Saturday, July 27, 2019

Gravesend pubs

Gravesend is a town of many, many pubs.

Through history Gravesend has always been a town of the sea. It was the start of the 'long ferry' that sailed travellers up the Thames to London. The ferry being safer than the road up the Kent coast with its threat of highwaymen and footpads.
Later it was a pleasure town with ferry boats bringing revellers from London to enjoy all the pleasure gardens that had been developed around town. There were many pubs to cater to people in the town.
Today there are still many pubs around, but like everywhere the trade is struggling. Many pubs have closed and many more get rebranded and renamed in an attempt to make them commercialy viable

To track this there is a website dedicated to recording these changes. Gravesend Pubs

I contribute images to the site. They are of little artistic merit and no commercial value. but they are an important document to record the changes that are happening around town.

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The civic centre is 60/70s brutalist. Took a quick walk around the building while on Tuesday night beer run.