Sort file:- Northfleet, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 13 August, 2023.


Earliest 1760

Blue Anchor

Latest 1860

(Name to)

10 The Creek (Queens Place Pigot's Directory 1832-34) Undershore



Traced back as far as 1760 and changed name to the "Huggens Arms" in 1860. Although, having said that the directories appear to list the pub as the "Blue Anchor" till 1901 as well as the "Huggens Arms" operating at the same time.

Further research says the "Blue Anchor" burnt down and the "Huggens Arms" was built on the same site. Whilst a new "Blue Anchor" was built 4 plots to the right, nearer College Road.


Henry William Grundy, sued and committed as Henry Grundy, formerly of No. 11, Parrock-street, in Milton next-Gravesend, Kent, Steward of the Vesper Steamboat, then running from Gravesend aforesaid to Black wall, in the county of Middlesex, afterwards of the "Blue Anchor Inn," North Fleet Creek, North Fleet, Kent, Licensed Victualler, and Dealer in Tobacco, and Steward of the Vesper Steamboat aforesaid, then of the "Blue Anchor Inn," Northfleet Creek aforesaid, Licensed Victualler and Dealer in Tobacco, since of the "Burlington Inn," Church street, Dover, Kent, out of business or employ, and then and late of No. 8, Church-place, in Dover aforesaid, of no trade or employment.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 19 July 1808.

4 dwelling houses to be sold, particulars can be had of solicitor or of Mr. Holland at the "Blue Anchor," Northfleet.


The Era, Sunday 21 August, 1842.

Makes mention of a bare knuckle fight between James Knowlton and Anthony Burt for the sum of 15.

London man from Somers Town, Burt was sent to Mr. Waite's "Blue Anchor" in Northfleet to "clear his wind, and get purified from London's smoke."

The fight commenced at 12.35 to the sight of the "mill" on the banks between Northfleet and Gravesend and lasted 31 rounds and just over the hour. Knowlton won the fight, and afterward Burt was conveyed back to the "Blue Anchor" where he was cleaned and spoke of a re-match.

There was supposed to be another fight at the location following this one, but two policemen after watching the first for half an hour, stepped into the ring and said they had orders to stop the proceedings. The crowd complied and dispersed, probably having had enough entertainment for one day.


Southeastern Gazette, 15 March 1853.


Saturday. (Before J. ’Espinasse, Esq., Judge.)

There were but few cases for trial, and of these none were of much public interest. In the case Grundy ("Blue Anchor") v. Tennant ("Elephant's Head"), the Court was occupied some considerable time. Mr. Phelp, a solicitor, from London, stated the case of plaintiff, which was for the sum of 17 17s., the assumed value of a watch and appendages.

It appeared that plaintiff, a licensed victualler at North-fleet, had been drinking on the 12th January at the house of defendant who is also a licensed victualler at Rosherville, in the same parish. On plaintiff’s leaving the house he was persuaded to leave the watch in question for safety in the hands of the defendant, of whom he had borrowed two half-sovereigns, and to whom he owed for some beer and gin. On the 19th a man called as from plaintiff, with a letter (produced), desiring the defendant to give the watch to bearer, who said he was to pay the money borrowed as well as the score, naming the precise amount of each. The money was paid, the watch given up, and the man remained more than a quarter of an hour in the house afterwards. On the next day plaintiff called for his watch, and was told that it had been given up to his order; he declared the order to be a forgery, and the present action was brought to recover the value. Plaintiff’s evidence was that at the time he left the watch he stated he should call for it in a few days; defendant's, that he should call or send for it in a few days.

Witnesses for the plaintiff declared the order not to be in his handwriting, while Mr. Dobson, who was called for defendant, thought the signature was plaintiff’s.

It also appeared that the watch actually cost plaintiff only 9, though he valued it at 17 guineas, but then he bought the ticket and took it out of pawn.

His Honour, having gone through the evidence, gave a verdict for defendant.




HOLLAND Mr 1808+

KENSEY Robert 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

WAITE Thomas 1841-42+ (age 40 in 1841Census)

EVEREST Thomas 1851+ (age 46 in 1851Census)

LAWES Thomas 1858+

BETTS Edward 1861+ Census

STRATFIELD Edward 1871+ Census


YOUNG John 1881-91+ (age 57 in 1891Census)

HANN George (widow) 1901+ Census


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



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