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HELP NEEDED!!! Northfleet Harbour’s Restoration is at a critical juncture and there is a very real danger that the boat could quite literally be missed. Ebbsfleet Development Corporation have taken over planning responsibility for the area and have been charged with delivering housing numbers as part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City Scheme. The EDC are currently doing a master planning consultation exercise for the harbour area and have missed off boating access to the harbour despite all the benefits it could offer, they did say however that if there was a public response to their survey asking for historic ships, apprenticeships, marina facilities and an all-round great facility they may consider including it. Northfleet’s Vision is as per the picture with all its benefits. The EDC survey invite is as follows, we need as many people as possible to respond so if you know anyone also keen on seeing the harbours restoration including please get them to respond. “We want you to help shape the future of Northfleet by taking part in our survey online here We’re looking at creating a new riverside quarter but ideas and thoughts are needed.”

Please respond it’ll take less than a minute, the Thames already has lost too much boating access and we already have miles of housing on the riverfront preventing boating access.






















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