Sort file:- Northfleet, April, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 27 April, 2023.


Earliest 1766

(Name from)

(Ye Olde) Coach and Horses

Open 2020+

24-25 The Hill


01474 395088

Coach and Horses 1890

Above photo, 1890. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Coach and Horses

Above photo, date unknown, kindly taken and sent by Brian Brockie.

Coach and Horses 2012

Above photo, 29 August, 2012. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Coach and Horses sign 1986

Above sign 1986.

With thanks from Roger Pester


Traced back as early as 1686 as the "Three Horseshoes" and changed name some time between 1764 and 1766 to the "Coach and Horses."

(Information below from Brian Brockie, 2017.)

This picturesque, grade II listed, 17th century, timber-framed building has seen service as a public house since 1686 and possibly earlier. Until 1766 - it had been known as the "Three Horseshoes." It currently occupies a footprint of numbers 24 & 25 at ‘the Hill’ in Northfleet and is reputedly haunted by the ghosts of serving maids.


From the Black Eagle Journal 1949.

At the "Coach & Horses," the "Placing of the Hot Cross Bun" is observed every Good Friday. Sharp at noon, the landlord, Mr S F Stewart takes a bun and nails it to the oak beams supporting the ceilings while customers form a circle behind him; then drinks on the house. The bun will later be varnished over. This quaint ceremony was started at the "Coach & Horses" while Mr Bob French was licensee. He put up 15 buns, while Mr Stewart has placed ten. The Coach & Horses is Northfleets second oldest hostelry.



BEST Edward 1766+

JENKINS William 1832-41+ (age 45 in 1841Census) Pigot's Directory 1832-34

ELCOME Francis 1855-58+

ELCOME H 1961+ (widow age 47  in 1861Census)

ELCOME Frederick 1871-74+ (widower age 56 in 1871Census)

WOOD George Wood 23/Aug/1872 (Owner)

SAXTON Henry 1881+ (age 27 in 1881Census)

WELLARD Edward 1882+

COX George 1891-1903+ (widower age 42 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

COX Arthur A 1911-22+ (age 43 in 1911Census)

FRENCH Richard 1923-38

STEWART Sidney F 1938-49+

STEER Roger 1988-90


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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