Topic: The 'Grog Shop'
This building was located on the corner of Powderham and Silver Streets - about where the entrance is to the present New Plymouth Courthouse. When it was demolished in 1961 it was said to be one of the oldest houses in New Plymouth.
The name comes from its reputation gained during the Taranaki Wars, when it was apparently used as a 'grog shop' by the Imperial regiments. It was later occupied by the stonemason, Phillip Moon, grandfather of long-time Taranaki Herald employee, Hercules Moon.
For many years the Department of Justice had owned land in the area and as plans finally firmed toward the construction of a new courthouse for New Plymouth the old buildings in the area were demolished. Silver Street ran between Powderham and Devon Street West and was closed off when development began.