Page Updated:- Thursday, 17 November, 2022.


Earliest 1832-

Castle Inn

Latest ????

140 (108) High Street


Castle Inn 1903

Above photo, 1903.

Castle Inn rear 1903

Above photo, 1903.

Above photo, date unknown.

Castle 1905

Above photo 1905 showing the bus service which was withdrawn in 1908. It used to run between Eltham to Blackheath via Lee Green.

Castle Hotel 1905

Above photo, circa 1905.


Above photo 1922-55. Creative Commons Licence.


Above postcard, date unknown.

Castle 1977

Above photo, 1977, by Emma Barringer.


Above photo date unknown. Creative Commons Licence.

Castle sign 1989

Above sign, 1989.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


When first built the "Castle" it also included a pleasure garden and a yard for the horses. The original building having been demolished and rebuilt in 1905 and again in 1962.


Canterbury Weekly, 4 February, 1837.

Reported Murder at Eltham, Kent.

On Saturday night, shortly after 11 o'clock, the landlord of the "Castle Inn," Eltham, Kent, went into his parlour and asked the post-boy, in the employee of Mr. Sands, (who occupies the stables adjoining the Inn) what sort of a day he had had; he replied "A pretty good one, I thank you, master."

A man present, name Lucas, said, "You don't know me, landlord; my name is Lucas."

Mr. Bradshaw answered, "If your name is Lucas, I don't want to know you;" upon which the prisoner Lucus got up and struck him in the breast and; a few words entered and Lucas fell off his stool on which he was sitting, and on getting up again struck Mr. Bradshaw.

John Foster a blacksmith, of Eltham, entered the room and carried Lucas out, but he returned, and was followed by the deceased, who exclaimed, "Detain that man and send for Mr. How, (a Constable), and immediately fell down outside the back door and expired.

The prisoner (who lives in Eltham), is by trade a sawyer, and has been frequently in Maidstone gaol, was taken before Mr. J. H. Latham at Eltham, by whom he was remanded to await the result of the Coroner's jury.

A post-mortem examination of the body has taken place. The occurrence created an extraordinary sensation throughout the village.


From an email received 30 May 2019.

In 1908 Daisy Ella Parker - daughter of William Parker, Licensed Victualler - got married & her home address was 108 High Street, Eltham, (which was the address of the "Castle Hotel" at that time).

In the 1911 census the ‘Licensed Victualler’ for the "Castle Hotel" in Eltham is William Parker. His daughter Ivy Evelyn got married the same year & her address was "Castle Hotel."

The next date for the Parker family is 1916 & the home address is Wakerley, High Street, Eltham, but I do not know if this is a house name or a pub name. But in 1917 William Parker is described on a marriage record as a retired Licensed Victualler, so probably it’s a house name.

Going further back, in the 1901 census William Parker was in Eltham & a Licensed Victualler of a pub, but the address is not High Street. (Before that he was in Milton, Gravesend).

But I’ve just looked again at the photos on your website & the photo dated circa 1905 has the name W Parker above the door - fantastic!



Alex Forsyth.



JEWELL William Salmon 1832-34+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

BRADSHAW Mr to Feb/1837 dec'd

KENSEY Robert 1840+ (& Posting House)

COPPINGER Edward 1858-Jan/72

COPPINGER William Coppinger sen Jan/1872+

BATCHELOR James Uglow 1874+

SCOTT George 1881-82+ (age 50 in 1881Census)

CUSHION John 1893-96+

PARKER William 1903-11+

LISTER Arthur 1922-55


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



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