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Free harbour downloads

Posted on 17th February, 2016

Fantastic news...

Posted on 15th February, 2016

The trust in partnership with the EDC have appointed consultants to undertake the creation of an outline development plan and feasibility study. We know the harbour is feasible as it has been used for 2000 or more years, the study will determine the cost and any funding gap we will need to overcome to get it back into use.


How innovative is our harbour wall?

Posted on 15th February, 2016

The old concrete wall could be one of the first harbour walls built out of prefab concrete in 1870 or is it just another common concrete wall?


Mysterious artefacts found

Posted on 15th February, 2016

Any ideas what this object was or how old?


Babbling Brook or Peckham Springs?

Posted on 15th February, 2016

Babbling brook found on harbour river bed, or is it?


Guess the boats competition winner   


Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust put on a stall at the recent Northfleet Big Local Christmas Market part of that display was a just for fun free competition to guess the number of boats that could use the harbour whether in the water, stacked in dry storage, being stored in boat yards, repaired or restored.



We also had our vision for the future on display and our history boards showing how the harbour has been in use since the Roman times.


Mike Charman one of our Trustees who was hosting the event had devised a portable bit of harbour beach  to give the youngsters a taste of archaeology with a metal detector and the chance to find a number of metal finds in the sand, from coins to musket balls (ok cement clinker grinding balls)




The Grand Prize of this free draw goes to Lesley Foreman who guessed 350 boats in and out of the water, our actual estimate was 407 so the guess was a little out but still the closest.


We did have guestimates ranging from just 54 up to 933, the majority of guesses were around the 250 mark which was encouraging as it shows that the message about the sze of the harbour is getting out there.


Cheque is in the post....






Harbour Charity Status Achieved

Posted on 26th September, 2014

Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust has Charity Status


The Trust is now Registered Charity Number 1158702.


This is fantastic news, whilst it won't have any immediate impact on all the good works being carried out by Trust volunteers and enthusiasts, it will help immensly as we raise funds toward the harbours Lock Design, Development Plan, Part Time Archaeologists, education program and eventual Harbour restoration.


As always donations gratefully received, please join our growing list of sponsors both corporate and individuals every bit will help towards getting the archaeology finished and the harbour full of water and boats.


Donations can be made via Paypal to or cheques can be made payable to Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust and send to 80 Dover Road, Northfleet, Kent DA11 9QD



Help with flytipping

Posted on 16th July, 2014

Our thanks go to Watling Tyres of Grove Road, Northfleet. Their manager, Lee Jarvis, noticed we were having a clear up and had a lot of tyres to be disposed of.

Within 10 minutes of a phone call he sent 2 vans to remove the offenders. Pictured are Keith & John labouring in the mid-day sun.

A wonderful example of community support, thanks again Watling Tyres


Volunteer & Visitor Centre

Posted on 15th July, 2014

A big thankyou to Mobile Mini of Gravesend for their kind donation of a portacabin to be used as the centre piece of our volunteer visitor centre.


And an especially big, very very big, thankyou to Lafarge Tarmac for the kind donation of the use of their grounds.


The volunteer and visitor centre is set within some quite uniquely landscaped ground, the three tiered setting has a high level viewing platform that allows views across the huge expanse of the harbour so visitors really get an idea of the size and its potential as well as views just past the harbour wall up and down the Thames. The second tier level houses the portacabin where volunteers can get changed, tools can be stored, but also archaeological finds, historical information and the vision for the future can be displayed and viewed by visitors and potential sponsors. The lower level along the top of the harbour wall makes for an interesting feature with its mid Victorian rail tracks and small carraige for the crane still being visible.



The skilfull offloading of the portacabin and positioning with pin point accuracy on the mid level platform


Views from the upper level viewing platform over the harbour wall onto the Thames and beyond. We will have some benches up here as you could comfortably sit all day watching the ships up and down the Thames from this vantage point.


Rare find, this crane spindle on a flat bed rail truck would have been used in the harbours Victorian heyday for loading cement on to sailing barges, it would have been similar to the picture to the lower right.