The Hoy & Helmet, formally Hoy Inn, is a Grade II listed building on the High Street as it curves down towards South Benfleet train station. It comprises of several buildings; the middle section is thought to date back to the 15th century (once a house), and the right section nearer the church was added in the 18th century.
The Hoy & Helmet retains much of its old-world charm to this day, with its higgledy-piggledy layout of rooms the setting of many a tale over the last five hundred years, two hundred of which are detailed within these pages (including smuggling, assault, death by gin and suicide).
If you would like to learn more about the history of The Hoy and Helmet you can find it all in my research booklet available to buy from my shop here.
This A5 booklet contains 44 pages of fascinating information on each of the owners, landlords and landladies of the pub, together with occupants of the now-demolished Hoy Yard Cottage which was once situated on the land behind. It also includes contents and index pages plus several illustrations, photographs, maps, and newspaper articles.
A mixture of history and genealogy, this booklet is a must for anyone with a connection to South Benfleet or who simply enjoys a tipple in the Hoy!
LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH BOOKLETS ~ Available to buy now!