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Kent Arms

Date of photo: 1971

Picture source: William Burton

The Kent Arms was situated on Albert Road. This pub was a docklands pub and apparently a gay pub, possibly because there was a public toilet opposite. It may have got its name from the fact that North Woolwich was in Kent until 1889. It was demolished in 1975. A replacement pub was built on the site and was called Katie's Place, Churchills and Jimmy Dean's but that closed in the 1990s and has since been demolished.
Colin Price
The Publican's in the 60/70's were Danny & Rene Cousins. It was not a gay pub. It was patronised by Merchant Seamen and the envy of the posh in the West End. Read my book "Oeans of Time" that lists many of the pubs around the Royal Docks we seafarers patronised.
Dave Share (March 2011)
I don't know what the definition of a gay pub is but the Kent Arms certainly had a lot of homosexuals among its customers. Yes, Danny Cousins was the publican and in his novel 'Some Kind of Angel' Danny's son, Patrick describes a pub called the Black Galleon. It is obvious to anyone who knew it that he is describing the Kent Arms. As obvious as his gangster character, Ronnie Krayne, is really Ronnie Kray, the more dangerous half of the Kray Twins.
Daniel Hicks (May 2011)

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Name Dates Comments
Dave Share   Patron
Pat Cousins   My mum & dad ran this pub. Danny is my dads brother & Patrick is my cousin; would love to hear from him.
Dan Hicks 1963-1967 After being one of the pub's best customers in the late Sixties I moved to the other side of the bar and worked there first part-time then full time. I made many friends there, both straight and poofs, including Georgie Nichols and the flamboyant double act Pat and Rachel (both geezers).
Peter Davies 1970-1974 Customer. I met my wife there and still married
Cheryl Hopkins 1972-1974 I loved this place. When I pass the site, I feel sad those days have gone, but glad I met some fantastic people there.