Sort file:- Northfleet, October, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 04 October, 2021.


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.


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+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903



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