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Clare Half Moon Inn

previously known as Moon, Le Moon Inn (1549)


opened 15th cent

2 High St, CO10 8NY

grid reference TL 769 452

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listed building grade II

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last updated 28/07/2015

In 1830 this commercial inn was also a stop for the "Times" coach to London (via Gt Dunmow) departing every morning (except Sun) at 8am.

Now seems to be a sheltered housing scheme, called Half Moon House.

The building dates from the 15th century.

Former family & commercial hotel & posting house.

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. It lost this other half when the part fronting Nethergate Street was separated from it, so the Moon became the Half Moon.

A report in the Ipswich Journal on Sat 06 Dec 1788 states :

To be held by auction by William Oliver on Mon 08 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. Sale to begin precisely at 10 o'clock.

In a paper read to the Suffolk Archaeological Society in the 19c a suggestion was made that the half moon sign may have been derived from the crescent on the sign outside the Swan, but this sounds like a pure guess. In the 19th century coaches to London ran from the Half Moon yard.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 23 Mar in 1849 states that : Died, March 11, Susan, Widow of James SHELLEY, formerly of the Half Moon Inn, Clare.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 27 Sep in 1850 states that :

Important sale of Household Furniture on the Premises, The Half Moon Inn, Clare, all the valuable personal effects of Mr Charles MARKHAM; consisting of ...an excellent brewing plant, including a 350 gallon copper, mash tub & coolers, brewing utensils etc; 2000 gallons of excellent beer & 20 store casks.

A report in the Ipswich Journal*** on 05 Sep in 1855 states that : Auction of the Half-Moon, Clare, late the property, of William PERRY, Builder, deceased.

A report in the Ipswich Journal** in April 1875 states that :

To be sold by auction, all the good household furniture, trade implements and utensils, fittings, spirits, cigars, ales ,carriages, horses, harnesses, and entire effects throughout the Half Moon Hotel, Clare, occupied by Mr J G Ely, comprising in the numerous bedrooms, nine featherbeds, mattresses, blankets, sheets and bedding, 4-post French, Arabian, and other bedsteads, and the usual bedroom furniture. The good furniture for commercial, dining, coffee, smoking, club and other rooms, kitchen and other culinary requisites, china, glass, and earthenware, bar fittings and effects, the stock in trade of wines and spirits, cigars. The outdoor property comprises; an excellent bay mare; ditto black gelding; good 4 wheel waggonette with hood; capital cab, Oxford cart; double and single harness, and numerous other effects.

(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)