "Royal Marine"

4:- "King’s Head"

5:- "Grasshopper"

6:- "Dockyard Arms"

7:- "Dolphin"

8:- "Two Sawyers"

9:- "Bricklayer's Arms"

A:- "Golden Lion"

B:- "Navy Arms"

C:- "Prince of Wales"

D:- "Good Intent"

E:- "Duke of York"

F:- "Shipwright's Arms"


The building above was once the "Navy Arms" public house. The current building is on 2 plots and was built in the early 20th century. The earlier pub had been only on the left hand plot. After the pub closed (I think soon after WWI) the building became a British Legion Club and was operating still as this in 1926.

Ind Coope & Co Ltd purchased the building from Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd by conveyance and assignment dated 23 March 1931. Today (2010) it is run by the Kent Autistic trust.


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.


Kent Messenger and Gravesend Telegraph, Saturday 28th July, 1917.

The licensing (Consolidation) Act, 1910.

Notice as to Sending in Claims to be treated as Persons Interested in Licensed Premises.

County of Kent, Western Division.

Notice is hereby given that the Compensation Authority for the above area having decided at their Principal Meeting held on 12th day of July, 1917, to refuse the Renewal of Licences of the premises specified below, all persons claiming to be interested in the said premises for the purpose of the payment of Compensation under the said act other than the Licencees and the Registered owner of the said premises are required to send to the Compensation Authority notice of their claims before the 20th day of August, 1917, for the purpose of enabling the Compensation Authority to ascertain in manner provided by the Licensing Rules, 1910, the persons entitled to Compensation on under the said Act in respect of the said premises.

Notice of claims, giving particulars of the interests claimed, should be sent to the Clerk of the Compensation Authority at this Office at the Sessions House, Maidstone.

"Navy Arms," High Street, Old Brompton. Publicans. Anne Maria Byatt. Budden & Biggs Brewery Ltd., Strood, Kent.

W.B. Prosser, Clerk of the Compensation Authority, Sessions House, Maidstone. Dated this 26th day of July, 1917.


Maidstone Telegraph Saturday 17th November 1917.

West Kent Licensing Committee. Compensation appointments.

Mr. Coles Child presided, on Thursday, at a meeting of this committee, at the Sessions House, Maidstone, the other members present being: Colonel J. M. Rogers, Colonel Grubb, Messrs C. Tuff, Joseph Barker, R Batchelor, P. Butt-Gow, S. Lee Smith, H. Hannem, W. A. Smith-Masters, J. H. Hay Rudton, H. J. Wood and G. Naylor with the Clerk (Mr. W. B. Prosser), and the Valuer (Mr. H. M. Cobb, of Higham).

It was the "supplemental" meeting for the awarding of compensation in respect of licences "referred" earlier in the year.


The Clerk announced that agreements had been arrived at in the following cases:-

"Navy Arms" public house, High Street, Old Brompton, 2,699 - 2,300 the owners (Bugden and Biggs' Brewery, Ltd.) and 399 for the tenant, (Anna Marie Byatt.)




ATKINS Robert 1828+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29

EVEREST Obed 1874-81+ (age 47 in 1881Census)

FILMER Henry 1882+

BYATT C 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BYATT Anna Marie Mrs 1913-17


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


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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