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Fleet Brewery


Lofield Street



From the South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 20 June 1865.

Dartford, Kent.

Mr. J. J. Orgill is honoured with instructions from William Fleet, Esq., to submit to public competition, at Galloway's Coffee House, Change Alley, Cornhill, London, on Monday, 26th of June, 1865, at 12 for 1 o'clock, in One Lot.

A valuable freehold Estate, known as Fleet's Brewery, situate and being in Lowfield Street, Dartford, Kent. It is scarcely necessary to allude to the high position above Brewery occupies in relation to its compeers; for it is a well-attended fact that for stern integrity, solid respectability, and all the attributes which ought to characterize all large establishments, it stands close to none in the Kingdom, and which is amply confined, by a successful career for upwards of a century, by the present proprietors and his family.

The premises are very extensive, in good repair, well drained, and possess and abundant supply of excellent water; they are conveniently situated, being but a short distance from the station, and about a quarter of a mile from wharves at Dartford Creek.

The erections are well built, of a substantial character, and comprise a 35 quarter brewhouse, with a usual appliances for efficiently conducting a trade of magnitude; also a capital Vats Store of a capacity for nearly 1400 barrels, extensive beer and ale stores, numerous malt floors and hop lofts, abundance stables, cooperage, carpenter's shop, counting house, principal's office &c, large gardens and field. The present business is extensive, but capable of great augmentation, in as much as only porter and one class of ale is brewed, leaving it to future proprietors to introduce stout and other malt beverages, so much sought for in the present-day; also twenty-six Freehold Inns and public houses, viz, the "Black Boy," the "Crowne," "Cricketers," the "Windmill," the "Watermans Arms," and the "Long Reach Tavern," all situated at Dartford; the "Brown Bear," Greenhithe; the "Railway Hotel," and "Blue Anchor," Swanscombe; the "Bull," Hawley; the "Jolly Millers," South Darenth; the "Chequers," Farningham; the "Portobello Inn," West Kingsdown; the "White Swan," Ash; the "Black Lion," Hartley; the "King's Head," Bexley; the "Red Cross," North Cray; "Five Bells," St Mary's Cray; "New Inn," Farnborough; "Blacksmith's Arms," Cudham; "One Bell," Crayford; "Fox and Hounds," Darenth; "Rising Sun," Fawkham; the "Ship," Southfleet; "Six Bells," Northfleet; "Kings Arms," Elham; all in excellent condition, let to old and respectable tenants, all manifestly low rents, amounting to 800 per annum, together with the goodwill in trade arising from the aforesaid houses, as also from several others, how by lease &c.

If it be desired 15,000 of the purchase money can remain on mortgage for period of 7 years, interest, at a rate of 5 per cent. per annum The brewery can be viewed by cards from the auctioneer; also the several inns, by kind permission of respective tenants; and printed particulars now obtained on the premises; at Garraway's; of Mrs. Rankin, Ford, Longbourne, and Longbourn, Solicitors, 4, South Square, Grays Inn; and at the auctioneers office, 551, Oxford Street, London.


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