Clare Half Moon Inn
previously known as Moon, Le Moon Inn (1549)
2 High St, CO10 8NY
grid reference TL 769 452
listed building grade II
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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 07/03/2016
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.
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.
(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