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Half Moon & Spread Eagle - History

Upper valley from Weston Lane

Inns & Innkeepers in the Village Through the years

We find the current Half Moon & Spread Eagle in Winchester Road listed as an inn in all the censuses since 1841, although the name has varied. In the early censuses, no name is given. It became known as The Eagle Inn in the 1871 census, then became The Half Moon from 1881 onwards. The publican changed frequently!

In Northbrook itself, a Beer Shop was established in 1871 under George Gutteridge, also a Blacksmith. By 1881 it was known as The Full Moon under the same publican cum blacksmith. No mention of it is made after that.

It is interesting to note that the inn is at the end of the village. It is said to have been a drover's inn.

Publicans of The Half Moon

1841 – Henry Hillary

1851 – Sarah Hillary, widow of Henry

1861 – Frederick Ward

1871 – Robert & Elizabeth Cook

1881 – Henry Woodvine - more information below

1891 – John & Ann Carter

1901 - Henry Victor Taylor

1911 -  William & Susan Lansley

1927 - Charles Brown

Recent Publicans

in 2019 the pub was bought for the community by Nick Warr & Penton

2019 - Paula & Andy

2023 - Matt

Information on past Landlords

Henry Woodvine - not only the landlord of HMSE but he was also a journeyman, carpenter, and farmer!

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