Sort file:- Northfleet, March, 2024.

Page Updated:- Friday, 15 March, 2024.


Earliest 1834

Elephant's Head

Open 2013+

28 London Road (106 in 1938)



Elephant's Head 1920

Above photo, circa 1920. Kindly sent by Andrew Norton.

Elephant's Head

Above photo, date unknown.

Elephant's Head

Above photo, date unknown. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Elephant's Head 2003

Above photo 2003. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Elephant's Head sign 1964

Above sign 1964.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


The "Elephant's Head" is on the corner of Pier Road. The license goes back to 1843 when it was probably built. An elephant's head was the crest of the Rosher family who had developed Rosherville New Town and after whom it was named. Members at one time lived at The Grange, The Larches, Crete Hill, Woodland Lodge and Rosherville Court. The spire of Rosherville church can be seen beside the trees which were in front of the vicarage.


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.


South Eastern Gazette, Tuesday 13 June 1854.

George Smith, James Rosher, and John James were brought up charged with being concerned in the following disgraceful conduct at Northfleet.

Mr. Tenant, landlord of the "Elephants Head," stated that the prisoners came to the house, in company with several others, on Sunday night last, and there commenced a most outrageous assault, knocking his housekeeper down, and brutally beating his daughter and her husband, who were in the house at the time. On his interfering for their protection he in turn was set upon, being knocked down, and struck and kicked about the head and body in a most scandalous manner. The prisoners had been heard to say that they would go to the house on purpose to have a row.

The magistrates, after hearing prosecutor's statement, said the case was far too serious for them to deal with, as it amounted to nothing less than a riot, and reminded the prisoners till the following Monday, to give them time for all the witnesses necessary to establish the case to be present.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser 17 May 1862.


Begs to remind the lovers of the game of American Bowls, that the season has commenced, and that they will find his saloon the best in the neighbourhood.

Charge only 4d. per game.



TRIGG Richard 1841+ (age 29 in 1841Census)

TENNANT Richard 1851-54+ (widower age 52 in 1851Census)

SMITH John 1861+ (age 49 in 1861Census)

MESSENGER Henry 1871-72+ (age 44 in 1871Census)

ROSHER William 23/Aug1872+ (Owner)

GOLDSTON James 1884-81+ (age 38 in 1881Census)

BUCK Kate 1891+ (widow age 40 in 1891Census)

BINDER Henry 1901-03+ (age 36 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

SWIFT James 1918+ (also dairyman)

BAILEY Rowland Joseph 1920+ (age 36 in 1920)

BANKS Vincent FRHS (Royal Horticultural Society) 1922-30+

REDBOURNE Reginald Percy 1938+

PHILIPS Albert Victor & May 1950s-70s


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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