Sort file:- Northfleet, July, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 19 July, 2021.


Earliest 1715


Latest 2010

(Name to)

65 Stonebridge Road


Plough 1920

Above photo, 1920. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.

Plough 2005

Above photo, 29 December 2005. Kindly supplied by John Hopperton.


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


Above photo, date unknown taken by Tom Baines.


South Eastern Gazette 23 June 1840.


To be heard at Maidstone, in the county of Kent, on the 14th day of July, 1840, at the hour of ten in the forenoon precisely.

Pinson Wilmot Fownes, formerly of the "Wilmington Arms" public-house, Middlesex and late of the "Plough" public-house, Northfleet, near Gravesend, Kent, licensed victualler.


From the Kentish Gazette, 28 July 1846.

George Jones and George Gardener, were charged with uttering counterfeit coin at Chatham and Northfleet.

Edward Powell, assistant-solicitor to the Mint, produced a copy of the conviction of George Pointer and Richard Farmier, at the Hertford sessions, December 13, 1844, for uttering counterfeit coin, for which they were sentenced to one year's imprisonment; also the copy of the conviction of George Wilson and Martha Taylor, at the Central Criminal Court, on the 10th November, when the former was sentenced to one year and the latter to six months' imprisonment.

James Wagpell and George Spencer Davis identified the prisoners as the same who were convicted on the above occasions.

Elizabeth Ann Funnell said that on the 20tn March, Gardener came to her shop and bought some flour, for which he paid with a shilling. She kept it in her hand until her husband came in, and watched the prisoner to the "Malt Shovel."

Edward Funnell marked the shilling before he gave it to the constable.

John Adams, a beer seller at Chatham, said Gardener came to his house and called for a half-pint of beer, for which he paid with a bad shilling. Observed it was a counterfeit the moment he gave it him. Went with Moodie to the "Malt Shovel," where they found Gardener in company with Jones. Gave the same shilling to Moodie.

Charles Henry Moodie, a constable of Chatham, produced the shillings he received from Funnell and Adams. Took prisoners into custody at Chatham, and found 2s. 8d. good money on Gardener.

A. Flint, of the "Plough," at Northfleet, deposed that Gardener called for a pint of beer, and put down a bad half crown in payment, Witness sent for the constable, and gave the prisoners in to custody.

Thomas Robert Everest, constable at Northfleet, produced a half crown which he received from Mr. Flint. Prisoners said that "they were to rights now" (an expression used when a case is clear). On searching them, they said it was of no use, an that half crown was the last. Jones said that he gave Flint the half-crown. Witness produced a letter which was written by Jones and also signed by Gardener. The letter was addressed to Mr. Dyke, Orchard-street, Westminster, in which they informed him they had been "nailed at Chatham, and were now nailed at Northfleet, and did not know how it would end."

Mr. Powell examined the coin, and said that they were all counterfeits.

The prisoners made no defence, and were transported for ten years.


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.


I am informed by Jason Kemsley that (2016) the pub has closed and has been a cafe for some time.



ALDRED Stephen 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

FOWNES Pinson Wilmott to June/1840 South Eastern Gazette

FLINT Abraham 1846-51+ (age 62 in 1851Census

COULTER Daniel 1855+

KEMSLEY David 1858+

ARMSTRONG Richard 1861+ (age 48 in 1861Census)

BARHAM W 1862+

WILLMETT Joshua 1865+

WALL James 1871-82+ (age 31 in 1871Census

KIDD 1872 Charles Newman 1872 (Owner)

Last pub licensee had BROOKER Charles 1891+ (age 61 in 1891Census)

BROOKER Walter Charles 1901+ (age 35 in 1901Census)

BROOKER Henry 1903+ Kelly's 1903

BROOKER Walter Charles 1911 (age 47 in 1911Census)

DICKENS Charles 1913-22+

McCONNOCHIE Percy 1930-38+


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

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


South Eastern GazetteSouth Eastern Gazette


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