Sort file:- Canterbury, December, 2018.

Page Updated:- Friday, 21 December, 2018.


Earliest 1814-

King's Head Hotel

Latest 1832+

High Street



I already have listed two other pubs with the same name, and also showing with different licensees in 1828, so I am going to assume that this is yet another "King's Head," and listed in the Pigot's Directory of 1828 and 1832 under Inns and Hotels, unfortunately no house number was given.

I believe this also had a "Tap" in Lamb Lane.

The other two being the "King's Head" in Northgate Street, and the "King's Head" in Wincheap Street.


From The Morning Post (London, England), Saturday, May 07, 1814.

To Families and Gentlemen Travelling the Kent-road to France.

"King's Head Hotel, in the centre of the High-street, Canterbury.

J. Friday has the honour to inform the Nobility and Public, that the above Hotel having undergone recently a very great internal improvement, the accommodation is elegant and commodious, the beds and other apartments are fitted up in a style of comfort equal to any house in England. He likewise assures the Public, that it will be a principle in his business to regulate his charges on the most moderate plan. Canterbury being only one post from Dover, a correct information may be obtained of the Packets sailing.


Kentish Gazette, Friday 22 September 1815.


Dilnot Wildish begs leave to return his most grateful thanks to the Nobility, Gentry, and the Public in general, for the liberal support he has received at the above Inn, and embraces this opportunity to returning them that he has taken and will in a few days enter upon the "Kings Head Inn," Canterbury, and earnestly solicits a continuance of their recommended support, and assures them that no exertion on him shall be wanting to merit their favours. He further begs to inform them that he will be succeeded in the "Bell Inn," Maidstone, by his brother Valentine Wildish, of the "Red Lion Inn," Ospringe, whom he takes the liberty of recommending to their support, being assured that in his study to deserve their patronage and encouragement.

Maidstone, Sept, 1915.


From the Maidstone Gazette and West Kent Courier, 13 February, 1827.

On Saturday se'nnight, as Colonel Garrett, of Nether Court, near Ramsgate, was walking towards the Dane John, in Canterbury, he accidentally stepped up on a slide, and falling down, broke the cap of his knee. Assistants being immediately rendered to the unfortunate gentleman, he was conveyed to the "Kings Head Hotel," where Messrs. Fitch and Chandler attended upon him, and after rendering every service which their skills dictated, he was conveyed to his own home, under every circumstance, in tolerable spirits.


Kentish Weekly Post or Canterbury Journal 05 August 1834.


July 30, at his father's "King's Head Hotel," Canterbury, after a short but severe illness, borne with Christian fortitude and resignation, Mr. Henry Haywood, in the 23rd year of his age, deeply regretted by a numerous circle of acquaintances.



FRIDAY J 1814+

Last pub licensee had WILDISH Dilnot Sept/1815-28+ Pigot's Directory 1824Pigot's Directory 1828-29

FIELD Abraham 1832+ Pigot's Directory 1832-34

JENNINGS John 1838+ Stapletons Guide


Pigot's Directory 1824From the Pigot's Directory 1824

Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Stapletons GuideStapleton's Guide 1838


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