Page Updated:- Monday, 18 April, 2022.


Earliest 1860s

Duchess of Kent

Open 2020+

143 Brook Street

Northumberland Heath

01322 432492

Duchess of Kent 1927

Above photo, circa 1927, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Duchess of Kent 1948

Above photo date 1948. Creative Commons Licence.

Duchess of Kent ledger

Duchess of Kent ledger. Creative Commons Licence.

Duchess of Kent 2006

Above photo 2006 by Dave Patten Creative Commons Licence.

Duchess of Kent 2006

Above photo, 2006 by Steve Thoroughgood.

Duchess of Kent 2011

Above photo 2011 by David Anstiss Creative Commons Licence.


I have just added this pub to that list but your help is definitely needed regarding it's history.

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From the 20 September 2016.

Seven arrests over 'mass school brawl' in Erith.

Up to "100 schoolchildren" were involved in a fight on a street when a mass brawl broke out, leaving two teenagers needing hospital treatment.

Police were called to "a large fight" in Northumberland Heath in Erith, south-east London, at about 17:40 BST on Monday.

Witnesses said baseball bats and concrete blocks had been used as weapons during the brawl.

Seven people, aged between 15 and 21, have been arrested, police said.

The injuries suffered by the two people in hospital, aged 15 and 19, are not life threatening, the Met spokesperson added.

'Like a battle zone'

More than 100 youths, some of whom were in school uniform, were involved in the fight which took place near the Duchess of Kent pub.

Witnesses said the numbers of people involved - including children as young as 11 - grew during the afternoon.

Footage posted online showed people being kicked and hit with sticks and poles.

Rachael Brunt described Northumberland Heath as "a battle zone with debris of bats and table legs on the grass".

She said there was a "mixture of boys and girls" involved who "started beating a lad to the ground, bashing him with lumps of wood."

Shane Newman, who works in a local betting shop, said he saw "several black youths" who "looked to be around 13 to 16 years old... running up and down the street".

Once police arrived, they "advised all businesses to close early... I left work as quickly as I could," he said.

Duchess of Kent 2016

The brawl took place near the Duchess of Kent pub in Erith.

A worker at 'Northumberland Heath Private Day Nursery, which is near to where the fight happened, said some staff were kept inside the school for two hours at the end of the day for their safety.

Owen Jeavons, 23, said there had been tension between students at local schools when he was a teenager but called the brawl "something new".

"I have never seen anything like it. It's such a quiet, peaceful place", he said.

Jeanne Asquith wrote on Facebook: "Never seen anything like it and I've lived here eight years... I just just hope the schools deal with those involved. Most were wearing school uniform."

Chief Superintendent Jeff Boothe, the Metropolitan Police's borough commander in Bexley:

"This incident was a large scale fight in a public area and would have been shocking to anyone who witnessed it.

"In total over 40 calls were made to police by members of the public and a number of incidents occurred across at least five different locations.

"Every available officer within Bexley was deployed to assist with the incident and support from the Territorial Support Group was provided."



HOLMES James 1918-27+

BRIGGS Frederick Herbert 1930+

WILTSHIRE William B 1938+

WETSHIRE H B 1932-55+

Last pub licensee had HODDER Edward 1962+ mid 1960s-mid 80s

McHATTIE Sharon 2016+


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