In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Clare Half Moon Inn
Clare Half Moon Inn
also traded as Moon, Le Moon Inn (1549)
opened 15th century
2 High St, CO10 8NY
grid reference TL 769 452
In 1830 this commercial inn was a stop for the "Times" coach to London (via Great Dunmow) departing every morning (except Sunday) at 8am. A number of other coaches also stopped in the inn's yard.
The building, which dates from the 15th century, seems now to be a sheltered housing scheme, called Half Moon House.
The pub was a family & commercial hotel & posting house.
It's shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
The Half Moon was described in 1549 as 'Le Moone Inn', and was included in the list of lands belonging to *St Mary's Chantry. In the 17th century the owners extended their premises by buying the house on the corner of Nethergate Street…
A report in the Ipswich Journal, May 12th 1759***, refers to the Half Moon in Clare
To be held by auction by William Oliver on Mon 8 Dec at the Half Moon in Clare, removed there for the convenience of sale, about 70 lots of valuable household furniture, some excellent beer casks etc…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(historical detail found in Clare Book II streets)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Old picture from http://www.foxearth.org.uk