Sort file:- Northfleet, August, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 31 August, 2023.


Earliest 1866

Black Eagle

Closed 1967

Galley Hill Road


Black Eagle 1912

Above photo, 1912.

Black Eagle 1944

Above photo, circa 1944.

Black Eagle card

Above card, date unknown, kindly sent by Clive Pritchard.


The pub was situated right on the border of Northfleet and Swanscombe which ran right through the middle of it, and so is shown in both town lists.


I am informed that the building was opened in 1866.

The following information has been taken from a book titled, "Swanscombe in old picture postcards, by Christoph Bull":- Coming west from Northfleet along the A226, the "Black Eagle" was the first building inside Swanscombe Parish. The pub dates from about 1866 and served the Taunton Road community and the expanding industrial areas springing up on the Swanscombe/Northfleet border. As road traffic increased during the twentieth century, this corner became dangerous and saw many accidents. The "Black Eagle" was damaged on 30th July 1944 when a V1 (flying bomb) destroyed much property in Taunton Road and on the main road (killing 13 people and injuring 91). In the 1950s the pub had its saloon bar (left hand side), jug and bottle (middle doors) and the public bar through the double doors at the front. The beer was held in high esteem because the best temperature was maintained by it being stored in the cellar cut out of chalk with no brick lining inside. The Black Eagle closed in 1966 and was demolished in 1968.


The Russell's brewery was sold to Trumans in 1930.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 17 February 1883.

Case Dismissed.

At the county petty sessions at Rochester, on Tuesday, William Bignell was brought up in custody, charged with having, on the previous Saturday at Northfleet, stolen from the person of Charles Baker the sum of 2s. in silver and 2 1/2d. in bronze. From the evidence adduced it transpired that on the evening in question the prosecutor and prisoner had been drinking together at the "Plough" public house, Northfleet, and they afterwards retired to the house of the latter, adjoining the "Plough," when the prosecutor went to sleep, and on waking missed his money. he immediately called in P.C. Blatcher in whose presence Bignall was requested to turn out his pockets, and on his doing so a five centime piece was found among the bronze coins in his possession. baker recognized the five centime piece as his, and which had been given to him the same evening at the "Black Eagle" public house, Northfleet. The defense set up was that both parties had been together at the "Black Eagle" on the night in question when some money had passed between them on account of certain bets. The bench did not consider that there were sufficient evidence to convict and therefore dismissed the case.


Gravesend Reporter, North Kent and South Essex Advertiser, Saturday 5 September 1896.

By Order of M. W. Finn, Esq. (who is going abroad).

Thursday next, "Black Eagle," Northfleet.

Mr. J. H. Thomas, will sell by auction on above premises at twelve o'clock precisely.

Two Capital brougham Horses.

Thoroughbread Hunter "Violet."

Bay gelding.

Chestnut Pony.

Roan Mare "Mermaid."

Well-made two-horse Brake, to carry 14 (by Gates, Gravesend), capital well built Dog-cart, single and double sets of Harness, and other effects more particularly described in catalogue.

Catalogues of Mr. R. Tompkins, Hotel Valuer, Chatham; of Mr. White, "Black Eagle," Northfleet; and of the Auctioneer. The City Auction Rooms, Rochester.



TAYLOR Caroline 1881+ (widow age 46 in 1881Census)

ELLIOT George 1891+ (age 33 in 1891Census)

WHITE Harry 1896-1903+ (age 28 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

MORGAN Walter Thomas 1913-22+

THREADWELL E before 1930

MARTIN Frederick 1930+

DOWE S after 1930

STOKES George 1938+

McCARTHY Dennis & Jessie 1945-46 Next pub licensee had



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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