Sort file:- Northfleet, August, 2021.

Page Updated:- Saturday, 14 August, 2021.


Earliest 1686

Half Moon

Demolished 1957

38 The Shore (1 Undershore 1851Census)


Half Moon

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

Half Moon

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

Pewter mug

Front and side view of the pewter mug, kindly sent by Joyce Chang.


Has been traced back as open in 1686 but was closed and demolished in 1957.


Local knowledge, further pictures, and licensee information would be appreciated.

I will be adding the historical information when I find or are sent it, but this project is a very big one, and I do not know when or where the information will come from.

All emails are answered.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal, Friday 4 April 1817.

Feat of Gormandizing and trial of Manhood.

A lad, named Wakefield, age 19, in the employ of a Gentleman of Northfleet, being employed as, and paid at the rate of a boy only, but considering himself entitled to the wages of a man, thought his claim would be fairly established, could he but eat the allowance of a man; accordingly, a plum pudding was made, which weighed 9 1/4lbs. and was six inches square, (rather an uncommon shape for a plum pudding!) and Thursday, 27th of March, was appointed for the trial, at Mrs. Butchers, the sign of the "Half Moon," Northfleet, when in presence of upwards of 50 spectators, the young man began his undertaking, and accomplished the major part with great ease, when he gave in, declaring he could have finished the whole, had it not been too rich. On Christmas day he ate one quite as large, but the materials were more homely. The father of this gourmand, some time since, ate a shoulder of mutton that weighed 7 1/2lbs.


From an email received 13 April 2019.

Bowaters bought the property in 1953 under a Compulsary Purchase Order but don't appear to have demolished it until 1957. My family meanwhile went to the "Rising Sun" pub in Holborough, Snodland.

My granddad and grandma ran the "Half Moon" together but was put in gran's name since grandad also worked in the barge yard (Alfred John Connell - known as Mick).



BUTCHER Mrs 1817+

POVEY Richard 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

POVEY Richard 1840-74+ (also Whiting Manufacturer age 51 in 1861Census) James Hulkes Owner in 1872

GOLDSTONE George 1881+ (age 37 in 1881Census)

TISSIMAN John J 1891+ (age 35 in 1891Census)

MALPAS Frederick W 1901-03+ (age 35 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

DAY Alfred 1904+

WADE George James 1911-18+ (age 72 in 1911Census)

SAFFREY John 1922-30+

AVERY Frederick 1938+

CONNELL Ellen Maud 1948-53


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


If anyone should have any further information, or indeed any pictures or photographs of the above licensed premises, please email:-